Should I Use Scrum or Kanban? Story Points or T-shirt Sizes? Iterations or Sprints? | by Mike Pearce | May, 2022

None of it actually issues till you’ve began creating your software program

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Ought to we begin with Scrum or Kanban? Is it higher to have one, two, or 4 week dash iterations? Iterations or sprints? Ought to we use Jira, Trello, VersionOne, or Monday.com? Ought to we describe work in consumer tales or jobs-to-be-done? Our tech debt is uncontrolled — will a hardening dash work? Can we use velocity to measure enchancment?

I’ve been requested (or have requested myself) a few of these, and different, questions earlier than. I’m certain you’ve encountered precisely the identical tales again and again (often on LinkedIn!) and I’m embarrassed to say it took me a very long time to work out that none of that actually issues.

I say none of it issues, it does matter, however probably not as a lot as you assume and definitely not earlier than you’ve even began creating any software program.

The difficulty with these sorts of questions is that they indicate there’s a solution to create software program that the solutions to these questions will assist with. They indicate that if we may simply get our velocity greater, or we may simply measure the variety of tales per iteration, or we may simply perceive the consumer of the system higher we’d be capable of create an amazing product or be capable of get ourselves out of technical debt or be capable of give our stakeholders confidence that we are able to ship.

That’s probably not true. These solutions received’t assist.

You see, all these questions, and others prefer it, give attention to the framework. They give attention to the instruments of the commerce. Solutions to those questions appear engaging as a result of they’ve precise solutions that different individuals may help with. Different individuals (or, even your earlier self) can say “this labored” or “I’ve had an amazing expertise with that”.

Solutions to those questions appear engaging, as a result of they’ve precise solutions that different individuals may help with.

“If I implement these solutions,” you assume. “I’ll be creating nice software program” and when you don’t create nice software program, you then think about you’re most likely not doing Scrum proper (or kanban, or consumer tales or no matter),

Among the solutions to the questions will be helpful sooner or later. They’re simply not helpful now.

These questions and their solutions give attention to the “methods to do”. They utterly miss the “what to do”.

“However we all know what to do!”

You don’t *know*. Not but anyway. You assume you do, however you don’t *actually know*.

There are actually solely two questions you have to reply proper now; what do our customers want? You can also make an informed guess about what your customers need. You have to have some concept of what they need — you’re employed for, or began an organization with a objective in thoughts — start there.

So, the actually actual query is how do we all know we’re efficiently satisfying that want? and also you shouldn’t even decide up a pen till you’ve labored that out (OK, you possibly can decide up a pen that can assist you work that out).

How will you recognize when your software program is efficiently satisfying your buyer wants?. There’s some matter of scale right here, sooner or later you possibly can change “software program” to “function”, however when you’ve not bought successful metric on your software program, having one for options is pointless.

If you’ve had a stab at answering these two questions, then you can begin constructing software program. It doesn’t matter if it’s Scrum, kanban, consumer tales, Jira or cupcakes. Simply decide one out of a hat and begin constructing software program. If you happen to’re already utilizing a framework and questioning whether or not it’s best to change to Scrum, or kanban, or begin estimating or having longer iterations to get your self out of a gap, then don’t do something. Preserve doing what you’re doing, however expend the trouble you’d spend on frameworks on constructing software program your buyer wants as an alternative.

You see, you’ll spend an inordinate period of time and power discussing, making an attempt to determine, then organising, then tweaking an “agile” framework. Time, effort (and cash) that you’d completely be higher off spending on making your software program fulfill your consumer’s wants. It makes me depressing to think about on a regular basis and energy that goes into deciding on, or speaking about, or rigorously following a framework. Effort and time that might be waaaaaaay higher spent on serious about the customers.

You’ll spend an inordinate period of time and power discussing, making an attempt to determine, then organising, then tweaking an “agile” framework. Time, effort (and cash) that you’d completely be higher off spending on making your software program fulfill your consumer’s wants.

“However how will we enhance our course of?”

Incrementally. No matter you’ve picked first, or nonetheless you had been doing issues within the first place, simply incrementally repair that. Nobody in the whole world is “doing scrum” how Scrum was designed to be accomplished. It’s unattainable. Each firm, each group, each worker of a bit of software program, scenario, and supply infrastructure is completely different. Simply decide one in all your issues and repair that. Then decide the subsequent one and repair that. You don’t change your previous heating system by tearing down the home and constructing a chateaux.

So, stop worrying about whether or not your framework is correct, or whether or not you’d be extra profitable utilizing kanban as an alternative of Scrum, or #noEstimates as an alternative of story factors and begin worrying about whether or not you’re satisfying your customers’ wants.

That approach, you’ll be far more profitable.

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