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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 #242 Impact of management style while WFH

CHOW #242 Impact of management style while WFH

Hema was the delivery head for a healthcare client with JCN incorporated. Rahim, Radha and Rachel, reported to Hema. Rahim was responsible for Software delivery, Radha for medical transcription and Rachel first-line IT support to the client.The three of them had their...

CHOW #241 Will tasking reduce knowledge silos?

Do you think tasking would help reduce the creation of knowledge silos? Would it help developers rotate stories/tasks easily? Suggested Solution: Tasking done effectively, would help share the knowledge within the team. I've worked with teams that tasked their stories...

CHOW#240 Stay in touch with your Customers

Photo by Joseph Rosales on Unsplash Suniti is a product manager in a company that’s been building products and platforms for logistics management in the transportation industry. She moved into this role from a previous one where she was an on-site installation...

CHOW #237  – Running out of collaboration?

CHOW #237 – Running out of collaboration?

Inzamam-ul-Huq (Inzy) was a great player for Pakistan in the nineties. Beyond his batting classics, he was known for the most bizarre run-outs in the history of cricket. There were players who have had more run-outs than Inzy, and have got more partners run-out than...

CHOW #234 – Psycho safety: in two minds?

CHOW #234 – Psycho safety: in two minds?

Phiroze Batliwala is the leader of a team enhancing a software product with advanced features for forecasting consumer behaviour. His team consisted of three senior members and six relatively fresh people. The three seniors generally led discussions on technical...

CHOW #233 – What’s in a name?

CHOW #233 – What’s in a name?

That which we call a roseBy any other word would smell as sweet; -- Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 43-44 What lesson about Agile can we learn from these famous lines of Shakespeare's Juliet? Suggested Solution The lesson we can learn is that we have to...

CHOW # 232 – Can a leader overcommunicate?

Jagdish came to me with a question – can a leader ever overcommunicate? I remember reading a mail from the CEO to all managers in that organization that they are going through a major shift in their business strategy and that all managers should follow the three rules...


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