AFH 071: Advanced Scrum with Ryan Ripley [PODCAST]

This weeks episode is a recording of the Advanced Scrum session that I (@ryanripley) presented at the Path to Agility Conference 2017.

Advanced Scrum with Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley Presenting Advanced Scrum at #Path17

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:

  • How coercion keeps people from adopting Scrum and Agile practices
  • Why sometimes it’s uncomfortable to be a Scrum Master
  • When responsibility can help a team improve performance
  • What make Scrum so difficult for large organizations

Slides from the talk:

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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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  • Rebecca Stevenson

    This was a great talk! I really enjoyed listening to it. We are deep in DevOps jargon here right now, so I am tempted to throw up your quote and see how my teams react.

    Lot hard advice in there, lots of food for thought. If at some point you want to return to that advice for Scrum Masters at the end, I would be interested to hear more of your thoughts on how to discharge that responsibility (I haven’t listened to the entire back catalog yet, so perhaps you have already). If no one should be a SM (or coach) who doesn’t have the ability to walk away from the job at a moment’s notice, that’s… well, a little difficult to navigate, but I am still very new at this. I am intrigued by your journaling experience as well, that sounds like a great practice.

    I really enjoy the podcast! There’s so much passion and intelligence in this community; I’ve been listening on my drive to work, and it’s a great start to the day.

    • Thanks Rebecca. I don’t want people to be reckless with their careers. 🙂 Pick your battles carefully and please remember that most people are doing what they think is best based on their perspectives and backgrounds. Difficult conversations will happen, but our role is that of a servant leader. So we meet people where they are and try to go half a step forward with them. Good luck and thanks for listening!

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  • Thanks for a great episode.

    • Thanks Craig! Glad you enjoyed the episode.

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