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 #123 – Help Kamal’s mission be successful

Kamal is a product manager in a IoT based energy analytics company called SafeHomes. The company hit a jackpot when they launched their first product suite for intelligently managing home security systems. SafeHomes has a client base of over 1000 home owners. They...

CHOW #122 – Help Prakash create better Epics

Prakash was confused. He had spent time in coming up with a high level epic, that was to be taken up in the coming quarter. He had explained the big picture to the team, using the whiteboard. Since there were no questions, he assumed that the team had understood the...

CHOW #121 – Measure of Scrum Masters

Gwen Thomas is an external Agile coach hired by a leading financial institution, a household name in the UK and Europe. She has been coaching several teams in the organization for a couple of years now. The past two years had been hectic for the teams in addressing...

CHOW #120 – Workacholic Manager

You joined this team couple of months back. You notice that your manager generally works very long hours  on week-days and comes to work on certain week-ends too. You are concerned that you would not get good appraisal if you do not work similar hours. Exercise: Would...

CHOW #119- Avoiding ‘Watermelon Metrics’

Ganesh heads one of the key Products in a Digital Marketing company. He has 4 Managers below him with 10 Scrum Masters and a total team size of 95 people. Two years back they started on an Agile Transformation journey with training and coaching for all the team...

CHOW #117- Project Health and Project Status

I was walking along the corridors of our office one day when I happened to hear a conversation. My colleague, Ananth Natarajan, was talking to a visitor and was telling him about our book. “Software Project Health: An Epic Retold”, that had just been launched. This is...

CHOW #116- High Performing Team

Pradeep is a Scrum Master for the team that you have been coaching. In your 1-on-1 with him he shares with you his view of the team. After a spurt of improvements over the initial few sprints, it appears that the team is not making similar progress. They are doing...

CHOW #114- No “if’s” in Ownership?

Sivanand, Delivery Leader in ConnectSoftware is upset – the cause being Vishupriya (aka VP), a star engineer in one of his projects – EarlyBirds. VP is a delight to work with and every project manager’s dream come true – highly capable, focused and helpful, always...

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