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Rise, fall and rise again

Rise, fall and rise again

Our choir in school was a group of about 55 girls at any time, organized so singers of similar voices were grouped together to create blended harmonious music. The music conductor was our music teacher who also played the piano, our guiding instrument. We regularly...
CHOW #138 – Indispensable, but poor team player!

CHOW #138 – Indispensable, but poor team player!

Coolsoft,  a product company, was in the process of transitioning to Scrum. Bobby was a team member in the critical Work Flow feature team. He was technically brilliant – team was heavily dependent on him for many things – in a sense he was...
CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

SuperSeven was a great team and had been performing consistently last year. But during last couple of quarters they seemed to have some new challenges and Ajay, the Scrum Master, approached me for help. I went through some retrospective notes and saw their velocity...
Importance of Trust in Agile Teams

Importance of Trust in Agile Teams

Scrum mentions five values – Commitment, Transparency, Courage, Openness and Respect. Scrum teams need to inculcate these values to be Agile. Practicing the ceremonies makes teams ‘Do Agile’ while these values would help them to ‘Be...