From One Crisis To Another

Recently, Jeff Sutherland posted a blog on Aggressive Scrum. As Jeff mentions, The 2015 Chaos Report from the Standish Group shows only 39% of Agile teams are successful – that means that 61% of them are not meeting the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto.

61% of the Agile Teams are not meeting the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto.

Many organisations implement Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, SAFe and many other methodologies. Still, many times you see organisations going from one crisis to another. Ask any project manager or project teams in your organisation.

They would say, in our team one day we are working on highest priority for the business and very next day there is a production issue or performance issue or client defect and all hell breaks loose. We will leave everything aside and fix that issue first. In due course, things will settle and we will again start working on business requirement, only to be pulled again for next crisis. Sometimes, it feels like all we do is move from one crisis to another.

Note crisis doesn’t have to be everyday or every week. It could be from sprint to sprint or month to month. But whenever crisis happens, team is stressed, working late hours, under lot of pressure from the management to fix or to deliver. Going to many status meetings, status calls, tiger teams are formed, war room is set up.

If this is the state of agile in your organisation, then they are definitely missing something. No wonder Jeff advocates aggressive scrum.

Take a hard look at your team, project and organisation. As Edward Deming says:

85% problems of poor performance and efficiency are in the system. And hence,responsibility of the management.



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