Scrum vs Kanban - The Cheat Sheet Episode

Episode 69 - 25 Jan 2017

Did you see the previous episode?

Seems it was very well received: more than 3000 views in its first week.

If you missed it, you can find it here.

Embarrassingly, the Cheat Sheet that went with it was awash with typos. I was inspired to create a brand new version. Hope you like it:


A well-received episode on the differences between Scrum and Kanban.


Agile Inception. And a Cheat Sheet.

Scrum vs Kanban

Did you see the last episode? It was on the subject of the Differences between Scrum and Kanban.

I wouldn't be mentioning it today... but for two things:

  1. The video did rather well. Not quite "Viral", but getting there.
  2. This video came with an accompanying Cheat Sheet. Let's just say... it wasn't my best work.


What has any of this got to do with Inception?

Rewind a fortnight or so, and the video and the cheat sheet on the subject of Kanban and Scrum* ... were themselves **backlog items.

Backlog items in what is, I suppose, a Scrum system.

I publish a new video every Wednesday, so my Sprints are a week in duration and run from Wednesday to Wednesday.

Two weeks ago on Wednesday, this episode joined the Sprint Backlog.

And I set to work. On the Video.

By Sunday, I knew I was in trouble: there was a ton of work still to do on the video - and I'd given no thought to the Cheat Sheet.

Monday... no Cheat Sheet

Tuesday... no Cheat Sheet.

Wednesday: decision time.

The easy options would have been to remove all reference to the Cheat Sheet from the video. But I was curious to see how well it would be received. Would anyone even download it?

I decided to go for it:

  • The video was uploaded before I left for work.
  • The Cheat Sheet was created - from start to finished - in my lunch break.

As I said earlier, the video did quite well.

As did the Cheat Sheet: so far, it's been downloaded 55 times. Which is (a) Amazing and (b) Mortifying.

55 of you have a document from me containing... spelling mistakes! (I don't usually do spelling mistakes.)

At emotionally challenging times like this, I'm often comforted by Three Letter Abbreviations: I'm classifying my cheat sheet as an MVP, a Minimum Viable Product.

It was was certainly minimal. It was also viable - just.

And it did what every good MVP should do: it informed: The moment I saw that people were downloading it, I started work on a new version.

And I've really gone to town with it. Pictures and everything.

It's even got half-decent spelling!

The "Unfortunate 55" have already received the upgraded version from me by email. For everyone else, you can get your copy from my blog via a link that you'll find somewhere around this video.

Minimum Viable Product

Now, before you go and grab your copy, there's something you need to know.

Don't tell anyone, but this new shiny version is also... an MVP. Less minimal and more viable that the previous one. But an MVP nonetheless.

I'm already working on the next version. But this time I'm going to need your help. So when you get your copy, I would be SUPER GRATEFUL if you could come back here and let me know your thoughts:

-What works - What doesn't work - What could be worded more clearly

Thanks in advance for your help!