AFH 062: Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin [PODCAST]

Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss co-presenting at conferences, co-writing books, and agile testing.

Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory Co-Presenting a Conference Talk

Lisa is a tester who enjoys sharing her experiences and learning from others. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2014) and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009). Lisa is a tester on a fabulous agile team. She specializes in showing testers and agile teams how testers can add value and how to guide development with business-facing tests.

Amitai is a software development coach, speaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to get started in conference speaking with co-presenting
  • The joys and techniques of writing a book with a partner
  • What is being observed in the agile testing world today

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Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with their previous work, Agile Testing. Now, in More Agile Testing, they reflect on all they’ve learned since. They address crucial emerging issues, share evolved agile practices, and cover key issues agile testers have asked to learn more about.

Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing. You’ll find brand-new coverage of agile testing for the enterprise, distributed teams, mobile/embedded systems, regulated environments, data warehouse/BI systems, and DevOps practices.

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Want to hear another podcast about the getting started with speaking at technical conferences? — Listen to my conversation with Don Gray, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schleier, and Jason Tice on episode 32. We discuss how to write a compelling abstract, what track reviewers are looking for in a submission, and how to give yourself the best change of getting selected.

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AFH 061: Agile Musings with GeePaw Hill [PODCAST]

GeePaw Hill (@GeePawHill) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss internal quality vs external quality, generating insights about software, and the dangers of dogma in agile software development.

GeePaw Hill

GeePaw is the internet moniker for Michael Hill. He is a professional software coach for agile teams. GeePaw blogs at geepawhill.org and is a must follow on Twitter. GeePaw is a proud grandfather of 9 and finds that to be his most important role yet.

Amitai is a software development coach, speaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to debunk the quality vs quantity myth
  • Why maximizing your insights per hour is important
  • What is hurting the agile industry today

Links from the show:

Scrum is the most successful framework for agile product development and much has been written about how to follow the Scrum process but the key to success is in the leadership skills of the product owner.

Product Mastery explores the traits of the best product owners offering an insight into the difference between good and great product ownership and explaining how the best product owners are DRIVEN to be successful.

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Want to hear another podcast about the dangers of agile dogma? — Listen to my conversation with Tom Cagley on episode 55 We discuss certifications, frameworks, and the impact of dogma on a teams ability to inspect and adapt.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

Techwell’s Agile Dev West is *the* premier event that covers the latest advances in the agile community. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive $200 off their conference registration fee.

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement presentation, along with my half day session on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.


AFH 060: Kickstarting Agility with Allen Holub [PODCAST]

Allen Holub (@allenholub) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss his Kickstarter project: Agility with Allen: The Whole Caboodle.

Agility with Allen Holub

Allen is a trainer, writer, speaker, and coach who takes a non-tribal view of software development. He is a highly regarded instructor for the University of California, Berkeley, Extension. Allen eschews the dogma that surrounds many of the current agile topics and practices.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Insights in to creating a Kickstarter project
  • How LEAN is at the center of most of the things agilists do
  • Where to go to learn more about Allen’s Kickstarter project

Links from the show:

Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days – Jonah – to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done.

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Want to hear another podcast episode with Allen Holub? — Listen to my conversation with Allen on episode 21. We discuss #NoEstimates, #NoManagement and what it truly means for an organization to adopt agility

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This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I have used Audible for years, and I love audio books. I have three to recommend:

  1. Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman
  2. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
  3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

All you need to do to get your free 30-day Audible trial is go to Audibletrial.com/agile. Choose one of the above books, or choose between more than 180,000 audio programs. It’s that easy. Go to Audibletrial.com/agile and get started today. Enjoy!

AFH 059: Product Mastery with Geoff Watts [PODCAST]

Geoff Watts (@geoffcwatts) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Product Mastery.

Geoff Watts

Geoff is the founder of Inspect & Adapt Ltd and one of the most experienced and respected Scrum coaches in the world. Having started using Scrum at British Telecom, one of the first large-scale agile adoptions, he has since coached organisations large and small through their agile journeys. Geoff is the author of Scrum Mastery, The Coaches Casebook, and most recently Product Mastery. As well as his wealth of knowledge in the agile field, he is also passionate about promoting servant-leadership through his coaching practice.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How difficult the role of Product Owner is to do well
  • The tools, mindset, and techniques necessary to be a successful Product Owner
  • Why the Product Owner needs the support of the whole team in order to get their job done

Links from the show:

Scrum is the most successful framework for agile product development and much has been written about how to follow the Scrum process but the key to success is in the leadership skills of the product owner.

Product Mastery explores the traits of the best product owners offering an insight into the difference between good and great product ownership and explaining how the best product owners are DRIVEN to be successful.

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

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Want to hear another podcast about the Product Owner role? — Listen to my conversation with Mark Davidson and Tim Ottinger episode 22. We discuss how to become a product owner and the many skills it takes to get a product delivered to your customers.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


This podcast episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

Techwell’s Agile Dev West is *the* premier event that covers the latest advances in the agile community. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive $200 off their conference registration fee.

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement presentation, along with my half day session on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.


AFH 058: Agile Coaching Strategies with Llewellyn Falco [PODCAST]

Llewellyn Falco (@llewellynfalco) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Agile Coaching, types of coaching, hiring coaches, and some #MobProgramming.

Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn is a professional teacher, speaker, agile programmer, and creator of the Approval Test project. He blogs here, appears on podcasts there, and helps make agile teams awesome everywhere. Llewellyn generously shares his insights on YouTube. Watch his videos, they are great. Seriously.

Amitai is a software development coach, speaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to hire an agile coach
  • Different ways agile coaches work with teams
  • Why you may want to get out to Boston on April 6th and 7th for the Mob Programming Conference

Links from the show:

Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days – Jonah – to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done.

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I have used Audible for years, and I love audio books. I have three to recommend:

  1. Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman
  2. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
  3. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

All you need to do to get your free 30-day Audible trial is go to Audibletrial.com/agile. Choose one of the above books, or choose between more than 180,000 audio programs. It’s that easy. Go to Audibletrial.com/agile and get started today. Enjoy!