Here is the description of the workshop I ran at XP2006:
Agile methodologies are just as prone to mistakes, deviations and subversion as any other methodology. This workshop is intended to discover and share agile process anti-patterns then discuss and present creative solutions.
Anti-patterns, also referred to as pitfalls, are classes of commonly-reinvented bad solutions to problems. They are studied, as a category, in order that they may be avoided in the future, and that instances of them may be recognized when investigating non-working systems.
This workshop focuses on participants’ (less than perfect) experiences in the workplace and mines the collective wisdom of the group to come up with creative solutions via a fishbowl process followed by breakout sessions and then group presentations. This is a half day workshop.
A fishbowl is structured conversation technique where a small number of people sit in front of the group (in the fishbowl) and converse with each other. The audience listens and at any time a member of the audience may become a member of the fishbowl, replacing one of the existing members.
I promised that I would post the results of the workshop and I (finally) have them prepared.
Workshop Antipattern List
- Coach as manager
- Scrum master is nominated
- Worst employee as scrum master
- Too many stakeholders
- No iteration planning
- Story not really done
- Splitting stories for credit
- Velocity as dial
- Iterate without delivery
- Iterations as checkpoints
- Stories to big
- Not enough stories
- Too many meetings
- Unit tests as specification
- Specialist handoff
- Steering because you can
- Refactoring butler/gnome
- Refactoring task/backlog/iteration
- Breaking someone else’s tests
- Rebranding departments as scrum teams
- Desert island teams
- Manager is the product owner/customer
- Tools getting in the way
- Technologist as customer
- Come back when you are done
- Customer proxy believes he is the real customer
- When pairs don’t swap
- Too nice a guy in charge of planning
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