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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

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Johanna Rothman at Agile 2017 - Creating Your Successful Agile Project and 1 Day User Stories

In this Agile 2017 interview Johanna Rothman talks with Dave about her new book “Create Your Successful Agile Project Collaborate, Measure, Estimate and Deliver” and how teams that are struggling to make Scrum work may want to adopt an approach that focuses on continuous flow in order to deliver value for their customers with greater frequency.

The interview includes a conversation about working with User Stories that are sized to only take the team a single day to complete and how this may help teams that are struggling with estimation. Dave and Johanna’s also discuss her approach to writing (she averages about 1 book a year in addition to posting to her blog every few days) involves writing for just 15 minutes a day.

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Posted on: September 26, 2017 01:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

How to Write a User Story for Marketing w/ Nic Sementa and Alistair Cockburn

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Nic Sementa from the Agile Marketing Academy joins me in this podcast to share his thoughts on how to craft User Stories that will work for marketing. Nic's thoughts and opinions on this topic are heavily influenced by his marketing background, which, as he points out in the interview, is a little unique since most of the conversations on the topic are led by agile practitioners. 

During the interview Alistair Cockburn joined in the conversation to offer his expert advice and guidance on the subject. Alistair is one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, the creator of the Crystal methods, leading voice on Use Cases and the man behind the Heart of Agile. (There is lots more - you can find it all here.)

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Show Notes:

00:38 Nic’s background and the challenges faced by Marketing that Agile could help with

4:27 Putting Agile together with Marketing

5:52 User Stories from a Marketers perspective

6:52 The historical challenges involved with “marketing” to the customer as opposed to engaging directly with the customer to find out what they need

8:00 How coercing your customer to buy leads to the marketing equivalent of technical debt

8:50 Googling Agile Marketing

9:20 The corporate world is high school with ashtrays

10:00 Why marketing needs a new language framework for Agile

10:57 Apology to the Band Geeks (which Dave is)

11:30 Revenue impact of implementing Agile Marketing Techniques

11:52 How User Stories change in Agile Marketing

12:33 Personas and more

13:33 Developing a deeper understanding of the User and his/her pain points

14:03 MadMen in Reverse is not going to help you understand the “ideal customer”

15:14 Marketing Research

16:10 There is no such thing as offline marketing

17:52 Recap of the Marketing User Story Guidance

18:57 Let’s get al Skynet with this thing!

20:00 Special Guest Alistair Cockburn on Agile Marketing User Stories

25:55 Abstract thinkers vs. concrete thinkers

28:05 Alistair’s visual grammar version of User Stories

35:33 Where to learn more about the Agile Marketing Academy and how to reach Nic

Some Links:

For more on the Agile Marketing Academy you can go to their Certification site or send them an email.

You can reach Nic on Twitter @nicsementa

 

Posted on: September 07, 2016 03:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Agile 2015 Video Podcast - Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton visits with Dave Prior at Agile 2015 to chat about his Stalwarts session as well as to dive into topics around Story Mapping.

Posted on: August 16, 2015 10:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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