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Agile: How to Prevent Anti-Patterns?

In this technologically advanced world, project management is no longer about “waterfall versus agile” when it comes to tech methodologies. But it is about ‘good agile versus bad agile.’ But what makes agile project management a failure? Many factors. However, anti-patterns in an agile workflow have long-term consequences such as burnout and the development of negative relationships between team members.

In this article at DZone, Ashish Dhawan explains agile anti-patterns that distributed teams must avoid.

Agile Anti-Patterns to Avoid

Authoritative Behavior

“Using considerate language in messaging and mails, refraining from causing interruptions, and being receptive to each other’s thoughts and remarks can build a healthy environment, especially for remote teams,” says Ashish. Remember, projects are often a collaboration between teams that are within an office in multiple geographies. Team managers must conduct frequent training for members to help them abide by the correct etiquettes and protocols. Besides, arranging coaches to teach proper etiquette will increase your team’s efficiency and bring considerable changes to online communication.


You cannot earn your team members’ trust by micro-managing them. Micromanagement often leads to disengagement, delays in decision-making, limited communication within the team, and reduction in self-organization. Therefore, as a project manager, you must trust people and do not spy on them – no matter how tempting it might be.

Failure to Act on Improvement Plans

There are several reasons for teams not to execute improvement plans, such as not having enough time to work on improvements, having dependencies beyond the team’s control, or not witnessing any direct benefit from previous improvements. As a manager, you must address these issues and help the team stick to the improvement plan.

Working as a distributed agile team is not merely the continuation of usual practices with video conferencing tools but encountering numerous remote agile anti-patterns – covering the whole range from mindset to processes. If you are curious to know about other agile anti-patterns, click on

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