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Jurgen Appelo - Agility Scales

Head First Agile with Andrew Stellman and Jenny Greene

Making Agile Work at HUGE Inc. w/ Lance Hammond and Robert Sfeir

Reframing Technical Debt as Technical Health - with Declan Whelan

Bob Tarne - Agile and Design Thinking

Jurgen Appelo - Agility Scales

Categories: Agility Scales, AgilityScales, Dave Prior, drunkenpm, drunkenpm radio, Jurgen Appelo, Managing for Happiness, noop

Jurgen Appelo, the man behind Managing for Happiness and Management 3.0, is working on a new project to provide organizations with a platform they can use to develop the ability to innovate at scale and foster an agile mindset that spans the enterprise.  Agility Scales aims to be the “Waze for work”. The idea is to provide a navigation tool, that will help organizations achieve business agility using crowd-sourced business processes with peer to peer guides with the end goal of developing better capabilities around innovation and increased productivity.

What makes this project even more unique is that it is being crowd-funded. Agility Scales is currently open to investors who want to get involved in developing this new platform. 

In this interview Jurgen and I discuss the Agility Scales project and the reasons for being one of the first Agile thought leaders to take a crowd-funded approach to developing a tool to support business agility.

If you’d like to learn more about Agility Scales and how to invest in the project:

And if you’d like to learn more about Jurgen and his work:

Posted on: November 15, 2017 09:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Head First Agile with Andrew Stellman and Jenny Greene

Categories: Agile, Andrew Stellman, Dave Prior, drunkenpm, drunkenpm radio, Head First Agile, Jenny Greene, PMI, PMI ACP, PMI-ACP, Stellman-Greene

Andrew Stellman and Jenny Greene are back with a new book “Head First Agile: A Brain Friendly Guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP Certification”, which offers a strong foundational understanding in the most widely used Agile practices. The book is also intended as a PMI-ACP Exam preparation resource, providing complete coverage of the material included on the certification exam. 

In this podcast, Jenny and Andrew explain why they wrote the book, how PMI-ACP has evolved and why reaching a level where you are no longer concerned about the tools you use to get work done are traditional or agile is a great place to be.

SHOW NOTES

  • 01:19 Interview Begins
  • 01:50 Background on Jenny and Andrew
  • 03:30 Who the book IS NOT for 
  • 04:48 Who is book IS for and how it can help you move beyond simply going through the motions
  • 06:29 The debate over principles vs. practices and it has impacted Andrew and Jenny’s approach
  • 11:55 If you are new to Agile of have no experience working with Agile practices, how can this book help?
  • 14:32 Why PMI-ACP prep is the secondary goal of this book. (And what the primary goal is.)
  • 16:05 How the PMI-ACP exam has evolved and how Jenny and Andrew approached the topics for this book
  • 19:23 How the authors ensured the book covers 100% of the material included on the PMI-ACP exam
  • 20:21 Is is harder for a PMP to learn Agile, or harder for an Agilist to learn traditional Project Management?
  • 21:40 Reaching the “Ri” level of project management where Agile vs. Waterfall is no longer a concern
  • 22:43 Agile has moved beyond software, even reaching into construction, and how the is impacting PMI’s approach to Agile
  • 24:46 Agile and the PMO: Is the PMO a dead man walking?
  • 26:10 Scaling Agile is large organizations
  • 27:44 What is the most dynamic/challenging area of Agile that we need to pay attention to?
  • 28:29 Getting in touch with Andrew and Jenny

THE BOOK

You can find “Head First Agile: A Brain Friendly Guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP Certification” here: https://www.amazon.com/Head-First-Agile/dp/1449314333/

CONTACTING THE AUTHORS

If you’d like to reach Jenny and Andrew, here is how to find them:

 

 

 

Posted on: November 09, 2017 11:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Making Agile Work at HUGE Inc. w/ Lance Hammond and Robert Sfeir

Categories: Agile, Agile Digital Agency, agile transformation, Dave Prior, Digital Agency, drunkenPM, HUGE, HUGE Inc, kanban, Lance Hammond, Robert Sfeir, Scrum

In preparing for my How to Hack Agile for Digital Agencies at the 2017 Digital PM Summit I did a lot of  research and conducted a lot of interview. This conversation, with Lance Hammond and Robert Sfeir from HUGE Atlanta was the last one I did before the Summit. During this discussion Lance and Robert share many of the lessons they’ve learned in bringing Agile to HUGE and they provide clarity on what it takes to make Agile work in a Digital Agency.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

  • 00:08 Podcast Begins
  • 01:42 Some background on Robert and Lance
  • 03:17 How long HUGE has been working on introducing Agile
  • 04:40 Resistance from Design when switching to an Agile approach
  • 06:08 Why Kanban may be a better approach for Design
  • 07:39 How the Designers at HUGE approach their work without having all the requirements up front
  • 09:30 Establishing Vision up front with the client and prioritizing options with them
  • 10:33 The client needs to own the delivery from the very beginning and become part of the process
  • 11:50 Making the client your partner in the workflow and decision making process
  • 14:17 Why teaching the client how to work in Agile has to be an accepted cost 
  • 16:07 Why those with experience in Agile transformation can be so beneficial for Digital Agencies and what you need to watch out for
  • 17:52 Changing how the work gets funded 
  • 20:22 How to change your Statement of Work to support Agile practices
  • 21:47 Tips for convincing your client to want to use Agile to manage the work
  • 24:11 Caring and feeding of the client during an Agile project at a Digital Agency
  • 27:53 Should you include the client in the retrospective?
  • 28:46 Do you need to have cross-functional, stable teams that are each working on only one project?
  • 32:04 How long did it take HUGE to get to stable teams
  • 34:02 Use Lean metrics to find and remove waste
  • 34:20 How critical is it to move to a retainer (fund the team) model
  • 35:30 You have to know why you want Agile, which approach you’ll take, and what you want from it
  • 37:05 Scrum may have you thrashing for a bit before you switch to Kanban… and there is value in that
  • 37:49 Why you need to switch the entire Digital Agency over to an Agile approach (including sales)
  • 39:22: What is the hardest part about implementing/working with Agile in a Digital Agency
  • 42:32 Defining what you are willing (and not willing) to try changing, when you switch to an Agile approach
  • 44:30 How HUGE approaches estimating work
  • 48:40 Why it is so important to watch and learn (inspect) before you start trying to change things (adapt)
  • 50:45 Why Robert and Lance do not believe Scrum can work in a Digital Agency that wants Agile,  but why you need to try it first to unlock the value of Kanban
  • 53:00 Contacting Lance and Robert
  • 54:06 Podcast Ends

 

LINKS FROM THE PODCAST

 

HUGE

http://www.hugeinc.com/

Agile in Digital Agencies - Dave and Lance from the Atlanta Scrum User Group Meeting

https://www.pscp.tv/leadingagile/1YqxomWqrwMGv

(there is some static that persists until the interview begins at about 1 minute in)

 

CONTACTING LANCE

 

CONTACTING ROBERT

Posted on: November 01, 2017 08:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Reframing Technical Debt as Technical Health - with Declan Whelan

Categories: Agile, Agile Alliance, Declan Whelan, Leanintuit, OnAgile 2017, Software Development, Technical Debt, Technical Health

In this interview Agile Alliance Board Member Declan Whelan makes the case for reframing Technical Debt and having organizations develop practices and programs supporting Technical Health. During the interview we discuss what technical debt it, how our perception of it has evolved and why taking a more positive and proactive stance for it can be so beneficial for organizations that are trying to improve flow and remain competitive in the marketplace.

Declan also shares details on the Agile Alliance’s OnAgile 2017 virtual conference which is taking place on October 25, 2017.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

00:09 Interview Begins

00:36 Background on Declan

02:35 What is Technical Debt?

03:55 How the definition of Technical Debt has evolved

05:11 Impediments to flow

06:15 Why it makes sense to think of Technical Debt as Technical Health

09:42 How does technical debt happen?

11:15 The environment (or system) may be set up to support increased technical debt

13:12 Explaining to management why technical wellness is so important

14:26 Measuring technical health (and debt)

15:58 Explaining the debt in dollars and showing the value of investing in technical health

16:22 How much faster could you go?

17:25 Why Declan enjoys legacy code and why some folks get frustrated with it

19:00 Finding the right people to work on it

20:16 Should technical debt go in the Product Backlog?

20:55 Employing the Boy Scout rule

24:25 Does Leadership and the PMO understand the importance of dealing with technical debt?

26:00 How the PMO can have a positive impact on technical wellness

30:55 OnAgile 2017 - the Online Conference (10/25)

30:04 What is Psychlomatic Complexity?

34:16 The things in Agile that Declan is focusing on learning about 

36:00 Contacting Declan

 

OnAgile 2017

http://bit.ly/2i3G0f6

 

CONTACTING DECLAN

Leanintuit http://leanintuit.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/dwhelan

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/declanwhelan/

Agile Alliance https://www.agilealliance.org/

Posted on: October 25, 2017 01:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Bob Tarne - Agile and Design Thinking

Categories: Agile, Bob Tarne, Design Thinking, Global Congress, PMI Global Congress

Bob Tarne provides an overview of his upcoming PMI Global Congress presentation "Agile and Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project". Bob is a seasoned Project Management Professional whose work focuses primarily on helping organizations refine their approach to Agile. In this interview Bob explain what Design Thinking is and how it fits with Agile. He also talks about the book "How Successful Organizations Implement Change" which he contributed a chapter to. And the book "Project Managers at Work" by Bruce Harpham, which features a chapter all about Bob. During the interview Bob also shares details on the upcoming P2P Conference which will be taking place in Egypt on December 9-10. 

If you are attending the PMI Global Congress and would like to check out Bob's session: 
Agile and Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project
Monday, October 30 8:30 AM to 10 AM
http://sched.co/BKKk


The book “How Successful Organizations Implement Change” which was put together by Emad Aziz, is available here: http://amzn.to/2ym38ia


The book "Project Managers at Work" by Bruce Harpham can be found here: http://amzn.to/2ygxaVq

The P2P Conference is being held on December 9-10 in Cairo, Egypt
(link will be posted soon)

If you'd like to contact Bob directly, here is how to reach him:
http://twitter.com/‪btarne‬
http://zen-pm.blogspot.com

 

Posted on: October 13, 2017 04:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)
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