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Walk the dog

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 paralyzed at delivering working software at the end of their sprint. It is a simple mental discipline...

Product Owner takes Vacation?

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? - when they take vaction. What are your options? Say your product owner is going on a planned vacation for a couple of weeks,...

My favorite Coaching Experience

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 I sign up myself, Subhayu and another friend, Ben, for a day of adventure. Whitewater rafting...

Recognizing Bottleneck’s

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 flow of water is constrained by its neck. For drinking purposes it is a good thing...

Betsy the cow

Betsy the cow

As an Agile coach I enjoy the opportunity to learn from people implementing scrum framework and incorporating Agile values and principles. In this process I come across interesting stories and metaphors. After an introductory training session with one team and some...