Just like traditional projects, scrum projects can also run into trouble every now and then. Here are some Scrum specific techniques to look for potential trouble with your project:
If you believe these are possibilities, then you should conduct a product review with the customer to understand the root cause of the problem.
Based on the customer's input during this review, you should revise the product backlog appropriately.
Another focus item to avoid trouble is to carefully watch team attendance at meetings. Are all your core team members present and participating in daily team meetings and follow up activities? There could be valid reasons for the occasional mental or physical absence by an individual, but repeated absences could be signs of a problem.
The last item to think through when looking for Scrum trouble spots is, are you the fixer of all the problems you see? Successful Scrum teams are self-organized and self-governed. So you should have confidence and must believe in your team members, and leave some space for the self-governing to work. This means resisting the temptation to be the fixer all the time.
Agile approaches are powerful and deliver great outcomes. Careful monitoring of the common trouble spots can help ensure you will deliver business values successfully.