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.
- 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
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
In this podcast Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book “Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners”. Michael and Dhaval are the co-editors of the book which is full of stories, tips, and advice from experienced, Agile coaches and trainers. In addition to talking about the book, Michael and Dhaval also share their own thoughts on topics around coaching and they offer advice for those who are headed down the coaching path.
- 01:28 Podcast Begins
- 02:01 Who is the book for
- 02:26 What misconceptions do clients have
when an Agile coach walks in the door
- 03:52 How do you provide coaching in an organization that is not ready for it
- 05:04 How do you (as a coach) coach yourself when you are trying to work with
individuals that do not want your help
- 07:12 Some tips for getting started with a coaching engagement
- 10:27 What does it take to become an Agile coach
- 13:17 What is the job of an Agile coach
- 13:53 When the client wants to pay large sums for you to MAKE them agile
- 19:06 When will we evolve past waterfall?
- 23:41 Do you have to be an expert in Agile to be a good coach? What do you need to do before you can be qualified to be a coach?
- 29:01 Are there people who should not be coaches?
- 32:05 Getting in touch with Michael and Dhaval
Agile Coaching: Wisdom From Practitioners
TO CONTACT MICHAEL
Michael Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Twitter: https://twitter.com/hearthealthyscr
TO CONTACT DHAVAL
Posted on: September 29, 2017 03:40 PM
Posted on: September 26, 2017 01:03 AM
In this podcast, PebblePost’s VP of Marketing, Celeste Giampetro, talks with Dave about the importance of defining a good mission statement, why Marketing needs more generalists than specialists now, how to develop cross-functional teams, and leading with vulnerability. During the conversation, they also spent time discussing different leadership techniques that will help you get the most out of your team.
00:08 Podcast TLDR
01:44 Podcast Begins
02:11 Some background on Pebble Post and Celeste’s role there
03:31 Is having a mission statement or vision statement important?
04:03 What problem is Pebble Post solving and how are they solving it?
09:43 Why marketers need to focus on being more generalized than specialized.
11:49 When are you done being a startup?
12:58 How we ended up with so much specialization in the first place
13:48 How do you determine if your generalist actually has the focused skills you need.
15:09 How to find people who want to grow and then to mentor them
16:03 Leading with vulnerability and transparency
18:10 What value does a manager get from leading with vulnerability
19:42 An example of how leading with vulnerability and transparency backfired
20:31 The benefits of giving up the control and power; and how it can have a very positive impact on the organization
22:00 Making sure everyone knows the Mission and Vision Statement
22:18 Introducing cross-functionality into your team
24:08 Do Gen X and Millennials approach collaboration and cross-functionality differently?
25:18 What is the key to motivating people? “Can you extract from them their best work?”
27:07 The importance of learning about the people on your team before you start trying to direct their behavior.
28:07 On Managing people - “It’s al about relationship building”
28:55 Agile at PebblePost
30:32 Getting in touch with Celeste
Step Aside, Specialist: Return Of The Marketing Generalist
Posted on: August 02, 2017 10:46 PM
There are lots of podcasts about Agile out there and each of them has something valuable to offer to the community. But a few weeks ago, a new kind of Agile podcast launched. John Le Drew is the creator of “The Agile Path”, a long form NPR style podcast… (think Serial for Agile). In this interview, John shares the story of how he ended up working on the podcast, what it was like creating it, some of his current projects as well as details about the process he follows in creating the podcasts and his favorite gear.
If you are interested in podcasting, block out some time for this one, there is a lot of valuable stuff in here.
00:01 Podcast Intro
00:52 Interview begins
01:19 John’s journey from whizkid geek hooligan to developer to Agile coach/podcaster
10:29 What inspired John to create The Agile Path and the sources that influenced his approach
11:45 Creating the soundscape for listeners
14:15 Finding the right music and getting permission to use it in a very bold way
17:53 The benefits of overcoming the fear of approaching people on your bookshelf
19:57 We should all strive to bring out our inner Woody
20:25 John’s editing process and the work he’s doing on future episodes
22:05 How John is integrating improv in his upcoming workshops and why that is relevant to the topic of safety
25:51 Dave asks John a question about how safety works in improv classes and how “Yes and…” is about accepting what comes to you without judgement and building on it
29:40 Imagine it like a sieve… find the gold
31:09 Paying attention and what that really means
34:28 Scripting it all out, then editing
39:18 Work on the next episode and the schedule John is aiming for
40:29 John’s favorite recording equipment
45:05 Wrapping Up
LINKS FROM THE PODCAST
The Agile Path http://agilepath.fm
John’s upcoming speaking events and workshops: http://wisenoodle.me/speaking
Posted on: May 11, 2017 04:42 AM