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Accelerate Your DevOps Initiative With Scrumban

Published: 31 January 2019

ID: G00377375

Analyst(s): Bill Holz , Peter Hyde


Scrumban provides an accelerated route to DevOps by combining the structured framework of Scrum with the flow efficiency of Kanban. Technical professionals adopting DevOps should embrace Scrumban to boost collaboration, enhance quality, improve continuous delivery and increase business agility.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Baseline Your Process
    • Option 1: Select Scrumban as a Transition
    • Option 2: Select Scrumban as an Extension
    • Option 3: Select Scrumban as a Methodology
  • Step 2: Optimize Workflow
    • Adopt Work-in-Progress Limits
    • Define Explicit Policies
  • Step 3: Measure What Counts
    • Review Your Process Using a Cumulative Flow Diagram
    • Understand Your Development Rate With a Throughput Diagram
    • Analyze Task Completion Using a Cycle Time Scatterplot
    • Evaluate Task Variation With a Cycle Time Histogram
    • Inspect Progress Using an Aging WIP Chart
  • Step 4: Learn to Adapt
    • Enhance DevOps With Scrumban
    • Improve Learning Through Collaboration

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