Author: Gayatri D Kalyanaraman

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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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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