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 #72– Time to learn what you want to

David underwent a three month long technical training on software development in the multinational software services company, which he joined upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Computer Science. Just as he finished his training, he was assigned to a...

CHOW #71– Unlimited Uses of Limiting WIP

BlockBusters is a team using Kanban. They have been getting noticed of late for missed SLAs and defective deliveries. There were some changes in the team as new members have joined the team and some additional support work has got added to their existing work. In the...

CHOW #69– Never enough time

I have recently joined a GIC as a Delivery Manager looking after a portfolio of projects and support engagements for the U.S. parent. John is a Project Manager looking after one of the support engagements. John has grown fast as the GIC grew in India and has taken on...

CHOW #67- Inter team interruptions

Wise Eagles (WE) and Bright Kites (BK) are two teams located in India and US and share just a few overlap hours. BK need to use/ work on code that was developed by the WE in the past. Team members from BK often reach out to WE team members to get specific details on...

CHOW #66- Being motivated in tough times

Ram, is running a fixed price project with a team of 24. He has built this team over the last 6 months. They have completed two early releases, and 4 releases are due over the next 12 months. Ram has built a good rapport with all his team members, and is well regarded...

CHOW #63- Case of a long regression testing

Daniel is the scrum master for a financial product and his team is responsible for the front office processing. Thamizhan is the QA lead for this financial product. They often work together to keep the quality and product wellness in perfect shape. Regression testing...

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