Five signs you’re not agile; you’re actually mini-waterfall

Update: I’ve added five remedies to make you less waterfall in a separate post

I’ve noticed a lot of projects call themselves agile when in fact they’re mini-waterfall, also known as scrumfall. Here’s five warning signs that you’ll see if you fall into that category:

  1. Development for your user stories seems to take almost all of the iteration and only move to ‘ready for test’ during the afternoon of the last day of your iteration
  2. You have a whole lot of user stories that are waiting business ‘signoff’ and can’t be worked on
  3. You have a large chunk of time set aside at the end of the project for ‘user acceptance testing’
  4. Team members live in fear of changing something or moving a story card around something as they’re scared of being ‘told off’
  5. You develop in iterations but only release everything big bang at the end when everything is considered ‘done’

2 thoughts on “Five signs you’re not agile; you’re actually mini-waterfall

  1. Hi Alister,

    That’s actually a good mini-post for all those project managers who think that they are Agile. I would like to republish it on PM Hut where many project managers will benefit from it. Please either email me or contact me through the contact us form on the PM Hut website in case you’re OK with this.

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