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Certified Agile Leadership Training with Olaf

Don Kim - I Think, Therefore I Plan

Agile Coach to Agile Gamer - Peter Saddington

Scrum in School - A Case Study of Grandview Prep's Transformation

Forecasting Tools Based on Team Performance with Troy Magennis

Certified Agile Leadership Training with Olaf

The Trust Artist, Olaf Lewitz, along with his partner, Christine Neidhardt, are gearing ready for their upcoming TrustTemenos Certified Agile Leadership trainings. Certified Agile Leadership trainings are a new, advanced level of training classes being offered through the Scrum Alliance. In this interview Olaf and I discuss the reason for his TrustTemenos CAL class, how it can help people become better Agile leaders, and the value of Certified Agile Leadership.

Safety is a very hot topic in the Agile space right now. During our conversation about safety, Olaf shared one of the most powerful things I have heard during an interview this year: 

“When you talk to people about trust, it rises. When you talk to people about safety, they get scared.”

Every conversation I have with Olaf leaves me more aware and (I hope) a bit smarter than I was when it began. I hope you will get as much value from listening to this as I did from recording the conversation. 

And you can find links to Olaf’s upcoming classes and events, as well as his contact info, below the show notes.

 

 

Show Notes

00:07 Podcast Intro

01:27 Begins

01:57 An overview of Agile Leadership Training

04:48 A skeptical response to the idea of Agile Leadership Training and Olaf’s response

07:16 Developing a thinking model to understand what we need and how that drives our actions

09:11 The power of metaphor in leadership and Dave’s aversion to boats

11:03 Giving people tools to grow their awareness of how they show up

11:34 These classes cover advanced leadership topics - not the basics

12:16 “If you trust in yourself… you will still get beaten by people”

13:05 Skepticism is an important part of any class and any transition

13:32 It’s about being intentional and aware

15:23 There is a specific type of learning that involves being uncomfortable because what you believe is challenged

15:57 Extending the question of leadership beyond work and helping them understand more about their awareness and intention

17:00 Olaf shares a story about his first experience working as a boss

21:29 The advice Olaf about give his 29 year-old self about being a boss for the firs time

22:23 It’s okay to ask for help

24:05 A question about safety and what it means to create a safe space

25:42 When you talk to people about trust, it rises, when you talk to people about safety, they get scared

27:22 What is Certified Agile Leadership Training? What level of knowledge experience do you need to attend?

28:08 What will CAL training do for a leader/manager in an Agile organization?

29:28 Where to learn more about Olaf’s upcoming classes, where you can see him speak and how to get in touch with him if you have questions.

 

Links from the Podcast

Showing Up - the book written by Olaf and Christine https://leanpub.com/showingup

TrustTemenos Leadership Academy: https://trusttemenos.de

Upcoming CAL Trainings - https://trusttemenos.de/certified-agile-leadership-cal1/

Olaf’s session at the 2017 Scrum Gathering San Diego is called: Product Owner: Mapping Dramas and Dreams and it will be held in the Harbor Island 1 room on Monday, April 10 from 1 PM until 2:15 PM For more info on the Scrum Gathering: https://www.scrumalliance.org/sgcal

Contacting Olaf

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlafLewitz

Website: http://trustartist.com

Posted on: April 09, 2017 01:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Don Kim - I Think, Therefore I Plan

A few weeks ago Don Kim put up a blog post challenging the value of certifications. I reached out to Don in hopes of doing an interview about it and found out he’s also written a new book “I think Therefore I Plan”. In this interview we discuss the pros and cons of different certifications, taking an artisan approach to managing projects as well as Don’s new book.

You can find Don’s book here: http://amzn.to/2n7VEHu

You can find Don’s blog post about certifications here: http://bit.ly/2okDUZA

 

 

Show Notes:

00:07 Interview Start

00:30 What is a Human APEE

03:38 What is an Artisan approach to Project Management

05:15 Don’s Philosophy of Project Management

07:22 Trying to slow down and do less

08:21 Don explains his way of approaching project work and the reason for the book

10:56 How has the traditional vs. Agile debate changed over the past few years

12:53 Seeing the value in every project you work on  - regardless of how you got it

16:15 The downside of certifications

17:29 The positive aspects of certifications

18:03 There is more to project management training than just PMP certification

19:48 Making the case for the value certifications can provide and how it can be misunderstood

23:22 Does it make sense for people to want to have a way of gauging their professional achievement?

23:55 What Don expected from PMP certification and how he went deep with the Kerzner to get the most learning out of it (instead of just passing the test)

26:41 Is it the certification that is an issue, or the way people interpret it as an end point rather than a beginning

27:50 An overview of the approach Don’s book takes towards the art of Project Management

30:56 Where you can find Don’s book and how you can reach him with follow up questions

31:54 Podcast Ends

You can reach Don Kim on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donkim/

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Posted on: March 31, 2017 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Agile Coach to Agile Gamer - Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington, the founder of AgileScout.com, is an Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, Author, Entrepreneur and Scientist. On March 4, 2017 he put up a blog post on AgileScout.com announcing a new experiment he is running... on himself.  

Taking a step back from helping others adopt Agile, Peter is now using Agile to transform his life, and he's starting with his career. He's going from being a full time Agile Consultant to a full time professional video game player.  It might sound a bit insane, but his reasoning and research are sound. In this interview I got the chance to talk with Peter about his new experiment, why he's doing it and how he approaching transforming his life.

Click here to read Peter's manifesto: http://agilescout.com/time-for-change/
Click here to see Peter's video channel:  First15
Click here to follow Peter on Twitter
 

Posted on: March 26, 2017 06:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Scrum in School - A Case Study of Grandview Prep's Transformation

This podcast features an interview with two educators from Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, FL. Aileen Palmer and Susan Rose have been working with the Scrum Alliance, John Miller and Mike Vizdos to help the school implement Scrum for both the students and school administration. The interview explains how Scrum got started at Grandview, the impact it has had on the students, as well as the benefits and challenges they’ve experienced along the way.

 

 

Show Notes

01:16  Interview Begins

02:01 How Grandview Prep got interested in Scrum

04:59 Agile can be a lot easier for kids than adults

05:52 How Scrum has changed the way the students at Grandview collaborate

06:32 How the kids self-organize to make sure everyone is participating in the work

06:59 How teaching Scrum to a junior in high school impacts their ability to get work done and prepare for college

07:54 How visualizing the work is helping the students understand how to break work down into manageable pieces

08:35 Teaching students and teachers about how to break down the work and plan things out

10:20 Differences between how 1st graders and older kids are using Scrum at Grandview

11:17 The hardest parts of getting started with Scrum in school

13:17 Sometimes the transparency and seeing how much you have to do is overwhelming for adults

14:03 The struggle between Trello and Post-its

14:59 Student rankings and grading at Grandview - and how it has been impacted by Scrum

17:14 How using Scrum has improved the students and teachers ability to give and receive feedback

17:45 The reaction from parents/stakeholders to the introduction of Scrum at Grandview Prep

20:28 What Scrum means for the quiet kids who like to sit back and let others lead and drive the work

21:30 How will Grandview measure success to determine if/how Scrum is helping

22:33 The support Grandview Prep received from the Scrum Alliance 

23:14 Advice for educators who are interested in learning more or trying to implement it at their school 

24:39 How to get in touch with Susan and Aileen to learn more about Scrum at Grandview Prep

26:10 Wrap up

26:48 Podcast End

 

For more information:

 

Grandview Prep Info and Contacts

Grandview Prep
http://Grandviewprep.net

Aileen Palmer
apalmer@Grandviewprep.net 

Susan Rose 
srose@Grandviewprep.net

 

Scrum Alliance Info and Contacts

Scrum Alliance
https://www.scrumalliance.org/

John Miller
agileclassrooms@gmail.com

Mike Vizdos
http://www.michaelvizdos.com/

Heather Leigh
hleigh@scrumalliance.org

Posted on: March 06, 2017 08:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

drunkenpm radio Ep. 1 - Interviews with Shane Hastie, Troy Magennis and John D. Cook.

I've changed the way I am doing the interviews and putting the podcasts together. So, this is a bit of a test and any feedback would be greatly appreciated...

Part 1 - Interview with Shane Hastie on Hybrid Agile models, Business (Organizational) Agility and Bimodal.

Part 2 - Interview with John D. Cook and Troy Magennis on data literacy, what we should be looking at and finding the multiplying factors to help us increase productivity.


Any feedback (good, bad, whatever) would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at drunkenpm@gmail.com or twitter.com/drunkenpm.

 

Following a suggestion from Derek Huether, I'm including some notes (below) to moments in the interviews you may find of interest.

Some info on the interviewees:
Shane Hastie on LinkedIn and Twitter
Troy Magennis at FocusedObjective or on Twitter
John D. Cook can be found on his website, or on Twitter.
 

Shane Hastie Interview

Podcast Overview 00:44

Shane Interview Start 02:14

Opening question on hybrids, organizational agility, and bimodal 02:32

Will Hybrid models continue to exist 03:31

Letting Infrastructure off the hook  03:50

Why knowledge workers aren’t off the hook 04:25

Infrastructure example to explain where you need traditional and where you need agile 05:00

Where you need incremental roll out without iterative change 06:05

The  PMP / Architect Happy Dance 07:00

The Agile people are all spitting on themselves 07:24

Launching a new product example 07:50

Learning is everything - you want Lean Startup 08:10

Knowing when to stop pivoting 08:50

Agile is spot on - Learning and Adapting 09:10

The goal is not agile, the goal is learning 09:30

Are we making progress 09:58

Throwing down the Agile banner 10:21

Agile is just a set of tools and a nice brand 10:40

We are still addicted to waterfall 11:00

People have been successful in the old way or working 11:25

There are not many pathological managers out there. 12:05

Helping them see that the global paradigm of business has changed 12:20 

Finding the right combination of techniques and practices12:35

Packing agile brands 12:50

Can you design a new insurance product with TDD 13:19

What about the people who do not recognize that the business paradigm has changed 13:41

The pace of change is increasing 14:30

Cultural Change Officer 14:43

People don’t resist change unless they can’t see the benefits 15:00

Finding the personal win 15:40

Defining (Organizational) Business Agility 16:40

Bimodal 17:45

Leveraging skill and knowledge of people in your organization 18:33

Practices designed to fill the gaps in Agile 18:50

Shane’s favorites from the Agile 2015 19:40

Defining value for organizations 12:08

Teaching the organization 21:00

If we could all be Sweden… 21:50

Wrap up 22:00

 

John Cook and Troy Magennis Interview

Intro 22:35

Are we data literate enough? 24:05

experiments and lean startup 24:34

Using legacy charts we don’t understand 15:00

Bing addicted to bad data in legacy charts 25:20

How do we help them see the right data 25:50

What should we measure and look at 26:23

Working on multiple projects 26:35

How much work are we doing 27:00

When they ignore what the data tells them 27:30

The chronic problem of multitasking 28:00

Extreme examples from academia and leveling 29:22

Tools fostering dysfunction 29:50

How do we teach them to ask for better stuff 30:25

We knew this stuff and we threw it all away 31:00

Agile and the laws of physics 31:15

Probability in the future 31:30

A predictable environment  vs rolling dice 32:15

How long will things take 32:40

Creating / Defining a stable team 33:00

Tracking interruptions per week: 33:23

Helping hem understand why interrupts are bad by visualizing it 34:20

Understanding the difference between what you do and what the tool says you do 35:25

Interrupting managers v interrupting programmers 35:40

Tracking positive interruptions 36:00

A level playing field - they all suck so it worked well 37:15

The managers that will breed 38:00

Finding the multiplying factors 38:35

Technical Debt 39:10

Figuring out if we are looking at something meaningful 39:45

What is the mission with respect to data? 40:10

Trying to find the best course of action 40:45

We’re more about removing metrics and detail 41:10

Closing 41:40

Posted on: January 05, 2016 02:14 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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