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CHOW #268 – Who do you support?

CHOW #268 – Who do you support?

You are an agile coach working with a group of middle managers as part of an enterprise transformation effort. There are coaches at senior leadership level up in the hierarchy and lower in the scrum team level. Middle managers are going about the transformation effort...
Four lessons learnt while coaching leaders

Four lessons learnt while coaching leaders

I have been working with leaders in the last few years as an agile coach. When I say ‘leaders’, these are people in middle management roles in large corporates. Intent of this blog is to share some of the lessons I learnt in the process. In the agile world, it is...
Five Enablers of Value Flow

Five Enablers of Value Flow

One of the beauties of Scrum is its simplicity in converting a Product Backlog into increments of value with just a handful of events. When I engaged with teams in larger enterprise IT functions or large product organizations, I found something more is required to...
CHOW #214 – Role Clarity & Clouded Minds

CHOW #214 – Role Clarity & Clouded Minds

In this large enterprise IT function, a cross-functional program level team was formed. Purpose of the team was to orchestrate flow of value end-to-end in collaboration with their Scrum teams, portfolio team and other key business stakeholders. Many middle managers...
Chow #192 – Conflicting Methods

Chow #192 – Conflicting Methods

You are coaching John, a Product Owner, in prioritization techniques. The team predominantly works on small enhancements alongside a few major functional epics. Small enhancement features are grouped into a couple of Maintenance epics in the tool. Road-map has been...
3P + 2S Method for Ordering the Backlog

3P + 2S Method for Ordering the Backlog

When it comes to higher levels of planning like road-mapping or release planning, product management has the responsibility to determine the order of work items for delivery teams. In my opinion, product owner is one of toughest roles in the agile world. Product...