This episode of the podcast is all about Facilitation. Fellow Certified Scrum Trainer, Anu Smalley joins me to talk about a brand new Scrum Alliance certification called: Agile Coaching Skills - Certified Facilitator (ACS-CF). During the conversation Anu and I discuss what the certification focuses on, what you can expect from someone who has it, and why it might be valuable to those leading and/or coaching teams.
In the podcast, Anu references a TED talk where the facilitation skills of different musical conductors are evaluated. You can find that here: http://bit.ly/3KORIZo
To learn more about the Scrum Alliance’s Agile Coaching Skills - Certified Facilitator program:
Getting Certified AND a Discount
At the time this podcast is being posted, Anu is the only person teaching ACS-CF in North America. She has three classes coming up and she set up a discount code so that anyone listening to this podcast can get $100 off the price of a class by entering the promo code: facilitation100
Anu's Upcoming Classes
This episode features Howard Sublett as we discuss where Project Management and Agile are headed in the future. Howard is the former CEO of the Scrum Alliance. He’s been working in the space for years and has been doing consulting work since leaving SA. During the conversation we explore how the agile transformation space has been changing, some of the issues organizations are having with agile coaching, and where things are headed with the intersection of agile and traditional project management.
Habitat for Humanity
During the interview, Howard mentions his volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in learning more about it:
This episode of the podcast features an interview that I’m hoping will serve as an example of how collaborating in a distributed model can lead to great things. Malene Jacobsen and Mario Melo both became Certified Scrum Trainers during the 2022 Scrum Gathering in Denver this past spring. The story of how they became Certified Scrum Trainers is the focus of our conversation. During the interview, you’ll hear how they worked together and supported one another while preparing for their in-person TAC panels. They were also part of a larger team of people who committed to work together until each of them had become a Certified Scrum Trainer. Their teamwork demonstrates how being separated by multiple time zones does not have to be a hindrance.
If you are working as part of a distributed team or you are working towards becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer, this podcast offers an inspiring story that is chock full of tips to help you succeed with your geographically distributed team.
You can find an audio-only version of this podcast here: https://bit.ly/3BQtZnH
Links from the Podcast
In this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by the person who asked the question, Kyle Macey, who works as a Senior Backend Engineer at Chow Now. And, because I wanted to do my best to keep my bias in check during the conversation, I asked a friend, Bjorn Jensen, if he’d be willing to lead the discussion. Bjorn and I volunteer for the Scrum Alliance TAC together. He’s not only a CST with a background in development, Bjorn has a level of openness and calmness that I only wish I could achieve.
Contacting Kyle Macey
Contacting Bjorn Jensen
From 2019 to 2021 Melissa Boggs served as Co-CEO and Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance. Earlier this year she stepped down from her Chief SM role and took on the position of Vice President of Business Agility at Sauce Labs. AFAIK, Melissa was the Chief ScrumMaster ever so I wanted to check in with her and see what she learned during her time in the role, what advice she could share for those headed down that path, and what new challenges she’s taken on since she started her new gig.
What is truly powerful about this interview is how open Melissa is about the things she learned about herself on this journey. She offers a great example of brave vulnerability and shows how, if you are in the business of helping others transform, you have to be willing to develop an inner sense of personal agility as well.
Links from the Podcast