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 #84- Timeboxed

Ria is a new scrum master and she has trained , certified as a scrum master. When she starts facilitating stand up meetings, the meeting always run over. Team starts discussion and hence they are not able to finish it within 15 min. Team tells her that without these...

CHOW #83- Help the Scrum Master handle this situation

Krishna is the Scrum Master of Svatantra, a team known for its Agility and efficiency. He and his team were coached by external coaches for a while and now they have stopped coming. He has empowered his team and several members can moderate Agile ceremonies and hence...

CHOW #82- Lack of Focus

Arjuna was the program manager of a large program with many projects under its umbrella. One of the projects seemed to be suffering from a lack of focus on a technical requirement, namely response time. Even though the project team started off being completely aware...

CHOW #78- Responding rather than Reacting

Here is a challenge of the week. How do you Respond rather than React in the following situations? Someone sends you a nasty email copying rest of the team members also on the mail Someone abuses and insults you in a meeting by calling your idea as stupid What has...

CHOW #76- Beyond buying pizzas!

When talking about a manager’s role in supporting a Scrum team, people often say, that a key thing is buying pizzas for team members every now and then! While pizzas are great especially when they come free, as a senior leader – say, a Director of Engineering two...


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