Agile Glossary 1st — Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming (XP)

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Backlog
  • Burn Down Chart
  • Daily Meeting
  • Effort Estimates in Abstract Units (Points)
  • Impediment
  • Iteration
  • Iteration Planning
  • Iteration Velocity
  • Kanban Board
  • Release Planning
  • Task Board
  • Test-Driven Development
  • User Story
  • Workflow
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP)

Core Scrum practices are:

  • Backlog (Product, Release, Sprint Backlog — lists of all functionality in product, release, and sprint respectively)
  • Iterative development (The whole project gets divided into Sprints usually 4 weeks duration each)
  • Scrum meetings (daily meetings where team members answer the following questions: What have you done since the last scrum meeting? What has impeded your work? What do you plan on doing between now and the next scrum meeting?)
  • Burn Down Charts (charts that show Sprint, Release, and Product progress)
  • Sprint review meeting (provides an inspection of project progress at the end of every Sprint)

Core Kanban practices are:

  • Visualize the workflow (written in kanji (Chinese characters), “kanban” means “sign” or “large visual board”. Kanban boards are one of the ways to display progress)
  • Limit Work-In-Progress (WIP) (use a pull system — establish and respect your ideal capacity)
  • Manage Flow (monitor, measure, and report the flow of work through each state)
  • Make Process Policies Explicit (describe the process accurately in order to improve it)
  • Implement Feedback Loops (compare expected outcomes with actual outcomes and make adjustments)
  • Improve Collaboratively, Evolve Experimentally (use models & the scientific method to implement continuous, incremental, and evolutionary changes)
  • Communication
  • Simplicity
  • Feedback
  • Courage
  • Respect




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