Author: Gayatri D Kalyanaraman

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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CHOW #100 – Career progression or evolution – What next?

Manas has been a scrum master for the team for a year now.  His team is working on a product targeted towards retail taxpayers. The recent sprint review gave a boost of confidence to the team. There was a distinct feeling from the team that they have truly reached Tuchman’s performing stage. They had streamlined their communication with the stakeholders’ modelled towards having a clear understanding of expectation. The recurring area of concern seems to be the ability for the CI/CD pipeline to be completely clear. For that Manas had worked with the team to create a set of...

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CHOW #86- Large Change Initiation Dillemma for Karthi

Karthi is a product owner with a large financial organization. He took over as the product owner for the product twelve months ago. He found that most of the projects would fall under two main buckets of work – Technical upgrade type of work or regular maintenance or small enhancements. While most of these changes were complex, as a product owner he found it easy to navigate by using a simple prioritization model. There was always a balance that he was able to negotiate with technical upgrades and the critical enhancements. This was also due to the team that...

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