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CHOW #219 – A new manager’s dilemma

CHOW #219 – A new manager’s dilemma

Raju had joined a large company in its India operations as a director. Raju’s manager, the India operations head had told Raju that he was getting to build a challenging division.  A colleague of his Gagan was incubating this unit along with his primary unit....
The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Background Today, it is innovation that defines the very existence of any organization that aspires to make it big. The corollary, even a leader, who does not catch up with an innovation by a smaller up-start could soon reach their doom. Agility in innovation has...
CHOW #194 – Is experimentation doomed?

CHOW #194 – Is experimentation doomed?

Arvind a super Scrum Master has been an ardent proponent of test and experiment. He was the Scrum Master for two teams. Govinda the manager of the two teams had his regular catch up with the teams. He said the current covid environment has made the market uncertain....
#1 Agility Killer

#1 Agility Killer

Background I have had the opportunity to have worked in corporates for a long time and in the recent past consulting/ coaching corporates. By now practically every organization says they are agile or expect the organization to be agile. When I ask most leaders about...
Business Agility – Beyond Capitalism

Business Agility – Beyond Capitalism

Today, we have seen agile taking deep roots in the organization. While it began its humble journey when a group of techies were dis-satisfied with the process, it has now moved beyond that into every nook and corner of many an organization. So, business agility is the...
CHOW #159 – A new Scrum Master faces challenge

CHOW #159 – A new Scrum Master faces challenge

Raghav after a series of interviews finally got the job as a Scrum Master in his new company. He had a history of having worked on several agile transformations in various corners of the globe. He was told during the interview he would have an opportunity to guide a...
Implementing OKR — 7 things to ponder

Implementing OKR — 7 things to ponder

In my experience I have noticed that it’s very easy to understand what OKR stands for. Further when you have heard of nimble companies of varying sizes from Google to Spotify have implemented, you think you have hit the holy grail. To some extent, I think the above...
Chow #140 – How do I structure my new tribe?

Chow #140 – How do I structure my new tribe?

Daniel looks after the supply chain product in a 60-year-old company. He reports into the Chief Information Officer. Currently the systems run on a traditional mainframe with some interfaces to the external world using UNIX gateways. The software is developed and...