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Patrice Embry - Finessing Retrospective - 2018 DPM Summit

9/20/2018
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Patrice Embry gave a lightning talk called “Finessing a Retrospective to Get Results” at the 2018 Digital PM Summit. After her talk Patrice and I had a chance to sit down and talk through some of the ideas she shared that you can use to hep you get more value out of the moments where you and your team stop to inspect and adapt how things are working on your project. The tips Patrice shares in the interview (and in her talk) will work for you whether you are holding a more traditional review...

Duration:00:13:07

2018 Digital PM Summit - An Interview with Aaron Irizarry on Creating Personas

9/18/2018
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A few weeks ago the 2018 Digital PM Summit was held in Memphis. This is the 6th year the conference has been held and the Bureau of Digital (https://bureauofdigital.com) put together another incredibly inspiring conference. The event focuses on helping PMs in who work in the Digital space amp up their ability to practice their craft. During the conference, Aaron Irizarry gave a presentation called “Laying the Groundwork: Building Foundations for High-Performing Teams”....

Duration:00:10:58

LeSS 2018 Conference - Karim Harbott, Dhaval Panchal, Richard Cheng

9/15/2018
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Karim Harbott led a session at the 2018 Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Conference on Agility and Company Culture. In this episode, Karim shares some highlights from his session and then Dhaval Panchal, Richard Cheng and I talk through some of the challenges with trying to transform different aspects of company culture and the company value system in order to foster an environment that can support business agility. Contacting Karim https://www.agilecentre.com/ https://twitter.com/KarimHarbott...

Duration:00:32:49

Bas Vodde at the 3rd Annual Large Scale Scrum Conference

9/13/2018
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This week in New York City the Lower East Side is host to the 3rd Annual LeSS Conference. I stopped by the conference today and had the chance to sit down with Bas Vodde to talk about Large Scale Scrum and the annual event they hold to bring the coaches, trainers and practitioners of LeSS together. The LeSS Conference is not like a standard IT Conference. During the interview Bas explains how their approach to setting up and running the event focuses on letting the on-site attendees drive...

Duration:00:30:20

How can a Product Owner develop skill negotiating with Exec Leadership? w/ Steve Martin

8/3/2018
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This is a frequent question in the CSPO classes I teach. Many organizations want the benefits of Agile. Sometimes they assign people to the role of Product Owner, and then continue with business as usual. For the role of PO to work effective, you need an individual filling the Product Owner role who is will and able to make decisions, even without all the information they would want to make the decisions. AND they need to be working in an organization that trust them to make those decisions....

Duration:00:27:12

Emotional Science - The Key to Unlocking High Performance (with Audree and Micheal Sahota)

7/30/2018
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Emotional Science is a new book written by Audree and Michael Sahota that focuses on helping individuals discover and break through the blockers that are holding them back from becoming better leaders. It is often said that if you want to lead others, you first have to lead yourself. Many of us have the desire to be able to show up as better leaders, we read books, sign up for seminars and yet, when it comes down to doing the actual work, we struggle. The reason for this is often that, while...

Duration:00:48:41

The Business of Portfolio Management with PMI Fellow Iain Fraser

7/22/2018
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Iain Fraser is a PMI Fellow, a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and the author of The Business of Portfolio Management. The book focuses on helping businesses deepen their perception of business portfolio management, and how strengthening their practices in that area can help them thrive in a business world where the only constant is change. In this episode of the podcast, I had the chance to speak with Iain about his book, how his experiences in working in Portfolio, Program and...

Duration:00:51:48

Growing Up Agile - 2nd Gen Agilists

6/27/2018
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We’ve reached a stage in the evolution of work where some of the folks now entering the workforce were raised by professional Agile practitioners. This might not seem like a big deal, but consider that this is a generation that will not have to go through the process of unlearning all the dysfunctional practices that most of us had to let go of. These are folks who have been working in an agile way their whole lives and, because it is native to them, they are free from the cognitive...

Duration:00:26:20

What's New at the Scrum Alliance - from the 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering

6/13/2018
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During the 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering in Minneapolis, (https://bit.ly/2LOd5ZD) I had a chance to interview the Interim Co-CEOs of the Scrum Alliance: Shannon Carter, Renata Lerch, and Angie Stecovich. In addition to their new roles, they also serve as VP of Education, VP of Global Marketing and Communications, and Sr. Director of Finance, respectively. Shannon, Renata, and Angie explain how their roles have changed at the Scrum Alliance and how being part of an agile...

Duration:00:15:06

The Agile Heretic - An Interview with Jim Benson

6/4/2018
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Jim Benson has been involved with Agile since the very beginning. You may know him as creator of Personal Kanban, as the co-creator of Lean Coffee, through his work as CEO of Modus Cooperandi, his books, or from the many awards he’s won for his work in applying Lean practices to knowledge work. After years watching Agile being misused, misunderstood, and seeing it “calcify and solidify because of commercialization”, Jim’s new project The Agile Heretic is focused on calling attention to many...

Duration:01:04:25

David Hawks at the 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering

5/28/2018
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David Hawks led two sessions at the 2018 North American Scrum Gathering. During the conference we had the chance to sit down and talk through some of the key ideas he was presenting in Minneapolis. David’s first session, “The Post Project Era: The Future of Agile,” looked at how a project-centric mindset can actually impede your ability to deliver value for your client. In his second session, “Move Beyond User Stories: What’s Next,” David presented an approach to understanding requirements...

Duration:00:29:59

Billy McLaughlin - 2018 Scrum Gathering Keynote

5/17/2018
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The 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering kicked off with a keynote presentation that was incredibly unique and inspiring. Billy McLaughlin is a professional guitar player who spent his life working to reach a level of success most musicians only dream about. But just as he reached the top, the tools that got him there began working against him. Billy suffers from focal dystonia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focal_dystonia). You may not be familiar with this condition, but for a...

Duration:00:30:31

Christopher Avery - The Leadership Gift - April 2018

5/11/2018
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Christopher Avery is the author of The Responsibility Process and Teamwork Is an Individual Skill. He’s also one of the most inspiring and impactful people I’ve ever had a chance to interview. The Responsibility Process is an approach to understanding how each of us takes ownership of our understanding, and response to the challenges we face. It includes techniques that provide clarity on how the internal narrative we all create shows the extent to which we are able to realize our role in,...

Duration:00:41:20

Scrum Gathering 2018 - Keynote Speaker Dr. Rick Brinkman

4/11/2018
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During the 2018 Scrum Gathering in Minneapolis, Dr. Rick Brinkman will be giving a keynote presentation called Conscious Communication to Bring out the Best in People and Others. The presentation will introduce the crowd to Dr. Brinkman’s techniques for developing greater awareness of how to interpret the messages others are sending us and how we are bringing noise to the signal of the messages we are trying to transmit to others. I had the chance to interview Dr. Rick about his work helping...

Duration:00:29:10

Agile in Supplly Chain w Michael Tibbert and Dhaval Panchal

3/16/2018
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This podcast features Michael Tibbert and Dhaval Panchal helping me out with a question submitted by a student that focused on implementing Agile in a traditional supply chain organization. We also address the question of whether or not it is easier to implement Agile in a band new organization than it is in an existing one. Oh - and also… The Parable of the Watermelon https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/watermelons-scarecrow-management-dhaval-panchal/ CONTACT INFO If you’d like to reach Michael...

Duration:00:53:40

Scott Ambler - Disciplined Agile Framework

3/5/2018
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For large scale organizations that need to scale Agile, one of the biggest challenges is selecting the option that will fit best. In this interview Scott Ambler, co-creator of the Disciplined Agile framework offers explains the origin of DisciplinedAgile, what makes it different than the other scaling options and how to handle some of the more common issues facing traditional orgs that are trying to adopt Agile and handle governance. SHOW NOTES 00:07 Interview Begins 00:35 Background on the...

Duration:00:38:37

How to Stop Treating People as Resources w/ Mika Trottier

2/17/2018
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In this interview, Mika Trottier and I talk through a subtle but significant shift that has to occur in the mindset of a traditional PM who is trying to adopt an Agile mindset. How do you flip that switch in your brain that thinks of the people who do work as resources and make them start thinking of them as people? During the conversation, Mika and I also dig into some of the challenges facing introverts who become project managers and some of the coping mechanisms that have aided each of...

Duration:00:32:59

Anderson Hummel - Becoming a CST

1/31/2018
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Last fall Anderson Diniz Hummel became a Certified Scrum Trainer. This means that he has been approved by the Scrum Alliance to teach Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner classes. The journey to becoming a CST is never easy and never as quick as anyone would like and for Anderson, it was over three years from the time he first started working on it. (And this is after already having taught at the University level for a number of years.) During the recent holidays Anderson...

Duration:00:33:38

Challenging the Sprint - An Interview with John Cutler

1/18/2018
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John Cutler describes himself as a Product Development Nut. He’s deeply focused on Product Development with a Lean /Agile approach and finding ways to improve how we work. He posts his thoughts in Medium, and although he says he is not a professional blogger, he generates new content about twice a week. I really enjoy reading his posts because they always challenge me and push me into seeing things through a different perspective. A few weeks ago John posted an article called “Flow,...

Duration:00:55:40

Giora Morein - The State of Agile and Post-SAFeism

12/22/2017
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This episode of DrunkenPM Radio features a conversation with ThinkLouder’s Giora Morein. During this discussion Giora offers his take on how things have evolved within the Agile space over the past few years and some of the challenges we currently face. For example, if you are trying to use Scrum to build twice the work in half the time, how do you make sure that all the extra stuff you are building is the right stuff? And what if you run out of valuable things to build? Giora and I cover a...

Duration:00:26:29