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Month: March 2018

Agile story estimation?- Wait, try to avoid these three things !!!

Agile story estimation?- Wait, try to avoid these three things !!!

Sometime back, I heard someone saying- “My team is not doing that good because it delivers only ‘X’ story points whereas other teams deliver more than that!!!” This is one of the things we witness while working in the agile environment. The team might start comparing user story points delivered other team and this is not the good indication for agile culture. Sometimes this comparison might end up in a.   Motivating the team and deliver more b.    Might end up in discouraging the team…

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Banking is necessary, Banks are not ! A truth expressed 3 decades ago

Banking is necessary, Banks are not ! A truth expressed 3 decades ago

In 1990’s, Bill Gates said: “banking is necessary, banks are not”.  Back then [25 years ago], imagining banking systems without bank was no less than a wild dream; but visionary like Mr Gates anticipated it very well in advance. From 2010, with all the Fintech & startups coming up with innovative & customer-centric banking ways and regulators opening up bank data though directive & regulation; lots of banking activities started moving away from the bank. Payment & retail transactions moved…

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Transforming Government organisations through Agile implementation

Transforming Government organisations through Agile implementation

A few days ago, I visited one of the government office for my personal work. I received the standard response from the office, “We are looking into your file. It is in progress.”   That was kind of very disappointing. Most of us have gone through this experience and we are used to it. Traditionally these government organizations are less efficient, less transparent and most importantly they are not customer focused.   We pay direct or indirect taxes for all…

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A positive fear

A positive fear

In one of a speech, Steve job used slangs like “Stay hungry stay foolish” and “Connect the dots”.  It inspired many people, especially Rashmi Bansal. Young talented author has written a couple of books with same titles, these books have stories of successful Indian entrepreneurs (most of us have read this book, if you haven’t, go get a copy, it is a must-read for an entrepreneur aspirant). A known striking difference in these two books is – ‘Stay hungry Stay…

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Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Why Managing Shared Responsibilities is Key to Success of Scrum

Scrum is the most widely accepted and proven methodology in agile. According to ‘State of Scrum’ report 2016 by Scrum Alliance, 89 percent agile users follow scrum approach.   Scrum has defined three major roles- Scrum Master (SM), Product Owner (PO), and Development Team (DT). Each role as the defined set of responsibilities. In the practical implementation of Scrum, it is very important to share some of the responsibilities amongst these roles. Rightly shared responsibilities will result in the success…

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