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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


Making Agile work in a Digital Agency w/ Darren Petersen

8/17/2017
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Darren Petersen is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Lullabot. He’s also incredibly knowledgeable about Agile. In this interview Darren and I discuss how Agile has been implemented at Lullabot. We dig into what works, what doesn’t, why he moved away from Story Points and all, and how Lullabot has been able to get dedicated teams in place. Note: During the interview Darren and I have a brief conversation about why it makes no sense to force yourself into the As a (some user) I want to...

Duration: 00:37:16


Making Agile work at Digital Agencies w/ Jack Skeels

8/14/2017
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Jack Skeels is the CEO and Founder of AgencyAgile. There are many organizations devoted to helping companies transform to agile, but AgencyAgile is the only one that is solely focused on helping Digital Agencies adopt Agile. In this interview Jack shares his thoughts on Agile and what makes it succeed or fail in a Digital Agency context. SHOW NOTES 00:10 Interview Begins 00:40 Background on Jack and Agency Agile 01:24 How Jack ended up helping Digital Agencies adopt Agile 05:10 Trying out...

Duration: 00:40:42


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


Parikshit Basrur and the Agile Transformation Playbook

6/9/2017
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Parikshit Basrur works in Sydney, Australia as a Management Consultant who focuses on leadership, strategy and execution. He comes from a strong traditional project management background but for the past few years he has been working in a senior leadership role within an organization that has been undergoing a transformation to Agile. This work, and Parikshit’s unique way of looking at managing work has led him to develop an Agile Transformation Playbook. In this interview, we discuss his...

Duration: 00:33:53


Savannah Rayat - Enhancing your life with Personal Agility

6/6/2017
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During the 2017 Heart of Agile Conference in Pittsburgh, Savannah Rayat gave a presentation called “Enhancing your life with Personal Agility”. During the session she explained how she has applied some basic Agile practices from Scrum and Kanban to refine and focus her approach to life, deciding what is most important to her, and managing teams. Savannah has also applied Agile in other non-IT areas. During the interview, we talk about some of the Scrum practices she has applied in working...

Duration: 00:35:03


Jessie Shtrenshus - Improv, Safety, and "Yes, ... and"

5/15/2017
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Jessie Shternshus is the founder of The Improv Effect and the author of “CTRL SHIFT: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today”. In her work, Jessie often incorporates improv techniques to help people tap into the things they need to become better communicators, team members and leaders. She also coaches organizations through Agile transition and cultural change. After recently completing my first improv class, and not feeling very confident that I “got it”, I had lots of questions. Jessie...

Duration: 00:30:40


John Le Drew - Creator of the Agile Path Podcast

5/11/2017
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There are lots of podcasts about Agile out there and each of them has something valuable to offer to the community. But a few weeks ago, a new kind of Agile podcast launched. John Le Drew is the creator of “The Agile Path”, a long form NPR style podcast… (think Serial for Agile). In this interview, John shares the story of how he ended up working on the podcast, what it was like creating it, some of his current projects as well as details about the process he follows in creating the...

Duration: 00:45:31


Gene Bounds at Scrum Gathering San Diego 2017

5/3/2017
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Making the transition to Agile is never easy for PMP’s. Once you re-wire your brain to think like a PM, letting go of all of that you have learned, and accepting a completely different way of working presents a lot of challenges. A big part of what I try to do with these podcasts is to share stories of those who have successfully made the switch and what that transformation was like. At the Scrum Gathering in San Diego a few weeks ago I got the chance to sit down with someone I’ve been...

Duration: 00:17:58


Certified Agile Leadership Training with Olaf Lewitz

3/30/2017
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The Trust Artist, Olaf Lewitz, along with his partner, Christine Neidhardt, are gearing ready for their upcoming TrustTemenos Certified Agile Leadership trainings. Certified Agile Leadership trainings are a new, advanced level of training classes being offered through the Scrum Alliance. In this interview Olaf and I discuss the reason for his TrustTemenos CAL class, how it can help people become better Agile leaders, and the value of Certified Agile Leadership. Safety is a very hot topic...

Duration: 00:31:08


Don Kim - I Think, Therefore I Plan

3/26/2017
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A few weeks ago Don Kim put up a blog post challenging the value of certifications. I reached out to Don in hopes of doing an interview about it and found out he’s also written a new book “I think Therefore I Plan”. In this interview we discuss the pros and cons of different certifications, taking an artisan approach to managing projects as well as Don’s new book. You can find Don’s book here: http://amzn.to/2n7VEHu You can find Don’s blog post about certifications here:...

Duration: 00:31:54


Scrum in School - A Case Study of Grandview Prep's Transformation

3/6/2017
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This podcast features an interview with two educators from Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, FL. Aileen Palmer and Susan Rose have been working with the Scrum Alliance, John Miller and Mike Vizdos to help the school implement Scrum for both the students and school administration. The interview explains how Scrum got started at Grandview, the impact it has had on the students, as well as the benefits and challenges they’ve experienced along the way. Show Notes 01:16 Interview Begins 02:01 How...

Duration: 00:26:48


Tips for New CSMs w/ Richard Cheng

12/21/2016
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Richard and Dave Show Notes Podcast Topic - You’ve taken CSM Training and passed the Exam. Now what? In this podcast Certified Scrum Trainers Richard Cheng and Dave Prior share their thoughts on most important things that Certified Scrum Master students can do to be successful Scrum Masters once they have completed the training and passed the CSM Assessment Exam. The podcast includes an exploration of why each of the recommendations is critical to making Scrum work and both Richard and...

Duration: 00:33:31


Rapid Start PMO with Philip Diab

12/6/2016
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PMI Fellow and former PMI Chair Philip Diab has developed a new program to help organizations get PMO’s up and running quickly. RapidStart PMO is an outcome driven approach that creates deliverables as it iterates towards understanding how the PMO can best serve the organization. And despite his stature in the PM community, Philip continues to be a practitioner, helping organizations get better at getting work done. He’s deeply wise and he’s has been kind enough to act as Yoda to me on...

Duration: 00:41:07


Being Agile vs. Doing Agile w/Jessie Shternshus and Paul Hammond

11/21/2016
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In this podcast, Jessie Shternshus , Paul Hammond and I take a shot at addressing the question of whether organizations have become so focused by the need to “do” Agile that they may have lost the ability to actually “be” Agile. During the conversation we touch on a number of the key challenges organizations are facing and how these challenges are impacting individuals at the team level. Show Notes 00:45 Introduction to Jessie and Paul 02:00 The Topic(s): Do we need to return to a more...

Duration: 00:39:26

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