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Should failures be studied in Agile training?

In a response to a post about situations when Agile is not the recommended option I was asked by a trainer/coach if I know any situation when Agile is not the best option.
Apart from my experience, I managed quite a few projects that started Agile and the only way to put them on track was to use a planned approach, with clear deliverables, milestones, roles and responsibilities, I remembered that in the original Scrum article by Takeuchi and Nonaka, they listed 4 situations when Scrum may not work.
Most Scrum and Agile blogs present Scrum and Agile like a sort of solution for a successful delivery for any project, regardless the complexity.
Should training courses include examples of failure while using Agile, or at least some recommendations where the right side of the AM has more value than the left one?
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I certainly wouldn't recommend Scrum for everything:

Agile isn't Scrum. I do think bringing in some of Agile, even in a planned and more waterfall based project, can be beneficial to the project. DSDM has a well-structured planning system in place and it is more robust than Scrum.

As far as bringing in Agile failures, I think it's a great idea. I would love to study more failures in Agile. It might help people realize that Agile isn't Scrum, and Scrum doesn't work for everything - despite many Scrum advocates claiming it does. (Agile variations, on the other hand, I think works for everything).

Using the wrong approach for a project can certainly be a contributing cause of failure. Using an adaptive lifecycle where a predictive one would have been better is as bad as the reverse situation.

All agile foundational courses should include some coverage of where an adaptive approach makes sense and where it doesn't.


Yes, but...

Consider CSM and CSPO classes. They consist of two days of how to run Scrum at the team level. Participants would benefit from instruction on how to apply Scrum to various types of projects, but to be effective it would add at least another day. Even then, it probably would not comprehensively cover all participants needs, and would add time and cost to what is intended to be a general certification course. This would not, however, address how an organization would need to change for the Scrum team to be successful.

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