Author: Gayatri D Kalyanaraman

CHOW #125 – Case of Julie and Julia

Julia is the Product Owner of a team named “Marine Care” and their products’ objective is to reduce the overall cost of ownership. While the TCO is well understood in many circles, this team needs to reduce the technology footprint that’s spread across 18 different products to rationalize them to 3-4 based on the user journeys. Julie is the Scrum Master for the team “Marine Care” and she brings in wealth of experience having a great deal of project management as well as agile scrum mastering experience. When the team was formed, Julie was aware that Julia comes from...

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The Secret Sauce of an Effective Product Owner

Product Owner from the scrum guide has two critical responsibilities – Create a good product backlog and continue to prioritize the work based on the customers/committee/ consumers. When I am coaching the product owners, my view is that while the product owners’ have to live and breadth the backlog, there are two additional dimensions for successful product owners. Three Dimensions of work that a Product Owner needs to focus: Product Backlog Health – Backlog health is a factor of having a good set of Initiatives, broken down to epics and stories. A metric that I have seen product owners...

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CHOW #115- Global Coaching Team – Is that a possibility?

Gomathi is an Agile Coach for a globally distributed team on product development and maintenance that has a vision to improve platform stability as well as feature development required to improve revenue generated from the platform.   This team is organized into three scrum teams across India and US. Some of the challenges that this product developments teams are facing are balancing technical upgrade work and features to be developed and keeping the entire team updated about the product. Gomathi worked with the scrum masters and product owners to have joint sprint reviews as well as code reviews within...

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What’s Important – Breaking Silos or Uniting the Purpose?

Whenever I speak to teams, there is always a sense of reliance on a handful of people in handling legacy code and understanding the system. One of the inside secrets within the software community is “It’s easy to develop code, hard to maintain and even harder to let legacy code thrive”. With agile development, documentation has come to on need basis. Aftershocks that we are seeing from such patterns are Unpredictable time to complete a feature Long tail around regression testing Lesser accountability towards tech craftsmanship While most of the time is spent on getting the functionality to work as...

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The First Six Steps in an Agility journey

This blog post is focused on what steps senior leadership can take for their agility journey and where to begin. As one of the most popular idioms refer The first step is the most difficult part the journey I would say The realization that you need to take the journey is the most difficult By addressing the following six aspects, you can launch your Agility initiative with great confidence of achieving your goals and sustaining an Agility culture in your teams. Let’s start from the beginning What’s Agility? It is a way of being aware of changing the environment...

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