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Challenging the Sprint - An Interview with John Cutler

Giora Morein - The State of Agile and Post-SAFeism

Why Digital Transformation is More Important than Agile Transformation w/ Devin Hedge

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Deadline 12/31/17 - HOW TO EARN SEUs FAST!

Hacking Agile for Digital Agencies

Challenging the Sprint - An Interview with John Cutler

Categories: Agile, Cutlefish, Dave Prior, Decoupling Cadences, Flow, John Cutler, Reluctant Agilist, Sprint, Sprint Length

John Cutler describes himself as a Product Development Nut. He’s deeply focused on Product Development with a Lean /Agile approach and finding ways to improve how we work. He posts his thoughts in Medium, and although he says he is not a professional blogger, he generates new content about twice a week. I really enjoy reading his posts because they always challenge me and push me into seeing things through a different perspective. 

 

A few weeks ago John posted an article called “Flow, Decoupling Cadences and Fixed Sprint Lengths” in which he challenged the idea of Sprint time boxes.  (There is a video version if you’d rather watch that). The article was thought provoking and left me with a number of questions. So I reached out to John and he was kind enough to let me pester him with my questions in a podcast.

 

 

Show Notes

  • 00:08 Interview Begins
  • 00:50 Some background on John
  • 04:31 Lessons John learned as a touring musician that help him work with teams and build new products
  • 07:46 Intentionally disrupting your flow in order to grow and learn
  • 08:47 Introduction of the main topic - Flow, Decoupling Cadences and Fixed Length Sprints
  • 11:48 Understand they why behind the practices you are applying and figuring out how to make them work for you
  • 13:30 What job do we hire the Sprint for? If you don’t know why you are using these time boxes, they may not be helping
  • 19:47 If you are failing Sprints, is it about the length of the Sprint or the size of the work? Get ridiculously uncomfortable.
  • 22:09 When you can’t get through it, go slower and do less. Blazing away at tempo is not going to help anyone
  • 23:29 Why brand new teams should start by going slower and doing less
  • 25:17 Is it that Scrum doesn’t work, or that people aren’t doing it right?
  • 30:02 Be intentional and understand why you are employing practices, and then figure out how you’ll know if they work
  • 32:27 What is your company hiring Agile to do?
  • 33:42 Know your audience
  • 38:00 Filling your Product Backlog with goals instead of features
  • 41:18 Visualizing dependencies in your backlog - WITH STRING!
  • 51:55 How to reach John
  • 52:36 John’s upcoming events and deliverables
  • 54:31 John’s writing process
  • 55:40 Podcast Ends

 

Links from the Podcast

 

Contacting John

Posted on: January 18, 2018 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Giora Morein - The State of Agile and Post-SAFeism

Categories: BigVisible, Giora Morein, Post-SAFeism, Scrum, Think Louder, ThinkLouder

This episode of DrunkenPM Radio features a conversation with ThinkLouder’s Giora Morein. During this discussion Giora offers his take on how things have evolved within the Agile space over the past few years and some of the challenges we currently face. For example, if you are trying to use Scrum to build twice the work in half the time, how do you make sure that all the extra stuff you are building is the right stuff? And what if you run out of valuable things to build? Giora and I cover a lot of ground during the interview, which culminates in Giora breaking down life in the world of Post-SAFe-ism.

SHOW NOTES

00:08 Podcast Begins
00:50 An update on ThinkLouder
02:15 Taking greater ownership of your organization’s Agile Transformation
03:20 Pivoting from the “You want more agile, you need more coach” mindset
03:45 Why an experienced Agilist and an agile coach are not the same thing
08:48 Have we moved on to the “cleaning up after the party” stage of agile? Have the thought leaders moved on?
12:27 Have we moved on to a less dynamic stage of the agile conversation? What new ideas in agile is Giora paying the most attention to.
16:14 If you can do twice the work in half the time, how do you make sure the additional work you are doing is the right work?
17:27 The new thing…. the language of innovation
18:10 It’s easier to sell increased velocity/speed to IT than it is to sell transformation of an entire business
19:57 It has to start with “What’s the business driver?”
20:45 The only way Giora and I are going to end up with flying cars
22:32 Use Agile to figure out how to best meet the organization’s business drivers (getting deep in Oklahoma)
23:34 Building the wrong thing really fast is not helping anyone
24:13 Micro-maturation in Scaling
24:34 Post-SAFe-ism
25:45 How to reach Giora
26:29 Podcast Ends

CONTACTING GIORA

If you’d like to contact Giora directly, here are some ways to reach him:

Web: ThinkLouder.com
Email: gmorein@thinklouder.com
Twitter: twitter.com/gmorein

Posted on: December 22, 2017 04:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Why Digital Transformation is More Important than Agile Transformation w/ Devin Hedge

Categories: Agile Transformation, Dave Prior, Design Thinking, Devin Hedge, Digital Transformation, drunkenpm, drunkenpm radio

In this interview Devin Hedge and I dig into some of the research he has been doing around the impact of Digital Transformation, how it impacts consumers and the role that things like Agile and Design Thinking play in helping companies move from an analog way of managing their work to a completely digital way of managing their work.

 

SHOW NOTES

  • 00:08 Interview Begins
  • 00:47 Introduction to the topic of Digital Transformation
  • 01:58 Defining Digital Transformation
  • 04:19 Is there conflict between digital transformation and the goal of having greater empathy for other humans
  • 05:38 Using the Apple Store as a way to dig into the digital vs. deep empathy connection
  • 08:03 Our addiction to the dopamine hit we get from our devices and our need to increase the hit
  • 09:48 Are we letting our desire for the “hit” drive decisions which lead to inefficient business practices? 
  • 10:39 How the articles in management magazines drive the pursuit of increasing the frequency and depth of the hit
  • 12:55 Hopper in the tunnels = Stickiness
  • 14:02 How are Design Thinking and Agile actually helping?
  • 18:45 Can developing a level of comfort with constant change also become an addictive hit?
  • 20:17 The constant influx of information can be valuable in some respects and have a deeply negative impact in others.
  • 24:45 Agile can provide a set of tools to hope us cope with change
  • 27:43 What are the challenges of creating a culture where change is the only constant?
  • 30:54 Devin wanders into Dangerous Territory!
  • 35:56 The tools and techniques we use are not destinations. They are ways to deliver more value faster. 
  • 37:25 Why we need a User Centric approach
  • 40:10 Summarizing the conversation 
  • 41:42 How to get in touch with Devin
  • 42:16 Podcast Ends

CONTACTING DEVIN

 

Posted on: December 15, 2017 01:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Deadline 12/31/17 - HOW TO EARN SEUs FAST!

Categories: Agile, Agile Certification, Certified Scrum Professional, CSM, CSP, CSPO, Scrum Certification

The Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation is changing on Jan 1, 2018. If you meet the qualifications for the current version of CSP, applying before it expires on December 31, 2017 may provide you with a much easier path to the the practitioner level of certification offered by the Scrum Alliance. 

You’ll find details on the current version of CSP here: 

https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/csp-certification

In order to quality for CSP there are a number of requirements that must be met including earning 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs).

With the pending change, I have been recommending to all my CSM and CSPO students that they apply for CSP as soon as possible in order to beat the deadline. Many of them have come back with questions about how to earn the SEUs required for the CSP designation. 

In this podcast, Scrum Alliance Director of Global Leaning and Assessment, Erika Massie and Scrum Alliance Learning Coordinator, Cody Wanberg break down the changes to the CSP certification, the timeline for the change AND we talk though different ways to attain the required SEU’s before the deadline.

It’s a short podcast, so no actual  show notes for this one. Just a few things to keep in mind…

  • In order to qualify for CSP before the change you must have your completed application submitted to the Scrum Alliance before it becomes 2018 in Denver.
  • Once you submit, the turnaround time you should expect is 8 weeks. 

Here are a few of the ways you can earn SEUs…

  • Watch the CST facilitated webinars on the Scrum Alliance website. There are 19 of these and they are an hour each. If you watch  them all, you’ll earn 19 SEUs.
  • Watch the Scrum Foundations e-learning series to earn 1 SEU.
  • If you took a CSM or CSPO, each class is worth 16 SEUs. If you’ve taken both, that is 32. AND, if you’ve taken CSM or CSPO more than once, you get the 16 for each time you take the class.
  • During the interview, Cody and Erika explain that listening to something like the Agile Uprising’s Manifesto Author Review podcast series could be submitted under Category E - Independent Learning. You get 1 SEU for each hour of time spent listening. It is a great series and I highly recommend it. You an find it here.
  • There are a number of additional ways to earn SEUs and you can find that detailed on the Scrum Alliance site. https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/csp-certification/ways-to-earn-seus

Additional Questions

If you have questions for the Scrum Alliance about the changes to CSP or SEU’s, send an email to support@scrumalliance.org with the subject line CSP Application Question

Posted on: December 13, 2017 09:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Hacking Agile for Digital Agencies

Categories: Agile, Agile Transformation, DPM Summit 2017

Here are slides and the new canvas tool from my presentation today at the 2017 Digital PM Summit.

http://bit.ly/2igwXLq

Thanks to all who attended.

Posted on: December 13, 2017 01:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)
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