AFH 081: The Scrum Guide Gets an Update with Dave West

Dave West (@davidjwest) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss the latest updates to the Scrum Guide.

Dave West hosting the Scrum Guild Update with Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland

Dave West hosting the Scrum Guild Update with Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland

Dave is the CEO/product owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent speaker and widely published author of articles and his acclaimed book, Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and worked with Ivar Jacobson to run the North American business for IJI. Dave managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining Scrum.org, Dave was chief product officer at Tasktop, where he was responsible for product management, engineering, and architecture.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Insights into the recent updates to the Scrum Guide
  • How the Scrum Guide is updated by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland
  • All the many ways Scrum is used around the world.

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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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Agile software development professionals have a free place to go for answers to their questions. Check out AgileConnection, the free, online community for all things agile. There are tons of free articles to search, interviews with software industry experts, a Q&A forum where you can ask your question and get peer responses, as well as experts, checking in to help you out.

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AFH 080: Agile NYC with Joe Krebs

Joe Krebs (@jochenkrebs) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss his podcast (Agile.FM), agile leadership, agile user groups and the impact of agile on organizations.

JoeKrebs presenting at AgileNYC

Joe Krebs Presenting at AgileNYC 2014

Agile is part of Joe’s DNA. He is the founder and organizer of AgileNYC, an international speaker, trainer, author, and host of the Agile.FM podcast. Joe is the founder of Incrementor – the largest agile consultancy in New York City and is the author of Agile Portfolio Management.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Life of the agile podcaster
  • The role of leadership on agile teams
  • The state of user groups in New York and Chicago

Links from the show:

  • Agile.FM – Joe Kreb’s Agile Podcast

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Agile development processes foster better collaboration, innovation, and results. So why limit their use to software projects—when you can transform your entire business?

Written by agile-mentoring expert Jochen Krebs, this book illuminates the opportunities—and rewards—of applying agile processes to your overall IT portfolio.

Whether project manager, business analyst, or executive—you’ll understand the business drivers behind agile portfolio management. And learn best practices for optimizing results.
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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!


Have you ever been stuck on a project with questions or concerns on how best to move forward? Most of us have had a question or need some tips at some point in your career.

Agile software development professionals have a free place to go for answers to their questions. Check out AgileConnection, the free, online community for all things agile. There are tons of free articles to search, interviews with software industry experts, a Q&A forum where you can ask your question and get peer responses, as well as experts, checking in to help you out.

Create a profile and network with other professionals, leave comments on articles, get the weekly newsletter for the latest articles released, access the searchable archive of hundreds of issues of Better Software magazine, and so much more.

AgileConnection is a robust directory of information for anyone using, implementing up, or growing their agile practices. Discover more at https://well.tc/agilecommunity

AFH 079: How to Build an Agile Podcast

Many people have written in and asked how to create an agile podcast. Chris Spangle joined Ryan Ripley to discuss how to build a podcast, the equipment it takes to get started, how to pick topics, and where to find listeners.

Chris Spangle Recording a Live Podcast as Morty’s Comedy Joint

Chris is the web director for a nationally syndicated morning show. Before this, he worked in politics for many years as a producer at a news talk station, WXNT, and then as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana.

Despite his position in mass media, he loves podcasting and all aspects of new media. Chris hosts the We Are Libertarians podcast. He is a news junkie, a Christian, a libertarian and a voracious reader. He is on twitter: @chrisspangle and blogs at chrisspangle.com.

Chris walked us through the critical steps to creating an agile podcast: Select your equipment, pick your format, know your market, be relevant, post your show online, get listeners!

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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What equipment you need to start a podcast
  • How to decide on a format for your show
  • Where to put your show online once it’s recorded
  • How to find listeners for your podcast

Links from the show:

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Social media technologies have changed everything. Now, for the first time in history, non-celebrities can get noticed―and win big!―in an increasingly noisy world.

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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!


Have you ever been stuck on a project with questions or concerns on how best to move forward? Most of us have had a question or need some tips at some point in your career.

Agile software development professionals have a free place to go for answers to their questions. Check out AgileConnection, the free, online community for all things agile. There are tons of free articles to search, interviews with software industry experts, a Q&A forum where you can ask your question and get peer responses, as well as experts, checking in to help you out.

Create a profile and network with other professionals, leave comments on articles, get the weekly newsletter for the latest articles released, access the searchable archive of hundreds of issues of Better Software magazine, and so much more.

AgileConnection is a robust directory of information for anyone using, implementing up, or growing their agile practices. Discover more at https://well.tc/agilecommunity

AFH 078: The Agile Coaching Summit 2017

Agilist from all over the country gathered for the Agile Coaching Summit in Chicago, Illinois at the Uptake offices to discuss agile coaching and how to have a greater impact on organizations and agile teams.

The Agile Coaching Summit 2017

This episode is the recording of an open space sessions that I hosted. We had lots of great questions from the group that joined us and it was fun to get to talk about some of the weird and interesting events that led to the creation of the Agile for Humans podcast. I hope you enjoy this episode and encourage you to submit your questions that could get answered on future episodes of the show.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Agile for Humans got started
  • Why responsibility is core to many agile practices
  • What personal branding really means
  • Why there is no such thing as “overnight success”

Links from the show:

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How you navigate it determines whether you are leading toward meaningful results or just marking time.
This book gives you precision tools, practices, and leadership truths to navigate The Responsibility Process and lead yourself and others to freedom, power, and choice.

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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 077: Agile Africa 2017

Don Gray (@donaldegray), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), Joanne Perold (@joperold), Barry Tandy (@barrytandy), Regina Martins (@gianamar), Oz Chihwayi (@ozchihwayi), and Karl Fuchs (@karlofuchs) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile coaching at Agile Africa 2017.

Agile Africa 2017

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.

Jo is passionate about helping teams and people grow and improve. As a coach/trainer at Agile42, she loves helping teams and organizations implement and improve their agile practices. Jo has worked for more than a decade in the software industry in all areas of software development, and is interested in both people and process improvement and continuously learning and finding better ways to solve problems. She is a Certified Scrum Trainer and when not thinking about scrum she enjoys reading, good food, good wine and the occasional good whiskey.

Barry is an agile coach on a journey filled with meaningful relationships and experiences… some of them life changing, all of them making a difference. He is a coach at Driven Alliance and prides himself on being able to build and maintain successful long-term relationships and through those relationships being able to follow a passion of working closely with people systems and the dynamics that make up those systems. As a Scrum Master, he is focused on solving many different problems that his teams encounter.

Regina aims for continuous improvement in her personal and professional lives and her daily mantra is to be a better version of herself today than she was yesterday. She has been a Scrum Master since 2010 and more recently an Agile Coach with Agile 42. Regina gets energized when she is involved in building self-organizing teams and facilitating these teams to deliver value to business stakeholders. She is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and is an avid Kanban practitioner.

Oz has over 15 years of working in the delivery, testing, and maintenance of systems, He seeks to identify and solve the right problems while realizing value. Oz loves to share experiences and is an advocate for collaboration in teams and organizations. He currently works as a software tester in Johannesburg, South Africa with House of Test. A life learner and explorer, he believes thinking is his strongest skill in his bag of many and varied tricks. A regular long run keeps him grounded.

Karl is an Electronic Engineer by trade with a natural ability to sense risk and a talent to find the most productive and optimal configuration for managing complex situations. He enjoys challenges and responsibility in a technical/technological stimulating environment that offers opportunities for providing total solutions, independent thought, and creative problem-solving. Karl brings lean and kanban to the forefront of his coaching as he seeks ways for his teams to find flow.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The wonderful agile community in South Africa

Links from the show:

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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!


Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event covering the latest advances in the agile community.

Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive up to $200 off any registration package over $800.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there again this year. Attendees will have a chance to participate in my Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom Leadership Summit presentation, along with my half day sessions on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions, as well as Rethinking Your Retrospectives.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Orlando – November 5-10, for this great event.