Presentation: 10 Ways to Screw Up with Scrum and XP

| by Abel Avram Follow 12 Followers on Aug 22, 2008. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Henrik Kniberg talks about 10 possible reasons to fail while doing Scrum and XP. Maybe the team does not have a definition of what Done means to them, or they don't know what their velocity is, or they don't hold retrospectives.

Watch: 10 Ways to Screw Up with Scrum and XP (1h 28min)

Henrik's 10 reasons to fail while doing Scrum are:

  1. Believing the hype. Someone might believe that Agile is something magic.
  2. Definition of Done. There are problems when developers don't have a definition of Done, or they know it but they don't obey it. An example for Done is:
    • Unit/Integration tested
    • Ready for acceptance test
    • Deployed on demo server
  3. Velocity. Some of the issues related to velocity: not knowing about it, not using it or misusing it.
  4. Retrospectives. Some teams do not hold retrospectives at the end of a sprint or no improvement proposals are made.
  5. Team commitment. The team might be under pressure to deliver, or they are under committing or over committing.
  6. Technical debt. Accumulating technical debt over time or ignoring it has a serious negative impact on a project.
  7. Teamwork. Members in a team should not work like they are by themselves.
  8. Product backlog. If the product owner does not keep a product backlog, the project will develop chaotically and unpredictably.
  9. Mergophobia. Code merging is not done regularly.
  10. Sprint backlog/task-board. A team without a sprint backlog does not have a clear view of the work to be done.

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prezentation for download by Artem Abalmasov

Will be great if on infoQ i'll be able to download presentations slides.

Can it be implemented ?

Re: prezentation for download by Henrik Kniberg

Yeah that would be a good feature!

here are the slides for my presentation above.

Re: prezentation for download by Jack Crow

Slide 11, bottom right chart (2nd failure) is off by 10, if we're using a fall-behind pattern.

Estimated sequence should be 40,50,70 as the team is falling behind 20 by the end of the second sprint. Sorry to nitpick your excellent presentation.

Re: prezentation for download by Andrew McVox

For those who use Firefox, you can install the Video Download Helper extension, and then start the video. The extension will detect the video URL and let you download it directly.

Then you just need a video player who can play FLV files. On Linux, Mplayer will work with anything you throw at it :)

Presentation by Greg Krueger

It appears as if this presentation is no longer available- is there an archived version available anywhere?

Re: Presentation by Anamaria Bota

Hi Greg,
Thank you for drawing our attention to this error. It is now fixed. Enjoy watching the session!
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Anamaria Bota
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Re: Presentation by Greg Krueger

Thank you! I love this presentation- it has saved me from a few mistakes!

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