Identifying Sprint Goal

Identifying Sprint Goal

I have often seen Scrum Teams struggling to come up with a sprint goal during the sprint planning meeting, or they underestimate the importance of having a sprint goal at all. This happens more with teams that are new to Scrum, but it is also the case with experienced Scrum Teams. Multiple factors are behind this anomaly, which is also an antipattern for Scrum Teams. Importance of defining a Sprint Goal: The sprint goal provides the development team with guidance…

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From Agile Teams to PODs

From Agile Teams to PODs

  “In place of allocating people to project, allocate project to the team”.  This paradigm shift in approach is being advised and advocated by agile experts for all good reasons. Many companies are adopting this approach; I personally have been part of the team working on this approach in a multinational company.  We adopted it well in our sub-function. Here is my learning (based on failure and success) on how we did it and challenges The idea here is to…

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What corporates should learn from Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

What corporates should learn from Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

Charles Darwin is one of the greatest scientists of the history, explained our theory of evolution by natural selection. Recently, I came across this theory, which accidentally gave the view for how this also applies to corporates. It gives excellent learning on how to survive in corporate ecosystems. Darwin’s Theory says: “Variation is a feature of natural populations and every population produces more progeny than its environment can manage. The consequences of this overproduction are that those individuals with the…

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Distributed agile delivery – beyond tools and virtual co-location

Distributed agile delivery – beyond tools and virtual co-location

When a company engages in offshore outsourcing, one of the key challenges is to align the software team to same business goal as those of the in-house development team. This is part due to lack of daily communication across team / suboptimal teams / lack of regular programs for sharing vision and key business goals On top of it, most of such engagements have different teams adopting different approach and agile practices for different aspect of software development. Most popular…

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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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Nokia lesson for Maruti

Nokia lesson for Maruti

Maruti drives past over 50% of Indian car market share in June 2017 in with slew of new car launches they seems to continue their dominant in near future.  Though they are on verge of doing same mistake that Nokia did and doomed to dust. Nokia was once market leader in Mobile handset, at pick time it was close to 62%; and their dominance was once seems eternal.  I still remember my healthy arguments with my friends in mid 2010;…

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