Waterfall, Scrum or Kanban?

19 Jan 2016

How do you decide to use waterfall, scrum or kanban to manage your product team?

Wanting to refresh my Product Owner skills I’ve just come to the end of the first day of a Certified Product Owner session in which Roman Pichler retrofitted the Stacey diagram to explain where waterfall, scrum and kanban are of most value.

Stacey Diagram

Roman’s interpretation of the diagram:

This model rings true from my personal experience and helpfully overcomes the snarky assumption that waterfall should never be used whilst also demonstrating its limitations.

Working in the UK government where the digital agenda is maturing one can assume that the strategy will shift from delivery to maintenance. I’m interested to see if the pervasive use of scrum shifts towards kanban.