A Vicious Cycle I See

June 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Start Agile with Scrum training
 
Tell the dev team it’s just a framework so they need to fill it in
 
The assumption that people can figure it out belies the fact that they haven’t
 
Since devs are already overworked, Scrum appears to be overhead
 
CSMs tell them “Scrum is simple, just use it as is”
 
When devs can’t figure out how to do Scrum effectively, they often feel incompetent. It is easier to say “that doesn’t work” than “I can’t figure it out.” This makes them appear to be resistant. 
 
Resistance begets resistance so CSMs often resort to “this is what it says in the Scrum guide"
 
CSMs blame them for not having an Agile mindset
 
Their managers can’t figure how to get their devs to move-perhaps it’s more training? 
 
Yes say the CSMs
 
No one questions whether starting an Agile adoption with a framework is an effective method
 
They accept the fact that they need to bring in expensive coaches for months
 
This often works, but it’s very expensive
 
And when it doesn’t work a lot of money has been wasted and the people in the company are not only not better, but are now Agile resistant
 
The root cause that devs haven’t been told how to do Agile but are blamed for not being Agile is overlooked
 
My next post will describe a way out, or better, never get in
Subscribe to our blog Net Objectives Thoughts Blog

Share this:

About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.


Comments

Have you visited the Wawa store and you want to express your opinion by giving the feedback about your experience. Then you are in the right place where we have updated complete details about the Mywawa Customer Satisfaction Survey. https://mywawavisit.club/

Blog Authors

Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Guy Beaver
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Management, Operations, DevOps, Planning/Estimation, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Transitioning to Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Scrum
Israel Gat
Business and Strategy Development, DevOps, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Kanban
Ken Pugh
Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, C++, C#, Java, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Marc Danziger
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Team Agility, Online Communities, Promotional Initiatives, Sales and Marketing Collateral
Max Guernsey
Analysis and Design Methods, Planning/Estimation, Database Agility, Design Patterns, TDD, TDD Databases, ATDD, Lean-Agile, Scrum
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile
Steve Thomas
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Tom Grant
Business and Strategy Development, Executive Management, Management, DevOps, Analyst, Analysis and Design Methods, Planning/Estimation, Innovation Games, Lean Implementation, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, Kanban