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Disciplined Agile Certifications at PMI with Scott Ambler

Flipping Options to Change Behavior w Braden Cundiff

Creating Change When You Don't Have Agency with Sinikka Waugh

Understanding the Product Goal with Don McGreal

The Value Management Office with Sanjiv Augustine

Creating Change When You Don't Have Agency with Sinikka Waugh

How do I create change in my organization when I don’t have the authority to make it happen?

Whether you are trying to kick off an Agile Transformation or introduce some other type of change that will impact your organization beyond your team and/or pay grade, creating change when you don’t feel empowered to do so is not an easy thing. 

My colleague Jeff Howey and I frequently get questions around this topic in the classes we teach so we invited Sinnika Waugh to join us and share some ideas about ways to initiate change when your inner voice, (or the org chart), is telling you that ain’t your gig. 

Sinikka  Waugh is the Founder of Your Clear Next Step, an organization that provides training, coaching, and support to organizations and individuals with the ultimate goal of offering people a better workday so that when that day is over they are better prepared to truly show up and co-create a better experience at home and in their communities. She is also a PMP and the former VP of Marketing and Communications for the Central Iowa PMI Chapter. 

In this episode of the podcast, Sinikka joins Jeff Howey and me to help address the question of “How do I create change when I lack agency?”

drunkenpmradio · Driving Change When You Don't Have Agency w Sinikka Waugh

Contacting Sinikka

Contacting Jeff

Posted on: May 24, 2021 07:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Agile Coaching Ethics with Shane Hastie

If you’ve been working as a coach or a consultant for any length of time you have run into situations where you have to make a decision about what the “right” thing to do actually is. Sometimes, it is pretty obvious, sometimes, not so much. Some professional organizations have established standards that credentialed professionals promise to adhere to. The International Coaching Federation has the ICF Code of Ethics (https://coachingfederation.org/ethics/code-of-ethics), the Project Management Institute has a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (https://www.pmi.org/about/ethics/code). In January of 2020 the Agile Alliance launched the Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative. In January of 2021, they launched a draft of their Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching along with a set of scenarios to help clarify what is, and is not an appropriate response in a variety of complicated situations. 

In this interview Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative Co-Chair, Shane Hastie joins me to talk about how the initiative came to be, how the code and the scenarios work, and how they hope Agile coaches and practitioners will begin to use it. They are also looking for feedback on the draft and scenarios, so if you’ve got time to check them out, feedback would be greatly appreciated. 

 

drunkenpmradio · Agile Coaching Ethics w Shane Hastie

Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative

You can find the Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative here:
https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-coaching-ethics/

You can share your feedback or scenarios here:
[email protected]

Contacting Shane

You can reach Shane Hastie here:

Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021

If you'd like to check out the InfoQ Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021 to read more about the difference between good remote work and bad remote work:
https://www.infoq.com/articles/culture-trends-2021/

Agile Sustainability Conference

Shane is also giving a presentation on the Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative during the Agile Sustainability Conference which is being held virtually (hosted) in Singapore. The conference begins on April 15, 2021 and you can learn more about it here:
https://sustainagile.org/2021-sustainagility-conference/

Posted on: April 12, 2021 10:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Jim Benson on Systems Thinking and Modus Institute's new Certification and Accreditation programs

Modus Institute recently introduced its new Certification and Accreditation Programs in Lean-Agile Visual Management (LA-VM). This is something they have been working on developing for 12 years. In this episode of the podcast, Jim Benson joins me to discuss Modus’s new offerings. During the interview we discuss Systems Thinking and how it figures into the LA-VM program. Jim also explains why it took 12 years to develop, how each program works, and the tools that these programs will add to a knowledge worker’s arsenal. 

If you’d like to contact Jim for additional information:
Web: https://www.modusinstitute.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimbenson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ourfounder
Medium: https://medium.com/@ourfounder
Jim’s music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ourfounder

This interview is available in both audio and video versions:
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user18705952/review/489954917/b9d33c0537
YouTube: https://youtu.be/r-QJOvjyK6U 
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/drunkenpmradio/jim-benson-on-systems-thinking-and-modus-institutes-new-certification-and-accreditation-programs/s-R5VW8eYaitU

Posted on: December 11, 2020 03:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

What to do when your team won't to talk In Retrospectives w/ Adam Weisbart

This episode features a student question and a special appearance by Adam Weisbart. 

I recently had a student in class who was struggling to get her team to participate during retrospectives. This is a fairly common problem for teams that are either trying to get the hang of how to run a retro, or teams that may have stuck with a particular tactic for so long that it has stopped working. 

I invited Adam Weisbart to join me for the podcast. If Adam's name sounds familiar, it may be because you've taken a class from him, seen him speak at a conference, watched the video "Sh*t Bad Scrum Masters Say", or because you've used his Agile Adlibs or his retrospective facilitation kit, Recess. (We'll be spending time on those last two during the interview.)

If you've got teams that aren't fully engaging during your Retrospectives, you are not alone. This podcast has some ideas that should help you get that turned around.


Links from the podcast

 

Contacting Adam Weisbart 

Posted on: December 07, 2019 11:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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)
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