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Doing Agile Right – Balance!

Doing Agile Right – Balance!

From the book cover: Agile has the power to transform work – but only if it is implemented the right way. The book dispels the myths and misconceptions that have accompanied agile’s rise to prominence – that it can reshape an organization all at once; or that it...
CHOW#268 : Grandma’s TV remote

CHOW#268 : Grandma’s TV remote

While attempting this CHOW, you could also take a look at a related blog “Digital Divide – By zero?!”. My grandma is in her 80’s and lives by herself in Chennai. She is quite sharp and also strong-willed; loves Chennai and her circle of friends in Mylapore. I am...
Digital Divide – By Zero?!

Digital Divide – By Zero?!

Divide by zero? No, not allowed, indeterminate etc., our math teachers told us. At that time, most of us did not ask “But, why?” As students, ours was not to question teachers – at least back then. Recently, I came across a nice simple answer. Here goes. Apparently,...
CHOW #234 – Psycho safety: in two minds?

CHOW #234 – Psycho safety: in two minds?

Phiroze Batliwala is the leader of a team enhancing a software product with advanced features for forecasting consumer behaviour. His team consisted of three senior members and six relatively fresh people. The three seniors generally led discussions on technical...
Psycho safety – 4 key questions

Psycho safety – 4 key questions

In the context of software development teams, psychological safety is a frequent topic of discussion among leaders and coaches – for good reason. Without that safety, people do not open up with new and out-of-the-box thoughts; collective team thinking follows...
Virtual class 2.0 – help on the ground

Virtual class 2.0 – help on the ground

Suppose you as a trainer have conducted several editions of a highly experiential program, say, in leadership development, where class interaction and participant activities in a physical classroom played a vital role. And now, you are required to deliver the program...
CHOW #212 – Coach as a Problem Solver?!

CHOW #212 – Coach as a Problem Solver?!

You are an Agile coach, a new recruit in the organization – a Global In-house Center (“captive” software arm) of a major financial services organization. Prior to this job, you have been a Scrum Master and a coach for over five years in a fin-tech product...
7 steps in on-boarding a coach – Be Agile!

7 steps in on-boarding a coach – Be Agile!

If you are an Agile team coach, at some point you may have taken over from another coach or on-boarded a new coach to take your place. When I did a snap poll of our fellow-coaches, it turns out that there is much scope for improvement in on-boarding situations....