Author: S Vasudev

CHOW #116- High Performing Team

Pradeep is a Scrum Master for the team that you have been coaching. In your 1-on-1 with him he shares with you his view of the team. After a spurt of improvements over the initial few sprints, it appears that the team is not making similar progress. They are doing good, but is there something more that can be achieved. He has been reading up on Scrum Master’s responsibility and reviewing the Scrum workshop material too. He asks you what needs to be done to ensure that his team is a high performing one? Additional background info: The team...

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Sprint Planning in distributed teams… Patterns… SAFe

The title may have intrigued you, here is how it evolved. A few teams that I coach wanted to know about Scaling Agile  and particularly Scaled Agile Framework and I was thinking on how best to introduce that in a contextual manner. The patterns I had seen emerge during my coaching interactions with the teams came handy. These were real challenges that teams had encountered and resolved and the teams related to. Linking this to “online knowledge base of proven success patterns” became the easy first step. Here is one… Quite some time back, when I started coaching a...

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A manifestation of self-organization across teams

Coaching Agile teams provides one with a few extraordinary moments that make you go wow! I am sharing one such event in this blog when I saw self-organization manifest at a different level. As part of a coaching assignment at an organization, I was asked to help a team adopt agile scrum, they were totally new to it. The team happened to be a component team, working on the back-end of an investment-related system. In course of the initial discussions discovered that there were two other component teams. One working on the front-end and they were practising agile scrum...

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CHOW #103- Transparency is tough to getting used to

Team Gliders have adopted Scrum a few months back. All team members were new to Agile/Scrum, they attended a two-day workshop to get to speed. The charter of the team is to provide enhancements to different applications, in a suite of Trading applications. Team members were responsible/owned an application or two and worked in silos. The workload was uneven, it depended on the requests from the users of the different applications. One of the intent of the move was to leverage the team to deliver better and cross-skilling of the team for achieving the same. Manish an experienced Scrum...

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CHOW #87- Scrum Master sustaining Agile Practices post coaching

Deepak was a tech lead who moved to the role of the Scrum Master. He took up the role with great confidence after getting trained and certified as a Scrum Master and reading up a few tomes on Agile Scrum. The initial days were challenging as the team and the stakeholders were all new to Agile Scrum, the progress was slow. The organization engaged an Agile coach, Syed, who started working with them. Deepak, the team and the stakeholders found the coaching to be of immense value. They were able to understand the Why’s behind the practices and adopt...

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