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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 #264 – Room for further Improvement

Chow #264 – Room for further Improvement

If you want to further improve the throughput of the Rust quicksort implementation, what are the options you may consider? Answer Concurrency may not be an option since the sorting logic is non-blocking. One of the options is parallelism. We can leverage the number of...

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....

CHOW #262 – To stand-up or not?

CHOW #262 – To stand-up or not?

Marshall Communications Inc. was a large telecom services provider and has a 35% market share in this business. However, they are threatened by their nearest competitors who have narrowed the gap between them and Marshall during the last few years by going aggressive...

CHOW : Grandma’s TV remote

CHOW : Grandma’s TV remote

While attempting this CHOW, you could also take a look at a related blog “Digital Divide – By zero?!”. My grandma is in her 80’s and lives by herself in Chennai. She is quite sharp and also strong-willed; loves Chennai and her circle of friends in Mylapore. I am...

CHOW 260: PO overpowering SM

Murugan joined an organization as a Scrum master. One of the teams that he was asked to coach has been in running mode at a fast pace for 2 months already. The team has been doing basic agile practices such as having a time-boxed work commitment, daily standup, and...

CHOW #259 – Accommodating the change

CHOW #259 – Accommodating the change

Prakash works as a Product Owner in a software services company which specializes in custom software development for its customer. Prakash has MBA degree in Finance and has good understanding of banking and insurance domains. In his current assignment his customer is...

CHOW #258 – Team Working Norms

CHOW #258 – Team Working Norms

Pic Credit: Music vector created by pch.vector - www.freepik.com Sukriti had joined as a new Scrum Master for a team that worked for internal technology group of a Financial Services Organization. She had come from a products-based organization that was known in the...

CHOW #257 – Have some empathy

CHOW #257 – Have some empathy

Patrick was asked to join a new project for a healthcare company. He found out that the project is in a platform that he has good familiarity and also understands the domain very well. He was also preparing a paper as a part of his online certification course in...

Chow #256 – Leveraging WebAssembly

Chow #256 – Leveraging WebAssembly

The Challenge: Your team is excited about the potential benefits of WebAssembly. Your team wants to try it in their application. How, as a team member, do you approach this? Suggested Answer: Prioritized Goal: We need to identify where we should improve rather than...

Challenge of the Week (CHOW) #251: So far, yet so close

Challenge of the Week (CHOW) #251: So far, yet so close

While attempting this CHOW, it would be useful for you to take a look at the related blog “Shifting gears in mentoring – an experience”.   You are the mentor for Fahid, a bright young lad who is a first-year student of Computer Science and Engineering. Fahid...

Chow #250 – Parallel tracks in any transformation

Victor seemed to be immersed with some chart on his desk and fully focused on that, when Bardhan walked in. Bardhan saw some parallel arrows drawn on the chart and the axes marked as Value, Maturity on the Y dimension and Cadence of development and releases on the X...

CHOW #248 – Sensitivity during these(covid) times

Harshita is a scrum master for a team. With the Covid situation across India, the team has been dull and in a very somber state. As a scrum master, she could understand and relate to the situation that the team has been going through. At an organization level, there...

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...

CHOW#244 – Fixing  the problem

CHOW#244 – Fixing the problem

Bob is a manager in an IT product company. His team is responsible for the support and maintenance of a product. His team has started on the agile transformation journey six weeks back and is slowly getting used to the new practices. One of their customers asked for...

CHOW#243 – Agility in HR

CHOW#243 – Agility in HR

Devina heads the HR department of a large investment bank in India. She had heard about Agile but thought that it was more of a skillset required in the IT department. Her company is in the process of undergoing Enterprise Agile Transformation and was moving in the...

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