Everything in software development has good and bad patterns.  We have looked at why the agile approach is valuable.  However, we need to review agile anti-patterns to avoid problems that can erase any benefits.  There are many ways we can misuse this process.  Here are some development team mistakes we can avoid

No WIP Limit

There is a pride people have around multi-tasking.  However, it is not the most efficient way to get things done.  Even worse, we can end up having too many tasks in flight when a sprint ends.  This causes a broad range of challenges and can block a team from critical sprint tasks.  We should take a task, complete it, and then move on to another.  Nevertheless, we can sometimes have more than one item in progress to reduce dead-time in our day.

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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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