Why People Resist Scrum When They Do

May 20, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I have seen as many developers resist Scrum as much as i've seen managers resist Agile. But the reasons are different. Most devs want to write code that makes a difference. They don't like meetings & many don't want to work with others. In many ways, Scrum represents overhead to them. Especially when it's taught before how to do Agile analysis with their own stories. Teaching Scrum first makes developers think that Scrum is extra work. Scrum can, of course, be useful. But much of that depends upon dev buyin. Just another reason to teach Agile then teach Scrum. #teachAgileThenScrum 
 
“In practice, all systems do insist on exercising their own creativity. They never accept imposed solutions, pre-determined designs, or well-articulated plans that have been generated somewhere else. Too often, we interpret their refusal as resistance. We say that people innately resist change. But the resistance we experience from others is not to change itself. It is to the particular process of change that believes in imposition rather than creation. It is the resistance of a living system to being treated as a non-living thing. It is an assertion of the system’s right to create. It is life insisting on its primary responsibility to create itself.”
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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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