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There are no flavours of Scrum

Here's a great posting from Jem D'jelal on the trials and tribulations of a London Scrum Master "Since When Did Ben & Jerry's Create Scrum?" I smiled throughout and recognised some of the frustrating situations that I also hit as a Scrum Master. However I realised Jem was also eloquently expounding some of my uneasiness with Scrum. Here's the stand-out section for me:

Whoever you are, please read and repeat the following mantra after me: There are no flavours of Scrum. There is no chocolate flavoured Scrum.There is no Caramel chew chew flavour of Scrum.Scrum is not an ice cream.It does not come in bloody flavours.If you want to pick an Agile framework, methodology, technique, or approach which comes in different flavours, go for one which is less prescriptive than Scrum. That is completely fine. Kanban for one example (There are only 2 principles, it leaves almost everything open. The only rules are you need to visualize your workflow and limit your WIP).Bu…

What is Scrumban?

What is "Scrumban"? The name seems to offer a simple answer - surely it's a mixture of Scrum and Kanban? So you think the rules of Scrum are a bit strict. You think Kanban doesn't offer enough guidance on things like roles and when planning and retrospectives should take place? Why not just mix the two and things are bound to be better!

The only snag with this is that Scrum and Kanban already have definitions which are not really compatible with this mixture idea. And Scrumban, at least in the original usage of the term, was coined with a different meaning than mixing the two methods (see Scrumban, Corey Ladas 2009).

The definition of what is and isn’t Scrum is well understood, thanks to the concise publication of its “rules” in the Scrum Guide. Scrum is a process framework – a set of guidelines and constraints within which your team can define and improve the process you use for developing products. It’s not a process as such - it is silent on many of the aspects a …