A Scrum board (or Task board, or Story board) is a very simple Kanban board. Kanban boards have been around for a while and are originated with lean manufacturing modeled on supermarket shelf-stocking techniques.
[blockquote type=”left”]In the late 1940s, Toyota began studying supermarkets with a view to applying store and shelf-stocking techniques to the factory floor, figuring, in a supermarket, customers get what they need, at the needed time, and in the needed amount. Furthermore, the supermarket only stocks what it believes it will sell, and customers only take what they need because future supply is assured. This led Toyota to view a process as a customer of preceding processes, and the preceding processes as a kind of store. The customer process goes to this store to get needed components, and the store restocks. As in supermarkets, originally, signboards were used to guide “shoppers” to specific restocking locations.[/blockquote]
The concept of Kanban boards has been taken up by the Lean software development and Kanban communities. Although they are not formally part of Scrum, every Scrum project that I’ve been involved with in the last 10 years has used a Scrum board. They are a very effective way to measure progress. In this video, I show you how to use a scrum board.