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Revolutionizing Talent Acquisition: A Scrumban Approach for Enhanced Efficiency and Human-Centricity

Challenges addressed 

With extensive expertise in Talent Acquisition and a firsthand understanding of its intricacies, our team ventured into an exclusive service for select clients, aiming for a more humane, agile, and streamlined approach. Recognizing the pitfalls of lengthy, often exhaustive processes leading to candidate attrition, we sought to overhaul the system, empathizing with candidates as individuals with unique contexts, histories, and cultures. Our goal was a mutually beneficial strategy for all stakeholders involved. 


Approach and Implementation

To augment our methods, team members pursued Agile PeopleOps Framework™ certifications and subsequently embraced Scrumban—a fusion of Scrum and Kanban methodologies. Scrumban offered the agility of change coupled with the identification of bottlenecks, providing us with a holistic perspective. Leveraging Jira Software, chosen for its compatibility with our workflow, we experimented and fine-tuned our process. 

Solutions and Benefits

  1. Streamlined Process

  • Reduced process statuses from over 10 to a lean 5, tailored to client types and industries. 

  • Standardized boards with 5 stages each, adapting seamlessly to diverse client requirements. 

  1. Enhanced Visibility and Collaboration

  • Utilized Epics and Tasks to complement boards, creating a roadmap for seamless navigation. 

  • Integrated the talent acquisition process with Onboarding and Learning & Development (L&D) processes for transparency and agility. 

  • Identified, defined, implemented, and improved the roles clarification, regarding Scrum Master, Product Owner, Hiring Manager, Recruiter, etc.

3. Centralized Information Management

  • Utilized Confluence to connect with Jira, serving as a wiki for comprehensive information organization such as participant details, job profiles, and client data.

  • Tracked all modifications, fostering accountability and traceability.

4. Guidance and Coaching

  • Mentored and coached all stakeholders on Scrumban methodology, standardization, agile-lean principles, and effective communication. 

  • Established reporting boards tailored to stakeholder needs, providing valuable insights. 


Measurable Outcomes and Ongoing Benefits 


After over three years of implementing the Scrumban approach, the outcomes have been remarkable

  • Process efficiency increased by over 60%. 

  • Drastic reduction of processing times from 3+ months to an average of 14 days. 

  • Transparent communication facilitated personalized feedback for all participants. 

Automation and Connectivity 

  • Automated status updates streamlined communication and connection with Onboarding and L&D processes. 

  • Indirectly improved candidates' onboarding experiences with pre-uploaded documentation and technical procedures. 

Cultural Impact 

  • Fostered a culture of innovation and agility, placing people at the center of continuous improvement. 

  • Nurtured long-term relationships with candidates, contributing to recommendations and relocations among clients and colleagues. 


Tailored for predominantly remote work environments (80% remote, 20% in-person), this approach has revolutionized Talent Acquisition and indirectly streamlined onboarding processes, contributing to the efficiency and seamless integration of new team members into their roles in diverse settings within the organization.  

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