AFH 065: Agile Open Forum with Woody Zuill, Tim Ottinger, Amitai Schleier, and Zach Bonaker [PODCAST]

Woody Zuill (@WoodyZuill), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss a wide range of agile topics and principles.

Zach Bonaker Presenting ‘The Deception of Training’ at Scrum Day San Diego 2016

Woody has been programming for over 35 years with 20 of those years as an Extreme Programmer (XP) and more than 15 of those years as an Agile Coach. He takes the “inspect and adapt” mantra to heart and through this type of inquiry has developed advanced agile concepts such as #NoEstimates and #MobProgramming. Woody is passionate about helping teams reinvent their workplace to make it possible for everyone to excel in their work and life. He published the Mob Programming book on Leanpub and provides his thoughts about many agile topics on his blog.

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.

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:

  • How principles drive agile practices
  • How turning up the good improves your team and your life
  • Why principles trump practices

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This comprehensive set of cards is an indispensable resource for agile teams. The deck of Agile in a Flash cards teaches leadership, teamwork, clean programming, agile approaches to problem solving, and tips for coaching agile teams. Team members can use the cards as reference material, ice breakers for conversations, reminders (taped to a wall or monitor), and sources of useful tips and hard-won wisdom.

 

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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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This podcast episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

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

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement 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 Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.

AFH 064: Women in Agile Part 2 with Natalie Warnert [PODCAST]

Natalie Warnert (@nataliewarnert) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss #womeninagile, seeking out diversity, and getting started in public speaking.

Natalie Warnert Presenting at A Conference

Natalie is a writer, speaker, agile coach, and team innovator. She is passionate about the #womeninagile movement and helps foster a welcoming culture where ever she goes. Natalie is an avid reader, a swimmer, and snowboarder. She is organizing this years Women in Agile pre-conference event for the Agile Alliance.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How the #womeninagile movement is impacting the agile community
  • Why diversity is critical to your teams success
  • What it takes to get a talk accepted at a conference

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Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days – Jonah – to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done.

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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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This podcast episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

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

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement 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 Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.

AFH 063: Agile Improv with Jessie Shternshus [PODCAST]

Jessie Shternshus (@TheImprovEffect) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss how improv skills can help make your agile teams awesome.

Jessie Shternshus

Jessie is the founder of The Improv Effect where her goal is to help businesses reach their full potential by means of interpersonal-communication skills training. Throughout the years, She has worked with top companies such as Groupon, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Getty Images, The PGA Tour, and Crayola to achieve teamwork, creative problem solving tools, on-boarding, presentation skills, and product development ideation sessions. Jessie co-authored the book, CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like today.

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:

  • How improv techniques can help get the best out of your agile teams
  • Games you can try to improve listening and collaboration
  • Why improvisation and agile go hand in hand

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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 board room, and every stop in between, this fun and engaging book helps you get the craziness under control.

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Want to hear about the dangers of agile dogma? — Listen to my conversation with Tom Cagley on episode 55 We discuss certifications, frameworks, and the impact of dogma on a teams ability to inspect and adapt.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

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

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement 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 Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.


AFH 062: Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin [PODCAST]

Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss co-presenting at conferences, co-writing books, and agile testing.

Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory Co-Presenting a Conference Talk

Lisa is a tester who enjoys sharing her experiences and learning from others. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2014) and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009). Lisa is a tester on a fabulous agile team. She specializes in showing testers and agile teams how testers can add value and how to guide development with business-facing tests.

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:

  • How to get started in conference speaking with co-presenting
  • The joys and techniques of writing a book with a partner
  • What is being observed in the agile testing world today

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Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with their previous work, Agile Testing. Now, in More Agile Testing, they reflect on all they’ve learned since. They address crucial emerging issues, share evolved agile practices, and cover key issues agile testers have asked to learn more about.

Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing. You’ll find brand-new coverage of agile testing for the enterprise, distributed teams, mobile/embedded systems, regulated environments, data warehouse/BI systems, and DevOps practices.

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Want to hear another 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 061: Agile Musings with GeePaw Hill [PODCAST]

GeePaw Hill (@GeePawHill) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss internal quality vs external quality, generating insights about software, and the dangers of dogma in agile software development.

GeePaw Hill

GeePaw is the internet moniker for Michael Hill. He is a professional software coach for agile teams. GeePaw blogs at geepawhill.org and is a must follow on Twitter. GeePaw is a proud grandfather of 9 and finds that to be his most important role yet.

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:

  • How to debunk the quality vs quantity myth
  • Why maximizing your insights per hour is important
  • What is hurting the agile industry today

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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 dangers of agile dogma? — Listen to my conversation with Tom Cagley on episode 55 We discuss certifications, frameworks, and the impact of dogma on a teams ability to inspect and adapt.

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 episode is brought to you by Techwell’s Agile Dev West Conference.

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

Check out the entire program at adcwest.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there this year. Attendees will have a chance to see my The #NoEstimates Movement 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 Las Vegas – June 4–9th, for this great event.