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Chow #172: Puzzled Scrum Master

Chow #172: Puzzled Scrum Master

Scrum Master Ravi was puzzled by his Scrum Team members’ sudden change in behavior. There was a tendency to commit less during Sprint planning than they were normally taking up. When probed a bit more with Team members, they mentioned that they are expected to meet...

Scrum Master’s Goal

Scrum Master’s Goal

One singular goal of any SM is to encourage ‘self-organization’. Create a ‘self-organized’ team. “Self-Organization” looks very simple from the periphery, but it’s difficult to understand it and even harder to develop.  Scrum Team(ST) and the Development...

Retro Goddesses

Photo by Color Crescent on Unsplash Who hasn’t experienced dreary sprint retrospectives? I am sure you have too – as a Scrum Master (SM), team member or coach. How you have dealt with them depends on your role and motivation. You could have taken them...

Feedback and Cognitive Biases

Feedback and Cognitive Biases

Let us start with Feedback.  From Dictionary: Feedback (/ˈfiːdbak/) noun information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement. Feedback is one of the very important factors for the Agile...

Is defect a technical debt?

Is defect a technical debt?

Well it is and it is not. If the defect is going to be fixed right away it is not a technical debt, and if team chooses to let it remain and plans to address it later, it can be termed a technical debt.  The assumption being that the impact of the defect is...

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...

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