Project management methodologies, and Agile’s poisonous effect on them

Table of Contents

Introduction

Scrum

If as a manager, you need to be told to treat your team members as capable and independent, you have a far bigger problem than which methodology to choose. ‘Courage’ and ‘Commitment’ can easily be seen as shorthand for shifting responsibility from managers to developers and coercing harder work.

Scrum Pitfalls

Pitfall 1: Intimidating or unpleasant stand-ups

Pitfall 2: “All scrum members are equal, but some scrum members are more equal than others”

Pitfall 3: Taking the term ‘sprint’ to heart

Pitfall 4: Mutable sprints

Pitfall 5: The illusion of ‘self-managing teams’

Conclusions

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