Author: JV Veeraraaghavan

CHOW #81- Wildly fluctuating velocity and incomplete stories…

Wellness For You Inc. is a leading Healthcare solutions provider headquartered in Cambridge, MA with development teams divided between Cambridge and Pune. Their flagship product has most of the development and all of QA happen with a 10-member team in India and some development with 2 developers based in Cambridge. While the QA team does the QA for development happening in India, they are also responsible for final integration and end-to-end testing for work done by the two developers in the US. One of the problems that this team has run into since they moved to Agile 4 months...

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How can you, as a Scrum Master, make a difference to team outcomes?

This is my second blog in this subject and in a sense, an extension to the earlier one published in July this year (http://pm-powerconsulting.com/blog/role-scrum-master-headed/). The role of the Scrum Master is a widely debated topic in the industry. The overlap (or the lack of it) with the traditional Project Manager role is all too well-known and we had dwelt on that a bit in the earlier blog. Having said that, I have always wondered how many Scrum Masters truly understand and internalize the various dimensions of their role to make a significant difference to their respective teams’ outcomes. First,...

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What makes self-managed teams different?

Having worked with several teams over the years, I dare say less than 10% of the Agile teams I have worked with could be classified as “genuinely self-managed”. However, that does not mean that the goal of becoming a self-managed team is unrealistic. With an organization culture that is conducive to teams feeling empowered, self-managed teams will become a common feature. Let me now give an idea of what distinguishes self-managed teams from other teams in standard Agile / Scrum ceremonies. This is mostly based on my experience in working with such teams. Daily stand-up meetings Team members address...

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CHOW # 68 – Resolving different approaches to implementing a SM role in an organization

WayToGo Inc. is a leading CRM solutions provider headquartered in San Jose with development teams divided between San Jose and Bangalore. They have hired you as a consultant to help them transform to being an Agile enterprise focusing on shorter cycle times for delivery, higher quality and responsiveness for their customers. You have done a detailed assessment on their current practices and created a Blueprint for what they need to do to become truly Agile. One of the recommendations you have made is to create a well-defined role for a Scrum Master and ensure that WayToGo implements this with...

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What is the role of the Scrum Master and where is it headed?

I have been often asked this question in my coaching stint with many organizations in India – “What is the career path for a Scrum Master”? Mike Cohn’s blogs on this provide some interesting perspectives but there are always questions on the extent of their relevance and applicability in the Indian context. Then there are follow-up questions such as “Who can become a Scrum Master? Do we hire or look for lateral movements to that role from within the organization?” and so on. Before we go into some of these aspects, a historical perspective is worth looking at and that...

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