Monday, February 17, 2020

Ryan Ripley - Fixing Your Scrum


Fixing Your Scrum is a new book by Ryan Ripley creator of the Agile for Humans podcast, and Todd Miller. It is full or real-life stories with practical advice from two seasoned professional Agile Coaches.

You can check out my interview with Ryan on the Reluctant Agilist Podcast here:
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/62194/Ryan-Ripley---Fixing-your-Scrum


Monday, February 03, 2020

Leadership is Language with L. David Marquet

Leadership is Language is the new book by L. David Marquet it out now. If you read Turn the Ship Around and are working on your approach to Intent Based Leadership, this book is going to have a massive impact on your ability to communicate more effectively. 

David was kind enough to let me interview him about the book. You can find the interview on The Reluctant Agilist ->  https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/60205/Leadership-is-Language-with-David-Marquet

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Agile for Non-Software Teams w/ Gil Broza

Gil Broza is back with a brand new book called "Agile for Non-Software Teams: A Practical Guide for Your Journey".  If you've got questions about how to get started with Agile in a non-software environment, this book offers guidance on how to get started, and how to progress through transformation.

I got the chance to interview Gil about the book and some tips for those headed down this path. You can find the podcast on The Reluctant Agilist blog.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Understanding Trauma w/ Brandon Brown

Regardless of whether you are a traditional PM or you are working in Agile, topics like emotional intelligence, creating safety and self-care are part of the current conversation about how we approach our work. This podcast presents another side of that discussion and focuses on how different experiences and events result in trauma that can leave lasting scars that we carry with us as we interact with others. Becoming more aware of different types of trauma, how it shows up in you as well as others, will help you become a more valuable and effective leader for your teams and organizations.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The Power of Volunteering w/ Reese Schmit

Kicking off 2020 with a podcast about the power of volunteering and how it can be one of the very best ways to invest in your career.

In this episode of the podcast Agile Coach, Reese Schmit shares her story of how she got involved in helping out with Burning Flipside (an Austin, TX-based Burning Man event), how that led her to start volunteering for local Agile and User Groups and how that led her to become part of the team of folks who plan and run the Scrum Gathering.

Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Retrospective - 10 Years as PMPs Working in Agile with Jesse Fewell

It has been ten years since Jesse Fewell and I became Certified Scrum Trainers. During that time a lot has changed in the space occupied by PMPs who work in Agile. To close out 2019, Jesse and I did a retrospective on how things have changed, how the work we do has changed, and what kinds of things PMPs who are interested in Agile need to prepare for as we head into 2020 and beyond.

You can find the interview here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Italian Dinner - How work flows from Release to Story to Task w/ Judy Neher, CST

In the CSM and CSPO classes I teach I often get questions about how work moves from the Release Plan into PBI's like User Stories and eventually into Tasks. Even though this is covered in the class, for some, it sometimes seems a little murky. In an effort to address this, I asked Judy Neher (a fellow CST) to help me talk through this flow of work by using the metaphor of traditional Italian dinner.

You can find the interview right here on project management.com

Saturday, December 07, 2019

What people think of my CSM and CSPO classes...

LeadingAgile put together a cool video with feedback from students in my CSM and CSPO classes...

 

 If you'd like to learn more about upcoming CSM and CSPO classes, click here.

What to do when no one is talking in your Retrospectives... w/ Adam Weisbart

I class a few weeks ago a student asked a question about what to do when you can't get anyone to share during a Retrospective. In this episode of the podcast, Adam Weisbart joins me to talk through different tips and techniques that might help you get your team to be more open in your Sprint Retrospectives.

The podcast also includes a link you can use to download a free copy of Adam's Agile Adlibs. 

You can find the podcast here.
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/58381/What-to-do-when-your-team-wont-to-talk-In-Retrospectives-w--Adam-Weisbart

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Using Improv to Improve Your Listening Skills w Jessie Shternshus

Jessie Shternshus, Founder and CEO of The Improv Effect, was kind enough to share some of her time and talk about how Improv techniques can be used to improve your skills as a listener and deepen you ability to read a room when you are teaching or presenting.

Talking to Jessie is always a lot of fun and very educational, but in the latter part of this interview, she completely schooled (in a kind, supportive and patient way) on how one of my "habits" when teaching is maybe not helpful in the way I intended and it is something I definitely intend to change.

You can find the interview here