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Episode 139 - The Dynamics of New Teams

12/11/2018
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A big thanks to Meta-Cast listener and Twitch chat superstar "firessue" brings us a fantastic challenge for this episode. Standing up new teams is hard, but adding teams and engineers to an existing, established team presents a whole new set of challenges. How do you handle the dynamics and tension this can create? Bob and Josh give you tips and tricks to make sure your organizational growth is a consistently positive experience. What tips do you have? What lessons have you learned? Let's...

Duration:00:32:48

Episode 138 - The Agile Questions You Aren't Asking Yourself

11/27/2018
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What unknowns will sneak up and cost your team dearly? If we knew those answers, life would be a lot easier! Thanks to Laura (AKA laurieblue on our Twitch stream), we were challenged to answer this question. Bob and Josh highlight the questions most software teams are not answering, but they should be answering. Our goal is helping you take a different look at the challenges you and your teams have that may be holding you back. What surprising discoveries have you and your team found that...

Duration:00:33:43

Episode 137 - Remote Agile Teams

11/7/2018
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Remote teams are everywhere. Agile is everywhere. Unfortunately, those two don't always mix well together. We are here to fix that! Thanks to our listener Ryan, from Virginia, for asking us to take on this topic. What tips & tricks do you use to maximize the effectiveness of remote agile teams? Let's discuss! Subscribe: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify More from our hosts: Get FREE agile coaching, twice a week, on Josh's new live stream. If you ever wanted to hear how our co-hosts would...

Duration:00:29:13

Episode 136 - Fear as an Agile Leader

10/31/2018
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It's a special Halloween night episode! Bob and Josh wrap up their series on fear in the agile world with a deep dive into common sources of fear for leaders in the agile world. If you are an agile leader, don't be scared, listen to this episode! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as...

Duration:00:36:21

Episode 135 - Agile Coaches Are Scary

10/23/2018
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Episode 134 dug into common generators of fear that teams experience during an agile transition. Sticking with our scary/spooky theme for October, we decided to turn the tables around and examine how we, as agile leaders, generate fear. As the face of change for your organization, you need to be aware of how your actions will be perceived by those that do not welcome the new processes. Every good coach works to minimize this fear, but some level of fear is inevitable. Learn how you can calm...

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 134 - Fear In The Agile World

10/11/2018
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Halloween is near, so we decided (thanks to a tip from a listener on Twitter) to dig into the numerous ways fear presents itself in the agile world. Aside from identifying common patterns and situations that generate fear, we offer a few of our tried-and-true tips and tricks for dealing with fear in your role(s). What situations generate fear for you? How have you overcome that fear? Let's discuss! Subscribe: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify More from our hosts: Get FREE agile coaching,...

Duration:00:41:30

Episode 133 - Troublesome Team Members

9/19/2018
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No team is perfect. At some point in your team's evolution a team member will have a string of bad days that cause a significant amount of strife and turmoil in your team. Use this episode to pick up some tips, tricks, and advice on how to handle this situation and get your team back on the path to greatness! Get FREE agile coaching, twice a week, on Josh's new live stream. If you ever wanted to hear how our co-hosts would answer your individual question, this is your chance! Every Tuesday...

Duration:00:38:21

Episode 132 - Just The Right Amount of Agile Process

7/31/2018
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How do you know when you have too little/too much process in place? Use this episode to get an understanding of what a "good enough" process looks like for a team of 5 versus a team of 50 so that you and your team can maintain success as you grow. P.S. Did you miss the YouTube video of a recent talk at #Path18 in Columbus, OH? Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49csHWE0Dq8 Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our...

Duration:00:37:06

Episode 131 - Can an agile team plan too much?

5/24/2018
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This episode's topic comes from a listener via Twitter. Big thanks to @Paul_V_Elia for the great question. @bobgalen and @nosrednAhsoJ you mentioned the possibility of a follow up on #noestimates - I'd like to hear about estimating too far into the future; with high variability, wasteful in my view. Also, org culture, values, trust: correlation to estimate techniques that work there. May 17, 2018 Taking the lead from Paul, we dig into our views on the different levels of planning, and how...

Duration:00:44:00

Episode 130 - Customer Feedback

5/3/2018
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What should you do with customer feedback? Ignore it? Trust it completely? Something in the middle? Bob and Josh dig in and help you understand the best way to use customer feedback to support your team, product, and projects. How do you incoporate customer feedback into the process? Let's discuss! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you...

Duration:00:40:14

Episode 129 - Agile FAQs, Part 2

4/24/2018
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With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything. Using all of that experience, we continue our discussion of some of the most frequently asked questions across everyone we helped. What questions do you field over and over again in your travels? Let's discuss! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by...

Duration:00:39:10

Episode 128 - Agile FAQs

4/10/2018
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With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything. Using all of that experience, we narrowed down on some of the most frequently asked questions across everyone we helped. What questions do you field over and over again in your travels? Let's discuss! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our...

Duration:00:49:58

Episode 127 - Agile Estimates or No Estimates?

3/26/2018
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The relationship between most agile practices, estimates, and the planning those estimates relate to is a tricky one. Many agile practitioners subscribe to the #NoEstimates movement. Bob and Josh dig into the pros and cons of each approach (traditional agile estimation vs a "no estimates" approach). How does your team estimate? Do you estimate at all? Let's discuss... Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or...

Duration:00:40:13

Episode 126 - Speaking Truth To Power

3/7/2018
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Successful agile adoptions and transitions require truth, in all directions. Unfortunately, many of us are ill-equipped to speak truth in the most challenging direction: towards power. Use this episode to prepare for the difficult discussions you must have to ensure a successful agile implementation. Our Second Giveaway! Don't miss our second conference registration giveaway. Listen closely to the intro and follow the details to enter your chance to win a free registration to TechWell's...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode 125 - Agile Architecture

2/13/2018
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Bob and Josh break down how architecture fits effectively into the agile process. If your organization is struggling to mix appropriate architecture practices into your process and remain agile, this is the episode for you! Our First Giveaway! Don't miss our first conference registration giveaway in this episode. Listen closely to the intro and follow the details to enter your chance to win a free registration to TISQA's 2018 Conference. Good luck to everyone! Help Spread The Word: Love...

Duration:00:42:22

Episode 124 - Becoming a Conference Speaker

1/31/2018
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Continuing the discussion from our previous episode, Bob and Josh recall their journeys into conference speaking. We also provide a few lessons learned in hopes of one of our listeners decide to try out speaking at a conference. What are you waiting for? Go submit a talk to your favorite conference! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you...

Duration:00:53:10

Episode 123 - Changing The Conference Landscape

1/11/2018
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Bob has a new role! We cover the changes happening for Bob in his new role as the Program Chair for TechWell and the changes he aims to implement in future conferences. We also dig in a bit to what it takes to become a great conference speaker. Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as...

Duration:00:44:39

Episode 122 - Red Hat Agile Day Q&A Session

10/31/2017
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On October 12th, Bob and Josh hosted a live, unscripted podcast recording session answering the audience's questions in real time. This episode is the recording of that session. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to answering your questions at a conference near you! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of...

Duration:01:03:59

Episode 121 - Scrum Master Role Confusion

9/28/2017
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Many organizations overload the scrum master role, causing confusion for both the team(s) and the scrum master themselves. We tackle this issue in response to a question from a listener's question (thanks Tim from Germany). Have you been asked to serve multiples roles in your organization? Are you operating as a scrum master and an organizational coach? We'd love to hear how you are handling the situation in the comments below! Help Spread The Word:Love our content? Help us out by sharing...

Duration:00:31:40

Episode 120 - Management vs. Leadership

9/4/2017
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Bob and Josh revisit a topic from a recent panel they participated in covering the challenges many management roles face in a transition to agile. We talk through the key differences between traditional management and agile leadership. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with this transition, look no further than this episode! How do you define the difference between management and leadership? Start a discussion in the comments below! Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help...

Duration:00:48:25