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3 Real-World Challenges That Agile Teams Face and Their Solutions

Agile teams often struggle to achieve their goals because of deviation from Agile principles and framework. The business analysts are preparing business requirements but giving the team to create user stories. Business leaders become product owners but meet the team only during sprint review meetings. In this article at Liquid Planner, Andy Makar discusses 3 real-world challenges that agile teams face and their solutions.

When Reality Strikes the Agile Teams

As per the Scrum Guide, there are only three specific roles in agile teams—Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the Team. Dean Leffingwell opines in his book “Scaling Software Agility” that he wants only eight teammates, including all the roles. Following are the 3 real-world challenges that agile teams face and their solutions:

Distributed Agile Teams: It is not possible to get the best talents if you want co-located agile teams. When your development team is dispersed in various locations, utilize Skype, WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc. to stay updated. Teammates can meet in one location when necessary. The important part is to keep the conversation going.

Vendor Management: You might have come across vendors that warranty outstanding deliveries. You cannot control these outsourced agile teams and their project methodology. However, you still can manage the user stories and inform the features you want them to work on first. The best way to manage contractors is to work on a ‘resource based model.’ Your project team would be able to manage the scope and control the project. Though this makes your in-house agile teams more responsible, both the teams can finally work as one unit.

The Product Owner Role: Business clients often assume the role of product owners in agile teams. The problem is, they need to look after their business, so you do not see them much. Let an experienced business analyst substitute for this role when the business client is away. The individual can translate business requirements from the product owner and create sprint goals for your agile teams. You still need the actual product owner to attend the sprint review. Meanwhile, the substitute role can look after day-to-day operations.

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