AFH 088: Coaching Beyond the Team with Esther Derby and Don Gray

Esther Derby (@estherderby) Don Gray (@donaldegray), and Faye Thompson (@agilefaye) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss their upcoming workshop Coaching Beyond the Team in Columbus, Ohio April 3rd – 5th, 2018.

Esther Derby and Don Gray - Coaching Beyond the Team

Esther Derby and Don Gray – Coaching Beyond the Team

Esther is an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. She co-authored “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” and “Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management“. Esther is sought after trainer and speaker.

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.

Faye has more than eighteen years of project delivery experience and is currently a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Faye is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value and helps work groups transform into highly engaged and energized teams.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How the Coaching Beyond the Team workshop can improve your agile practices
  • Why context is critical to understanding the problem you’re trying to solve
  • Which models and practices to use depending on the situation
  • Why local problems are often systemic of larger organizational issues

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In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries laid out the practices of successful startups – building a minimal viable product, customer-focused and scientific testing based on a build-measure-learn method of continuous innovation, and deciding whether to persevere or pivot. In The Startup Way, he turns his attention to an entirely new group of organizations: established enterprises like iconic multinationals GE and Toyota, tech titans like Amazon and Facebook, and the next generation of Silicon Valley upstarts like Airbnb and Twilio.
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Related Episode:

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 087: Why Agile Isn’t Working with John Cutler

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss his article “Why Agile Isn’t Working” and what we can do about it.

John Cutler presenting his agile product management insights.

John Cutler

John is a multiple hat-wearer. Product development nut. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qualitative and quantitative data. John blogs on Medium here. John is currently Senior Product Manager for Search and Relevance at Zendesk. He has a perspective that spans individual roles, domains, and products. John knows agile product management and frequently shares his knowledge on

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why Agile doesn’t work
  • Discussing principles and values instead of practices
  • How meeting the needs of others can ultimately help us meet our own needs
  • The impact of “promises in progress” in your organization

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In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries laid out the practices of successful startups – building a minimal viable product, customer-focused and scientific testing based on a build-measure-learn method of continuous innovation, and deciding whether to persevere or pivot. In The Startup Way, he turns his attention to an entirely new group of organizations: established enterprises like iconic multinationals GE and Toyota, tech titans like Amazon and Facebook, and the next generation of Silicon Valley upstarts like Airbnb and Twilio.
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Related Episode:

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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  1. Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman
  2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  3. Rolling Rocks Downhill: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Entertaining Way to Learn Agile and Lean by Clark Ching

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AFH 086: Talking Scrum with Steve Porter

Steve Porter (@stevevporter) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss a wide variety of deep Scrum topics and approaches.

Steve Porter - Scurm.org

Steve Porter – Scurm.org

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Ways to think about Scrum
  • Why context is so important when discussing Scrum
  • How Scrum is built for safety
  • Deeper insights about the concept of a Sprint Goal

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The Nexus Framework is the simplest, most effective approach to applying Scrum at scale across multiple teams, sites, and time zones. Created by Scrum.org—the pioneering Scrum training and certification organization founded by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber—Nexus draws on decades of experience to address the unique challenges teams face in coming together, sharing work, and managing and minimizing dependencies.

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Related Episode:

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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Have you heard the big news? Agile Testing Days USA is coming to Boston from June 25–29 for a festival of learning and sharing for the agile and testing community.

Agile for Humans listeners can use the code HUMANS to receive an additional 10% off Super Early Lobster pricing when you register by April 27. Check out the entire program at https://well.tc/agiletestingdaysusa.

The agile-focused learning experience will provide an interactive way to get deep insights and the latest developments in testing and agile excellence as well as many opportunities to network with fellow passionate agile software professionals.

It is going to be a fantastic week in Boston, so consider joining the inaugural event! Don’t just take our word for it—see what well-known expert and speaker Lisa Crispin has to say about Agile Testing Days USA: https://well.tc/wemm

AFH 085: Unlearning for Agile Teams with Jessie Shternshus

Jessie Shternshus (@TheImprovEffect) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss how to help teams unlearn past habit and how to help new mental models take hold.

Jessie Shternshus

Jessie Shternshus

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to approach working with new teams
  • Why sometimes we need to unlearn before we can learn
  • When games and exercises can be used to reinforce new mental models

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What kind of day are you having? Is it a ****ing day? Or is it a ****ing day? What are you going to do about it? Mike Bonifer and Jessie Shternshus, who teach companies around the world how to apply improvisation to business, have created 50 original improv games tailored to the kind of ****ing day you’re having. From the bathroom to the boardroom, and every stop in between, this fun and engaging book helps you get the craziness under control.
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Related Episode:

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

  1. Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman
  2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  3. Rolling Rocks Downhill: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Entertaining Way to Learn Agile and Lean by Clark Ching

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AFH 084: Ryan Ripley on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) recently joined Vasco Duarte (@duarte_vasco) on the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast to discuss Agile Coaching and working with teams.

Vasco Duarte - Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

Vasco Duarte – Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

I had a lot of fun recording this episode with Vasco. We covered the very broad topic of agile coaching. I really liked that we were able to deep dive agile coaching and discuss how it ties back to Scrum Masters and their role on Scrum Teams. I really wanted to make the point that coaching is a career path and a difficult one at that. Ultimately, we are here to reveal insights about the systems of work without resolving them. To me, this is the highest form of coaching. I hope you enjoy this episode and give Vasco’s podcast a try.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to approach working with new teams
  • What to do with advanced teams
  • How to start your own coaching journey

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Create Your Successful Agile Project – You think agile techniques might be for you, but your projects and organization are unique. An “out-of-the-box” agile approach won’t work. Instead, unite agile and lean principles for your project. See how to design a custom approach, reap the benefits of collaboration, and deliver value. For project managers who want to use agile techniques, managers who want to start, and technical leaders who want to know more and succeed, this book is your first step toward agile project success.
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Question: Which topic resonated with you? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Related Episode:

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.

Help promote the show on iTunes:

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

  1. Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman
  2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  3. Rolling Rocks Downhill: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Entertaining Way to Learn Agile and Lean by Clark Ching

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