Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Why Agile Transitions Fail?


Today we welcome a guest post from Varun Datta about agile transformations. Read more about him in his bio below the post.

The primary motive behind the adoption of agile strategy is to achieve a faster outcome. Companies are migrating towards the acquisition of agile approach for better and lean performance. But some organisations are facing trouble even after the implementation of the agile methodology. There can be different hurdle which was not carefully examined before execution. There are various sources available over world wide web offering Agile and Scrum training for your company to let your team understand the sensitive areas of work for lean enactment.


Informal Performance Evaluation:




A critical phenomenon involved in organisation’s agile transformation is carrying an audit program. Performing a comprehensive evaluation of all the procedural operations will help you to figure out:


  • Obstacles engaged with your transforming strategy,
  • Defected or unorganised area which can impede your implementation down,
  • Team perception about agile,
  • Various roles and responsibilities assigned to team members,
  • Division of departments according to work schedule.


If you have not conducted any audit before starting your agile transformation voyage, then it will be challenging to evaluate any resources. You will also forfeit the primary building block of your organisation culture for agile because it is the primary ingredient for adapting successful agile transformation strategy.

Sticking to a Single Approach:

The agile methodology follows the concept of iteration and regular inspection. Implementation of new strategic approach with innovative methods in agile framework drives you closer towards success. You can define your approach by combining and matching methods from various agile frameworks depending upon your need. Attending methods or process those are incompatible or unsupportive to your requirement needs, objective or any other constraint can decrease your organisation performance efficiency and creates hurdle in adopting agile transformation.

Always remember that multiple departments are assigned to work on separated environment and points towards various demands. So forcing them in the single agile framework can decrease their highest level of productivity.

Whenever necessary, don't hesitate in introducing a different approach in your agile methodology allowing teams to follow agile steps and deliver their best outcome. This is how you can verify that the agile is successfully inserted into your company culture.

Lack of Lean Training:

Input and support of every individual in the company are very compulsory for adapting a victorious agile approach. If your company has not designed and developed any effectual training plan to indoctrinate your team with required knowledge and flair, then it may be difficult for you to attain the fruitful result. The main motive behind this training is to make them adopt your guided approach to practice.

Your designed training plan must include every echelon of your organisation from management to a single team member. When it comes to lean training, you need to assess the activity of every individual. The team should be engaged in dealing with practical problems of the real world. This way they can devise for facing upcoming challenges encountered in the real world to deliver best of them.

Clarity Deficiency:

Some organisations consist of large teams with remote members in it. Agile methodology believes in the contribution of each team member for accomplishing a successful project. If remote workers are not regularly connecting with other team members, then it will be complicated for them to mark their 100% contribution to the project. Broken communication between team members can raise complexity in their mutual understanding. So it is the prioritised task to provide a clear picture of the whole project and maintain the record of progressive information clearly to share it with the team.

Inadequate Experience with Agile:

In some organisations implementation of agile methodology fails because they don't have any prior experience with integration of the process phases. To overcome this problem scenario, companies can create a proper plan for implementation and teach it to every member including managers to decide their role in the respected process.

Lack of Testing Strategy:

The role of a tester changes with trends because it requires a new-fashioned mind to implement extraordinary features. Testing is performed regularly with the addition of new features in the project. So team for regression testing and quality assurance testing must be different to assure the effective work completion. Regression testing confirms that the product build in the past is working fine or not while QA team will suggest profound or significant changes in product quality.

Large Team:

It is understandable that the size of the team should not be considered as more than seven members because it can cause misunderstanding results in ending up. The main problem appears when team members are partially assigned to a project as the devotion to work is not same. The dearth of trust among team members can result in making whole organisation toxic.

Hence, following the right agile approach decides your overall efficiency. Commitment and trust relation between all team member transforms the whole working environment. Being transparent to reasonable deadlines and delivery can help you to walk a holistic path with agile towards a common goal.


Varun Datta is a serial Entrepreneur and a vivid writer who loves to share what he has learnt in his Entrepreneurial Journey. He has founded multiple companies, out of which 4New.io is the most innovative one.  It is a waste to energy enterprise which is wholly focused on the production of electricity in order to power the mining of popular cryptocurrencies.




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