Saturday, October 05, 2019

Scott Ambler on PMI's Acquisition of Disciplined Agile

In August of 2019, The Project Management Institute announced that it had acquired Disciplined Agile as part of its ongoing effort to find ways to introduce Agile tools and methods to the members of the Project Management Institute.

In this interview on ProjectManagement.com, Disciplined Agile co-founder, Scott Ambler, shares his thoughts on what this acquisition means for DA, PMI and the Agile community in general.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Making the Case for the Role of Agile Project Manager


For a long time now I have held strongly to the opinion that there is no such thing as an Agile Project Manager. There are Project Managers and there are ScrumMasters but the value systems they serve are different and at odds.  I am comfortable playing either role, but I cannot do them both at once. (That is based on personal experience as well as observation.)
Mike Anderson gave a presentation at a PMI event in New York where he made the case for the role of Agile Project Manager as a next evolutionary step. Mike makes a compelling argument and he completely changed my opinion on the topic. I think this is an important conversation that I hope will continue to grow.

You can check out the interview here. (And after you listen, please post comments - I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this topic.)


Friday, September 27, 2019

The Scrum Fieldbook w/ JJ Sutherland

Scrum Inc, CEO, JJ Sutherland’s new book The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results and Defining the Future offers a compelling collection of stories breaking down what makes Scrum (and other forms of Agile) succeed or struggle in organizations. The book will be released on October 1.  It offers a wide range of case studies exploring different aspects of what is needed to make Agile work for an organization.

Podcast Interview

Click here to check out my podcast interview with JJ on his book, the Renaissance Enterprise and some tips on steps you can take to help Scrum and Agile succeed in your company.

The Scrum Fieldbook


Sunday, September 15, 2019

7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change w/ Esther Derby

Esther Derby is one of the most inspiring people I get to interview. She draws on four decades of experience in helping individual, teams and organizations figure our how to introduce positive change that helps create a better environment for people to live and work in.

This summer Esther released her new book 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change: Micro Shifts, Macro Results. I had the chance to interview Esther about her new book, some of the most important lessons it offers as well as a number of other new projects she is working on.

You can find the interview here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Motivational Interviewing w/ Zach Stone

Zach Stone is an agile coach with a background that includes organizational change management, conflict transformation, and behavioral science. He leverages these experiences in his work helping organizations, teams, and individuals adopt an agile approach to work. One of the primary techniques in Zach’s toolbox is Motivational Interviewing. In this episode of the podcast, Zach explains what motivational interviewing is, how it works, and why it is such a powerful approach to helping individuals move towards choices that can better help them achieve the outcomes they are looking for.

You can find the interview here:
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/55853/Motivational-Interviewing-w--Zach-Stone

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: https://www.facebook.com/leadingagile

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:
https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/soundnotes-live-at-agile-2019-day-one/

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 https://www.facebook.com/leadingagile 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 projectmanagement.com: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/55063/The-Core-Cycle-of-Agile-Product-Development-w--Urs-Reupke

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: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/54986/The-Mid-Sprint-Review-w--Dhaval-Panchal-at-2019-Scrum-Gathering


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: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/54859/The-Art-of-Mentoring-with-Brandon-Brown