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4 Reasons Why Your Agile Methodology May Fail

agile methodologyEvery company has its own way of working, and thus Agile works differently for each company. Every company needs a customised, personalised processes that fit their teams. However, with this said, there are still a few common mistakes that are made throughout.

  1. Lack of communication and trust

No matter how well your processes are developed and how great your plan is, failure to communicate is a serious setback to any team. A team is made of a lot of people working on different tasks and therefore miscommunication is bound to happen.

To avoid this it is important that team members are able to trust each other and every player in the team is transparent and open about what is happening. Every player in the team should feel as though they are working together toward a common goal and not against one another.

Team members also need to feel trusted, and need to be able to trust others in the team as well as the manager. It is especially important for management to ensure that team members understand that they are trusted to do their job and make the right decisions.

1. Your team lacks freedom.

Your scrummaster should serve the team – his/her purpose is to coach the team and help them to deal with obstacles. An empowered team makes decisions together, with the help of management or the team leader.

Managers that simply tell the team what to do instead of discussing a plan of action with them – like some sort of slave driver - will find that their team will often fail.

2. You don’t have the correct “Gate Keeper”

Each team needs a gate keeper – this person should understand technology, the nature of the project, and the business needs and communicate these to both the team and the stakeholders or end user. Feedback from the customer/stakeholder/end-used should never be taken lightly.

This person’s job is to interact and communicate back and forth between the team and guide everyone to the desired end result. This person needs to manage expectations on both sides and give clear guidance and instruction.

3. Disjointed Team Structure

Your Agile team should be stable and cross-functional – if one member does not function together with the team the team will not function to its best ability. It is management’s responsibility to keep teams together.

Information taken from TaskWorld’s Infographic “Top 10 Agile Fails”. For more infographics on project management and Agile please visit our Pinterest board: 


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