Most Scrum software development projects are seen to be successful, but there are certain times when it fails miserably.
Scrum framework is dependent upon the experience of the person who is undertaking the project. Best results can be derived from thick work experience in the field of the scrum.
Sometimes even after having a deep knowledge of Scrum, the development fails. To save you from failing any further, here is a list of reasons responsible for your failure:
1. Lack of Scrum knowledge among teammates:
A person alone cannot pull off the Agile Scrum software development and requires constant support from the team’s end. Scrum framework, principles, strategies, and approaches must be well understood by each team member. Also, the responsibilities of a Product Owner, Scrum Master, and developers should be clear among the team.
The development process should not begin until the team has received the required knowledge. With the help of formal training and hand-on exercise done under the supervision of Scrum Master, teammates can be trained for the development. But there are so many organizations that don’t practice it, and team members are left self-dependant for the completion of software development. This leads to failure in most cases.
2. Scrum is not a process, it is a framework:
Developers, in most cases, see Scrum as another process of software development. And this is where they mistake it.
Scrum is not a process; rather, it is a framework; which is used to define the development of the requirement within the prescribed set of guidelines. It is also used for fine-tuning and making adjustments driven in the form of empirical data from the short development and release cycles.
Sprints are conducted with an aim to identify the improvements which could be made in respect of efficiency and productivity. Sprints are responsible for refining and customizing the development process. It is said to be important for each team member to contribute their share in sprints by creating plans for improvements to be adopted in the next sprint.
3. Using Scrum for all types of projects:
Scrum is a framework used for certain types of projects, applying this framework to almost each and every project you take up can go in reverse.
Scrum is responsible for autonomy and flexibility among the teammates. This can be a major success if the team has shared skills and experience. But if your project involves research and specialized developers, then you need to think about adopting Scrum.
4. Stop being dependent upon Scrum:
Scrum is used to enhance the quality of development by conducting sprints. The process revolves around making each sprint more and more valuable, efficient, and time-saving. This makes developers work easier and benefit stakeholders as well as management.
It helps in the promotion of evidence-based practice so that to cut down the headache of monitoring an individual or team.
It should be kept in mind that Scrum is a monitoring tool.
5. Old practices are not useful anymore:
Scrum teams are cross-functional and self-organizing. In this sort of team, the group of individuals aspires to achieve the goal with their ability and authority of decision making. Due to the presence of flexibility in decision making, it becomes easier to achieve quality and customer-oriented products.
While working on sprints and development process, the team is seen to hold on to the old habits adopted by the seniors. This worsens Scrum. The team might have planned to accomplish a task in a certain way, but unwarranted interference will reduce the team’s ability to deliver the project; this may lead to a change in ownership, and the process may no longer comply with scrum objects.