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Challenge of the Week (CHOW #191) – Jest Kidding!

Refer to the blog WFH – Child’s Play for the context of this CHOW. The Child has been overhearing her WFH Dad’s calls for quite a while now. Since Dad always had his ear phones on, the Child could hear only one side of the conversations. Despite that, the Child...

WFH – A Child’s Play?

WFH, a child’s play? May be not from an actual 4-year old child’s point of view! The context is a virus-forced lockdown in my daughter’s home in Chennai and my son-in-law’s WFH for a major bank. The 4-year old (my granddaughter) aka the Child is trying to make sense...

CHOW #170 Serene Scrum!

Farhan (Scrum Master) and his team of five people have been working on maintenance and new features for a product – an application that is core for their company’s operations. The current team has been stable now for the past two years since the launch of the first...

Retro Goddesses

Photo by Color Crescent on Unsplash Who hasn’t experienced dreary sprint retrospectives? I am sure you have too – as a Scrum Master (SM), team member or coach. How you have dealt with them depends on your role and motivation. You could have taken them...
CHOW #168 – Stress in Agile?!

CHOW #168 – Stress in Agile?!

Anand is a software engineer who had started his career a couple of years ago in a large multinational software organization. Most of his work there had been in teams which had adopted a somewhat waterfallish approach for development. As the teams approached release...
CHOW #156 – Coaching to overcome impediments

CHOW #156 – Coaching to overcome impediments

A development team (DT) of five people is developing a new software product for remote monitoring of diesel engines to enable improved preventive maintenance and lower servicing costs. A significant part of the product is to process large amounts of data coming from...
Part-time Scrummers!

Part-time Scrummers!

Often times, Development teams (DT’s) in Scrum need the services of “specialists”, say, in areas where parts of the product being built is to be mobile-enabled or where there is need for data sciences expertise needed to forecast end-user behaviour. These specialists...
CHOW #150 – What is the first Red pill?

CHOW #150 – What is the first Red pill?

Project Manager Chuck has just formed a new Agile team to develop a new generation diagnostics software for diesel engines based on real-time big data coming from field installations across the country – a mission-critical and technologically challenging work....
Does Agile work for package implementations?

Does Agile work for package implementations?

Does Agile work for implementations of packages such as SAP, Oracle and others? This question has been asked many times in the light of some spectacular implementation failures – failures of such magnitude that organizations have gone bankrupt. The question is whether...