Posts filed under: Experience

Dance Of The Scrum Master – Ask Don’t Tell

I recently attended an Advanced Scrum Master Certification course facilitated by Dhaval Panchal. I have been working on scrum teams for about fourteen years. Over the years I have been...... Read More

Healthy Product Backlogs

Healthy Product Backlog: Customer immediately understands every item in the product backlog. These are commonly useful good practices to get your product backlog in healthy state. Try these, your mileage...... Read More

Coaching Smells

“Hi, I’m a coach and I am here to help”  My spine stiffens and I can feel my hair on back of my neck. “Thanks, K” I respond tepidly K:...... Read More

Hierarchical Amplification

Consider one of your peers or subordinates or juniors some one at the same level as yours or below. Lets name him Jerry. Next time Jerry or some one like...... Read More

Afternoon ScrumMaster

  Context explains a lot of our behavior.   This is a most intriguing case, that I feel I can now retell. For much time has passed by and my...... Read More

Virtual Parkbench

For large distributed retrospectives, where participants in the retrospective are in different cities, I have created a variation of popular group discussion technique called as “Park Bench”. Some Background: I...... Read More

Walk the dog

This is a simple technique with a marketing twist to its name. This title came to me while coaching a team that was struggling to behave cross functionally and were...... Read More

Product Owner takes Vacation?

The role of a Product Owner with in Scrum teams or that of a Customer in XP teams is critical to the success of the product. What to do? –...... Read More

My favorite Coaching Experience

In late 2000’s, my good friend Subhayu was visiting me in Seattle. In India we would often hike together through remote hills in Western Ghats. So it seemed appropriate that...... Read More

Recognizing Bottleneck’s

The term “bottleneck” refers to a point where after the flow or velocity perceptively reduces. It is metaphorically derived from flow of water through a narrow mouthed bottle where the...... Read More