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 #97- Help the PO in moving things to production

Raj has been designated as product owner for the e-commerce website that the company is building. He was a business analyst and used to writing requirements document in the traditional SDLC [waterfall] model. This team was following Agile practices and he now needed...

CHOW #96- A tricky Sprint Planning

Ankit is a scrum master for a team. Their team is responsible for making small enhancements to their product. They also pick up some new features to be added to their product. Ankit's team is Agile and they follow Scrum. As they have been following Scrum, they report...

CHOW #94- The Next Level of Agility

Venkat is the Scrum Master of ScrumGods, a team which has consistently been praised by all as a very Agile team. They did all their ceremonies without fail and team members collaborate well and their artefacts are all highly visible and so on. After a few months, some...

CHOW #93- Building Hypotheses

The following are the Roles/Goals, Pains, and Gains for a secondary school Principal in India. Roles / Goals Teacher Hiring teacher Assess teacher capability Form and Execute training plan Mentoring  Textbook selection (map syllabus to book) Teacher scheduling &...

CHOW #91- Vital Signs of a Program

Reading the scenario painted in the blog: Program Health Vital Signs, can you distil out a few vital signs of programs? Suggested Solution: Extract 1. Arjuna thought, “For one, I coordinated the work of the different projects under the program.” “Okay, what else?” “I...

CHOW #90- Critical conversation

Nipun Sehgal was the designated QnC (IT Service Provider) Program Manager for the engagement with Spot-On Power Solutions (SOPS) to develop their next generation Analytics solution. A key assumption in the QnC proposal was the re-use of artefacts from the earlier...

CHOW #89- Letting go…

Vishal was very excited to get to work that morning. He was feeling very relaxed after the Dussera break when he had taken a whole week off. But the main reason for his excitement was the new role he was going to take up when he is back in the office. He had the...

CHOW #88 – The Case of the PO-ed PO!

Peter Cohn is the Product Owner(PO) for the maintenance and enhancement of a CRM platform in a large product development organization. The CRM platform is an industry leader unifying case management, business process management, robotics and AI-based decision making....


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