AFH 035: Data Driven Agile Coaching with Troy Magennis [PODCAST]

Hosts

Ryan Ripley, Troy Magennis

Discussion

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Troy Magennis (@t_magennis) got together to discuss Troy’s upcoming Agile 2016 talks:

  1. Data Driven Coaching – Safely Turning Team Data Into Coaching Insights
  2. Forecasting Using Data – Quickly Answering How Big, How long and How Likely

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Troy covered 4 key metric categories: responsiveness, productivity, quality, and predictability. We talked about how to present these metrics in a meaningful way, and also covered how not to abuse teams with their data.

Troy brings a pragmatic approach to data and team metrics and gave me a lot to think about when it comes to pulling insights from data and driving coaching activities from what was learned.

He also blogs here and has some great metric and data content that expands on many of the topics we discussed on the show.

And then…we called it a night.

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Resources, Plugs, and More

Ryanhttp://ryanripley.com

Troyhttp://focusedobjective.com/

AFH 034: Agile Program Management with Johanna Rothman [PODCAST]

Hosts

Ryan Ripley, Johanna Rothman

Discussion

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Johanna Rothman (@johannarothman) got together to discuss Johanna’s new book “Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization”.

Johanna is known as the “Pragmatic Manager” who provides frank advice for difficult problems. She is a prolific author and blogger and also publishes a newsletter called The Pragmatic Manager. Johanna provides workshops, training, and other services to organizations looking to improve the way they get work done.

In a previous post, I reviewed Johanna’s excellent book – Predicting the Unpredictable and still cannot recommend this important book on estimation enough.

Overall, this is an immensely practical book that belongs on the shelf of anyone working on an agile team. The practical suggestions on how to handle providing estimates is worth the prices of the book, making the coverage of advanced topics like #NoEstimates a welcome bonus. Highly recommended!

On this episode of Agile for Humans we talked about servant leadership at the program management level, metrics that matter and those that don’t, and where to focus your time and effort to effectively manage your project portfolio.

Finally, we wrapped up with thoughts on management, cost of delay concepts, and #NoEstimates.

And then…we called it a night.

Will you help the Agile for Humans podcast grow? Please review Agile for Humans on iTunes and Stitcher and leave your comments on the blog site. Help your friends and co-workers find Agile for Humans by sharing your favorite episodes with them. Thanks for all you do to support the show.

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Resources, Plugs, and More

Ryanhttp://ryanripley.com

Johannahttp://www.jrothman.com/

AFH 033: HR Insights with Esther Derby and Stacy Johnston [PODCAST]

Hosts

Ryan Ripley, Esther Derby, Stacy Johnston

Discussion

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Esther Derby (@estherderby), and Stacy Johnston got together to discuss performance management, HR myths, annual reviews, and how teams can partner with their HR department to create better systems of work.

A key concept throughout the show was the need for people to feel that they’ve been treated fairly. Much of what we do in the agile space relies on a culture that fosters trust and eschews cynicism.

Treating people unfairly is one of the fastest ways to destroy teams and embitter people.

We then talked about the shift away from the factory mindset to the new world of managing knowledge workers.

And then…we called it a night.

Will you help the Agile for Humans podcast grow? Please review Agile for Humans on iTunes and Stitcher and leave your comments on the blog site. Help your friends and co-workers find Agile for Humans by sharing your favorite episodes with them. Thanks for all you do to support the show.

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Resources, Plugs, and More

Ryanhttp://ryanripley.com

Estherhttp://www.estherderby.com/

Stacyhttp://audacityhr.com/

The Path to Agility conference was developed to further COHAA’s mission to promote the use of Agile practices and principles. COHAA has engaged a number of national and regional Agile thought leaders to provide session content focused on a mix of business, technical, and/or management topics. Whether you are well along the path or just starting out, this conference will help guide you in the right direction.

Date: May 25, 2016—May 26, 2016
Event: The Path to Agility Conference
Topic: The Business of Agile: Better, Faster, Cheaper
Sponsor: Central Ohio Agile Association (COHAA)
Venue: The Ohio Union
614-688-4636
Location: 1739 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

AFH 032: How to Improve Your Agile Conference Submissions [PODCAST]

Hosts

Ryan Ripley, Don Gray, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schlair, Jason Tice

Discussion

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley), Don Gray (@donaldegray), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Amitai Schlair (@schmonz), and Jason Tice (@theagilefactor) got together to discuss strategies for submitting talks to agile conferences and how to help the chances of your presentation getting accepted.

**DISCLAIMER: This is an independent podcast that is not affiliated with or represents the views of any of the conferences mentioned on the show.

Every person on the podcast speaks at conferences across the United States and around the world. We’ve also had our talks rejected at many conferences as well. While there isn’t a silver bullet that guarantees success in this space, there are ways to increase the odds that your talk will fit in with the needs of the organizers and delight the attendees.

It’s our hope that this episode helps those new to public speaking get their ideas out in to the world and to give veterans of the conference scene fresh ideas on how to get more of their talks potentially accepted.

And then…we called it a night.

Will you help the Agile for Humans podcast grow? Please review Agile for Humans on iTunes or Stitcher and leave your comments on the blog site. Help your friends and co-workers find Agile for Humans by sharing your favorite episodes with them. Thanks for all you do to support the show.

Agile for Humans is brought to you by audible.com – get one FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/agile

Resources, Plugs, and More

Ryanhttp://ryanripley.com

Donhttp://www.donaldegray.com/

Timhttp://agileotter.blogspot.com/

Amitaihttp://www.schmonz.com/

Jasonhttp://www.thisagilelife.com/