Author: Shiv Sivakumar

Scrum Masters, Navigate your careers!

Career progression for Scrum Masters is often a topic of much discussion. Scrum Masters(SMs) can rightfully expect their organization to pay heed to it, articulate it and be supportive. However, we would say that one’s career is so precious that one should own it fully, spanning employer organizations. While organizational support is important, it would make sense in not heavily rely on it – it may or may not always be up to one’s expectations. Self-development is an important contributor to overall career progression. And there is nothing like having your own plan for it and driving it –...

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CHOW #99- Warring Artists

Refer to the blog “Writing a book – how Agile can it be”.  In that project context, Salma Sultana, an artist in Bangalore was hired to draw the illustrations for the book working with the developer (author) and the Product Owner all in Bangalore. Salma came with strong references on her previous work and showed stuff that she had done earlier for a website – good ones. In this project, Salma was to read the book, take inputs on depicting the various characters and scenarios in the book to develop the illustrations. The illustrations had to be incorporated in...

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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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