Because we're not really working in Scrum mode. We manage non-software hybrid projects were the approach depends on the team available and on the work package.
We use the Scrum board just because we haven't found another way to set a limit on the total estimated hours that can be "placed" on a board.
We need a board to place cards, not necessarily estimated in the agile way looking at the backlog. Our backlogs (in kanban or scrum boards) are simply the place where all the issues not yet to be started are placed.
I love the concept of Sprint in Scrum, nevertheless for the projects I manage, and considering the organization I'm in, it would be simply not possible to follow the rules of Scrum in total (at least not today).
I have one team that uses the kan ban board. They focus on showing the status and flow of work.
Another team uses the scrum board because with them we need to show what is supposed to be done during a week (which could be seen as our "sprint"), and not simply to limit the wip on a specific colum on a kanban board. If there's a way to see the total estimated work on a kan ban board we might also think to use this.
Due to the hybrid environment, both teams do this by creating subtasks within pre estimated tasks (defined when the work was not completely detailed, but it was anyway necessary to plan). It's easier creating a subtask than creating a new independent task to be assigned to an epic, and makes easier also to compare the original estimate at task level with the actual logged work which is determined including the logs at subtask level.
I've read several discussions through the community, and I agree that within the Scrum framework it would not be needed to estimate on sub tasks.
But what I mean is that these boards might become extremely more flexible for many more users who are not trying to apply agile, but still love to use boards in a different flexible way. Just because it works, in some environments.
Probably what I have in mind is a third family of hybrid boards.
I'll appreciate any opinion or hint on this.
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