October 28, 2014 / by Daniel Huchthausen / In Methods

Scrum vs. Kanban Part 3/3 - Example

+++This post was migrated from our former blog about SCM-Manager Universe. Therefore, the design is slightly different and some information might not be 100% applicable to Cloudogu EcoSystem. So don't be alarmed; enjoy reading.+++

This last part of our series about Scrum and Kanban will show an example of how projects proceed on the different boards. This again shows some advantages and disadvantages of the two methodologies and can help you to find the solution for your own project.

A less Trivial Example

The following example represents a project that is less trivial than the one in the second part of this series. There is a product backlog containing several tasks and a production process that consists of several steps.

  • In case of Scrum the team is in the first sprint, which consists of the tasks A, B, C, D, E and F. A is already done, B to E are at the moment in progress and F is still to do. During the upcoming sprints the team will commit to the tasks G to N.
  • The Kanban board consists of the backlog from which maximal 2 tasks can be selected for priorization. The development section allows max. 3 tasks at once (tasks from both columns - ongoing and done - count). After the development the features need to be tested and after that they will be in the production environment and are thereby done. You can see that the board represents the different states of the production process.

The Scrum board will be reset after each sprint, whereas the Kanban board is persistent.

After a few Scrum sprints or simply after some time the two boards could look like this:

Note: For Kanban it is not necessary that there is a maximal amount of tasks for each column.

The Kanban board, which contains more columns than the Scrum board, can help to optimize the process steps, because it is necessary to think about them in order to draw the board. It can also be very helpful to optimize the amount of allowed cards per column, because this can reveal bottle necks. The Scrum board and the partition of tasks into sprints helps to organize tasks and to think about reasonable packages. But remember, it is always possible to combine aspects of different methodologies and tools to find the board, rules and tools that fit your project best.

Other Agile Tools and Methodologies

Besides the two tools Scrum and Kanban there is a huge number of other agile tools and methodologies that serve as an inspiration for you. The more you read about them, the more you will see that they are based on the same principles (which are stated in the agile manifesto) and that some use the same approaches and methods. Here is a short list of some wide spread approaches that you could take a look into.

  • Extream Programming (XP)
  • Lean Software Development
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Crystal Family
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)

Bottom line

A Kanban board represents the workflow of a project whereas a Scrum board always consists of the same columns. Another big difference is that it is possible to limit the number of cards in certain columns when using Kanban while Scrum limits the WIP by restricting the number of cards in the Sprint Backlog.

Besides the two methodologies that were presented here there are numerous other agile approaches. Some of them are based on Scrum or Kanban. A very widespread approach is a combination of Extream Programming and Scrum, because both supplement each other very well. It’s up to you to find the methodologies, tools and rules that you want to use to accomplish the aims of your projects. Since there is no “one fits all” for all projects you have to experiment and try variations.

with kind regards,
your SCM-Manager Universe Team


Daniel Huchthausen

- Consultant -

When he is not exploring the wilderness, Daniel keeps himself busy with topics such as quality assurance, testing and PM methods.

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