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Melissa Watts - Tips for ScrumMasters

Chris Bailey - Hyperfocus and Optimizing Your Productivity

Scott Ambler on PMI's Acquisition of Disciplined Agile

Making the Case for the Role of Agile Project Manager w/ Mike Anderson

The Scrum Fieldbook w/ JJ Sutherland

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)

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)

Scrum Labs - Howard Sublett at the 2019 NAGS

Recorded live at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, this episode of The Reluctant Agilist features a conversation with Scrum Alliance Chief Product Owner Howard Sublett. During the course of the interview, Dave and Howard discuss Dan Pink’s opening keynote at the Scrum Gathering; the Scrum Alliance Labs and volunteer work that have been done to create a free library of material aimed at helping to develop a more mature and more highly-skilled agile coaching community; an update on how things are going with the recent shift in Scrum Alliance leadership moving to a Chief Scrum Master and Chief Scrum Product Owner instead of a traditional leadership model; and the video series Unscripted, which features updates from Howard and Melissa Boggs, the Scrum Alliance Chief Scrum Master. 

Note from Dave: at 15:38, something really important in this interview happens. Howard refers to a question he asked Melissa during the first episode of Unscripted. The question was “How are WE doing as a LEADER?” It is a subtle thing, but language is a virus and words matter… “WE” is plural, while “LEADER” is singular. The way the question is encoded demonstrates a very subtle, but important aspect of an Agile mindset. Howard and Melissa have complimentary but different roles in the Scrum Alliance and the two of them together function as a single Leader.

Failure Bow: I got The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jana) a little confused during the interview. I have brought shame upon my family and apologize to any comic geeks who were listening. If you are not clear on who the Wonder Twins are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Twins

Links from the Podcast

Contacting Howard Sublett

 

Posted on: May 29, 2019 08:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Agile in Supply Chain w/ Michael Tibbert and Dhaval Panchal

This podcast features Michael Tibbert and Dhaval Panchal helping me out with a question submitted by a student that focused on implementing Agile in a traditional supply chain organization. We also address the question of whether or not it is easier to implement Agile in a band new organization than it is in an existing one. 

Oh - and also… The Parable of the Watermelon

CONTACT INFO

If you’d like to reach Michael Tibbert, you can find him here:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mftibbert
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltibbert/

If you’d like to reach out to Dhaval Panchal, he’s here:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dhavalpanchalLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhavalpanchal/

And if you want to read more about the Parable of the Watermelon

(And in 2 weeks, when he gets his website sorted, that will be added here as well.)

If you have any questions about Agile or Scrum that you’d like addressed in a podcast, just send them to drunkenpm@Gmail.com or DM them to @drunkenpm

Posted on: March 16, 2018 12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)
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