Scrum and Kanban Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter at Uber Scale

As you scale Scrum across your enterprise, you will find that synchronizing the work of interdependent Scrum teams in a large program is a huge challenge.

The most successful multi-team programs gravitate towards many practices and principles associated with Kanban. You can accelerate that process by learning from the experiences of five companies with very large multi-team Agile programs ranging from 20 teams to 150 teams.

This session will introduce Kanban from a Scrum perspective, show how the Lean practice of “One Piece Flow” is the key to both, and get into the nuts and bolts of specific practices and concepts from Kanban that can be adopted by an existing multi-team Scrum program. Along the way we will also see how this can significantly improve economic outcomes and employee satisfaction.

Learning objectives:

  • A bird’s eye view of Kanban
  • The relevance of one-piece-flow to multi-team synchronization
  • Smoothing out synchronization problems by applying the decoupling principle
  • How work-in-progress limits can be applied to Scrum to reduce the problem of “mini-waterfalls” and foster self-organization
  • How to scale Scrum by borrowing from Kanban