Factor #1 — Do you already have experienced Scrum Masters?

If your organization has already experienced Scrum, even if it has not gained the level of traction that was desired, you will likely have some skilled Scrum Masters, which could accelerate your adoption of Scrum. Note that having capable Scrum Masters is only one ingredient, it is an important piece of the puzzle that could make a big difference.

Factor #2 — Can you focus on specific work items for at least 2 weeks without significant disruptions?

The rate at which demands and priorities enter your team’s queue is a major factor to consider when attempting to choose between Scrum and Kanban. If requests consistently arrive unexpectedly with variable scope and complexity, and priorities change at least weekly, Kanban may be a better choice for managing the flow of work.

Factor #3 — How well does your organization adapt to changing team structures?

Scrum expects organizations to establish new teams that may be very difficult in certain situations and domains, whereas Kanban is much less rigorous in this area. If your organization is engrained in silos or heavy, hierarchical structures, Scrum may be much more challenging to operate effectively as compared to Kanban.

Factor #4 — Does team membership change often?

Kanban does not rely on consistent team configuration to succeed, whereas Scrum relies heavily on a consistent team in order to reap the benefits. If your team members move around frequently for any reason, Kanban may be a better option.

Factor #5 — Does your team operate more effectively with defined milestones?

While milestones may be deployed for both Kanban and Scrum, the cadence-based approach of Scrum creates a better fit and helps to instill a rhythm that is repeatable. Due to lack of work estimates within a Kanban system, working towards a predetermined milestone may be more challenging.



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