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Implementing Agile in Non-software World

It is not often one gets to work on an engagement where you get to build a system from the ground-up. Thought I would briefly share the experience. This fast-growing consulting firm in social section came to us with a need for greater agility in managing their...
Chow #154 – What are you committed to?

Chow #154 – What are you committed to?

Ram is heading delivery in a 120-member software services and e-commerce start-up. He has been there from the beginning, almost 3 years, and has the trust of the founders. It has been a hard road in terms of hours of work – late nights and week-ends. Ram has...
Reign of emotions

Reign of emotions

All through my career, I have seen how emotions can work wonders but also cause turmoil in the mind. I am not excluded from that internal battle. As I was reflecting on my career, I realized a few such moments are stuck in my mind. There may not be much for the...
Chow #152 – Are you done?

Chow #152 – Are you done?

Mancini is a Product Owner. Based on the average velocity of the previous release (13 units of work), he estimated a new release of the product to take 7 Sprints. Development is 3 Sprints underway. Product Backlog has been stable. Over these first Sprints, the...
Chow #144 – Too many incomplete stories!

Chow #144 – Too many incomplete stories!

Agilators is a team using Scrum for about six months now and Alan is the Scrum Master of the team. Alan has some experience as an SM for a little over a year. He has been able to coach the team to adopt the ceremonies quite well but few challenges which he finds...