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Poring over PMBOK 7!

Poring over PMBOK 7!

Photo by Nathan Bingle on Unsplash Some time back I wrote a blog on scope management and its relevance in agile projects. A few days later, a friend stopped by for a chat and gave me a shocker, saying “why are you writing about such dated stuff like scope management?...

Agile Culture and Mindset – re-visited

Agile Culture and Mindset – re-visited

Ever since Agile approaches became popular about 15 to 20 years ago, Agile culture and mindset have been touted as the foundation elements around which successful organizational transformation happens. Peter Drucker’s famous quote “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”...

Story points and making sense of the velocity

Story points and making sense of the velocity

Here is an interesting discussion between a Scrum Master, who is new in the role and the Agile Coach, sharing it as a blog to reach a wider audience and elicit different perspectives. The options shared are contextual and subjective and I know for sure there will be...

CHOW#288 – Restoring Work-Life Balance

CHOW#288 – Restoring Work-Life Balance

Suvarna is the leader of a support team that supports a enterprise software for project management. Working hours for her team are from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm as they support customers in India and UK. While most of her team members work from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm which are...

CHOW#287 – The Drama of “Unplanned Leaves”

CHOW#287 – The Drama of “Unplanned Leaves”

Piyush works as a Manager for a team of 20 people. He has been successfully running an IT team for the last 3 years. However, he has been constantly plagued by his people going on unplanned leaves. This has been happening for the last 8-9 months or so. It also came...

Being clear on what is *not* Agile

Being clear on what is *not* Agile

Many organizations today are undergoing Agile Transformation and they are in different stages of the journey. While the decisions of going Agile are being made at the Leadership level, it is not clear at the teams and management level why this decision is being made....

No Chords Without Strings

No Chords Without Strings

Let me narrate three observations from my life, to share something that I have learnt. The first is about my love and hate for the Tamil language. Till I finished high school, I learnt Tamil language formally. I loved Tamil poetry and the great literary works....

CHOW #285 – Unwilling developer

CHOW #285 – Unwilling developer

Bill is a Product Manager in a large software product firm with their development centre in India. He felt that the developers do not understand the customer’s business context enough. He spoke to Ram, Engineering Head in India, and sought volunteers to join the...

Up and down the scope management ladder

Up and down the scope management ladder

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Many of us as rookie Project Managers have got this thing dinned into our heads early in our careers. Manage Scope or perish - especially, if you have bid fixed price to a customer for software development. But the practice of scope...

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