Author: Vishu

CHOW #119- Avoiding ‘Watermelon Metrics’

Ganesh heads one of the key Products in a Digital Marketing company. He has 4 Managers below him with 10 Scrum Masters and a total team size of 95 people. Two years back they started on an Agile Transformation journey with training and coaching for all the team members, Scrum Masters and Product Owners. Over a period Ganesh has been observing that there is a significant difference in what gets presented to him in the monthly review meetings and the actual ground realities in the teams – they are like ‘Watermelon Metrics’ – all ‘Green’ on the outside, but...

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Mindfulness for Agility

In my Agile workshops I ask participants a question: ‘What pictures come to your mind, when we talk about Agility?’ Some of the typical answers are Cheetah, Squirrel or Dolphin etc. Then I ask them what aspects of them relate to Agility in their mind? Typical responses are that they are quick, fast, swift, they flow, adopt to change quickly and so on. As we deliberate in the class further about what is Agility, it emerges that Agility is about how quickly the entity senses the environment and responds back. Essentially Enterprise/Business Agility is about Sense & Respond –...

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CHOW #104- Managing yourself better

Ramesh is an Engineering Manager in a Software Product company. During a recent one on one interaction, his manager asked him if everything is fine with him.  Surprised, Ramesh asked in turn, why he is asking that way. Then his manager shared his observations that Ramesh looked restless, always in a hurry, lost in some thoughts, not focused during meetings. Ramesh got shocked that what he was trying to hide and manage (else, people may think he is unable to cope with and is an under-performer), has become visible to others.  He got more worried and started exploring how...

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Mindfulness Matters

During the lunch break after my presentation on ‘Mindfulness at Work – Accelerating Agility Culture’ in Agile India conference recently in Bangalore, a gentleman walked up to me and asked whether we are conducting any Mindfulness workshop in the near future. I thought ‘Wow! Looks like I created some impact in the conference!’. Then he went on to say that his wife, who also works in an IT company, attended my Mindfulness workshop 4 months back and since then she has changed significantly. He said that she used to be stressed a lot, restless, get easily irritated and angry;...

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CHOW #78- Responding rather than Reacting

Here is a challenge of the week. How do you Respond rather than React in the following situations? Someone sends you a nasty email copying rest of the team members also on the mail Someone abuses and insults you in a meeting by calling your idea as stupid What has been your experience in any such situation? How did you feel? How did you manage yourself and what did you do? Or how do you respond in such situations?   Suggested Solution: I would look at dealing with such situations from a two-pronged approach – one is about immediately...

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