AFH 050: Agile Ideas with Neil Killick [PODCAST]

Neil Killick (@neil_killick) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss a wide variety of agile ideas including: “Shu-Ha-Ri”, Agile Management, #NoEstimates, and when software is “done”.

Neil Killick Presenting #NoEstimates

Neil is a software delivery coach and manager with experience shipping software in various capacities, domains, and industries. He is one of the key pioneers of #NoEstimates and seeks better ways to slice work, collaborate with stakeholder, and deliver value frequently. Neil blogs at here and is a must read for agile-minded thinkers and experimenters.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Agile as a mindset vs Agile as a set of tools and processes
  • What is “shu-ha-ri” and does it make sense in an agile context?
  • Why #NoEstimates is an important concept that moves agile thinking forward

Links from the show:

We’re losing tens of billions of dollars a year on broken software, and great new ideas such as agile development and Scrum don’t always pay off. But there’s hope. The nine software development practices in Beyond Legacy Code are designed to solve the problems facing our industry. Discover why these practices work, not just how they work, and dramatically increase the quality and maintainability of any software project.

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Question: What are your thoughts on #NoEstimates? Please share your ideas 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.

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AFH 049: The State of Agile with Steve Denning [PODCAST]

Steve Denning (@stevedenning) and Don Gray (@donaldegray) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the current state of agile and how an agile mindset trumps processes and tools.

Steve Denning Presenting about Leadership and Management

Steve is the author 8 books including The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management. He’s a former director of the World Bank. Steve is a contributor to Forbes Magazine, and leads The Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy.

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:

  • Agile as a mindset vs Agile as a set of tools and processes
  • What the only valid purpose of an organization is…
  • Why it’s important for every person in an organization to have line of sight to the customer

Links from the show:

Scale collaboration, not process. If you’re trying to use agile and lean at the program level, you’ve heard of several approaches, all about scaling processes. If you duplicate what one team does for several teams, you get bloat, not delivery. Instead of scaling the process, scale everyone’s collaboration. With autonomy, collaboration, and exploration, teams and program level people can decide how to apply agile and lean to their work.

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Question: What are your thoughts on the Scrum Alliance and their role in the agile community? Please share your ideas 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 Agile Dev East.

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Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my Business of Agile 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 Orlando, Florida – November 13th – 18th for this great event.

AFH 048: How Project Managers Can Fit on Agile Teams [PODCAST]

Justin Browder (@justin_browder) and Bryan Schoeff (@bryanschoeff) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss how project managers and developers can find common ground on Agile teams.

Justin Browder and Bryan Schoeff Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference – Copyright COHAA

Justin Browder is a Senior Consultant at AXIA Consulting. Since joining as the 10th employee in 2008, he has helped AXIA scale the company to over 70 employees while consulting as a Program Manager, Project Manager, and Product Manager within the retail, government, and utility industries.

Bryan Schoeff is a Senior Consultant at AXIA Consulting. Since joining as the 56th employee in 2014, he has done little to help scale AXIA to nearly 70 employees (ha!). For the last 14 years, Bryan has worked on technology projects as a Software Developer and Solutions Architect focusing on web and mobile technologies in the government and utility industries.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How empathy plays a key role in bringing project managers and developers together
  • Why estimates can feel unsafe
  • When proper expectations are set, great things can happen

Links from the show:

Scale collaboration, not process. If you’re trying to use agile and lean at the program level, you’ve heard of several approaches, all about scaling processes. If you duplicate what one team does for several teams, you get bloat, not delivery. Instead of scaling the process, scale everyone’s collaboration. With autonomy, collaboration, and exploration, teams and program level people can decide how to apply agile and lean to their work.

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Please share your ideas 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 Agile Dev East.

Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event that covers the latest advances in the agile community. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILE16 to receive $200 off their conference registration fee.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my Business of Agile 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 Orlando, Florida – November 13th – 18th for this great event.

AFH 047: Agile Introspection with Jeremy Willets [PODCAST]

Jeremy Willets (@jeremywillets) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss introspection, continuous learning, and life as an agile coach.

Jeremy Willets Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference – Copyright COHAA

Jeremy an internal agile coach at a software development company. He is a speaker and author who brings the human elements of software development to the forefront. Jeremy is an avid runner and a key figure in the Ohio agile community.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The importance of inspecting and adaping our own behaviors
  • How an introspective mindset can help coaches improve and grow
  • Why interpersonal relationships are critical to coaching agile teams
  • What to do tomorrow to ensure your are on the path of continuous learning

Links from the show:

This book will help you implement successful change and bypass change resistance by co-creating change. The book will do that through examples of how innovative practices can dramatically improve the success of change programs. These practices combine ideas from the Agile, Lean Startup, change management, organizational development and psychology communities. This book will change how you think about change

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Please share your ideas 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 Agile Dev East.

Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event that covers the latest advances in the agile community. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AFH16 to receive $200 off their conference registration fee.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my Business of Agile 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 Orlando, Florida – November 13th – 18th for this great event.

AFH 046: Agile Organizational Change with Doc Norton [PODCAST]

Michael “Doc” Norton (@docondev) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss Organizational Change, Mindset Shifts, and Product Centric Organizations.

Doc Norton Presenting at The Path to Agility Conference – Copyright COHAA

Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and many others, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The building blocks of a knowledge based culture
  • How mindset shift at the leadership level happen
  • Why product-centric is the new hierarchy
  • What to do tomorrow to help deliver more value to your organization

Links from the show:

This book will help you implement successful change and bypass change resistance by co-creating change. The book will do that through examples of how innovative practices can dramatically improve the success of change programs. These practices combine ideas from the Agile, Lean Startup, change management, organizational development and psychology communities. This book will change how you think about change

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Question: What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Please share your ideas below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about the agile mindset? — 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 Agile Dev East.

Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event that covers the latest advances in the agile community. Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AFH16 to receive $200 off their conference registration fee.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my Business of Agile 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 Orlando, Florida – November 13th – 18th for this great event.