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I recently attended an evening presentation by Wille Faler at Skillsmatter, as part of the Limited WIP Society. Wille’s presentation was a case study which described the lessons learned from a Scrum team moving to a Kanban way of working.
Wille started by explaining that whilst at the FT he had been part of a team consisting of 3 engineers, a QA and a Scrummaster / PM, that their taskboard was extremely busy all the time and although they had 2 hours for their sprint planning meetings, it took so long to identify what had to be done for the first few tasks, completing the rest in the time alloted led to reduction in the quality of the story tasks at the end of session.
Switching to Kanban
The team decided then to switch to a kanban methodology. He reported that the planning sessions became much more productive as they were able to adopt a just in time planning concept and minimum marketable features. People stopped focussing on moving tasks around the board just to look like the project was moving, bottlenecks in testing were alleviated by engineers helping the tester to get the item to a done state and started automating tests using Selenium.
Although the team is no longer sprinting the still have by-weekly demos & retrospectives.
In conclusion Wille felt overall the team were more motivated, code quality was better because of fewer distractions, leading to less reoccurring defects and, although it was difficult to see how he measured this, the team’s output had increased 3 x (6 months work in 2 months).
See the full presentation here.