Scrum works! Innumerable projects prove that. But, and of course there must be a “but”, Scrum only works, when one has the courage, to really realize the rules and ideas behind Scrum. Scrum is more than just the summation of all the roles, ceremonies and artifacts.
With the introduction of Scrum not everything goes the smoothest path from the beginning on. All participants need to get used to the new procedure and will be unsure what needs to be done if something unexpected happens. Problems often lead to “known” mechanisms “just for this one case” instead of solving the problem with the Scrum method.
Breaking open the synergy, created by Scrum, the actual effect of Scrum, the outstanding increase of productivity gets lost rapidly.
Here the worst Scrum Anti-Patterns presented:
- The Scrum Master assigns tasks and that way destroys the self navigating and self organized team.
- The sprint gets disturbed externally. New tasks are included or changes of the committed User Stories are conducted.
- There are no Review Meetings
- There are no Retrospectives
- There are no periodic Daily Standup Meetings
- The Product Owner doesn’t have an adequate expertise and can’t stand up for his role
- There is no “1 to 1 Agreement” between the PO and the Team
- The participants aren’t trained enough
- Meetings aren’t Time-Boxed
- Instead of features, activities are monitored
- A few Scrum Masters are sent to certification and one thinks that’s sufficient to use Scrum.
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The next generation of Agilo for Scrum addresses the needs of each scrum role by providing an intuitive workflow that facilitates the ceremonies of the scrum process, and by exposing simple interfaces for managing the scrum artifacts.