Author: A Narasimhan

CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

SuperSeven was a great team and had been performing consistently last year. But during last couple of quarters they seemed to have some new challenges and Ajay, the Scrum Master, approached me for help. I went through some retrospective notes and saw their velocity chart etc. What I observed was that some points were repeated for couple of sprints and then they disappeared. Again some other issues were discussed and were repeated and soon they disappeared too. Then I asked Ajay if issues are getting resolved (I assumed that’s why they disappeared) why should there be any problem. He...

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Importance of Trust in Agile Teams

Scrum mentions five values – Commitment, Transparency, Courage, Openness and Respect. Scrum teams need to inculcate these values to be Agile. Practicing the ceremonies makes teams ‘Do Agile’ while these values would help them to ‘Be Agile’. Every one of these values is most important and in a way they are all inter-related. Without commitment, there cannot be transparency in a team. Transparency helps teams to learn to respect and all these need courage. With that it is possible for team members to be open about everything that is concerning the team. That’s one way of looking at it....

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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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