CHOW #73: Painting the big picture

Rohit is managing a team that has newly transitioned to agile for the past few months. Over these months, across multiple sprints – the team has been regularly preparing stories for sprints. As part of sprint planning –  they estimate stories using story points and track velocity. The product owner has changes that need to get done and has reached out to Rohit to work with the team and prepare a plan on when they …

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Two reasons to stop sizing during sprints

In many new agile teams, sprint planning is used to discuss the stories, estimate stories in story points and plan for the sprint. However, as many sprints happen – and underlying conversation gets louder. Stakeholders want to know how much will actually get done by the team over few months. Teams are provided with some goals – and asked for a time frame for when most of these would get done. The agile ceremonies –  …

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CHOW #72 – Time to learn what you want to

David underwent a three month long technical training on software development in the multinational software services company, which he joined upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Computer Science. Just as he finished his training, he was assigned to a customer project, which was to build a cloud-based custom ERP for a pharmaceutical company. The project was challenging and also demanding that David had no time to reflect on his work and consolidate his learning. …

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Losing Time…

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine who has taken a break from his regular job. The reason, he said, was that he was getting stressed out taking care of his aged parents and spending 10+ hours at work. There wasn’t a part-time option for him at work and he was not under any financial constraint that needed him to be earning a salary. He wanted to pursue some of his passion in …

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CHOW #71 – Unlimited Uses of Limiting WIP

BlockBusters is a team using Kanban. They have been getting noticed of late for missed SLAs and defective deliveries. There were some changes in the team as new members have joined the team and some additional support work has got added to their existing work. In the last couple of retrospectives team members have brought out several points about some of them not being aware of all aspects of work, some members pointing out that …

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Unlimited Uses of Limiting WIP

Limiting Work In Process (WIP) is very important for Agile teams and is highly recommended for Kanban teams as they are focused on identifying and removing blocks and thereby improving flow. Here are some benefits of limiting WIP observed in teams I have coached. Improved flow The first and most talked about among the benefits of limiting WIP is improvement in the flow of work.  Accumulating work items in the value stream chokes the flow …

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