Roadblocks to Enterprise Scrum Adoption

October 15, 2014

Enterprise-Scrum-Adoption-Intland-Software-336x336 Roadblocks to Enterprise Scrum Adoption agile In Part 1 of our Enterprise Scrum Series, entitled ’How to Adopt Scrum at Enterprise Level’, we talked about the additional Roles and Responsibilities required when scaling up Scrum for Enterprise use. The Enterprise Scrum Master has a difficult job requiring a global (in the enterprise sense) perspective.

With this in mind, and to facilitate wider understanding at the corporate level, we have laid out below an overview of the common problems or roadblocks often encountered during Enterprise Scrum adoption.

Common Problems related to Adopting Enterprise Scrum

  • Micro-Management. Changes to work culture are often resisted, this is particularly a problem at the management level where Scrum tools are often miss-used to Micro-manage teams rather than encourage Agile Working practices. This is a direct result of improper / insufficient training, where the Scaled Agile Framework is being deployed SAFe® certified training is required. An unhappy workforce is an ineffective workforce.
  • Collaboration Failure. Another problem of insufficient training is a lack of communication within and between (supposedly) collaborating teams, this often results in a blame game as to why deadlines have been missed as opposed to taking steps to resolve bottlenecks in the development workflow. One frequent problem is when management fails to pass on required information to the team. The ’You know when you need to know’ philosophy relies on management knowing when the team needs to know, and to know this, – a deep understanding of Agile Scrum is necessary.
  • Poorly Defined Requirements. The failure to include management and end users across all departments results in an end product that might technically meet the defined requirements, – however if the requirements do not meet the enterprise needs the project will be seen as a failure. A product that lacks essential functionality is bad for everyone. Learn how codeBeamer ALM Demand Mangement and Requirements Management functionality can prevent Requirements Management failure.
  • Constantly Changing Requirements. One frequently sited cause of delay (excuse) is when the stakeholders or project owners constantly request new features when the project is already under development. This causes a slow creep of scope and expanding deadlines pushing up costs. Although this can be a problem the reality is that in most cases, there was a failure in the initial collection of requirements. These missing requirements if discovered later requires the change of requirements increasing costs and causing delay.
  • Pick and Mix approach to Enterprise Scrum Adoption. While intentional adoption of Hybrid development models work very well for many types of business model (which codeBeamer ALM supports), this must not be confused for incomplete adoption that poses many risks. Often the result of delayed or aborted transitioning from one way of working to an Agile model such as Scrum. This can occur as a result of sudden market changes or a change in team personnel / management and ultimately can cause an inefficient working model that can eventually lead to complete failure and abandonment.

The adoption of codeBeamer ALM, provides the most complete implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework, necessary for successful adoption of Agile working methods such as Scrum at Enterprise level. Learn how codeBeamer ALM’s features along with SAFe® certified training can resolve all of the above failures in adoption.

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Eva is an Economist (MSc) and also holds an MBA in Marketing Communications. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital media communication and project management working with several multinational companies and governmental institutions. You will find her blogs posts on a variety of subjects from Agile-Waterfall Hybrid, Scrum to DevOps.

Eva Johnson has written 132 posts for Intland Software.

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