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Scrumban Essentials

Published: 05 July 2023


Scrumban is a hybrid process methodology that amplifies the structure of the Scrum framework with the evolutionary change inherent in the Kanban Method. Technical professionals seeking a tailored approach should adopt Scrumban to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their development process.

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Key Findings
  • Scrum is a practical framework for the iterative and incremental delivery of work, but it offers only limited guidance for improving workflow. Scrumban incorporates Kanban practices into Scrum to improve time to market, release cadence and service levels.

  • Scrumban improves Scrum through systems thinking, work process visualization and workflow optimization.

  • Scrumban adoption is increasing, with 27% of respondents to the 16th State of Agile Report stating that they use Scrumban in agile software development.


To accelerate your Scrum development process with Scrumban, you should:

  • Implement Kanban’s work-in-progress (WIP) limits and explicit pull policies to complement your Scrum process, which will optimize

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