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CHOW #182 – Puzzled Scrum Master

CHOW #182 – Puzzled Scrum Master

Venkat is the Scrum Master of Warriors team. They have been together for over a year now and gone through over 25 Sprints. Their metrics during the last couple of months has been pretty impressive and almost stable too. Of late team seems to have lost some motivation...
Signs of stagnation in Agile Teams

Signs of stagnation in Agile Teams

In this blog I am writing about some of the signs I have observed over years in teams that are kind of stagnant after some time. By that I mean signs which indicate that teams are no more focused on continuous improvement due to various reasons. Some of those signs...
CHOW #162 – Improving predictability

CHOW #162 – Improving predictability

AgileFanatics is one of the teams among 5 teams in a program. They recently did their quarterly program level planning and started the sprints. After three sprints they are still struggling to deliver value as the analysis part of their stories is taking a lot more...
Sizing – revisited

Sizing – revisited

If you noticed the topic, I have not called it ‘story sizing’ but just ‘sizing’. That is done intentionally here as that is the aspect that I am going to discuss here. It is well known that Product Owners want to know how much value team is delivering every sprint....
CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

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...
Importance of Trust in Agile Teams

Importance of Trust in Agile Teams

Scrum mentions five values – Commitment, Transparency, Courage, Openness and Respect. Scrum teams need to inculcate these values to be Agile. Practicing the ceremonies makes teams ‘Do Agile’ while these values would help them to ‘Be Agile’. Every one of these values...
CHOW #126 – Mystery of Disappearing ‘Issues’

CHOW #110- Help the Scrum Master

Mindful Masters went through an Agile Assessment recently and most team members were kind of disinterested in the assessment. Probably they knew that the outcome is not going to be so good and is going to be published as usual. Anil, the Scrum Master of the team knew...
Rating Agile Teams

Rating Agile Teams

I read an interesting coverage of the soccer match in which Russia performed exceptionally well in the World Cup Soccer 2018. The article observed ‘Russisa entered the tournament with the lowest rating of 70. But in team sports rating does not really mean much’. This...
CHOW #94- The Next Level of Agility

CHOW #94- The Next Level of Agility

Venkat is the Scrum Master of ScrumGods, a team which has consistently been praised by all as a very Agile team. They did all their ceremonies without fail and team members collaborate well and their artefacts are all highly visible and so on. After a few months, some...
Improving Agility – Raising the bar

Improving Agility – Raising the bar

In every organization where I have coached several teams for periods of six months or more, I have found a few teams which stand out. It could be due to a dynamic Scrum Master or a sensible and knowledgeable Product Owner or a few motivated smart team members. These...