Author: Shiv Sivakumar

Writing a book – how Agile can it be?

As enterprise Agile coaches in PM Power, we have seen many degrees of Agile adoption in customer organizations – from “doing Agile” going all the way up to “being Agile”. There are varying degrees of adoption even in software development – a domain in which Agile approaches have been around for over two decades. But how about degrees of Agile adoption in other domains – in writing a book for instance? We have some experiences to share. First, a little bit of context… One of our colleagues Ananth had developed a project health assessment framework called ProHealth – a...

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CHOW #88 – The Case of the PO-ed PO!

Peter Cohn is the Product Owner(PO) for the maintenance and enhancement of a CRM platform in a large product development organization. The CRM platform is an industry leader unifying case management, business process management, robotics and AI-based decision making. Peter is located in New York City (NYC) working with the company’s product management locally and the engineering team located in Pune, India. Peter Cohn was an engineering manager earlier in the same organization and had moved to being a PO a few months back. He knew some parts of the product suite in depth but did not have a...

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Future of Agile coaching – Composites!

I was reading about composite materials or composites a few days back. Composites have made many improvements and breakthroughs possible – from baseball bats, to prosthetic limbs and heat shields for spacecraft. It led me to think about extending the concept of composites to coaching for Agile transformations. Composites essentially blend materials with different physical and chemical properties into a composite with superior characteristics, and thus be able to meet a purpose which any one material cannot. Likewise, challenges in Agile transformations are so complex that soon Agile coaching will require a composite blend of coaches tailored to meet specific...

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6 Things about Custom Workshops for Project / Delivery Managers

As a Learning & Development (L&D) leader or Delivery Head for software, you have a constant need to upgrade the knowledge and skill levels of teams that are right in the middle of projects – a challenge akin to fuelling in mid-air! You may ask yourself, ‘Should I send the team for a training program for a few days pulling them out of their project? Or should I put them through a custom workshop that imparts them specific knowledge / skills in their work context’? To answer such questions, it will be good to understand the key differences between...

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CHOW #76- Beyond buying pizzas!

When talking about a manager’s role in supporting a Scrum team, people often say, that a key thing is buying pizzas for team members every now and then! While pizzas are great especially when they come free, as a senior leader – say, a Director of Engineering two levels removed from a Scrum team – you may encounter some situations that are a tad more difficult! Assuming you are one such leader, here is a situation for you to address. The Scrum Master (SM) of one of your teams has been having major issues with a Tech Lead (TL)...

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