Agile in 2018 - Your Top 5 ANNOYANCES [Survey Results]

Episode 115 - 01 Jan 0001

The Survey results are in. I now know what bugs you!

I've complied them into a rather lovely PDF, and I'd love to send you a copy.

All I ask is that you... complete the Survey!

Go here now!

What in your Agile world

really bugs you?

What annoys you.

That’s the question I put to you at the end of last year.

The results are in.

And stick around to the end When I’ll tell you how to get your hands of the full copy

My Name is Gary Straughan

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I already knew that. But i was nice to have it confirmed.

This year’s survey has half a dozen questions.

Only two are mandatory.

It’s possible to complete the survey by entering one character in a text box

… clicking a checkbox

And hitting the submit button.

No one did that.

The responses were complete, thoughtful and detailed.

Some made me laugh out loud.

Some made me want to cry.

All of them made me think.

Here are FIVE areas that jumped out at me.

Finger pointing

The survey we’re talking about today is the second “What annoys you?” survey.

The first ran in 2016.

I called it the “Bad Santa” survey.

I’d planned to make it a one question survey - “What bugs you?”

But on a whim I added a second question: “What is your job title?”

I was glad I did:

In many cases it wasn’t so much as WHAT bugs you

as WHO?

(Or should that be WHOM? I’m never sure.)

A year on, have we learned to get along?

In a word… “No”.

Take a look:

Your solutions made me smile.

You were joking, right?

  1. Estimation

A surprise to me - though it shouldn’t have been -

was the number of people that mentioned / complained about estimating

Here’s a quote that I expressed it particularly eloquently:

Wise words indeed.

  1. Unbalanced Agile

A lot of the pain that your experiencing

Resulted from differing levels of / commitment to Agile

Take a look

  1. Multiple Hats

I did my best to design the survey for ease of filling in.

But it didn’t suit everyone.

I seems that many of you wear more than one hat.

In an idea world we’d all have a dedicated product owner

A dedicated Scrum Master / Agile Coach

  1. You’re not quite who I thought you were

If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll have seen these guys:

It’s my British Standard Lego team.

The Dev Team…

the Product Owner…

the Scrum Master / Agile Coach

And this person - never really know what to call her - running the show.

When I started Development That Pays, it was this person I had in mind:

As someone with a business background,

I could imagine what an “executive” would be thinking on encountering an agile team for the first time.

I thought I could help.

I also thought I could help these guys get a along a little better.

To help them see things from the other’s point of view.

As for this guy or girl…. I was rather hoping that they wouldn’t find me.

I imagined they’d be annoyed by some of the things I was saying.


Will I have to go into hiding

Let’s take a look

Biggest segment. Scrum Master/ Agile Coach.

(Into hiding it is then!)

Project Programme manager.

Product Owner

Developer and Lead Developer


Last two: executive-esque roles.

Very interesting

I’ve barely touched the surface of this amazing document.

Would you like a copy? Excellent.

Your copy is ready and waiting for you.

But there is a catch. A price to be paid.

And that price is… you have to fill out the survey!

You’ll find a link to it in the description below.

There are just two mandatory questions:

What annoys you? What’s your job title?

Oh, and if you’d like a copy of the results,

remember to enter your email address

I look forward to reading your responses.

Thank you very much for watching.

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