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CHOW – The Challenge of the Week

Challenge of The Week
Welcome to the Chow – the Challenge of the week!

This section will highlight some of the challenges we face in our work situations – sometimes bordering on the personal aspects as well.

These are situations that may not be classified as black or white. While there could be some good practices and patterns to handle these, the actual resolution will depend on the specific context and the disposition of the person solving the challenge at that time.

Over time, with your active participation, we hope that for every situation, we can get a broader perspective of how different people have managed the situation.

Please feel free to

  • share your perspective on how the situation can be approached
  • describe what has worked – and what has not, in your own experience
  • pose your own related or additional challenges to hear from others

The Challenges will usually be open for two weeks before the suggestions from PM Power coaches are published.

Recent Challenges
CHOW #291 Low Hanging Fruits or Meaningful Wins?

CHOW #291 Low Hanging Fruits or Meaningful Wins?

Shiva is a Product Leader and leading a solution development team which is in the Automotive Technology domain. As a product leader he is sitting on huge pile of backlog of features which has been built up over sometime working with customers and internal...

CHOW #289 – Backlog Refinement or bones of contention?

CHOW #289 – Backlog Refinement or bones of contention?

Shivani is the Scrum Master of for the Palomar team. She approaches you, the Agile coach, with a situation she is facing with the Backlog Refinement. Palomar team has scheduled regular Backlog Refinement meetings for couple hours on their Fridays. These are not...

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 #284 – Five “out-of-scope” questions

CHOW #284 – Five “out-of-scope” questions

Photo by Chaitanya Tvs on Unsplash This Challenge of the Week (CHOW) reminds me of student days and the outrage at “out-of-syllabus” questions in exams! Here are a few on agile scope management for you to try out (within syllabus but some googlies!!). As a short prep,...

Chow # 283 – Objective or Key Result

One of the frequently asked questions I get from teams starting out to adopt the OKR framework - Objectives and Key results, is how to distinguish between an objective and a Key result. Additionally, how do we word these - so that there is less or no ambiguity. While...

CHOW # 274: How to share bad news with your team member?

CHOW # 274: How to share bad news with your team member?

Sudha is a project manager with a Global IT services organization. She joined this company 8 years ago as a fresh software engineer, grew to a tech lead and now she is an architect. She has been a consistent performer over the years. Sudha’s company has been...

CHOW #273 – Perfectionist manager

CHOW #273 – Perfectionist manager

CleanEnv Corp, was building an eco system that will protect people from harmful pollution, by providing warning over personal devices like mobile phones, smart watches etc. One of the cofounders, Roger was an ace developer and was entrusted with the development of a...

CHOW #272: Transitioning to an Agile Leader

CHOW #272: Transitioning to an Agile Leader

Padma works as a Project Manager in the IT division of one of the reputed retail organizations. She has always been quite ambitious and loved to take risks. She was one of the go-to Managers when it comes to taking up new and complex projects. Because of her risk...

CHOW #271: Lack of planning and Agile

CHOW 271: Lack of planning - Is Agile the reason?   Kavya is a new project manager in an MNC. The project was asked to run in an agile mode. As in most projects, the Backlog was not detailed and only high-level one-line requirements were available. Business leaders...

CHOW #270 – Shorter Term Productivity

CHOW #270 – Shorter Term Productivity

What was your agile transformation experience of reasonably large-sized teams (50+ people)? To be specific, what are your observations of the team's productivity in shorter-term, say 3 to 4 months? Suggested Solution: For any software development team, transitioning...

CHOW #275: Agile HR!

CHOW #275: Agile HR!

This Challenge of the Week (CHOW) is related to the blog on "Doing Agile Right - Balance". Kishore is a friend of mine and head of the people function in a young software organization based in Mumbai. He got inspired by the book Doing Agile Right referred to in the...

CHOW #268 – Who do you support?

CHOW #268 – Who do you support?

You are an agile coach working with a group of middle managers as part of an enterprise transformation effort. There are coaches at senior leadership level up in the hierarchy and lower in the scrum team level. Middle managers are going about the transformation effort...

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