Mixing Agile Approaches

In the third chapter of the Agile Practice Guide, the four life cycle approaches for projects are compared and contrasted.

The first part of the chapter compared and contrasted the approaches, and the next part of the chapter went into more details for each approach.

Then the next section, which I just finished posting on, talks about hybrid life cycles which take elements of the different life cycle approaches and combines then.

This next topic in this section about hybrid life cycles goes into details about mixing or blending different agile approaches.

The example given on p. 31 is one of the most common blends in widespread use, involving each of the following three approaches:

  1. Scrum–provides guidance on the use of a product backlog, a product owner, scrum master, and a cross-functional team–includes sprint planning, daily scrum, sprint review, and sprint retrospective sessions.
  2. Kanban–a kanban board helps the team to further improve its effectiveness by visualizing the flow of work, making impediments easily visible, and allowing flow to be managed impediments easily visible.
  3. XP–use of story cards, continuous integration, refactoring, automated testing, and test-driven development.

The blend of practices from these various produces a synergistic result of higher performance than each individual component in isolation.

The next post will discuss some of the project factors which will help you determine how to tailor the various options among hybrid approaches for your project.


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