In this video I ask Josh Nankivel from pmStudent.com why he has chosen to use Kanban for managing the tasks for his project team. A transcript of this video is below.
Elizabeth Harrin: Hello! My name is Elizabeth Harrin from the blog “A Girl’s Guide to Project Management” and I’m here today with a fellow blogger from PM Student, Josh Nankivel. Hello!
Josh Nankivel: Hello!
Elizabeth Harrin: How are you?
Josh Nankivel: Good.
Elizabeth Harrin: Good.
Josh Nankivel: Good to be here.
Elizabeth Harrin: Well I would like to talk to you about Scrum because I understand that you used to use Scrum and now you’ve moved to Kanban.
Josh Nankivel: Yes.
Elizabeth Harrin: Tell me a bit about why you decided to do that?
Josh Nankivel: Well, when we initially started using Scrum and I have to say for the
Elizabeth Harrin: Oh right.
Josh Nankivel: Every 2 weeks, we would do a sprint planning session to figure out what we’re going to do in the next 2 weeks, then we would lock it down, we would execute on that, we would do a retrospective and all that type of thing. I think the timeboxing became a little bit too structured.
Elizabeth Harrin: Oh, right!
Josh Nankivel: So
Elizabeth Harrin: Okay!
Josh Nankivel: So what Kanban allows for is more of a, it’s a pull system where you’re just pulling tasks along and as you get things done and you make sure that you’re never working on more than one thing at a time so there’s that focus aspect and it just allows us to do things on the fly. We have releases defined but our releases are pretty large. I work in the aerospace industry. So our releases are anywhere from 6 to 9-month timeframe.
Elizabeth Harrin: Okay, right.
Josh Nankivel: And so when I was using Scrum, it was essentially a bunch of 2?week sprints that made up little pseudo-releases…
Elizabeth Harrin: Right!
Josh Nankivel: …But the real release was in 6 to 9-months’ time. We weren’t really doing it anyway the way that you would in a normal Scrum environment where you’re actually doing a release of the software, putting it out there in front of users every 2 weeks or whatever it is. So you know Kanban was a perfect fit. So yeah!
Elizabeth Harrin: That’s great! Alright, thanks very much!
Josh Nankivel: Thank you!