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 #104- Managing yourself better

Ramesh is an Engineering Manager in a Software Product company. During a recent one on one interaction, his manager asked him if everything is fine with him.  Surprised, Ramesh asked in turn, why he is asking that way. Then his manager shared his observations that...

CHOW #102- The Spirit of Agile

Many years ago, I attended an Agile workshop conducted by a leading guru in a plush hotel. Everyone would get a valuable piece of paper at the end of two days proclaiming mastery to the world at large. I thought that kind of spirit was great – uplifting the masses,...

CHOW #103- Transparency is tough to getting used to

Team Gliders have adopted Scrum a few months back. All team members were new to Agile/Scrum, they attended a two-day workshop to get to speed. The charter of the team is to provide enhancements to different applications, in a suite of Trading applications. Team...

CHOW #101- The puzzled Servant-leader

Geetanjali Chatterjee (Geeta) is the Scrum Master (SM) in a project to develop the next generation of a product called ProClaims. ProClaims supported her organization’s operation as a cloud-based health-care solutions provider for small-medium clinics, physicians and...

CHOW #99- Warring Artists

Refer to the blog “Writing a book – how Agile can it be”.  In that project context, Salma Sultana, an artist in Bangalore was hired to draw the illustrations for the book working with the developer (author) and the Product Owner all in Bangalore. Salma came with...

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...


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