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Recent Posts

7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change w/ Esther Derby

Motivational Interviewing w/ Zach Stone

Live from Agile 2019!!!

The Core Cycle of Agile Product Development w/ Urs Reupke

The Mid Sprint Review w/ Dhaval Panchal at 2019 Scrum Gathering

7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change w/ Esther Derby

Esther Derby has been helping individuals, teams, and organizations understand how to introduce and embrace change since she got her start as a software developer four decades ago. While she is possibly best known for the book “Agile Retrospectives,” which she co-authored with Diana Larsen, her list of accomplishments extends well beyond that. In her words, she draws on “four decades of experience leading, observing, and living organizational change.” She is wise and inspiring AND she has a brand new book: 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change: Micro Shifts, Macro Results. In this episode of the podcast we discuss what led her to write her first new book in 13 years, some of the key ideas it introduces, tips to support positive change, and her podcasts, workshops and online courses. 

For more on Esther Derby

Links from the Podcast

Posted on: September 15, 2019 10:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Motivational Interviewing w/ Zach Stone

Zach Stone is an agile coach with a background that includes organizational change management, conflict transformation, and behavioral science. He leverages these experiences in his work helping organizations, teams, and individuals adopt an agile approach to work. One of the primary techniques in Zach’s toolbox is Motivational Interviewing. In this episode of the podcast, Zach explains what motivational interviewing is, how it works, and why it is such a powerful approach to helping individuals move towards choices that can better help them achieve the outcomes they are looking for. 


If you are looking for better ways to help your teams and organizations make more mindful and intentional choices, the information Zach shares in this interview will offer you a new skillset to begin developing so that you can better serve those around you.

While you are listening to this podcast, pay close attention to Zach’s voice. As you’ll hear towards the end of the interview, his measured use of language, speech patterns, and the way he engages is not only intentional, but it is a skill he spent a lot of time developing. I was keenly aware of it throughout the conversation and it made doing the interview an absolute blast. 

Contacting Zach


Posted on: August 27, 2019 12:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Live from Agile 2019!!!

Categories: AGile 2019

This week is Agile 2019! It's the biggest, busiest Agile week of the year and I'll be doing live interviews from the LeadingAgile booth, talking with speakers and Agile thought leaders who are attending the show. It's going to be an amazing week!

So if you can't make it to the show, keep an eye on and you'll be able to get a sense for all the amazing things happening at the conference this year.

Posted on: August 05, 2019 09:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

The Core Cycle of Agile Product Development w/ Urs Reupke

Urs Reupke is a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach who works for the Hamburg-based Agile Consultancy It-Agile. A lot of Urs’s time and attention is focused on the work he does coaching management and providing leadership consulting as they move towards adopting a more Agile approach to work.

One specific area Urs is passionate about is the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development. In this interview, Urs and I talk about what the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development is, why it is so critical to the success of your product, and why his desire to help others produce better products is what motivated him to move out of his development role and into a role where he could achieve that goal.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed during the podcast:

If you’d like to contact Urs, here is how you can reach him

Posted on: July 19, 2019 10:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

The Mid Sprint Review w/ Dhaval Panchal at 2019 Scrum Gathering

Many teams practicing Scrum adopt a mid-Sprint Review as a practice to help them ensure they are on track to deliver on their forecast by the end of the Sprint. For some teams, this involves holding an informal demo halfway through the Sprint to get feedback on the work they are doing. For other teams, the mid-Sprint review works differently and is used to provide transparency around a different set of issues.

This episode of The Reluctant Agilist was recorded at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering in Austin, TX. In the interview, EvolveAgility Founder Dhaval Panchal and I talk through how he began using a mid-Sprint review to help the teams he is working with gain awareness of their level of confidence that they will meet their commitment for the Sprint. During the conversation you’ll hear Dhaval and I discuss how it works and why.

Here is a link to the Team Confidence Chart referenced during the podcast:


If you’d like to reach out to Dhaval directly, here is how you can reach him:


Posted on: July 16, 2019 10:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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