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The Story Teller

A backlog must resemble a good folktale- that people will talk about after they have listened to it, allowing freedom to interpret and be able to be told in multiple variations without changing the outcome. Product Owners play a direct role in creating backlogs that...

Slack off – To improve Productivity

In common usage or if you have been coming from years and years of management, it probably has negative connotation, as “he/she has been slacking off”. As a manager, he is considered successful only if everyone in the team is fully loaded with tasks and he has...

A Goal Focused Team – Part 3

In the previous posts (part 1 and part 2) we watched the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup match - Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina’s focus on scoring the goal was complete. It was total and complete focus on one thing – the goal. We said that this...

A Goal Focused Team – Part 2

In the previous post we watched the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup match - Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina’s focus on scoring the goal was complete. It was total and complete focus on one thing – the goal. We said that this was exactly what is...

A Goal Focused Team – Part 1

It is worth watching the replay of the 2006 Football World Cup - Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro, even if you have seen it before. The second goal by Argentina in their 6-0 drubbing of Serbia & Montenegro was really something. They quietly went through more...

Ready, Steady, On and On…

I have seen two patterns in my Agile Coaching experience, I am sharing the first one in this blog, the other will follow soon. The Scrum team has a large number of items in its Product backlog, typically they are doing enhancements, to a fairly mature product-line...

Agile Metrics- an Oxymoron?

One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘what are the right metrics for an Agile project?’ My response usually is something like this: Borrowing from a popular quote from George Box, the famous statistician, ‘All models are wrong. But, some are more useful’, I...

Mindfulness and Agility

Are Mindfulness and Agility related in any way? Does being more aware, alive and calm lead to being more agile? Yes, Mindfulness indeed can enhance Agility – better sense & respond mechanism, at an individual level as well as at an enterprise level. In Yogic...

Between a Rock and a Hardening Sprint!

The topic of hardening sprints is much-discussed among Agile practitioners – sometimes in purist indignation but more in expressing helplessness, I feel! Let’s first understand what a hardening sprint is – it is an additional sprint that some Scrum teams run at the...

Magic of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the buzz words in the industry these days. Mindfulness is a technique to bring and keep the mind in the present moment, moment by moment. There is a great deal of research done and experiences shared by many people on the benefits of Mindfulness...

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