Author: S Srinivasan

CHOW #124 – Scrum Master, can you increase our sprint duration?

This team has been working as an Agile scrum team for over 6 months now. They were working on a two-week sprint till now. There’s a clamor to make it a three-week sprint. What do you recommend the scrum master do in this case? Or how should he approach this ask? A little more background: The team has been delivering 95% of their stories within the 2 weeks of sprint in this period. The team feels its stressed – they are delivering but may not necessarily be thinking The management has not expressed any issues with the team’s delivery...

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How Agile is your Business?

Is there a possible common way to measure Agility? I would “dare say” yes, we could sense Agility. So, if you sense agility the only way to measure is by getting the perspective of the stakeholders. Yes, you can supplement it with the business measures and metrics. They would be a corollary to what you sense, rather than the basic measure. From MVP to lead-time, you see them all distorted or made too simple to meet the intent. Let me start with a simplified definition of Agility: “Agility is a quick enough pace at which the team is able...

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CHOW #111- Agile is driving this successful delivery leader nuts. What can he do?

Randy has built his career in Fincorp over the last 15 years.  He is well regarded for his impeccable ability to deliver. About 8 years ago, Randy was instrumental in building and delivering after-the-fact analytics. His team members worked very closely with him and he would personally ensure that they all succeed and he shielded them from the external world till they developed their own wings. He was handed over the charge for now building the AI team about 18 months ago. While he’s in the forming stage of this team, all his people have got reassigned to new...

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Getting Ready for Enterprise Agility

There’s a lot an organization can learn from the early experiment of the CIO/ CTO’s office to embrace agility, as it decides to drive agility as the new way of working in the entire organization. Here are five things that an organization needs to consider as it decides to embrace agility: Is the change being embraced when the organization is struggling to survive/ grow OR is the organization attempting the change when the going is good. This drives the mindset and consequently the behaviors and action of the leadership which significantly influences the reaction of the rank-and-file. Is the...

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CHOW #92- If you are ready for Acceptance ahead of schedule…

Background Company PH is a service provider to customer MG. PH is currently managing 50% of MG’s IT and three other vendors are managing the remaining. There are 100’s of projects every year that’s bid by these vendors to deliver. A little bit about the MG way of working… MG’s umbrella contract states that the warranty expires only after 90 days of continuous no-bugs. So, MG’s managers have a history of holding onto some bugs for 80 days, after the last bug fix and reporting it. This way they try to make it a perpetual warranty. MG’s managers are...

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