Author: Gayatri D Kalyanaraman

CHOW #75- Technical story writing

Aryan has been the product owner in a large financial organization for the last 18 months. After finishing his B-School, he found it slightly hard to get the grasp of story writing. He invested time to understand and empathise with the users goals and priorities and features and stories started flowing. Now, he has good experience in understanding the customer expectations and creating stories from the user point of view. He also had taken Jake as his mentor to review the stories prior to involving the team during the refinement. After working in 18 months in functional development, the...

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When do Managers usually transition to a coach?

Demography in India is a huge topic often discussed in B-school as a key strength. Let’s take a few statistics here Average Age of an Indian 29 50% of the population is less than 25 Dependency Ratio of India is approaching 0.4 Refer Wikipedia : dependency ratio is an age-population ratio of those typically not in the labor force (the dependent part ages 0 to 14 and 65+) and those typically in the labor force (the productive part ages 15 to 64) What do these statistics really mean to us? The millennials form the essential force in any successful team. It’s due to various factors From...

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CHOW #63- Case of a long regression testing

Daniel is the scrum master for a financial product and his team is responsible for the front office processing. Thamizhan is the QA lead for this financial product. They often work together to keep the quality and product wellness in perfect shape. Regression testing of the product takes almost 4 weeks to complete and in case bugs are found, this period gets extended. This brings skepticism within the user community in asking for changes in the product as it’s hard to predict the release date. In the beginning of the year, they together brought out a set of Definition of...

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Agility in Mainframe technology based products

In one of the recent conversations I had with an Agile practitioner, he was talking to me about his experiences of Agile practices in Mainframe teams. He mentioned that they were following a 2-month long sprint cycle and within every sprint, they were developing and delivering valuable content. One of the key questions that came to my mind was why each sprint is 8 weeks long. This blog is to help anyone who is practicing Agile in the mainframe context for their product goals. These experiences are from my many years in the mainframe world as well as my...

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Requirements Analysis – Do we need it while being Agile?

How do we do requirements analysis in Agile projects? Here is the question that I asked several times as a coach while teams start their ‘real’ agile transformation. In teams that are already on their Agile journey, people spend a good part of first 20% of their overall project time in doing analysis before they start the development/testing iterations. Is there a right way of requirements gathering? Yes, there are several ways to do requirements gathering. Most important part is to start a time-boxed release planning. During the release planning, what needs to be built and why the software...

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