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Recent Posts

Using Data to Drive Enterprise Adoption of Agile w/ Mike McCalla

How to Run a Lean Coffee with Derek Huether

Finding the Right Problem to Solve w/ Braden Cundiff

Common Sense Scrum with Eric Tucker

Assumptions Mapping with David Bland

Using Data to Drive Enterprise Adoption of Agile w/ Mike McCalla

When Mike McCalla, President, and Founder of Lean Agile Intelligence was looking for feedback on some ideas he had around enterprise agile transformation, he posted his thoughts on LinkedIn and asked if he was oversimplifying what he had started referring to as Object-Oriented Data-Driven Change. One great thing about agile folks who spend time on the interweb, if you ask them for feedback, they are more than happy to provide… often more than you want, and often about things you weren’t asking for feedback on, but, they do respond. Mike’s post kicked off a very spirited conversation. In this episode of the podcast, he joins me to share his thoughts on why taking a data-driven approach to introducing sticky change in the enterprise is an important part of delivering on the promise of change in large organizations.

You can find Mike’s original LinkedIn post here:

drunkenpmradio · Outcome Oriented Data Driven Change w Mike McCalla

If you are interested in learning more about Lean Agile Intelligence and how it can help you and your organization continually assess how you are progressing in your transformation journey and what next steps are likely to help the most.

Contacting Mike

Posted on: January 15, 2022 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to Run a Lean Coffee with Derek Huether


This interview is also available in an audio-only format. You can find that here:

In April 2014, Derek Huether started leading a monthly Lean Coffee meeting for Agile Baltimore. Early in 2022, the group will hold its 100th Lean Coffee! In celebration of that, Derek joined me for an interview all about Lean Coffee - what is it, how does it work, how to get set up to run one, and what are the benefits of leading a Lean Coffee. 

If you aren’t familiar with Lean Coffee it is an agenda-less meeting format developed by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith that relies on the people who show up to collaborate on the agenda and then cover them together. Even if you are a seasoned Lean Coffee veteran you will probably find valuable ideas here. Both Derek and I came away from this conversation with new things to try out. 

Also, at the end of the podcast, there is an additional brief conversation about Jira. Derek works for Atlassian and he shares a number of resources that you and your team can use to get answers to all your Jira questions.

1:00 Who is Derek Huether
2:10 What is a Lean Coffee
10:00 What do YOU get out of running a Lean Coffee
13:00 How does a Lean Coffee work
27:45 Using it to run meetings
35:15 How to Contact Derek
35:45 How to get Jira help

Links from the podcast

Contacting Derek

Posted on: January 09, 2022 03:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Finding the Right Problem to Solve w/ Braden Cundiff

Change is difficult. Figuring out what to change is often the hardest part. Whether you are looking for different outcomes within your organization, or you are simply trying to create a change in how you live your life, one of the first steps you need to take is to determine what it is you actually need to change to see different results.

Braden Cundiff has developed a method to FLIP old behaviors and create new ones. The FLIP approach is defined in Braden’s book Flip: Projects to Products: A problem playbook. This is the second in a series of podcasts where we are breaking down the steps in Braden’s approach and exploring how to make it work for you on a personal and organizational level. 

In this interview, we explore how to find the problem, why you need to name that problem and create a definition around the scope of it, and then how to assess whether or not it is a problem you can, and should take on.

If you’d like to learn more about FLIP you can check out  Braden’s book, Flip: Projects to Products: A problem playbook, or you can check out the first podcast in this series, which gives an overview of the FLIP model for creating change, why it works, how it works, what the model is based on, and how you can get started using it, you can find that here:


drunkenpmradio · Finding the Right Problem to Solve w Braden Cundiff

Contacting Braden


Posted on: December 12, 2021 02:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Common Sense Scrum with Eric Tucker

In this episode of the podcast Sustained Agility’s Eric Tucker, CST, joins Dave to talk about common sense and Agile. When it comes to adopting Agile practices and frameworks like Scrum, there are missteps people and organizations make that could be easily avoided if they would just use common sense.

Eric has put together a talk highlighting some of the common sense mistakes that frequently occur and during the interview, he and Dave unpack a few of the more common, common sense mistakes. They explore why they occur in the first place, and how two avoid them.

drunkenpmradio · Common Sense Scrum w Eric Tucker


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To check out a video of Eric’s Common Sense talk:

Contacting Eric

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Posted on: December 07, 2021 10:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Assumptions Mapping with David Bland

Assumptions are often the Achilles heel of any development effort. These are the things we’ve unintentionally decided are true and unfortunately, far too often, our assumptions are wrong. If you’ve based the success of the work you are doing on incorrect assumptions… VERYBADTHINGS.

But, if they are things we’ve unintentionally decided are true? How do we find them in the first place? And if we can find them, what do we do about them?

This episode is all about understanding the assumptions we are making when we develop new products and services. Precoil Founder David Bland has joined me to talk about why we need to pay attention to assumptions and how to use Assumptions Mapping to determine which of our assumptions present the biggest threat and need to be addressed first. During the interview, we review how to use the Assumptions Mapping approach that is included in Testing Business Ideas, the book David co-wrote with Alexander Osterwalder.


drunkenpmradio · Assumptions Mapping with David Bland

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Contacting David

Posted on: November 29, 2021 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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