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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

From Scrum to Kanban: Our Journey

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Two of Scott MacIntyre’s teams expressed frustration upon reaching a “Scrum plateau.” After meeting with both teams and hearing their thoughts, Scott decided to move from Scrum to a kanban-style process. One year into their kanban journey, the teams have moved from only visualizing their workflow to improving collaboratively with a focus on flow. Scott relates his teams’ experiences with adopting a new software development mindset including its successes and failures, and shares a set of practices that ensures as smooth a transition as possible for those teams interested in moving to kanban. Scott reinforces the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing and implementing any process—No Dogma Allowed. We want to be agile. We don’t want to be Scrum. We don’t want to be kanban. Choosing the right framework for your team is just that—a choice for your team, not for any other team—and it should be treated as such.

Scott MacIntyre
Capital One

A ScrumMaster and Agile Coach at Capital One, Scott MacIntyre is passionate about coaching teams to bring agile beyond “by the book Scrum” and help teams focus on continuous improvement in lieu of the complacency of best practices. Scott has coached teams using Scrum and kanban, and is currently iterating on a lean-kanban method with a focus on continuous flow and just-in-time grooming. He has coached teams in both small tech shops and Fortune 500 companies with teams both on and off-shore. Scott recently hoodwinked his wife into using kanban to plan their wedding.