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Recent Posts

Agile Practices in the Org and Home with Lee Lis

Growth Mindset: Success of Others w/ Mary Kaufmann

Leading Teams In Crisis with Zach Stone

The Rise of the Technical Program Manager

Obeyas and Agile in Film Making with Dan Eberle

Growth Mindset: Success of Others w/ Mary Kaufmann

In Carol Dwek’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she explains the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset. Earlier this year, a colleague of mine, Mary Kaufman and I began recording a series of podcasts on the five stages of growth outlined in the book. Unfortunately, Mary moved on to a new gig before we got the fifth stage posted. So, we re-recorded the conversation and it’s going up live here at drunkenpm to help complete the stages. 

In this conversation, we cover “Success of Others” and explore those with a Fixed mindset tend to view the success of others as a threat and those with a Growth mindset find inspiration from others' success. During the podcast, we both share examples of times when we’ve each reacted to the success of others from the different viewpoints, how we are able to catch ourselves when we end up in a Fixed mindset and what steps we take to move beyond that. 

drunkenpmradio · Growth Mindset - Success of Others w Mary Kaufmann

Other Episodes in our Growth Mindset Series


Contacting Mary

Posted on: November 15, 2022 12:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Kanban Metrics with Troy Lightfoot

This episode features Troy Lightfoot who is a Business Agility Coach and Consultant as well as a Professional Kanban Trainer. The interview starts with a discussion about the basic differences between Scrum and Kanban and then digs into four of the metrics recommended in the Kanban Guide. We cover WIP, Throughput, Work Item Age, and Cycle Time, talking through what each of these is, the value these metrics provide, why they are so much more valuable than simply looking at something like velocity, and what these metrics can do to help you develop a better level of predicting when work is likely to finish and how they can show you and your team ways to identify and address the things that are holding you back from delivering value for your client.

Troy also has a few ProKanban Certification classes coming up. In the back half of the interview, he explains what to expect if you sign up for a Professional Kanban 1 (PK1) Certification class or his Applying Metrics for Predictability (AMP) Certification class. 


drunkenpmradio · Kanban Metrics with Troy Lightfoot

Troy’s Upcoming Classes

Links from the Podcast

Contacting Troy

Posted on: June 14, 2022 11:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Agile Coaching Income Report with Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz is an Agile Coach and Trainer who is on a mission to help the community of Agile Coaches "...empower ourselves with better rates and more appropriate rates." When she became a freelance Agile Coach Jessica became aware of how difficult it was to understand how much an Agile Coach could expect to make as a full-time employee, how much they could charge as freelance, and how much those freelance coaches were paying themselves for the work they do. 

The first edition of The Agile Coaching Report came out last year and she recently finished collecting data for the second version. Since then she's been hard at work sorting through the details she has collected. During the interview, she shares some of the key learnings she has had in working with the data. This includes things like which segments of the coaching demographic get paid more, how do race and gender impact your pay, who is better at negotiating salary, and factors that can influence the amount you can earn as a coach. She also shares stories about how individuals have been able to use this data to successfully negotiate being paid at a rate equal to their peers within the organization. 

The audience for the report is anyone working in a coaching capacity within Agile Teams, on an Agile Transformation or Change Management project and it includes a variety of related information like how much people are getting paid for public speaking, as well as common attributes of those paid the most.  

If you are trying to figure out whether the amount you are earning is in step with the rest of the coaching field, if you need help figuring out how to negotiate for a higher rate of pay, or if you want to know if you are paying your coaches enough, this interview with Jessica Katz on her Agile Coaching Income Report has the details you are looking for. 

drunkenpmradio · The Agile Coaching Income Report with Jessica Katz

The Agile Coaching Income Report

You can download a copy of the 2021 Agile Coaching Income Report here:

Keep an eye out for the 2022 Agile Coaching Income Report on Jessica's website

Ladies Get Paid

During the interview Jessica mentions Ladies Get Paid (, which can be a very valuable resource for anyone (not just women) who needs to get better at negotiating salary.

Contacting Jessica

if you'd like to reach out to Jessica directly

Posted on: April 07, 2022 11:38 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)

Creating Change When You Don't Have Agency with Sinikka Waugh

How do I create change in my organization when I don’t have the authority to make it happen?

Whether you are trying to kick off an Agile Transformation or introduce some other type of change that will impact your organization beyond your team and/or pay grade, creating change when you don’t feel empowered to do so is not an easy thing. 

My colleague Jeff Howey and I frequently get questions around this topic in the classes we teach so we invited Sinnika Waugh to join us and share some ideas about ways to initiate change when your inner voice, (or the org chart), is telling you that ain’t your gig. 

Sinikka  Waugh is the Founder of Your Clear Next Step, an organization that provides training, coaching, and support to organizations and individuals with the ultimate goal of offering people a better workday so that when that day is over they are better prepared to truly show up and co-create a better experience at home and in their communities. She is also a PMP and the former VP of Marketing and Communications for the Central Iowa PMI Chapter. 

In this episode of the podcast, Sinikka joins Jeff Howey and me to help address the question of “How do I create change when I lack agency?”

drunkenpmradio · Driving Change When You Don't Have Agency w Sinikka Waugh

Contacting Sinikka

Contacting Jeff

Posted on: May 24, 2021 07:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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