Project Management

Top 3 Challenges in Scrum Transition

Scrum Alliance

Organizations face several challenges as they transition to Scrum, including active and passive resistance, misunderstandings and confusion about processes, and a failure to adapt to changing roles. Here, three experts share advice about how to overcome these common issues.

If you're contemplating introducing Scrum to your workplace, you've already read about all the improvements you can expect in speed, quality control, and bottom-line results. But what about the challenges you may face along the way as your organization transitions to this new way of operating? We asked three experts with many years of experience in implementing Scrum to describe some of the pitfalls that commonly arise during the changeover. Here are their top three challenges — and some ways to tackle them.

1. Resisting change

Perhaps the most frustrating roadblock is resistance. It can come in many forms, active or passive, overt or covert, says Mike Cohn, a Certified Scrum Trainer and author of Succeeding with Agile and Agile Estimating and Planning.

What resistance looks like. Active resistance may be limited to a few grumpy but isolated individuals, or it can spread to those who foment discontent and agitate to block participation, Cohn says. "People who are actively resisting may try to sabotage the process, so they'll go around and bad-mouth Scrum, trying to talk …

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