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Agile Coach to Agile Gamer - Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington, the founder of AgileScout.com, is an Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, Author, Entrepreneur and Scientist. On March 4, 2017 he put up a blog post on AgileScout.com announcing a new experiment he is running... on himself.  

Taking a step back from helping others adopt Agile, Peter is now using Agile to transform his life, and he's starting with his career. He's going from being a full time Agile Consultant to a full time professional video game player.  It might sound a bit insane, but his reasoning and research are sound. In this interview I got the chance to talk with Peter about his new experiment, why he's doing it and how he approaching transforming his life.

Click here to read Peter's manifesto: http://agilescout.com/time-for-change/
Click here to see Peter's video channel:  First15
Click here to follow Peter on Twitter
 

Posted on: March 14, 2017 10:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Being Agile vs. Doing Agile

In this podcast, Jessie Shternshus , Paul Hammond and I take a shot at addressing the question of whether organizations have become so focused by the need to “do” Agile that they may have lost the ability to actually “be” Agile. During the conversation we touch on a number of the key challenges organizations are facing and how these challenges are impacting individuals at the team level.

 

 

Show Notes 

00:45 Introduction to Jessie and Paul

02:00 The Topic(s): Do we need to return to a more simple version of it so that people can better understand/internalize the fundamental intent behind it and not simply get lost in dogma and going thru the motions? How do we help “them” figure out the “why”?

06:30 Does leadership need to deeply understand Agile to help support transition to Agile or can the organization succeed if they just want to “do Agile”?

08:48 Changing the conversation to help people approach Agile with a more open mindset?

10:48 Mapping organizational values to Agile Manifesto values

11:30 How to create hope (that things can improve) at an organization?

14:20 Taking the option to “Make a choice”

16:37 Advice for getting “Buy In”

18:03 How do we unfreeze the frozen middle?

20:08 Should leadership demonstrate vulnerability when trying to transition to Agile? (crickets)

20:46 How do I help my company become a place innovative, agile people will want to work?

22:47 You can’t put a band-aid on culture

23:56 What id you hire for the culture you want, and disappoint the new folks with what you have?

26:15 Has anyone’s Agile transformation ever gone fast enough? What is the pace of transition that you need?

27:17 Remember to acknowledge the positives

28:00 Advice for Senior Mgmt. on adopting Agile

32:36 Advice for Team Members who feel like Mgmt. doesn’t get it yet

36:30 How to reach Jessie and Paul

38:29 Close

Contacting Jessie and Paul

Jessie is the founder of The ImprovEffect. You can reach her at her site here: http://www.improveffect.com or via Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheImprovEffect. She also has a number of upcoming events which can be found here: http://www.improveffect.com/events/

 

Paul Hammond is is the Director European Product Development at eBay and can be reached via his website: http://phammond.com or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/phammond

Paul is also on the Board of the Agile Alliance. You can find more about the upcoming Agile Alliance Technical Conference here: https://www.agilealliance.org/agile-alliance-technical-conference-2017/

Posted on: November 21, 2016 09:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jukka Lindstrom - The Transformation Will Be Digitized

One of the great benefits I have had through volunteering for the Scrum Alliance has been the opportunity to work with a long list of inspiring and brilliant people. At the top of that list is Jukka Lindstrom. Jukka is someone who’s approach to exploring and solving problems is so different from my own that I felt like every time we collaborated on something, I got better at what I was doing just by working with him.  A few years ago Jukka left his job as an Agile Coach and Trainer and started working full time with traditional organizations. At the start of 2016 he joined Cargotec to head up their Digital Transformation effort. If you think Agile Transition is hard, consider that it is only a small part of the transformation of digitizing a global organization with 11,000 people who are used to working in an analog world. 

In the first part of the interview Jukka and I talk about the work he’s been doing since leaving Reaktor and what it’s like trying to transform a company of 11,000 people to not just Agile, but a digitized way of working as well. Leaving the Agile Consulting world to go back into a traditional environment is a brave choice, but for Jukka, it presented an opportunity to test out what he had learned and see if he could help.  While it has provided him with great learning experiences, it has also come with some tough moments. In the second part of the interview we focus on how what that career transition has been like and how he has avoided getting trapped in the doldrums when he is faced with working in a more traditional environment. 

 

 

Show Notes

00:09 Interview Begins

00:57 Jukka’s role at Cargotec and what the company does

02:37 The difference between Agile Transformation and Digital Transformation

07:36 The complexity of transformation at Cargotec

08:44 Why is this level of transformation so much harder than basic Agile transformation

10:10 The mindset shift

11:54 Placing a bet on technology when you don’t know exactly what you’ll be able to do with the result yet

13:00 transforming11,000 people … “that’s like 1,200-1,500 teams of people”

15:00 Where do you learn faster? Working in software or more traditional (manufacturing) companies

17:15 Becoming an Agile Bodhisattva

17:52 When you walk back into the waterfall, doesn’t it kinda suck? And how do you stay inspired?

19:45 Realizing that the reason you feel stuck is because you aren’t being true to yourself

22:37 How to avoid playing the victim and taking ownership of your own learning and joy

24:30 “I’m not having fun… why am I doing this?”

25:27 If you can’t find fun in what you’re doing, you’re doing the wrong thing

25:55 Things Jukka does outside of work that helps him stay engaged and learning while he is at work

27:00 MIT’s ULab

 

Some links from the interview 

Cargotec Website: http://www.cargotec.com

Singapore Cargo Port Timelapse Video https://youtu.be/HrZg96L8yaY

MIT’s ULab Course https://www.edx.org/course/u-lab-leading-emerging-future-mitx-15-671-1x

Leading from the Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer  http://amzn.to/2dJJ1TL

Reaktor https://reaktor.com

 

If you’d like to contact Jukka

Jukka on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jukkalindstrom

Jukka on Twitter https://twitter.com/jukka_lindstrom

 

 

 

Posted on: October 11, 2016 05:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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