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Anti-Patterns Overview



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Last Updated: Thu 9 May 2024 08:36

Here we will collect a list of anti-patterns that are common and what to try instead.

  • The anti-pattern is a commonly-used process, structure or pattern of action that, despite initially appearing to be an appropriate and effective response to a problem, has more bad consequences than good ones.
  • Another solution exists to the problem the anti-pattern is attempting to address. This solution is documented, repeatable, and proven to be effective where the anti-pattern is not.

Documenting anti-patterns can be an effective way to analyze a problem space and to capture expert knowledge. While some anti-pattern descriptions merely document the adverse consequences of the pattern, good anti-pattern documentation also provides an alternative, or a means to ameliorate the anti-pattern.


  • Unprofessional Behaviour - We need to stop normalising unprofessional behaviour and call it out whenever we hear it.
  • The Hero - The Hero takes it upon him or herself to be the saviour.
  • The Eye Roller - The Eye Roller sees Scrum as unnecessary and vocally complains about using it, falling just short of refusing to participate.
  • The Avoider - The Avoider uses the letter of their perceived law in their defence.
  • The Absent Product Owner - The Absent Product Owner is frequently too busy to attend to their responsibilities as prescribed by Scrum.
  • The 90 Percenter - The 90 Percenter is frequently “almost done” with whatever they are working on.


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