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Chow #189 – Getting over the lockdown fatigue

Chow #189 – Getting over the lockdown fatigue

The last 3 weeks now felt like an extended honeymoon. Janardhan was happy, his team was also happy. Everyone enjoyed the freedom of working from home – in their pajamas and still be fully engaged in the work. Team productivity was higher than when they were together...

3 bucket formula for time management

Haven’t we all tried multiple techniques to manage our time better?I have.I have tried different tools, techniques and, almost every time, given up after a few days to few weeks.I have been getting a lot of questions related to time management, with the WFH model...
7 Lockdown Lessons on Agility

7 Lockdown Lessons on Agility

The covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown in many countries was a significant disruptor to BAU. In this chaotic time. This was also a great opportunity for creativity, discipline, and empathy. These notes, collated from the experiences of various professionals from...

Tips for a suddenly dispersed team

Agile teams are about effective teamwork.While classical agile models prefer co-located teams, many have evolved to handle distributed teams as well.By adopting principles of fractal organizations, of replicating small, self-organizing teams and structures such as...
CHOW # 174 – De-stressing in an open office

CHOW # 174 – De-stressing in an open office

Sriram was very excited and totally fascinated by Vignesh, the coach who had conducted a 45 minute immersion session on mindfulness at work. He felt very refreshed and even though it was close to the end of the day and there were a few escalations to be handled, he...
Empathy fatigue.. and 3 tips to handle it

Empathy fatigue.. and 3 tips to handle it

I recently had an opportunity to talk to a hospital administrator. I had met him in the context of understanding how they approached customer focus in their organization. He explained his role and the challenges his team needs to handle on a daily basis and how his...
Chow # 157 – How many statuses do I need?

Chow # 157 – How many statuses do I need?

Chirag was a new lateral joinee to one of the teams that I had coached. After his first week, Chirag approached me with a question:  How many statuses should I define in my workflow, so that I know where exactly a story is, so that I can intervene as a scrum...