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Advice – to give or not to give

Advice – to give or not to give

Early every morning, I go for a walk in a road, which goes around a hospital. Invariably, I see this girl rushing to catch some bus. She runs wearing a high-heeled shoe and for some reason, I felt that I needed to tell her that she should wear something better as...

Sizing – revisited

Sizing – revisited

If you noticed the topic, I have not called it ‘story sizing’ but just ‘sizing’. That is done intentionally here as that is the aspect that I am going to discuss here. It is well known that Product Owners want to know how much value team is delivering every sprint....

Doing little things makes big things happen

Doing little things makes big things happen

I love the game of basketball. I had the opportunity to play it for a long time and competitively. It taught me a lot about practice amongst other things, some of which I use today as an agile coach. What are little things? It starts with paying attention to details...

Implementing OKR — 7 things to ponder

Implementing OKR — 7 things to ponder

In my experience I have noticed that it’s very easy to understand what OKR stands for. Further when you have heard of nimble companies of varying sizes from Google to Spotify have implemented, you think you have hit the holy grail. To some extent, I think the above...

Dealing with failures

Dealing with failures

I did B.E. in Electrical engineering from VJTI, Mumbai University. As electrical engineers we studied electrical motors, generators, transformers, electrical power generation and distribution etc, etc. . .  However, I did not like any of the electrical...

Part-time Scrummers!

Part-time Scrummers!

Often times, Development teams (DT’s) in Scrum need the services of “specialists”, say, in areas where parts of the product being built is to be mobile-enabled or where there is need for data sciences expertise needed to forecast end-user behaviour. These specialists...

Cascading the product vision: structure and practices

Cascading the product vision: structure and practices

Identifying a real need or problem to solve is core to a successful product or application. Many teams get distracted along the way resulting in feature bloat or trying to address requests or perceived needs of prospects and customers that may end up in an...

Reign of emotions

Reign of emotions

All through my career, I have seen how emotions can work wonders but also cause turmoil in the mind. I am not excluded from that internal battle. As I was reflecting on my career, I realized a few such moments are stuck in my mind. There may not be much for the...

Chow #153 – Chapter Leads’ Challenges

Chow #153 – Chapter Leads’ Challenges

In one of our Customer engagements, the organization is transitioning to Spotify kind of Agile approach. In this context the role of Delivery/People Managers is changing to Chapter Leads. They form a matrix structure with Squad Leads. Their role is changing from...

What I Learnt on Agility from Trekking Expeditions

What I Learnt on Agility from Trekking Expeditions

Having born and brought up in Western Ghats in Karnataka (in India), mountains attract me like magnet attracting iron. Just the thought of trekking/mountaineering starts an excitement in my mind & body. I have been doing a lot of trekking/mountaineering in Western...

Importance of Sprint Goal

Importance of Sprint Goal

Do you have any idea how many times the term ‘ Sprint Goal ‘ is mentioned in the Scrum Guide ? 27 times, yes ! That’s humongous number ! In a 17 page Scrum guide, why is the ‘Sprint Goal’ mentioned 27 times? What does this say about the significance, value and...

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