Scrum is a popular agile framework used by many organizations to manage their software development projects. Despite its popularity, teams often struggle with Scrum and fail to achieve the desired results. In this blog post, we’ll explore the five most common reasons why teams fail with Scrum, and provide solutions to help teams overcome these challenges and succeed with Scrum.
- Lack of commitment from team members
One of the biggest reasons why teams fail with Scrum is a lack of commitment from team members. Scrum requires a high level of commitment and collaboration from all team members, and without it, the team will struggle to achieve the desired results. To overcome this challenge, team members need to understand the value that the Scrum process can potentially provide to them, and understand their roles and responsibilities inside of that. Team members should be trained on Scrum and provided with the necessary tools and resources to support the process.
- Inadequate training and understanding of Scrum
Another common reason why teams fail with Scrum is a lack of training and understanding of the Scrum framework. Scrum is a complex framework, and teams need to have a thorough understanding of the process and their roles and responsibilities in order to succeed. To overcome this challenge, teams should receive comprehensive training on Scrum and have access to ongoing support and guidance.
- Lack of clear goals and objectives
Without clear goals and objectives, teams will struggle to achieve the desired results with Scrum. Teams need to have a clear understanding of what they are trying to achieve, and how Scrum will help them achieve those goals. To overcome this challenge, teams should work with their stakeholders to define clear goals and objectives for the project, and then use Scrum to achieve those goals, capturing and acting on feedback from stakeholders regularly throughout the process making sure that they are always working on the next most valuable thing.
- Inadequate communication and collaboration
Scrum is a team sport. Poor communication and collaboration can be a major barrier to success with Scrum. Teams need to communicate effectively and collaborate closely in order to achieve the desired results. To overcome this challenge, teams should establish clear communication channels and protocols, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Working agreements and team charters help ensure everyone is on the same page and has a clear understanding of how they should work together and how to handle it when things go wrong.
- Inflexible and unrealistic timelines
Another common reason why teams fail with Scrum is inflexible and unrealistic timelines. Scrum is a flexible framework, and teams and organisations need to be able to adapt and adjust as needed in order to succeed. To overcome this challenge, teams should regularly communicate with stakeholders (practicing what I call the no surprises policy) regarding progress, establish realistic timelines and milestones, and be prepared to adapt as needed. As long as they keep working on the next most valuable thing, and that work is producing a positive return on investment, then they are heading in the right direction
In conclusion, Scrum is a powerful framework that can help teams achieve great results, but it requires commitment, training, clear goals, effective communication and collaboration, and flexibility. By addressing these five common challenges, teams can overcome obstacles and succeed with Scrum.