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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 #175 – How do you manage high power teams?

CHOW #175 – How do you manage high power teams?

There is a story, most probably apocryphal, about a famous research institution in Yorktown Heights, New York, USA. One of the labs in the institution was headed by a manager who was not a scientist himself. All the scientists in the lab working under his direction,...

CHOW # 174 – De-stressing in an open office

CHOW # 174 – De-stressing in an open office

Sriram was very excited and totally fascinated by Vignesh, the coach who had conducted a 45 minute immersion session on mindfulness at work. He felt very refreshed and even though it was close to the end of the day and there were a few escalations to be handled, he...

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...

CHOW #171 – No data from the system again!

CHOW #171 – No data from the system again!

Ryan is frustrated. It happens again and again, same old problem. He approaches the team and says “ I didn’t get any data from the system again !”. Have you got any ideas to fix it? The reactions from the team members are the following: Fred : Well, that’s bad....

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'? Suggested Solution We remember...

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