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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 #201 – When your fears come true

CHOW #201 – When your fears come true

When someone shows their neighborhood photo, how do you know the condition inside their house? Gary is the engineering head of a software team, whose financial software platform has been successful with multiple clients over a decade. The team has some great...

Chow #200 – An adamant Scrum Master

Chow #200 – An adamant Scrum Master

Jack was the Scrum Master of the squad, ‘The Confident’. He had worked as a developer and designer for many years and grown into a Scrum Master. An expert coder that he was he took on the role of Scrum Master with great confidence. He obviously knew everything the...

CHOW #199 – Creating Safe environment for your team

CHOW #199 – Creating Safe environment for your team

Payel is a Scrum master and has been coaching a team for almost three months. She has been able to implement agile practices and do it well, mostly. In Retrospective meetings, she was able to get people to talk about what went well and what did not go well. But most...

CHOW # 195 – Dependencies causing delay

CHOW # 195 – Dependencies causing delay

The Scrum Team that I was coaching, was one time struggling to finish the items that they have taken up for a sprint.  They could not meet the sprint goal.  This was discussed in the retrospective, and team brought up dependencies on another Scrum Team which...

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....

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