Please Help Me List the Problems with Using Agile or Scrum

I'm trying to create a list of the biggest, most common, or hardest to overcome agile problems that a team might face when adopting Scrum. I could really use your help by contributing to the list by adding a comment to this post. I'm thinking of things like:

  • We have five product owners. What do we do?
  • We drop work from every sprint. How do we get out of that habit?
  • We can't ever get things "potentially shippable" at the end of a sprint. How can we?
  • We spend forever in planning meetings. How can we spend less time doing that?
  • etc...

So, what agile problems have you encountered or heard of teams encountering? Thanks for your help.

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Mike Cohn

About the Author

Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile as well as the Better User Stories video course. Mike is a founding member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance and can be reached at If you want to succeed with agile, you can also have Mike email you a short tip each week.

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