Sunday, August 18, 2019

Agile 2019 Podcasts

Agile 2019 was amazing. I learned more in that one week that I probably will the remainder of the year. The people I got to talk to in the interviews were awesome, but I had just as many incredible conversations during the networking events as well.

You can check out all the interviews I did at Agile 2019 on the LeadingAgile Facebook page:

They've also begun posting higher-res versions on YouTube and will be adding a few each week for the next few weeks.

Here is a link to the SoundNotes post with the interviews from Day 1:

This includes interviews with:

  • Troy Magennis
  • Rachel Howard
  • Matt Smith
  • Chris Papadakis and Yaton Bowens
  • Natalie Warnert
  • Erika Massie
  • Johanna Rothman
  • Heather Dunning
  • Dennis Stevens
  • Mike Cottmeyer

Monday, August 05, 2019

Live from Agile 2019!!!!

This week is Agile 2019! It's the biggest, busiest Agile week of the year and I'll be doing live interviews from the LeadingAgile booth, talking with speakers and Agile thought leaders who are attending the show. It's going to be an amazing week!

So if you can't make it to the show, keep an eye on and you'll be able to get a sense for all the amazing things happening at the conference this year.

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Core Agile Product Development Lifecycle

Urs Reupke is a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach who works for the Hamburg-based Agile Consultancy It-Agile. A lot of Urs’s time and attention is focused on the work he does coaching management and providing leadership consulting as they move towards adopting a more Agile approach to work.

One specific area Urs is passionate about is the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development. In this interview, Urs and I talk about what the Core Cycle of Agile Product Development is, why it is so critical to the success of your product, and why his desire to help others produce better products is what motivated him to move out of his development role and into a role where he could achieve that goal.

You can check out the interview by following this link to

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Mid Sprint Review w/ Dhaval Panchal at 2019 Scrum Gathering

At the 2019 Scrum Gathering in Austin I had the chance to interview EvolveAgility Founder Dhaval Panchal about how he uses Mid Sprint Reviews to create transparency around the Scrum Team's level of confidence in its' ability to meet the Sprint commitment.

When I have heard people talk about Mid Sprint Reviews in the past it has always been about doing a demo part way through the Sprint to get feedback on partially completed work... which always sounded like two Sprints to me. But Dhaval's take on this is very different and it has proven to be a very effective tool for the teams he works with.

You can check out the podcast here:

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Art of Mentoring with Brandon Brown

One of the things a Project Manager and a ScrumMaster have in common is that at times, they are both called upon to act as a coach and act as a mentor. For anyone in a leadership role, creating clarity around the difference between the two can be challenging. And even for seasoned pros, knowing when to act as a mentor and when to act as a coach is not always easy.

In this Reluctant Agilist podcast I had the chance to interview Brandon Brown, who has spent his career mentoring others. His personal mission, in his words, is "creating, ensuring and sustaining safe places for young people to flourish and ultimately replace me." During the interview Brandon and I discuss what mentoring is and how it is different from coaching, what it takes to be a mentor and a mentee, and why being a mentor is not the right choice for everyone.

You can find the podcast here:

Monday, July 08, 2019

Updated Capacity Calculator Link

There was a broken link to the Capacity Calculator. I've updated it...

Boozy Scrum with Alex Brown at 2019 Austin Scrum Gathering

At the 2019 Austin Scrum Gathering I had the chance to interview Alex Brown about how he used Scrum to manage a project to build a bar in his 200 year old house.

So if you are looking for a great example of how Scrum can be used outside of software, or if you've been aching for a decent excuse to  set up a pub in your basement - this is the podcast for you...

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Language of Persuasion w/ Nic Sementa

One of the most interesting conversations I got to have at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering was with Nic Sementa of Formula Ink. We started talking about Nonviolent Communication and the conversation was so compelling that I asked Nic if we could do a podcast on it.

You may be familiar with NVC, but you might not have thought about it, or communication the way Nic does. I learned a lot from the conversation we had in Austin and even more when we recorded the podcast. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it on my Reluctant Agilist blog on

The Language of Persuasion with Nic Sementa

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ilker Demirel on The Leadership GIft Program at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathring

One of the amazing people I got to meet and spend time with at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering was Ilker Demirel. Ilker is a Certified Scrum Trainer and a  Certified Leadership Gift Coach. In this podcast we talk about how The Leadership Gift Program and The Responsibility Process has impacted his life and work.

Click here to listen to the podcast

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jason Tanner Is On A Mission To Fix Your Daily Scrum!

At the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, I had a chance to sit down with Applied Frameworks Founder and CEO Jason Tanner in order to talk about what is wrong with the Daily Scrum and what we can do to fix it.

You can find the podcast on