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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 #146 – Stagnant Productivity

Chris is a project manager in a successful product company and has been managing a team of 10 developers, who deliver a high end analytical platform, used by hundreds of users. Chris and his team are aware of their accomplishment and take pride in their methods. While...

Chow #145 – The Stack Challenge

Vidhya is a senior test engineer in a global product organization which has recently started its agile transformation journey. She has around 5 years of experience and had joined the India centre as a campus hire after completing her degree in electrical engineering....

Chow #144 – Too many incomplete stories!

Agilators is a team using Scrum for about six months now and Alan is the Scrum Master of the team. Alan has some experience as an SM for a little over a year. He has been able to coach the team to adopt the ceremonies quite well but few challenges which he finds...

Chow #143 – Role Time

Aman was a newly hired scrum master in the organization. He realized that there were other Scrum Masters who were partially doing this role and doing technical work rest of the time. He had a conversation with his manager to understand why his role was different and...

CHOW #141 – A Road Less Travelled

Seema is a new entrant into the role of a Product Manager. She had been a developer for about 3 years prior to taking on this new role. Several folks she spoke to encouraged her to take on the new challenge and experiment. The company she is working for is an...

Chow #139 – Burning the midnight oil

Shubham and I headed towards office cafeteria to have a cup of tea. I had not seen him for some time. “Where were you last week”, I asked him. “I was busy with an urgent delivery. Did not have time even for a tea-break”, Shubham said. Shubham is a smart, intelligent,...

CHOW #138 – Indispensable, but poor team player!

Coolsoft,  a product company, was in the process of transitioning to Scrum. Bobby was a team member in the critical Work Flow feature team. He was technically brilliant – team was heavily dependent on him for many things – in a sense he was indispensable to the...


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