Agile Antipattern Cards

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What’s an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem harmless, but in practice is usually damaging to an agile initiative. It’s important to be able to identify these quickly since they can hurt your team and organization.

To help you uncover these traps, the Agile Antipattern deck contains 24 cards that highlight a different Antipattern. These Antipatterns have been collected from around the world via the Agile Antipattern Project and by Adam’s experiences helping hundreds of people adopt scrum.

Keep them at your desk to hand out when you identify a trap, or use them to run a retrospective with your team to help banish dysfunction!

Printed on real playing card stock for that slick “I’m an Agile Magician” feeling!

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A few of the Antipatterns in the deck:

“My boss is on my team.”

“Our daily scrum lasts 45 minutes.”

“We’re doing a documentation sprint before we start coding.”

What to use the cards for a retrospective?

1) During the retrospective, give a few cards to each team member.

2) Ask the team to select the antipatterns they’ve run into this sprint.*

3) Facilitate a conversation around the selected antipatterns.

4) Have the team pick their single “favorite” antipattern… the one they’d like help to resolve.

5) As a team, figure out what principles and values of the Agile Manifesto address the issue.

6) Come up with an action plan for resolving the antipattern.

* If your team is lucky enough not to have been affected by one of the antipatterns in the deck, discuss what antipatterns they did run into that sprint. Bonus points for submitting the newly discovered antipattern to The Agile Antipattern Project.

Additional Information

Weight 0.2 lbs
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.38 x 0.5 in

3 reviews for Agile Antipattern Cards

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    We ordered sets for all the scrum masters in our organization. They use them with teams and aspiring scrum teams around the org. It’s nice to be able to pull out a visual card, when you have to remind someone, yet again, that’s not how we do things anymore.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    5 Stars. We recently used the Agile Antipatterns Cards in a Retro. It generated a lot of good conversation and helped us pinpoint a couple of areas we wanted to work on. To add some fun I printed out pictures to post in our scrum area to depict Traps, Tripwires and Treachery. The team seemed enjoy reading the Antipatterns and commenting on them. I would reccommend these for any team wanting to improve and grow.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow. Not only is this a good reminder for practicing Agilists, this is a good training tool many in our organization. Needless to say, our greater organization IS NOT agile–and most of these anti-patterns apply to us. These patterns (now identified as anti-patterns) have been embedded in our culture for years and are excruciatingly apparent to many of us now as we try to move into the 21st century. As I introduce Agile & the Scrum Framework to our folks, using these cards somehow is sobering call to for our organization to become more agile.

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