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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 #132 – Agile Manager?

Suma is a Scrum Master for a team of 8 people who are using 2 week Sprint consistently. Suma reports to Arun, a demanding manager, who has 5 other Teams of similar size who are using different Sprint durations. Arun had been engaging an Agile Coach for his unit of 55...

CHOW #127 – Brand Image of Scrum Masters

Rajiv has been working as a scrum master and coaching the teams after getting trained. Management and teams think that Scrum Master is like a secretary who just books the meeting rooms, facilitates daily meetings and helps with some tasks when team asks for it. Rajiv...

CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

SuperSeven was a great team and had been performing consistently last year. But during last couple of quarters they seemed to have some new challenges and Ajay, the Scrum Master, approached me for help. I went through some retrospective notes and saw their velocity...

CHOW #125 – Case of Julie and Julia

Julia is the Product Owner of a team named “Marine Care” and their products’ objective is to reduce the overall cost of ownership. While the TCO is well understood in many circles, this team needs to reduce the technology footprint that’s spread across 18 different...


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