DrunkenPM Radio

DrunkenPM Radio
By Dave Prior
About this podcast
A podcast about Agile and Project Management
Episodes (Total: 37 / Page: 1)
Oct. 13, 2017 · 00:13:25
Bob Tarne provides an overview of his upcoming PMI Global Congress presentation "Agile and Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project". Bob is a seasoned Project Management Professional whose work focuses primarily on helping organizations refine their approach to Agile. In this interview Bob explain what Design Thinking is and how it fits with Agile. He also talks about the book "How Successful Organizations Implement Change" which he contributed a chapter to. And the book "Project Managers at Work" by Bruce Harpham, which features a chapter all about Bob. During the interview Bob also shares details on the upcoming P2P Conference which will be taking place in Egypt on December 9-10. If you are attending the PMI Global Congress and would like to check out Bob's session: Agile and Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project Monday, October 30 8:30 AM to 10 AM http://sched.co/BKKk The book “How Successful Organizations Implement Change” which was put together by Emad Aziz, is available here: http://amzn.to/2ym38ia The book "Project Managers at Work" by Bruce Harpham can be found here: http://amzn.to/2ygxaVq The P2P Conference is being held on December 9-10 in Cairo, Egypt (link will be posted soon) If you'd like to contact Bob directly, here is how to reach him: http://twitter.com/btarne http://zen-pm.blogspot.com
Oct. 3, 2017 · 00:26:55
In this episode o DrunkenPM Radio, Digital PM Summit co-founder, Brett Harned, talks about his new book “Project Management for Humans”, the upcoming (and 5th annual) Digital PM Summit and the new podcast he’s been working on. Show Notes 00:08 Interview Starts 00:37 Who is the book for? 02:44 What are the pieces that are missing we teach people how to be project managers? 04:25 The project manager is more than just a box checker. But how technical do they have to be? 08:04 What is Brett’s ideal version of the job of a project manager 11:18 What is the biggest misconception that new PMs have about the job when they first get started? 12:30 What is the thing about the job of being a PM that keeps Brett motivated even on the days that totally suck 15:19 What is the Digital PM Summit and why did they put it together in the first place? 17:52 Why the Bureau of Digital’s events are so focused on community 19:21 Sharing and debating… and why it is different in Digital PM than in traditional PM 21:20 Details on the Digital PM Summit and Brett’s workshop right after the conference 21:44 How to get tickets to the conference after registration closes on September 30th 22:17 Following the event online if you can’t make it 23:31 Brett’s new podcast Sprints and Milestones (URL to be posted later) 25:04 Getting in touch with Brett directly 25:24 Hacking Agile at the DPM Summit 25:32 Special events happening at the conference 26:30 Interview ends Brett’s book Project Management for Humans Publisher http://bit.ly/2fGmpAI Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yUlEMQ For more on the 2017 Digital Pm Summit Web: http://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm-2017/ Email: [email protected] Twitter Hashtag: #dpm2017 To contact Brett directly Web: http://brettharned.com Email: [email protected] Twitter: https://twitter.com/brettharned
Sept. 29, 2017 · 00:33:06
In this podcast Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book “Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners”. Michael and Dhaval are the co-editors of the book which is full of stories, tips, and advice from experienced, Agile coaches and trainers. In addition to talking about the book, Michael and Dhaval also share their own thoughts on topics around coaching and they offer advice for those who are headed down the coaching path. SHOW NOTES 01:28 Podcast Begins 02:01 Who is the book for 02:26 What misconceptions do clients have when an Agile coach walks in the door 03:52 How do you provide coaching in an organization that is not ready for it 05:04 How do you (as a coach) coach yourself when you are trying to work with individuals that do not want your help 07:12 Some tips for getting started with a coaching engagement 10:27 What does it take to become an Agile coach 13:17 What is the job of an Agile coach 13:53 When the client wants to pay large sums for you to MAKE them agile 19:06 When will we evolve past waterfall? 23:41 Do you have to be an expert in Agile to be a good coach? What do you need to do before you can be qualified to be a coach? 29:01 Are there people who should not be coaches? 32:05 Getting in touch with Michael and Dhaval THE BOOK Agile Coaching: Wisdom From Practitioners http://amzn.to/2fEV31F TO CONTACT MICHAEL Michael Email: [email protected] Michael Twitter: https://twitter.com/hearthealthyscr TO CONTACT DHAVAL LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhavalpanchal/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dhavalpanchal
Sept. 13, 2017 · 00:45:37
Edward Kay, the Founder of Tall Projects, has been managing software and digital projects for over 14 years. A few months ago Edward posted an article on The Digital Project Manager called “Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods for Agencies”. In this interview, Edward and I discuss his article, some of the key things you need to do in order to get agile to work in digital, and why Scrum may be the one thing that just won’t work in an agency model. 04:04 - Interview Begins 04:48 - Background on Edward and Tall Projects 05:55 - How Edward got started doing agile 06:31 - How Edward’s clients develop a desire to try Agile 09:11 - Are the clients who want to “Go Agile” aware of what that will require and willing to take the steps needed to implement the change? 11:25 - Where in the organization is agile getting started? 12:17 - Why the clients bring Edward in 13:34 - There is no one true way 14:50 - Critical challenges facing Digital Agencies trying to adopt Agile 16:32 - Understanding how to look at work across the portfolio 17:32 - Different ways of measuring work in agencies that are using Agile 20:07 - “Why don’t we just smoke crack at work?” 23:52 - Tracking Happiness 25:10 - Quantifying value and limiting WIP 28:26 - What is the client actually paying you for? 30:50 - Determining value at the project deliverable level 32:40 - Having a conversation about limiting WIP 35:38 - Getting the client to trust the practices agile team’s employ 36:16 - Multitasking is bad and doesn’t work… but it is still expected 37:45 - What Agile practices just do not work in an Agency model 38:49 - “The on system that is not well suited for Digital Agencies in Scrum” 41:15 - Kanban as an alternative for Digital Agencies 42:10 - What Agile tool/technique is the key to making it work in an Agency model? 43:17 - What is the piece that is missing when trying to make Agile fit in an Agency model? 44:18 - How to get in touch with Edward Contacting Edward Website - https://www.tallprojects.co.uk Email: [email protected] LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardkay/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/edwardkay or https://twitter.com/tallprojects Edward’s article on The Digital Project Manager: Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies http://www.thedigitalprojectmanager.com/agency-agile-process/ CSM Training and the 2017 Digital PM Summit For information on the Certified Scrum Master class being held right before the 2017 Digital PM Summit, go to https://www.leadingagile.com/event/certified-scrummaster-training-nevada-10-14-17/. Special Discounts are available for conference attendees. Contact [email protected] For information on the 2017 Digital PM Summit, go to http://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm-2017/.
Aug. 22, 2017 · 00:30:27
Justin Handler is the Head of Accounts at O3 World, a Philadelphia based Digital Agency. O3 World has been integrating Agile practices into their workflow for the past few years and Justin has been leading that charge every step of the way. In this interview, Justin shares stories about what has worked for O3, some things that didn’t, and he offers advice for Digital Agencies that are moving down the path towards Agile. Justin is also one of the folks heading up the Digital PM group in Philadelphia. If you’d like to learn more about the group, check out http://twitter.com/dpmphilly or https://www.meetup.com/DPM-Philly/ SHOW NOTES 03:24 Interview begins 03:44 Background on Justin and his role at O3 06:48 How O3 got started with implementing Agile 08:00 O3’s first experiments with Agile estimation practices 09:40 What O3 tried that didn’t work and what they learned from it 11:57 Debating the value of a Daily Standup and O3’s alternative solution 14:15 Does the client get access to the Trello Board and Slack? 14:34 The key to making Agile practices work in an Agency 16:05 Fitting UX into Agile at O3 19:25 Involving Developers with UX work 20:03 Capturing and prioritizing requirements at O3 22:30 Development and UX working in parallel 23:27 Helping the client with adopting Agile (or not) 25:39 Changing the nature of the relationship with the client 27:14 Advice for agencies getting started with Agile 29:23 How to reach Justin JUSTIN’S ARTICLE During the interview Justin references an article he wrote called “Agile In The Agency. Is It Possible?” You can find it here: http://www.thedigitalprojectmanager.com/managing-agile-projects-in-agency/ CONTACTING JUSTIN Web: http://www.o3world.com Email: [email protected] Twitter: @justinhandler
Aug. 17, 2017 · 00:37:17
Darren Petersen is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Lullabot. He’s also incredibly knowledgeable about Agile. In this interview Darren and I discuss how Agile has been implemented at Lullabot. We dig into what works, what doesn’t, why he moved away from Story Points and all, and how Lullabot has been able to get dedicated teams in place. Note: During the interview Darren and I have a brief conversation about why it makes no sense to force yourself into the As a (some user) I want to (some action) so I can (some benefit) format just for the sake of using it. I promised to get him an official answer. You can find that here: SHOW NOTES 00:08 Interview Begins 00:47 Background on Lullabot 01:33 Managing 50 distributed team members 03:04 Using social media tools to stay connected with remote staff 05:57 Using Agile at Lullabot for client work 12:02 Making the case for some upfront planning, before using Agile during Development 12:50 Taking on the cost of teaching Agile to the client (who doesn’t care about Agile) 14:22 The way Lullabot sets up Teams to use Agile for client work 15:22 How can a digital agency maintain the business with dedicated teams 20:35 How dedicated teams impact the staff members morale and performance at Lullabot 23:27 Teaching customers to write decent User Stories 28:07 Should you force yourself into a User Story format when it doesn’t make sense? * 29:32 Why Darren doesn’t like using Story Points 33:00 How did Darren get so deep with Agile and what drives him to keep learning about it 36:19 Getting in touch with Darren 37:01 Interview Ends CONTACTING DARREN Twitter https://twitter.com/dsayswhat Email: [email protected] About: https://www.lullabot.com/about/darren-petersen Lullabot https://www.lullabot.com LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn http://amzn.to/2vKv4JI Troy Magennis & Focused Objective http://focusedobjective.com User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton http://amzn.to/2wckyOg Agile Manifesto http://agilemanifesto.org
Aug. 14, 2017 · 00:40:42
Jack Skeels is the CEO and Founder of AgencyAgile. There are many organizations devoted to helping companies transform to agile, but AgencyAgile is the only one that is solely focused on helping Digital Agencies adopt Agile. In this interview Jack shares his thoughts on Agile and what makes it succeed or fail in a Digital Agency context. SHOW NOTES 00:10 Interview Begins 00:40 Background on Jack and Agency Agile 01:24 How Jack ended up helping Digital Agencies adopt Agile 05:10 Trying out different types of Agile 06:10 Taking a job so you can run experiments in how to manage projects 08:12 You can’t make people trust 09:13 Jack’s initial questions for management: How much pain are you in? How much gain do you want? 09:52 What is the hardest part for a Digital Agency adopting Agile? 11:52 Transforming the agency AND their clients. Training is not enough 13:40 Do we need a new flavor of Agile tailored to Digital Agencies? 17:26 Does Agile actually make things work better? Are there actual business benefits? 18:38 How does AgencyAgile “sell” Agile to companies? 21:32 We need to stop disempower team members. They care as much as we do. 24:39 Can we actually get consistent cross-functional teams in an Agency? 25:22 Designing work stream teams of 25 26:07 Transforming the whole agency at once 27:31 Are there clients who are not ready to transform yet? 31:10 Letting go of learned behavior 32:30 What do we need for Agile to work in a Digital Agency? 33:19 Agile will work when it becomes a management initiative NOT a Project Management Initiative 34:53 How you can learn more about the AgencyAgile approach 36:10 Books about Agile that Jack recommends 37:00 Jack response to “We can’t do Agile because we’re fixed bid.” 38:10 Advice from Jack for those who want to adopt Agile in a digital agency 39:07 Where you can learn more about Jack 40:11 Interview Ends Links Mentioned in the Podcast 2017 Digital PM Summit: http://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm-2017/ Books by Bas Vodde and Craig Larman Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development http://amzn.to/2uCR6AV Scaling Lean & Agile Development http://amzn.to/2wXVKWG Contacting Jack: Website: https://www.agencyagile.com Blog: https://www.agencyagile.com/insights/ Medium: https://medium.com/@jackskeels Twitter : https://twitter.com/agencyagile LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackaskeels/ If you are interested in this topic, please stay tuned for more. In preparation for a session I am leading at the 2017 Digital PM Summit (ttp://bureauofdigital.com/summits/digital-pm-2017/), I have been doing lots of interviews about how to make Agile work in a digital environment.
Aug. 2, 2017 · 00:31:29
In this podcast, PebblePost’s VP of Marketing, Celeste Giampetro, talked with Dave about the importance of defining a good mission statement, why Marketing needs more generalists than specialists now, how to develop cross-functional teams, and leading with vulnerability. During the conversation, they also spent time discussing different leadership techniques that will help you get the most out of your team. SHOW NOTES 00:08 Podcast TLDR 01:44 Podcast Begins 02:11 Some background on Pebble Post and Celeste’s role there 03:31 Is having a mission statement or vision statement important? 04:03 What problem is Pebble Post solving and how are they solving it? 09:43 Why marketers need to focus on being more generalized than specialized. 11:49 When are you done being a startup? 12:58 How we ended up with so much specialization in the first place 13:48 How do you determine if your generalist actually has the focused skills you need. 15:09 How to find people who want to grow and then to mentor them 16:03 Leading with vulnerability and transparency 18:10 What value does a manager get from leading with vulnerability 19:42 An example of how leading with vulnerability and transparency backfired 20:31 The benefits of giving up the control and power; and how it can have a very positive impact on the organization 22:00 Making sure everyone knows the Mission and Vision Statement 22:18 Introducing cross-functionality into your team 24:08 Do Gen X and Millennials approach collaboration and cross-functionality differently? 25:18 What is the key to motivating people? “Can you extract from them their best work?” 27:07 The importance of learning about the people on your team before you start trying to direct their behavior. 28:07 On Managing people - “It’s al about relationship building” 28:55 Agile at PebblePost 30:32 Getting in touch with Celeste CONTACTING CELESTE Twitter https://twitter.com/stinapessa LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/celestegiampetro/ Pebble Post http://pebblepost.com CELESTE’S ARTICLE Step Aside, Specialist: Return Of The Marketing Generalist https://blog.pebblepost.com/dont-call-it-a-comeback-the-very-high-value-of-being-a-marketing-generalist
July 25, 2017 · 00:33:24
Laura Powers is has a LOT going on. She’s got a new role as Co-CEO of RADTAC US, she got classes coming up AND she has sessions set for Agile 2017 and the Scrum Gathering in Dublin. In this podcast I had the chance to catch up with Laura, hear about all she has going on, and we got to dig into the sessions she’ll be presenting at Agile 2017 and the Scrum Gathering in Dublin. SHOW NOTES 00:10 Interview Begins 01:03 Laura explains her new gig at Radtac US 02:15 Laura’s experience London following the recent attacks 02:56 Laura and Kim Brainard are giving some Training From the Back of the Room classes 05:03 Laura’s participation in the Women in Agile Event at Agile 2017 07:24 Laura’s talks at Agile 2017 07:48 What about The Power of Play? 14:12 The Difference between Culture and Climate 18:02 Laura’s upcoming session at the Scrum Gathering in Dublin and Say Yes to No! 19:50 Improv, the “Yes, and” culture and the Power of No 25:25 Saying YES! to more things than you can possibly do and how to fix that 27:58 Laura’s advice for newcomers attending Agile 2017 31:34 Getting in touch with Laura CONTACTING LAURA Radtac https://www.radtac.co.uk/about-us/page/3/ Twitter https://twitter.com/laurapowers Links from the Podcast - Radtac http://Radtac.com - Training from the BACK of the Room (Upcoming Class) w/ Kim Brainard Thursday, August 3, Orlando, FL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/training-from-the-back-of-the-room-tbr-1-day-graphic-facilitation-tickets-31829812827 LAURA’s PODCASTS Agile Games http://agilegamespodcast.com NLP Your Agile - Link will be updated soon Upcoming Events: Women in Agile at Agile 2017 Date:Sunday, August 6, 2017 Time: 1-5 PM Location: Orlando, FL - Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel (Agile2017) https://www.agilealliance.org/women-in-agile-2017/ Laura’s Sessions at Agile 2017 The Power of Play - Coaching Teams to Play at Work Wednesday, August 9, 10:45 AM http://sched.co/ATXu It’s Not Just About Culture: Co-creating an Awesome Agile Climate in an Imperfect World Thursday, August 10, 10:45 AM http://sched.co/ATWv Laura’s Session at Scrum Gathering Dublin Say "Yes" to "No": The Power of the "No" in Agile Tuesday, October 31, 11:00 AM https://www.scrumalliance.org/sgdub
July 24, 2017 · 00:23:03
If you are involved with Agile, the biggest event of the year is the conference hosted each summer by the Agile Alliance. Agile 2017 (https://www.agilealliance.org/agile2017/) kicks off on Sunday, August 6, 2017 and that means 2,500 Agilists will be descending on Orlando ready to pick up new techniques, share what they’ve learned and catch up with thought leaders and practitioners in the Agile space. The conference is MASSIVE and it would not be possible without the Purple Shirt People who volunteer at the conference. In exchange for getting to attend the conference, the folks in the purple shirts are the ones who can help you navigate the week. Whether you are a first timer wondering where to go, or a seasoned veteran giving a talk, we all depend on the generosity of the folks who give their time to help make the conference happen. In this podcast, Becky Hartman and Sarah Klarich share some details about volunteering at the conference, how it works, what you get in exchange for giving your time and how you can get more involved. If you are new to the conference, Becky and Sarah also share some tips on how to make it through the week and what to not miss. SHOW NOTES 00:10 Podcast Begins 00:47 Background on Sarah and Becky 01:33 Getting involved with volunteering at the Agile Conference 02:58 How many people will be expected at Agile 2017 03:30 How many people are part of the Volunteer Team at Agile 2017 03:52 The time commitment and getting to see sessions at Agile 2017 05:13 The type of work the Purple Shirts are expected to do a the Agile Conference 06:19 The benefits of volunteering at the Agile Conference 10:18 Advice from Becky and Sarah on how to get the most out your week in Orlando 13:15 Tips for volunteers who are extroverts (like Becky) 14:05 Watch the Grandma comments! 14:18 Advice for introverts (like Sarah) 15:05 Get ready for Agile Therapy and some other new events at Agile 2017! 16:36 Dealing with FOMO at Agile 2017 (You can’t see it all - take care of yourself!) 17:40 Finding your conference wingperson 19:44 Sarah and Becky’s must see events at Agile 2017 21:36 How to get on the Agile 2017 Volunteer Wait List (or submit your name for next year)
June 26, 2017 · 00:45:33
In each of my CSM and CSPO classes someone asks “Should I still get PMP?” In this podcast I got the chance to check in with Jesse Fewell on the value of certification. Jesse and I have been friends since 2008 when we both started working on trying to find ways to get PMI to pay attention to Agile. We both come from a traditional background, have been heavily involved with PMI and now make a living teaching Scrum certification classes. Jesse and I debate the answer to the PMP certification question and along the way, discuss our differing views on the value of PMI-ACP, CSM and CSPO certifications. These are things we don’t always see eye to eye on, so regardless of your viewpoint, there is sure to be something in here to help you see things from a different perspective. We also have a brief conversation about what do to about PMO’s in Agile organizations. Note: You may hear some odd background noise. This time it isn't me slurping coffee … #blamethefidgittoys Show Notes 00:08 Podcast Starts 00:34 An update on Jesse’s recent and upcoming Agile PMO sessions, VirtuallyAgile.com and his Certified Agile Leadership Training classes 07:53 Does PMP Certification still matter? And if you are working in Agile, do you still need it? 09:57 If you are a traditional PM, are you in danger of becoming unemployable if you do not have agile? 11:50 Can a traditional PM avoid the trap of thinking they “get” Agile before they actually do? 14:26 Jesse’s involvement with PMI-ACP, it’s evolution and current relevance 16:20 What can you expect of someone who has PMP or PMI-ACP Certification? 18:10 PMI and Agile Alliance collaboration and what we can expect to see from it 20:10 PMI is working with the Agile Alliance… “It’s like the X-Men and the Justice League tried to plan something together” 21:10 “Everyone has the same mission - improve outcomes and people doing their job well” 21:43 It’s not a “standard”, it’s a “guide” 22:07 How much Agile will be in the new (6th) edition of the PMBOK? 23:00 For the skeptics… there is good on both sides of PMI and the Agile Alliance working together 24:30 Understanding the distinction between the work done by PMI and the Agile Alliance (stabilize and align vs. disrupt) 26:42 Will there be a new Agile certification coming from PMI? 29:26 If you know a PMP trying to decide between taking a CSM or a PMI-ACP course and they need advice on what to take 32:42 Dave and Jesse debate whether getting PMP is still valuable for a CSM or CSPO 36:17 “Most Agile people are punching above their weight…” 39:18 What do we do about the PMO if our organization is adopting Agile? 44:22 Want more Jesse? Here is how to get it…. 45:02 Interview Ends Links Referenced in the Podcast The Hybrid PMO (part of Seminars World) http://bit.ly/2tbOvM5 Solving the PMO Paradox (at Agile 2017) http://bit.ly/2sJ8wJj Certifications and Agile Organizations Mentioned in the Podcast PMP Certification http://bit.ly/29NtawC PMI-ACP Certification https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/agile-acp CSM Certification http://bit.ly/ZtotC1 CSPO Certification http://bit.ly/1HeXnC5 Certified Agile Leadership Certification https://www.scrumalliance.org/agile-leadership Agile Alliance: https://www.agilealliance.org Scrum Alliance: https://www.scrumalliance.org PMI: https://www.pmi.org/ IC Agile: https://icagile.com Contacting Jesse Website: http://www.jessefewell.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessefewell LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessefewell/ Contacting Dave Website: https://drunkenpm.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/
June 19, 2017 · 00:27:48
Fearless Agility’s Jimi Fosdick took some time out of during the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego to let me interview him about what it was like to go from being a full on, old school, traditional PMP, to someone who spends his days helping individuals and organizations move to a more Agile way of working. “It should feel counterintuitive awkward uncomfortable and maybe a little bit painful because anything that represents real change feels that way.” Jimi is not your run of he mill PMP turned Agilist. His outspoken style, views and approach are unique, but the reason I was so psyched to get to do the interview was the fact that despite all that, Jimi still shows a lot of respect and empathy for traditional minded folks and the challenges they face in making the switch… because he went through it himself. If you are trying to move from a traditional way of working to someone who has adopted and internalized Agile, there is a lot of good advice in this podcast. SHOW NOTES 01:40 - Interview begins 02:00 - Jimi’s work and his background 04:17 - Jimi’s experience of going moving from traditional PM work to Agile 06:35 - Advice from Jimi for those moving from traditional to Agile 07:46 - Knowing what you are arguing against, before you know what you are arguing for 09:30 - Embracing the crisis of faith 10:49 - Hyper-focus and the discipline required to make Scrum work 11:45 - The difference between a Project Manager and a ScrumMaster 14:44 - Why Scrum has no Meetings 16:47 - Jim’s work in the Enterprise 20:10 - Cargo Cult Scrum 20:30 - Advice for the PMO that exists in an organization transitioning to Agile 21:19 - Jimi (more older and mellow) 24:44 - It’s more about people and change than governance 25:55 - If you have a time machine and could go back and meet Fredrick Taylor would you stop him? 26:42 - Breaking Gantt’s hands 26:55 - Finding Jimi LINKS: Cargo Cults on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult Video: https://youtu.be/qmlYe2KS0-Y If you’d like to reach Jimi: Web: FearlessAgility http://www.fearlessagility.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fearlessagility LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimifosdick/ Upcoming Events on the Scrum Alliance site: http://bit.ly/2srE7gU
June 9, 2017 · 00:33:53
Parikshit Basrur works in Sydney, Australia as a Management Consultant who focuses on leadership, strategy and execution. He comes from a strong traditional project management background but for the past few years he has been working in a senior leadership role within an organization that has been undergoing a transformation to Agile. This work, and Parikshit’s unique way of looking at managing work has led him to develop an Agile Transformation Playbook. In this interview, we discuss his approach to working with and transitioning to agile, the importance of focusing on culture, his take on the agile vs. traditional debate and his upcoming sessions at the Hindsight Forum where he will be giving a presentation on how to establish agile practices in a well-established business. Show Notes 00:12 Interview begins 00:33 Background on Parikshit 01:52 Parikshit’s transition from waterfall to Agile 05:00 The difference between being Agile and doing Agile 07:15 Finding the right tools and delivering work 08:12 Speaking with Stakeholders Executives about Enterprise Transformation 12:03 Responding to the “WE HAVE TO SHIP NOW!” attitude and understanding WHY Agile? 17:15 Helping stakeholders appreciate how hard transformation can be 19:10 The McDonald’s Drive Thru version of Agile 22:30 Agile needs to be like air 23:35 Change your culture first… help them stay away from the candy on the table 27:40 Creating the desire for change 29:50 How the Agile Transformation Playbook differs from other transformation approaches 32:35 Where to find the Agile Transformation Playbook, seeing Parikshit’s upcoming presentations 33:15 Where to reach Parikshit 33:39 Interview Ends To learn more about the Agile Transformation Playbook Slideshare: http://bit.ly/2s0TKvy Medium: http://bit.ly/2rlv3YD YouTube: https://youtu.be/js96mF3X_fw Parikshit’s upcoming sessions at the Hindsight Forum HindSight Forum http://www.hindsightforum.com/events/ Melbourne - June 21, 2017 Sydney - June 22, 2017 Contacting Parikshit LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2rg8z06 Twitter: https://twitter.com/parikshitbasrur
June 6, 2017 · 00:35:03
During the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh, Savannah Rayat gave a presentation called “Enhancing your life with Personal Agility”. During the session she explained how she has applied some basic Agile practices from Scrum and Kanban to refine and focus her approach to life, deciding what is most important to her, and managing teams. Savannah has also applied Agile in other non-IT areas. During the interview, we talk about some of the Scrum practices she has applied in working with her team of Realtors. Show Notes 00:10 - Interview Begins 00:52 - Background on Savannah 01:42 - How Day-Trading fits in with being a Realtor/IT Professional 02:15 - How Savannah defines Personal Agility 04:44 - Savannah’s approach to Personal Kanban and her issue with deadlines 05:31 - The important of setting and maintaining WIP Limits 07:06 - Reducing your WIP to 3-4 10:00 - Preventing the backlash of cutting stuff our of your life 12:15 - Having affection for your interests 12:42 - Deciding what you can live without 14:29 - Long term and short term road mapping 15:48 - Savannah’s Day to Day practice of Agile 18:50 - The need for slack 21:35 - The benefits of self-reflection and coping with the guilt of doing unplanned stuff 23:16 - Making the time for Personal Kanban 24:19 - Accountability Partners 25:33 - How to get started with using Personal Agility 27:44 - How Savannah uses Scrum to support collaboration on her Real Estate team 32:38 - Getting in touch with Savannah 34:39 - Interview Ends Contacting Savannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/savannah-rayat-8942b8120/ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SavannahRayat Savannah’s Realty site: http://rayatrealtygroup.com Savannah’s Heart of Agile 2017 http://heartofagile.com/Session/enhancing-your-life-with-personal-agility/
May 15, 2017 · 00:30:40
Jessie Shternshus is the founder of The Improv Effect and the author of “CTRL SHIFT: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today”. In her work, Jessie often incorporates improv techniques to help people tap into the things they need to become better communicators, team members and leaders. She also coaches organizations through Agile transition and cultural change. After recently completing my first improv class, and not feeling very confident that I “got it”, I had lots of questions. Jessie was kind enough to spend some time talking with me about my experience, the benefits improv can provide, what “yes, and…” really means, why it is important and the elements needed to create a safe space where people can thrive and be creative. SHOW NOTES 00:00 Podcast Intro 01:58 Interview Start 02:22 What Jessie has been up to lately 03:42 Jessie’s work coaching people to help them amp up their presentation skills 04:45 The Creative Courage Summit 05:58 Jessie’s Book “CTRL SHIFT: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today” 06:17 Intro to the Improv Discussion 07:00 Dave’s fears about the safety provided by the improv framework 07:46 “I’m happy to tell you your being dumb” 08:22 How can you have an environment that is supportive AND critical 08:41 Dave missed some important pieces 09:08 Learning from what makes you uncomfortable 10:04 It’s important to find the class that is right for you 11:50 How you establish a safe improv space 13:36 Safety comes from setting expectations, modeling behavior and getting to know people 16:12 Finding a way to use improv to build camaraderie with remote teams 18:20 Do you always have to “Yes, and…” 18:50 How “Yes, and” works, and the benefits it can bring 21:22 What skills improv can offer to individuals and teams working in an office setting 22:50 Advice from Jessie on how to pick the right class for you 25:19 Part of being creative involves tapping into your childlike self, but you have to feel safe going there 26:18 What if you can’t let go of everything and reach that childlike state? 28:20 Being mindful of the things you are resisting 30:02 Getting in touch with Jessie CONTACTING JESSIE http://www.improveffect.com https://www.facebook.com/improveffect/ https://twitter.com/TheImprovEffect LINKS: Jessie’s Book: “CTRL SHIFT: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today” http://amzn.to/2rhOxPk The Creative Courage Summit: http://CreativeCourageSummit.live My Video Podcast interview with Jessie at the 2015 Agile Conference: https://vimeo.com/135568636
May 11, 2017 · 00:45:31
There are lots of podcasts about Agile out there and each of them has something valuable to offer to the community. But a few weeks ago, a new kind of Agile podcast launched. John Le Drew is the creator of “The Agile Path”, a long form NPR style podcast… (think Serial for Agile). In this interview, John shares the story of how he ended up working on the podcast, what it was like creating it, some of his current projects as well as details about the process he follows in creating the podcasts and his favorite gear. If you are interested in podcasting, block out some time for this one, there is a lot of valuable stuff in here. SHOW NOTES 00:01 Podcast Intro 00:52 Interview begins 01:19 John’s journey from whizkid geek hooligan to developer to Agile coach/podcaster 10:29 What inspired John to create The Agile Path and the sources that influenced his approach 11:45 Creating the soundscape for listeners 14:15 Finding the right music and getting permission to use it in a very bold way 17:53 The benefits of overcoming the fear of approaching people on your bookshelf 19:57 We should all strive to bring out our inner Woody 20:25 John’s editing process and the work he’s doing on future episodes 22:05 How John is integrating improv in his upcoming workshops and why that is relevant to the topic of safety 25:51 Dave asks John a question about how safety works in improv classes and how “Yes and…” is about accepting what comes to you without judgement and building on it 29:40 Imagine it like a sieve… find the gold 31:09 Paying attention and what that really means 34:28 Scripting it all out, then editing 39:18 Work on the next episode and the schedule John is aiming for 40:29 John’s favorite recording equipment 45:05 Wrapping Up LINKS FROM THE PODCAST The Agile Path http://agilepath.fm Twitter: https://twitter.com/agilepathfm John’s upcoming speaking events and workshops: http://wisenoodle.me/speaking
May 5, 2017 · 00:17:56
Scrum Alliance Interim CEO Lisa Hershman shared some time at the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego to talk about the top initiatives being worked on at the Scrum Alliance, including their partnership with Large Scale Scrum, changes to the certification programs and more.
May 3, 2017 · 00:17:58
Making the transition to Agile is never easy for PMP’s. Once you re-wire your brain to think like a PM, letting go of all of that you have learned, and accepting a completely different way of working presents a lot of challenges. A big part of what I try to do with these podcasts is to share stories of those who have successfully made the switch and what that transformation was like. At the Scrum Gathering in San Diego a few weeks ago I got the chance to sit down with someone I’ve been hoping to interview about this topic for a long time. Gene Bounds is the Chair of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. He is ALSO the former Chair of PMI. He comes from a background that is deeply steeped in the traditional space working on government projects, to someone who is now deeply invested in helping to grow the Agile community and change the world of work. Because Gene has dedicated so much of his life to being in the service of others, first in the United States Air Force, then volunteering for PMI for many years, and now working with the Scrum Alliance, we also took some time in the interview to talk about the benefits that come from investing all that time volunteering. You can find Gene here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eugene-bounds-82b70754/ Scrum Alliance: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/ebounds If you have comments or feedback on the podcast, please send an email to [email protected]
March 31, 2017 · 00:31:09
The Trust Artist, Olaf Lewitz, along with his partner, Christine Neidhardt, are gearing ready for their upcoming TrustTemenos Certified Agile Leadership trainings. Certified Agile Leadership trainings are a new, advanced level of training classes being offered through the Scrum Alliance. In this interview Olaf and I discuss the reason for his TrustTemenos CAL class, how it can help people become better Agile leaders, and the value of Certified Agile Leadership. Safety is a very hot topic in the Agile space right now. During our conversation about safety, Olaf shared one of the most powerful things I have heard during an interview this year: “When you talk to people about trust, it rises. When you talk to people about safety, they get scared” Every conversation I have with Olaf leaves me more aware and (I hope) a bit smarter than I was when it began. I hope you will get as much value from listening to this as I did from recording the conversation. And you can find links to Olaf’s upcoming classes and events, as well as his contact info, below the show notes. Show Notes 00:07 Podcast Intro 01:27 Begins 01:57 An overview of Agile Leadership Training 04:48 A skeptical response to the idea of Agile Leadership Training and Olaf’s response 07:16 Developing a thinking model to understand what we need and how that drives our actions 09:11 The power of metaphor in leadership and Dave’s aversion to boats 11:03 Giving people tools to grow their awareness of how they show up 11:34 These classes cover advanced leadership topics - not the basics 12:16 “If you trust in yourself… you will still get beaten by people” 13:05 Skepticism is an important part of any class and any transition 13:32 It’s about being intentional and aware 15:23 There is a specific type of learning that involves being uncomfortable because what you believe is challenged 15:57 Extending the question of leadership beyond work and helping them understand more about their awareness and intention 17:00 Olaf shares a story about his first experience working as a boss 21:29 The advice Olaf about give his 29 year-old self about being a boss for the firs time 22:23 It’s okay to ask for help 24:05 A question about safety and what it means to create a safe space 25:42 When you talk to people about trust, it rises, when you talk to people about safety, they get scared 27:22 What is Certified Agile Leadership Training? What level of knowledge experience do you need to attend? 28:08 What will CAL training do for a leader/manager in an Agile organization? 29:28 Where to learn more about Olaf’s upcoming classes, where you can see him speak and how to get in touch with him if you have questions. Links from the Podcast Showing Up - the book written by Olaf and Christine https://leanpub.com/showingup TrustTemenos Leadership Academy: https://trusttemenos.de Upcoming CAL Trainings - https://trusttemenos.de/certified-agile-leadership-cal1/ Olaf’s session at the 2017 Scrum Gathering San Diego is called: Product Owner: Mapping Dramas and Dreams and it will be held in the Harbor Island 1 room on Monday, April 10 from 1 PM until 2:15 PM For more info on the Scrum Gathering: https://www.scrumalliance.org/sgcal Contacting Olaf LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olaflewitz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlafLewitz Website: http://trustartist.com
March 26, 2017 · 00:31:55
A few weeks ago Don Kim put up a blog post challenging the value of certifications. I reached out to Don in hopes of doing an interview about it and found out he’s also written a new book “I think Therefore I Plan”. In this interview we discuss the pros and cons of different certifications, taking an artisan approach to managing projects as well as Don’s new book. You can find Don’s book here: http://amzn.to/2n7VEHu You can find Don’s blog post about certifications here: http://bit.ly/2okDUZA Show Notes: 00:07 Interview Start 00:30 What is a Human APEE 03:38 What is an Artisan approach to Project Management 05:15 Don’s Philosophy of Project Management 07:22 Trying to slow down and do less 08:21 Don explains his way of approaching project work and the reason for the book 10:56 How has the traditional vs. Agile debate changed over the past few years 12:53 Seeing the value in every project you work on - regardless of how you got it 16:15 The downside of certifications 17:29 The positive aspects of certifications 18:03 There is more to project management training than just PMP certification 19:48 Making the case for the value certifications can provide and how it can be misunderstood 23:22 Does it make sense for people to want to have a way of gauging their professional achievement? 23:55 What Don expected from PMP certification and how he went deep with the Kerzner to get the most learning out of it (instead of just passing the test) 26:41 Is it the certification that is an issue, or the way people interpret it as an end point rather than a beginning 27:50 An overview of the approach Don’s book takes towards the art of Project Management 30:56 Where you can find Don’t book and how you can reach him with follow up questions 31:54 Podcast Ends You can reach Don Kim on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donkim/ Feedback/Comments: [email protected]