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7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change w/ Esther Derby

Motivational Interviewing w/ Zach Stone

Live from Agile 2019!!!

The Core Cycle of Agile Product Development w/ Urs Reupke

The Mid Sprint Review w/ Dhaval Panchal at 2019 Scrum Gathering

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)

Successful Distributed Agile Teams w/ Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby

This podcast features an interview with Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby about their new book "From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver"

* Update - you can download a transcript of the podcast here.

Distributed Teams present challenges for any group of people trying to work together. This is true in a traditional approach to project work, but maybe even more so in an Agile approach, where many of the frameworks are based on the idea of co-location. The challenges distributed teams face are present regardless of whether you are separated by 12 time zones or by a single flight of stairs. It can absolutely work, and there can be many benefits to working distributed. The big question is how?

In their new book “From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver", Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby deliver the practical answers we all need to help our distributed teams succeed. During the interview Mark and Johanna explain who they wrote the book for and how it can help. We also walk through a few of the most critical practices that help distributed teams work well together, and the authors share some tips that they did not include in the final version of the book.  

Now... I generally try to remain objective in this blog/podcast, but...

GO BUY THIS BOOK! YOU NEED THIS BOOK! 

As someone who works with and on distributed teams, I have questions of my own with respect to steps that can be taken to foster a distributed team's success. This book had answers/strategies for all my questions and it is sure to be an invaluable resource for anyone working on or with distributed teams. 

Links mentioned in the podcast

"From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver" can be purchased on:

Dave interviews Johanna and Mark about writing as a Distributed Team at Agile 2018 https://youtu.be/JMxEeeCtK2I

Johanna and Mark will be speaking at Agile 2019 https://www.agilealliance.org/agile2019/

Mark will be speaking at Mile High Agile https://www.milehighagile.org

Contacting Johanna

Contacting Mark

Posted on: April 15, 2019 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Student QA- Changing the Sprint Commitment / Failing Sprints w/ Eric Tucker

In this episode of the Reluctant Agilist, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach, Eric Tucker, and I talk through two related questions that came from students in my classes:

 - What is the best way to inject defects into a sprint?

- How do you reset expectations with stakeholders if you are going to fail a sprint?

During the interview Eric and talk about why adding/removing work from a sprint is generally not something you want to do, but what you should do if it is unavoidable. We also touch on what to do if the team discovers that they will not be able to deliver on their sprint forecast, why you want to make sure the stakeholders know ahead of time and what some other options might be. 

If you’d like to reach Eric with follow up questions, here is his contact information:

 

The Reluctant Agilist is hosted on ProjectManagement.com. This podcast may not be copied or reused without their permission. 

Posted on: March 17, 2019 10:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Meet Chief Scrum Master - Melissa Boggs!

Last fall the Scrum Alliance took the bold step of changing their leadership structure from a traditional model to one that was based around a Chief Product Owner and Chief Scrum Master. Even for an organization whose mission is to “change the world of work” this was a brave experiment to run because it has never been done before. Howard Sublett returned to the Scrum Alliance as Chief Product Owner and the search began for someone to take up the challenge of defining role of Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance. 

In December the Scrum Alliance announced that Melissa Boggs had accepted the position of Chief Scrum Master. Melissa comes to the role with a background steeped in coaching, transformation and working on teams. In this interview I got the chance to talk with Melissa about her new role, what it entails and how she will bring her experience as a coach into her new leadership role at the Scrum Alliance. 

(CONTEXT - If you were not aware of this, it’s a pretty significant moment. You can find examples of a Chief PO leading a group of PO’s, but for an organization to transform it’s leadership team in this way is a huge change that, if successful, could have a ripple effect impacting how organizations are structured and staffed from the very top on down.)

Links

If you’d like to check out the Unscripted videos Melissa mentioned in the interview you can find them on the Scrum Alliance Facebook page here: https://bit.ly/2XGTLEw

And if you'd like check out the interview I did with Howard Sublett on his role as Chief Product Owner, you can find it here: https://bit.ly/2TnQKdJ

Contacting Melissa

If you’d like to reach Melissa here are a few ways you can reach her:

The Reluctant Agilist is hosted on ProjectManagement.com. This podcast may not be copied or reused without their permission.

Posted on: March 06, 2019 04:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Lessons from a Coach at Toyota w/ Bob Tarne from Agile 2018

When I was in the beginnings of my career in Project Management and started volunteering for PMI, Bob Tarne was my mentor. Bob taught me volumes about not just project management, but how to be on the Board of the IT & Telecommunications SIG. 

This summer at Agile 2018, Bob led a session called "Agile Road Trip: Lessons from a Coach at Toyota" (http://sched.co/EUEg). Bob's presentation focused on some of his recent work as an Agile coach working at Toyota. (If you didn't just do a spit take, yes... Toyota... the place that spawned Lean Manufacturing... which is what most of Agile is rooted in.)

This interview was streamed live on Facebook during the conference. During the conversation Bob and  walk through his experience of helping Toyota retune how it is implementing Agile. We also discuss what value having a PMP Certification can be to someone whose work is primarily focused in agile.

Contacting Bob:

Blog: http://zen-pm.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/btarne

 

Posted on: September 04, 2018 12:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)
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