No matter how much we try and plan our projects around holidays, and allow for the fact personnel will be off for long periods during the summer holidays, somehow we still manage to grossly underestimate the impact it is going to have on the productivity of our teams.
I’ve made a point of displaying the team availability on the wall beside the teams, as well as entering all absences into our shared calendar in an effort to raise awareness of who will and who won’t be here during a sprint, but to no avail. During July and August, we failed to deliver at 2 out of our 4 sprints and I think it’s no coincidence that this has happened during our peak holiday season.
So what exactly, is going on here? Here are 4 of my key insights into why this might …