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CHOW – The Challenge of the Week

Challenge of The Week
Welcome to the Chow – the Challenge of the week! This section will highlight some of the challenges we face in our work situations – sometimes bordering on the personal aspects as well. These are situations that may not be classified as black or white. While there could be some good practices and patterns to handle these, the actual resolution will depend on the specific context and the disposition of the person solving the challenge at that time. Over time, with your active participation, we hope that for every situation, we can get a broader perspective of how different people have managed the situation.
Please feel free to
  • share your perspective on how the situation can be approached
  • describe what has worked – and what has not, in your own experience
  • pose your own related or additional challenges to hear from others
The Challenges will usually be open for two weeks before the suggestions from PM Power coaches are published.
Recent Challenges

CHOW #170 Serene Scrum!

Farhan (Scrum Master) and his team of five people have been working on maintenance and new features for a product – an application that is core for their company’s operations. The current team has been stable now for the past two years since the launch of the first...

CHOW #168 – Stress in Agile?!

CHOW #168 – Stress in Agile?!

Anand is a software engineer who had started his career a couple of years ago in a large multinational software organization. Most of his work there had been in teams which had adopted a somewhat waterfallish approach for development. As the teams approached release...

CHOW #166 – Recency Effect

CHOW #166 – Recency Effect

Every Agile Team knows that Retrospectives are one of the important feedback mechanisms for Continuous Improvement. While doing a release level retro, where, say the release spans across 4 months, how to avoid the 'Recency Effect'?

CHOW #163 – Coaching Challenge

CHOW #163 – Coaching Challenge

Shiv has been engaged by a technology product firm as a performance coach, specifically to help a couple of high performing technical professionals who excel in their job. Management is afraid that the two individuals, who are extremely smart with technology and are...

CHOW #162 – Improving predictability

CHOW #162 – Improving predictability

AgileFanatics is one of the teams among 5 teams in a program. They recently did their quarterly program level planning and started the sprints. After three sprints they are still struggling to deliver value as the analysis part of their stories is taking a lot more...

Chow #161 – Transitioning in as an agile coach

Chow #161 – Transitioning in as an agile coach

Pradeep is an experienced manager in the financial sector. He’s considered an expert in onboarding team members and being a buddy for several team members. His organization has set itself on a business agility transformation path. Pradeep wanted to apply for the agile...

CHOW# 160 – Stepping into new shoes

CHOW# 160 – Stepping into new shoes

Akhil is a seasoned engineering senior manager at a technology company. He has led and guided many successful projects including ones that have complex architectures to scale and deliver high availability platforms. His organization has recently decided to adopt agile...

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