10 Reasons Why Agile Teams Lose Agility

Avoiding common pitfalls and sticking to Agile’s core values helps teams regain agility and achieve success

Erivan de Sena Ramos
4 min readJun 3, 2024

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Rooted in the Agile Manifesto, Agile methodologies promise adaptability, efficiency, and continuous improvement. However, teams can sometimes need help amidst the enthusiasm for adopting Agile practices, facing obstacles that hinder their agility. In the dynamic world of Agile, where adaptability and innovation are paramount, it’s easy for teams to lose their agility amid the hustle and bustle of project delivery. I have identified ten factors that hinder team agility based on my experience as an IT consultant and insights from Agile experts’ articles over the years. By recognising and addressing these challenges, Agile teams can bolster their adaptability, collaboration, and resilience, ensuring they remain agile despite ever-evolving demands. Let’s delve into those pitfalls that can trip up even the most experienced Agile teams:

1. Unclear Objectives: Imagine a team moving forward without a clear destination. While valuing individuals and interactions over processes and tools is crucial, teams risk losing their way and missing the mark on delivering value without clear objectives. When implemented correctly, Objectives and Key Results offer benefits such as increased

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Erivan de Sena Ramos

Business Analysis & Requirements Engineering enthusiast. Information Systems & Software Engineering specialist. MBA in PM & HR. CBAP, PMP, CSM, ITIL & COBIT