Author: S Vasudev

CHOW #79- What should a manager do to sustain the impact of coaching on a Scrum Team?

Prasad the Agile coach for a team, has coached the “Enchanters” scrum team for a couple months and has completed the initial Agile Maturity Assessment. The team was slow to change at the beginning, but Prasad with his interventions has been able to turn around the team to adopt Scrum in the right spirit and with enthusiasm. The assessment is not a surprise to the team and highlights the areas where they have done well and those that they could improve. Prasad has facilitated a meeting to walk thru the assessment and arrive at a set if action items...

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Ready, Steady, On and On…

I have seen two patterns in my Agile Coaching experience, I am sharing the first one in this blog, the other will follow soon. The Scrum team has a large number of items in its Product backlog, typically they are doing enhancements, to a fairly mature product-line that is still far from its sunset. The team adopts Scrum and start tackling items from their large and active Product backlog. Iteration after iteration they keep delivering enhancements, to their product. Backlog gets populated with Release related items in sync with their ad-hoc and periodic Release, which they take it in...

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CHOW #67- Inter team interruptions

Wise Eagles (WE) and Bright Kites (BK) are two teams located in India and US and share just a few overlap hours. BK need to use/ work on code that was developed by the WE in the past. Team members from BK often reach out to WE team members to get specific details on the code and the WE team members help. The problem WE face is that there is repeat request for the same information, which annoys them. But what took the cake was after a Developer from BK got had a Knowledge Transfer (KT) session on a...

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Team norms, working agreement – Scaled…

Agile Scrum teams that I have interacted with have their team norms or working agreements in place. This is in place either at the start, or within a few sprints. Typically, it starts with an attempt to address some aspect of collaboration within the team. The team gets together and works out an approach by consensus and documents them as team norms or the working agreement. It helps for the coach to nudge them to put these up as the team norms. Many of the teams that I have coached, initiate this for the Daily Scrum or the daily stand up, when there...

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CHOW #57– Help Shweta improve team collaboration

Shweta has taken up the role of the Scrum Master with the Wise-Eagles team. The team has one BA, three developers and two QA. The BA and developers are based in Bangalore and so is the SM, QA is based out of Hyderabad. The PO is in Ireland. The team had been practicing Agile for about six months with two week sprints, when Shweta took over as SM to fill in for the SM who had moved on. Shweta finds that the team is pretty mature and have internalized many of the principles of Agile. Her fourth sprint as a SM is coming to a close and she can for-see the repeat of the challenges that surfaced in the last sprint. In last sprint there has been a challenge on completing few of the stories, they are not able to meet the “Done” criteria as few tests fail and either the code has to be updated or the test case changed. In the last retrospective it was identified that the team members interaction with the PO had increased and so had different interpretations by different team members. The Dev and QA being in different locations added to this. The team members did try to keep all involved members in the loop, but few things were missed out. Another reason was that the nature of the work had changed and the current mix of stories were...

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