Author: Gayatri D Kalyanaraman

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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Design Thinking – Who needs to change? Me or Team or the entire firm?

Design Thinking – Who needs to change? Me or Team or the entire firm? One of the questions asked in Design Thinking Webinar is “Does it need the organization to change?” This is a very interesting question as there is definitely two sides to the coin. So I created a small table with my experiences where I saw an entire organization using design tools/thinking and areas where it was limited in time or team specific. Design Thinking applied in complete continuum Design Thinking applied for a scope/team/ time period In cases where design is key differentiator to the organization it’s...

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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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