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Agile: 3 tips for effective coaching

Agile: 3 tips for effective coaching

I started my agile journey as an agile team member couple of years back, where I was assigned to a pilot team which was part of large agile transformation initiative. Once the initiative was kicked off, all the pilot project team members were trained on agile (what is...
Team norms, working agreement – Scaled…

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...

Live the velocity

One of the Scrum Masters I was coaching had brought up the issue of the team members not clued into/or caring much for the team’s velocity. The team was very capable, the team members would participate passionately in the Sprint Planning, try to ensure that they...

The 2% Masala: When my manager worked for me

Most of us, in our lives we work under the guidance and direction of our manager. There’s of course a lot of talk of servant leadership and how managers become servants to the team. Sometimes it sounds like a good fairy tale story. At other times it’s...

Motivating teams

A frequent question or topic of discussion with Scrum Masters, in course of coaching, is on motivation. How does one motivate the team members? A difficult question, which does not have “a” right answer/ approach. As a leader, one needs to deliver what is...