Book Review: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business


a barrier to managing a hard to manage backlog, but keeping work in line and maintaining the sustainable pace and slack that  both Scrum and Kanban advise can be much harder. Rather than being an easier way to agility, Kanban seems to require more discipline, and starting with Kanban might not the the right answer for many teams.

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Anonymous's picture

Your comment:
"they were unwilling to be disciplined enough to manage their work queue"
is a generalization and more of an indictment of the teams in question than it is the Kanban process.

February 28, 2012 - 12:08pm
Steve Berczuk's picture

"Eng" interpreted my words exactly as I meant them. As I said in the article, there is a lot to be learned from studying Kanban, But it seems much harder to practice well than, say, Scrum.

February 28, 2012 - 12:51pm

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Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk

Steve Berczuk is a Principal Engineer and Scrum Master at Fitbit. The author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, he is a recognized expert in software configuration management and agile software development. Steve is passionate about helping teams work effectively to produce quality software. He has an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and is a certified, practicing ScrumMaster. Contact Steve at or visit and follow his blog at

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