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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 # 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...

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#268 : Grandma’s TV remote

CHOW#268 : 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...

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