AFH 076: Agile 2017 with Faye Thompson, Markus Silpala, and Amitai Schleier

Markus Silpala (@msipala), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss their learnings from Agile 2017.

Markus and Amitai Having Some Fun

Markus Silpala and Amitai Schleier Hanging out at Agile Coach Camp

Markus is a developer who enjoys close collaboration with both clients and teammates. He seeks work environments where his capabilities—both human and technical—will contribute to the production of high-quality, customer-pleasing software. Markus has a career that spans twenty years and excels as a developer, coach, or architect.

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.

Amitai is a software development coachspeaker, 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:

  • How Markus Used an Agile Mindset to Confront Cancer
  • What we all learned at Agile 2017
  • Why it’s important to banish our inner critics

Links from the show:

Denise Jacobs, Speaker, Author and Chief Creativity Evangelist of The Creative Dose, who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide, maps a way out in her latest work, Banish Your Inner Critic. This book is your manual and toolkit to help you not only reclaim your creativity and productivity, but bump it up to extreme productivity, clearing a path for you to find your zone more often – and stay in it longer.

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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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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.

AFH 075: Agile Mindset in Context with Gil Broza

Gil Broza (@gilbroza) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile mindset in context, fit for purpose, and how to help teams improve how they work.

Gil Broza - Author of The Agile Mindset

Gil Broza – Author of The Agile Mindset

Gil is the founder of 3PVantage. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile and The Agile Mindset. Gil is a sought after writer, speaker, and trainer with a passion for delighting customers and valuing the human aspects of agile software development.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why context is critical to your agile practices
  • How to use the agile manifesto to guide your decisions
  • Which things to look for when figuring out what to do next

Links from the show:

Are you frustrated or disenchanted by the results of your Agile approach?
Does Agile sound like a good idea, but you’re not sure how to explain it beyond roles, practices, and meetings?
Is your team going through the motions, but it’s still business as usual?

The missing piece is the Agile Mindset — the thinking that makes Agile processes work.

This book is your compass for the Agile journey.
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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 074: The Past, Present, and Future of Scrum

with Esther Derby, Tim Ottinger, Allen Holub, and Zach Bonaker

Esther Derby (@estherderby), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Allen Holub (@allenholub), and Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss the past, present, and future of Scrum.

A High Performing Scrum Team

A High Performing Scrum 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.

Tim is committed to understanding and improving the art of software from the angle of “thinking for a living.” He is a programmer, author, trainer and globally recognized coach with over 35 years of real software development experience. His style is practical and hands-on, steeped in both Agile and classic traditions. Tim rapidly communicates concepts and practices, and is recognized for his compassionate and patient approach to working with individuals and has a sincere interest in helping people reach their goals.

Allen is a trainer, writer, speaker, and coach who takes a non-tribal view of software development. He is a highly regarded instructor for the University of California, Berkeley, Extension. Allen eschews the dogma that surrounds many of the current agile topics and practices.

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.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Impediments to adopting Scrum
  • Management’s role on agile and scrum teams
  • Why scrum may not be the right framework for you

Links from the show:

Great management is difficult to see as it occurs. It’s possible to see the results of great management, but it’s not easy to see how managers achieve those results. Great management happens in one-on-one meetings and with other managers—all in private. It’s hard to learn management by example when you can’t see it.

You can learn to be a better manager—even a great manager—with this guide. You’ll follow along as Sam, a manager just brought on board, learns the ropes and deals with his new team over the course of his first eight weeks on the job. From scheduling and managing resources to helping team members grow and prosper, you’ll be there as Sam makes it happen.
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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.

AFH 073: #NoEstimates on The Deliver It Cast

This week I bring #NoEstimates to Cory Bryan’s agile podcast – The Deliver It Cast.

Ryan Ripley Presenting #NoEstimates

Ryan Ripley Presenting #NoEstimates

For the past ten years, Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries.

Ryan is great at taking tests and earned the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO I, PSD I, CSM, CSPO, CSP, and CAL 1 agile certifications. He lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and three children. Ryan blogs at ryanripley.com, hosts the Agile for Humans podcast available on iTunes, and is on Twitter @ryanripley.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What is #NoEstimates
  • How #NoEstimates impacts the work of Product Owners
  • Why data (not guesses) help teams make better decisions and deliver value sooner
  • The very awesome agile podcast:  The Deliver It Cast

Links from this weeks episode:

Book of the week:

Most start-ups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

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Want to hear a podcast about the getting started with speaking at technical conferences? — Listen to my conversation with Don Gray, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schleier, and Jason Tice on episode 32. We discuss how to write a compelling abstract, what track reviewers are looking for in a submission, and how to give yourself the best change of getting selected.

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AFH 072: Agile Product Management with John Cutler [PODCAST]

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss feature factories, outcomes, and excellent agile product management.

John Cutler presenting his agile product management insights.

Product Manager John Cutler presenting his agile product management insights.

John 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 Twitter.

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:

  • Why a feature factory models work in the short term and fail in the long term.
  • How to empower and engage your teams with customer collaboration
  • When to change roles in order to gain insights and empathy

Links from the show:

Scrum is the most successful framework for agile product development and much has been written about how to follow the Scrum process but the key to success is in the leadership skills of the product owner. Product Mastery explores the traits of the best product owners offering an insight into the difference between good and great product ownership and explaining how the best product owners are DRIVEN to be successful.

 

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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 AFH20 by July 21st to receive 20% off any registration package over $800 in addition to Super Early Bird pricing.

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.