Three day workshop on agile project planning, estimation and execution using scrum @Oracle Mumbai

Past three days, I was with a team of 20+ software professionals from the Oracle financial services, Mumbai. The participation level was very good, as some of them have already experienced scrum within the organization. My sincere thanks to the team for making this training really interesting, and for the hospitality extended to me during the past three days. Wish good luck to all participants for their future projects and career.

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Earned value or value burn down

I am just thinking aloud. One of my assignments calls for coaching a team on how to deliver better value to the customer using agile projects. If I am scheduling high value features / themes in the early iterations then the team will be delivering maximum value early in the project and it will taper down over a period of time. Do any one out there use a value burn down chart (sounds very negative and useful) during product, release planning?. Just curious to know.

Agile airports

Back to work after the Christmas holidays. I am on my way to Mumbai to coach a team engineers in agile project management using scrum, and agile estimation. This is the first time I am delivering agile estimation as a separate course. So far it was done as part of the agile project management course. I am deviating from the main topic. Whenever I write something, my mind hops across topics, sometimes related and very often totally unrelated. I do not know whether everyone thinks like this, or is it something unique about me?. That does not matter. This is how things work for me.

This time I drove down to the kochi airport myself, and parked my car at the paid parking area for rupees 150 per day. When I come back after three days that would be 450, still I save more than 1000 on taxi charges. After parking my car, I rushed to the entry of the airport, to be stopped by the security. The reason, they do not accept the digital version of the ticket, which is displayed on my tablet. They want it in the printed form. I rushed to the business centre, and there was heavy rush there. So I got it printed at the indigo counter at rupees fifty. I was not angry because spice jet charges one hundred.

In an era where we are preaching of environment protection, this process is ridiculously environment unfriendly. When will we get it corrected?. Even the Indian railways accept the digital form of tickets. Why cannot our central security forces amend their obsolete rules?. May be they need a course on agility to think differently. After all agility comes by eliminating the non value adding steps we perform. Allowing the passengers to show the digital formats of the tickets world over will make travel more agile.

Flight is landing at Mumbai. So I am signing off for the time being. Thanks to the wordpress application on my iPad, which allows me to save my post as a draft.

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One more Christmas is over…so what???

Suddenly it is anti climax. One more Christmas is over. Even when the world around is not so beautiful everywhere, I, artificially focused on the positives and enjoyed. Now it is time to fall back to the real world, where the ordinary world citizen is not that celebrated. Christ remain as the typical example of this ordinary world citizen. He was born in a manger. Son of a carpenter. Not respected by the elite of those times because he spent most of his time with the down trodden. He was tortured and crucified. When I look around I see a Christ in every common man. I did celebrate Christmas this time as well, because I like celebrations and the mood of Christmas. Unfortunately, the image of my Indian sister who is struggling for life after the brutal rape and torture by a group of cowards was turning out to be the proverbial “thorn in the flesh”.

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