Scrum is a project management framework, whose concepts and techniques are easy to understand. However, what is challenging is executing the Scrum framework on a day-to-day basis. Scrum involves changing certain habits that have been in existence for several years. Changing these habits cannot happen overnight.
SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework) practitioners who have completed the Agile certification course and even those who have SAFe® Scrum Master certification have adequate knowledge about the various Scrum anti-patterns.
Scrum anti-patterns are certain practices or influences that are frequently exhibited in the process of Agile thinking and working. The Scrum anti-patterns are bad and have a negative or no influence on the Scrum execution. If Scrum anti-patterns are not correctly identified, they may end up causing a lot of problems in the long run.
Here are some of the top Scrum anti-patterns that you and your team should be aware of.
One of the biggest offenses that a product owner can commit is not maintaining a product backlog properly prior to the Sprint Planning meeting. An undefined product backlog will make it increasingly difficult to identify incoming tasks in the Sprint Meeting and result in a lot of wastage of time.
The presence of key stakeholders is essential during the Spring Planning meetings. If the key stakeholders are absent, it could lead to several problems such as:
The DOD enables teams to precisely estimate how much effort would be required for completing a task. Having a weak DOD means there is no accurate measurement of how much effort every member has put into it.
Both internal and external people fail to show up at the sprint review meetings. If there is a lack of attendance, the stakeholders may feel less interested in the presentation.
The development team presents certain work items as completed. However, they don’t meet the DOD, resulting in a false sense of accomplishment.
Lack of preparation or under preparation during the Sprint Review meeting may disengage the stakeholders. This may result in a lack of participation from their end, next time.
Often, the discussions in the Daily Scrum meeting are taken over by external stakeholders, making the meeting pointless.
A Daily Scrum meeting gets unnecessarily extended when the team members discuss work that is not aligned with the Daily Scrum meeting.
Team members find it difficult to resolve the existing issues and cannot go about their work smoothly.
Infrequent Daily Scrum meetings will make it difficult for teams to create the right strategy for the day.
The lack of preparation from the team members can lead to a violation of the 15 minute time limit for the meeting.
Team members make personal remarks during the retro on others, which causes a lot of inconvenience and friction.
The team either rushes or skips the retro altogether. This is a visible sign of a lack of understanding of the importance of the Sprint Retrospective meeting.
Despite coming up with action plans, no one in the team fails to follow the action plans.
Members of the team share discussed points with external stakeholders, resulting in a breach of trust. Hence, people fail to speak honestly in retro.
Some of the other anti-patterns associated with Scrum Masters and Product Owners are:
How to deal and respond to all these anti-patterns of Scrum Master can be learned in detail with a SAFe® Scrum Master Certification from AgilityPAD. Just to differentiate below are the Anti-patterns of Product Owner.
There are many Scrum anti-patterns that you need to be aware of. If you are a Scrum Master who requires professional training in identifying various Scrum anti-patterns, you can go for the SAFe® Scrum Master Certification or Agile certification from AgilityPAD institute. For more information about the Agile certification courses, get in touch with AgilityPAD today.