Abusing Agile – Part 1


Disclaimer – There is no intention to hurt anybody. The idea is to pass the learning and a MESSAGE. I have seen Agile getting abused and many times it is visible to the rest of the world except the one who is responsible for it. Click on each scenario to get more details.

Scenario 1 – I leave very early because I finish my work and I pick very less because this is all I can do

Scenario 2  – I didn’t do anything hence pairing was a saver although it was knowledge transition.

Scenario 3 – A standup cannot be a meeting

Scenario 4 – ‘Sprinting’ means running super-fast

Scenario 5 – It is perfectly alright to play with estimation at any point in time.  

Scenario 6 – Story point is not about time, not even a range

Scenario 7 – We will unearth the acceptance criteria and requirements for a given story as we continue with development. Writing a one-liner description for a story should be fine and we will keep looking at it while working in progress during the sprint.  


2 Replies to “Abusing Agile – Part 1”

  1. If you want comments, you should stick to describing one scenario.

    Number 7 is missing the underlying point. If you spend a lot of time fully defining a story, it will take more effort and some of it will undoubtedly be wrong. If you spend no time defining a story, there won’t be enough clarity for the team to work efficiently. So you need to balance these two concerns.

    A change in acceptance criteria might be scope creep, and then again it might just be from something the team and PO learned during implementation.

    Saying that there can never be a change in acceptance criteria is an example of favoring processes and tools over individuals and interactions, which is exactly the opposite of what the agile manifesto says. This comes up often in Scrum because it is very rule based.

    1. Thank you Eric for your inputs. I have moved every scenario as individual blog. I agree with you. I have reworded peter’s thought to make the message more clear. I have seen cases where PO do not write anything to acceptance criteria at all due to lack of clarity or laziness.

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