LeadingAgile SoundNotes: an Agile Podcast

By Dave Prior, Agile Consultant & Certified Scrum Trainer

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LeadingAgile's resident Scrum trainer Dave Prior, hosts a weekly podcast that covers all sorts of topics about Agile, Scrum, Organizational Transformation and Leadership. No matter if you're new to Agile development or an Agile veteran, Dave and his guest are sure to make you think about Agile in a whole new way! Alexa knows us as Leading Agile Sound Notes.

Episode Date
Agile 2019 Day 2: The Most Effective Retrospectives w/ Eric Rapin
14:08

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with Eric Rapin, Coach and Certified Scrum master, about the value and importance of retrospectives—and how to design and facilitate them effectively so you learn the most you can.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: The Power of Design Sprints w/ Carlos Oliviera
10:48

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with Carlos Oliveira of adaptiveX, we discuss the topic of his Agile 2019 session: The Power of Design Sprints. Carlos shares how Design Sprints help teams solve big problems and test ideas by combining the “greatest hits” of Agile, Lean and Design Thinking.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: Agile Transformation w/Ronica Roth and Eric Willeke
17:06

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk, Ronica Roth and Eric Willeke of Elevate.to discuss their unique approach to Agile Transformation.

 

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: Applying Agile to Government Agencies w/ Richard Cheng
10:48

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with Richard Cheng, we’ll discuss how to apply Agile principles, values, and mindset in government agencies as well as the challenges that can get in the way.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: Mob Programming w/ Woody Zuill
17:02

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk, we’re chatting with Woody Zuill about Mob programming. We’ll discuss the problems it solves, who can do it, and how it works.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: What’s Unique About Enterprise Agile Transformation? w/ Marty Bradley
16:05

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with LeadingAgile’s Marty Bradley, we’ll dig into the topic of Enterprise Transformation and discuss how it’s different from a traditional Agile PMO.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019: Day 2 The Evolution of Business Agility w/ Dean Leffingwell
14:21

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe, we discuss his Agile 2019 talk focus: increasing people’s understanding of what Business Agility really encompasses, and the evolution of its tenets.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 2: Think Better—Fast and Slow w/ Linda Rising
16:03

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall.

We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

Here are some of the highlights from day two.

In this live talk with Linda Rising, we discuss learnings from the book Thinking Fast and Slow, and how to use Daniel Kahneman’s research-supported approach to do a better job of thinking as an individual as well as working better together to think in groups.

Aug 20, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 1: Overcoming Organizational Resistance During an Agile Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
31:03

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

In this live session, we chat with LeadingAgile CEO Mike Cottmeyer about Organizational Resistance, the factors that influence how you can successfully orchestrate your Agile Transformation, and what it takes to gain the support you need for the outcomes you want.

Aug 15, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 1: Stay Grounded and Calm—Get More Productivity and Efficiency w/ Heather Dunning
29:14

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

In this episode of SoundNotes Live with Heather Dunning, we discuss the contents of her talk, Calm the Storm in Your Mind. Heather introduces ways to nurture the parts of ourselves that help us stay calm and grounded so we can stay efficient and productive in life and at work. She will also share a few simple exercises you can use to get calm and grounded anytime.

Aug 15, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 1: Building Adaptability Into Your Product Driven Organization w/Dennis Stevens
20:50

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

In this live talk with Dennis Stevens, LeadingAgile's Chief Methodologist, we discuss what it looks like to build adaptability into your organization when you’re making a product.

Aug 15, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 1: The Management Mindset w/Johanna Rothman
25:16

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

In our live session with Johanna Rothman, author of Manage Yourself, Lead and Serve Others, Practical Organizational Leadership, and many more, we’ll discuss the management mindset and how to establish effective peer to peer relationships. We also delve into how cultivating personal integrity as a manager can foster an environment of dignity, respect, courage, and humility.

Aug 15, 2019
Agile 2019 Day 1: Why Become a CSM or CSPO w/Erika Massie
13:32

Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality.

In this live session, we’re chatting with Erika Massie, Director of Global Learning and Assessment at Scrum Alliance about some recent changes in their certification options and processes, the value of becoming recognized as a CSM or CSPO, and how the right training can help you hit the ground running or advance to the next level in your career.

Aug 15, 2019
Surviving Agile 2019 with Priya Setuhuraman
10:52

We're just days away from the start of the biggest Agile event of the year. Agile 2019 begins in Washington D.C. on August 5th and LeadingAgile will be there in full force. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Executive Talent Lead Priya Sethuraman joins Dave Prior to share some tips and advice for those attending the conference who want to make the most out of their time.

The Agile Conference is an intense week filled with hundreds of sessions and events focused on helping attendees level up their Agile game. Whether you're attending for the first time, or you're a seasoned conference pro,  this podcast will offer valuable recommendations to help you maximize the value you get from the time you spend in D.C.—and survive the conference intact.

If you're attending, LeadingAgile has two sessions you won't want to miss:

Mike Cottmeyer - Organizational Transformation
Monday, August 5 at 3:45 PM

Dennis Stevens - Assumptions and Ambiguity be Damned.
Develop a Strategy to Embrace Change.
Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 AM

And please stop by our booth to say hi! If you are interested in joining the LeadingAgile team, make sure to connect with Priya and Rachel Howard who will be in the booth recruiting all week.

If you aren't able to make it to the conference, we'll be live streaming video podcast interviews with speakers and Agile thought leaders who are attending the show. So keep an eye on our Facebook channel throughout the week for live interviews from the exhibit hall floor of Agile 2019!

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Jul 31, 2019
Advice for New ScrumMasters and Product Owners w/ Kaely Hall
27:20

And now for something completely different…

Kaely Hall has been working in the capacity of ScrumMaster and Product Owner for the last 16 months. She recently took LeadingAgile’s Certified Scrum Product Owner training and in this episode of SoundNotes, Kaely shares how her work as a Product Strategist for Big Nerd Ranch requires her to play the role of ScrumMaster for some clients, Project Manager for some clients, and Product Owner for others. During the interview, Kaely also offers advice and tips or those just stepping into a client-facing an SM or PO role, and how important it is to raise your EQ and develop a rapport with your client as quickly as possible.

Blog Post

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

 

Jul 24, 2019
Student QA: Can the ScrumMaster take on additional work? Should you re-estimate unfinished work? w/ Sarah Smith
11:13

This episode of SoundNotes features 2 questions recently submitted by students from our CSM and CSPO classes. LeadingAgile’s Sarah Smith and I respond to the questions, sharing our thoughts, recommended practices, and things to watch out for.

The two questions are:

1. Is it okay for the ScrumMaster to take on additional (non-ScrumMaster) work during the Sprint?
2. When you have unfinished work at the end of a Sprint, does it automatically carry over into the next Sprint, and should you re-estimate it before you begin working on it again?

In responding to the first question we discuss the potential impact of planning for the SM to take on non-SM work during the Sprint, how that can impact the team’s ability to deliver and, if the SM takes on additional work, what should that work be?

The second question focuses on the situation where you get to the end of the Sprint, you have partially completed work and many teams will automatically push that into the next Sprint. If you have partially completed work, let’s say it is a User Story that was originally estimated using Story Points, and it was an 8. If there are only a few minutes of work needed to complete that item in a future Sprint, why do some teams feel the urge to give it a new Story Point estimate (based on work remaining) and what impact does that behavior have on the Scrum Team’s velocity?

If you have follow-up questions for Sarah or Dave, here is how you can reach them:

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If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

 

Jul 16, 2019
Should You Limit the Size of Work Brought Into a Sprint? w/ Scott Sehlhorst & Andrew Young
01:00:58

In this episode of SoundNotes, we tackle the question of whether or not it's a good idea for the Development Team to limit the size of work brought into a Sprint. Many teams consider this to be a valuable practice during Sprint Planning or when creating a Definition of Ready. The goal is to make sure that the Development Team is not committing work into a Sprint that they cannot complete during the course of a Sprint. This often shows up as something like “Nothing bigger than an 8” (for teams using Fibonacci to estimate User Story Points). While this practice can be valuable for the Development Team, it also has an impact on the Product Owner and how they prepare work for Sprint Planning.

During the podcast, LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant, Scott Sehlhorst and Senior Consultant Andrew Young talk with Dave about whether or not this practice actually helps and how it can become an impediment for the Product Owner who is trying to plan out work for the Release.

Note from Dave: 

This conversation was very impactful for me in terms of how I think about “ready” and how I think about the work done by the PO in getting ready for the Sprint. Limiting the size of work brought into a Sprint has always been something I have advocated for because I think it helps the Development Team, but I’ve never taken the time to think about how it might create challenges for the PO, who may be far more concerned about the Release than the Sprint.

Links from the Podcast

 

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If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jun 20, 2019
The Benefits of Volunteering w/ Julianne Jones
12:07

Julianne Jones is a Principal Consultant with LeadingAgile. Her work includes interfacing with the leaders of high profile organizations and pairing with them in order to help Transform their organization to achieve true Business Agility. She's also someone who believes in giving back to the Agile community. Recently, Julianne spent a week serving as the ScrumMaster for the volunteers that helped put on the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Julianne shares some details about her experience volunteering for the Scrum Alliance. She talks about the work she did in Austin acting as a servant leader for the many people who gave their time in order to make the North American Global Scrum Gathering one of the most valuable Agile events to take place each year. During the interview, Dave and Julianne discuss why volunteering for professional organizations is so important, the benefits you receive as a reward for your time, and what it’s like to spend a few days coming together with dedicated people who want to commit their time to ensure that the people who come to the Scrum Gathering have the best possible experience.

Note from Dave:

Volunteering for professional organizations like the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance is one of the most powerful things you can do to develop your career. By offering your time, you get the opportunity to engage with people who are truly dedicated to Transforming the world of work. It's also one of the best ways you can develop a large network of like-minded individuals who you can turn to for support when you face challenging situations in Agile or when you are looking for a new gig.

Volunteering

For information on Volunteering for the Scrum Alliance:
https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-involved

For information on Volunteering for the Agile Alliance:
https://www.agilealliance.org/the-alliance/volunteer-signup/
(AgileAlliance membership is required)

To contact Julianne Jones

Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/julianne-jones/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianne-jones-4042264/
Email: Julianne.Jones@leadingagile.com

Contacting Dave Prior

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jun 17, 2019
Getting Stakeholders to Attend Your Sprint Review w/ Sara McClintock
28:13

In this week’s episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant Sara McClintock and Dave take on two topics submitted by students from our CSM and CSPO classes:

1. What can I do in an organization to grow and promote our Sprint Reviews?

2. Stakeholder demand for timelines or deadlines being an impediment for the team.

Sara and Dave discuss different approaches to helping leadership understand the importance of Sprint Reviews and why their participation is so necessary for delivering a successful product. They also explore different techniques for responding to requests/demands that include unrealistic timelines and ways to begin coaching leadership into prioritizing the work, so that if a date commitment is established, the team can maximize the value they can deliver by the deadline.

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Contacting Dave Prior

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 30, 2019
What is a Well-Formed Backlog? w/ Jeff Howey
30:20

At LeadingAgile we believe that the ability to realize the benefits of an Agile approach begins with there core things: stable teams, a well-formed backlog, and the ability to consistently deliver working tested software.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Jeff Howey, spends time talking with Dave about what a “well-formed backlog” actually is. Jeff and Dave discuss characteristics of a well-formed backlog, how you know if you’ve got one and why that's so important. Along the way, they also explore the differences between Epics, Features, Themes, and Stories and how those terms might be used to break down all the work that led up to Marvel’s new film “Avengers: End Game”.

Note: Jeff recommends listening to the podcast at 1.5 normal speed. This will allow you to get through the podcast quicker, but the pace should still be okay for most listeners.

Contacting Jeff Howey

If you’d like to contact Jeff you can reach him at:

Email: Jeff.howey@leadingagile.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffhowey/

Contacting Dave Prior

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 23, 2019
Why You Need Empathy Maps w/ Scott Sehlhorst
42:46

When we develop products, we're responsible for maximizing the value we deliver to the customer. In order to do this, we have to understand who we're actually building the products for. We need to know who the customer is, what problem(s) we're trying to solve for them,  and any additional information we can gather that will give us more insight into their needs and how we can address them. We also need to have an awareness of where our assumptions about the customer may be introducing risk. Unfortunately, we often get so focused on creating and delivering that this area of focus doesn't receive the level of attention that's needed to ensure that we're solving the right problem(s) in the best way possible.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant, Scott Sehlhorst makes the case for why this work is so important and why empathy maps are such a critical (and often ignored) aspect of this work. Scott and Dave talk through a step-by-step approach you can use to deepen your understanding of the customer and their needs, as well as how to make sure the solution you are working on is the right one and how to manage your risk by tracking and testing your assumptions and biases along the way.

If you're skeptical about the value that empathy maps provide, or how important it is to take the time to collect, analyze, and test information about your customer, this podcast is for you. And if you're looking for a detailed explanation of how to go about figuring all this out, this conversation may provide you with the blueprint you need to get started making sure you actually know who it is you're trying to “delight” with the products you create.

The graphic below is referenced throughout the podcast, you’ll want to have that handy as you listen.

Links From The Podcast

The podcast Scott and Dave previously recorded which includes a detailed walk through of how to create an empathy map can be found here:
Creating Empathy Maps with Scott Sehlhorst

You can find Dave Gray's Empathy Map template here: http://gamestorming.com/empathy-mapping/

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 10, 2019
Planning a System of Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
56:44

When it comes to Agile Transformation, every organization has to deal with things in the system that are blocking them from developing an Agile System of Delivery. Impediments to Transformation exist at many levels: organizations, architectural, cultural, etc. Many of these impediments are common across companies and can be known and planned for ahead of time. In LeadingAgile's approach, there are 3 Things that are necessary for an organization to be capable of an Agile approach. Those 3 Things are stable teams, a well-formed backlog, and the ability to deliver a working tested increment of product on a regular basis. Anything that gets in the way of these 3 Things must be addressed as part of the Transformation.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, and Dave Prior discuss what a System of Transformation, some of the more common impediments to Agile Transformation, and ways to cope with those impediments.

This episode is a follow up to the podcast: System of Delivery vs. System of Transformation.

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Contacting Dave Prior

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 06, 2019
Understanding the Problem You're Trying to Solve with Metrics w/ Jessica Wolfe
31:49

Metrics are important. Tracking work is important.  “What gets measured gets done." But, if you don’t understand why you're measuring things, or what the problem you're trying to solve when you begin measuring things—no amount of metrics is going to help.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Jessica Wolfe and Dave Prior talk about metrics and how important it is to understand what problem you're trying to solve when you begin using metrics to understand performance and improvement.  This interview is a follow up to a presentation Jessica gave recently at Agile Tampa called "Achieving Success with any Agile Planning Tool".

During the podcast, Jessica and Dave discuss some of the more common things organizations initially track when they're moving away from a traditional approach, what to be careful about when you begin using these metrics, how the metrics that you're focused on will evolve over time as you mature in your adoption of Agile, and what to do if you find yourself tracking information and you aren't sure why.

Additional Information

During the podcast, Jessica and Dave make a reference to how we design the tool to help the end users understand the new way of working in the LeadingAgile model, so we wanted to provide a couple of screenshots to assist you in seeing some of the possibilities. Here's an example of what the tool might look like at the Portfolio Tier on an Epic.

Image One: Problem Clarity

Image Two: Targeting

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Send Us Your Questions

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Upcoming Classes

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 25, 2019
ScrumMaster Survival Tips w/ Sarah Smith
21:10

This week, on LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Staff Consultant Sarah Smith shares some tips to survive the role of ScrumMaster. During the interview, Sarah and Dave discuss how to create a stakeholder map that a ScrumMaster can use to understand the best approach to take when interacting with different stakeholders in the organization. They also talk about how to develop greater empathy for stakeholders and how important it is to understand the different motivators driving their behavior, as well as how to use that information to get better at managing your relationship with the stakeholders in your organization.

Further Reading

Here are some of the books that Sarah and Dave recommend for learning more about navigating the tricker parts of interacting with stakeholders in your organization:

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

 

Apr 18, 2019
Maximizing Value in the Presence of Constraints w/ Mike Cottmeyer
51:25

Organizations embracing an Agile approach to their work value their ability to inspect and adapt. They value the ability to continually learn and deepen their understanding of what problems they are trying to solve so that they can inspect and adapt toward a better solution. The challenge is that just because we're Agile and we want to inspect and adapt our way to a better solution doesn't mean that we can ignore the constraints of scope, cost, and time. Those constraints matter and we need to find the best solution possible within those constraints. Figuring out how to do that is no small thing.

In this week's podcast, LeadingAgile's Founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer spends some time talking with Dave Prior about how to maximize the value we're able to deliver in the presence of constraints.

Mike's presentation from TriAgile

http://bit.ly/2HICyon

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Apr 11, 2019
How Does Sprint Planning Work?: A SoundNotes Tutorial
16:52

In this week's SoundNotes we're focusing on one of the fundamental elements in Scrum: The Sprint Planning Meeting. During the podcast, Dave Prior reviews the key aspects of Sprint Planning: its purpose, how it works, who attends, what it produces, and tips to help you make sure yours are achieving the desired result.

If you want to help protect your team from over (or under) committing during Sprint Planning, each team member is going to need to have a solid understanding of their capacity for work during the Sprint. If you'd like to check out the Individual Capacity Calculator that Dave mentioned in the podcast, you can find that here: Individual Capacity Calculator

And if you'd like to check out the official explanation of Sprint Planning and how it fits into a Sprint, check out the Sprint Planning section of The Scrum Guide.

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 04, 2019
System of Delivery vs System of Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
45:58

When people talk about Agile, they often talk about the approach they are taking: Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, SAFe, LeSS, DAD, Nexus, etc. These and the other frameworks and methodologies that could be considered to fall under the Agile umbrella are Systems of Delivery because they are techniques for delivering.

There's often an assumption that if we adopt the System of Delivery, our organization will Transform to Agile. Sometimes this happens, but often, organizations need more than a System of Delivery. They need a way to go about helping their organization evolve into a state where it's capable of realizing the benefits of the various Systems of Delivery. This journey from your current state, into a state that's capable of fully leveraging the System of Delivery, may actually require a System of Transformation.

In this episode of SoundNotes, our CEO & Founder, Mike Cottmeyer spends some time with Dave digging into what a System of Transformation is, why this is different than a System of Delivery, how the two are connected, and why having a System of Transformation is such a critical part of your organization's ability to realize the benefits of taking an Agile approach to delivering work.

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Mar 28, 2019
What is the Worth of a Good Product Owner? w/ Tim Wise
19:03

This week, on SoundNotes, we're featuring another question from a student in one of our Certified Scrum classes. The question came from someone who's working in an organization that doesn't see value in the role of Product Owner and isn't convinced that it's needed as part of the Scrum Team.

The question:

What is the worth of a good P.O.?

LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Tim Wise spent some time with Dave talking through various aspects of the question. Together, Dave and Tim will explore the role of the P.O., the value a P.O. can add in an organization, and some contexts in which different aspects of the P.O. role might be solved through other means. Lastly, Dave and Tim will discuss how an organization that's focused on maximizing the value delivered to the customer might go about measuring the value of a Product Owner.

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Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

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Use the discount code: LA_Podcastto receive a 15% discount on the class.

Mar 21, 2019
How Do I Use Scrum on Data Warehouse Projects w/ Dave Nicolette
40:44

In one of my recent Certified Scrum Master classes, I had a number of students who were working on projects involving migrating from a legacy data warehouse to new data warehouses. Figuring out how to apply Scrum to the work they were doing presented a number of challenges and left some open questions.

Here are two examples of the data related topics that showed up in the Parking Lot:

  • How do I apply Scrum to data factory?
  • As a Data Architect, I want to learn how Scrum applies to data factory so I can be part of a successful Dev. Team

In talking with the students about the work they were doing, I was left with a question:

Is Scrum really the best option for this type of work?

While I'm able to understand the challenges they face—both with the work and applying Scum in this situation—my background does not include the necessary work experience to speak to this topic with any level of authority. Fortunately, at LeadingAgile I have many experts I can reach out to when I run into situations like this. LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Dave Nicolette, was kind enough to spend some time digging into this topic with me.

If you are working on large scale data-related projects and trying to figure out how to use Agile to get the work done, this week’s SoundNotes should offer you some valuable tips.

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

Mar 14, 2019
Prioritizing Work to Maximize Return w/ Dennis Stevens
42:06

This week, on SoundNotes, we've got Part 3 of a trio of interviews with LeadingAgile Chief Methodologist and Co-Founder Dennis Stevens. The series focuses on how to build an organization that can embrace change. In the final episode of the series, Dennis and Dave cover how to prioritize work being done to maximize return.

During the interview, they discuss how prioritization at all levels of the organization can support the ability to inspect and adapt and how some lingering traditional approaches to work, compensation, and prioritization can have a negative impact on your organization's ability to embrace change.

Links

If you'd like to check out the first two parts of this interview:

Here are links to the two other podcasts mentioned during the interview:

Here is a link to the article he co-authored for Harvard Business Review

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Mar 07, 2019
Coordinating Work with Agile & Waterfall Teams in a Mixed Environment w/ AJ Sanford
32:15

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant AJ Sanford joins Dave to answer a student question that's frequently asked in Dave's CSM and CSPO classes.

How do you use Scrum when you have to coordinate work between teams that are using both Waterfall and Agile all within one organization?

During the interview, AJ and Dave touch on the following topics:

  • What to expect from an Agile pilot project
  • The types of challenges you can expect when you begin working on Agile Transformation
  • Why you need to align on quality standards as well as schedule
  • The importance of focusing on communication when coordinating work across multiple teams
  • How risk management practices and Cost of Delay can help when coordinating work across teams in a mixed environment
  • Tracking dependencies across teams
  • Why a culture of shared learning and empathy is such a vital part of working with teams in a mixed environment

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 28, 2019
Designing an Organization that Manages Value w/ Mikkel Ladegaard
54:40

Mikkel Ladegaard is a Senior VP and Executive Consultant with LeadingAgile. This week, on SoundNotes, Mikkel and Dave Prior discuss Mikkel's focus on designing product-centric organizations in which the company's strategic prioritization of work is implicit and decision-making can be localized at the team level. During the conversation, they unpack a range of issues related to this topic, including how favor-based economies work, what the value is in designing organizations where there is a separation between those who identify the problem and those who solve the problem, and what the benefits are in making sure your organization is managing value rather than resources.

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Feb 21, 2019
Letting Go of the Waterfall, Embracing Agile, and Mixed Martial Arts w/ Brandon Dudley
39:27

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile's own Brandon Dudley—Senior Consultant—shares his experience making the shift from a Waterfall mindset to a more Agile way of thinking and working. Brandon got his start in traditional, PMI-centric, project management working in the auto industry in Detroit. His introduction to Agile didn't involve the hard break that many of us experience. For him, this was just another set of tools to help him get work done. During the podcast, Dave and Brandon talk through his experience of transforming his way of thinking about people and work and his advice for those on a similar journey.

Outside of work, one of Brandon’s biggest interests is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. The work he does there, both study and practice, have a significant impact on his view of work, how he interacts with people, and how he deals with challenging situations. This is a topic that Brandon and Dave dig into during the podcast as well.

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Feb 14, 2019
The Language of Loss and the Language of Gain w/ Mike Cottmeyer & Andrew Young
57:03
When we try to explain Agile, many of us begin by trying to describe some of the characteristics of how we approach work. We often talk about things like:
  • Limiting work in process
  • Delivering smaller increments of work
  • Reducing team size and empowering the teams to become cross-functional and self-organizing
These are all things that, from an Agile point of view, are good because they help us to focus on the most important things, optimize flow, localize decision making, and deliver the most important thing at a higher level of quality.
 
But, for those who are not familiar with our approach, what they may hear is
  • I can't have all the things I want
  • The things I do get will be smaller
  • I no longer have control of the people and how they work
A lot of this comes down to the words we use to convey the message.
 
This week's episode of SoundNotes is a discussion centered around the Language of Loss and the Language of Gain. During the podcast, you'll hear LeadingAgile Founder and CEO Mike Cottmeyer, Senior Consultant Andrew Young, and Dave Prior as they dig into the different levels of this topic. Together, the three of us will discuss how we can raise our awareness and shift the conversation to focus on what Agile gives, as opposed to what Agile takes.

Links

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Feb 07, 2019
The Value of Improving Your Technical Practices w/ Rich Dammkoehler
55:12

This episode of SoundNotes features, LeadingAgile Technical Consultant, Rich Dammkoehler in a conversation about why it is so important to make sure your organization is focused on improving their technical practices.

If you're struggling with helping your organization understand why introducing technical practices like collective code ownership, refactoring, pair programming, and test-driven development is such a crucial part of attaining business Agility; this podcast will help you build the case. Rich is a deeply experienced developer who got his start doing development using Waterfall and then found his way to Agile. In the Agile Transformation work that Rich does now, he focuses on helping organizations understand why and how the techniques and tools that came from Extreme Programming make them more effective at solving business problems and bring greater business success to the organization.

Towards the end of the interview, Rich also explains what it is that keeps him excited about doing development work after all these years, what development-related topics he is currently following the closest, and why punk rock is better than stadium rock.

Links from the Podcast

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Jan 31, 2019
Measuring the Impact of Change in Agile Transformation w/ Jeff Howey
32:40

If your company is working on Agile Transformation, understanding how you can track the organization’s response to change and the impact it's having on business outcomes can be a bit daunting. It’s not so tough to track whether or not people have been trained and what practices they are using, but when it comes to understanding what people see, feel, believe, and desire, that can be harder to understand.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Jeff Howey and Dave Prior talk through some of the things you need to consider when trying to understand how change is taking root, how it's impacting what people think, how they work, and what they see, feel, believe, and desire.

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Jan 24, 2019
Agile Estimation: A SoundNotes Tutorial
15:12

Estimating work in Agile is something many people struggle to understand. It's not that it's an especially complicated thing, but there is often confusion about things like why many people prefer to use story points instead of hours, why some people feel compelled to try and convert story points to hours (and why some of us find that so frightening), how t-shirt sizing works, and the eternal question of how do I get my teams to estimate accurately.

Hint:

They're called estimates, not exactimates for a reason.

There's even a whole camp dedicated to the idea of notestimating work. So, if this is something you're struggling with, you're not alone.

This episode of SoundNotes is a brief tutorial on Agile Estimation and some of the ways you and your team could estimate work. The podcast offers some tips in general about Agile estimation, things to watch out for, how to estimate work using Story Points and Poker Planning, how to estimate work using T-shirt sizing, and–once you break your Product Backlog Items down into discrete tasks—how to estimate the using Ideal Hours. There are volumes that can be said about how to estimate work and a lot of fun "debates" to be had along the way, but if you're struggling to understand it, if you need to get a sense of whether your current approach makes sense, or if you just want a refresher on how to go about it, this podcast should give you plenty to start working with.

For More on Agile Estimation

LeadingAgile's FieldNotes has a number of posts covering different aspects of how to estimate work in Agile. Two great posts to start with are:

To see in index of all our posts on estimation,click here.

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

 

Jan 17, 2019
Kicking Off 2019 w/ Mike Cottmeyer
56:28

Iteration 2019 has begun and we’re starting off the year with an episode of SoundNotes where, LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer shares what's on his mind as we begin the new year.

During the interview Mike talks about some of the trends he’s been paying attention to in and around the Agile space, the changes he sees coming down the pike, and how that's influencing his focus and expectations for the next 12 months. Oh.. and… Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Links

Whitepaper - https://www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper/

WakeUp Warrior.com http://wakeupwarriormovie.com

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Jan 10, 2019
Designing a Feedback-Driven, Strategic Execution Model w/ Dennis Stevens
43:32

A few weeks ago, Dennis Stevens and I recorded a podcast called Building an Organizational System That Can Embrace Change. The podcast introduced three critical concepts which we are exploring at a deeper level in additional interviews.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dennis Stevens, LeadingAgile’s co-founder and Chief Methodologist, and Dave Prior, dig into one of those key concepts:

How to design an execution model that can provide feedback which can then be incorporated back into the strategic planning.

If you're involved in making strategic decisions and planning at the program and portfolio level, there is a lot of valuable information here about how to reduce risk and create greater optionality for your organization.

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Dec 06, 2018
Using Process Mapping to Understand How Agile Can Help w/ AJ Sanford and Andrew Fuqua
39:22

While many organizations would like to adopt an Agile approach, there are certain types that—due to the nature of their work and their relationship with the client—are not an easy fit with a process like Scrum. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultants AJ Sanford and Andrew Fuqua explore how Process Maps and Value Stream Maps can help you gain greater clarity on where there are practices that need tuning and how Agile might be able to help. During the conversation, AJ, Andrew, and Dave also discuss the difference between Value Stream Maps and Process Maps and when one may be more helpful than another.

If you'd like check out this sample Process Map

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

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Nov 29, 2018
On-Boarding at LeadingAgile w/ Betsy Layman and Matt Smith
30:50

LeadingAgile has grown significantly over the past few years. Along the way, we’ve found that one of the most critical elements of growing successfully is how we introduce new folks to the company and how we approach helping organizations Transform.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave is joined by Betsy Layman and Matt Smith—two of the latest additions to the LeadingAgile family. Both Betsy and Matt started their on-boarding process a few weeks ago as Expedition Lead and Transformation Lead, respectively. Together, they discuss the difference between these roles, what it's like to go through LeadingAgile’s on-boarding process, and how it helps to position our new team members for success.

To learn more about joining LeadingAgile - Click Here

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Nov 15, 2018
Building an Organizational System That Can Embrace Change w/ Dennis Stevens
29:41

This episode of SoundNotes features LeadingAgile’s Chief Methodologist and Co-Founder, Dennis Stevens, and focuses on how to build an organization that can embrace change.  The interview provides an overview of some of the key capabilities an Agile organization needs to accelerate learning, increase optionality, and improve their decision making including:

  • How to incorporate market sensing capabilities into strategic planning
  • How to design an execution model that can provide feedback which can then be incorporated back into the strategic planning
  • How to prioritize the work being done to maximize return

The interview digs into some of the steps an organization will need to take to develop these abilities and the challenges that come along with it. We also explore the impact on organizations that can’t remove all their internal dependencies, prioritizing risk to support learning, and the need for an organizational information broker that can collect and interpret the information coming out of the teams, so that the right information can be delivered back to the strategic level.

This is a heavy topic, so we’re planning on recording a few additional podcasts that will dig deeper in each of these individual topics.

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Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens

Email: dennis@leadingagile.com

 

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Nov 08, 2018
Creating a Definition of Done: A SoundNotes Tutorial
09:19

One of the most important things you can do for your team is to make sure you have a clearly defined, and well-documented, Definition of Done.

If you’ve ever seen footage of the flight control center when NASA launches a rocket you’ve seen a great example of a Definition of Done. Imagine what it would be like if NASA didn’t have all those stations that had to report in with “Go for launch” or “No Go for launch”. Imagine how that would work if we assumed we all had the same understanding of what "Ready for Launch" actually meant?

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave Prior is giving a tutorial on how to create a Definition of Done for your team. If you're following Scrum as it's defined, then “done” and potentially shippable are intended to be the same thing. Unfortunately, for many organizations, this isn't something that holds true. For example, your team may require additional integration testing that is done by a separate team and happens outside the Sprint. Yes, it’s dysfunctional from a Scrum perspective. Yes, you should try to fix it, but sometimes you’ve got what you’ve got and you're too fully consumed with other battles.

Over the course of the podcast, Dave talks about having clarity on three different levels of done. Here's what the three levels look like:

  1. Work that is “done” and can be presented to the Product Owner for Acceptance - this is an agreement between the PO and the Dev Team.

Example:

  • Code Complete
  • Test Cases are automated and executed
  • No defects
  • Acceptance Criteria Met
  • Pass Unit Testing
  • Pass Code Review
  • Documentation Complete as defined in Acceptance Criteria
  • Team knows how they will present feature during Sprint Review

 

2. Work that is “done” and can be presented to Stakeholders in the Sprint Review

Example:

  • Work has been presented to Product Owner
  • Product Owner Accepts as Potentially Shippable
  • Passes Previous Acceptance Tests
  • Demo Ready for Sprint Review
  • No Compile Warnings
  • Bugs Committed in Sprint Resolved
  • Deployment Docs Updated
  • Release Notes Updated

3. Work that is “done” and can be actually shipped to customers.

Example:

  • Published to Stage Server
  • Passes Deployment Testing
  • Deployment Docs Delivered
  • Release Notes Delivered
  • Infrastructure Change Notes Delivered
  • Passes Performance Testing
  • Passes Security Audio

If you don’t have a clearly defined, well-documented Definition of Done that you're updating every Sprint, you're putting your team and your organization in danger. If you don't already have a Definition of Done, you need one...and you need it now! In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave walks you through the creation of a Definition of Done.

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Nov 01, 2018
SoundNotes Live: Q&A Session w/ Mike Cottmeyer vol. 3
56:15

Earlier this month, Dave sat down for another Q&A with our CEO, Mike Cottmeyer. Prior to recording, we asked the audience to submit their questions via a sign up sheet, and Dave collected some questions from the students in his certified Scrum training classes. However, when people get to asking questions about Agile, Mike has found that the questions are often the wrong question. In order to get the right answer from a wrong question, you have to go back what Mike calls "first principles." Learn more about first principles, and Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation in this episode of SoundNotes Live.

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Oct 25, 2018
SoundNotes Live: Q&A Session w/ Mike Cottmeyer vol.2
01:00:02

Once again, Mike and Dave sat down to discuss some of Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation and answer questions that we received from the audience. Some of the topics discussed were: Agile PMO, velocity, and governance just to name a few.

These live Q&A sessions will be recurring, so make sure you're on the lookout for the next installment.

For more of Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation, you can check out his latest white paper, here:
www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper

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LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/
Twitter: twitter.com/mcottmeyer
Email: mike@leadingagile.com

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LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Twitter: twitter.com/mrsungo
Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Oct 18, 2018
How Tooling and Reporting Enable Transformation
41:02

In this week’s episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, we’ve got an interview/case study of sorts. Marty Bradley, Greg King, and Jessica Wolfe share the story of how they were able to leverage tooling and reporting in support of the transformation effort at one of LeadingAgile’s clients. In telling the story, they explain what was in place when they began the transformation, the data elements they used to help create awareness and transparency at the beginning of the project, and how the reporting evolved over time. They also discuss how some of the more popular metrics, like velocity, cannot tell a story alone. Understanding what is actually happening may require that you examine  multiple data points at the same time.

If you’d like to get in touch with Marty, Greg, Jessica or Dave, here is how to reach them...

Contacting Marty

Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/marty-bradley/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AskCoachMarty

Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com

Contacting Greg

Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/greg-king/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/greguf96

Email: greg.king@leadingagile.com

Contacting Jessica

Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jessica-wolfe/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejessicawolfe

Email: jessica.wolfe@leadingagile.com

Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Oct 11, 2018
Agile Q&A w/ Mike Cottmeyer | SoundNotes Live
01:01:34

Back in September, Mike and Dave got together for our first ever live Q&A. The conversation was streamed on Facebook, so they were able to answer some viewer questions, as well as questions Dave had been collecting, beforehand, in his CSM and CSPO classes. We're planning on making the live Q&A a recurring event, so make sure you're on the lookout for the next one. We want to answer all of your burning, Agile related questions.

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Oct 04, 2018
The Agile Industrial Complex and Imposing Agile Practices w/ Mike Cottmeyer
43:27

his Spring at Agile Australia 2018, Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist at Thoughtworks and Agile Manifesto co-author gave a Keynote titled "The State of Agile Software in 2018". He recently published the text of his talk here. (If you refer video, you can find it on InfoQ.) His Keynote centered around 3 specific concerns with the current state of Agile, the first of which was The Agile Industrial Complex and imposing process on teams.

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer shares his thoughts on the Agile Industrial Complex and some of the problems it can create. During the interview we dig into why the challenges come into play and what we can do to try and resolve them.

 

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And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Sep 20, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/Cara Turner
23:37
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Esther Derby
17:35
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ John Miller
15:29
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Laura Powers
14:26
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Natalie Warnert
07:42
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Olaf Lewtiz
14:31

We had the chance to sit down with Olaf to discuss the workshop he led at Agile 2018. The workshop was called:

Rekindle the Magic of Agile

Click below to learn more about "Clean Language":

http://bit.ly/cleanagile2018

Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/Scott Ambler
09:45

Scott is one of the thought leaders behind Disciplined Agile. He stopped by the booth to talk about not only Disciplined Agile, but also his Agile 2018 session entitled:

Agile Architecture: Mindset, Skills, ad Practices.

Contact Info:

@scottambler

Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Shane Hastie and Shannon Ewan
22:57
Sep 07, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Becky Hartman
10:59

Agile Alliance Board Member Becky Hartman stopped by to talk about her work with the Alliance, the power of volunteering, and what it was like to move from a Purple Shirt to a Board Member.

Contact Info:

https://twitter.com/BecksPM

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Bernie Maloney
10:01

Bernie and Dave sat down to talk about team collaboration and Bernie's talk on swarming as a team:

Harness the Hive: Bottom Line Impacts of Team Collaboration.

Contact Info:

https://about.me/berniemaloney

https://twitter.com/berniemaloney

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Dean Leffingwell
19:30

Dean and Dave sat down, at Agile 2018, to talk about how you can use SAFe to drive enterprise-scale innovation. Dean's also led a session at the conference called:

Driving Enterprise-Scale Innovation with Scaled Agile Framework

For more on the 2018 SAFe Summit (October 1-2, 2018):

http://safesummit.com

Contact Info:

https://www.scaledagileframework.com/

https://twitter.com/Deanleffingwell

 

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Dennis Stevens
23:45

Our very own Chief Methodologist popped in to sit down with Dave and talk shop.

Contact Info: 

https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/

https://twitter.com/dennisstevens

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Dhaval Panchal
05:53
Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ John Tanner
05:31

John sat down to give us a sneak preview of what his Agile 2018 session: Agile Metrics - A GQM Approach.

Contact Info: 

https://twitter.com/tannerjs

 

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Larry Maccherone
24:42
Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Peter Green
22:29

Peter stopped by the set of SoundNotes to tell us a little bit about his history as a professional pass trumpet player, and how that relates to Agile. In addition to a few lightning talks, Peter also led two sessions:

The Surprising Links Between Agile and Jazz and Overcoming Immunity to Change

Contact Info:

https://twitter.com/tptman

https://agileforall.com

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Troy Magennis
11:59

Keynote speaker Troy Magennis stopped by the booth to talk about his Agile 2018 Session:

What is the Story with Agile Data?

Contact Info:

http://focusedobjective.com/

https://twitter.com/t_magennis

Sep 06, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Cass Van Gelder
18:24

Cass led a session at Agile 2018 entitled: The Flying and the Thud: Mental Health Issues on Agile Teams

Contact Info:

kroll.comTwitter

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ David Bland
13:09

David stopped by the booth to tell us all about his talk: Lean Experiments with Agile Teams, which is about his thoughts on Lean Startup and Design Thinking and how to blend those things with Agile.

Contact Info:

David Bland on Twitter

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Dominic Price
32:38

Keynote speaker, Dominic Price came by the set to talk about his keynote speech:The Future of Work and Healthy Teams (that might ot be Agile). He also shares some stories about his adventures in scaling Atlassian

Contact Info: 

Dominic on Twitter

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Jeff Patton
21:03

Jeff Patton led an Ask Me Almost Anything session at Agile 2018. And, Jeff has also authored a book called User Story Mapping

Contact Info

jpattonassociates.com/ Twitter

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Joe Vallone
13:46

Joe was at Agile 2018 facilitating a workshop on Business Agility with Innovation Accounting

Contact Info: 

Twitter

 

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Lyssa Adkins
20:36

At Agile 2018, Lyssa and Dave sat down to  talk about Lyssa's Inspire Me Deck, Integral Life Practice, and the concept of "shadow work."

Contact Info

agilecoachinginstitute.com

https://twitter.com/CoachAgileTeams

Lyssa on Twitter

 

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Sarah Klarich and Pam Corbin
11:11

Our two favorite purple shirts, stopped by the booth to talk about what volunteering to be an Agile 2018 event coordinator looks like and how you can get involved in next year's conference.

Contact Info: 

Sarah Klarich on Twitter

Pam Corbin on Twitter 

Sep 05, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Michele Sliger and Erika Lenz
16:12

Erika and Michele's session at Agile 2018: Verbal Agility - Facilitation Tips and Techniques

Contact Info
Erika  Lenz: erikalenz.com/ Twitter

Michele Sliger sligerconsulting.com/ Twitter

Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Mike Cottmeyer
18:33

LeadingAgile's very own CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, stopped by the booth to talk about his Agile 2018 speaker session entitled: Agile Transformation Explained.

To download the white paper that corresponds to Mike's talk click the link below:
Download the White Paper

Contact Info
Mike:leadingagile.com/ Twitter 

Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Paul Argiry
07:36

Our very own CFO, Paul Argiry led a session at Agile 2018 entitled:
Addressing Your CFO’s Concerns to an Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation

Contact Info
Paul:  leadingagile.com/ LinkedIn

Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson
25:20

Ron and Chet's Agile 2018 Session:Ask Us Almost Anything - Ron and Chet

Experience Agileis taking place in Lisbon, Portugal on October 1-2

Contact Info:
Ron Jeffries: RonJeffries.com/ Twitter

Chet Hendrickson: hendricksonxp.com/ Twitter

Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Bob Tarne
12:15

Bob led a session at Agile 2018 entitled: Agile Road Trip: Lessons from a Coach at Toyota

Contact Info
Bob: zen-pm.blogspot.com/Twitter

 

Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Diana Larsen
16:41
Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Linda Rising
30:02
Sep 04, 2018
Live from Agile 2018 w/ Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby
19:25

Mark and Johanna Co-Presented a talk at Agile 2018 entitled: You have to Say More There: Effective Communication in a Distributed Agile Team

Their book is called From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teamsit can be purchased on LeanPub

Johanna led another session at Agile 2018: Agile and Lean Roadmapping

Mark also led an additional session at Agile 2018: Agile Distributed Teams—Oxymoron or Option?

Contact Info
Johanna: jrothman.com/Twitter
Mark: markkilby.com /Twitter

Sep 04, 2018
How to Get the Most Out of Agile 2018 w/ Rachel Howard and Tim Zack
10:17

Agile 2018 is almost here! Whether you’re attending for the very first time, or you’re a seasoned veteran, getting the most out of this Agile experience…all comes down to how you show up.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave has recruited Rachel Howard and Tim Zack—our Chief Cultural Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, respectively. Together, these three will help you prepare for—and maximize your time in—San Diego. Whether you’re coming to find a new gig, learn new techniques you can bring back to work, or you just want to network. There are tips in this podcast that can help.

And just in case you aren't able to attend the conference, keep an eye on LeadingAgile's Facebook Pageand our YouTube feed. We'll be streaming and posting interviews with speakers and thought leaders all week long at Agile 2018.

Contacting Rachel

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Contacting Tim

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Aug 02, 2018
Addressing Your CFO's Concerns To An Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation w/ Paul Argiry
13:14

LeadingAgile's CFO, Paul Argiry, will be at Agile 2018 to lead a session on Addressing Your CFO's Concerns To An Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation. In this episode of LeadingAgile's SoundNotes, Paul offers a preview of the session he'll be leading in San Diego.

During the interview, Paul and Dave discuss why it's so important to understand what your CFO's concerns are when it comes to making the case for—or tracking progress towards—Agile Transformation. They also touch on the level of financial literacy that we should be expecting Agile coaches to have.

 

Agile 2018 LeadingAgile Presentations

Contacting Paul

Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jul 19, 2018
Agile Metrics: The GQM Approach w/ John Tanner
07:57

John Tanner is going to be at Agile 2018 delivering his talk entitled: Agile Metrics - The GQM Approach. The session will take place on Wednesday, August 8 at 10:45 AM. If you're new to GQM, it stands for Goal - Question - Metrics—which has been John's key area of focus for quite some time. If you're working towards gaining clarity around what data to collect at the different levels of your organization—and what to do with the information those metrics provide—John's session is one you won't want to miss.

In this episode of SoundNotes, John provides a quick preview of some of the topics he'll be covering during his session in San Diego and some of the new elements he's included based on using these techniques in the field.

Agile 2018 LeadingAgile Presentations

Contacting John

Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Or, if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jul 12, 2018
How to Create a Definition of Ready w/ Rick Austin
13:38

Creating a Definition of Ready is one of the best ways to help your Team(s) make sure they're only committing to work they can actually get done. It's also one of the best ways for a Product Owner to make sure they're not going to waste valuable time in Sprint Planning by asking the Team to work on things that aren't in an actionable state.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Rick Austin and Dave Prior discuss how to go about creating a Definition of Ready and why it's so critical to your Team's ability to deliver. They also cover some examples of the types of things you might want to include in your Definition of Ready.

BACKGROUND INFO

If you'd like some background on this topic before listening, check out the following:

CONTACTING RICK

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

Jun 28, 2018
Transforming the Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
45:11

In this episode of SoundNotes, Mike Cottmeyer and Dave Prior discuss how organizational Transformation continues to evolve. The conversation offers a brief preview of some of the things Mike will be covering at his Agile 2018session: “Agile Transformation Explained”http://sched.co/EUF1

During the interview, Mike and Dave discuss how the skill sets needed to lead and shepherd those Transformations have grown to include much more than what we would have expected from an Agile coach several years ago. They also explore how we continue to refine our understanding of what happens during organizational Transformation and how we can better prepare our clients for the changes they will experience.

 

LeadingAgile at Agile 2018

Mike Cottmeyer’s session “Agile Transformation Explained”will take place on Tuesday, August 7 at 3:45 PM.  You can learn more about it here: http://sched.co/EUF1

Paul Argiry’s session “Addressing Your CFO’s Concerns to an Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation”will take place on Thursday, August 9 at 9:00 AM. You can learn more about it here: http://sched.co/EU93

John Tanner’s session “Agile Metrics - The GQM Approach”will be held on Wednesday, August 8 at 10:45 AM. You can learn more about it here: http://sched.co/EUCr

Contacting Mike

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jun 21, 2018
Why You Need a Definition of Ready w/ Dave Nicolette
25:53

This episode of SoundNotes focuses on Definition of Ready. A few weeks ago, Dave Nicolette created a post in Field Notes that was the result of a current debate in the Agile community about whether having a Definition of Ready helps, or harms our ability to deliver value for the customer.

The episode begins with Dave Nicolette explaining Definition of Ready within the context of the LeadingAgile model. After that, he and Dave Prior discuss/debate the the pros and cons of DoR from their respective backgrounds (Developer vs. PM).

Links From The Podcast

The LeadingAgile Compass
www.leadingagile.com/our-compass/

Dave Nicolette's Field Notes Post "Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?
www.leadingagile.com/2018/05/should…tion-of-ready/

Mike Cohn's blog post "The Dangers of a Definition of Ready
www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/the-d…n-of-ready

Jeff Sutherland's Definition of Ready post on Scrum Inc. with comments from Michael James
www.scruminc.com/definition-of-ready/

If you'd like to check out a sample Definition of Ready, here is one provided by Kenny Rubin.
www.innolution.com/blog/definition-of-ready

For more on Alexander Laufer's work on Uncertainty
www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080…67.1994.9726951

Or you can read Mike Cohn's explanation here.
www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/articles/t…ncertainty

RUN FORREST RUN!
youtu.be/x2-MCPa_3rU?t=44s

Contacting Dave Nicolette
• LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-nicolette/
• Twitter: twitter.com/davenicolette
• LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/davenicolette/
• Contacting Dave Prior

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
• LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
• LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
• Twitter: twitter.com/mrsungo
• Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at:
www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jun 14, 2018
Configuring Agile Tools to Work for You w/ Jessica Wolfe
40:29

If you are working at an organization that is applying Agile practices across the enterprise, chances are,  somewhere early on in the transformation a tool was selected to help the teams manage their work and hopefully provide management with some kind of visibility into the work being done. One of the unfortunate truths about the tools is that while they are capable of doing a lot of things, most companies do not invest the time in setting the tool up to work for them. This often leads to teams struggling with having to adjust their practices to meet the tool and management not getting the visibility it needs into how the work is going.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The tools can add a lot of value, but you have to get them set up right for that to happen.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Jessica Wolfe shares a story about how she was able to help one organization adjust the tool to provide the business with the information the CEO needed to understand how work was progressing across the portfolio and how it was tying back to the company’s strategic objectives.

As they dig into the story, Jessica and Dave explore what kinds of information the tools are able to provide, and how that can help your organization understand what is happening at a level of detail that includes strategic value, financial metrics, risk and much more.

She also manages to completely change Dave’s long mistrust of anything other than post-its and sharpies.

Contacting Jessica

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Send Us Your Questions

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Upcoming Classes

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jun 07, 2018
Capability Mapping w/ Dean Stevens
28:30

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dean Stevens and Dave Prior dig into Capability Mapping, how it works and why it is such an important part of the transforming your organization.

Capability Mapping is a technique that can be used to quickly gain greater awareness of how an organization does what it does, what processes it uses to do what it does, and where there are opportunities to remove waste and optimize flow.

During the interview you’ll hear Dean walk through the steps of identifying the processes an organization has in place, understanding the value each process provides, and finding ways to optimize these processes for better performance. This approach will also help identify gaps your organization may need to resolve in order to achieve its’ goals.

Links from the Podcast

For some background on capability mapping, check out this Harvard Business Review Article:
https://hbr.org/2008/06/the-next-revolution-in-productivity

Contacting Dean

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 31, 2018
Tracking and Reporting: What Should the PMO be Measuring? w/ Derek Huether
27:01

For any organization moving to Agile, the question of how to handle tracking and reporting is going to present challenges. If you are moving from a traditional environment, there may be an expectation (dependency) on traditional forms of reporting. If you are starting out with an electronic tool, there may be a wide range of reporting options.

Just because you an create a report, does not mean you should. If your audience doesn't know how to digest the information, you may create cognitive dissonance and (cue inner Yoda voice) dissonance leads to confusion leads to fear, fear leads to "help". #thatwassarcasm

Derek Huether recently put up two blog entries that dig into come of the challenges that come with determining what to track and how to report on it.   In this episode of SoundNotes, Derek and Dave pick up the conversation but come at it from a different angle.  If your PMO is stuck the middle of some quasi-agile/waterfall environment and trying to figure out how to provide meaningful information to the folks upstairs, this podcast may be able to help.

Links from the Podcast

How to Define Metrics to Reach Better Business Outcomes
An Introduction to OKR: Objectives and Key Results
Contacting Derek

If you’d like to contact Derek you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekhuether/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether
Email: derek@leadingagile.com
Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

May 25, 2018
Creating a Definition of Done w/ Tim Wise
19:17

One of the most important things you can do to help your team be successful is to ensure they have a Definition of Done. Once you have it, you need to revisit in in each Retrospective meeting to make any updates and you need to explain it to the Stakeholders in every Sprint Review.

A Definition of Done is more than just Acceptance Criteria. These are the conditions that must be met for your organization to safely release work into the wild. This is especially critical if you are working in an environment where there is a difference between "done" and "shippable".

In this episode of SoundNotes, Tim Wise and Dave Prior talk through why a Definition of Done is so critical to your team successfully delivering work, what level of detail you should include in your DoD, and how to create one.

Links from the Podcast

Why You Need A Vision Statement

Contacting Tim

Contacting Dave

Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

May 10, 2018
What Do You Do When the Team Can't Break the Work Down? w/ Tim Wise
18:20

For Development Teams transitioning to Agile one common challenge is breaking the work down into small vertical slices that can go from a Post-It Note to shippable product in 2-3 days. Most of the time, (there are always exceptions) the issue is not that the work cannot be broken down, but that the Development Team is accustomed to looking at the work in a more traditional way and they are not able to see how they could break it down into smaller actionable elements that can be developed independently and provide value and the opportunity to learn.

If you're working with a team that is struggling with this, and you do not come from a technical background, the issue may be even more daunting. Without the in-depth knowledge of how the work might be executed, many people will feel ill-at-ease challenging the Dev Team's assertion that the work is just that big and can't be broken down.

In this podcast, Tim Wise and Dave Prior take on the topic of what to do when the Development Team can't break down the work. They share how they've each approached this challenge with teams and offer some ideas about how you could help your team find a way to break the work down.

Agile Day Atlanta

Contacting Tim

Contacting Dave

Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

May 03, 2018
Agile Myth Busting: Is There Really No Documentation in Agile? w/ Anil Jaising
11:54

One of the common misconceptions about Agile is that there's no documentation. This simply isn't true. The second line of the Agile Manifesto reads:

“Working software over comprehensive documentation”

This doesn’t mean that we don’t have documentation. It just means that the folks who created the manifesto did not see the value in delivering the documentation at the expense of delivering working, tested software.

In a recent Certified ScrumMaster class in NYC, one student raised an issue she was experiencing with her Development Team who is deeply committed to the “no documentation” camp. In this podcast, Dave Prior is joined by Anil Jaising (who helped to facilitate the New York class) to discuss the myth of no documentation, the truth about documentation in Agile, and how that can play out in a highly regulated/audited environment.

Events Mentioned in the Podcast

Big Apple Scrum Day: https://www.bigapplescrumday.org

NYC Scrum User Group: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Scrum-User-Group/

Contacting Anil

Email: anil@nimblebydesign.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aniljaising

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aniljaising/

 

Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 26, 2018
The 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering w/ Dr. Jeff Sutherland
18:22

This week, at the 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering, the Scrum Alliance and Scrum co-founder, Dr. Jeff Sutherland, announced the creation of a new joint venture to train, coach, and promote Scrum@Scale. Scrum@Scale is an extension of the Scrum Framework that is designed to deliver business Agility across an entire organization.

Dave Prior had a chance to sit down with Jeff during the Scrum Gathering and ask some questions about his partnership with the Scrum Alliance, Scrum@Scale, and how it can help organizations achieve greater business Agility.

Links from the Podcast

If you’d like to read the press release on the joint venture, you can find it here: https://tinyurl.com/yc5z4w3p

Here is a link to the Scrum@Scale Guide

Here is a link to Jeff's latest book, "Scrum, The Art of Doing Twice The Work In Half The Time".

 

Contacting Dr. Jeff Sutherland

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 19, 2018
Becoming a Journeyman w/ Dave Nicolette
26:09

A few weeks ago Dave Nicolette put up a blog post in FieldNotes called "Putting the Journey Into Journeyman" (https://tinyurl.com/ybehorv7). I really enjoyed the post and wanted to ask Dave some additional questions about the idea of a Journeyman, how to reach that state, and what happens once you get there.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave and I discuss what a Journeyman is, and what a Journeyman isn't. We discuss the skills LeadingAgile expects from a software Journeyman, how to know if you've reached this state, and what you should expect to happen after you get there and each one of the states that comes after Journeyman. (Oh Look!  A Squirell!)

This podcast is also a great resource if you have been interviewing with LeadingAgile and you'd like to get a handle on the mindset of the folks who work here and what we expect of one another.

If you'd like to check out Dave's original blog post, you can find it here: "Putting the Journey Into Journeyman" -https://tinyurl.com/ybehorv7 

Contacting Dave Nicolette

Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 12, 2018
What's the Difference Between Scrum and Kanban? w/ Jessica Wolfe and Derek Huether
12:05

In almost every CSM or CSPO class that Dave teaches he gets asked to explain the difference between Scrum and Kanban. So, in this episode of SoundNotes, Jessica Wolfe, Derek Huether, and  Dave take turns responding to the question and detailing some of the main differences between two of the most popular approaches to Agile.

If you'd like to reach out to Jessica, Derek or Dave for more—here's their contact info:

Contacting Jessica

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Contacting Derek

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Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Apr 05, 2018
Is Culture Really the Issue? w/ Mike Cottmeyer
42:48

“Culture is just the boogeyman people use when they don't know how to articulate an organizational change management strategy that executives will buy into.”
~ Mike Cottmeyer

In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer shares his thoughts on why we need to stop blaming culture when organizations are unable to adopt Agile. During the interview, Mike and Dave dig into the reasons why many of the organizations that struggle with Agile are dealing with deeply rooted mechanisms that extend far beyond culture. Unfortunately, one of the most common refrains in the Agile community is that the culture is the primary thing that must be addressed, and once that is solved, the rest will take care of itself. For many organizations that buy into the promise of Agile without having clarity on the organizational impediments they must overcome for Agile to be able to exist, maybe culture isn't the best place to start.

If you'd like to read Mike's blog post on the topic, you can find it here: https://bit.ly/2pO8YU4

Contacting Mike

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Mar 29, 2018
Business Intelligence Report Creation in Scrum w/ Derek Huether and Jessica Wolfe
21:44

This episode of SoundNotes features a question submitted by a student in one of Dave's recent CSPO classes. Maheesh’s question centers on how to apply Scrum on a project that involves BI reporting and ETL. Since Jessica Wolfe and Derek Huether both have far more experience in that type of work than Dave does, he asked them to help him respond to the question.

Here's the question we got from Maheesh:

“As a Product Owner for a BI reporting platform I typically get requests for new reports and this might entail bringing the data from a CRM platform or any other platform into the data warehouse so that that requires building ETL for that and developing the report on top of that. Which typically cannot be done within a two week Sprint. So how would I go about taking this requirement from the customer and converting into shippable user stories that can be delivered through a Scrum methodology?”

If you'd like to reach out to Jessica, Derek or Dave for more, here is their contact info:

Contacting Jessica

If you’d like to contact Jessica you can reach her at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jessica-wolfe/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-wolfe-ab025a36/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejessicawolfe
Email: jessica.wolfe@leadingagile.com
Contacting Derek

If you’d like to contact Derek you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekhuether/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether
Email: derek@leadingagile.com
Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Mar 22, 2018
The Importance of Empathy in Agile w/ Tim Wise
15:26

After co-teaching a CSM class in Atlanta earlier this week, Tim Wise and Dave Prior sat down to talk about  Empathy in Agile. During their conversation, they dug into why empathy is such an important factor in developing an Agile mindset, working with teams, building trust, and helping your organization adopt an Agile approach to work.

Tim and Dave also offer some advice on:

  • How you can go about trying to develop empathy towards those up and down the org chart
  • How that plays out in your communication with others
  • How to deal with groups of people you may find especially difficult to have empathy towards

Links from the Podcast

The Responsibility Process by Christopher Avery

Contacting Tim

Contacting Dave

Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Mar 08, 2018
Why You Need a Vision Statement w/ Dave Prior
02:59

This episode of SoundNotes is all about Vision Statements. Dave Prior offers his thoughts on why they're so critical to the success of your team and how to go about putting one together.

One of the most important things a Product Owner can do to help the Development Team deliver value for the customer is to make sure they have clarity on the context of the problem they are trying to solve. If the Dev Team is just being given User Stories, and there's no understanding of the problem-space in which the story lives, it's going to be much harder for the Dev Team to make the choices that will maximize value for the customer.

Also, Vision Statements are one of the best ways a Product Owner can make sure that all the stakeholders are in agreement about what problem is being solved, who it's helping, and why it matters. If the Vision Statement is documented and agreed upon by all the stakeholders, it is going to be a lot easier to keep them in sync with one another.

Listen as Dave presents two very popular templates that can be used to create Vision Statements and walks you through how to go about putting them together.

Links

Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm (3rd Edition) 

Roman Pichler's Product Vision Board

Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

Mar 01, 2018
Introduction to Leading and Lagging Indicators w/ Derek Huether
35:39

In this episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Derek Huether and Dave Prior take on the topic of Leading and Lagging Indicators. During the podcast they discuss how Key Performance indicators can help guide you towards an understanding of what to track with the expectation that it will create a certain result in the future (leading indicators), and what to measure in order to confirm if that result has in fact occurred (lagging indicators).

One example they touch on in the podcast is:  if you are trying to lose weight, tracking things like how much you exercise and how many calories you are consuming each day are leading indicators because it is reasonable to expect that if you are exercising regularly and limiting your caloric intake, that these actions could result in you losing weight. This is a way of tracking the actions you are taking to in order to bring about a desired change. But, we still need a way to confirm if the desired result has actually occurred. The only way you will know if you have actually lost weight, is to climb up on the scale and check your weight. That is a lagging indicator because it confirms whether or not the actions you took had resulted in the desired outcome.

Audio Version Only:
https://soundcloud.com/leadingagile/introduction-to-leading-and-lagging-indicators-w-derek-huether

Links

If you’d like to learn more about Leading and Lagging Indicators, check out Derek’s recent blog post on the topic here: https://www.leadingagile.com/2018/02/leading-lagging-indicators/

Contacting Derek

If you’d like to contact Derek you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekhuether/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether
Email: derek@leadingagile.com
Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 22, 2018
Transforming a Long-Standing Traditional Organization to Agile w/ Derek Huether
28:11

In this week's episode of SoundNotes, Derek Huether and Dave Prior respond to a question from a student who works in a long-standing supply chain organization that wants to move to Agile, but has questions about how to get started.

Here's the question:

I took your scrum master class and your product owner class a couple weeks ago and I got a lot out of it. Thanks so much for everything you did for everyone in the class. 

After taking the class I was thinking about how I could apply what I’ve learned to my organization and to all of our customers who are thinking about implementing Scrum Teams in their supply chain organizations. 

So, what my question is for you Dave is, what do you think is needed for an organization to transform to develop an Agile mindset across the organization and develop successful scrum teams? 

I’d imagine that new organizations have the benefit of not having a status quo to compare it to so you don’t have to deal with change so they can start with Agile mindsets and they can start Scrum teams from the get go, but organizations that have been established and have been around for decades and even centuries have the challenge of having a traditional way of doing things. 

So they have to get over the change management and implementing and changing the way they think… it seems like a lot to do for an organization so I’m curious to see what your thoughts are on what an organization that’s established…what they should do?

Contacting Derek

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 21, 2018
Tips for ScrumMasters of Distributed Teams w/ Jessica Wolfe
25:25

This week Jessica Wolfe and Dave Prior respond to a question about how to be an effective ScrumMaster when you are not in the same location as your team. To complicate matters even more, try stepping into the ScrumMaster role in place of an SM who was colocated with part of the team.  If that doesn’t seem challenging enough—try two Product Qwners working with the team.

Here is the question:

My Scrum team consists of 4 devs in San Diego and 3 devs and 2 POs remotely (I know, breaking a rule right there having 2 POs and multiple projects assigned to one team) The previous scrum master for our team was located in San Diego and was able to have actual facetime with the portion of the team 2 times a week on average. Tuesday for Daily Scrum and Wednesdays for Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Sprint Planning (and then off week's Daily Scrum and Backlog Refinement). While we do everything virtually (Sprint backlog, Product Backlog, screenshare ceremonies encouraging video (but not required)), it was something the team welcomed, it was a rallying day, and I believe allowed the SM a better check on the morale/heartbeat of over half the team - seeing them in person, having easier one on one time available if needed. I have now taken over as SM for this team and another team (other team is all remote and they never met in person regularly), so I'm wondering if you might have any suggestions to foster that same closeness, continue to keep a close pulse on the team and provide a safe environment for openness and collaboration while serving the team from across the country.

Links from the Podcast

If you are curious about Jason Kelce’s speech at the Eagles parade, here you go:

Contacting Jessica

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Contacting Dave

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Send Us Your Questions

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Upcoming Classes

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 16, 2018
The Evolving Role of an Agile Coach w/ Mike Cottmeyer
01:01:04

As organizations continue to grow and evolve in their practice of Agile, what they expect from Agile transformation coaches continues to evolve as well. Ten years ago, an Agile coach was someone who had enough experience working with Agile to help others pick up the basic habits and avoid some common mistakes. Today, we need a lot more.

In this episode of SoundNotes, Mike Cottmeyer talks with Dave Prior about how the needs and expectations of coaching have changed over the last 10 years. During the interview, Mike explains how LeadingAgile has evolved its understanding of the specific areas of skill and expertise the company needs to focus on when talking with transformation coaches during the interview process. Dave and Mike also discuss how coaches can address some of these gaps, and why it is so important to understand what type of coaching you are passionate about and how to leverage that.

Contacting Mike

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

Feb 08, 2018
Who Should be a ScrumMaster? Who Should be a Product Owner? w/ Dave Prior
06:15

We frequently get questions from clients who are transitioning to Agile when they begin working through the challenge of determining which roles are the best fit for individuals in their organization. Since many of our clients begin their Agile journey by taking on Scrum, the question usually shows up as:

Who should I make a Product Owner and who should I make a ScrumMaster?

While there is no locked down definition of who should transition into what role, there are some standard patterns that appear across organizations. A lot of it though depends on how an organization views the individuals in those positions and what level of responsibility they are given by the company.

In this short video, Dave Prior, LeadingAgile’s resident Certified Scrum Trainer, offers some advice and guidance with respect to sorting out which individuals in your organization should move into a Product Owner role and who is a better fit for ScrumMaster.

CONTACTING DAVE

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 02, 2018
Sprint Report Basics: What Should You Be Tracking? w/ Jessica Wolfe
18:32

Jessica and Dave take a look at the Sprint Report template Dave uses in his CSM and CSPO classes. Using the report as a starting point, Jessica and Dave talk through the most valuable data points for new Scrum Teams as well as additional variables which are an important part of tracking the information that matters as your team learns to work together and gets better at delivering value for their customer. 

Contacting Jessica

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

 

 

Jan 18, 2018
What do you do when you can’t finish the work in a Sprint? Student Q&A w/ Derek Huether:
14:20

In this episode of LeadingAgile's SoundNotes, Derek Heuther and Dave Prior take on a question Derek received from a student in one of his recent classes:

What do you do, as a developer if the planned task cannot be resolved, or can not result in a potentially shippable product by the end of the Sprint?

For an audio only version of the podcast click here.

Contacting Derek

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jan 10, 2018
Team-Based New Year's Resolutions w/ Jessica Wolfe
21:38

Many of us start out the new year by making resolutions that we hope will help us become the better version of ourselves. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Jessica Wolfe and Dave Prior talk through some ideas you can use with your team to help them renew their focus on delivering value not just for the customer, but for the individual team members themselves. If you or your team are struggling to get the value you crave out of the work you are doing, this discussion will give you some ideas and tips to start getting more out of 2018!

Contacting Jessica

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Contacting Dave

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If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 
Jan 04, 2018
Student Q&A: How PBIs get into the Product Backlog & Tips for Moving from Waterfall to Agile w/ Jim Hayden and Tim Wise
33:14

In this week’s podcast, LeadingAgile’s Jim Hayden and Tim Wise join Dave to respond to questions submitted by students from our CSM and CSPO classes:

Question 1: How PBIs Get Into The Product Backlog

"Quick question. I was wondering if you had any ideas around a process for getting items into a backlog? I currently just stepped into a role and one of the first things I'm wanting to tackle is a process for placing items into our backlog. Currently things are all over the place because the developers are kind of doing their own thing . In order to create some consistency among PBI's do you think it's a good idea for one individual (ME) to create all PBI's? It's a fairly small team with 6 developers so I don't anticipate any bottle neck. If you don't think having one individual is a good idea then what recommendations do you have for putting a process in place for my team?" (Begins at 02:37)

Question 2: Moving to Waterfall From Agile

"The only thing we didn't have time to talk about was how to manage transitions from waterfall to agile.  Will you please send me or upload to the box (if you haven't already done it) some tips/techniques/advices about how to handle that process?" (Begins at 19:31)

Contacting Jim

Contacting Tim

Contacting Dave

Feedback/Questions

If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes

For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Dec 21, 2017
Agile in a Few Weeks and Correcting Developer Behavior w/ Tom Churchwell
26:30

In this week's SoundNotes,  LeadingAgile’s Tom Churchwell and Matt Fischer join Dave to respond to two questions submitted by students of our Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner classes.

STUDENT QUESTIONS

Question 1:

"How do you see the way companies, after long years of waterfall, trying to move to Agile in few weeks?"

Question 2:

"How does a ScrumMaster correct a development team member?"

CONTACTING TOM CHURCHWELL

CONTACTING DAVE PRIOR

SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

UPCOMING CLASSES

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

 
Dec 14, 2017
CSP Deadline 12/31/17: How to Earn SEU's Fast! w/ Special Guests: Erika Massie and Cody Winberg.
16:56

The Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation is changing on Jan 1, 2018. If you meet the qualifications for the current version of CSP, applying before it expires on December 31, 2017 may provide you with a much easier path to the practitioner level of certification offered by the Scrum Alliance.

You’ll find details on the current version of CSP here:

https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/csp-certification

In order to qualify for CSP there are a number of requirements that must be met including earning 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs).

With the pending change, I have been recommending to all my CSM and CSPO students that they apply for CSP as soon as possible in order to beat the deadline. Many of them have come back with questions about how to earn the SEUs required for the CSP designation.

In this podcast, Scrum Alliance Director of Global Learning and Assessment, Erika Massie and Scrum Alliance Learning Coordinator, Cody Wanberg break down the changes to the CSP certification, the timeline for the change AND we talk through different ways to attain the required SEU’s before the deadline.

It’s a short podcast, so no actual show notes for this one. Just a few things to keep in mind…

  • In order to qualify for CSP before the change, you must have your completed application submitted to the Scrum Alliance before it becomes 2018 in Denver.
  • Once you submit, the turnaround time you should expect is 8 weeks.

Here are a few of the ways you can earn SEUs…

  • Watch the CST facilitated webinars on the Scrum Alliance website. There are 19 of these and they are an hour each. If you watch them all, you’ll earn 19 SEUs.
  • Watch the Scrum Foundations e-learning series to earn 1 SEU.
  • If you took a CSM or CSPO, each class is worth 16 SEUs. If you’ve taken both, that is 32. AND, if you’ve taken CSM or CSPO more than once, you get the 16 for each time you take the class.
  • During the interview, Cody and Erika explain that listening to something like the Agile Uprising’s Manifesto Author Review podcast series could be submitted under Category E - Independent Learning. You get 1 SEU for each hour of time spent listening. It is a great series and I highly recommend it. You can find it here.
  • There are a number of additional ways to earn SEUs and you can find that detailed on the Scrum Alliance site. https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/csp-certification/ways-to-earn-seus

Additional Questions

If you have questions for the Scrum Alliance about the changes to CSP or SEU’s, send an email to support@scrumalliance.org with the subject line CSP Application Question

 
Dec 13, 2017
Creating Empathy Maps w/ Scott Sehlhorst
52:06

In October, LeadingAgile SVP, Scott Sehlhorst spent some time talking with Dave about the importance of Personas and Proto-Personas and how to use them. In this episode of SoundNotes, Scott is back to talk about Empathy Maps, how they work, why they are so valuable and how to create one. During the conversation, Scott and Dave talk through each step of creating an Empathy Map. The podcast is one of our longer ones, but if you are seeking a better understanding of how to put one together, you’ll find a lot of valuable information in this interview.

You’ll probably want to download a copy of David Gray’s Empathy Map to have on hand while you listen to this episode. You can find that here: http://gamestorming.com/empathy-mapping/

 

SHOW NOTES

  • 00:08 Interview Begins
  • 00:50 Some background on Scott
  • 02:30 Intro to the topic of Empathy Maps and how they relate to Proto-Personas and Personas
  • 03:09 What is Empathy? How does it relate to Sympathy and Cognitive Empathy
  • 05:46 What is an Empathy Map and who creates it?
  • 08:42 Understanding their understanding of their problem
  • 09:39 Whose job is it to create it?
  • 10:45 Where to learn how to interview users
  • 11:30 How do you pick which customers to focus on? (And the set up for the example we walk through)
  • 20:20 Who are we empathizing with? (Understanding the role you are focusing on)
  • 21:17 Understanding what they need to do
  • 24:13 What is the goal they are trying to achieve?
  • 26:25 Understanding what success means for the person we are focusing on
  • 27:54 What they see and what do they say - situational awareness and how they interpret what they see
  • 30:08 The disconnect between what do I see and what do I say
  • 32:16 What do they do
  • 33:19 The Double Design Process (Double Diamond Design)
  • 36:18 Moving from empathy maps to experiment maps or the value proposition canvas
  • 37:28 What do they hear (and how it is not all about sound)
  • 41:18 What do they think and feel
  • 45:45 How often do I revise the empathy map
  • 48:35 When I’m done filling out the empathy map, what do I do with it?
  • 51:05 How to reach Scott with additional questions about Empathy Maps
  • 51:57 Podcast Ends

LINKS FROM THE PODCAST

CONTACTING SCOTT

If you’d like to contact Scott you can reach him at:

CONTACTING DAVE

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

UPCOMING CLASSES

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 
 
Dec 07, 2017
Student Q&A: Dealing with Performance Issues and Stakeholder Expectations w/ Jessica Wolfe
26:51

For this episode of SoundNotes, we’re back with more of the questions submitted by recent  CSM and CSPO students.

In this week’s podcast, Jessica Wolfe and Dave Prior respond to the following questions:

Question 1:

What is the desired relationship interaction between the Scrum Master and Development Managers with regard to developers who are participating on a scrum team, and how does that impact performance management from an HR standpoint? In other words, if there are performance issues with a Developer, where does the responsibility fall for addressing & resolving those performance issues?

Question 2:

I work at a fairly large company on a product that has direct eyesight from the CEO, who constantly says things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if our app did X?” with the expectation being that it doesn’t matter how cool X actually is, we can expect to be implementing it right frickin’ now. How, for the love of SCRUM can I deal with this within my framework?

 

Contacting Jessica

If you’d like to contact Jessica you can reach her at:

Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

 

 

 
Nov 30, 2017
The Trust and Influence Loop w/ Mike Cottmeyer
51:47

One of the best parts of working at LeadingAgile is the continual focus on helping the brilliant people who work here amplify their ability to deliver value for customers. We have a weekly call where we focus on different aspects of the work we do and how we can get better at delivering on the LeadingAgile approach so that our customers can achieve their goals. In a recent call Mike Cottmeyer walked through the Trust Influence Loop, which explains the way we interact with our clients in order to develop the safety and trust we need to be able to help them achieve the outcomes they are looking for. The model had a huge impact on me and I asked Mike if he’d be willing to do an interview on it so that we could share it with others.  While this podcast is a little on the long side, the whole conversation is incredibly valuable.

SHOW NOTES

  • 00:08 Interview Begins
  • 00:30 How LeadingAgile syncs up in the morning
  • 02:47 The Tuesday Night Calls
  • 04:17 The Trust Influence Loop Model - Part 1: Influence
  • 08:55 Getting Access… then what”
  • 11:12 The importance of continually creating safety and earning the right to have influence
  • 13:25 Demonstrating empathy, listening and learning
  • 17:43 Why it is so important to hear the client’s explanation of the problem
  • 19:18 The girl with the nail in her head
  • 20:34 The difference between thinking everything is a nail and asserting a position you believe in
  • 23:31 The Trust Influence Loop Model - Part 2: Trust
  • 26:45 Integrity in context  - are you going to do what you said you are going to do
  • 28:04 Developing integrity from the promise through the delivery
  • 30:13 Integrity and maintaining a shared understanding with the client throughout execution
  • 36:28 It’s not about artifacts, it is about demonstrating integrity, building consensus and reaching shared understanding
  • 37:52 You have to understand who the client is and what problem you are trying to solve
  • 43:13 How the Trust-Influence loop applies outside of work
  • 46:19 Why LeadingAgile writes SOWs that take one trip through the loop at a time
  • 49:06 Mike’s journey of unpacking what’s he’s learned and sharing it with other people
  • 50:17 Random Question for Mike: What was the last album you downloaded and listened to that wasn’t Collective Soul?
  • 51:29 Nothing but peace and martinis

LINKS FROM THE PODCAST

Trust Influence Loop Graphic

You can download a copy of the Trust Influence Loop here

If you want to watch the video of the girl with the nail in her head, you can find it here:

The Slash album Mike refers to during the interview is:

CONTACTING MIKE

If you’d like to reach Mike, here is how you can contact him:

Nov 16, 2017
Q&A: Estimation and Meeting Sprint Commitments w/ Derek Huether
19:40

For this episode of SoundNotes, we reached out to some of the students who have taken CSM and CSPO classes over the last few months. We got a lot of great questions and will be responding to them over the next few weeks. This week, Derek Huether and Dave Prior respond to these two questions:

Question 1:

My team seems to have a problem with estimating and understanding the estimating concepts.  The team members are accustomed to traditional waterfall projects and estimating everything in units of time.  How can I help them understand estimating, but continue to complete the sprints with no pbis rolling over to the next sprint?

Question 2:

I have a team lead who is skeptical of scrum, especially metrics related to the process. He doesn’t think carryover matters from sprint to sprint as long as we’re “creating value” and getting the program priorities completed. Any advice on how to convince him that metrics can be a tool for good, and that the sanctity of the sprint commitment matters?

Links from the Podcast

If you’d like to check out the Multiple Team Throughput Forecasting Tool that Troy Magennis has created for use with multiple teams who have different ways of estimating work, you can find it (and his other tools) here: http://focusedobjective.com/free-tools-resources/

For an audio only version of the podcast click here.

Contacting Derek

If you’d like to contact Derek you can reach him at:

Contacting Dave

If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:

If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Nov 03, 2017
Working in Consulting w/ Rick Austin and John Tanner
39:43

If you have ever considered moving into consulting, this podcast is for you.In this podcast, In this interview, Rick Austin, John Tanner and Dave Prior talk about what it is like working as a traveling consultant for LeadingAgile. They discuss how it changes the focus of your work, what it takes to be good at it, how it impacts your personal life and some of the things you have to do to maintain your sanity when you spend most of your life on the road.

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:13 Podcast Begins - Overview of Topic
  • 2:35 What consulting did to Rick’s world when he started at LeadingAgile
  • 3:08 How John got started with consulting and then got back into it
  • 3:31 How being a traveling consultant impacts your personal and professional life
  • 4:52 Shaping your life around how you work
  • 5:23 Being intentional about your life when you are back home
  • 6:10 How long each of us can spend on the road before having to take a break
  • 7:11 Building relationships and maintaining objectivity on site
  • 9:29 The importance of gaining permission to consult and coach
  • 11:34 How do you entice people to invite you to coach once you get onsite
  • 13:30 Learning how to get people to want you to be there
  • 14:40 Why you should not immediately try to solve the problem
  • 15;51 Developing better communication skills
  • 17:42 How Dave coped with being introverted when building connections
  • 18:27 When you meet people you just can’t connect with no matter how hard you try
  • 19:46 Taking responsibility for the communication issues you face (It’s on the sender/communicator)
  • 22:26 Things you should know about consulting before they start
  • 23:57 Taking ownership of the room and holding your space
  • 26:36 Engaging with authority
  • 27:10 Developing mastery of the subject  and never being caught off guard
  • 29:09 Being humble and maintaining confidence
  • 30:10 The value of hard knocks
  • 30:49 Finding the right people to partner with
  • 31:18 Why you need to find a mentor to help you when you are learning how to work this way
  • 32:29 What makes consulting difficult and the importance of maintaining personal connections outside of work
  • 33:21 When you leave the house time stops for you, but not for the other people in your life
  • 33:47 Creating clear space between work and non work
  • 34:59 Finding the right company to consult for
  • 35:26 How LeadingAgile makes it easy for us to work as consultants
  • 36:18 Finding the things you need to do to recharge when you get burnt out from work
  • 38:38 Getting in touch with John and Rick

LINKS FROM THE PODCAST

Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help 

CONTACTING JOHN

CONTACTING RICK

 

Oct 26, 2017
Hacking Agile for Digital Agencies w/ Dave Prior
07:43

This is a explaination of the new tool I introduced at the 2017 Digital PM Summit. The session I led was called Hacking Agile for Digital Agencies and the canvas tool I built for the session is intended to help Digital Agencies understand more about why they want to use Agile practices in the first place, how they are expected to help and what they are willing to risk in order to achieve some level of agility.

 

If you'd like to check out the slides from the actual presentation, you can find them here.

If you'd like to download a PDF of the DPM Agility Canvas you can find that here.

And if you have any feedback or questions, please email me at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Oct 19, 2017
Using Personas to Reduce Risk w/ Scott Sehlhorst
54:35

Scott Sehlhorst, SVP and Executive Consultant at Leading Agile, goes deep on Personas in this episode of SoundNotes. During the interview Scott and Dave discuss the difference between Proto-Personas and actual Personas, the importance of empathy maps and how to help management understand that making the investment in developing personas is a great way to reduce risk.
This is the first of several podcasts we are going to be posting on Personas, how to create them and why they are so valuable.

Show Notes



  • 00:08 Podcast begins

  • 00:56 Scott’s background

  • 03:00 Why Scott is so focused on understanding the customer

  • 07:10 Scott explains what a proto-persona is

  • 10:51 Why we need to understand the customer’s problem at a deeper level than they do

  • 13:00 The difference between a proto-persona and an actual persona

  • 19:08 Making the case for taking the time to do personas

  • 20:20 Why we start by making assumptions

  • 24:35 Using empathy maps as a tool to help us test our assumptions

  • 26:48 Personas are an investment in understanding the customer and reducing risk

  • 28:52 Helping executives understand why they need to make this investment

  • 30:34 “You put together a plan and you remove risk and uncertainty from that plan”

  • 31:54 Can you stop at the empathy map and how do you move past it into something more data driven

  • 36:00 Getting the data we need to get to actual personas

  • 39:25 Accepting the risk of not moving all the way to actual personas

  • 43:54 What are the most effective ways to collect the data we need

  • 49:39 Once you have all the data, then what?

  • 52:36 What we’ll focus on in future podcasts about personas

  • 53:25 Contacting Scott


Links from the Interview


Scott’s article (which includes some examples)
Progressively Elaborated Users http://tynerblain.com/blog/2017/09/10/progressively-elaborated-users/

Dave Gray’s updated Empathy Map
https://medium.com/the-xplane-collection/updated-empathy-map-canvas-46df22df3c8a

Contacting Scott


Twitter: https://twitter.com/sehlhorst
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sehlhorst/
LeadingAgile site: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/scott-sehlhorst/

Oct 12, 2017
Agile Therapy w/ Paul Hammond and Chris Li
16:07

When you think of the annual Agile conference, you usually think about speakers and content. However, Paul Hammond wants to augment the content at the conference with the answers to your questions and one-on-one time with experts from around the industry. That’s why, this year, the conference includes Agile Therapy. Learn more in this video with Paul and Chris Li.

Oct 11, 2017
Agile2017: Conference Update w/ Tricia Broderick
17:11

Tricia is the Agile2017 conference Chair and in this video, she discusses how the conference has grown and changed over the years. Also, she speaks about how the speakers are chosen and how the organizers try to provide a variety of things to do for attendees to self-care and stay fresh. Midway through the podcast, Tricia switches gears and talks about her personal ascension to the role of an Agile leader and how she tries to pay it forward to the Agile community.

Oct 04, 2017
Portfolio Management and Capitalizing Software in an Agile World w/ Rick Austin and Paul Argiry
12:45

In this – all LeadingAgile – edition of SoundNotes, Rick Austin and Paul Argiry discuss each of their talks. The talks focus on portfolio management and capitalizing software in an Agile world. In the video the guys discuss the new definition of portfolio management, road mapping, and capacity management as well as how to avoid common accounting pitfalls when trying to fund your Agile initiative.

Oct 02, 2017
Solving the PMO Paradox w/ Kim Brainard and Jesse Fewell
16:29

In this short video, Jesse Fewell and Kim Brainard discuss their talk that they delivered at Agile2017: The PMO Paradox. The talk centers around what to do with the PMO when your organization is in the middle of an Agile initiative. Often, the answer is fire them but Jesse and Kim have a different suggestion. What if you could collaborate with the PMO in an Agile environment to ensure that they are an asset?

Sep 29, 2017
Becoming an Agile Coach w/ Tim Wise
58:46

We received a question from someone who has been working as a Scrum Master for awhile and is considering moving into coaching. They just weren’t sure how to tel if it was the correct next step and had a lot of questions about what the job involved, what skills were needed, etc.
In this week’s podcast, Tim Wise and Dave Prior discuss the role of an Agile Coach, what it involves, the day to day work, what skills are needed and, if you are in that role, some important things to watch out for.


Show Notes
0:08 Interview Begins
00:25 How Tim ended up working in Agile Coaching
03:32 What skills do you need to be an Agile Coach
06:12 What is the job of a coach - at the team and enterprise level?
09:08 What you need to move from being a ScrumMaster (coaching one team) to being a coach of multiple teams
12:33 Is it better to work as a consultant, moving from team to team and seeing lots of ways of making Agile work (and not) or is it better to stick with one team and get them to a high performing state?
14:30 What areas Tim had to focus on to become effective at providing coaching for multiple teams
16:11 Mentoring, school or hard knocks, or surrounding yourself with brilliant people?
18:53 Be wary of “EXPERTS”
19:28 Moving past imposter syndrome
22:05 Knockaround Guys… 500 fights to consider yourself a legitimate tough guy
23:32 Will coaching camp or certification make you a good coach?
26:07 Always be the student
27:57 Understanding your own coaching shortcomings… and how they may somtimes be strengths
31:00 Practice the skills you need to take risks and be vulnerable
32:00 Avoiding the addiction to pontificating after the team fails
35:15 What does a coach do all day
39:20 How the day breaks down if you are doing team level coaching
40:04 Working with the Executives and using Social Engineering for good
41:41 Two additional skills to work on
43:12 Understanding your own capacity
45:55 How much selling is an Agile Coach required/expected to do
48:28 Building the desire for change
51:54 What does Tim with he had been told about coaching before he got started down the path
53:11  You never know when the seeds will germinate
55:30 Keeping it fresh for yourself
56:38  Getting in touch with Tim
56:57 Scrum Atlanta User Group events
57:41 Interview Ends - Knockaround Guys

Links Mentioned In This Podcast
Agile Coaching Institute http://agilecoachinginstitute.com
Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/ctc-certification
Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/cec-certificatio
Scrum Atlanta User Group https://www.meetup.com/agile-38/

Contacting Tim
Email: tim@leadingagile.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/timswise

Sep 28, 2017
Agile in Education w/ Mike Vizdos
12:11

Mike Vizdos is a busy guy. He’s someone whose passion for helping agile change lives extends well beyond coaching traditional organizations and teaching classes. At Agile 2017, Mike stopped by to provide an update on Agile In Education and the work he and others are doing to bring agile to schools and transform the way we learn. This work is taking place e at every level of education - from grade school up through university. It is an inspiring and impressive thing.

Mike also talks about the work he’s been doing with Ron Jeffries to create an online community that provides mentoring and support for Agile practitioners and coaches.

Here are some of the links mentioned in the interview:

AgileMentoring.com http://www.agilementoring.com/
Agile in Education: http://www.agileineducation.org
Scrum In School http://www.scruminschool.org
The VCU daVinci Center http://www.davincicenter.vcu.edu

And if you’d like to learn more about Mike, check out:

Web: http://www.michaelvizdos.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mvizdos
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mvizdos/

Sep 26, 2017
Agile Planning with TIES: Part 2 w/ Tom Churchwell and Jeff Voglesang
27:37

During a recent LeadingAgile offsite Jeff Vogelsang and Tom Churchwell sat down with Dave Prior to break down the TIES approach of Agile planning that they have bee using with clients. This approach been used to help organizations who need a way to manage long term strategy planning that creates visibility all the way down to the execution level. TIES addresses planning at 4 levels:

  • Themes – Strategic long term goals broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 quarters.
  • Initiatives – Themes are broken down into elements that collectively address the theme. These are broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 months.
  • Epics – Initiatives are broken down into Epics which would take between 1 to 3 sprints to deliver.
  • Stories – Epics are broken down into User Stories that are small enough to be completed by a Team within a Sprint, ideally within 1 to 3 days.

In this interview Jeff and Tom explain the different level of planning TIES, how they work and how they can be used to help management understand their capacity to introduce more work.

Contact Info for Jeff Vogelsang

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffvogelsang LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffvogelsang/ Email: jeff.vogelsang@leadingagile.com

Contact Info for Tom Churchwell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tchurchwell LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomchurchwell/ Email: Tom.Churchwell@leadingagile.com

The TIES podcast Tom Churchwell and Dave did previously

https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/agile-planning-ties-tom-churchwell/

Certified Scrum Master class in Las Vegas

https://www.leadingagile.com/event/certified-scrummaster-training-nevada-10-14-17/

For information on the special CSM training discount available to attendees of the Digital PM Summit

Email: training@leadingagile.com

2017 Digital PM Summit

http://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm-2017/

Sep 21, 2017
Create Your Successful Agile Project w/ Johanna Rothman
18:03

In this Agile 2017 interview Johanna Rothman talks with Dave about her new book “Create Your Successful Agile Project Collaborate, Measure, Estimate and Deliver” and how teams that are struggling to make Scrum work may want to adopt an approach that focuses on continuous flow in order to deliver value for their customers with greater frequency. The interview includes a conversation about working with User Stories that are sized to only take the team a single day to complete, how this can help teams that are struggling with estimation, and how Johanna’s approach to writing (she averages about 1 book a year in addition to posting to her blog every few days) involves writing for just 15 minutes a day.

For more on Johanna:
Web: https://www.jrothman.com
Books: https://www.jrothman.com/books/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johannarothman?lang=en
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannarothman/

Sep 20, 2017
Introducing Play into the Workplace w/ Laura Powers
26:15

Radtac Co-CEO Laura Powers took some time out of her busy schedule at Agile 2017 to talk with Dave Prior about the benefits an organization can gain from introducing play into the workplace. In this interview she explains how it can help unlock creativity within the team. Laura led an additional session at Agile 2017 called “It’s Not Just About Culture: Co-creating an Awesome Agile Climate in an Imperfect World”. During their conversation Laura explains how to create a working climate that supports safety for knowledge workers. If you work in an environment that does not have a supportive climate, there are tips in her for how to cope with that as well.

If you’d like to get in touch with Laura:

Radtac: https://www.radtac.com/about-us/page/3/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurapowers
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurampowers/

Laura’s session descriptions from Agile 2017
It’s Not Just About Culture: Co-creating an Awesome Agile Climate in an Imperfect World - http://sched.co/ATWv
The Power of Play - Coaching Teams to Play at Work - http://sched.co/ATXu

Sep 19, 2017
Agile Fluency Model w/ Diana Larsen
21:07

At Agile 2017 Diana Larsen sat down with Dave Prior to talk about the Agile Fluency model. In this interview she explains what it is (a way of thinking about what benefits an organization needs to get from it’s teams) and how she and James Shore co-founded the Agile Fluency Project with the hope of moving past the question of whether or not a given team, practice, etc. was Agile or not. They wanted to shift the focus to a more positive approach that would help teams develop routine, skillful ease as they move further down the path of adopting agile practices with the ultimate goal of providing enough benefit to the organization so that they, in turn, receive the organizational support for continuous improvement.

If you’d like to learn more about Agile Fluency, please check out the following:
Your Path through Agile Fluency https://www.martinfowler.com/articles/agileFluency.html
The Agile Fluency Project http://agilefluency.org

And if you’d like to learn more about Diana Larsen check out:
FutureWorks Consulting - https://www.futureworksconsulting.com
Her books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Larsen/e/B002BM7U7Q
Diana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianaOfPortland

Sep 18, 2017
Making Goal-Question-Metrics work in agile w/ John Tanner
24:17

This podcast features LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant John Tanner who joins Dave Prior foo discuss how to take on a “Goal-Question-Metric” (GQM) approach to gaining clarity on how well Agile is being employed across the organization. Last Spring at Agile Day Atlanta, John led a session called  “The GQM Approach to Agile Metrics”. The session was very well received and when we posted the video of John’s presentation and the slide deck he used, there was a great response and we thought it was worth digging a little deeper on.

 

SHOW NOTES

01:08 Interview Begins 

02:18 Three distinct ways of looking at metrics

05:22 What is GQM and how does it work?

06:14 How does an organization know if they are asking the right questions? 

08:33 How to know if your questions are well formed

10:00 How do we collect the data?

12:37 Interpreting the data

13:29 Metrics are not the answer. They are just data points that need to be investigated

16:29 Debating whether it is okay to ask the team NOT to work extra hours

17:47 The metrics are very seductive and can create an illusion of understanding

19:48 In their sexy Monopoly pajamas rolling around in money

21:00 GQM and Agile

22:09 For coaches - how to help your customer figure out what their goals actually are

23:25 Contacting John

24:08 Podcast Ends

 

 

CONTACTING JOHN

 

Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/john-tanner/

Email: john.tanner@leadingagile.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tannerjs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tannerjs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tannerjs/

Blog Post w/ Video and Slides: https://www.leadingagile.com/2017/05/agile-metrics-gqm-approach/

 

The GQM Book Referred to in the Podcast:  

Aligning Organizations Through Measurement: The GQM+Strategies Approach (The Fraunhofer IESE Series on Software and Systems Engineering)

http://amzn.to/2x30uxd

Sep 15, 2017
Agile 2017: Building Businesses that Matter w/ David Bland
27:05

In this interview with David Bland, he and Dave Prior discuss definitions of lean startup and design thinking as well as his passion for building businesses that matter. David goes into detail about how he works with existing companies to create new lines of businesses using internal venture capital, as well as how the scientific method applies to business.

Sep 11, 2017
Creating the Conditions for Successful Agile Adoption w/ Mike Cottmeyer
06:11

LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer led two sessions at Agile 2017: Agile Transformations Explained and Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside of Software. In this interview Mike and Dave discuss how an organization can get better at setting appropriate constraints, making iterative and incremental decisions that inform execution and creating feedback loops that will help drive a more successful adoption of agile across the organization.

If you’d like to learn more about Mike’s sessions at Agile 2017:
Agile Transformations Explained: sched.co/ATZ5
Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside of Software: sched.co/ATa2

And if you would like to contact Mike, here is how you can reach him:
Web: leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/
Twitter: twitter.com/mcottmeyer
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/

Sep 08, 2017
Agile 2017: Surviving Backdraft w/ Adam Weisbart
26:25
Adam Weisbart led a session at Agile 2017 called “Surviving Backdraft (or How to Not Die in a Hellish Explosion of Dysfunction)”. During his session, Adam shared some personal experiences with backdraft and introduced tools to help agile coaches and practitioners cope with the pushback that often accompanies organizational change and the dysfunction that impedes that change. 
 
In this interview Adam and Dave discuss his session and some mindful self-compassion techniques that will help you manage your internal and external response to the resistance that shows up when coaching an organization through transformation. 
 
If you’d like to contact Adam, here is where you can reach him:
 
 
Adam’s session at Agile 2017: http://sched.co/ATXD
Sep 07, 2017
LeSS without Scrum w/ YI LV
17:03

Yi Lv became the first Certified Scrum Trainer in China in 2008, and is currently an Agile coach at Odd-e. Yi is also an expert in Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and in this interview, he talks about the session he led at Agile 2017, “LeSS without Scrum”. Yi’s presentation focused on explaining how you can implement the principles of Large Scale Scrum in an environment that does not have a proper Scrum implementation at the team level.

If you’d like to check out Yi’s experience report on the subject you can find it here:
https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/experience-reports/less-without-scrum/

If you’d like to contact Yi here is how you can reach him
Email: yi.lv@odd-e.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yi_lv

Sep 06, 2017
Regulatory Compliance Meets Lean Agile Development w/ Doctor Harry Koehnemann
08:19

Dr. Harry Koehnemann is the Director of Technology at 321 Gang and a SAFe Fellow. Harry led a session at Agile 2017 conference entitled: When Worlds Collide: Regulatory Compliance Meets Lean Agile Development. During his talk, he discussed some common mistakes companies make when trying to scale Agile in the face of regulatory compliance. In this interview Harry and Dave discuss his talk at the conference and some of the ways in which compliance requirements can be incorporated into development using Scaled Agile Framework.

 

Click here for an audio only version of this podcast

If you’d like to learn more about Harry, you can find him at
Twitter: https://twitter.com/harrykoehnemann
Web: http://321gang.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-koehnemann-7a76191/

Sep 05, 2017
Four Characteristics of Good Goals w/ Christopher Avery
43:28

Christopher Avery kicked off this year’s leadership track at Agile2017 with his talk the on the Four Characteristics of Good Goals; an idea that stemmed from his book The Responsibility Process, which outlines a model that will help people overcome patterns that are hardwired in our brains from the day we’re born.

Find Christopher Avery Online

Twitter: twitter.com/christopheraver
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/christopheravery
Facebook: facebook.com/christophervery2
Web: christopheravery.com
Web: the.leadershipgift.com

Sep 05, 2017
Live from Agile 2017 w/ Michael J Tardiff
20:33
Michael J. Tardiff is a conference veteran with a lot to say about most things. Watch as Dave and Michael talk about topics such as: networking while at the conference, some of the latest mergers in the industry, the legitimacy of norms, and even the Mexican government. The topics are varied, but the message is consistent. The Agile world is changing but is that change for the better.
 
Contacting Michael
 
For more Agile2017 LeadingAgile SoundNotes interviews check out 
Aug 31, 2017
Live from Agile2017: The importance of neuro-diversity w/ Sallyann Freudenberg
23:31

At Agile 2017, Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg led a session called “Why the tech industry needs all kinds of minds and how to support them”. Along with her work coaching Agile organizations and teams, Sal is a champion of neuro-diversity in the workplace. In this video Sal chats with Dave about how neuro-diversity became a concern for her, why neuro-diversity is so important to Agile, her session at Agile 2017, and her book “Inclusive Collaboration Experiments”.

 For more on Sallyann

Sallyann's Book

“Inclusive Collaboration Experiments”

https://leanpub.com/theinclusivecollaborationexperiments

Aug 29, 2017
Live from Agile 2017: Agile Uprising w/ Mike McCalla
09:12
Agile Uprising is one of the fastest growing networks in the Agile community, and Mike helped to create it and is an active board member. He’s also helped organize the Heart of Agile conference for the last two years and is one of the developers of the Lean Agile Intelligence tool which is a self-assessment model that Mike is helping to grow. In this short video, Dave and Mike discuss the what Agile Uprising is all about and the development of Lean Agile Intelligence.
 
Agile Uprising:

 

Lean Agile Intelligence

 

Mike McCalla

Aug 28, 2017
Agile 2017: The ART of Avoiding a Train Wreck w/ Em Campbell-Pretty
23:06

SAFe Fellow Em Campbell-Pretty led a session at Agile 2017 called “The ART of avoiding a Train Wreck”, which offered guidance on how to better plan Agile Release Trains in Scaled Agile Framework. She stopped by to chat with Dave about her session, and her new book “Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture”. Em’s book focuses on one of her main areas of passion — creating awesome Agile tribes. During the interview she also offers advice about how to handle cross team dependencies in Agile.

Aug 25, 2017
Leading Change in Your Organization and Managing Teams Without Top Down Control w/ Esther Derby
17:18

Esther Derby led two sessions at Agile 2017 - Creating an Environment for Successful Agile Teams and Change Artist Super Powers: Leading Change in an Agile Manner. In this interview Esther and Dave discuss her sessions at the conference, some of the abilities you can work to develop if you are trying to lead change in your organization, and how to manage teams without top down control. Esther also responds to a question from Dave on how to lead retrospectives with distributed teams. And, of course… they talk about kale.

Aug 24, 2017
Live from Agile 2017 w/ Lyssa Adkins
12:49

Lyssa Adkins stopped by after her Stalwarts session to throw down the gauntlet! During this live interview at Agile 2017 Lyssa talks about her recent trip to Peru where she and her daughter did volunteer jungle conservation work. Her experiences there, and a powerful question she was asked in her session at Agile 2017 led her to a new challenge she is taking on - bringing Agile practices to the people who are working to help solve global problems like saving the rainforests. Lyssa also provides an update the Agile Coaching Institute and the work she is doing to help Agile Coaches strengthen their ability to have a deep, meaningful impact in the organizations they are working with. If you’d like to learn more about Lyssa check out http://agilecoachinginstitute.com/

Aug 21, 2017
Agile 2017 Interview w/ David Marquet
12:59

Agile 2017 opened with a Keynote from David Marquet. David is a former Navy Submarine Commander and the author of the book "Turn the Ship Around A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders" (http://amzn.to/2v4yc1T). David gave a presentation at Agile 2017 about how his experiences in the Navy influenced his style of leadership. Being the loudest and clearest voice in the room and using swear words doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a great leader, neither does pretending you know all the answers. Sometimes the best way to lead is to learn to trust and empower the people on your teams. In this interview David talks about his experiences, the challenges of learning to trust, and his first hand experiences of seeing the powerful impact of intent-based leadership. If you'd like to learn more about David Marquet and his approach to Intent-Based Leadership, please visit http://www.davidmarquet.com

Aug 21, 2017
Live from Agile 2017 w/ Troy Magennis
08:58

Troy Magennis led two different sessions at Agile 2017. “Getting started with Agile Data Science” focused on helping Agile practitioners deepen their understanding of how valuable data can be to Agile teams who want to improve their performance. In his second session, “Prioritization – 10 Different Techniques for Optimizing What to Start Next”, Troy explored a variety of approaches intended to help a team make smarter decisions about what is the next most important thing. If you’d like to learn more about Troy, check out http://focusedobjective.com. If you’d like to try out some of the many tools he makes available (for free) to teams that are trying to learn more about their performance through data science, check out http://bit.ly/SimResources

Aug 18, 2017
Agile 2017: SAFE 4.5 Updates w/ Dean Leffingwell
31:35

Dean Leffingwell stopped by to chat with Dave Prior about some of the changes introduced to Scaled Agile Framework with the SAFe 4.5 update, including the reasons for including the Implementation Roadmap, DevOps and Lean Startup. For more information about Dean or Scaled Agile Framework, please visit: http://www.scaledagileframework.com For information on the SAFe Summit, please visit: http://www.safesummit.com

Aug 18, 2017
The PMI Agile Practice Guide from Agile 2017 w/ Mike Griffiths and Johanna Rothman
21:16

This file is audio only. The video version can be found here: https://vimeo.com/229799105 At Agile 2017, Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths sat down with Dave to talk about the work they've been doing on the PMI Agile Practice Guide. Their work was part of a joint effort between the Agile Alliance and PMI and is intended to offer guidance for traditional PMs on how to begin applying Agile in their work. The PMI Agile Practice Guide will be released in September 2017.

Aug 16, 2017
Are Stretch Goals OK? w/ Tim Wise
22:25

In this week's SoundNotes, Tim Wise joins Dave Prior for a short conversation about Stretch Goals. Even is this is a topic you have a strong opinion about, this podcast has valuable information for you. Before the end the discussion, Tim offers up a version of stretch goals that is positive and healthy for a team. SHOW NOTES 02:35 Podcast Begins 02:44 Topic Intro: Stretch Goals 03:20 Tim’s initial thoughts on Stretch Goals at Team and Portfolio Level 06:08 Technical Debt 06:39 The difference between stretch goals and having a well groomed backlog full of “sprint ready” items 08:40 The lazy queue 09:13 Dave’s thoughts on Stretch Goals 10:31 A story of stretch goals gone wrong 11:30 The Stretch Goal Paradox explained 12:40 The negative Scrum team is not a knife you want to sharpen 13:12 Slack Resources and planning for personal slack which will be used for personal growth 17:38 Planning Healthy Stretch Goals to invest in giving the team more flexibility. 18:22 It’s not always about points. 21:00 Atlanta Scrum User Group update HBR ARTICLE The Stretch Goal Paradoxhttps://hbr.org/2017/01/the-stretch-goal-paradox Atlanta Scrum User Group https://www.meetup.com/agile-38/?https=on CONTACTING TIM LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/ WiseAgile http://www.wiseagile.com Tim on Twitter https://twitter.com/timswise Tim on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise CONTACTING DAVE LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.net LEADINGAGILE CSM & CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Aug 03, 2017
Tips for Job Hunting At Agile 2017 w/ Rachel Howard
16:27

LeadingAgile's Chief Cultural Officer, Rachel Howard, joined Dave for this pre-Agile 2017 podcast to focus on providing tips for folks who are heading to Agile 2017 in search of work. It's the biggest Agile event of the year. If you are looking for a new gig, this may be the best place to find it. SHOW NOTES (this is a pretty brief podcast, so no timed show notes this week) During the interview Rachel and Dave discuss: - Prep work to do before you leave for Orlando - Some do's and don'ts for job hunting while you are at Agile 2017 - Setting realistic expectations and goals - The importance of follow up At the end of the interview Rachel offers some tips for first time attendees at Agile 2017. LEADINGAGILE AT AGILE 2017 Mike Cottmeyer's Sessions - Agile Transformations Explained
Tuesday, August 8 3:45 PM - Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside Software
Wednesday, August 9, 10:45 AM Paul Argiry's Session - Avoiding the Pitfalls of Capitalizing Software in an Agile World
Tuesday, August 8 3:45 PM Rick Austin's Session - Portfolio Management in an Agile World
Tuesday, August 8 10:45 AM CONTACTING RACHEL LeadingAgile https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/rachel-howard/
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelhoward/
Twitter https://twitter.com/agilerecruiter CONTACTING DAVE LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
 Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
 Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo
 Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.net LEADINGAGILE CSM & CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile's upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you'd like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile's SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Jul 27, 2017
Portfolio Management in an Agile World at Agile 2017 w/ Rick Austin
10:42
At Agile 2017, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant, Rick Austin, will lead a session that focuses on how organizations can transform their Portfolio Management from an approach that is more closely aligned with waterfall to an approach that is better able to support Agile. In this podcast Rick outlines some of the key concepts he will be digging in to during the session and then he and Dave discuss some of the challenges that come along with this aspect of transformation, like governance, prioritization and how work flows through the organization. SHOWNOTES This is a fairly short podcast (10:42) so no ShowNotes this week. RICK AUSTIN at AGILE 2017 Portfolio Management in an Agile World Tuesday, August 8, 10:45 AM CONTACTING RICK LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/rick-austin/ Email: rick@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickaustin CONTACTING DAVE LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.net LEADINGAGILE CSM & CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com.
Jul 19, 2017
Evolving Patterns of Agile Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
43:46

In this week’s podcast, LeadingAgile Founder and CEO Mike Cottmeyer shares his thoughts on how Agile Transformation has been evolving, common patterns of transformation, what steps an organization needs to take to become fit for transformation, and to develop the optionality needed to fulfill the promise of Agile. SHOW NOTES The list of show notes was too long to fit into the SoundCloud listing. To view the ShowNotes for this podcast, please visit https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/mike-cottmeyer-e…e-transformation/ Links from the Podcast: Switch - Chip and Dan Heath http://amzn.to/2tenVOE LeadingAgile on YouTube http://bit.ly/2uRq1X2 LeadingAgile on Periscope http://bit.ly/2sQt4xb Agile 2017 LeadingAgile Sessions Mike Cottmeyer Sessions Agile Transformations Explained http://bit.ly/2sPQNO4 Tuesday, August 8 3:45 PM Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside Software http://bit.ly/2uiLoDt Wednesday, August 9, 10:45 AM Paul Argiry Session Avoiding the Pitfalls of Capitalizing Software in an Agile World http://bit.ly/2vcFtfE Tuesday, August 8 3:45 PM Rick Austin Session Portfolio Management in an Agile World, http://bit.ly/2t43rx8 Tuesday, August 8 10:45 AM Contacting Mike LeadingAgile https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LInkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Contacting Dave LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo
Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.net LeadingAgile CSM & CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/. Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Jul 12, 2017
Student Q&A: Dealing with Architecture in Agile w/ Devin Hedge
22:57
This week Devin Hedge joins Dave Prior for another student question. This time about architecture and if the complexity of it would be better served by a waterfall approach: The Question: "How to plan for the Architecture effectively. With waterfall, we try to figure out all aspects of the business and the technical solution in advance before we start development. In Agile, we discover as we go. It's very likely that when we come to a certain, we'll find either the current business logic or the current technical framework cannot adapt our upcoming demands. There's a high opportunity that we'll need to destroy all the work that we've done. Talking in this perspective, isn't waterfall better than Agile?" Show Notes 00:08 Interview Begins 00:51 This week’s question 02:00 What do we mean by architecture 02:29 The design principles and standards you need in place to support your work 03:35 If it isn’t loosely coupled, neither waterfall or agile can really help 04:17 Challenging the assumption that big up front planning could help you eliminate the risk of having to do rework and whether or not waterfall is actually supposed to do that 07:43 If we can’t eliminate the risk of not knowing everything up front, what can you do? 08:30 Devin puts on his architect hat - guardrails and guideposts 09:53 Reframing the problem 10:40 How physical building architects are still designing even after the building is built - you never know what the tenants of the building will actually want 11:48 The risk of making decisions too early 12:18 Advice from Devin on how to reduce your risk of designing architecture up front and put up the guardrails and guideposts you need 14:14 How architects look at the work and decision making 17:02 Making decisions at the last possible responsible moment 17:43 Having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset 19:10 Is there value in waiting to make your decisions until you have all the information? What is your cost of delay of waiting to make the decisions? 20:57 Devin’s upcoming events: Agile Budgeting and Cost Tracking for the PMI North Carolina Chapter on July 11 and PMI South Carolina on July 20 21:57 How to get in touch with Devin 22:47 Interview Ends Links from the podcast Does Agile addresses the 25 point Federal IT Reformation plan? (June 29) PMI Washington DC http://conta.cc/2sov4vn Agile: Budgeting for Agile Financial cost planning/tracking (July 11) PMI North Carolina http://bit.ly/2tmVMZz Jeff Bezos Memo about Cloud Services http://apievangelist.com/2012/01/12/the-secret-to-amazons-success-internal-apis/ Contacting Devin LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/devin-hedge/ Twitter: twitter.com/agiledevin LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/devinhedge Contacting Dave LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: drunkenpm.net LeadingAgile CSM & CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com
Jun 29, 2017
Agile Planning with TIES w/ Tom Churchwell
19:48
One of the challenges many organizations face with Agile is how to handle long term strategic planning in a way that creates visibility all the way through to the execution level. TIES is an approach to Agile planning that can help the business engage in long term planning, understand their organization’s capacity to actually execute on the work, and then see how that work can be broken down into pieces that are sized to allow the individual teams to execute on them. In this episode of SoundNotes, Tom Churchwell explains how TIES can help with Agile Planning. Using this approach the work is sized into: - Themes - Strategic long term goals broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 quarters. - Initiatives - Themes are broken down into elements that collectively address the theme. These are broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 months. - Epics - Initiatives are broken down into Epics which would take between 1 to 3 sprints to deliver. - Stories - Epics are broken down into User Stories that are small enough to be completed by a Team within a Sprint, ideally within 1 to 3 days. Show Notes This is a pretty short podcast (less than 20 minutes) so I have not broken it down into timed show notes. Contacting Tom Churchwell LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tom-churchwell/ Email: tom.churchwell@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/tchurchwell LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomchurchwell/ Contacting Dave LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.net LeadingAgile CSM & CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com
Jun 22, 2017
Student Q&A: Working thru the Waterfall Hangover w/ Dave Prior
13:20

Successfully completing a CSM or CSPO class doesn't impact everyone the same way. For some, it is like a lightbulb went off and everything about Agile just makes sense. For others (like me), some of the ideas and values from waterfall persist for a time. Questioning agile and trying to reconcile this new way of thinking with the old way is part of the personal journey of moving from a traditional approach to an agile way of working. I tend to think of it as a hangover that occurred from drinking a little too much waterfall. In this week's podcast, I address 3 questions that were submitted by a student following a recent class. These were the same kinds of questions I was asking when I took my CSM training and was getting my head around agile. In the podcast I address not only the questions that were asked, but the bigger ones that may be more subtext - around, why do we need to work this way? The questions: 1. What are the factors that lead us to the decision to go Agile or Waterfall? The simple "Scrum is best suited for complex projects" (page 10 of the workbook) doesn't seem to be enough and there could be challenges against that statement. The more complex the issue is, the more effort we would want to spend upfront instead of down the road. Is earlier we detect the issues the less cost to fix it? 2. We know a perfect scrum team should be cross functional but in reality, we're far from that. The question is how to fix the velocity gap between the roles to maximize their efficiency? E.g. developers code faster than testers (usually when the system is huge and a single change would require a lot of regression testing). We know we can fix it by adjusting the ratio among the roles but the amount of work changes overtime, if we keep adjusting the ratio we will NOT have a stable scrum team. 3. As User Stories do NOT contain the requirement details, the requirement is actually conveyed through discussion between PO vs Dev team, how can we capture the product specification? The Product Specification is extremely important for many purposes including training of new team member, doing impact analysis, or for PO to know how the current system works so they can plan for future improvement. Should we spend effort to compose/update Product Specs? If we do, will that be a User Story or just count it as overhead ? This is a pretty short podcast (less than 15 minutes) so I have not broken it down into timed show notes. Contacting Dave LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
 Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Jun 08, 2017
Student Q&A - How do you cope w/ the PO being many time zones away from the team? - w/ Derek Huether
13:23
This week Dave received a request for advice from a student in one of LeadingAgile’s Certified Scrum Product Owner classes: How to effectively work with a distributed scrum team (both time and distance). We have an IT Software project in which PO is in the US, Development is in Ukraine and Testing is in Vietnam. ShowNotes A summary of the suggestions Dave and Derek offer during the podcast: - Reorganize the team - Have additional POs or BAs in each location - Set up a US based team of rockstar POs who organize themselves specifically to support this distributed effort - Spend more time in backlog refinement and try to eliminate risk by taking as much are as possible to make sure the PBI’s area clearly defined enough for the teams to work on them (largely) without needing additional questions answered - Bring the entire team together for a time to establish patterns of communication and personal relationship, with the idea being that they are together for a time to shorten the feedback loop while they practice working together so that they can manage it better when they all go back home. - Team offsites to build the connection and create empathy between the disparate parts of the team - Online interaction - like the recent TDD Mobbing exercise Dave participated in on Twitch for Agile Uprising (https://youtu.be/4HX0JrnHSjI) Contacting Derek You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ Via 
Email: derek@leadingagile.com On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether
 Or via his personal site at: http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
 On Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo 
Or on his blog at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com
Jun 01, 2017
Student Q&A: Normalizing Points As Time w/ Dave Prior and Derek Huether
15:15

Note: This is an audio only version of a video podcast that can be found here: http://bit.ly/2qiC2C5 Dave Prior and Derek Huether respond to a student question: What is wrong with management wanting to normalize points across teams and use them as time. Tools mentioned in the video Focused Objective - Troy Magennis has a wide variety of tools he makes available for free that will help you understand team performance (among other things). You can find them at http://focusedobjective.com/free-tools-resources/ or watch a video where Troy walks through how to use two of those tools... https://vimeo.com/190973081 LeanAgile Intelligence is another great tool that is worth checking out. It is an assessment tool that will help you understand team performance across the organization. You can learn more about it (and sign up for the free beta) at https://www.leanagileintelligence.com. You can also watch a video walkthrough that the tool's co-creator, Troy Lightfoot, gave to Dave recently in response to a question about how to evaluate performance of an individual ScrumMaster... https://vimeo.com/218602967 Contacting Derek You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/
Email: derek@leadingagile.com
On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether
Or on his personal site at: http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
On Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo
Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com

May 25, 2017
Heart of Agile and Personal Agility Canvases w/ Dave Prior
16:51

Note: This is the audio only version of the video podcast which can be found here -> https://vimeo.com/217951635 This is a short version of the HOA + Personal Agility Canvas session led by Dave Prior at the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh. During this video Dave provides a walk through of the Personal Agility Canvas with a focus on the expanded Heart of Agile. If you are new to this tool, it is a great way to conduct a self-assessment on your own Personal Agile Transformation. It will also help you establish personal goals for your desired state of personal agility and help you define actions you can take immediately to amp up your adoption of Agile. THE PERSONAL AGILITY CANVAS If you'd like to download a PDF of the canvas to complete on your own while you are viewing the video, you can find it here: http://bit.ly/2pVW7Ol CONTACTING DAVE You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: https://drunkenpm.blogspot.com/ FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LEADINGAGILE CSM AND CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. HEART OF AGILE And to learn more about The Heart of Agile, please visit Alistair Cockburn's site here: http://heartofagile.com

May 18, 2017
Should Work Be Assigned During Sprint Planning? w/ Chris Li
14:02

As the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego would down to a close a few weeks ago, Dave Prior and Chris Li began a debate: Is it okay for a Scrum Team to leave the Sprint Planning Meeting with individual work assignments? This is a question that often comes up for both Dave and Chris when they are teaching CSM and CSPO classes. In this podcast you’ll hear them each explain how they respond to this question based their experiences working with teams. You’ll also get to hear what happened when they decided to check in with some experts at the Gathering. SHOW NOTES 00:08 - Podcast Begins 00:26 - How Chris and Dave got into a heated debate about Sprint Planning and went to check with experts 01:50 - Debate setup: During Sprint Planning, is it okay for Team Members to self-assign tasks they will work on during the Sprint? 02:41 - Chris explains his position supporting Team members selection tasks during Sprint Planning 05:30 - Dave explains the reasons why he does not want Team members to leave Sprint Planing with specific work assigned. 08:20 Chris responds to Dave’s position 09:54 - Dave tracks down Diana Larsen to ask for her opinion on the subject 10:39 - Dave asks Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson on the subject 11:52 - “We’re all trying to get to the same place” 13:00 - How to get in touch with Chris 13:53 - Podcast Close CONTACTING CHRIS You can reach Chris on the LeadingAgile site at: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/chris-li/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealChrisLi On his personal site: http://www.sparkplugagility.com/ CONTACTING DAVE You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: https://drunkenpm.blogspot.com/ FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LEADINGAGILE CSM AND CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

May 11, 2017
"It's not a math problem" The Cost of Delay Part 3 w/ Dean Stevens
26:27
In our third podcast focusing on Cost of Delay, LeadingAgile’s Dean Steven explains how he has used Cost of Delay with management working on defining priority for items at the portfolio level. Dean also explains why the problem Cost of Delay helps you solve is not a math problem, but a collaboration problem. SHOW NOTES 00:08 Interview Begins 00:56 Some background on the work Dean does day to day for LeadingAgile 01:43 Does Senior Mgmt. normally have a specific technique for prioritizing work across the portfolio? 02:40 Clarifying teams at the project, program and portfolio management 03:33 How does a team work at the portfolio level 04:27 What is a Business Architect 05:20 Why do we need Cost of Delay and what question does it help us solve? 06:35 It’s not a math problem, it’s a collaboration problem 07:12 How Cost of Delay will help you develop an understanding of relative business value 09:00 How to calculate Cost of Delay = (User Business Value + Time Criticality + Opportunity Enablement) / Effort SWAG 11:57 Defining Opportunity Enablement 13:18 What happens after all the work is sized? 15:40 When you get to re-estimate the values in Cost of Delay and adjust the relative priority 16:04 An example of how Dean used CoD with a client to align multiple programs of work across the organization and define relative priority for each of them 17:44 It’s not a math problem, it’s a collaboration problem 20:15 Dean’s focus on the portfolio level with Cost of Delay 21:38 Ordering vs. Prioritizing 22:18 Validating your understanding of relative User Business Value 23:40 Using the data and the math to figure out where to point the compass 24:46 What is an MVP? 25:13 Where to go for more information on Cost of Delay 25:57 How to to get in touch with Dean 26:19 Podcast Ends LINKS FROM THE PODCAST An Overview of Cost of Delay with Jim Hayden https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/an-overview-of-cost-of-delay-with-jim-hayden-and-dave-prior/ Calculating Cost of Delay with Marty Bradley https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/calculating-cost-delay-marty-bradley/ The Principles of Product Development Flow by Don Reinertsen http://amzn.to/2m6u0xL CONTACTING DEAN You can reach Dean: LeadingAgile https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dean-stevens/ CONTACTING DAVE You can reach Dave: On the LeadingAgile site On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo On his personal site at: drunkenpm.net FEEDBACK/QUESTIONS If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LEADINGAGILE CSM AND CSPO CLASSES For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
May 04, 2017
Student QA: The No Mission Statement Blues w/ Derek Huether
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This is an audio only version of a video podcast that can be found here: https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/can-product-vision-without-company-mission-derek-huether/ In this podcast, Derek Huether and Dave Prior take on a question asked by a student in one of Dave’s classes. Can you have a Product Vision Statement if you do not have a Company Mission Statement? Contacting Derek You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ Email: derek@leadingagile.com On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether Or on his personal site at: http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Apr 27, 2017
Scrum Gathering 2017 w/ Maria Matarelli and Alistair Cockburn
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Last week at the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego, Dave Prior had a chance to sit down with Maria Matarelli and Alistair Cockburn to discuss the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh on April 27-28, Guest Leadership, the importance of dancing at conferences, Maria’s budding career as a DJ, her upcoming humanitarian work in New Zealand as well as her Agile Lifestyles event that will be live streamed from a stadium in New Zealand on May 3 (US time)… and of course… the Tango. If you’d like to learn more about the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference being held in Pittsburgh on April 27-28, follow this link: http://heartofagile.com/heart-of-agile-conferences/heart-of-agile-pittsburgh-2017/ Here are some additional links from the podcast: The Scrum Alliance has posted the presentations from the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego on their site. You can find them here: https://scrumalliance.org/why-scrum/scrum-resources/gathering-presentations For more information Guest Leadership please check here: http://alistair.cockburn.us/Guest+Leadership Maria’s presentation in New Zealand on May 4th at 9 AM New Zealand time / May 3rd at 4 PM EST https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/join-powerful-agile-lifestyle-live-streamed-from-new-may-matarelli Dave’s previous interview with Alistair Cockburn on Designing Quality of Life https://soundcloud.com/drunkenpmradio/alistair-cockburn-designing-quality-of-life Contacting Alistair Cockburn Web: http://alistair.cockburn.us Twitter: https://twitter.com/TotherAlistair Contacting Maria Matarelli Web: http://mariamatarelli.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariaMatarelli Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Apr 20, 2017
Heart of Agile 2017: w/ Derek Huether and Dave Prior
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The original video version of this file can be found here: https://vimeo.com/213030252 The Heart of Agile 2017 is being held on April 27-28 in Pittsburgh. It is the 2nd annual HOA conference and it will also be the first Agile Conference held in Pittsburgh. Derek Huether and Dave Prior will both be speaking at the event. In this short video Derek and Dave each provide an overview of the sessions they will be leading at the event celebrating Alistair Cockburn’s approach to getting back to the basics of what makes Agile work. If you’d like to check out Derek’s session: How to Find Early Indications That Your Delivery System Will Fail April 27, 2017 1:30pm  -  2:15pm Empress Deck 1 http://heartofagile.com/Session/how-to-find-early-indications-that-your-delivery-system-will-fail/ And if you’d like to see Dave’s session: Heart of Agile + Personal Agility Canvas April 28, 2017 3:30pm  -  4:15pm Empress Deck 1 http://heartofagile.com/Session/heart-of-agile-personal-agility-canvas/ And if you need information on the conference in general or want to attend http://heartofagile.com/heart-of-agile-conferences/heart-of-agile-pittsburgh-2017/ We hope to see you there!

Apr 13, 2017
Student Q&A: When the Chief PO defines the Release Plan without the PO or Stakeholders w/ Jim Hayden
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In this episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes we focus on a question submitted by a student from one of our recent classes. Jennifer, the student, asked about what to do when the Chief Product Owner is defining the Release Plan without input from the Product Owner or the Stakeholders. During the podcast, LeadingAgile’s Jim Hayden and Dave Prior dig into reasons why that might be happening, and how to respond. Show Notes 08:00 Interview Begins 00:46 An update on Jim and his recent motorcycle accident 03:15 Topic Introduction - What to do when you have a Chief Product Owner who is defining the release without inout from the Product Owner or stakeholders. 03:29 Explanation of the Chief Product Owner role 04:04 Jennifer’s question 04:18 Jim explains of the PO’s role with regard to the release and the role the Chief Product Owner plays 05:09 The release plan is never set 05:44 How the Product Roadmap impacts the Release Plan 08:16 What happens when you create a release plan 10:35 Wisdom from Chet Hendrickson about Release Plans 11:12 The business wants/needs the ability to make and meet a commitment for work that is valuable, usable and feasible 12:02 A tactical view of what may happen if the CPO is imposing the release plan 12:40 How Jim would respond in this situation 15:04 Should the PO expect the CPO to include them in creating a release plan? 15:52 Where things go wrong 16:30 It’s not kind of like an insane work environment, it is an insane work environment 16:58 What should the PO or the SM do in this situation and why the CPO may be pushing the release plan down to the PO and Team 19:20 Suggestions for how to retrospect with the CPO (since they aren’t included in the Scrum Team’s Sprint Retrospective 21:28 Figuring out why this is happening and how to improve communication to address the true issue 23:18 Addressing a lack of clarity about the roles 23:49 Finding a time and place to have a safe conversation with the CPO 24:23 Jim’s parting words of advice on the issue 24:40 Don’t be an order taker 24:50 Having patience and empathy for the CPO 25:40 Where you can send questions we will use in future podcasts 26:20 Podcast ends Contacting Jim You can reach Jim on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jim-hayden/ Email: jim.hayden@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
Apr 06, 2017
Heart Of Agile and Volunteerism w/ Rob Lingle
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The 2017 Heart of Agile Conference will be held in Pittsburgh on April 27 and 28. This is the second annual conference dedicated to helping Agile practitioners let go of some of the dogma and ornamentation that has been glommed on to Agile and get back to the core principles and the Heart of Agility. In this interview, Rob Lingle, one of the conference organizers took some time to speak with Dave about the conference, why it is happening in Pittsburgh, why you should attend and what you can expect once you are there. In the latter half of of the podcast, (beginning at 08:12) Rob and Dave discuss the work Rob does volunteering for several different organizations, why he considers it to be so important and how being of service to others helps him in his work as an Agile coach. Leading Agile is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference! Both Derek Huether and Dave Prior will be presenting at the conference. Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Begins 00:33 Some background on Rob and his work 01:01 The first ever Agile conference in Pittsburgh and on a Riverboat! 01:48 Boat jumping 02:35 Bringing the Heart of Agile Conference to Pittsburgh 04:25 Getting back to the basics of Agility 05:00 There is so much to learn, you’ll never be done. Stay focused on the core (or heart) of Agile 06:14 The intended audience/level of expertise for the conference… who should attend 07:10 Crowd sourcing topics for the conference 07:42 Pricing, dates and registration for the Heart of Agile 08:12 Rob’s work volunteering with different organizations 09:05 How Rob selects the organizations he volunteers for 09:30 Volunteering for Jubilee Soup Kitchen 10:15 Volunteering for Junior Achievers as a Teacher 11:01 Volunteering for Code.org’s Hour of Code 12:15 How the volunteer work influences Rob’s work as an Agile coach 12:54 “Real success … comes through service to others” 13:50 How dedicating your time and being of service to others can benefit you on many levels 15:15 Getting more details about the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh Links from the Podcast The 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-of-agile-pittsburgh-tickets-30705192056 The Heart of Agile Website http://heartofagile.com The organizations Rob volunteers for Jubilee Soup Kitchen http://jubileesoupkitchen.org Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-westernpa Hour of Code https://hourofcode.com/us Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org Contacting Rob Lingle LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/linglerob/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/lingle_r412 Summa Company Website - http://www.summa.com Contacting Dave LeadingAgile Profile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.blogspot.com Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. social networks

Mar 31, 2017
Student QA: Defining Done with Scrum in a Marketing Team w/ Derek Huether
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In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Derek Huether and Dave Prior tackle a student question about how Scrum works with Marketing. In a recent class, a student names Cherie explained that in the work her Marketing Team does, it isn’t possible to achieve “potentially shippable” at the end of a Sprint. The Team may finish the work and the Product Owner may accept it, but nothing can actually be “shippable” until after the client has had a chance to review a work item and provide feedback or approval Show Notes 00:08 Interview Begins 00:26 An update on Derek’s upcoming events 01:30 Topic Introduction 01:59 Cherie’s Question about how Definition of Done works when you are using Scrum in Marketing if nothing can ship until after you have client approval 02:26 Derek and Dave respond 03:03 We’re going to have an argument here… 04:33 The difference between a more pure Definition of Done and potentially shippable vs. what often happens in the real world 05:23 Derek shares a story on his experience with this issue 06:51 SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT MAKING HER HAPPY! 07:24 Why you should not blame the client for not having total clarity on what they need 09:05 Is it a big deal if you can’t get “shippable” out of a sprint 09:48 It’s more important to get the customer something they can provide feedback on 10:20 Always be learning a little more than you knew yesterday 10:52 Derek’s advice for things Sheri could do to remedy the situation 11:48 Try to make a smarter decision tomorrow than you could today 12:15 Scrum is a feedback mechanism 12:31 Where to send your questions for LeadingAgile’s Student QA podcasts 13:11 Podcast Ends Derek and Dave will both be presenting at the Heart of Agile 2017 in Pittsburgh on April 27-28, 2017. To learn more about the conference: http://heartofagile.com/heart-of-agile-conferences/heart-of-agile-pittsburgh-2017/ Contacting Derek LeadingAgile Profile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ Email: derek@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether Personal Blog: http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave LeadingAgile Profile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal Blog: http://drunkenpm.blogspot.com Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class. social networks
Mar 23, 2017
Student QA: Getting Hired in Agile w/ Rachel Howard
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In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Chief Cultural Office, Rachel Howard, joins Dave Prior to answer some of the “getting a job” related questions that are frequently asked during the CSM and CSPO classes Dave teaches for LeadingAgile. The topics covered in the interview include: How to get a job if you have little (or no) experience in Scrum, How to make the move from being a team member to being an Agile Coach, as well as some general tips about interviewing at Agile Consulting Companies. Show Notes 00:08 Interview Starts 00:30 Rachel’s role at Leading Agile 02:33 The surprising thing about trying to establish culture in a virtual organization like LeadingAgile 05:56 Mike’s question - If you are new to Scrum, how to you get over the “minimum experience in Scrum hurdle” 09:46 Finding ways to apply Agile outside of work to get some experience with using the practices 10:48 Why “They won’t let me do Agile here” is not an excuse for not doing it at your current job 11:54 The value of certifications when you are looking for a job in Agile 17:23 If you are applying for a job in Agile and don’t have a basic certification like CSM or CSPO 18:13 Transitioning from working on teams to being an Agile Coach 19:40 Is it better to stay at one job for a long time, or jump around to get different experiences? 20:26 Do you need a coaching certification to be an Agile Coach? 21:26 Advice from Rachel on interviewing: Stuff you should research/know before interviewing for a job at an Agile Consulting company 23:00 The importance of finding a company that matches best with your own personal mission 26:05 How to reach Rachel with additional questions or to find out about working at LeadingAgile Contacting Rachel: You can reach Rachel via email at : Rachel.Howard@leadingAgile.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave: On the LeadingAgile site: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo On his personal site at: www.drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Mar 16, 2017
Calculating Cost of Delay w/ Marty Bradley
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This is the second interview in a series we are doing on Cost of Delay. The first interview, where Jim Hayden provided an overview of Cost of Delay can be found here: http://bit.ly/2lUDWFR In Part 2 of the series, Marty Bradley explains how Cost of Delay actually works. During the interview we discuss things like Weighted Shorted Job First (WSJF), how to determine relative Business Value of different features or projects and how to evaluate that value against different factors like risk. During the interview Marty refers to two different graphics that help explain Cost of Delay. Here are links to the two graphic files*: The Formula for Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF)https://www.dropbox.com/s/slfrifz9pqqqgex/WSJF%20Formula.jpg?dl=0 The Cost of Delay Table https://www.dropbox.com/s/9lwrd0tjs5wcmqy/WSJF%20Table.jpg?dl=0" * These graphics are based on examples Marty was referencing in the interview. The originals can be found at http://www.scaledagileframework.com/wsjf/. Show Notes 00:08 Interview Begins 00:34 Background on Marty 01:47 Intro to the topic 01:54 It’s okay to be confused about what Cost of Delay actually is 02:36 Dave “mansplains” the basics of Cost of Delay 03:05 Why people are using Cost of Delay to prioritize work 05:00 Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF) (see link above) 05:49 Using a table to calculate WSJF (see link above) 06:19 Using relative sizing to determine User Business Value and the other WSJF factors 06:44 What is “Business Value”? 08:39 How relative sizing works 09:10 How to use the table to get guidance on prioritization 11:07 The actual value of Cost of Delay may not be mathematically quantifiable, and that’s ok because it’s all about relative sizing 13:00 Be careful about bias and gaming the scores 13:24 Using the iPhone 7/Apple Bluetooth Headphones example 14:45 Adding columns to the table so that it works best for you 16:27 Deciding what to do first, second and what to kill 16:40 WSJF - a simple explanation 17:18 The formula for determining WSJF 17:44 Examples of how WSJF can help 19:50 Resources you can use to learn more about Cost of Delay 22:49 Understanding and measuring “value” 23:18 Are we getting smarter about understanding value or just delaying understanding it? 23:45 Key indicators of value and the importance of smaller batch size 25:32 Getting in touch with Marty 25:50 Podcast Close Links from the Podcast An Overview of Cost of Delay with Jim Hayden https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/an-overview-of-cost-of-delay-with-jim-hayden-and-dave-prior/ The Principles of Product Development Flow by Don Reinertsen http://amzn.to/2m6u0xL Black Swan Farming http://blackswanfarming.com Contacting Marty: You can reach Marty: On the LeadingAgile site: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/marty-bradley/ Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martybradley/ Contacting Dave You can reach Dave: On the LeadingAgile site: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo On his personal site at: www.drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Mar 09, 2017
Using Scrum for a Greater Mission w/ Jon Horton from NewSpring Church
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This episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes offers a case study of how the technology teams at NewSpring church have been using Agile practices to develop innovative products that will enable their members to stay engaged with NewSpring throughout the whole week. Jon Horton is the Web Director at NewSpring. A few weeks ago he and several members of his team attended a LeadingAgile CSM class. In the interview Jon explains how he introduced Scrum to the organization, how it is being adopted by the technology teams, how it impacts their ability to deliver value for NewSpring members and some of the challenges that they’ve faced along the way. This podcast offers a great case study of how Agile practices are extending beyond traditional software development teams and are being used to innovate and deliver value to all types of “customers”. Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Begins 00:55 Some background on Jon and his role at NewSpring Church 02:20 How technology help NewSpring Church meet people where they are 04:10 How Agile practices were introduced at NewSpring 05:25 The Agile practices that have proven to be the most valuable to Jon’s team 07:10 How work gets prioritized at NewSpring 09:00 The way teams are set up at NewSpring 09:24 The Sprint lengths used by different teams and why they’ve been selected 10:25 How Jon’s team got started with Scrum and how they’ve evolved their learning and adoption 11:10 Traditional practices that the team’s use to support their Agile practice 12:30 Challenges in introducing Agile at NewSpring 13:44 Jon’s plan to extend Agile beyond the technology group 14:37 Is there a difference in applying Agile within a religious organization than in a more traditional software group? 15:50 Jon’s advice for other religious organizations that are interested in trying to implement Agile 18:00 Getting in touch with Jon 18:37 Podcast end Links from this podcast NewSpring Church https://newspring.cc Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin http://amzn.to/2mMA3Ux Contacting Jon Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonhorton Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
Mar 02, 2017
An Overview of Cost of Delay w/ Jim Hayden
34:48

This podcast is the first in a series we intend to do on Cost of Delay. This podcast features LeadingAgile Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Jim Hayden, and Dave Prior discussing the ideas behind Cost of Delay at a fairly high level. If you are new to the subject, or are struggling with understanding it, this may help provide clarity on what Cost of Delay is and how it works. In a future podcast on this subject we will look at Cost of Delay from a more Reinertsen-centric viewpoint. We also plan to do at least one podcast that offers a case study on how Cost of Delay has been put into practice within an Agile organization. We will look at how they are using it to understand and prioritize work at the project, program and portfolio level. Show Notes 00:09 Podcast Begins 1:12 Why (and how) we are talking about Cost of Delay 2:52 Some background on Jim Hayden 3:16 What is Cost of Delay 3:37 Example 1: Laptop Manufacturer with a set window of sales opportunity 4:22 Example 2: Selecting between two different projects based on time to develop and ROI 5:10 Is Cost of Delay vs. opportunity cost? 5:54 Understanding the impact of deferring a release 8:43 What if you delay your launch and a competitor beats you to the market and your customer 9:15 Example 3: Apple launching the iPhone 7 without the bluetooth headphones 10:15 Visualizing and understanding the Cost of Delay across multiple projects 12:08 Why understanding the Cost of Delay and decision making process is not solely about revenue 14:31 When new projects arise… determining where to prioritize them against existing work 15:57 The organization’s cost for doing the project 17:03 Additional factors to consider when understanding the value a project provides 18:00 Standardizing rules around how to prioritize work 18:59 Decomposing work to understand the value better 19:51 Defining “value” and Cost of Delay within your organization 21:57 Why it is so important for a Product Owner to have a method for prioritizing work that is understood by all stakeholders 23:04 When value is vague, Cost of Delay becomes more important 23:57 Example 4: Prioritizing 12 projects across an entire year 27:39 Adding a new project mid-year 29:10 How does sunk cost factor in? 30:37 Again with the logic! 31:29 We value starting things, not finishing things 33:27 Why we want to work in small batches 33:51 Where to find more information on Cost of Delay 34:26 Getting in touch with Jim Hayden 34:39 Closing Links from the Podcast An Introduction to Cost of Delay by Derek Huether https://www.leadingagile.com/2015/06/an-introduction-to-cost-of-delay/ The Principles of Product Development Flow by Don Reinertsen http://amzn.to/2m6u0xL Black Swan Farming http://blackswanfarming.com Contacting Jim Hayden You can reach Jim on the LeadingAgile site at www.leadingagile.com/guides/jim-hayden/ Email: jim.hayden@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Feb 22, 2017
The Value of Slack w/ Andrew Fuqua
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In Andrew Fuqua’s blog post “Slack and the Agile Manager’s Role: Be the Slack” https://www.leadingagile.com/2017/01/slack-agile-managers-role/ he shared his thoughts on the need for management to make space and time for teams and individuals to be creative and innovative. In this podcast Andrew and Dave Prior dig deeper on the topic, how and why organizations resist it, and how managers can get started with introducing time to allow teams to be innovative. Show Notes 00:15 Podcast Begins 00:48 Some background on Andrew’s work as an Enterprise Consultant 01:47 Introducing the topic of Slack 02:05 How the PMBOK defines slack 03:00 How Andrew defines slack and what he focuses on when he’s looking at it 04:12 Why wringing all the slack out of a team is not necessarily a good idea 05:00 Finding the slack you need to keep 05:44 Flow Trumps Waste and Value Trumps Flow 06:56 When you see downtime, what do you lose when you feel compelled to fill it up? 07:44 Whose job is it to create an environment and culture that supports creativity? 08:33 Why it goes beyond the responsibilities of a ScrumMaster 08:58 BUT ANDREW! WE ARE TOO BUSY TO STOP AND BE CREATIVE! 09:24 Someone is going to come along and eat your lunch! 09:43 Why organizations forget to take the time to be innovative 10:40 Why it is about more than simply holding innovation days. 12:18 What’s the manager supposed to do in Agile anyway? 12:54 How we end up with managers who do not know how to manage and like to crack the whip 14:09 Creativity also needs sustainable pace 15:26 Making space for creativity every single day 16:31 The manager shouldn’t be delivering stuff 17:07 Taking personal responsibility for protecting your own space/time to be innovative 17:43 How Andrew creates and protects the innovation space for himself 19:08 Time spent recovering from working at an unsustainable pace is not the same as slack time set aside for innovation 20:09 How Managers can introduce Slack 22:05 How much slack should I make sure each person has and how do I track it? 22:42 How do you become a change agent that will transform an organization to support Agile? 23:18 Focusing on Lead Time to help the organization understand what needs to change 23:53 Is the best way to create change changing the CEO 24:09 What a manager can do to understand Slack more 24:47 How do we get more creativity in the organization 25:13 Happiness Metrics, Employee Retention and taking a baseline before introducing Slack 25:51 Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose 26:56 Things a Manager Should Not Do 29:02 Beware the Hero 29:58 Parting words of advice for a manager who is trying to understand how to let Slack live in their environment 30:42 How to reach Andrew Links from the Podcast Slack and the Agile Manager’s Role: Be the Slack https://www.leadingagile.com/2017/01/slack-agile-managers-role/ Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork and the Myth of Total Efficiency by Tom DeMarco http://amzn.to/2lkow1C How to Use an A3 In An Agile Transformation https://www.leadingagile.com/2015/08/how-to-use-an-a3-in-an-agile-transformation/ Contacting Andrew You can reach Andrew via LeadingAgile at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/andrew-fuqua/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/andrewmfuqua On LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfuqua/ Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

Feb 16, 2017
Student QA: Design on the Scrum Team & Multiple Roles w/ Derek Huether
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This episode of SoundNotes features two questions that were submitted recently by students. 2:11 Question 1 - Design and Cross Functional Teams Submitted by Sergey via Email : “Every time I hear you speak about cross-functional team I am not sure who these teams comprise of exactly. In my world the confusion here is most often related to design inputs. Any digital product will have a visual UI and thus its development will require design inputs. Do most of Leading Agile clients consider this a separate process that contributes to the readiness of stories for a technical Scrum team? Or do you normally assume designers are a part of a Scrum team? In my view, the former creates waterfall-like dependencies and the latter gets in the way of confident estimations. So, even if both models are feasible, none of them seems ideal, because it leaves an are that has to be tightly managed.” 8:20 Question 2 - How do you deal with a manager who thinks you should be ScrumMaster for multiple teams AND Product Owner at the same time? This question was submitted by a student in a CSPO class who allowed me to record the question being asked as long as I promised not to post the recording or identify the person by name. In order to honor that, I played the recording for Derek before hand, but in the podcast, what you’ll hear is me (Dave) relating the question. The question shared by the student related to the fact that they are currently playing the role of ScrumMaster on three different teams and have also been asked to act as Product Owner for these teams. The person explained to their manager that the way Scrum is designed to work, a ScrumMaster is supposed to be dedicated to a single team, should definitely not be trying to support three teams and absolutely should not be playing the role of ScrumMaster and Product Owner at the same time. The manager responded by asking that the person give a detailed account what they are doing all day as a Scrum Master because the manager did not believe the person was too busy to be able to serve as ScrumMaster for three teams and Product Owner for as those teams as well. 9:32 Derek and Dave respond and respond to the question. 19:25 Podcast wrap up 20:12 Podcast end Contacting Derek You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether Or on his personal site at http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
Feb 09, 2017
Should the PMO Go Away? w/ Marty Bradley
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The Project Management Office (PMO) has traditionally been responsible for providing governance over projects, programs and portfolios; ensuring projects are managed according the standards set forth by the PMO; and to provide reporting on progress to leadership. When Agile is introduced into an organization, along with new ways of tracking work, self-organizing teams and new ways of understanding priority, the value the PMO provides comes into question. In a recent blog post, LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant Marty Bradley addressed the question “Should the PMO Go Away?” In this episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Marty and Dave dig deeper on this topic and explore what PMO’s (and PMO Leaders) need to do in order to remain relevant to an organization transitioning to Agile. Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Begins 00:35 What does a LeadingAgile Executive Coach actually do 01:40 When the Executives say “Stop saying Agile.”, it’s actually a good thing. 3:05 Should the PMO go away? Who’s asking and why? 07:12 Why do we need a PMO and governance if the teams are supposed to be self organizing? 08:38 If we do not have trust, how can we have self-organization and Agility? 09:39 All night deployments and the impact of not trusting the team 10:43 When the people who “know better” create a system that fosters missed deadlines and failure, they create a very dysfunctional form of predictability 12:15 How the PMO can maintain its’ relevancy in an organization transitioning to Agile. 13:27 How do we maintain the necessary non-agile elements when we transition to Agile? 14:55 How can we have more empathy for the members of the PMO and the massive personal and career change they are facing in maintaining the stability of a traditional approach while supporting the change to Agile? 16:29 Changing the focus and the metrics used to track the work 17:10 The impact on Development Managers 18:12 Why would I want to eliminate the need for my own position (if we transition from waterfall to Agile) 18:42 Coping with transition: “This is my job,…I got a family…What am I supposed to do?” 19:55 Maintaining a balance between preserving the necessary domain knowledge and changing as fast as you can 20:29 What PMO Leaders need to know before the Agile transition team shows up - “Not everything needs to be perfect Agile.” 23:51 If I am in a PMO and I want to get up to speed and maintain my own relevancy, what do I need to learn? 25:10 “I’d look at my company and figure out what is value in my company?” How do you define value? 27:02 Finding your organization’s own definition of value 27:46 Closeout Contacting Marty Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/AskCoachMarty Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Related Links: Should the PMO Go Away? (Marty’s blog post mentioned in the interview) http://bit.ly/2jwshAS Cost of Delay http://bit.ly/2jVLfx4 Agile Governance at eVestment - A More Agile Approach to PMO http://bit.ly/2khDBhq Agile Governance - An interview with Liana Dore from Agile 2016 http://bit.ly/2kRXj6F Kanban http://bit.ly/1cXGeK9 Lean Startup http://bit.ly/1ky8H1h Don Reinertsen “The Principles of Product Development Flow” http://amzn.to/2jYlyOY Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Feb 02, 2017
Agile in 2017: Is Culture Really The Issue? w/ Mike Cottmeyer
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2017 is here and Mike Cottmeyer is ready. In this episode of SoundNotes, the CEO of LeadingAgile shares his thoughts on the primary issues facing organizations as they continue working to transform. There are many who claim culture is the main issue, but is that really the impediment to Organizational Agility? ShowNotes 00:08 Interview Starts 00:47 How do you lead change in large organizations? 02:17 Is the biggest impediment to Agile really culture change? How do you do that at scale? 03:00 What is getting in the way of culture? 04:16 I can change my attitude and value system, but will the organization support that changed attitude and belief? 04:51 The mindset shift is just the starting point 07:15 How do you get 1,000 people to simultaneously have a mindset shift and then know what to go do 07:42 Is the industry still stuck? How do we get past wanting Agile to being able to do Agile? 08:12 A positive Agile culture has to be reinforced 10:07 The difference between culture and the basic actions you should do 11:29 Can you have the behavior without the culture system shift? 13:29 Can you use the mechanics to reach a desired end state without worrying about becoming Agile? 15:35 Where does Mike see the industry going in 2017? 19:49 Does the organization really need to understand how Agile works or can someone coach the organization into an Agile state? 22:02 How does the organization recognize the fundamentals of what needs to be changed to achieve Organizational Agility? 24:18 Does having data that explains the problem help strengthen the case for change? 25:10 Your organization is deeply flawed. 26:41 How are we going to measure that the problem was indeed solved? 28:07 The organizations are broken. Teaching them to want something is not enough. At some point you have to do the work. 30:00 If we teach culture change will people really self organize in the presence of constraints 31:19 Should everyone be more disruptive? Who designs the structure to support that? 32:18 Is there a point where you need to be more directive to help people become more Agile? 33:04 We are so myopically focused on self organization. 34:02 If i am an executive with limited time to learn and research, what do I focus on? 35:18 The problem is that people are overselling how Agile can work. 38:35 Do you want to do Agile on a team, or do you want to become an Agile organization? 39:08 How Agile do you need to be? 43:57 The music Mike has been listening to lately and is looking forward to listening to. 45:05 The one thing Mike wishes all the clients knew before he got into the room. 46:41 Closeout Books Mentioned in the Podcast The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey http://amzn.to/2jUektH Christian Self-Mastery by B.W. Maturin http://amzn.to/2jU0cjZ The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn http://amzn.to/2jzO4DL Music Mentioned in the Podcast Collective Soul http://www.collectivesoul.com Peace Trail by Neil Young http://amzn.to/2kmlFBU Reaching Mike If you’d like to know more about Mike, or reach him with follow up questions: http://bit.ly/2kvoOyo Feedback/Questions/Reaching Dave If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
Jan 26, 2017
The Value of Not Productive Time: A Retrospective on Vacations w/ Derek Huether
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A Retrospective on Vacations If you love your work and are very driven, the idea of “vacation” can be a daunting thing. In this episode of SoundNotes, Derek Huether and Dave Prior hold a retrospective on how they each coped with the challenge of taking time-off from work over the holiday. If you count yourself among the vacation challenged, this conversation may provide insight into why you need to take the time, why you need to protect the time BUT why your version of taking a break to restore yourself doesn’t have to fit the standard definition of “vacation”. Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Begins 00:17 Topic Intro - a Retrospective on taking vacation 00:52 Derek explains why he took his first vacation in almost 2 years 02:07 Pre-vacation anxiety 03:12 If you get grumpy when you don’t have too much work to do “YOU NEED TO GET AWAY” 03:52 When your sustainable pace is an unsustainable pace 04:10 Some of us are wired a little weird and there is no “balance” 05:11 Sometimes having too much to do can be a positive 06:03 The dopamine rush of getting something done… how much sleep do you really need 07:33 Debating the argument for getting “enough” sleep 09:14 Derek’s Kanban board for vacation activities 11:06 What Derek reads on the beach for relaxation (feel free to roll your eyes) 12:00 How “the damn ocean and seagulls” prevented Derek from relaxing with his DevOps books on the beach and how the Beastie Boys saved the day 13:20 If you are reading work related books on the beach, aren’t you still at work? 14:10 When you take time off from work and your hobbies are work related 15:48 Finding your own way to satisfy the need to unplug, take a break and get refreshed 16:38 The restorative joy that comes from watching seagulls attack people 17:08 Pomodoro Timer 17:22 The weight of vacation guilt - for doing work, or for not really taking “vacation” 18:20 Why would you want to go on vacation and be remorseful when it is supposed to be a reward 19:14 Derek’s trick of reserving play time as a planned activity 20:15 Having intentionality and discipline to carve out time for creative fun stuff 20:48 Super not productive time may be recovery time and that is part of being productive 21:30 Giving yourself permission to be not productive and then protecting that time 21:55 What happens when YOU don’t respect your not productive time 22:20 “I have to respect it” and take the time without carrying the guilt 23:04 Dave’s resolution to get less done in 2017 and trying to create a small vacation every day 23:45 Derek’s quiet time (with coffee) 25:10 Meditation … it’s not about emptying your mind - it’s about not dancing with the thoughts that arise 26:20 Derek’s version of meditation - post-its and coffee 26:50 It’s a way of looking at your though and saying “yeah, but not right now” 27:02 Wrap up thoughts, it’s okay to suck at vacation, it’s okay to not do stuff, protect the time with discipline, acknowledge that you derive and need the time, and don’t let other people tell you how much time you should take 27:56 Podcast End Links from the Podcast Visible Ops Handbook http://amzn.to/2jzVqKM DevOps Handbook http://amzn.to/2iTX8FM Ariana Huffington “The Sleep Revolution” http://amzn.to/2k2ySik Contacting Derek You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether Or on his personal site at http://www.derekhuether.com Contacting Dave You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net

Jan 19, 2017
Student Q&A: Coping with Reduced Capacity and Tracking Team Member Performance w/ Derek Huether
11:30

LeadingAgile’s Derek Huether and Dave Prior take on two questions from someone who attended a workshop Dave ran on Redefining Your PMO for Agile: Should I change Sprint length to account reduced capacity during the holidays? Is it okay to performance at the individual team member level? During the podcast Derek and Dave respond to both questions and offer different ways of coping with reduced capacity as well as things to consider if you are inclined to try and track individual team member performance. This podcast is a fairly short one, so show notes have been omitted this week. Contacting Derek and Dave If you have follow up questions for Derek, here is his contact info: Email: derek@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ Dave can be reached at: Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Submitting Questions And if you have follow up questions for Dave, or have any Agile related question you’d like us to discuss in an upcoming podcast, please send your question to Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com. You can send the question in the body of an email, or you can send an mp3 of wav of you asking the question and will include the recording in a podcast on your topic. LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Jan 12, 2017
Making Agile work at MLB Advanced Media w/ Michael Daly and Matt Volpe
49:41

MLB Advanced Media has been growing very rapidly over the past few years and even if you aren’t a fan of baseball, you’ve probably been the beneficiary of their work. Michael Daly and Matt Volpe have been managing teams and providing internal Agile coaching at MLB every step of the way. For anyone working at an organization that is struggling to get it’s legs with Agile, these guys have a story full of hope and some valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way. And while there are places where they have made conscious choices to adopt practices which may seem non-standard for an Agile organization, one of the things you will learn from the interview is how they reached those decisions through an empirical approach as they ran experiments on how to help Agile work best within their organization. Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Intro 00:30 What Matt and Michael do at MLB Advanced Media 01:56 What does MLB Advanced Media do 03:29 Some background on the MLB Advanced Media Agile Transformation and how management interacts with the work Matt and Michael are doing 10:44 What makes the MLB Agile transformation unique and how the approach they’ve taken has helped foster the transformation 13:09 How MLB Advanced Media supports good Product Ownership 15:00 The importance of coaching, training and building a good backlog 15:19 “You don’t do your kid’s homework, but with with them and help them do it” 17:05 Does it help to have all your folks trained by one individual or does that limit your organizations ability to have a diverse understanding of how Agile works 18:20 “…back when I was coding with stone knives in bear skins” 21:00 How MLB approaches governance around which practices teams will use and how much flexibility each team has to make adjustments based on their own individual needs 25:00 Mobile software development is “…a viking funeral” 26:55 The question of whether to use stable teams or move people around 28:24 How to cope with not having stable teams and still making Agile work 30:11 Stable teams when it make sense and … “THE OTHERS” 32:52 Why Matt’s use of points in Sprint Planning gives Dave a seizure and why it’s the right thing for Matt’s team to do it anyway 36:48 How Matt’s team spends time collectively grooming the backlog every day 37:37 Why Michael’s team struggles with forecasting and why Michael hates estimation meetings 39:09 How Michael’s team benefits from using story point anyway 41:02 Not trying to compare teams against one another 42:20 Why Matt maintains a bench team 42:54 The value of taking an empirical approach to develop a hybrid 43:25 Advice from Michael and Matt for those who feel like they do not have the support they need to be successful in adopting Agile 48:47 “…AND DON’T CALL THEM RESOURCES! CALL THEM PEOPLE” 49:09 Getting in touch with Michael and Matt if you have follow questions 49:31”…It’s Italian for Fox - that’s all you need to know.” You can learn more about MLB Advanced Media here: http://www.mlbam.com If you’d like to get in touch with Michale Daly, you can reach him via email at michael.daly@mlb.com If you’d like to get in touch with Matt Volpe you can reach him via email at matt.volpe@mlb.com If you’d like to contact Dave Prior, you can reach him at dave.prior@LeadingAgile.com And if you’d like to learn about LeadingAgile’s upcoming class schedule, you can always find it here: http://leadingagile.com/training

Jan 05, 2017
Agile IT Operations w/ Devin Hedge
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In this episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Devin Hedge makes the case for focusing on Agile IT Operations in order to increase speed within your organization. If you’ve been considering working with (or have already adopted) DevOps, the information Devin shares in this interview may help you discover how your organizations Operations function is limiting your ability to increase flow. Show Notes 01:08 Podcast Begins - Introductions 01:36 Background on Devin 02:14 Topic Introduction: Agile IT Operations 02:49 The relationship between Agile IT Operations and DevOps 03:48 Why DevOps is picking up again 04:34 Our new problems are our old problems 05:29 It’s about awareness and maturity 06:37 An indicator that IT Ops is where you need to focus your attention in order to increase your speed 07:02 Speed creates dependencies 08:52 Why IT Operations is the bottleneck 10:18 Agile is not going to fix your lack of solid disaster recovery planning, but it may force you to acknowledge that you need to do something about it 11:41 Automating the process of server creation all the way through the system 15:02 How to get started with understanding what the issues actually are 16:46 What do we do with the folks who need something new to do after we automate? 18:22 An example of automated templates for virtual machine creation 20:12 Organizational Debt = Technical Administrative Debt 21:50 A case study in how Agile IT Operations can impact an organization 24:50 Not trusting the automation and not being able to see the ball moving at 90 mph 27:27 How do you maintain the situational awareness that can’t come from an algorithm set up to review logs? 30:37 It’s all about establishing and maintaining a “practice” 33:49 How do I get started with this? Where can I get more information on Agile IT Operations? 34:44 How Lean Practices and Value Stream Mapping can help you get started 36:55 How gaining visibility and awareness can help you establish yourself within the organization you work for 37:54 How does this work within the context of scaling to things like SAFe? 39:51 Failure is a gift - don’t blink! 41:34 How to reach Devin Links from the podcast The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim http://amzn.to/2i3pURL Additional titles by Gene Kim http://amzn.to/2i3xDPI LeadingAgile Basecamps https://www.leadingagile.com/the-journey/ Contacting Devin If you’d like to get in touch with Devin with follow up questions you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/devin-hedge/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/agiledevin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devinhedge Contacting Dave If you’d like to get in touch with Dave LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo For Information on LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes If you’d like to attend one of LeadingAgile’s CSM or CSPO classes, you can find a full list of upcoming classes here: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Dec 22, 2016
Student Q&A: Agile Contracts w/ Devin Hedge
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Student Q&A: Estimating Work for Contracts when your Agile Consultancy is Bidding Against Waterfall Competitors In this podcast, LeadingAgile Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Devin Hedge joins Dave Prior to discuss a question from one of our recent CSM/CSPO students who wanted to know how to estimate work for contracts if the Agile consulting he works for is bidding against a waterfall organization that may be providing a more detailed bid. If you’d like to get in touch with Devin with follow up questions you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/devin-hedge/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/agiledevin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devinhedge Here are links to the resources Devin recommends for further information: Defense Acquisition University http://dau.dodlive.mil/tag/agile/ Agile Contracts: Creating and Managing Successful Projects with Scrum http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118630947.html If you’d like to attend one of LeadingAgile’s CSM or CSPO classes, you can find a full list of upcoming classes here: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ And if you have a question you’d like to submit for a podcast, just send us an audio file to use in an upcoming episode just send it to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Dec 15, 2016
Student Q&A: Using Jira with an SDLC and Scrum w/ Derek Huether
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This podcast features a question from one of the students in a recent LeadingAgile CSM class. Cheri (the student) asked for advice on how to use Jira with Scrum and her organization's SDLC. In the podcast LeadingAgile Principle Consultant, Derek Huether, offers advice on how to go about using/customizing Jira to work with Scrum and an existing SDLC. If you'd like to reach Derek with follow up questions you can find him: the LeadingAgile site (https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/), via Twitter (https://twitter.com/derekhuether), on his personal website (http://www.derekhuether.com) or via email at derek@leadingagile.com.

Dec 08, 2016
The Triangle of Productivity w/ Derek Huether
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Derek Huether has been working on new blog post that outlines 3 things you need to do to establish better productivity practices. The blog post will be live in a few days on the LeadingAgile Field Notes site (https://www.leadingagile.com/blog/). In the meantime, check out this podcast where Dave Prior and Derek discuss the triangle of productivity, how to understand what enables you to get more done and the importance of learning to hack yourself for greater productivity. 00:09 Podcast Begins 00:23 Topic Introduction - Patterns on what makes people productive or kills their productivity 01:13 The patterns of success - system, ritual and habit 01:32 Where the data comes from 02:36 Getting clarity the process of productivity 03:10 An example: Scrum 04:14 Personal Kanban as an example 05:25 Holding yourself accountable vs. Making a commitment 06:37 Testing out different personal productivity systems 09:09 The myth of productivity guru’s and developing habits out of rituals 10:54 Learning to do X every day because of what happens when you don’t 11:23 Two systems Derek uses almost daily to increase his productivity 12:00 The importance of breaks and downtime to reset 13:07 If the information being shared requires too much time to convey the message, the message is lost 13:43 How many hours a day are you actually able to be productive 14:22 No one is productive for 8-9 hours a day without a break 15:05 Why you need to reset: “It takes more and more effort to get less and less out of me” 15:46 Planning for personal maintenance 17:15 You need a change of scenery to recharge 17:38 Going to Lowes “OH MY GOD THAT IS SO BORING!” 17:58 Focusing on a different problems to recharge 19:13 If I don’t see progress, my productivity is going to go down and down 19:25 Creating self maintenance tasks and putting them on the board so you don’t skip them 20:35 Is taking a break part of the process? 21:17 Habits can show you if you are being productive 21:36 Hacking yourself to become more productive 23:00 Am I really committed to doing what I am working on now? If not, why are you doing it? 24:04 Dealing with writer’s block 24:42 It’s not about getting the most done. It’s about becoming a student of your productivity 25:27 Having an approach to help you work through things like writer’s block 25:50 Managing procrastination - driven and optimistic vs. pessimistic and indifferent 26:45 What can you do to make yourself more driven and optimistic 26:57 A fifth quadrant - giving yourself permission to not be productive 27:54 Finding the checkpoint so you can take a break - It’s OK! A link to the blog post will be posted here as soon as the blog is live Here is a link to the twitter picture mentioned in the podcast Links from the Podcast: A link to the blog post will be posted here as soon as the blog is live Here is a link to the pictures mentioned in the podcast: The Triangle of Productivity https://www.instagram.com/p/BMhrTBcAPdM/ The 4 Quadrants of Productivity https://www.instagram.com/p/BNUVR07Avjw/ Reaching Derek: On the LeadingAgile website: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ On his blog: http://www.derekhuether.com On Twitter: https://twitter.com/derekhuether Agile Baltimore Agile Baltimore and the Baltimore Lean Coffee Meetup can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Baltimore-Group/

Dec 01, 2016
Student Q&A: The Role of BA, SA, and Product Managers on Scrum Teams w/ Tim Wise
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In this episode of LeadingAgile's SoundNotes, Tim Wise joins Dave Prior to answer some questions from CSM and CSPO students about how Business Analysts, Systems Analysts and Product Managers can work with Scrum Teams. If you are interested in learning more about LeadingAgile's Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, please visit http://www.leadingagile.com/training/ If you would like to reach Tim, you can find him here: LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/ WiseAgile http://www.wiseagile.com Tim on Twitter https://twitter.com/timswise Tim on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise

Nov 17, 2016
Stable Teams w/ Tim Wise
32:08

LeadingAgile' Tim Wise spent some time talking with Dave Prior about how important stable teams are to making Agile work. Tim and Dave also discuss the impact of not having them and what you can do about it. Show Notes 00:08 Interview Start and Tim introduction 00:53 - Topic Introduction - Why you need stable teams to make Agile work 02:03 - Tim explains what stable teams are and why they are important 04:51 - Dave presents a common argument against stable teams 05:30 - An example of an organization being successful without stable teams 07:12 - How Digital Agencies struggle with Agile due to a lack of stable teams 07:35 - Why are we advocating for stable teams? What’s the reason behind it? 08:08 - Why you need stable teams to be predictable 08:30 - Research about teams and making them work 10:08 - Shouldn’t really skilled professionals just be able to work together? ( Studio Musicians vs. Professional Athletes) 12:33 - Packing your team with all “A” players does not make a great team 13:18 - Google’s Search for Perfect Teams 14:00 - Establishing Team Norms and a Shared Purpose 15:01 - Why great teams are able to be flexible and cope with change 15:28 - Trusting the skills and abilities of your fellow team members 15:52 - How trust enables greater focus 16:48 - Diverse Collective Intelligence and Self Organization 18:09 - How a team exploits their own conditions and uses their own capabilities to get the most out of each other. 19:49 - Teams spread across multiple projects have lower throughput that teams working with a single focus 21:29 - Team stability metrics and collecting data on team performance that can be used to identify hot spots in the organization that can be addressed 23:05 - What if you don’t/can’t have stable teams? What should you do in order to still get value out of Agile 23:47 - Advice for Digital Agencies that lack stable teams 25:53 - Understanding the cost of making the choice to not have stable teams 27:08 - Making the choice for stable teams and one backlog (regardless of the number of projects) 29:44 - Running a test to prove stable teams work 30:28 - How to reach Tim for more information What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html The Atlanta Scrum User Group https://www.meetup.com/agile-38/ Here is where you can reach Tim: LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/ WiseAgile http://www.wiseagile.com Tim on Twitter https://twitter.com/timswise Tim on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise

Nov 10, 2016
Capability Mapping w/ Ric Merrifield
32:37

Ric Merrifield has spend the last 25 years helping organizations develop products that enhance their relationship with the customer. In this podcast Ric shares his approach to Capability Mapping, what makes it different from process mapping, how it can help an organization serve their customer better and why it is so important to Agile Transformation. Show Notes 00:09 Interview start 00:30 Ric’s background 03:19 Capability Mapping vs. Capacity Modeling 03:42 Dave fails at mansplaining Capability Mapping 03:58 Ric sets him straight on what it is and how it works 06:47 Walking through an example - Capability Mapping for an airline 10:15 Using the same scenario to understand the difference between Capability Mapping and Process Mapping 11:33 Helping to remove the blinders… or crack their heads open and the getting a more durable lens 13:45 How Capability Mapping will help you find the gaps in the organization, but process mapping will help you see the gaps in the workflow 15:00 How often should we revisit the capability maps? Durable does not mean “not changing” 18:11 Different customers want different things. How do you decide which customer to serve? 20:15 Dave is more high maintenance than Ric 21:17 Do we track enough information about our customers to know how much they cost the company to retain? Is it okay to use this information to “serve” the customer 23:09 How much personalization and customization is too much? 25:51 How to get your organization started with Capability Mapping 27:31 How does Capability Mapping fit with Agile? 29:29 How much do organizations struggle with this level of transparency 3-:48 Getting in touch with Ric If you’d like to reach Ric, you can find him on the LeadingAgile site here: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ric-merrifield/ Or via LinkedIn here https://www.linkedin.com/in/ricmerrifield You can find Ric’s books here: http://amzn.to/2eBHgTP We’ll post the link to his TEDx talk as soon as it is live

Nov 03, 2016
Personal Agility Canvas w/ Dave Prior
17:55

In this podcast Dave Prior explains how to use the Personal Agility Canvas to identify strengths and areas for improvements in your approach to Agile. Dave takes you step by step thru the tool so that you can use it to set goals and amplify your personal approach to working with Agile. You can download a PDF of the Personal Agility Canvas here: http://bit.ly/2elPaAF

Oct 20, 2016
GET OFF MY LAWN! Getting better at working with Millennials! w/ John Tanner and Jenny Madorsky
45:04

Since entering the workforce, Millennials have gotten a bad rap. There is a long list of complaints levied against them… mostly by the crowd that falls into GenX and older. In this interview, Dave Prior and John Tanner from LeadingAgile are joined by Jenny Madorsky, a Millennial who is a Project Manager at Huge. Dave is GenX and harbors a secret fear the internet will break and go away forever. John is in between the two (and would like you to get off his lawn) but self-identifies as being more on the Millennial side. During this podcast they explore the way Millennials approach working and collaboration. They dig into some of the stereotypes that crop up when people complain about Millennials and GenX, as well as how a Millennial’s view differs from the older crowd’s. In the final portion of the interview, the discussion turns towards what GenXers can do to be better prepared for working with Millennials in order to better support them. 0:08 Interview Begins 00:42 Introductions 01:44 Jenny’s areas of focus in college are a secret weapon - Mechanical Engineering & Theater Studies 03:18 Defining what we mean by Millennial 03:36 A Millennial explains Millennials (experience over stuff) 04:50 What is challenging about working with GenX 07:40 The changing relationship between employee and company 09:33 Get Mentors! 11:54 Building lasting relationships and networks though shared work experiences 12:34 Broad knowledge vs Deep knowledge 14:25 What can employers do to make the work place more enticing to Millennials? 17:17 Consumers of employers… who offers the best experience? 19:37 Do you need different skill sets to interact with different age groups? 21:42 How can older generations be better prepared to work with Millennials? 24:05 Sometimes the gift of feedback can be a tough thing to receive 26:27 Helping the other person be open to feedback (Shout out to Sally Elatta!) 30:10 Jenny asks John and Dave for their perception of working with Millennials 31:20 Curiosity perceived as arrogance “I’m still expecting the internet to just shut off one day..” 32:29 Positive dissonance in the workspace 34:04 Knowing when to contribute and when to listen 35:27 Why Jenny chose to make the switch from Program Manager to Project Manager 37:17 Applying Agile practices in a Digital Agency 40:27 Agile for the Millennial crowd… do we need a new Manifesto? 44:02 Closing Reaching Jenny LinkedIn http://bit.ly/2dL0PeP Reaching John Twitter http://twitter.com/tannerjs LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/tannerjs LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/john-tanner/ Other Links from the Podcast Huge http://www.hugeinc.com Sally Elatta http://www.linkedin.com/in/elatta Other Links from the Podcast Huge https://www.hugeinc.com Sally Elatta https://www.linkedin.com/in/elatta

Oct 13, 2016
Managing Organizational Dependencies w/ Andrew Fuqua
40:34

One of the most important things an organization can do in order to help teams deliver working, test software is to manage organizational dependencies. In this SoundNotes interview, LeadingAgile Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Andrew Fuqua shares his thoughts on how organizations can manage and remove dependencies in order to better their teams to deliver. 00:08 Interview Starts 00:45 Some background on Andrew 01:25 How the topic of Managing Dependencies Across the Value Stream (until we can break them) came up on LeadingAgile’s internal Slack channel 03:20 The difference between breaking dependencies and managing them across the value stream 04:55 Figuring out where the dependencies exist within your organization 06:35 Dependencies and user stories vs. dependencies created by the organizational structure 08:07 How cross functional do your teams need to be before you can fully address dependencies within your organization? 09:31 Making responsible choices when it comes to setting up cross functional teams that can deliver fully tested working product 11:08 How do you help an organization figure out what is reasonable to achieve with setting up teams 11:52 Changing the organization in an iterative manner 12:32 Refactoring the organization is an ongoing effort 13:38 Stable Teams vs. a constantly changing organization 14:41 Key things you need to focus on if you want to remove dependencies within an organization 15:53 Techniques you can use to surface where the dependencies exist 16:24 Why you need multiple ways to identify the dependencies and remove them 17:05 Managing the environment you are in 18:42 Manage the heck out of the dependencies that matter, until you can break them 20:16 What’s the right way to do this? There is no best practices, just good practices given a specific context 21:07 Helping your organization learn to cope with impact of the dependencies you have in place 22:25 Are we leaning into the waterfall or just being practical by having design work a Sprint ahead? 23:02 If you feel your organization needs to have design work ahead, is that a bad thing or are there times when that is ok? 24:49 It’s ok, but it’s not ok that it’s ok… refactoring organizations in flight 25:42 Other suggestions for managing dependencies 27:05 Why would you commit to something you have no control over? 28:55 How do you deliver on the promise of the epic and know what is “good enough” to release? 31:26 Being flexible about what you have to release can help you manage dependencies as well 31:58 Steps you can take right out of the gate to help the organization cope with dependencies 34:05 Are there elements of a waterfall approach that can help if you are able to maintain an Agile mindset 35:52 PUT THE PMBOK AWAY! Just worry about the real world stuff and manage that stuff. 37:26 Andrew’s parting words of advice for managing and removing dependencies 39:17 The Lean + Agile Atlanta UnConference leanagileatlanta.co 40:30 How to reach Andrew if you want to follow up with him on this conversation Email: andrew@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewmfuqua Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewMFuqua LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfuqua You may also want to check out Mike Cottmeyer’s post on Managing Dependencies here: http://www.leadingagile.com/2011/10/dependencies-break-agile/ Or his post on How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise http://www.leadingagile.com/2014/02/structure-agile-enterprise/

Oct 06, 2016
Working with Distributed Teams w/ Jann Thomas and Adam Asch
27:03

Whether you are separated by one floor in the same building or thousands of miles, working with distributed teams is never an easy. But for most of us, it’s the reality of how we work now. In this podcast, LeadingAgile’s Jann Thomas and Adam Asch share tips for how to get better results from your distributed teams and remote team members. 08:00 Introductions 01:21 Topic Intro 02:22 What are the common issue you see with Distributed Teams 02:37 Making people aware of your schedule the you are remote 05:51 Understanding your own best way of working and dealing with it when it is not in sync with your team 08:11 Working with people in different time zones 10:06 The time zone problem 11:14 - Sending team members to a physical location to build rapport and knowledge transfer 12:17 Helping remote team members see themselves as part of a team instead of adversaries 13:25 Cultural Training 14:05 When you’re in the same building but on different floors 15:08 Meeting up in the middle 16:22 The importance of meeting up for the Daily Standup 17:28 They’re home, but are they actually “working”? 18:20 Working for a virtual company 19:13 Making intentional choices to stay connected to your team 20:00 Suggestions for the team members who don’t want to participate 22:21 Better technology for better communication 23:22 The SM and PO working together to create a communicative, collaborative culture 25:10 Getting in touch with Jann and Adam for more tips If you’d like to reach out to Jann or Adam with follow up questions here is how to contact them: Jann Thomas Email: jann@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/agile_jann Adam Asch Email: adam@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamasch

Sep 29, 2016
Agile and UX w/ Marcy Jacobs and John Tanner
56:21

This episode of Sound Notes is all about UX and Agile. Marcy Jacobs, Digital Service Expert for U.S. Digital Service and LeadingAgile's John Tanner join Dave Prior to explore the topic of UX and Agile. If you'd like to learn more about the specific questions address during the conversation, check out the show notes below. Show Notes John and Marcy Interview begins 00:08 Introductions to Marcy and John 00:42 The difference between UX, UI and Visual Design 02:27 An example of Visual Design, UI and UX 04:11 Focus Groups… BAD! 07:27 Where to get the info about your user/customer 08:46 What is User Centered Design 11:03 How do you help clients develop greater mindfulness about design 14:30 When the stakeholders “know” what the user needs19:25 Features and solution should be driven by understanding the problem 21:48 Changing the Portfolio Mindset 23:36 When they don’t know that they don’t understand the problem 25:40 Moving past the “just get it launched, we’ll fix it later” mindset 27:52 What do we mean by “MVP” and what do people actually need (not what do they want)? 29:43 What UX Metrics should we use to just success 31:28 Intranets… and pain 34:29 How much is good design is enough?Is there a point at which good design is not valuable? 36:44 Enticing management to support better design 38:52 If we are going to iterate, can’t just we fix the design later? 41:00 Dave’s hypothetical situation and a design-centric response 42:50 UX and Dev to working together on understanding user needs 45:59 Getting a more comprehensive view of what his happening for the user when they interact with hat you are building 48:51 What one thing do Marcy and John wish people understood about design 50:43 Getting the world to shift it’s thinking about design 51:51 Reaching Marcy and John for more information 54:27 Agile DC - Dave Nicolette Teaser 54:52 If you'd like to get in touch with Marcy Jacobs, you can find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcy-katz-jacobs-a26a5b John Tanner can be reached on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/john-tanner/ or via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tannerjs If you'd like to check out Agile DC to learn more about the even John mentioned, check out their website here: http://agiledc.org

Sep 22, 2016
Back to Basics and Creating Safe Spaces for Learning w/ Derek Huether
28:21

This podcast features Derek Huether and Dave Prior having a discussion around the idea of getting back to the basics of Agile, understanding why we do things, seeing the value they bring and creating safe spaces for learning while your organization is coping with the challenges of Agile Transformation. Show Notes Interview Start 00:08 Topic Introduction: Back to Basics and the importance of asking Why 00:09 An Example: Reporting and figuring out what is needed in terms of reporting 01:41 Give them the information, not the reporting they got used to under waterfall 2:45 If time is currency, how much does the Daily Standup cost? 04:08 Risk mitigation and making a time investment 05:20 When the Daily Scrum isn’t working, is it wasteful? 05:50 Figuring out why things aren’t working 07:19 It’s not what did you do yesterday, it’s what did you finish yesterday 7:55 Going through the motions until you see the impact and understand why 8:44 Taking your hands off the wheel and learning to trust the team 10:30 Learning to trust is hard 11:05 Learning to trust and letting them learn from mistakes - with safety 12:24 Is it failure or learning? 13:22 Creating a safe space for middle management 14:01 Advice for mid level managers who want to do Agile, but aren’t working in a safe space 17:58 How the Agile Manifesto was created with Generous Listening 20:50 Supporting Agile transformation and existing deadlines with supplemental teams 22:02 Showing them how to do it instead of telling them how to do it 23:40 Learning Fast, Not Failing Fast 25:48 The Not Touchy/Feely Agile Guy 26:17 It’s all about Money, Time and Coffee 26:40 Reaching Derek on every form of social media known to man 26:50 If you'd like to reach Derek you can find him on the LeadingAgile site at http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether

Sep 15, 2016
Sprint Planning w/ JJ Sutherland
40:51

Recently, I was contacted by a friend/former co-worker who I met when we were both starting out during the .com boom. A few months ago he brought his team to take my CSM class. After he and his team took my class they went back to their organization and began practicing Scrum. At some point shortly after that, a different section of the organization attended a CSM class taught by JJ Sutherland. What my friend reached out about was the fact that there was an area where what I taught and what JJ taught seemed to be at odds and this was causing them some extra stress in trying to get Agile to take root in the organization. The issue revolved around how much work a team should plan to do, and accomplish in a Sprint. While I had a feeling JJ and I were probably closer than not on the topic, I thought it would be a great thing to discuss/debate in a podcast. So in this episode of SoundNotes JJ and I break down the topic to see where we agree, where we don't and why. If you are not familiar with JJ Sutherland, he's the Chief Product Owner at Scrum, Inc. If his last name sounds familiar, it's because Jeff Sutherland is his Dad. But, given some of the work experiences JJ has had, that fact is far from the most interesting thing about him. During the interview we also discuss JJ's experience working for NPR in war zones, the many places he has successfully used Scrum that have nothing at all to do with IT, and the podcast he produces on video games. Show notes for this podcast can be found here: http://www.leadingagile.com/2016/08/how-much-should-…th-jj-sutherland For more on JJ's podcast "Shall We Play a Game?" You can find it on iTunes or the podcast app of your choice http://shallweshow.com You can also follow the show on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shallweshow/ or reach them via email at shallweshow@gmail.com And if you'd like to reach out to JJ directly you can do so via email at jj.sutherland@scruminc.com or Twitter at http://twitter.com/jjsutherland. The book Scrum, The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time(http://amzn.to/2bphgdG) was co-authored by JJ and Jeff Sutherland.

Aug 25, 2016
Agile 2016 Personal Accountability Retrospective w/ Adam Asch, Katrina Coker, Derek Huether, and Jim Hayden
49:31

Agile 2016 Personal Accountability Retrospective At Agile 2016, Adam Asch, Katrina Coker, Jim Hayden, Derek Huether, and Dave Prior planned to meet for a Daily Standup each day where they would share their personal plans and goals for each day of the conference. This is something that worked very well for Derek and Dave at Agile 2015 and the hope was to continue that practice and to have the team members serve as personal accountability partners for one another during the week in Atlanta. And it worked… for a day… sorta. In this podcast they hold a 2 part retrospective reviewing their goals, how they were met (or not) and why. It’s all about outcomes… Part 1 - Dave, Derek and Jim Part 1 Intro 0:09 Dave’s failure to meet his self care goals, observations and outcomes 1:57 Derek’s Networking Goals and how he met them 4:50 Derek’s Conferencing Persona 8:18 Recharging during the conference (or not) 11:22 The importance of conference buddies 12:35 Jim’s goals for building stronger relationships with co-workers and checking ideas 13:50 It’s not just a social thing 15:20 Jim and Derek’s Thoughts on the sessions 19:27 Dave’s takeaways on emerging topics - 24:40 Predator vs. Prey 25:58 Personal safety and the code of conduct 26:11 Personal Lessons Learned from attending Agile 2016 30:15 Part 2 - Adam, Dave and Katrina Part 2 Intro 35:08 Katrina’s goals at the conference and how she met them 35:19 Adam’s goals for the conference and how he met them 39:20 Personal Lessons Learned from Agile 2016 42:42 Katrin’a thoughts on intellectual and personal safety 43:50 If you'd like to get in touch with the team you can find them all on the LeadingAgile website http://www.leadingagile.com/our-guides/ And here's how to track them down on Twitter: Adam Asch @adamasch Katrina Coker @klcoker25 Jim Hayden @jim_hayden85 Derek Huether @derekhuether Dave Prior @mrsungo

Aug 11, 2016
Building and Maintaining Your Product Backlog w/ Adam Asch
27:53

Adam Asch and Dave Prior discuss how to build and refine a well formed product backlog. Adam also shares some techniques for determining which elements of the Product Backlog need to be prioritized to the top of the list and how much of those top priority items need to be worked on up front. Show Notes Podcast Intro 00:08 Topic Intro 01:00 Advice on getting started with building your backlog 1:36 Focusing on Epics and Themes 02:18 Where do User Stories fit in with Epics, Themes and Feature Sets? 03:54 What about things we need that don’t fit into the User Story Format? (non-functional stories) 05:19 I’ve got the list of stuff I want… what now? 7:58 Story mapping 9:10 Focusing on Strategy10:16 Define your desired outcome first, not what you want to build 11:48 Mapping and Prioritizing Features and Functionality for Impact 13:05 Capability Mapping 15:20 Understanding customer wants and mapping it back to strategy16:00 Product Owner means Customer Representative 17:50 Getting a deeper understanding the actual problem 19:00 Sacrificing innovation in order to get ALL THE THINGS 21:00 Can an organization do this alone, or do they need a coach? 21:55 How often you need to revisit the work you’ve done on the backlog 22:48 Developing the internal capability to do this without an external coach 24:42 How to get in touch with Adam 26:19 Contacting Adam Twitter: @adamasch Email: adam@Leadingagile.com Agile 2016 Video Podcast Interviews If you’d like to check out the Video Podcast interviews we shot at Agile 2016, you can find them at https://vimeo.com/leadingagile

Aug 04, 2016
Applying Agile in a Digital Agency Model w/ Rachel Gertz and Brett Harned
51:54

For the last several months 30%-40% the folks attending LeadingAgile’s CSM and CSPO courses have come from Digital Agencies. Nearly all the attendees have questions about how to implement Agile practices in a Digital Agency Model. In this episode of Sound Notes, Brett Harned, who runs the Digital PM Summit, and Rachel Gertz from LouderThanTen, took some time to share what they’ve seen work, and not work, with Agencies who are trying to apply Agile. Show Notes: Interview Start and introductions 1:48 What makes Digital Project Management a complicated fit with Agile 3:44 What is a Digital Agency 6:17 How the historical relationship between Client’s and Agencies complicates integrating Agile in Digital 7:56 The importance of building strong relationships with your client 11:22 What practices from Agile have you seen implemented that work? 13:12 Do typical contracts between Agencies and Clients allow for backlog grooming throughout the project… is that possible ? 14:24 Adapting Digital contracts for Agile18:12 What work does Digital agency do for free when bringing Agile to a client that a consulting company would be getting paid to do 21:32 Using Agile practices effectively in different areas of the project 23:40 When your Product Owner doesn’t have final say 25:39 Should we have “approval debt” (like technical debt) for POs’ who aren’t empowered to give approval 27:55 Is it really about developing an Agile way of interacting with the client 30:22 What Agile practices just don’t work in Digital 31:14 Can you actually have stable teams in Digital? Have you seen an Agency do that? 33:14 Do we need a new type of Agile that is better suited to Digital work 38:46 A MOTORCYCLE! 40:52 Advice for those trying to use Agile in Digital 42:16 Getting in touch with Rachel and Brett 46:55 You can reach Rachel Gertz here Twitter - https://twitter.com/louderthanten Website - https://louderthanten.com COAX (the magazine) https://louderthanten.com/coax You can reach Brett Harned here Twitter - https://twitter.com/brettharned Website - http://brettharned.com For information on the Digital PM Summit Twitter - https://twitter.com/digitalPMsummit Website - http://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm/

Jul 21, 2016
Agile Governance at eVestment: A more Agile approach to PMO w/ Liana Dore
26:08

In this episode of SoundNotes, Liana Dore, the Agile Governance Lead for eVestment explains why eVestment chose to establish a group focused on Agile Governance instead of a traditional PMO. Liana explains how Agile Governance works at eVestment, what she does day to day and the positive impact it has had on the Agile teams. Show Notes: Intro and background on eVestment 1:48 What is an Agile Governance Lead 3:30 Making the choice to establish Agile Governance instead of a traditional PMO 3:56 What does an Agile Governance Lead do all day 5:02 How Agile Governance works differently than a traditional PMO 7:40 The benefits of training the team all at once 13:30 Understanding Team Health in an Agile organization 16:05 Creating a space for the teams to thrive 18:44 Establishing an entrepreneurial culture that can scale 20:43 Agile Governance is not about control. It has to be light touch 23:32 How to get in touch with Liana 24:35 If you’d like to get in touch with Liana, you can reach her via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lianadore

Jul 14, 2016
Getting Ready for Agile 2016 w/ Devin Hedge
18:31

In this iteration of SoundNotes, Devin Hedge and Dave Prior talk about how to get prepare for Agile 2016. If you’ll be heading to the conference for the first time, the Agile Conference is a big, awesome, exhausting week. You need to prepare, you need to pace yourself and you need to know what you want to get out of the conference. In this podcast you’ll get some tips from seasoned conference veterans on how to make the best of your week in Atlanta. The podcast is only 18 minutes long, so we’re not providing show notes this week. Instead, here is a list of the LeadingAgile events taking place at Agile 2016. Mike Cottmeyer "The Executives Step-by-Step Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation" Monday at 10:45 Jann Thomas "2020: The State of Agility" Tuesday at 10:45 AM Jeff Howey "Practicing Agility in Human Resources" Wednesday at 11:30 Collective Soul June 27 at 7 PM. To learn more, please visit: http://collectivesoul.leadingagile.com If you'd like to contact Devin on Twitter -> https://twitter.com/agiledevin If you'd like to contact Dave on Twitter -> https://twitter.com/mrsungo

Jul 07, 2016
Personal Accountability Partnerships: Part 2 w/ Olga Krayova
33:41

“If you compare yourself with your surroundings and you only see that you are the best you gotta leave this place because you want to develop and be better” A few weeks ago we posted an interview with Katrina Coker on having an accountability partner and how transformative that can be. The post got a great response and so in this episode of SoundNotes Katrina’s actual accountability partner, Olga Kraynova shares her thoughts on accountability partnerships, how they work, and why they are valuable. In the interview Olga shares how she coped with the challenges she faced in moving to Moscow, becoming a PM and then moving to Dallas and how she makes sure she is always surrounded by people she is motivated by and able to learn from. If you’d like to get in touch with Olga to learn more about her story and her approach to being an accountability partner, you can reach her via LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kraynova/en And if you’d like to check out the initial interview with Katrina Coker, you can find that here: https://soundcloud.com/leadingagile/the-power-of-accountability-partnerships Show Notes: Interview Start 1:47 Olga’s Background in Startups and Project Management 2:25 Why Olga liked working at Startups and how it prepared her for PM work 4:15 How Olga got started with Personal Accountability 5:53 How Olga defines Personal Accountability Partner 7:09 How Olga and Katrina communicate on a daily basis 7:33 How Olga approaches Goal Setting 8:16 Staying motivated 10:03 Experimenting until you get the result you are looking for 11:17 How Olga and Katrina work the Accountability Partnership 11:43 The very essential thing 13:47 Tracking the plans you make for yourself and making daily updates 14:36 Olga’s journey to Moscow, becoming a PM and then moving to Dallas 17:27 Managing stress and coping challenges and not giving up 20:51 Prioritizing your needs and finding the opportunities to get them addressed 22:51 When you can’t see the whole path, taking on one challenge at a time and saying “Yes” 23:04 Having the courage to take just one step and letting the next thing arise 24:37 The benefit of not having the luxury of just shutting down and giving up 26:06 Being driven for the things you have to fix and finding people to help keep you motivated 27:57 “If you compare yourself with your surroundings and you only see that you are the best you gotta leave this place because you want to develop and be better” 28:42 Olga’s explains why you should find an accountability partner 29:17 If you don’t trust you will not be able to be open 31:56 How you can reach Olga if you have any follow up questions 32:02

Jun 30, 2016
Agile Transformation and Craftsmanship of the Self w/ Tom Churchwell
38:58

In this SoundNotes interview, LeadingAgile’s Tom Churchwell explains what it’s like to stick with an Agile transformation all the way through, the Agile and Beyond conference, and the fundamental questions that lead to craftsmanship of the self. Tom Churchwell Notes Interview Begins 1:48 Background on Tom 2:14 Tom’s path to Agile 3:23 The long haul of transformation 4:20 I lost my cube, but I got this shirt 5:05 The long haul 6:05 I trust you implicitly from right out of the gate 7:16 Creating a safe space to make it work 8:00 Change is slow 8:30 Agile Beyond 9:55 Reorienting around excellence 10:45 Ae we still pushing the boundaries? 13:35 Creating the Safe Space 14:15 Increased focus on the human side of Agile 16:00 What do you do when excellence fails? 17:45 I don’t believe that there are dark places 18:38 If your team is in the doldrums, it is the fault of leadership 19:24 Enroll and Inspire, nor command and control 19:40 Craftsmanship and art are a part of what high technology people do 21:00 Bob Hoover - an amazing scary story about trust 23:00 We need a safe space where people can make mistakes 24:25 On volunteering and how it can inspire you 26:30 The fundamental questions of the self 32:30 Tom’s mission and craftsmanship of the self 33:18 Volunteering for Agile and Beyond 35:30 Getting in touch with Tom 37:15 Tom can be reached at tchurchwell@twitter.com

Jun 22, 2016
Leading Indicators You Can Use To Assess Agile Portfolio Health w/ Dan Greening
51:18

In this podcast, Dr. Dan Greening is back to follow up in the earlier podcast interview about Agile Base Patterns. This time, Dan and Dave Prior discuss leading indicators you can study to assess Agile Portfolio Health. During the podcast, they dig in to metrics that can be used to assess Lead Time, Abandoned Work and Fitness Functions.

Jun 13, 2016
The Power of Accountability Partnerships w/ Katrina Coker
34:07

An Accountability Partnership can be a powerful thing. At a very basic level, this is a relationship you establish with another person who agrees to keep watch and support you in defining and realizing your goals. The goals may be of a professional nature, though they may extend beyond this into other areas of your life. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Engagement Analyst, Katrina Coker and Dave Prior discuss the role that an Accountability Partnership can play in providing support in your professional, and personal life. Dave and Katrina talk about how to find an Accountability Partner that is right for you, how to establish working agreements and how to prepare yourself for having someone play that role in your life. Katrina Coker - Personal Accountability Podcast Show Notes Interview Start 1:48 Katrina’s role at LeadingAgile 2:12 Katrina and the Personal Agility Canvas 5:22 Dave’s story on having an Accountability Partner 5:58 Katrina’s background 7:02 How Katrina ended up with an Accountability Partner 8:00 How it works 9:26 Personal Accountability Retrospectives 11:15 How Personal Goals fit in 11:55 Why it helps to have someone to share your goals with 12:25 Prioritizing your goals and getting support from your Personal Accountability Partner 13:10 “Oh, let me know when you start achieving.” 14:51 How to approach someone about being your Accountability Partner 15:31 Finding the right person to be your Accountability Partner 17:47 Establishing working agreements with your Accountability Partner 19:36 Setting Boundaries and Goals 21:39 The value of having a Professional Counselor 22:43 Including spiritual goals in the Personal Agility Canvas 24:26 How Katrina finds accountability and support in non-work areas of her life 25:10 How Katrina’s accountability partner helps her prioritize her goals 27:44 “If it’s not a HELL YES, it’s not gonna happen” 28:20 Katrina’s advice on three things you need to do in order to prepare to have an Accountability Partner 28:55 Getting in touch with Katrina 32:00 If you'd like to check out the Personal Agility Canvas mentioned in this podcast, here are some links: Personal Agility Canvas 2.0 - http://bit.ly/1tdzSF6 PMP Rehab: Personal Agility Canvas slideshare from the 2016 Scrum Gathering - http://bit.ly/214vv9R

Jun 03, 2016
IHG Product Ownership Outside of Software w/ Russ Pena and Rebecca Williamson
41:38

In this version of our podcast, IHG Product Owner, Rebecca Williamson and LeadingAgile Consultant, Russ Pena discuss how the role of Product Owner has played out on the hotel room redesign project at IHG. From there, Rebecca and Russ share how applying agile outside of technology has led to some interesting process modifications.

May 25, 2016
How IHG is using Agile for Hotel Room Redesign w/ Russ Pena
30:59

LeadingAgile is working with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to apply Agile in a project that is completely outside of technology. In this interview, LeadingAgile’s Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Russ Pena and IHG Project Manager, Daniella Huang discuss how they’ve been using Agile in a project to redesign guest rooms for the Holiday Inn brand. This is the first of four podcast interviews we will be posting on how IHG is using Agile outside of IT to deliver value for their customers.

May 19, 2016
Portfolio Innovation w/ Devin Hedge
37:14

In this edition of our Sound Notes podcast, we sat down with Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Devin Hedge and CST, Dave Prior to share our experiences introducing innovation into an organization through the program and portfolio levels.

May 06, 2016
What's in Store for Agile 2016? w/ Mike Cottmeyer
12:56

In this edition of our Sound Notes podcast, we sat down with LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer to talk about the big splash our company plans to make during the World's Largest Agile Conference in Atlanta.

Apr 26, 2016
Recommendations for Dealing with Agile and UX w/ Jann Thomas and Tim Wise
45:07

In this version of Sound Notes, we sat down with Jann Thomas and Tim Wise of our consulting team to answer questions from attendees of our Certified Scrum Training courses. This podcast tackles questions on how UX fits into Agile and recommendations to help Design and UX work with Agile.

Apr 13, 2016
Agile Bodhisattvas and Developing Empathy for Change w/ Tim Wise
36:08

We sat down with Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Tim Wise to discuss how people going through IT transformation can develop empathy for change.

Mar 24, 2016
Five Characteristics of Sustainable Agility w/ Dan Greening
32:20

Interview Start 1:48 A little about Dan 2:28 Five Characteristics of Sustainable Agility 4:04 Pattern 1 - Measuring Economic Progress (Leading Indicators) 5:04 Pattern 2 - Proactively Experiment for Improvement 8:45 Pattern 3 - Limit Work in Process 10:31 Clarification on Limiting Work in Process for the Five Characteristics of Sustainable Agility 11:30 Pattern 4 - Collective Responsibility 24:31 Pattern 5 - Solve Systemic Problems 28:49 Want more: Dan’s profile on LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dan-greening/ Dan’s blog on SenexRex http://senexrex.com/blog Dan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greening Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/greening Dan’s email: Dan.Greening@leadingagile.com

Mar 18, 2016
Cut, Kill, Continue: Understanding Value at the Portfolio Level w/ Russ Pena
47:03

In this episode, we are joined by Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Russ Pena to talk about how to understand value at the portfolio level, and how an organization can establish a decisioning stack to help them make cut, kill, continue decisions. From there, we discuss how to use capability mapping to move past making “gut” based decisions and prioritize projects using a more scientific method. We closed our show sharing the need for organizations to develop an understanding of how much change they can have in process at once. If you’d like to reach Russ, you can contact him at russ.pena@leadingagile.com or via twitter at @russpena Show Notes: Welcome 2:00 Background on Russ and his work helping organizations build our product and portfolio teams 2:40 How an organization determines what value is, and how they make choices that align it with strategic goals 3:25 Determining Cut, Kill, Continue at the Portfolio Level 5:40 Leveraging Test Driven Development with Creating New Products 7:55 Time Constraints for New Product Experiments 8:50 Shifting the Perception of Success and Spoiling the Bed 9:55 Protecting Yourself from Bad Experiments by Assigning a “Watcher" 10:48 The importance of a Murder Board 12:28 The cultural impact of accountability 15:25 Clarity, Accountability and Showing Measurable Progress 17:16 Finding Evidence Evidence 18:27 The Hard Part of the Power of “No" 20:00 Building in the Decisioning Mechanism 20:34 Capability Mapping 23:34 Getting Past the Culture of Overly Optimistic Management 25:50 The Criticality of Trust, Understanding Capacity and Capability 28:10 The importance of a scientific approach to prioritization 32:00 Developing Innovation Within an Enterprise 34:08 Bringing Capability Mapping to Innovation 40:02 WIP limits for Organizational Change 43:44 Contacting Russ 46:39

Mar 02, 2016
The Focus of Agile in 2016 w/ Mike Cottmeyer
26:31

In this version of our Sound Notes podcast, we sat down with LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer to talk about the focus of Agile in 2016. We discuss why organizations are still struggling to successfully adopt agile, how the systems of many large organizations are still broken, and how the popular scaling methods are only a part of the solution to successful enterprise agile adoption. From there, Mike and Dave Prior use a couple of metaphors to describe the past, present and future of agile along with the difficult change management aspects of agile transformation.

Jan 21, 2016
Is the ScrumMaster a Full-Time Job? w/ Jann Thomas
27:54

In this version of Sound Notes, we sat down with Enterprise Agile Coach, Jann Thomas and asked here the question: Is the ScrumMaster role a full-time position?

Jan 12, 2016
What is the Agile Baltimore Unconference? w/ Derek Huether
20:28

VP of Enterprise Engagements, Derek Huether sat down to share how he created, organized and hosted the inaugural Agile Baltimore Unconference. This past October, Derek led the one-day unconference which featured over 100 paid attendees, all with a common passion for agile and lean development methodologies. Unlike traditional conferences which rely on heavy upfront planning and coordination, Derek shares how he used agile practices to organize and run an entire event.

Dec 17, 2015
The Rise of Bimodal IT w/ Mike Cottmeyer
40:01

In this version of our Sound Notes with Dave Prior, we speak with LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer on the rise of Bimodal IT Enterprises and how it is impacting modern businesses. Based on new research coming out of Gartner, we explore where Bimodal IT found it's roots and how it is being applied today. From there, Mike and Dave discuss the differences between mode 1 and 2, as well as how organizations can make the journey from a more traditional form of delivery with mode 1, to a more exploratory and nonlinear model with mode 2. Lastly, we'll explore how mode 1 and mode 2 relate to LeadingAgile's Compass for Enterprise Transformation, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and what it takes to make the shift from mode 1 to mode 2.

Dec 07, 2015
Portfolio Telemetry and Optimization w/ Tim Wise
29:40

LeadingAgile Coach Tim Wise shares some of the work he has been doing with our clients to enable them to gain a deeper understanding of Organizational Health through Portfolio Telemetry and Optimization. Tim is helping these organizations establish ways to proactively monitor leading (and lagging) indicators and establish KPI's that will provide them with the insight needed to create optimizations at scale across the portfolio and the organization.

Nov 12, 2015
The Integrated Business Analyst: Aligning Business Analysts and Architects w/ Russ Pena
28:39

In this version of Sound Notes, we sit down to talk with Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Russ Peńa ahead of his talk at the 2015 Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas. Pulling from this background with IIBA and his role as the former Chief Methodologist of a Fortune 500 Bank, Russ discusses the differences between Business Analysts and Business Architects and how Business Analysts can grow themselves professionally to become Business Architects. From there, Russ and Dave discuss how Business Analysts can hone their chops to think strategically, the growth of IIBA and the crucial partnership between Business Analysts and Business Architects.

Nov 02, 2015
The Importance of Measurable Progress in Agile Transformation w/ Isaac Hogue
17:33

In order for Agile to work we have to have three things in place: clarity, accountability and measurable progress. This podcast explores the different ways an organization can measure the progress of their transformation and how to tie their progress to their key business drivers. Ahead of his talk at the Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas, Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Isaac Hogue shares how an organization can use a transformation scorecard to see where they are today, where they want to be tomorrow and how they can measure progress along their transformation journey.

Oct 29, 2015
DevOps in Product Development Organizations w/ Tim Wise
29:25

In this version of our Sound Notes podcast, CST, Dave Prior talks shop with Enterprise Agile Coach, Tim Wise about his experience with DevOps in product development. Listen in as they start their conversation around the buy-in of a pull system, reducing cycle time and the importance of shared purpose and intent in DevOps. From there, they dive in to how an organization can strive for continuous improvement and use a number of different practices, including DevOps and Lean Startup to find their product/market fit faster.

Oct 01, 2015
Agile Coaching Q&A with Certified Scrum Training Students w/ Robert Sfeir and Adrian Wible
26:30

In this edition of Sound Notes, we sit down with two members of our Enterprise Agile Coaching team to answer real questions from students of our last Certified Scrum Training Course in Atlanta. Listen in as Agile Coaches, Robert Sfeir and Adrian Wible speak with Certified Scrum Trainer, Dave Prior to answer questions on cross-functional teams, navigating large-scale migration and experiences in dealing with architects and role changes in agile.

Sep 28, 2015
On ATDD, BDD, TDD and More w/ Andrew Fuqua
18:24

In this podcast, Enterprise Agile Coach, Andrew Fuqua sits down to speak with Certified Scrum Trainer, Dave Prior about the benefits of using ATDD, BDD and more to produce software. Andrew is set to deliver two presentations this year around the topic at both STAC (Software Testing Atlanta Conference) and Southern Fried Agile.

Sep 19, 2015
The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Theory of Transformation w/ Mike Cottmeyer
38:19

In this follow up podcast to a previous blog post, LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer describes how no one wants to tell the emperor, or in this case the organization, he has no clothes. Listen in as we discuss self-organization of teams, creating a system of accountability and the role of leadership with Agile.

Sep 11, 2015
System Design for Innovation Hubs in Large Enterprises w/ Chris Spagnuolo
44:24

In our 3rd podcast with Enterprise Innovation Coach, Chris Spagnuolo, we dig deeper into the topic of innovation and explore how organizations can setup system design for innovation hubs in large enterprises.

Aug 14, 2015
Agile2015 Primer w/ Tim Wise
16:47

In this interview with Enterprise Agile Coach Tim Wise, we discuss the variety of tracks and topics present at the Agile2015 Conference while sharing a few tips for making the most of your experience.

Aug 04, 2015
Product Owner Teams: Leading Agile Program Management w/ Dean Stevens
13:12

In this edition of Sound Notes we sit down to interview Enterprise Agile Coach, Dean Stevens ahead of his presentation at the Agile2015 Conference. The basis of Dean's presentation explores how a Product Owner Team functions in large organizations. Dean shares a preview of the roles associated with a Product Owner Team and how this team helps accelerate your product delivery.

Jul 31, 2015
All Things Agile2015 w/ Mike Cottmeyer
46:35

In this edition of Sound Notes, Dave Prior sits down with LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer to talk about the world's largest Agile Conference, Agile2015. Listen in as they discuss what to expect of the conference for new attendees, the diversity of perspectives and the social aspect of putting over 2,000 Agilists in the same place for five days. Mike also shares a preview of his Agile2015 talk, Three Things You Must Know to Transform Any Sized Organization into an Agile Enterprise as the two share common challenges around Enterprise Agile Adoption and Transformation.

Jul 29, 2015
Your Journey with Agile: Basecamp 1 w/ John Mason
40:16

When an organization begins their journey with agile, it is crucial that we establish the right conditions to honor predictability. This means forming complete cross-functional teams, creating a backlog and producing working, tested software on regular intervals.

Jul 23, 2015
Kickstarting Enterprise Innovation w/ Chris Spagnuolo
46:04

Enterprise Innovation Coach, Chris Spagnuolo shares six primary values essential to creating a foundation of innovation in today's enterprise. Listen in as we discuss the need for organizations to embrace autonomy, adaptability, creativity, urgency, focus and accountability while exploring innovative and exploratory practices.

Jul 16, 2015
Our Compass: Exploring the LeadingAgile Transformation Approach w/ Mike Cottmeyer
38:30

In this interview with LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer, we explore the background of LeadingAgile, our beliefs around transformation and how companies can begin their transformation journey.

Jul 01, 2015
Measuring Value w/ Adam Asch
29:21

An interview with LeadingAgile Coach Adam Asch on helping organizations understand value across projects in the portfolio and how to prioritize what to work on next in order to deliver on the goals for the organization.

Jun 19, 2015
Personal Kanban w/ Derek Huether
32:46

LeadingAgile's Derek Huether and Dave Prior discuss Personal Kanban, the ways in which they've each used it to manage the work they have to do, and what it has taught them about themselves and how they get things done professionally and personally.

Jun 12, 2015
Measuring Team Stability w/ Jim Hayden
27:29

Jim Hayden explains the five critical factors he looks at in tracking Agile Team Stability: Staffing, Unplanned Work, Too Much WIP, Churn and Dead Weight. During the interview Jim also explains how to measure the work and roll it up into an Index of Team Stability that he often uses with Agile Transformation Clients.

Jun 02, 2015
Innovation in the Enterprise w/ Chris Spagnuolo
50:49

LeadingAgile's Chris Spagnuolo talks with Dave Prior about working with organizations to introduce Innovation back in to the Enterprise.

May 22, 2015
Project Portfolio Governance w/ Jeff Howey
26:27

LeadingAgile Coach Jeff Howey and Dave Prior discuss the project metrics and governance at the project, program and portfolio level and how to tell what is really happening in a hybrid environment.

May 17, 2015