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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 #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...

CHOW # 227 – Prioritizing Work Items

CHOW # 227 – Prioritizing Work Items

Suresh, a scrum master, is preparing for the upcoming sprint planning session along with his product owner Ravi. One of their developers has suggested that the improvements to the search algorithm that she has identified, can be included in the next sprint and address...

CHOW #226 – Visual Cues for being Agile

CHOW #226 – Visual Cues for being Agile

Let me share one of my experiences with a Financial Organization that I was coaching last year. I was scheduled to meet one of the visiting leaders from US, Alan. He managed one of the key Business Units in the company and was known as one of the forward-looking...

CHOW# 225 – Leave your baggage behind

CHOW# 225 – Leave your baggage behind

Samson worked for five years and proved to be a good developer and a tech lead before being chosen to lead a project, with a lot of technical unknowns and challenges. Samson was very excited to lead the project and rolled his sleeves up and executed the specification...

CHOW #222 – Connect & Learn

CHOW #222 – Connect & Learn

Nilanjana is a data  engineering architect for an analytics platform at a large IT company whose main business is to serve FMCG companies’ marketing teams. She comes with strong foundation in databases and data engineering. With her guidance and technical prowess...

CHOW #221 – Code Review vs Pair Programming

CHOW #221 – Code Review vs Pair Programming

In a smaller project (small is a subjective term, one may consider what is a small project in their team), would it be better to do a 'Code Review' or 'Pair Programming' or Both? Suggested Solution: Many times, I've been part of 'Pair Programming' vs 'Code Review'...


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