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Avoid These 5 Mistakes During Scrum Implementation

Though Scrum is now an established methodology and has a good success rate, some projects fail. What leads to these failures? In this article at LEAD Innovation, Tanja Eschberger talks about the 5 mistakes you must avoid during Scrum implementation.

Filtering Mistakes Out of Scrum

Though Scrum provides an ideal environment for innovation, it also comes with reservations and challenges. One mistake can lead to larger issues when you do not catch it earlier. Avoid the following 5 mistakes during Scrum implementation:

  1. Expecting the Unexpected: Scrum is not as easy to implement as it is to understand. So, teams tend to set up expectations that do not align with agile principles and values. Having your expectations right and the willingness to change lead to a successful Scrum implementation. Management rather than a single team must support the cause.
  2. The Absence of a Product Owner: As a Product Owner, your role is crucial in this type of implementation. You know about the product requirements enough to prioritize and manage them. So, you must not only be present for the meetings but also prepare to resolve doubts. Create user stories that the teams can use in your absence. You can also prep a senior developer to substitute for you during your time-offs.
  3. Project Manager as Scrum Master: People commonly consider Scrum Masters as project managers. A Scrum Master is involved with the project strategically only. The role does not need to look after the delivery content or perform any managerial duties. However, they are often expected to manage teams and that leads to miscommunication and confusion within the team.
  4. Daily Scrum Misuse: Daily Scrum is a 15-minute meeting where teammates decide on the daily milestones. Instead of playing the blame game, utilize the time to record the product backlogs and their solutions. Those that need to resolve the issues can stay back while others should start their tasks for the day.
  5. Infrequent Retrospectives: Retrospectives are meetings that you conduct regularly to help understand past mistakes and rectify them. If these meetings are irregular, you cannot enjoy the benefits that Scrum provides the team—faster process improvement and delivery.

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