Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Lead Without Blame with Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick joins me to discuss Lead Without Blame, the book she co-wrote with Diana Larsen. If you are looking for ways to help your team raise their game, there is a lot the book, and this interview has to offer. 

You can find the video version of the interview here: 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In Defense of Frederick Taylor with Christine Li

In this episode, I am joined by a very special guest, Christine Li, for a conversation I have been waiting to record for quite a while now. 

I am closing in on 30 years of work in Project Management and for most of that time, I, like many of you, have been talking smack about Frederick Taylor. My opinions were based on the things I learned from others along the way and were (obviously) deeply informed by moving from traditional PM over to Agile. As far as I was concerned, this guy was the birth of work misery. But, I had never actually taken the time to read The Principles of Scientific Management... so I did. I was amazed at how completely off the mark I was. Yes, there are some obvious glaring issues with how he separates the workers from the thinkers, but there is also a ton of really good stuff in there and a lot that comes pretty close to an agile mindset.

After reading it, I was at a lunch and happened to mention my newfound Taylor Fanboy-ness and Christine Li showed up like Yoda, deep with the PM history geek. She took me to school and that is where this conversation starts. 


My hope is that even if you think Frederick Taylor is the Sauron of Project Management, you’ll give this a listen. Maybe it will challenge your understanding of him and his work. Maybe it will (I hope) entice you to read his work. And even if you’ve read his work and can see the good in it, the things Christine shares will level up your understanding as well. 

You can find the podcast here.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Story Points are Good AND Evil with Ryan Ripley

 A few weeks ago Ryan Ripley posted a tweet about Story Points...

And as soon as I saw it I reached out to him to ask if we could do a podcast discussing his post. I come to this topic as someone for fought against Story Points for about four years when I started working on Agile teams. Now, I can't imagine not using them.  I  teach Story Points in my CSM classes because I think that when used effectively they can be incredibly valuable to a Scrum Team. I also agree with Ryan's views on this topic

This podcast is the two of us debating the value of Story Points, when and how they can be used for good, and when, as Ryan often says, Story Points are trash.

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Sunday, January 08, 2023

Value Stream Management with Derek Huether

Derek Huether is back for this episode and we’re focusing on Value Stream Management. Value Stream Mapping is about understanding all the steps from the inception of an idea to putting something valuable in a customer's hands, and using that information to optimize the flow of value through the system. But, within a business, you will have many value streams and we need to understand how best to coordinate those streams to optimize the overall value generated by the company across multiple value streams. If your brain is wired for traditional project management, you could think of this as creating a system that optimizes a portfolio management level view of all the value streams in the org.

Monday, January 02, 2023

Improving Value Delivery In Your Organization with Gil Broza

Gil Broza joins me to provide a walkthru of Square, a new tool he has developed that will help you assess product development in your organization and determine what improvements will have the biggest impact on your ability to deliver value. 

You can find the interview here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Getting Your First Scrum Master Job with Richard Cheng

So you’ve made the decision that you want to get a job as a Scrum Master. Maybe you’re working on an agile team and want to switch roles, or maybe you’re moving from a field where agile has no presence. If you don’t already have experience working in an environment that has adopted Scrum, then the big question is… how do you land the gig.

In this episode of the podcast my good friend Richard Cheng joins me to talk about how to get started working as a Scrum Master - even when you don't have any experience working in Agile.

You can find the podcast here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

What do you do after certification? w Jeff Howey

Jeff Howey joins me to talk about what to do after you get CSM or CSPO Certification? How do you get started using what you learned? This can be especially challenging when you don't have an opportunity at work to test out the things covered in your Scrum Training class. 

During this interview, we cover that and more!

You can find the interview here.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Agile Practices in the Org and Home with Lee Lis

Despite the fact that Agile practices have been applied to just about every type of work you can imagine, there is still a pervasive assumption that it is just for software. In the CSM and CSPO classes I teach, people often ask for “real life examples” of how people not working directly on software teams are able to use agile and to what end.

In this episode Lee Lis, Chief of Staff at OnPay, joins me to discuss ways she has applied agile practices in her role at OnPay to create an environment that fosters an agile mindset and self-managing teams that are empowered to take ownership of their work and how she has applied in at home parenting small humans who may not fully grok the idea of self-managing yet.

You can find the podcast here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Growth Mindset: Success of Others w/ Mary Kaufmann

Mary Kaufmann joins me for the fifth podcast in our series on the Carol Dweck book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This is the fifth episode in this series on the stages defined in Mindset. (There are links to the other four episodes in the podcast show notes.)

You can find the podcast here.

Friday, November 04, 2022

Personal Kanban - Beyond the To Do (Workshop)

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Do you need help getting more of the right things done? Are you struggling to decide which things you should drop so you can prioritize the work that is truly valuable?

If you have more to do than you can manage, if you can't figure out what is the next most important thing

for you to do, or if you are just plain overwhelmed with all that you have on your plate, this 1 hour workshop on Personal Kanban can help.

Personal Kanban is a framework that leverages practices from Kanban so that you can apply them in your own life, managing the work you do day to day.

If Kanban is all about optimizing the flow of work through a system. Personal Kanban is all about optimizing the system that is you AND your work.

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 5 PM Eastern

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