AFH 042: The Grows Method for Adopting Agile Software Develpoment [PODCAST]

Andy Hunt (@PragmaticAndy), Jared Richardson (@JaredRichardson), and Don Gray (@DonaldEGray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the Grows Method for agile adoption.

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Andy Hunt Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference 2013 – Copyright COHAA

Andy is one of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto. He is the author of 9 books including: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (with Dave Thomas), Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware, and Practices of an Agile Developer: Working in the Real World (with Venkat Subramaniam). Andy publishes books with Dave Thomas at the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He blogs at toolshed.com.

Jared is an agile coach, blogger, and speaker. He is the founder of Agile Artisians and the author of Ship It! – A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects (with William A. Gwaltney).

Don works with executives and managers to build coherent organizational structures, processes, policies, and goals that allows teams to flourish. He co-teaches one of the top coaching workshops offered globally – Coaching Beyond the Team – with Esther Derby. Don brings both wisdom and humor to his coaching practice.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What is the Grows Method for Agile Adoption
  • How to gradually grow agile in an organization
  • What is essential to be agile
  • How to get alignment between executives and agile teams

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The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process–taking a requirement and producing working, maintainable code that delights its users. It covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques for keeping your code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse. The Pragmatic Programmer illustrates the best practices and major pitfalls of many different aspects of software development.

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Question: What is your go to method to help people adopt agile? Does the Grows Method fill a gap that you’ve seen in your practice? Let’s discuss! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about craftsmanship? — Listen to my conversation with Ron Quartel about FAST Agile and bringing craftsmanship back to software development on episode 10. We discuss scrum, extreme programming (XP), and the concept of craftsmanship applied to agile software development.

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AFH 041: Discover to Deliver with Ellen Gottesdiener [PODCAST]

Ellen Gottesdiener (@ellengott) joined me (@RyanRipley) at The Path to Agility Conference (@cohaainfo) to discuss the importance of discovery and delivery.

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Ellen Gottesdiener Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference 2016 – Copyright COHAA

Ellen is the CEO and founder of EBG Consulting. She is the author of Requirements by Collaboration, The Software Requirements Memory Jogger, and most recently Discover to Deliver (with Mary Gorman). Ellen is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and trainer with a passion for improving agile product ownership.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why discovery is just as important as delivery
  • The importance of providing context to agile teams
  • How companies are moving towards product centric thinking
  • What team can do to maximize discovery

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Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis is a practical guide for rapidly discovering product needs in your lean/agile project. Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman, leading agile practitioners and consultants, share key concepts, practices, examples, a case study, tips, and powerful planning and analysis tools. This book is for professionals who need to collaboratively conceive, deliver and support software products and systems. You’ll learn how to continually discover and deliver high-value products.

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Question: Which discoveries have enabled you to deliver your products successfully? We’d love to hear your success stories in the comments section. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about product ownership? — Listen to my conversation with Tim Ottinger and Mark Davidson about the role of the Product Owner on episode 22. We discuss #NoEstimates, Product Management, and the concept of “Controlled Disappointment”.

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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. Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers in to Leaders by L. David Marquet
  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 040: The Responsibility Process with Christopher Avery [PODCAST]

Christopher Avery (@ChristopherAver) joined me (@RyanRipley) at The Path to Agility Conference (@cohaainfo) to discuss responsibility.

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Christopher Avery Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference 2016 – Copyright COHAA

Christopher is the President and CEO of Partnerwerks™ Inc and is the visionary force behind The Leadership Gift™. He is the author of “Teamwork Is An Individual Skill” for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. Christopher is passionate about helping people live free, powerful, and at choice. He shares resources and more about himself at christopheravery.com.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What led Christopher down the path of personal responsibility
  • What the Responsibility Process is and how it impacts our lives
  • The difference between being a responsible person and taking full responsibility for yourself
  • The keys to practicing responsibility

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Teamwork Is an Individual Skill by Christopher Avery argues that learning to work with others may be the most important skill in the knowledge economy. The book promotes productive relationships by focusing on five abilities: assuming personal responsibility for productive relationships; creating powerful partnerships; aligning individuals around a shared purpose; trusting when something is “”just right””; and developing a collaborative mindset.

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Question: Do you think there is a difference between being a responsible person and taking full responsibility? Let’s discuss in the comment section! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast improving the way we think and relate to others? — Listen to my conversation with Jason Womack on episode 36. We discuss how to get unstuck in life and how to uncover the things to are holding us back from becoming who we want be.

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. Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers in to Leaders by L. David Marquet
  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 039: How Do You Become An Agile Coach? [PODCAST]

Diane Zajac-Woodie (@AgileSquirrel), Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker), and Amitai Schlair (@schmonz) joined me (@ryanripley) to discuss their paths to becoming agile coaches.

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Zach Bonaker Presenting ‘The Deception of Training’ at Scrum Day San Diego 2016

Diane is the owner and principal consultant at Green Jeans Consulting. She is active in the agile community not only as a speaker – Agile 2015, SDEC 2015, AgileDC 2015 – but also as a program chair for Agile 2016. Diane is passionate about the role of the Business Analyst (BA) on agile projects and shares her insights on her blog.

Zach is a self-described “benevolent trouble-maker” and seeks to foster servant leadership that cultivates growth, learning, and discovery. He is a systems thinker who shares his thoughts on his blog – Agile Out Loud. Zach is great at pushing agile thinking forward and has authored many popular posts on next generation agile theories and practices.

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:

  • There are many paths to becoming an agile coach
  • Coaches need coaching too
  • Who we follow on Twitter for agile coaching inspiration
  • Our favorite books and resources on agile coaching
  • Some of the internal thoughts that we focus on when coaching agile teams

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Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins is *the* book that all of us referenced throughout the podcast. This book gives agile coaches the insights they need to adopt this new mind-set and to guide teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized work environment. You’ll gain a deep view into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from many allied disciplines, including the fields of professional coaching and mentoring.

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Question: What challenges have you faced as an Agile Coach? How did you overcome them? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about the role of an Agile Coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach and Amitai on episode 13. We discuss when a team needs an agile coach, when it’s time for the agile coach to move on to other teams and organizations, and how coercion is the enemy of influence.

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. Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers in to Leaders by L. David Marquet
  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 038: The Future of Scrum with Dave West [PODCAST]

Hosts

Ryan Ripley, Dave West

Discussion

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) and Dave West (@davidjwest) got together at the Path to Agility Conference to discuss the future of Scrum.

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Dave West Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference 2016 – Copyright COHAA

Dave is the product owner at Scrum.org. In this role, he is responsible for sheperding the work that Scrum.org does to improve the profession of software development.

The future of Scrum is very bright. Since being introduced to the world 21 years ago by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, Scrum is used by 90% of Agile teams.

But what’s next?

Dave and I discussed what’s in store for Scrum in the future, how scaling plays a role in shaping the future vision of Scrum, and what Scrum.org is doing to help teams learn how to deliver “done” increments of software.

And then…we called it a day.

I’d like to thank the Central Ohio Agile Association for putting on The Path to Agility Conference and for allowing me to interview the speakers and attendees at the conference.

Path is one of my favorite agile conferences each year. If you have not attended, you are missing out.

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