AFH 055: Agile Certifications with Tom Cagley [PODCAST]

Tom Cagley (@TCagley) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the role and impact of certifications on the Agile movement.

Tom Cagley – Host of the SPaMCAST

Tom is a consultant, practitioner, and thought leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance, and systems analysis. He is the co-author of Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices Tools and Techniques. Tom is the host of the excellent Software Process and Measurement Podcast (SPaMCAST).

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of certifications
  • How certifications can create barriers to experimentation and discovery
  • Why continuous learning is critical to growing agile skills

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Written from the standpoint of a project manager working in a software development organization, this unique guide explains software project management in its entirety, including project acquisition and execution with backward linkages to concepts that play a facilitation role in successful project management. It provides all the guidance, best practices, tools and techniques needed to master software project management and achieve superior results.

 

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: What are your views on certifications and their impact on the agile community? Please leave your comments below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear 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.

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AFH 054: Make It Easy to Be Successful with Bryan Beecham [PODCAST]

Bryan Beecham (@BillyGarnet) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss simplicity, continuous improvement, and modern agile.

Bryan Beecham Presenting on TDD and Refactoring

Bryan is a Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Speaker, Guitarist, Human Refactor guide, Idea Generator, Teacher, and Continuous Learner. His energetic style engages audiences to help to unlock creativity, trigger learning, and have fun interacting with new ideas. He speaks passionately about technology and his positive energy is contagious.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The importance of simplicity and how it impacts your work
  • How psychological safety empowers your team
  • Why continuous improvement is the goal

Links from the show:

Imagine you’re in a game with one objective: a bestselling product or service. The rules? No marketing budget, no PR stunts, and it must be sustainably successful. No short-term fads. This is not a game of chance. It is a game of skill and strategy.

And it begins with a single question: given competing products of equal pricing, promotion, and perceived quality, why does one outsell the others?

The answer doesn’t live in the sustainably successful products or services. The answer lives in those who use them.

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Question: How do you help your teams learn? Please share your thoughts in the comment section. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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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!


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AFH 053: Catching up with Zach Bonaker and Amitai Schleier [PODCAST]

Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the monitization of agile, Agile Coach Camp 2016, and what does it actually mean to be an agile coach.

Agile Coach Camp 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri

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:

  • What went down at Agile Coach Camp 2016
  • Does an agile coach need a technical background?
  • How to improve your Openspace events

Links from the show:

From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment. Now, trainers can replace the traditional “Trainers talk; learners listen” paradigm with a radical new model for designing and delivering instruction: “When learners talk and teach, they learn.”

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Question: Do you need technical skills to be an agile coach? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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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 Techwell’s STAREAST Conference. 

Techwell’s STAREAST conference is one of the longest-running and most respected events on software testing and quality assurance. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code “HUMANS” to receive up to $200 off their conference registration fees.

They have a variety of agile tutorials at the event, including Agile Testing: Team Tactics that Deliver the Goods, Agile Test Team Leadership: from Concept to Product, and Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World to name a few.

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I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Orlando, Florida – May 7–12 for this great event. Enjoy!

AFH 052: Software Estimation with Steve McConnell [PODCAST]

Steve McConnell (@stevemconstrux) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #NoEstimates, how estimates help teams collaborate with stakeholders, and what professional estimation looks like on an agile team.

Steve McConnell – CEO of Construx

Steve is the CEO of Construx Software. He is the author of many award winning books including:  Code Complete, Rapid Software Development, and Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. He blogs at 10x Software Development and widely acknowledged as a thought leader in estimation, software requirements, and software development.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • A critical view of #NoEstimates concepts
  • How estimation can help foster collaboration between stakeholders and developers
  • What estimation practices looks like in the context of a Scrum team
  • Strategies you can use to avoid bad estimation practices

Links from the show:

Often referred to as the “black art” because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as difficult or puzzling as people think. In fact, generating accurate estimates is straightforward—once you understand the art of creating them. In his highly anticipated book, acclaimed author Steve McConnell unravels the mystery to successful software estimation—distilling academic information and real-world experience into a practical guide for working software professionals.

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: What are your views on #NoEstimates and Estimation? Please let us know in comments section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear 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!

AFH 051: Industrial Learning with Marian Willeke and Don Gray [PODCAST]

Marian Willeke (@mhwilleke) and Don Gray (@donaldegray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss industrial learning, how small experiments can lead to big changes, and how to structure workshops for the greatest possible impact.

Marian Willeke Presenting on Learning

Marian is passionate about ensuring effective learning experiences are created to improve people’s lives. She seeks to foster a learning mindset whether working with academic programs or corporate teams. She has many great resources available at mhwilleke.com and truly believes that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

Don is a friend and mentor to me, and a valued member of the agile community. He has contributed to multiple books including: CENTER ENTER TURN SUSTAIN: ESSAYS IN CHANGE ARTISTRYREADINGS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING LEADERSHIP, and AMPLIFY YOUR EFFECTIVENESS. He co-teaches one of the top agile and leadership workshops available – Coaching Beyond the Team – with Esther Derby.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to foster a learning environment in your organization
  • Key considerations for putting together a workshop
  • Why being aware of bias is critical to adult learning

Links from the show:

From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment. Now, trainers can replace the traditional “Trainers talk; learners listen” paradigm with a radical new model for designing and delivering instruction: “When learners talk and teach, they learn.”

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: How do you help your teams learn? Please share your thoughts in the comment section. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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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!


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To learn more about SQE Training and these courses please visit https://well.tc/17AFHW and be sure to use the discount code 17AFHW for $250 any individual course or agile testing bundle purchase before March 15, 2017. Enjoy!