Most of the organizations that try to implement Lean and Agile practices independently struggle to achieve their desired business objectives. This is due in part to the fact their staff doesn’t have the knowledge or experience needed to recognize and overcome common traps and pitfalls. Part of the reason also lies in the frameworks they choose to utilize.

Over the past several years, we’ve applied Scrumban in a variety of contexts with great success, using it to accelerate new adoptions of Scrum, to help teams and organizations overcome common challenges associated with practicing Scrum, and to help organizations evolve entirely new frameworks that sustain value-delivery and agility over time. See some of our case studies below.

Capital One

The IT organization at this Fortune 100 financial institution was eight years into an “Agile transformation.” An outside firm was retained to lead the initial transition, a different company was hired three years later to assist with ongoing efforts, and later a third company was also engaged to help the institution realize the full extent of benefits originally targeted from this major undertaking.

  • Reduction in Delivery Time: Within 10 weeks of adopting their initial Scrumban practices, the Data Team reducedtheir average time to deliver completed work by 56%.
  • Taming of hidden influences
  • Improved focus
  • Eliminating waste

Objective Solutions develops software solutions that support the business operations of Brazil’s major telecom companies. As an early leader of Agile practices in Brazil’s software development community, it has developed its own tools and techniques over the years to support pragmatic implementations of Agile practices within its own operations and beyond.

This story chronicles the framework Objective put in place to help it scale Agile practices as the size of its development organization grew from fewer than 20 members to over 90 in the span of 5 years. What’s particularly interesting about Objective’s story is how they came to use a variety of techniques associated with the Kanban Method without prior awareness of that Method, and used this framework to help its teams improve their mastery and adoption of Scrum/XP practices in a way that worked particularly well for their context.