Agile for Humans with Ryan Ripley

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AFH 097: PSM II An Advanced Scrum Master Course
28:52
with Dave West - CEO of Scrum.org.

Dave West (@davidjwest) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss scrum.org’s new offering:  PSM-II – An Advanced Scrum Master Course. Dave is the CEO/product owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent speaker and widely published author of articles and his acclaimed book, Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) […]

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Aug 07, 2018
AFH 096: An Agile Mindset of Learning and Growth
45:16
with Esther Derby and Faye Thompson.

Esther Derby (@estherderby) and Faye Thompson (@agilefaye) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss an agile mindset and learning in the workplace. In this episode you’ll discover: Why learning is difficult in the workplace How management and team members can support learning When agile coaches can model learning for maximum impact Sometimes we just have to say, […]

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Jul 03, 2018
AFH 095: Exploring the 3 V’s of Product Ownership
39:55
with Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham.

Don McGreal (@donmcgreal) and Ralph Jocham (@rjocham) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss their new book The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage. In this episode you’ll discover: What is a professional product owner How the 3 V’s serve product management Common product owner anti-patterns The value of validating learning Links from the […]

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Jun 03, 2018
AFH 094: Professional Agile Coaching with Allison Pollard
48:23

Allison Pollard (@allison_pollard) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss professional agile coaching. In this episode you’ll discover: What professional coaching mean How to start the coaching journey The power of self-organizing teams How to avoid inhibiting self-organization when coaching others Links from the show: Allison’s Website – http://www.allisonpollard.com/ Margaret Wheatley’s site – https://margaretwheatley.com/ How to support the […]

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May 20, 2018
AFH 093: Women in Agile 2018
44:23
with Billie Shuttpelz, Joanna Vahlsing, and Cheryl Hammond.

Billie Shuttpelz (@OopslandBillie), Cheryl Hammond (@bsktcase) and Joanna Vahlsing (@joannavahlsing) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss Women in Agile 2018. In this episode you’ll discover: Back for its third consecutive year, Women in Agile is on Sunday, August 5, 2018 (the day before the Agile2018 conference) in San Diego, CA. Click here to register. This year’s keynote is by April Wensel, an international […]

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May 08, 2018
AFH 092: Systems Thinking in Agile
1:00:56
with Jo Perold and Faye Thompson.

Joanne Perold (@joPerold) and Faye Thompson (@AgileFaye) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss human and systems thinking in the workplace. In this episode you’ll discover: How do we humanize the world of work Helping middle management adapt to agile The power of co-creation in the workplace Ways to break down the silos in your organization Insights into […]

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Apr 19, 2018
AFH 091: Using Nexus to Scale Scrum
36:15
with Patricia Kong and Kurt Bittner.

Patricia Kong (@pmoonk88) and Kurt Bittner (@ksbittner) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss Scrum.org’s Nexus Framework. In this episode you’ll discover: What is the Nexus Famework How Nexus allows you to scale scrum without destroying its soul Why teams need to get good at Scrum FIRST and then worry about scaling Links from the show: GoFundMe for […]

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Mar 27, 2018
AFH 090: Walking the Spine Model
45:31
with Kevin Trethewey and Danie Roux.

Kevin Trethewey (@KevinTrethewey) and Danie Roux (@danieroux) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss the Spine Model and how to use it effectively with agile and scrum teams. In this episode you’ll discover: What the Spine Model is. How to use the Spine Model with your agile teams Use the Spine Model to find common ground Applying […]

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Mar 19, 2018
AFH 089: Training from the Back of the Room with Kim Brainard
37:00

Kim Brainard (@Agilebrain1) joined me (@RyanRipley) to explore training from the back of the room techniques and practices. Kim has over 8 years of Agile experience and 15 years’ experience in IT project planning, implementation, and execution. She is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organizations to drive change, support key business objectives, and maximize value […]

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Mar 12, 2018
AFH 088: Coaching Beyond the Team with Esther Derby and Don Gray
23:25

Esther Derby (@estherderby) Don Gray (@donaldegray), and Faye Thompson (@agilefaye) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss their upcoming workshop Coaching Beyond the Team in Columbus, Ohio April 3rd – 5th, 2018. Esther is an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. She co-authored “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” and […]

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Feb 23, 2018
AFH 087: Why Agile Isn’t Working with John Cutler
53:17

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss his article “Why Agile Isn’t Working” and what we can do about it. John is a multiple hat-wearer. Product development nut. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qualitative and quantitative data. John blogs on Medium here. John is currently Senior Product Manager for Search and Relevance at […]

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Feb 20, 2018
AFH 086: Talking Scrum with Steve Porter
44:12

Steve Porter (@stevevporter) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss a wide variety of deep Scrum topics and approaches. In this episode you’ll discover: Ways to think about Scrum Why context is so important when discussing Scrum How Scrum is built for safety Deeper insights about the concept of a Sprint Goal Links from the show: Scrum.org – […]

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Feb 12, 2018
AFH 085: Unlearning for Agile Teams with Jessie Shternshus
27:08

Jessie Shternshus (@TheImprovEffect) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss how to help teams unlearn past habit and how to help new mental models take hold. In this episode you’ll discover: How to approach working with new teams Why sometimes we need to unlearn before we can learn When games and exercises can be used to […]

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Jan 20, 2018
AFH 084: Ryan Ripley on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast
1:38:02

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) recently joined Vasco Duarte (@duarte_vasco) on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast to discuss Agile Coaching and working with teams. I had a lot of fun recording this episode with Vasco. We covered the very broad topic of agile coaching. I really liked that we were able to deep dive agile coaching and […]

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Jan 10, 2018
AFH 083: Create Your Successful Agile Project with Johanna Rothman
40:29

Johanna Rothman (@johannarothman) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss her new book:  Create Your Successful Agile Project – Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, and Deliver Johanna is known as the “Pragmatic Manager” who provides frank advice for difficult problems. She is a prolific author and blogger. She also publishes a newsletter called The Pragmatic Manager. She provides workshops, training, and other services to organizations looking to improve the […]

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Jan 08, 2018
AFH 082: Coaching Beyond Agile with Pradeepa Narayanaswamy
35:03

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy (@NPradeepa) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss how she uses her agile superpowers for good as an infertility coach. Pradeepa is a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, a Professional Coach, and sought after conference speaker. As an Agile Coach, she is a self-proclaimed “Agile Passionista” who strongly believes in agile values & principles to help organizations […]

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Jan 02, 2018
AFH 081: The Scrum Guide Gets an Update with Dave West
21:08

Dave West (@davidjwest) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss the latest updates to the Scrum Guide. Dave is the CEO/product owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent speaker and widely published author of articles and his acclaimed book, Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and worked with […]

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Dec 04, 2017
AFH 080: Agile NYC with Joe Krebs
39:57

Joe Krebs (@jochenkrebs) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss his podcast (Agile.FM), agile leadership, agile user groups and the impact of agile on organizations. Agile is part of Joe’s DNA. He is the founder and organizer of AgileNYC, an international speaker, trainer, author, and host of the Agile.FM podcast. Joe is the founder of Incrementor – the largest […]

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Oct 30, 2017
AFH 079: How to Build an Agile Podcast
59:55

Many people have written in and asked how to create an agile podcast. Chris Spangle joined Ryan Ripley to discuss how to build a podcast, the equipment it takes to get started, how to pick topics, and where to find listeners. Chris is the web director for a nationally syndicated morning show. Before this, he worked […]

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Oct 20, 2017
AFH 078: The Agile Coaching Summit 2017
28:01

Agilist from all over the country gathered for the Agile Coaching Summit in Chicago, Illinois at the Uptake offices to discuss agile coaching and how to have a greater impact on organizations and agile teams. This episode is the recording of an open space sessions that I hosted. We had lots of great questions from […]

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Oct 16, 2017
AFH 077: Agile Africa 2017
54:59

Don Gray (@donaldegray), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), Joanne Perold (@joperold), Barry Tandy (@barrytandy), Regina Martins (@gianamar), Oz Chihwayi (@ozchihwayi), and Karl Fuchs (@karlofuchs) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile coaching at Agile Africa 2017. Don is a friend and mentor to me, and a valued member of the agile community. He has contributed to multiple books including: CENTER […]

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Sep 04, 2017
AFH 076: Agile 2017 with Faye Thompson, Markus Silpala, and Amitai Schleier
51:05

Markus Silpala (@msipala), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss their learnings from Agile 2017. Markus is a developer who enjoys close collaboration with both clients and teammates. He seeks work environments where his capabilities—both human and technical—will contribute to the production of high-quality, customer-pleasing software. Markus has a career that spans […]

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Aug 21, 2017
AFH 075: Agile Mindset in Context with Gil Broza
38:50

Gil Broza (@gilbroza) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile mindset in context, fit for purpose, and how to help teams improve how they work. Gil is the founder of 3PVantage. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile and The Agile Mindset. Gil is a sought after writer, speaker, and trainer with a passion […]

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Aug 07, 2017
AFH 074: The Past, Present, and Future of Scrum
1:16:16
with Esther Derby, Tim Ottinger, Allen Holub, and Zach Bonaker.

Esther Derby (@estherderby), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Allen Holub (@allenholub), and Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss the past, present, and future of Scrum. Esther is an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. She co-authored “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” and “Behind Closed Doors: Secrets […]

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Jul 31, 2017
AFH 073: #NoEstimates on The Deliver It Cast
1:02:58

This week I bring #NoEstimates to Cory Bryan’s agile podcast – The Deliver It Cast. For the past ten years, Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and […]

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Jul 28, 2017
AFH 072: Agile Product Management with John Cutler [PODCAST]
50:46

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss feature factories, outcomes, and excellent agile product management. John Multiple hat-wearer. Product development nut. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qualitative and quantitative data. John blogs on Medium here. John is currently Senior Product Manager for Search and Relevance at Zendesk. He has a perspective […]

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Jul 17, 2017
AFH 071: Advanced Scrum with Ryan Ripley [PODCAST]
1:18:36

This weeks episode is a recording of the Advanced Scrum session that I (@ryanripley) presented at the Path to Agility Conference 2017. For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan […]

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Jul 03, 2017
AFH 070: Refactoring Agile with Chris Murman [PODCAST]
45:49

Chris Murman (@chrismurman) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Agile from an executive viewpoint and if it’s time to refactor agile. Chris is constantly in search of ways to make the work we do better. This means bringing a lean focus to the products we make, a holistic approach to agile business processes, or an intense focus on […]

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Jun 24, 2017
AFH 069: Dynamic Teams with Allison Pollard and Barry Forrest
25:10

Allison Pollard (@allison_pollard) and Barry Forrest (@bforrest30) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss co-presenting at agile conference and advanced team dynamics. Allison is an Agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Texas, Allison Pollard helps people discover their Agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer. […]

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Jun 13, 2017
AFH 068: Agile Workshops with Kim Brainard and Bille Schuttpelz
34:02

Kim Brainard (@Agilebrain1) and Billie Schuttpelz (@OopslandBillie) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss how our brains work at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kim has over 8 years of Agile experience and 15 years’ experience in IT project planning, implementation, and execution. She is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organisations to drive change, support […]

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May 31, 2017
AFH 067: Backlog Lumberjacks with Kalpesh Shah [PODCAST]
23:11

Kalpesh Shah (@AgileBrightSpot) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss his work with Scrum Team at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kalpesh is the Director of Agile Transformation at IntraEdge Inc., as well as a public speaker, trainer, and coach. He helps organizations transition to the Agile way of working, employs Lean Product Development approaches, and instills a Lean […]

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May 22, 2017
AFH 066: Modern Agile with Joshua Kerievsky [PODCAST]
29:23

Joshua Kerievsky (@joshuakerievsky) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Modern Agile at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe. Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the […]

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May 17, 2017
AFH 065: Agile Open Forum with Woody Zuill, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schleier, and Zach Bonaker [PODCAST]
1:11:01

Woody Zuill (@WoodyZuill), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss a wide range of agile topics and principles. Woody has been programming for over 35 years with 20 of those years as an Extreme Programmer (XP) and more than 15 of those years as an Agile Coach. He takes the “inspect and adapt” mantra […]

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May 08, 2017
AFH 064: Women in Agile Part 2 with Natalie Warnert [PODCAST]
48:54

Natalie Warnert (@nataliewarnert) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #womeninagile, seeking out diversity, and getting started in public speaking. Natalie is a writer, speaker, agile coach, and team innovator. She is passionate about the #womeninagile movement and helps foster a welcoming culture where ever she goes. Natalie is an avid reader, a swimmer, and snowboarder. She is organizing this […]

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May 04, 2017
AFH 063: Agile Improv with Jessie Shternshus [PODCAST]
42:34

Jessie Shternshus (@TheImprovEffect) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss how improv skills can help make your agile teams awesome. Jessie is the founder of The Improv Effect where her goal is to help businesses reach their full potential by means of interpersonal-communication skills training. Throughout the years, She has worked with top companies such as Groupon, Fidelity Investments, […]

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Apr 24, 2017
AFH 062: Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin [PODCAST]
44:14

Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss co-presenting at conferences, co-writing books, and agile testing. Lisa is a tester who enjoys sharing her experiences and learning from others. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2014) and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for […]

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Apr 17, 2017
AFH 061: Agile Musings with GeePaw Hill [PODCAST]
1:00:20

GeePaw Hill (@GeePawHill) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss internal quality vs external quality, generating insights about software, and the dangers of dogma in agile software development. GeePaw is the internet moniker for Michael Hill. He is a professional software coach for agile teams. GeePaw blogs at geepawhill.org and is a must follow on Twitter. GeePaw is […]

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Apr 10, 2017
AFH 060: Kickstarting Agility with Allen Holub [PODCAST]
40:57

Allen Holub (@allenholub) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss his Kickstarter project: Agility with Allen: The Whole Caboodle. Allen is a trainer, writer, speaker, and coach who takes a non-tribal view of software development. He is a highly regarded instructor for the University of California, Berkeley, Extension. Allen eschews the dogma that surrounds many of the current agile […]

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Mar 27, 2017
AFH 059: Product Mastery with Geoff Watts [PODCAST]
46:36

Geoff Watts (@geoffcwatts) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Product Mastery. Geoff is the founder of Inspect & Adapt Ltd and one of the most experienced and respected Scrum coaches in the world. Having started using Scrum at British Telecom, one of the first large-scale agile adoptions, he has since coached organisations large and small through their agile […]

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Mar 20, 2017
AFH 058: Agile Coaching Strategies with Llewellyn Falco [PODCAST]
57:13

Llewellyn Falco (@llewellynfalco) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Agile Coaching, types of coaching, hiring coaches, and some #MobProgramming. Llewellyn is a professional teacher, speaker, agile programmer, and creator of the Approval Test project. He blogs here, appears on podcasts there, and helps make agile teams awesome everywhere. Llewellyn generously shares his insights on YouTube. Watch his videos, […]

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Mar 13, 2017
AFH 057: The Leadership Gift with Joe Astolfi [PODCAST]
48:39

Joe Astolfi (@joeastolfi) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the Leadership Gift and how it’s impacted his relationships, career, and life. Joe is an Agile Transformation Coach and is passionate about helping others become great leaders, increase their agility, and find joy in their work. He is a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association, and an adjunct […]

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Mar 06, 2017
AFH 056: Women in Agile with Natalie Warnert [PODCAST]
47:27

Natalie Warnert (@nataliewarnert) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #womeninagile, seeking out diversity, capacity vs velocity, #NoEstimates, and more. Natalie is a writer, speaker, agile coach, and team innovator. She is passionate about the #womeninagile movement and helps foster a welcoming culture where ever she goes. Natalie is an avid reader, a swimmer, and snowboarder. Amitai is […]

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Feb 27, 2017
AFH 055: Agile Certifications with Tom Cagley [PODCAST]
48:26

Tom Cagley (@TCagley) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the role and impact of certifications on the Agile movement. Tom is a consultant, practitioner, and thought leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance, and systems analysis. He is the co-author of Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices Tools and Techniques. Tom is the host of the excellent […]

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Feb 20, 2017
AFH 054: Make It Easy to Be Successful with Bryan Beecham [PODCAST]
1:02:03

Bryan Beecham (@BillyGarnet) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss simplicity, continuous improvement, and modern agile. Bryan is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Speaker, Guitarist, Human Refactor guide, Idea Generator, Teacher, and Continuous Learner. His energetic style engages audiences to help to unlock creativity, trigger learning, and have fun interacting with new ideas. He speaks passionately about technology and his […]

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Feb 13, 2017
AFH 053: Catching up with Zach Bonaker and Amitai Schleier [PODCAST]
1:05:39

Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the monitization of agile, Agile Coach Camp 2016, and what does it actually mean to be an agile coach. Zach is a self-described “benevolent trouble-maker” and seeks to foster servant leadership that cultivates growth, learning, and discovery. He is a systems thinker who shares his thoughts on his […]

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Feb 06, 2017
AFH 052: Software Estimation with Steve McConnell [PODCAST]
1:03:53

Steve McConnell (@stevemconstrux) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #NoEstimates, how estimates help teams collaborate with stakeholders, and what professional estimation looks like on an agile team. Steve is the CEO of Construx Software. He is the author of many award winning books including:  Code Complete, Rapid Software Development, and Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. He […]

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Jan 28, 2017
AFH 051: Industrial Learning with Marian Willeke and Don Gray [PODCAST]
46:46

Marian Willeke (@mhwilleke) and Don Gray (@donaldegray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss industrial learning, how small experiments can lead to big changes, and how to structure workshops for the greatest possible impact. Marian is passionate about ensuring effective learning experiences are created to improve people’s lives. She seeks to foster a learning mindset whether working with academic […]

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Jan 23, 2017
AFH 050: Agile Ideas with Neil Killick [PODCAST]
52:39

Neil Killick (@neil_killick) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss a wide variety of agile ideas including: “Shu-Ha-Ri”, Agile Management, #NoEstimates, and when software is “done”. Neil is a software delivery coach and manager with experience shipping software in various capacities, domains, and industries. He is one of the key pioneers of #NoEstimates and seeks better ways to slice work, […]

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Dec 30, 2016
AFH 049: The State of Agile with Steve Denning [PODCAST]
44:36

Steve Denning (@stevedenning) and Don Gray (@donaldegray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the current state of agile and how an agile mindset trumps processes and tools. Steve is the author 8 books including The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management. He’s a former director of the World Bank. Steve is a contributor to Forbes Magazine, and leads The Learning Consortium […]

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Oct 04, 2016
AFH 048: How Project Managers Can Fit on Agile Teams [PODCAST]
15:57

Justin Browder (@justin_browder) and Bryan Schoeff (@bryanschoeff) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss how project managers and developers can find common ground on Agile teams. Justin Browder is a Senior Consultant at AXIA Consulting. Since joining as the 10th employee in 2008, he has helped AXIA scale the company to over 70 employees while consulting as a Program […]

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Sep 26, 2016
AFH 047: Agile Introspection with Jeremy Willets [PODCAST]
14:00

Jeremy Willets (@jeremywillets) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss introspection, continuous learning, and life as an agile coach. Jeremy an internal agile coach at a software development company. He is a speaker and author who brings the human elements of software development to the forefront. Jeremy is an avid runner and a key figure in the Ohio agile […]

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Sep 12, 2016
AFH 046: Agile Organizational Change with Doc Norton [PODCAST]
17:09

Michael “Doc” Norton (@docondev) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Organizational Change, Mindset Shifts, and Product Centric Organizations. Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant […]

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Sep 05, 2016
AFH 045: System Thinking and #NoEstimates with Chris Chapman [PODCAST]
52:28

Chris Chapman (@derailleuragile) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #NoEstimates, Lean, System Thinking, and Poutine. Chris is a #NoEstimates advocate, a lean thinker, a lover of Canadian craft beer. He is a coaching with leanintoit.com and seeks to bring agile thinking to all levels of an organization. Chris is a true veteran in our field having worked as […]

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Aug 29, 2016
AFH 044: Agile Thinking with Don Gray [PODCAST]
40:28

Don Gray (@donaldegray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile thinking, models, and frameworks. Of course we didn’t cover any of those topics…but we meant to. 🙂 Don is a friend and mentor to me, and a valued member of the agile community. He has contributed to multiple books including: CENTER ENTER TURN SUSTAIN: ESSAYS IN CHANGE ARTISTRY, READINGS FOR […]

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Aug 22, 2016
AFH 043: The Agile Mindset with Gil Broza [PODCAST]
14:36

Gil Broza (@gilbroza) joined me (@RyanRipley) at The Path to Agility Conference (@cohaainfo) to discuss the agile mindset. Gil is the founder of 3PVantage. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile and The Agile Mindset. Gil is a sought after writer, speaker, and trainer with a passion for delighting customers and valuing the human […]

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Aug 10, 2016
AFH 042: The Grows Method for Adopting Agile Software Develpoment [PODCAST]
54:46

Andy Hunt (@PragmaticAndy), Jared Richardson (@JaredRichardson), and Don Gray (@DonaldEGray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the Grows Method for agile adoption. Andy is one of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto. He is the author of 9 books including: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (with Dave Thomas), Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your […]

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Jul 12, 2016
AFH 041: Discover to Deliver with Ellen Gottesdiener [PODCAST]
17:05

Ellen Gottesdiener (@ellengott) joined me (@RyanRipley) at The Path to Agility Conference (@cohaainfo) to discuss the importance of discovery and delivery. Ellen is the CEO and founder of EBG Consulting. She is the author of Requirements by Collaboration, The Software Requirements Memory Jogger, and most recently Discover to Deliver (with Mary Gorman). Ellen is a […]

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Jul 08, 2016
AFH 040: The Responsibility Process with Christopher Avery [PODCAST]
16:06

Christopher Avery (@ChristopherAver) joined me (@RyanRipley) at The Path to Agility Conference (@cohaainfo) to discuss responsibility. Christopher is the President and CEO of Partnerwerks™ Inc and is the visionary force behind The Leadership Gift™. He is the author of “Teamwork Is An Individual Skill” for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. […]

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Jun 27, 2016
AFH 039: How Do You Become An Agile Coach? [PODCAST]
1:19:32

Diane Zajac-Woodie (@AgileSquirrel), Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker), and Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) joined me (@ryanripley) to discuss their paths to becoming agile coaches. Diane is the owner and principal consultant at Green Jeans Consulting. She is active in the agile community not only as a speaker – Agile 2015, SDEC 2015, AgileDC 2015 – but also as […]

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Jun 23, 2016
AFH 038: The Future of Scrum with Dave West [PODCAST]
18:36

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Dave West Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Dave West (@davidjwest) got together at the Path to Agility Conference to discuss the future of Scrum. Dave is the product owner at Scrum.org. In this role, he is responsible for sheperding the work that Scrum.org does to improve the profession of software development. The future […]

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Jun 16, 2016
AFH 037: Cost of Delay with Johanna Rothman [PODCAST]
16:48

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Johanna Rothman Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Johanna Rothman (@johannarothman) got together at the Path to Agility Conference to discuss her new book – Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in Your Project Portfolio. Then we talked about her presentation “Becoming an Agile Leader Regardless of Your Role”, what […]

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Jun 07, 2016
AFH 036: Get Momentum with Jason Womack [PODCAST]
15:26

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Jason Womack Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Jason Womack (@jasonwomack) got together at the Path to Agility Conference to talk about Jason’s latest book – “Get Momentum”. Jason and his wife Jodi wrote “Get Momentum” to help people learn “how to start when you’re stuck”. In “Get Momentum”, the Womack’s walk us through […]

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Jun 01, 2016
AFH 035: Data Driven Agile Coaching with Troy Magennis [PODCAST]
48:44

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Troy Magennis Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Troy Magennis (@t_magennis) got together to discuss Troy’s upcoming Agile 2016 talks: Data Driven Coaching – Safely Turning Team Data Into Coaching Insights Forecasting Using Data – Quickly Answering How Big, How long and How Likely Troy covered 4 key metric categories: responsiveness, productivity, quality, […]

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May 20, 2016
AFH 034: Agile Program Management with Johanna Rothman [PODCAST]
48:18

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Johanna Rothman Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Johanna Rothman (@johannarothman) got together to discuss Johanna’s new book “Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization”. Johanna is known as the “Pragmatic Manager” who provides frank advice for difficult problems. She is a prolific author and blogger and also publishes a newsletter called […]

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May 13, 2016
AFH 033: HR Insights with Esther Derby and Stacy Johnston [PODCAST]
46:12

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Esther Derby, Stacy Johnston Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Esther Derby (@estherderby), and Stacy Johnston got together to discuss performance management, HR myths, annual reviews, and how teams can partner with their HR department to create better systems of work. A key concept throughout the show was the need for people to feel that […]

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May 02, 2016
AFH 032: How to Improve Your Agile Conference Submissions [PODCAST]
1:11:57

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Don Gray, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schlair, Jason Tice Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Don Gray (@donaldegray), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Amitai Schlair (@schmonz), and Jason Tice (@theagilefactor) got together to discuss strategies for submitting talks to agile conferences and how to help the chances of your presentation getting accepted. **DISCLAIMER: This is an independent […]

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Apr 21, 2016
AFH 031: Natural Software Development using #NoEstimates and Variable Length Sprints [PODCAST]
1:03:05

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Ron Quartel, Amitai Schlair Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Ron Quartel (@agileagitator) and Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) got together to discuss a real live #NoEstimates project, variable length sprints, the power of the sprint goal, and true software craftsmanship. Ron joined us back on episode 10 to discuss Fast Agile and came back to […]

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Apr 07, 2016
AFH 030: Product Backlog Management with Tim Ottinger and Mark Davidson [PODCAST]
1:05:34

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Tim Ottinger, Mark Davidson Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge) and Mark Davidson (@AgileDelivery) got together to discuss the role of the Product Owner (PO) and Product Backlog Management. Topics ranged from Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Story Mapping, Product Backlog Item creation, and what to do when the backlog becomes unruly. […]

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Mar 28, 2016
AFH 029: Beyond Legacy Code with David Bernstein and Woody Zuill [PODCAST]
59:16

Hosts Ryan Ripley, David Bernstein, Woody Zuill Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), David Bernstein (@tobeagile) and Woody Zuill (@WoodyZuill) got together to discuss legacy code, what it means to be a great programmer, test driven development, and how the principles that we adopt drive our practices. Software development is one of the few activities that requires […]

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Mar 12, 2016
AFH 028: Where Does Work Come From? [PODCAST]
1:06:55

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Don Gray, Tim Ottinger, Brad Rasmussen Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Don Gray (@donaldegray), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), and Brad Rasmussen (@Rass30) got together to discuss “Where does work come from?”. The conversation moved in multiple directions that included theories or work, what motivates people, management theory, and how to introduce agile at large […]

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Mar 05, 2016
AFH 027: Mob Programming with Woody Zuill [PODCAST]
1:02:35

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair, Woody Zuill Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) and Woody Zuill (@WoodyZuill) got together to discuss Mob Programming (#MobProgramming). Mob programming involves the whole team working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. You can think of it as […]

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Feb 25, 2016
AFH 026: Agile Impressions and Errors with Jerry Weinberg [PODCAST]
52:43

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair, Jerry Weinberg Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) and Jerry Weinberg (@JerryWeinberg) got together to talk about how to be more self-aware, what it means to be a recovering perfectionist, making writing a little simpler, why errors are so difficult to deal with, and who should be on an […]

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Feb 14, 2016
AFH 025: What Did We Learn in 2015? [PODCAST]
59:19

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Don Gray, Aaron Kopel, Tim Ottinger, Jason Tanner Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Don Gray (@donaldegray), Aaron Kopel (@aakopel), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), and Jason Tanner (@JasonBTanner) got together via Skype to discuss their thoughts on 2015 and what they are looking forward to in 2016. We covered a lot of ground and a […]

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Feb 06, 2016
AFH 024: A Bonfire of Metaphors with Bill Caputo [PODCAST]
59:08

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Bill Caputo Discussion Bill Caputo (@logosity) joined me (@RyanRipley) for a discussion about 12thprinciple.org – a site dedicated to the only principle in the agile manifesto that describes how teams should be organized: Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the […]

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Jan 12, 2016
AFH 023: Remote Teams with Mark Kilby and David Horowitz [PODCAST]
46:01

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Mark Kilby, David Horowitz Discussion Mark Kilby (@mkilby) and David Horowitz (@ds_horowitz) – CEO of Retrium (@RetriumHQ) – joined me (@RyanRipley) for a discussion about continuous improvement, retrospectives, and remote teams. Agile for Humans is brought to you by audible.com – get one FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at […]

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Dec 06, 2015
AFH 022: The Product Owner Role with Mark Davidson [PODCAST]
1:07:42

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Tim Ottinger, Mark Davidson Discussion Tim Ottinger (@tottinge) and Mark Davidson (@agiledelivery) joined me (@RyanRipley) for a discussion about the Product Owner Role, #NoEstimates, Product Management, and the concept of “controlled disappointment”. The Product Owner (PO) role is near super-human. Shared responsibility is one approach to bring this role back down to […]

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Nov 15, 2015
AFH 021: Agility with Allen Holub [PODCAST]
59:19

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Allen Holub Discussion Allen Holub (@allenholub) joined me (@RyanRipley) for a discussion about #NoEstimates, #NoManagement and what it truly means for an organization to adopt agility. Allen is a trainer, writer, speaker, and coach who takes a non-tribal view of software development and eschews the dogma that surrounds many of the current […]

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Nov 06, 2015
AFH 020: #NoEstimates with Vasco Duarte [PODCAST]
54:44

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Vasco Duarte Discussion Vasco Duarte (@duarte_vasco) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) for a discussion about #NoEstimates. Vasco is the author of the #NoEstimates Book, Founder of Oikosofy, and host of the Scrum Master ToolBox Podcast. One of the staring points of #NoEstimates is: “We as an industry are not able to estimate well.” […]

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Oct 22, 2015
AFH 019: Human Refactoring with Bryan Beecham [PODCAST]
1:09:51

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair, Bryan Beecham Discussion Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) and Bryan Beecham (@BillyGarnet) started the show by talking about the great impact that Tim Ottinger (@tottinge) has had on their lives and on the agile community. To learn more about Tim and his thoughts on agile, you can visit his […]

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Oct 15, 2015
AFH 018: Don’t Trust Ryan with Your Agile Laundry [PODCAST]
44:00

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Esther Derby, Don Gray, Amitai Schlair Discussion Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) Esther Derby (@estherderby) Don Gray (@donaldegray) and Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) got together to discuss the vast topic of “trust”. We covered how to establish trust with a new team, how trust impacts the scrum master role, and how easily managers can lose […]

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Oct 07, 2015
AFH 017: 5 Base Patterns to Guide Agile Teams [PODCAST]
1:25:26

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Zach Bonaker, Dan Greening Discussion A rejuvenated Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) joined Dan Greening (@greening) and Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to talk about #NoEstimates and some of the limitations of not estimating work. We quickly moved on from that topic to an area that Dan has put a lot of work in to: What […]

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Sep 29, 2015
AFH 016: Are You Mocking My Unit Tests? [PODCAST]
1:30:35

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair, Arlo Belshee Discussion Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) and Arlo Belshee (@arlobelshee) covered one of the most diverse agendas ever covered on the podcast. We started with a discussion about scaling agile, the limitations of frameworks like SAFe, LeSS, and DaD. We then moved on to the limits that […]

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Sep 20, 2015
AFH 015: The USS Agile Enterprise [PODCAST]
1:00:27

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Tim Ottinger, Don Gray Discussion Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) Tim Ottinger (@tottinge) and Don Gray (@donaldegray) got together to talk about the word “enterprise”. Quite a few connotations were thrown around: inertia, masses of people, waterfall. Better, Faster, Cheaper was even discussed. We moved on to talking about the limitations imposed on scaling […]

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Sep 10, 2015
AFH 014: Agile in a Galaxy Far Far Away [PODCAST]
52:13

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Aaron Griffith Discussion Aaron Griffith (@aaron_griffith) is a member of the Hunter #mobprogramming team, agile speaker, and #NoEstimates enthusiast. He joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to talk about agile in a galaxy far far away, agile coach camp (#accus) experiences, and a bonus topic from the Agile Coaching Cards Lean Coffee volume 1 […]

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Aug 31, 2015
AFH 013: When Does an Agile Team Need a Coach? [PODCAST]
50:51

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Zach Bonaker, Amitai Schlair Discussion It’s a miracle that this episode happened. Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) got lost in an English bog, Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) was wandering in Guatemala and Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) was nearly sucked in to the power fueled DC world, but the three managed to come together to ponder some […]

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Aug 27, 2015
AFH 012: Agile Experiments with Woody Zuill [PODCAST]
1:04:23

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Zach Bonaker, Woody Zuill Discussion Woody Zuill (@WoodyZuill) joined Zach and Ryan to talk about experimentation in Agile. Woody talked about his early experiences in the workforce and the need to investigate. These experiences taught him to never take anything for granted and to be inquisitive about all things. This lead to one […]

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Aug 18, 2015
AFH 011: Agile Lean Coffee for Humans [PODCAST]
1:40:16

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Victor Bonacci, Jon Jorgensen Discussion This episode is a cross-over between The Agile Coffee Podcast and Agile for Humans. Victor and Jon host Agile Coffee and do a great job of cultivating interesting topics and engaging guests. Not too long ago, Victor joined me on Agile for Humans and we had so […]

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Aug 09, 2015
AFH 010: FAST Agile with Ron Quartel [PODCAST]
49:37

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Ron Quartel Discussion Ron Quartel (@AgileAgitator) is an agile coach, blogger (blog.agileagitator.com) and the creator of the FAST Agile framework. The FAST Agile (www.fast-agile.com) is a combination of Open Space Technology, Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and Story Mapping. After watching hundreds of participants use open space technology to organize and hold a conference, […]

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Jul 30, 2015
AFH 008: A Show Full of Hosts [PODCAST]
49:26

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Victor Bonacci Discussion Victor is an independent consultant who hosts the Agile Coffee Podcast. He helped organize this years Agile Coach Camp US West in California, and participates in many local events on the west coast. We started the discussion on our involvement in the agile community and some of the conferences […]

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Jul 18, 2015
AFH 007: Lessons from #NoEstimates Critics [PODCAST]
39:46

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Zach Bonaker, Tim Ottinger Discussion We opened the discussion by defining the critic’s view against #NoEstimates: Estimates are natural, ubiquitous, useful, and unavoidable in practical life and in business. Estimates are an important part of the process of collaboratively setting reasonable targets, goals, and commitments within an organization. The process of estimating, […]

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Jul 10, 2015
AFH 006: Rebooting XP and #MobProgramming [PODCAST]
1:21:12

Hosts Ryan Ripley, JB Rainsberger, Amitai Schlair Discussion Amitai started our night with a recap of his experiences at the Problem Solving Leadership (PSL) course led by Esther Derby and Jerry Weinberg. The PSL course teaches leaders how to think and act clearly during a wide range of situations. Amitai and many other have recommended […]

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Jul 05, 2015
AFH 005: A Panel Discussion on #NoEstimates [PODCAST]
1:06:34

Hosts Ryan Ripley, George Dinwiddie, Neil Killick, JB Rainsberger Discussion #NoEstimates means many different things to many different people. The group defined #NoEstimates as a conversation around when estimates are appropriate and to which level of precision teams should target. We noted that the hashtag can lead to more “heat than light”, but also acknowledged that a […]

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Jun 24, 2015
AFH 004: Agile transformations with Bob Galen [PODCAST]
57:37

Hosts Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair, Bob Galen Discussion Agile isn’t simple anymore. We talked at length about the added complexity that has emerged in the agile community and the impact on transformations and projects. Amitai offered a lean start-up approach that we all agreed could be a competitive advantage to companies in years to come. […]

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Jun 18, 2015
AFH 003: Agile is a Cancer [PODCAST]
1:01:10

Hosts Ryan Ripley and  Zach Bonaker Discussion Zach is an independent consultant who recently posted a provocative article called: “The Subversion of Agile: Agile is a Cancer”. We discussed his post, talked about what the cancer is in the community that needs to be removed about posts from others in the community about the “death […]

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Jun 07, 2015
AFH 002: The Life of an Agile Consultant [PODCAST]
58:01

Agile for Humans is a podcast dedicated to the individuals and interactions that make agile work. Hosts George Dinwiddie, Ryan Ripley, Amitai Schlair Discussion First up was a lively discussion about the life of a consultant. Amitai and George represented the contractor side of the story, while Ryan talked about the full time employee side […]

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May 31, 2015
AFH 001: My Agile is Better Than Your Agile [PODCAST]
46:48

This week I’m excited to share episode one of the “Agile for Humans” podcast. This is a regular podcast hosted by a rotating group of agilists who take on various topics and issues. I’m working on getting a site setup for the podcast, but for now you can find the episodes here and eventually on […]

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May 04, 2015