Chapter 16

The Myths and Challenges of Scrum

A studio’s development process is a reflection of its culture, and cultures change slowly. Change usually has to overcome resistance, but change happens—especially in the game industry—whether we like it or not.

Change requires commitment from a studio. It should avoid quick-fix solutions or ritual adherence to defined practices. With Agile adoption, both of these extremes are often seen. Some fall in love with the values and principles and dive into adoption with the illusion that the only possible outcome is success. Others sabotage Agile adoption from the start. Saboteurs repeat “urban legends of Agile failure” or label Agile as “the latest management fad.” This is referred to as spreading fear, ...

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