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Onboarding in These Times

Onboarding in These Times

Welcome kits. Welcome emails. Welcome parties. Welcome speeches. This is generally how things looked like whenever someone new joins the team. Fast forward to today, and perhaps a few weeks ago when social distancing started to take place in most countries globally, how has the recent Covid19 pandemic affected the onboarding process for you and your teams? How are you…

Our Scrum Master Holds the Certification but Is Not Competent

Our Scrum Master Holds the Certification but Is Not Competent

I have been consulting a big MNC who has started their Scaled Agile adoption journey. This company is trying for Scrum from the past 9-10 months and struggling with that too. They introduced me to one of the choice Programs in their organization where they asked for help on improving their Scrum process. The Program was practicing Scrum for six…

SAFe Thursday- An Agilemania Initiative

SAFe Thursday- An Agilemania Initiative

Here is a quick background on how it all started. The pandemic and its impact on our lives and businesses took us at Agilemania also by surprise and it took us a good couple of weeks to decide on our persevere or pivot strategy. We ran experiments with online classes and we got excellent & encouraging feedback, we got started…

What are the roles and responsibilities of a product owner?

What are the roles and responsibilities of a product owner?

Product Owner is a person who owns the Product and is accountable for its success. Product Owner is often a misunderstood role in the market. Product Owner usually doesn’t have ownership with the Product that they are working on, and they aren’t empowered to make the decisions regarding the Product. They are mostly focused on writing the requirements of the…

Story Point vs Ideal Hour – It Is a Generation Gap Issue

Story Point vs Ideal Hour – It Is a Generation Gap Issue

How much you scored this year? My parents asked this question twice a year throughout my schooling. When I scored 80%, they reminded my previous scores were better, and when I said 90%, they checked how much Sharma’s son scored. They also reassured themselves with follow up questions – are in top 5, top 10, or topper in your class.…

CSM Or PSM – The Quest For The Better Certification

CSM Or PSM – The Quest For The Better Certification

When people started reaching out for help to figure out which among the two certifications (PSM and CSM) was better, it was surprising and humbling at the same time. When going through the links that were shared, I was amazed at the efforts to commoditize the certifications and also realized the source of their confusion. OK, here is my take on the…

Certification Without Education – Are We Staring at Another Pandemic

Certification Without Education – Are We Staring at Another Pandemic

Here is an extract from Wikipedia on Parallel College – a privately owned educational institution in Kerala (a state of India), which is not affiliated to any university, neither recognized by any, but offers training for courses following the courseware of a university unofficially. This system works in that most of the universities in Kerala allow ‘private registration’. Students learn…

Top 3 Recommendations for Measuring Scrum

Top 3 Recommendations for Measuring Scrum

There is a question I get asked a lot during my individual and also team coaching sessions. The million-dollar question that many of us have heard asked before, whenever one speaks of agile transformation is below. How will we know if the agile transformation has been successful? For this article, I will be narrowing down the scope of agile transformation…

I Failed in my PSPO-I Assessment, Can You Help Me Please?

I Failed in my PSPO-I Assessment, Can You Help Me Please?

Like other PSTs, I was recently approached by few agilest to help them with PSPO-I certification. Here is one such conversation – LinkedIn Connection: Hi Sumeet, I came across your profile on LinkedIn when looking for help with PSPO-I certification. Me: Sure, how can I help you? LinkedIn Connection: I have been practicing agile for the past 6 years and…