How to do Scrum in Kanban Tool?

A team working next to a visual management board.

Kanban vs. Scrum, in short

A Scrum process:

  • bases on short iterations — Sprits,
  • typically involves an interdisciplinary, small team,
  • takes user stories as tasks — as small as possible actionable items,
  • may have a Work In Progress limit for the entire Sprint, or per work stage,
  • asks that your product is workable after each iteration.
  • leaves the decision on the project length (if defined at all) to you,
  • doesn’t prescribe team sizes, though suggests assigning tasks to team members,
  • supports both trivial and complex task scopes and sizes,
  • recommends limiting the amount of WIP in each “doing”-type stage,
  • assumes continuous progress of work within the flow but can accommodate milestones and timeframes.

How to create a Scrum board in then?

Create a “User Stories” column on the leftmost side, before the Backlog/To Do lane. It will hold your pool of tasks for the current iteration. If you are already aware of stories that need to make it to the following iteration, consider creating another swimlane for it. Then place the story there, and collapse so that it doesn’t attract attention yet. Lastly, customize the remaining column layout to the nature of your project.

Scrum board in Kanban Tool.
Estimated time on a task.
Work In Progress limits on a Kanban Tool board.
Archiving tasks on a Kanban Tool board.



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