What do you do once you’ve mastered Scrum? How about incorporating some Lean practices using Kanban into your methodology? At least that’s what appears to be happening more and more as organizations continue to look for ways to improve their software development processes. I’d heard quite a bit about this trend towards mixing lean methods such as Kanban with Agile frameworks such as Scrum (some call it ScrumBan) at Agile 2011.
Last week, a group of leaders from Oppenheimer Funds came to speak at our local SQuAD (Software Quality Association of Denver) meeting. This organization seems to be early adopters of the latest industry recommendations, working at continually evaluating and improving their current software development processes. They have spoken to the SQuAD group before about their Agile adoption and transition program. This month they talked to us both about their A/TDD (Acceptance/Test Driven Development) processes, as well as how they are incorporating Kanban and lean concepts into their methodologies.
In the following video, you’ll hear a short explanation from Oppenheimer Funds’ Doug Huffman about how and why they are using Kanban.