Author: Savitha K

CHOW #97- Help the PO in moving things to production

Raj has been designated as product owner for the e-commerce website that the company is building. He was a business analyst and used to writing requirements document in the traditional SDLC [waterfall] model. This team was following Agile practices and he now needed to write the requirements in the format of stories. While Raj had read up about stories being byte sized, the items in the product backlog were too detailed with specifications on how a feature should be implemented, like the requirements specs that he was used to creating. He spent a lot of time in the grooming sessions, much more than planned, in fact. But still, after 6 sprints, the team was not ready to deploy any code to production, as the stories that spilled over multiple sprints, were not completely done. How can we help Product owner so that team can start producing or moving things to production?   Suggested Solution: I would start with helping him understand why the organisation is moving to Agile i.e we are looking at making faster delivers to production and his role’s importance in making it happen. He could go for a formal session for product owner and get trained in story writing. Then as a coach, I would help him in writing stories and facilitate backlog grooming session for a couple of times. This would help him get started...

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Gamification– A tool for Scrum masters and Agile coaches

When I started my journey in agile coaching, the toughest thing to do was to help teams internalize cultural changes be they a small change such as teams coming to meetings on time or transformation such as creating high performing self-organized teams. As we all know, Agile manifesto and values emphasize more on human elements. It is not easy to change behaviors. If I have been programming without writing a single test, asking me to do TDD or BDD is going to tough. Gamification can be used as a tool by scrum masters and Agile coaches to change, reinforce...

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CHOW #84- Timeboxed

Ria is a new scrum master and she has trained , certified as a scrum master. When she starts facilitating stand up meetings, the meeting always run over. Team starts discussion and hence they are not able to finish it within 15 min. Team tells her that without these discussions, the stand up is not useful and hence it is important to have these discussions. She is confused as she also thinks discussions about the work /tasks taken up by the team is helpful but she understands the importance of 15 min timebox. How can we help her...

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Slack off – To improve Productivity

In common usage or if you have been coming from years and years of management, it probably has negative connotation, as “he/she has been slacking off”. As a manager, he is considered successful only if everyone in the team is fully loaded with tasks and he has completely utilized his team. Whereas in the agile methodologies and Practices recommend slacking off. Is it important? if so How does it help? What are the challenges in implementing it? Let us look at analogy to understand the importance of slack. If I have to start writing an article, we just start...

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