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Welcome to 'Mastering Agility,' the podcast where we explore the dynamic world of agility in business, technology, and personal development. In an ever-evolving landscape, agility is not just a buzzword; it's a mindset, a strategy, and a way of life. Join us as we dive deep into the principles of agile methodologies, uncovering the secrets of Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and beyond. But we don't stop there. We'll also investigate how businesses can adapt and thrive in today's fast-paced world, sharing insights on fostering innovation, cultivating resilient teams, and driving transformative change. Moreover, we'll delve into the realm of personal development, offering practical tips and strategies to enhance adaptability, resilience, and continuous learning. Through thought-provoking discussions, expert interviews, and real-world case studies, 'Mastering Agility' equips you with the tools and inspiration to navigate uncertainty with confidence and master the art of agility in every aspect of life. Tune in and unlock your potential for growth and success in the age of agility!" Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

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Welcome to 'Mastering Agility,' the podcast where we explore the dynamic world of agility in business, technology, and personal development. In an ever-evolving landscape, agility is not just a buzzword; it's a mindset, a strategy, and a way of life. Join us as we dive deep into the principles of agile methodologies, uncovering the secrets of Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and beyond. But we don't stop there. We'll also investigate how businesses can adapt and thrive in today's fast-paced world, sharing insights on fostering innovation, cultivating resilient teams, and driving transformative change. Moreover, we'll delve into the realm of personal development, offering practical tips and strategies to enhance adaptability, resilience, and continuous learning. Through thought-provoking discussions, expert interviews, and real-world case studies, 'Mastering Agility' equips you with the tools and inspiration to navigate uncertainty with confidence and master the art of agility in every aspect of life. Tune in and unlock your potential for growth and success in the age of agility!" Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

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#107 Striving for Value & Quality

7/16/2024
The conversation revolves around the concept of value and its various interpretations. The hosts discuss the importance of defining and measuring value, the role of quality in delivering value, and the challenges faced by organizations in prioritizing value. They also touch on the impact of short-sightedness, the rise of disruptive competitors, and the influence of money on decision-making. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the pros and cons of different business models, such as SaaS and physical products. The conversation explores the concept of mediocrity and its impact on various aspects of work and life. It discusses the acceptance of mediocrity in education and society, the importance of measuring and striving for quality, and the need for personal and professional growth beyond mediocrity. The conversation also touches on the challenges of working in different cultural contexts and the role of uncertainty in agile practices. Takeaways Value is a widely used but often misunderstood term in the business world. It is important to define and measure value in order to make informed decisions. Quality plays a crucial role in delivering value. Organizations should prioritize quality and avoid sacrificing it for short-term gains. Employee happiness and engagement can be leading indicators of value. Creating a positive work environment can lead to better outcomes and customer satisfaction. The rise of disruptive competitors and the need to stay ahead of the market require organizations to be adaptable and open to innovation. Money can influence decision-making and lead to arrogance and mediocrity. It is important to balance financial considerations with long-term value creation. Different business models, such as SaaS and physical products, have their own advantages and challenges. Organizations should carefully consider the trade-offs when choosing a business model. Mediocrity is often accepted and tolerated in education and society, but there is a need to strive for higher standards and quality. Measuring and objectively assessing quality is becoming easier, and it is important to prioritize and invest in high-quality work. Being a mediocre scrum master or leader is not ideal, but it is better than being harmful. Strive for excellence and continuous improvement. Understanding cultural contexts and adapting to different dynamics within teams is crucial for effective collaboration. Embracing uncertainty and creating structures for long-lasting change are essential in agile practices. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:49:22

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#106 Untrapping Product Teams with David Pereira

7/9/2024
Summary In this episode, David shares his experience of writing his book 'Untrapping Product Teams' and discusses the challenges and traps that product teams often face. He talks about the importance of resilience and a growth mindset for product managers. David emphasizes the need for a balance between discovery and delivery, stating that discovery is not an excuse to not deliver anything. He also highlights the value of evidence-based decision making and the importance of focusing on building the present and the future simultaneously. In this conversation, David shares his thoughts on writing more books and explores the challenges of being a product manager. He discusses the importance of creating a space where product teams can thrive and the need for unconventional product management. David also emphasizes the value of experimentation and creating an environment where product owners can experiment. He highlights the significance of building relationships with stakeholders and the importance of aligning with them rather than managing them. The key takeaway is that no matter where you are, you can drive change and take action for a better tomorrow. Takeaways Resilience and a growth mindset are crucial traits for product managers. Discovery is not an excuse to not deliver anything; it should be balanced with delivery. Product teams should focus on learning faster than it takes to deliver. Building the present and the future simultaneously is essential for success. Evidence-based decision making is key to effective product management. Writing more books and creating additional content based on the book Creating a space where product teams can thrive The importance of experimentation and creating an environment for product owners to experiment Building relationships with stakeholders and aligning with them Taking action and driving change for a better tomorrow Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:20:07

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#105 The Future of Agile with Jose Casal

7/1/2024
In this conversation, the Sander Dur and Jose Casal discuss finding happiness in everyday life and the importance of incremental achievements. They also explore the role of leaders as organizational gardeners and the need to create environments for people to thrive. The definition of business agility is examined, along with the future of Agile and business agility. Jose shares insights on the evolution of work and hierarchy, the need for better incentives, and the surprises of change and transformation. Sander and Jose discuss the future of large organizations and the concept of a federation of micro businesses. The conversation concludes with a focus on dynamic team formation and the importance of cleaning up legacy products and services. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:28:22

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#104 The Happiness Blueprint with Antoni Tzavelas

6/26/2024
SummaryIn this conversation, Anthony shares his insights on happiness and its impact on individuals and teams. He discusses the challenges he faced in his life and how he overcame them to find happiness. Anthony emphasizes the importance of self-reflection, empathy, and a positive mindset in fostering happiness. He also introduces the concept of the happiness blueprint, which includes elements like inspiration, mindset, power, alliance, care, and transformation. Anthony highlights the need for organizations to prioritize happiness in the workforce and shares the success story of a high-performing team. He concludes by offering advice on improving daily scrum or stand-up meetings. Takeaways Self-reflection and self-awareness are key to finding and maintaining happiness. Empathy and kindness towards oneself and others contribute to happiness. The happiness blueprint includes inspiration, mindset, power, alliance, care, and transformation. Happiness positively impacts individuals, teams, and organizations, leading to higher engagement and performance. Chapters 00:00Introduction and Tough Crowd 01:23Discovering the Importance of Happiness 03:28The Impact of Challenging Experiences on Happiness 04:56Overcoming Challenges and Making a Change 06:22The Impact of Challenging Experiences on Family 07:49Feeling Lucky and Grateful 09:13The Influence of Upbringing on Happiness 10:09The Meaning of Happiness 10:58Inspiration from Others 11:55The Happiness Blueprint 13:24The Dangers of Toxic Positivity 14:22Dealing with Bad Days 15:21Resources for Practicing Happiness 21:56Accepting and Embracing Yourself 23:25Dealing with Turmoil and Anger 25:56Developing Emotional Intelligence 27:04Empathy vs Sympathy 28:17The Importance of Self-Change 29:42The Search for Dopamine Hits 30:26The Impact of Happiness on the Workforce 34:18The Resistance to Happiness in Organizations 37:41Success Story of a High-Performing Team 40:36Improving Daily Scrum or Stand-Up 42:04Question for the Next Guest Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:43:51

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#103 Lean Portfolio Management and OKRs with Yuval Yeret

6/18/2024
Summary In this conversation, Jim, Sander, and their guest Yuval discuss various topics including SAFE, lean portfolio management, and OKRs. They explore the misconceptions and polarizing nature of SAFE, the difference between a traditional PMO and a lean portfolio, and the challenges of managing different ways of working within a global organization. They also delve into the concept of OKRs, the importance of setting realistic goals, and the potential pitfalls of tying incentives to OKRs. The conversation concludes with a discussion on metrics and the value of thinking in bets. Takeaways SAFe is often misunderstood and polarizing, but it has valuable ideas and good information on its website. Lean portfolio management focuses on managing different types of work within an organization's portfolio and measuring different things for different investments. OKRs should be specific and motivating, but too many goals can be confusing and demotivating. Tying incentives to OKRs can lead to unintended consequences and the wrong behavior. Metrics such as lead time, cycle time, and customer satisfaction are important for measuring progress and making data-driven decisions. Thinking in bets and adopting a VC mindset can help make better decisions and navigate uncertainty in business. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:04:42

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#102 "No Matter What" with Agavni Jessaijan

6/11/2024
Summary In this conversation, Sander Dur and Agavni Jessaijan discuss her diverse creative skills and her journey to self-employment. They explore the importance of communication and the belief that everything is possible. Agavni shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and the challenges she faced during the pandemic. They also discuss her participation in a special forces TV show and the lessons she learned from it. The conversation highlights the importance of autonomy, mastery, and purpose in motivation and the need for trust and teamwork. Agavni reflects on her experience on the TV show 'Kamp van Koningsbrugge' and how it taught her the importance of speaking her truth and staying true to her core. She discusses her physical and mental challenges during the show and how they helped her overcome her insecurities. Agavni emphasizes the need for compassionate communication and the integration of the head, heart, and gut brains in personal leadership. She also talks about her upcoming book, 'No Matter What,' which shares her personal journey and offers insights and wise questions for personal growth and development. Takeaways Diverse skills and experiences can lead to personal and professional growth. Effective communication is essential for success, both personally and within organizations. Believing that everything is possible can lead to innovation and problem-solving. Entrepreneurship requires risk-taking and the ability to adapt to challenges. Motivation is driven by autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Trust and teamwork are crucial for achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. Speaking your truth and staying true to your core is essential in personal leadership. Physical and mental challenges can help you overcome insecurities and develop resilience. Compassionate communication and integrating the head, heart, and gut brains are key in personal leadership. Asking wise questions can lead to personal growth and development. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:23:44

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#101 Fred Deichler on The Agile Coaching Growth Wheel

6/4/2024
Summary In this conversation, Fred reflects on his experience speaking at Scan Agile and shares his biggest lesson learned. He also discusses the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel and the need for unifying standards in the agile coaching profession. The conversation explores the difference between agile coaches and scrum masters and the importance of theory and practical experience. Fred emphasizes the value of diversity in agile teams and shares insights on articulating the value of agile coaches. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:40:13

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#100 Denise Tilles on Product Operations

5/28/2024
Summary Denise discusses the concept of product operations and its role in helping product managers make faster and better quality decisions. Product operations involves providing PMs with the necessary inputs and support to set strategy, prioritize, create roadmaps, and collaborate effectively with stakeholders. It differs from traditional agile approaches by focusing on the system around teams rather than just the teams themselves. Denise also highlights the importance of defining the product and understanding the problem to be solved. She emphasizes the need for buy-in from leadership and the importance of clear communication and stakeholder management in implementing product operations. In this part of the conversation, Denise discusses the challenges of stakeholder discussions and balancing strategic decisions with short-term opportunities. She also talks about the relationship between strategy and incentives in a product organization. The conversation then shifts to the topic of Denise's book on product operations and why she decided to write it. She emphasizes the importance of understanding what product operations is and how it can be implemented in different areas of a company. The chapter ends with a discussion on scaling challenges and the role of go-to-market alignment and data in product operations. In this conversation, Yuval and Jim discuss various topics related to agile portfolio management and OKRs. They explore the challenges and benefits of implementing agile practices in traditional project management offices (PMOs) and the importance of aligning goals and strategies at different levels of the organization. They also delve into the use of OKRs as a tool for setting and measuring goals, emphasizing the need for outcome-oriented goals and collaboration in their development. Throughout the conversation, they highlight the importance of continuous improvement and adaptability in managing portfolios and achieving organizational success. Takeaways Product operations helps PMs make faster and better quality decisions by providing the necessary inputs and support. Product operations focuses on the system around teams, rather than just the teams themselves, setting it apart from traditional agile approaches. Defining the product and understanding the problem to be solved are crucial for effective product operations. Buy-in from leadership is essential for implementing product operations. Clear communication and stakeholder management are key to successful product operations. Balancing stakeholder discussions and strategic decisions can be challenging, especially when short-term opportunities arise. The relationship between strategy and incentives in a product organization is complex and can lead to conflicting goals. Product operations is a key function in a company and understanding its role and potential is crucial. Implementing product operations requires considering areas of deficit and opportunity within the organization. Denise's book on product operations provides actionable tips and real-life experiences to help companies navigate these challenges. Agile practices can be challenging to implement in traditional PMOs, but they offer benefits such as increased alignment and adaptability. OKRs are a useful tool for setting and measuring goals, but they should be outcome-oriented and developed collaboratively with the people doing the work. Continuous improvement and adaptability are key to managing portfolios effectively and achieving organizational success. Experimentation and learning are crucial for driving innovation and differentiation in portfolio management. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:48:24

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S07 E08 Cliff Hazel and Chris Stone on Going for Chaos

5/21/2024
Summary The conversation explores the overuse of the phrase 'it depends' and the importance of providing context and honesty in responses. The speakers discuss the value of understanding the starting point and the direction one is moving in. They also emphasize the need to optimize for value rather than efficiency and consider the broader impacts and trade-offs of decisions. The role of fun in retrospectives is highlighted, as well as the importance of finding a sustainable pace and taking care of administrative tasks. The conversation concludes with the question of the biggest learning for the year. Takeaways Avoid overusing the phrase 'it depends' and provide context and honesty in responses. Understand the starting point and the direction one is moving in. Optimize for value rather than efficiency and consider the broader impacts and trade-offs of decisions. Incorporate fun into retrospectives to keep participants engaged and improve the quality of actions. Find a sustainable pace and take care of administrative tasks to avoid burnout. Continuously learn and adapt to improve and grow. Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:44:07

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S07 E07 Evelien Hölsken on Free A Girl

5/14/2024
Summary Evelien Hölsken, founder of the Free A GIrl Foundation, discusses her work to end sexual exploitation of children. She shares her journey from a commercial background to the nonprofit sector and explains how she was inspired to start her own foundation. Evelien discusses the challenges of fundraising and the need for transparency in the nonprofit sector. She also highlights the importance of education and prevention in combating child exploitation. Evelien shares heartbreaking stories of children trapped in the sex trade and the impact her foundation has had in rescuing and rehabilitating survivors. She emphasizes the need for continued efforts to bring justice to perpetrators and support survivors. Want to donate or contribute? Check out the website: https://www.freeagirl.us/ Keywords sexual exploitation, children, nonprofit sector, fundraising, transparency, education, prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, justice Takeaways The Free A Girl Foundation works to end thesexual exploitation of children and has rescued almost 8,000 children so far. The foundation focuses on both rescue and rehabilitation, as well as prevention and raising awareness. There are challenges in fundraising, but transparency and personal connections with donors can help. The justice system needs improvement to ensure perpetrators are convicted and survivors feel safe to report cases. Education and prevention are crucial in combating child exploitation, and the foundation runs programs to empower survivors and educate communities. The foundation aims to continue its work until there is no more sexual exploitation of children. Titles Empowering Survivors: Education and Awareness Challenges and Triumphs: Fundraising for a Nonprofit Check out our sponsor: www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.wiserbees.com www.masteringagility.org Sound Bites "The direct impact, the outputs, the results are the rescue of almost 8,000 children." "There's lots of impunity. So perpetrators are arrested, they are hardly convicted." "We educate survivors to become lawyers themselves, or judges, or prosecutors or other kind of professions that have to do with human rights." Chapters 00:00Introduction and Background 08:04Rescue and Impact 21:32Empowering Survivors 25:26Fundraising and Awareness 33:37Call to Action Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:46:51

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S07 E06 Joe Krebs on Agile Katas

5/10/2024
Summary In this conversation, Joe Krebs joins us at the ScanAgile24 conference in Helsinki. He discusses the concept of Agile Kata and its role in continuous improvement. He shares his passion for this topic and how it originated from his experience with agile transformations. Joe emphasizes the importance of challenging existing processes and habits to drive meaningful change. He also highlights the need for a continuous improvement mindset and the challenges organizations face in embracing it. Joe shares success stories of organizations applying Kata and the potential benefits it brings. He concludes by discussing the importance of building the Agile Kata community and the slow progress in doing so. Takeaways Agile Kata is a pattern for continuous improvement that can enhance the world of Agile. Agile transformations should not be treated as projects with an end date but as ongoing journeys of improvement. Kata introduces scientific thinking and challenges existing habits and processes. The biggest challenge in embracing continuous learning and improvement is breaking through existing habits and routines. Chapters 00:00Introduction and Background 02:24The Importance of Continuous Improvement 04:17The Misconception of Agile Transformation 05:14Evolution of the Talk on Agile Kata 06:12The Challenge of Embracing Continuous Learning 07:40Challenges in Challenging Existing Processes 09:07The Time Investment for Creating New Habits 10:08Using Kata to Improve Business Situations 11:36Success Stories of Applying Kata 13:31Applying Kata in Lean Manufacturing Environments 14:55The Challenge of Having a Continuous Improvement Mindset 15:23The Danger of Zombie Scrum 20:35Challenging the Sprint-Based Approach 24:21Applying Kata in Simple Product Spaces 25:20The Slow Progress of Building the Agile Kata Community 27:35Question for the Next Guest Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:30:46

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S07 E05 Esther Derby on Gearing Positive Change

4/30/2024
Summary This conversation explores the concept of empathy and its importance in various contexts. Esther Derby gives valuable insights into defining empathy, the possibility of having too much empathy, and practical tips for practicing empathy. The conversation also delves into the role of empathy in product design, overcoming barriers to empathy, and effective communication. Additionally, it highlights the importance of creating a safe environment for empathy and discusses the challenges and benefits of empathy in virtual settings. Takeaways Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Having too much empathy can lead to over-indexing on others' emotions and neglecting one's own needs. Practicing empathy involves actively listening, asking open-ended questions, and seeking to understand others' perspectives. Empathy plays a crucial role in product design, customer satisfaction, and effective communication. 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change: Micro Shifts, Macro Results https://a.co/d/iUONUbZ Check out our sponsors: www.wiserbees.com www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:56:20

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S07 E04 Amber Vanderburg on Communicating Technical Ideas to non-Technical Audiences

4/23/2024
Summary In this conversation, Amber shares insights on leading change and higher performance within teams. She emphasizes the importance of inspiring action rather than commanding action, drawing parallels between sports teams and product development teams. Amber also discusses the power of debriefing and learning from failure, as well as the need for effective communication and understanding of technical concepts for different audiences. She highlights the value of asking the right questions to assess baseline knowledge and prioritize information. Amber concludes by expressing her interest in seeing more discussions on talent development and the growth of individuals in the workplace. Takeaways Inspire action rather than command action to lead change and drive higher performance within teams. Debriefing and learning from failure are essential for continuous improvement and success. Effective communication involves understanding and translating technical concepts for different audiences. Asking the right questions helps assess baseline knowledge and prioritize information. Talent development is crucial for individuals to elevate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace. Check out our sponsors: www.wiserbees.com www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:45:21

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S07 E03 Chris Williams on the Art of Simplicity

4/16/2024
The conversation explores the concept of simplicity and its challenges in various contexts. It delves into the importance of feedback, organizational and cultural change, and the friction between doing the thing right and doing the right thing. The difficulty of simplicity is discussed, along with the power of simple solutions. The conversation explores the importance of simplicity in product development and the challenges organizations face in achieving it. The three main drivers in the workforce are identified as community, cause, and compensation, with their importance varying depending on career stage. Perks and benefits, such as ping pong tables and beer on tap, are no longer sufficient to attract and retain talent. The focus should be on creating work that matters and providing employees with a sense of purpose. Short-term focus and financial stress can hinder organizations and individuals from achieving simplicity. It is crucial to let go of unnecessary tasks and amplify the value of the work being done. Takeaways Simplicity is the antithesis to complexity and is essential in various domains, including software development and product design. Feedback is crucial in achieving simplicity and ensuring that the right solutions are developed. Organizational and cultural change are necessary to foster simplicity and create an environment that values simplicity. There is often a friction between doing the thing right (craftsmanship) and doing the right thing (meeting customer needs and business goals). Balancing these two aspects is essential. Simple solutions can be powerful and effective, and often the simplest solution is the best one. The three main drivers in the workforce are community, cause, and compensation, with their importance varying depending on career stage. Perks and benefits are no longer sufficient to attract and retain talent; the focus should be on creating work that matters and providing employees with a sense of purpose. Short-term focus and financial stress can hinder organizations and individuals from achieving simplicity. It is crucial to let go of unnecessary tasks and amplify the value of the work being done Check out our sponsors: www.wiserbees.com www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:13:50

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S07 E02 Tom Siebeneicher on Our Journey in Public Speaking

4/9/2024
Summary In this conversation, Sander and Don discuss their journey in public speaking and share their experiences and insights. They talk about how they started doing public speaking, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned along the way. They emphasize the importance of having a supportive network, being open to feedback, and continuously improving their presentations. They also discuss the cultural differences they encountered at different conferences and the impact of their talks on the audience. They conclude by sharing their plans for the future, including exploring speaking opportunities outside of the agile community. Keywords public speaking, journey, challenges, lessons, feedback, cultural differences, networking, improvement, future plans Takeaways Start doing public speaking by finding a supportive network and being open to feedback. Continuously improve your presentations based on feedback and lessons learned. Be aware of cultural differences at different conferences and adapt your approach accordingly. Engage with the audience and create a dialogue during your talk. Explore speaking opportunities outside of your comfort zone to gain new perspectives and experiences. Check out our sponsors: www.wiserbees.com www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 01:00 Starting in Public Speaking 10:30 Supportive Network and Structure 13:20 Lessons Learned and Continuous Improvement 21:30 Choosing Conferences and Networking 25:40 Feedback and Integration 31:00 Future Plans and Topics Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:46:48

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S07 E01 Gojko Adzic on Specification By Example

4/3/2024
Summary In this episode, Goiko shares his experiences and insights on visualizing specifications, writing Specification by Example, and solving communication problems in software development. He discusses the challenges and patterns in the adoption of Spec by Example and the importance of identifying bottlenecks and visualizing problems. Goiko also talks about causing organizational change and the evolution of software development solutions. He concludes by discussing the promise and reality of no-code tools and sharing his recent work and projects. The conversation explores various themes related to software development and its impact on organizations and society. It discusses the power of expressing human knowledge in software and the role of visualization tools in increasing shared understanding. The shift from specialists to generalists in the software industry is examined, as well as the potential for smaller organizations and general-purpose work. The conversation also delves into the role of AI in minimizing political games in organizations and the responsibility of software professionals in creating good software. The need for spending more time on edge cases and negative use cases is highlighted, along with the societal impact of bad software and the potential for IT to become a profession. The conservation and shifting of complexity in software development is explored, and the conversation concludes with a discussion on the impact of shoddy software on people's lives. Takeaways Visualizing specifications can help improve understanding and reduce rework in software development. The adoption of Spec by Example and other agile practices can be hindered by organizational politics and resistance to change. Identifying bottlenecks and visualizing problems can lead to effective solutions and improvements in software development processes. No-code tools have the potential to democratize software development and empower non-technical users to create automation. Visualization tools like FigJam and Zeppelin increase shared understanding in organizations. The software industry is shifting towards smaller organizations and general-purpose work. AI cannot eliminate political games in organizations, as they are driven by cultural factors. There is a need for more focus on edge cases and negative use cases in software development. The responsibility of software professionals is to create good software and address the societal impact of bad software. Gojko's books Check out our sponsors: www.xebia.com www.wiserbees.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Sound Bites Chapters 00:00Introduction 01:21Visualizing Specifications 03:04Early Experiences with Software Quality 04:09Solving Communication Problems 05:31Validating Real-World Usage of Spec by Example 06:29Getting Permission from Companies for Case Studies 08:28Persistent Challenges and Positive Patterns 09:49Adoption of Given-When-Then and Consolidation of Tools 11:42Identifying Bottlenecks and Visualizing Problems 13:01Causing Organizational Change 14:09The Challenge of Change Resistance 16:30The Evolution of Software Development Solutions 26:48Goiko's Recent Work and Projects 35:26The Power of Expressing Human Knowledge in Software 36:03Visualization Tools and Increased Shared Understanding 37:27Specialists vs. Generalists in the Software Industry 38:49The Shift Towards Smaller Organizations and General Purpose Work 41:49The Role of AI in Minimizing Political Games in Organizations 42:54The Responsibility of Software Professionals in Creating Good Software 51:01The Need for Spending More Time on Edge Cases and Negative Use Cases 53:31The Societal Impact of Bad Software and the Role of Governments 57:41The Potential for IT to Become a Profession 01:01:29The Conservation and Shifting of Complexity in Software Development 01:04:43The Impact of Shoddy Software on People's Lives

Duration:01:09:05

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S06 E19 David Asch on the Agile Enterprise

3/12/2024
SummaryIn this conversation, David Ash discusses his book, The Agile Enterprise, and his experiences applying Agile principles across companies. He shares his initial hesitation about writing the book and his journey of self-discovery and overcoming imposter syndrome. David emphasizes the importance of leaders who think differently and the need for organizations to prevent and address fires rather than constantly firefighting. He also explores the role of AI and technology in augmenting work and the challenges of quantifying the costs of technical debt. The conversation concludes with a question for the next guest about the future of development and incorporating new technologies. Takeaways Overcoming imposter syndrome is a common challenge, but recognizing one's expertise and unique perspectives can lead to valuable contributions. Applying Agile principles beyond software development can lead to success in various departments and stages of company growth. Leadership is not determined by job titles, but by individuals who take initiative and think differently. Preventing and addressing fires in organizations requires a balance between firefighting and proactive measures to improve processes and prevent future issues. AI and technology should be seen as tools to augment work and should be incorporated thoughtfully to enhance productivity and outcomes. Breaking the chain of technical debt requires a collaborative effort between technical teams and the business side of the company to prioritize and address issues. Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:48:02

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S06 E18 Johannes Geske and Stephen Sykes on ScrumMatch

2/28/2024
Summary In this conversation, Sander Dur and his guests discuss the biggest lessons learned during the week and the importance of user feedback in the release strategy. They introduce Scrum Match, a platform that connects companies with true Scrum Masters who can deliver business value. They highlight the need for true Scrum Masters who can use Scrum as a means to an end and differentiate them from Scrum Masters in name only. The hosts also discuss the future of Scrum Match and the scaling of the platform. They emphasize the importance of focus and the value of feedback for both Scrum Masters and employers. In this conversation, the hosts discuss the importance of sponsorship in podcasting and share insights on building and maintaining relationships with sponsors. They emphasize the need to deliver value to sponsors and measure the success of sponsorships. The conversation also covers negotiation strategies for sponsorship deals. Takeaways User feedback is crucial in determining the best release strategy and ensuring that clients and users can absorb and work with new features. The industry has produced many Scrum Masters who fail to deliver business results, leading to a lack of trust in the Scrum framework. There is a need for a profession for Scrum Masters to separate those who can deliver value from those who cannot. Scrum Match aims to connect employers with true Scrum Masters who have the practical experience and skills to deliver business value. The future of Scrum Match involves scaling the platform, building partnerships, and expanding beyond just Scrum Masters. Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:00:46:12

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S06 E17 Dan Balcauski on Pricing Strategies

2/12/2024
Summary The conversation explores various aspects of pricing strategies, including benefits framing, pricing orientations, value-based pricing, and the challenges associated with it. The importance of regularly reviewing pricing and making incremental changes is emphasized. The fear of pricing conversations and risk mitigation strategies are discussed. The emotional relationship with money and its impact on pricing decisions is explored. The chapter concludes with a discussion on bundling price increases with value increases. The conversation explores the topics of costs, value, different business models, adjusting pricing based on value, defining value, and getting started with pricing strategy. It also touches on the concept of overpriced products. Takeaways Regularly review and update pricing strategies to align with market changes and customer value. Consider benefits framing and value-based pricing to effectively communicate the value of products or services. Understand the emotional relationship customers have with money and the impact it has on pricing decisions. Mitigate risks associated with pricing changes by conducting market research, testing, and communicating effectively with customers. Consider the costs and value of your product or service when determining pricing. Different business models, such as razor and razor blades, can impact pricing strategies. Adjust pricing based on the value customers receive from your product or service. Define value by understanding the functional, emotional, and social jobs your product or service fulfills. Start thinking about your pricing strategy early in your company's development and treat it as an ongoing process. Perceived value plays a significant role in customers' willingness to pay. Be mindful of unexpected fees and their impact on customers' perception of value. The most overpriced products can vary based on individual perspectives and preferences. Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:11:33

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S06 E16 Fred Deichler on Zelda's Guide to Agile

1/29/2024
Summary In this conversation, Sander, Jim and their guest Fred Deichler discuss various topics related to public speaking, conferences, and agile practices. They explore the importance of creating a positive work environment and advocating for clear direction and autonomy in teams. Fred shares his journey as a speaker and the nervousness he still experiences before each talk. They also discuss the impact of conferences and the value of networking and building relationships with experienced speakers. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the power of storytelling in talks and the importance of tangible takeaways for the audience. Takeaways · Advocate for a positive work environment that promotes clear direction and autonomy in teams. · Embrace nervousness as a speaker and use transparency to create empathy with the audience. · Build relationships with experienced speakers and learn from their experiences. · Name concepts and techniques to make them more memorable and easier to discuss. · Focus on education and providing tangible takeaways for the audience in talks. If you like our podcast, please leave us a review. This helps us to grow the show and bring in even bigger guests. Sponsors: ScrumMatch: https://scrummatch.com/en Xebia Academy: https://xebia.com/academy/nl/ Hosted by Ausha. See ausha.co/privacy-policy for more information.

Duration:01:00:12