The following list is a tongue-in-cheek collection of common mistakes in applying Scrum. They all influence product success negatively. Combined they are a recipe for certain failure.
- Apply the product owner role pragmatically: Spilt the role across several people or work with a product owner committee.
- Shoot for the maximum marketable product – a product that pleases everyone and has a myriad of features.
- Have a can-do attitude, say yes to every requirement, and put it into the product backlog. You don’t want to disappoint stakeholders and endanger the product success.
- Capture and detail all the requirements in the product backlog before the first sprint. This reduces uncertainty and risk, and it enables accurate planning and efficient execution.
- Don’t bother with prioritisation. All your requirements are certainly must-have’s.
- Don’t ask your customers for feedback on early product increments. You know what’s best for them!
- Leverage a big-bang release to surprise your competitors, impress your customers, and achieve complete market domination over night.
- When push comes to shove, add more features and cut quality. Customers love complex products. Don’t worry about technical debt. View it as an opportunity to create a new product in the near future.
- Tell the ScrumMaster to act as a proper project manager. Work the team hard. Sustainable pace is for wimps.
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