Top 10 Scrum Anti-Patterns to avoid

An anti pattern is a frequently used, but largely ineffective solution to a problem. The term was originally used to refer to a pattern gone wrong. As Scrum practitioners, we all know that Scrum has events, artifacts, roles and rules. If the core principles, foundation ideas or the agile manifesto is 'tweaked' hoping they would provide benefits because teams are not seeing immediate results, this may result in an anti pattern. This in turn may become an ineffective solution to a problem

The founders and co-founders are right, in frame-works like Scrum are founded on empirical process control or empiricism and teams need to follow certain rules to be successful! In this interactive session, we will identify the anti patterns that some teams have developed and formed bad habits that made it difficult for them to go back to those fundamentals.

We will discuss why the core principles are very important to the success of Scrum Teams and talk about specific anti patterns in terms of events, artifacts, roles and rules. Rules may be important, however is it important to apply the basic principles that may help us to do the right thing in any situation without resorting to rules? I want to share my experience of working with agile teams for the past 10 years and talk about real-life examples that I have seen in my experience. More importantly, the participants will identify and discuss the antipatterns they have observed in their daily life.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

  • Introduction - 2 min
  • What is an anti-pattern? - 3 min
  • Scrum has RARE - a mnemonic! - 5 min
  • Is treating scrum as a collection of rules is itself an anti-pattern? 5 min
  • Identify Anti-patterns in Scrum and what to do to fix the anti-pattern- 10 min - Table Discussion -Participants to identify and prioritize, post it on wall
  • Identify deeper principles (why?) to help people do the right thing without having to resort to the rules - 5 min Standing Survey
  • Wall Center Discussion - Interactively discuss and share with other groups-10 min
  • Summary - 5 min

Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to identify any anti-patterns that they observed on their teams.

They will be able to relate to some of the experiences shared here from their agile adoption or journey

Identify solutions to dysfunctions and what to do to avoid getting into an anti-pattern

Identify principles to help people do the right thing without having to resort to rules.

Share their experiences and learn from each other in Q & A

Target Audience

Agile/Scrum practitioners, developers, managers and anyone who is working in agile and in finding out about these anti-patterns

Prerequisites for Attendees

Understanding of fundamental concepts of agile and scrum. if you have 6 month experience on a Scrum Team, they will get the most out of this.

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