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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
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...

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...

CHOW # – 231 Adapter

CHOW # – 231 Adapter

You are part of a team that is programming in RUST. The team understands the benefits of RUST in the entirety. Your team is aware that Rust is blazingly fast and memory efficient. They are now boldly refactoring the application thanks to the type system and ownership...

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...

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