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CHOW #263 – Should we add a buffer to estimates? When?

CHOW #263 – Should we add a buffer to estimates? When?

Pratik is a new member in a Scrum team; he has come from another organization which had adopted Agile much before the current one. As a new member he is having a 1:1 catch up with all the other team members, this is to get familiar with the team, in these WFH times....
A story to help with sustaining focus

A story to help with sustaining focus

One of the challenges typically faced by the teams adopting scrum is not being able to focus on their work without interrupts. I was reminded of this by the recent blog from my colleague JV, where he mentions “Too many / too much time with Agile meetings”. Interrupts...
CHOW #245- Swarming in teams

CHOW #245- Swarming in teams

Ashok is the Scrum Master for the Black Hawks team. The team has completed the 5th Sprint with him as the Scrum Master and also the Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. The team was not able to close a high priority story due to a technical impediment. The team is...
Insights from the traditional ways… Agile

Insights from the traditional ways… Agile

Today, in this blog, I share a story on a few steps that improved transparency in the team. Which in turn enhanced the ownership and collaboration. In my last blog tweaks in traditional approach… I shared how individual reflection is key to staying on the course...
CHOW #228 – Daily Stand-up over Email

CHOW #228 – Daily Stand-up over Email

You are coaching a team based in another location. You have made good progress with Kathy (Scrum Master), Mark (Product Owner) and the team MasterMinds. When you interact with the team after the Thanksgiving break, you notice that the team has started doing their...
Tweaks in the traditional approach… Agile

Tweaks in the traditional approach… Agile

As a coach, I often reflect on how the approaches and the practices have evolved from the traditional to the Agile. I can recollect many instances and moments, when we did things differently, improvised a bit, in the traditional world. These were steps, tips, tricks...

Ladder of Inference

Image courtesy: Mykl Roventine at https://www.flickr.com/photos/64419960@N00/4143699557 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is key for one to be successful, especially so for leaders. A person with higher EQ will respond to a situation over reacting to it. To quote Viktor E...
CHOW #186: Scrum Master Connect

CHOW #186: Scrum Master Connect

Manoj is a Scrum Master your fellow coach Swamy has coached in the past. Swamy has moved on to another organization. You bump into him at the cafeteria and have a short conversation with him. He says he has been wanting to talk to you to seek some inputs from you....
More on Agile Maturity – Health check…

More on Agile Maturity – Health check…

I had shared my experience with Agile Maturity Assessments a while ago, the key challenge over a period of time was the lack of enthusiasm due to it being a repeat exercise, no noveltythe teams progress towards the maturity slowing down as they achieve maturity, no...