Three lessons from my glorious Agile failures/misuses — by Rapyd R&D Manager

#1. Build cross-functional teams, not silo teams

  • Moreover, the hand-off sequential process turned project communication into a broken telephone, when the initial comment can be misinterpreted by the final link. This also had a negative impact on the quality of the delivery.
  • Furthermore, such overlapping sprints approach wasn’t very helpful for sprint planning: as teams were working on 2 parallel sprints, they had a very hard time predicting the amount of work they could deliver in each sprint. Performing sprint planning decisions based on empirical data from previous overlapping sprints was not a trivial task. Overlapping sprints also introduced additional complexity, because they required switching between tasks, which damaged productivity and reduced response time to issues raised within the sprint.

#2. Less is more, when it comes to Scrum board

Image by Boaz Fine, created during Beyond Agile Israel 2021

#3. You can’t calculate velocity with a fixed formula

Image by Boaz Fine, created during Beyond Agile Israel 2021

Conclusion: Remember, Agile is not the goal

Image by Boaz Fine, created during Beyond Agile Israel 2021
  1. ‘Agile is not a goal, but rather the engine to reach the goal, which is improving our business outcomes’ — this was one of the takeaways from my conversations with Dr. Jeff Sutherland (co-author of Scrum) 2 years ago, at Boston.

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