10 Common Mistakes in Agile Software Development

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10 Common Mistakes in Agile Software Development

Adopting Agile isn't easy, especially for large, Waterfall-based companies. Here's a list of things to look out for that often go wrong in Agile adoption.

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Recent research involving over 400,000 members of the Scrum Alliance indicates that 70% of Agile software development groups believe there is trouble brewing between internal departments in the company. Agile groups work at quicker speeds and, to mark progress utilize various markers, sometimes putting staff in conflict with one another.

This type of disjunction between Agile groups and their peers is a typical mistake in Agile software development. However, there are several easy-to-fix reasons why Agile projects were unsuccessful, including the following:

Not Utilizing Input From Customers

An abundance of groups don’t use the data they obtain from customer input for their project designs. Using feedback from customers is necessary, so you don’t provide customers with something irrelevant.

Poor Training of the Agile Team

The Agile Alliance claims that 30% of respondents believed they were provided insufficient or minimal training with regards to the company’s methodologies.

Concentrating Excessively on Individuals

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence believes that mindset is an integral aspect of its success.

Inability to Be in Sync With Other Departments

You will fail to meet your job approximation objectives if other departments that are integral to the job’s completion are focusing on another timeline unassociated with your development group.

Poor Estimates

Velocity and quickness are vital for proper estimates, so be mindful to provide your group with enough time to practice giving accurate estimates prior to making any complete compliance promises.

Waterfall Process Pressure Use

According to 37% of Agile Alliance respondents, the staff is still obligated to adhere to Waterfall processes, particularly if they have experience working for organizations where individual Waterfall and Agile groups were in place.

Insufficient Engagement in Agile Software Development Process

Most members of the group may work in remote locations at times, which makes it harder to have conversations about key aspects of a project. That said, remote workers will highlight only the things that would still be of concern even if all staff worked in-house: insufficient engagement.

Inability to Conduct Retrospectives

If you bypass Agile software development methodology’s retrospective step, you’re not providing your group with the chance to assess and enhance their productivity.

Excessive Orders, Minimal Group Effort

Rather than being a top-down methodology, Agile leaders are encouraged to lead group members towards solutions instead of making them complete individual jobs.

Agile Isn’t Supported by Company Culture

42% of Agile Alliance’s survey respondents claimed that Agile methodology conflicted with company culture.


Many of these Agile fails are contingent on poor Agile enforcement, resulting in methodology disenchantment and inefficiency. 

You're welcome to leave your comments below to start a conversation about best practices for Agile-based delivery procedure streamlining and how to implement a proper action plan for an Agile software development project.

agile, agile adoption, company culture, waterfall

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