Author: S Vasudev

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Ready, Steady, Go… Slowdown

In my last blog I had shared the first of the two common patterns that I have encountered in my Agile Coaching experience related to the cadence of the team, here I am sharing the second one. The scrum team has a well-defined backlog and good clarity on what is expected in the release. They start their iterations and make good progress, delivering chunks of potentially shipable increments every iteration. They seek and get feedback from the PO, take in their stride any new requirements that are discovered or changes that are needed. They do their retrospectives and improve...

Read More

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...

Read More