The Reluctant Agilist

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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

Boozy Scrum with Alex Brown at 2019 Austin Scrum Gathering

What kind of projects don’t fit with Agile? 

This is a very common question in the CSM and CSPO classes that I teach. My answer is always that while there are some types of work that are better suited to an Agile approach than others, it really comes down to the organization and the people involved. With the right mindset, an iterative approach that is focused on inspect and adapt can be valuable in pretty much any situation… including building a bar.

Alex Brown is the Founder and Principal at Glaessel Ventures, a Boston based firm that combines strategic consulting, agile training, and co-investment to help innovative companies of all sizes bring new products to market successfully.  

In this interview, recorded at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, Alex shares his story of “Boozy Scrum," or how he used Scrum to build a bar in his basement.  It offers a great case study of how Scrum can be used for personal projects that fall well outside the realm of technology. (Check below the podcast for pictures.)

 

Photos

Here is a before and after picture of Alex's bar

Contacting Alex

If you'd like to reach out to Alex to follow up with questions on his Boozy Scrum project, here is his contact info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderjbrown/
Email: alex@glaesselventures.com 

Posted on: July 08, 2019 10:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Language of Persuasion w/ Nic Sementa

Nic Sementa is man of many skills. He’s an Agilist, a Marketing Consultant, an Entrepreneur… he does Business Development, he’s a sales ninja, and he’s someone who spends a lot of time honing his skills in listening and communicating. 

This podcast began at the 2019 Scrum Gathering in Austin. Nic and I were talking and ended up on the topic of nonviolent communication. The conversation we had in Austin and Nic’s take on NVC and other communication practices was so compelling that I asked if we could pick up the topic during a podcast. 

For anyone who makes their living as a traditional PM or is involved with Agile and helping to support, motivate, and lead teams, studying different communication patterns and language techniques is a survival tactic. In this conversation with Nic Sementa, you’ll gain insights into several new communication tools, how and why they work, and how you can practice a language technique like NVC from a place that is both vulnerable and strong at the same time.

Nonviolent Communication Links

 

Nic’s Contact Info:

Posted on: July 02, 2019 12:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Ilker Demirel - The Leadership Gift Program - NASG 2019

At the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, I had a chance to sit down with Ilker Demirel to talk about his involvement with The Leadership Gift Program and how it has transformed his life and his work helping individuals, teams, and organizations become “free, powerful, and at choice” and move from a mindset of scarcity to a mindset of abundance.

Ilker is a Certified Leadership Gift Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. The Leadership Gift Program and the Responsibility Process were created by Christopher Avery. I’ve interviewed Christopher previously about his work and The Leadership Gift Program (click here).  I was excited to get the chance to spend time with Ilker because he is someone who has been working with the Responsibility Process for many years. The impact that it has had on him and his ability to communicate and interact with others is inspiring.

Links from the podcast

To Contact Ilker Demirel

Posted on: June 25, 2019 11:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jason Tanner Is On A Mission To Fix Your Daily Scrum!

The Daily Scrum is one of the simplest and most critical elements of Scrum. Unfortunately, for many, this event becomes a traditional status meeting that delivers little value. If your Development Team has lost its way with their Daily Scrum, this podcast is for you. Jason Tanner is the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Frameworks, as well as a Certified Scrum Trainer and a Path to CSP Educator. During the 2019 North America Global Scrum Gathering in Austin, he was kind enough to block out some time to talk through the different reasons he sees teams lose their way with the Daily Scrum and what can be done about it. 

Contacting Jason

Applied Frameworks: https://appliedframeworks.com
CSP Fast Pass: https://appliedframeworks.com
Email:  jtanner@appliedframeworks.com

Posted on: June 18, 2019 03:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Carol McEwan and Scrum at Scale at NAGC 2019

At the 2019 North America Global Scrum Gathering, I had the chance to sit down with Carol McEwan, CEO and Chief Product Owner of Scrum at Scale, to talk about her new role and what has happened since the Scrum Alliance and Scrum Inc. announced Scrum at Scale as a joint venture at last year’s Gathering. 

Carol took on the role of CEO/CPO of Scrum at Scale in March, but she previously served as the Managing Director of the Scrum Alliance. She has had a deep impact in the Scrum Community and in this interview you’ll get to hear about the new things she’s been working on, as well as how Scrum at Scale is helping organizations like Saab redefine their operational model and reduce decision latency using Scrum from top to bottom, and how this is enabling business agility across the entire enterprise. 

To learn more about Scrum at Scale: https://www.scrumatscale.com

If you’d like to get in touch with Carol to follow up, here is how you can reach her:

Posted on: June 11, 2019 11:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)
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