From The Four Thieves, London, UK Happy New Year! Geoff and Paul met at a very cool pub in Battersea, it turns into a very busy evening indeed! They discuss the science behind Robert Ciadini's 6 Principles of Persuasion and how agile teams could benefit from being locked in an escape room together!
Our Christmas special this year saw the three wise men (Geoff, Paul and Nigel) get back together again over some beer and mulled cider to review the year that was and look forward to 2018. This episode is split over two pubs and comprises discussions about family stresses at Christmas, how scrum teams plan over the Christmas break, our favourite Christmas songs and the agile version of the famous 12 Days of Christmas. Oh, and if you’re lucky you may also get to listen in on us playing a game...
From The Block and Gasket, Burgess Hill, UK Geoff meets up with two of his agile coach friends, Steve Arnold and Eddie Kenny, and talks about their perspectives on the ScrumMaster role and how that has changed during their journey as agile coaches. They discuss the virtues or “doing” work against “enabling” work and how the latter can be harder to justify. And just wait until you hear about Rubber Duck 2.0 - that’s got to be a winner!
From The Swift Bar, CityWest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. Geoff and Paul meet on the second day of the Global Scrum Gathering in Dublin, and discuss the how codes of conduct and ethics are as essential for teams as there are for communities and conferences too. And, how do we overcome the Bystander Effect in order to stand up to what we know is wrong?
From the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, as part of the Global Scrum Gathering 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. Geoff and Paul shared a drink with two very experienced agile practitioners and friends, Aislinn Green and Emma Hopkinson-Spark. In this episode, they discuss Day 1 of the gathering and two of the sessions attended by Emma and Aislinn, as well as the panel discussion which concluded the day. Despite being in the home of Guinness, none of them are actually drinking it!
Episode 35 comes from the appropriately named Goddard Arms in Swindon where Geoff and Paul talk about the differences between working with students and the younger generations compared to those with a background of traditional project delivery. Does creativity, self-organisation, collaboration, servant-leadership come more naturally to those who don't have to unlearn old habits first? They then discussed another question that was sent in by a listener about pay, incentives and motivation...
Geoff and Paul enjoyed a road trip to the seaside this week, and stopped in at the Master Mariner for a drink and a chat by the water. They discuss a couple of questions relating to agile transformations and when they "rollback", and how a ScrumMaster can respond if that happens.
We are back! Geoff, Paul and (special guest star) Nigel are getting to know the Cardiff pub scene well, and stopped in the City Arms to discuss a question from one of our listeners. Andy asked the boys about how to coach a team formed of fear, rather than trust. Great question!
Geoff is back (alive) from his survival experience in Scotland, so this episode features his thoughts and learnings from his trip. Geoff describes the trip as "the hardest thing he has ever done" so tune in to find out why...
Question time. Nigel followed us (again) to Cardiff so we stopped by a pub in the centre of name - mainly because the name sounded REALLY welsh. We took time to ponder the answers to two questions from two of our listeners. As you would expect, we couldn't all agree on the answers!
Summer is here! Geoff & Paul cool off over a pint in the west end of London and discuss how the summer months can affect a scrum team's capacity and maybe even their velocity. Given the hot weather, the topic of dress code comes up, and also how teams should be prepared to give and receive feedback.
Geoff's has started planning his survivial experince in deepest darkest Scotland! In this episode, the guys discuss what teams can learn from sharing a common purpose and how behaviours can be amplified in such a basic rural desert island setting! There is also some talk of agile animals. Which animal do you think is the most agile?
Geoff and Paul find Nigel in a Bristol pub and wax lyrical about Geoff's question, "Is Agile the new 'alternative'?" and delve into the history of the waterfall approach. In part two, the guys get more reflective on their own choices during their school years and how that may have formed who they are now. A little philosophical compared to the usual!
A real meandering episode this one, from a pub with a great name! Geoff and Paul start off with the value in sat nav systems, journey through intrinsic motivation, belief, pragmatism and venture into dedicated scrum masters and ritual dissent! A real mixed bag!
We welcome Geoff after the San Diego gathering, and the guys discuss the new Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) pathway announced by the Scrum Alliance recently. Of course, with Nigel in attendance the conversation so wanders into Star Wars and many other children's television programmes from the 1980s.
Paul made the long trip to the Global Scrum Gathering 2017 in San Diego, with Nigel providing some colour commentary in Geoff's absence. During the trip, Paul and Nigel caught up with fellow scrum trainer Adam Weisbart, and give us an overview of what the gathering itself had to offer.
Geoff and Paul discuss the "art of the possible" and how being positive can affect a ScrumMaster's ability to lead a Scrum team. The guys also give their thoughts on the merits of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and how Geoff has developed a tendency to feel "hangry"!
The boys enjoy a pint in a pub with a historical connection to Sir Alexander Fleming - the chemist who discovered penicillin. This leads to a discussion around discovery by making "good mistakes" and the courage required by us to learn or start something without all the information we think we need.
The guys are back in London and share a pint after a full day of training. Reflecting on their day, they consider the question of how to deal with a team who doesn't want to change - and talk a lot about someone called "Ian".