Scrum is simple, it should not be hard to adopt

May 29, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been doing/teaching Scrum for 19 years & I've seen a lot of teams doing it badly. The cause of this is not with Scrum. The reasons for bad Scrum are:
  1.  there is often a focus on SM certification instead of getting teams trained on what they really need
  2.  so devs aren't provided with the skills they need (the training focus on Scrum, even when for the team, means required skills are not usually taught)
  3.  Scrum exposes challenges, but because it leaves it up to the team to figure out how to fix them Scrum often feels like a burden to the team
  4.  the team is so busy, that they don't have the time figure things out
  5.  management expects that they will be doing better so they add more pressure
  6.  embedded coaches are often brought in, but most coach Scrum's ceremonies not ATDD, which is what is needed to write small stories
  7.  this often makes teams resistant to Scrum
  8.  teams start abandoning critical aspects of Scrum to relieve this pressure
 
If this feels like a downward spiral, that's because it is. 
But it doesn't have to be this way. 
Adopt Scrum by focusing on what the team needs to do. When taught properly, ATDD makes the devs & POs lives easier & they will want to do it. Focus on the work, not the framework.
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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.



        

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