Is your dev team stuck on planet Scrummerfall? Scrummerfall is the pithy term given to Waterfall projects hidden inside of Scrum. Scrummerfall projects are particularly nasty because they are superficially agile.
Releases slow down, new features aren’t meeting your customers’ needs, and your development team is cranky. Here are some signs you are trapped on Scrummerfall:
Aaron Erickson calls Scrummerfall the World’s Worst Software Development Methodology. Large risk-averse enterprise organizations are particularly susceptible to Scrummerfall, but it can afflict startups, too.
The Scrummerfall trap often emerges as a product team scales. As a team grows, members naturally sort themselves into similarly skilled tribes. Senior leaders may also inadvertently force a team into Scrummerfall by demanding gold-plated work. Sometimes this is because they are worried a CEO or board member will judge them for features that don’t feel polished.
Expunging Waterfall-type behaviors from your team can take time. Drop me a line with your own stories and solutions off of planet Scrummerfall.