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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, but 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...

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...

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...

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...

Duration:00:38:37

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...

Duration:00:33:38

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...

Duration:00:26:29

Why Digital Transformation is More Important than Agile Transformation w/ Devin Hedge

12/15/2017
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In this interview Devin Hedge and I dig into some of the research he has been doing around the impact of Digital Transformation, how it impacts consumers and the role that things like Agile and Design Thinking play in helping companies move from an analog way of managing their work to a completely digital way of managing their work. SHOW NOTES 00:08 Interview Begins 00:47 Introduction to the topic of Digital Transformation 01:58 Defining Digital Transformation 04:19 Is there conflict...

Duration:00:42:25

Making Agile Work at HUGE

11/1/2017
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In preparing for my How to Hack Agile for Digital Agencies at the 2017 Digital PM Summit I did a lot of research and conducted a lot of interview. This conversation, with Lance Hammond and Robert Sfeir from HUGE Atlanta was the last one I did before the Summit. During this discussion Lance and Robert share many of the lessons they’ve learned in bringing Agile to HUGE and they provide clarity on what it takes to make Agile work in a Digital Agency. SHOW NOTES 00:08 Podcast Begins 01:42 Some...

Duration:00:54:07

Declan Whelan - Technical Health

10/25/2017
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In this interview Agile Alliance Board Member Declan Whelan makes the case for reframing Technical Debt and having organizations develop practices and programs supporting Technical Health. During the interview we discuss what technical debt it, how our perception of it has evolved and why taking a more positive and proactive stance for it can be so beneficial for organizations that are trying to improve flow and remain competitive in the marketplace. Declan also shares details on the Agile...

Duration:00:36:55

Edward Kay - Making Agile work in Digital

9/13/2017
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Edward Kay, the Founder of Tall Projects, has been managing software and digital projects for over 14 years. A few months ago Edward posted an article on The Digital Project Manager called “Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods for Agencies”. In this interview, Edward and I discuss his article, some of the key things you need to do in order to get agile to work in digital, and why Scrum may be the one thing that just won’t work in an agency model. 04:04 - Interview Begins 04:48 - Background on...

Duration:00:45:36

Justin Handler - Implementing Agile in Digital At O3 World

8/21/2017
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Justin Handler is the Head of Accounts at O3 World, a Philadelphia based Digital Agency. O3 World has been integrating Agile practices into their workflow for the past few years and Justin has been leading that charge every step of the way. In this interview, Justin shares stories about what has worked for O3, some things that didn’t, and he offers advice for Digital Agencies that are moving down the path towards Agile. Justin is also one of the folks heading up the Digital PM group in...

Duration:00:30:26

Mission Statements & Developing Cross Functional Teams w/ Celeste Giampetro

8/2/2017
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In this podcast, PebblePost’s VP of Marketing, Celeste Giampetro, talked with Dave about the importance of defining a good mission statement, why Marketing needs more generalists than specialists now, how to develop cross-functional teams, and leading with vulnerability. During the conversation, they also spent time discussing different leadership techniques that will help you get the most out of your team. SHOW NOTES 00:08 Podcast TLDR 01:44 Podcast Begins 02:11 Some background on Pebble...

Duration:00:31:28

Agile 2017 Preview - Laura Powers

7/25/2017
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Laura Powers is has a LOT going on. She’s got a new role as Co-CEO of RADTAC US, she got classes coming up AND she has sessions set for Agile 2017 and the Scrum Gathering in Dublin. In this podcast I had the chance to catch up with Laura, hear about all she has going on, and we got to dig into the sessions she’ll be presenting at Agile 2017 and the Scrum Gathering in Dublin. SHOW NOTES 00:10 Interview Begins 01:03 Laura explains her new gig at Radtac US 02:15 Laura’s experience London...

Duration:00:33:23

Volunteering At Agile 2017

7/24/2017
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If you are involved with Agile, the biggest event of the year is the conference hosted each summer by the Agile Alliance. Agile 2017 (https://www.agilealliance.org/agile2017/) kicks off on Sunday, August 6, 2017 and that means 2,500 Agilists will be descending on Orlando ready to pick up new techniques, share what they’ve learned and catch up with thought leaders and practitioners in the Agile space. The conference is MASSIVE and it would not be possible without the Purple Shirt People who...

Duration:00:23:03

Is PMP still worth it if I am doing Agile? - w/ Jesse Fewell

6/26/2017
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In each of my CSM and CSPO classes someone asks “Should I still get PMP?” In this podcast I got the chance to check in with Jesse Fewell on the value of certification. Jesse and I have been friends since 2008 when we both started working on trying to find ways to get PMI to pay attention to Agile. We both come from a traditional background, have been heavily involved with PMI and now make a living teaching Scrum certification classes. Jesse and I debate the answer to the PMP certification...

Duration:00:45:33

Jimi Fosdick at SG2017 on going from PMP to CST

6/19/2017
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Fearless Agility’s Jimi Fosdick took some time out of during the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego to let me interview him about what it was like to go from being a full on, old school, traditional PMP, to someone who spends his days helping individuals and organizations move to a more Agile way of working. “It should feel counterintuitive awkward uncomfortable and maybe a little bit painful because anything that represents real change feels that way.” Jimi is not your run of he mill PMP...

Duration:00:27:48