Author: A Narasimhan

CHOW #110- Help the Scrum Master

Mindful Masters went through an Agile Assessment recently and most team members were kind of disinterested in the assessment. Probably they knew that the outcome is not going to be so good and is going to be published as usual. Anil, the Scrum Master of the team knew that the team had great potential. They had some really experienced developers and even some good engineering practices. But somehow every Sprint they failed to deliver more than 50% of their commitment. Stories brought into work would never progress for several days and some would not know when to complete. Anil...

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Rating Agile Teams

I read an interesting coverage of the soccer match in which Russia performed exceptionally well in the World Cup Soccer 2018. The article observed ‘Russisa entered the tournament with the lowest rating of 70. But in team sports rating does not really mean much’. This comment caught my attention and I started to think does it also apply to Agile teams? After some thinking I thought it does and I have seen teams that were not performing so well showing substantial improvements over one or two sprints suddenly. There could be various reasons for that but I would like...

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CHOW #94- The Next Level of Agility

Venkat is the Scrum Master of ScrumGods, a team which has consistently been praised by all as a very Agile team. They did all their ceremonies without fail and team members collaborate well and their artefacts are all highly visible and so on. After a few months, some of the team members were getting a bit bored about doing the same and approached Venkat and asked him what they can do to move to the next level of Agility. They desperately wanted to improve and move up the ladder and started bugging Venkat to find ways by which they...

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Improving Agility – Raising the bar

In every organization where I have coached several teams for periods of six months or more, I have found a few teams which stand out. It could be due to a dynamic Scrum Master or a sensible and knowledgeable Product Owner or a few motivated smart team members. These are the teams which keep approaching me pro-actively almost every sprint for something or the other even after the completion of my coaching for them. I have always enjoyed spending time with such teams as it has huge learning for me as well. It has given me excellent opportunities to...

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CHOW #83- Help the Scrum Master handle this situation

Krishna is the Scrum Master of Svatantra, a team known for its Agility and efficiency. He and his team were coached by external coaches for a while and now they have stopped coming. He has empowered his team and several members can moderate Agile ceremonies and hence he has taken up some additional responsibilities in the organization. Of late, he has observed that sometime the daily scrum which used to happen on time does not seem to happen and some times it is very informal and not what he was used to. Some action items from retrospectives seem to...

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