Things I wish I knew when I was 17!

Location: Namur, Belgium

Well, I am 33 now and this year I will officially finish the second shift of 17 years in my life!! So it seemed like a good time to connect with you, my dear 17-year-old self.

Fruits and Veggies are TASTY !!!

Well, you are not completely an unhealthy eater. But then truth be told, you are not a healthy eater as well. Your fruit intake is ridiculously low in the day, week, and year. What I can tell you now is fruits are great and they have amazing health benefits. They will keep you in shape…


6 Steps and Tools to make your Remote meetings successful and interactive!

Going by the way 2020 went by, we all can assume that 2021 is going to be a year of remote connections and online collaborations. And after a year of only remote meetings, one has become used to the way of working over an MS Teams/Zoom screen. But in case you have some questions then on how to make the most of your online meetings, here are 6 tools and steps that can help you achieve that -

1. Be Prepared for the meeting-

This was true in physical meetings but with remote meetings, this has taken more importance than ever. In the remote meetings, people…

“Conflict Resolution Skills as a Scrum Master”

Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution

A Scrum Master is a process coach, facilitator, agile guide, a leader who serves, and a lot more things. But one of the things which the teams and the recruiters look for in a Scrum Master is conflict moderation/resolution skills.

Teams that work together at times may have discussions and disagreements. And this might impact the team spirit and productivity. As a Scrum Master, this is where we help out the team and guide them well. But for that to happen, we need to be equipped with the right thoughts, tools, and mindset.

Scrum has been instrumental in the success of many teams for years now and it is all possible to happen being centered around the 5 values of Scrum.

For any new person, onboard the Scrum train, and let me quickly recap what these 5 highly practical values are. And as I believe that a picture remains in our minds way more than just words here you go-


Now, let me take you back to your school days when you were part of one of the school teams. Are you there yet or did you start thinking about your school crushes…

What is Technical Debt??

Well, technical debt is a metaphor developed by Ward Cunningham in 1992 to communicate problems due to “not developing in the right way” with non-technical stakeholders. To put it simply it is a loan you never intended to take.

Why should your IT landscape worry about this??

Well, to draw a parallel technical debt is very similar to Financial Debt and we all know how dangerous and potent a thing that is.

Technical Debt costs companies money and decreases efficiency which essentially means that everyone from developers to customers has to pay for the cost of…

For each team, it is essential to look back on the Sprint journey, learn from the mistakes, celebrate the small wins and have a clear dialogue on the improvement points.

As a Scrum Master I have facilitated many retrospectives and below are my best choices to initiate the right dialogue with the team and have fun as well while learning.

  1. Oscar Retrospective- This one is my favorite. This brings out a lot of discussions and takes the discussion away from blames and one on one discussions while also highlighting the wins the team had in the last sprint.
Story Oscars can take the discussion away from people to content and process!!

How do…

In a world where digital transformations is the need of hour and workforce is distributed even in the same city and across geographies, many of the large scale events which used to happen with all in office are happening over calls. One such events when you are working in SAFe(Scaled Agile Framework) is the PI Planning Event(PIPE).

We had this event completely remote and distributed and below would be my recommendations for the preparations required to have a successful digital PIPE.

  1. Have a Core Team and Start Early — With many ARTs involved and a large number of people involved…

As most of us are working from our homes and workspaces have turned into continuous video and audio calls we are more than ever dependent on technology and tools to ensure continuity and collaboration.

And in today’s day and age you have tools for almost everything and what is not available is being in some corner of the world already. And today I want to write about one such tool which has greatly helped the team communicate and is also evolving as per the needs of the users on a continuous basis.

Microsoft Teams has emerged as a very stable…

Amazing view..boca de inferno at the lovely cascais.. :-)

Rishika Mittal

A Scrum Master, an Agile Coach, a dancer, and a student for life

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