Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Using Outcome Based Planning at Home to Effect Social Change


In this episode of the Reluctant Agilist, you’ll hear the story of how a father helped his son use outcome-based planning to define his personal response to what happened to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter events that followed. 

Ross Beurmann is a seasoned Agile coach (and a co-worker of mine). His son Tom just graduated from high school. When Tom learned about what happened to George Floyd, he felt a need to respond. Attending a local march was definitely an option, but Ross brought some of his coaching experience to bear in the conversation. By working together to define the results his son was looking for and exploring ways to achieve that outcome, Ross and Tom were able to define a plan of action that has impacted local officials, law enforcement, and increased local interest and awareness. This set the stage for Tom to move forward with his efforts to establish lasting local change that will have a positive impact now and into the future.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sprint Capacity Calculator 2.0

I've updated the Sprint Capacity Calculator and I'll be posting a video on how to use it shortly. In the meantime, you can download it here.

I'm also going to be doing a demo of it during my "Getting Better at Sprint Planning" webinar which is being hosted by the Bureau of Digital today (6/25/20) at 2PM. If you'd like to attend, click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Product Ownership and Online Education with Braden Cundiff

Braden Cundiff  works in the International Division of McGraw-Hill Education serving in a Product Ownership role for international education products. His work involves creating tools and products that are used in collaborative, educational environments all across the globe. He also has a background that includes teaching, agile coaching, and transformation. This allows him to offer a unique perspective on how to create an effective online environment for your teams. 

We also spend time at the start of the interview discussing something which is asked about in every Certified Scrum Product Owner class  I teach:  how to say "No".


Friday, June 12, 2020

Remote Possibilities with Kevin Hogan

Remote Possibilities is a new podcast focusing on eLearning and the future of educational technology. It's hosted by my good friend Kevin Hogan. He's deeply experienced in the field and has been posting at least one interview a week. This link is to his first episode - where Kevin interviewed me.


Tuesday, June 09, 2020

The Business Agility Canvas with Karim Harbott

The transition to Agile is challenging for any organization. It’s even worse when you do not understand the strategic and business reasons behind the change. This is one of the primary reasons so many Agile transformations fail to achieve lasting change.

Karim is a seasoned Agile Trainer, Executive Coach, and a founding partner of Agile Centre. He also currently serves on the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. He created The Business Agility Canvas to help organizations clarify the business drivers leading their change to Agile.

In this episode of the podcast, Karim explains the six enablers of business agility and how to use the Business Agility Canvas.

You can find the interview here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Disciplined Agile Training Event Recap with Tony Johnson

In part two of my interview with Crosswind PM's Tony Johnson,  Tony and I discuss his recent experience attending a PMI training on Disciplined Agile, PMI's overall approach with Agile and what that means for the larger PM and Agile communities.

You can find the interview here.

If you'd like to check out the first part of the interview, which explores some of the upcoming changes to the PMBOK and how that will impact the PMP Exam, you can find that here.


Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Agile Virtual Summit w/ Adam Weisbart


The Agile Virtual Summit is taking place on June 1-5. It's being run by Adam Weisbart and he's put together an amazing line up of though leaders from the Agile community (and beyond).  In this interview Adam and I talked about the podcast, why he put it together and why it is happening sooner than originally planned.  The list of speakers includes Diana Larsen, Lyssa Adkins, Jim Benson, Clinton Keith, Ronica Roth, and more.

During the conversation Adam and I also discussed some of the challenges we've both been working through as we transition to providing training 100% online. So, if you are struggling with getting your folks to engage (and keeping their attention), this interview should provide some help.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST

CLICK HERE FOR THE AGILE VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Remote Faciitation Best Practices and Anitpatterns with Mark Kilby

The impact of Covid-19 and the Corona Virus on how we interact with co-workers and teams is unlike anything we've seen before. Yes, you might have had some remote team members or been part of a distributed team, but we've never had a global situation where everyone had to work from home.

And it has made the easy things difficult and some of the difficult things easy.

Mark Kilby, is the co-author of the book From Chaos to Successfully Distributed Agile Teams, which he pair wrote with Johanna Rothman. In this episode of the podcast, Mark and talk about some of the things we've been learning about how to successfully engage in this new way and also, some of the things we've done, and seen others do, that bring on the sound of the sad trombone.

You can find the interview here.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Updates to the PMBOK with Tony Johnson

This is the first part of a two-part interview with Tony Johnson from Crosswind Learning. In this part of the interview Tony and I discuss the upcoming 7th edition of the PMBOK, the changes it will introduce, how the material has been reorganized and the inclusion of Agile. The changes to the standard are significant, and this is also going to have a big impact on the PMP exam, which we also discuss in the interview.
 
You can find the interview here.

(And make sure to check back for Part 2 where Tony and I discuss the recent Disciplined Agile training sessions he went through.)

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Working in Quarantine - What We Learned - Week 1

Jessica Wolfe, Derek Huether and I recorded a Zoom call talking about what we learned after our first week of working under quarantine. This was recorded on 3/29 and we're going to try to make it a semi-regular thing. We're posting it on Derek's YouTube channel.




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Getting Better at Saying No with Tim Wise

One of the hardest parts about being a good Product Owner is saying "No" all the time. No matter how much experience you have, or what your reasoning is, telling people you aren't going to give them what they want is never easy. 

My friend and colleague, Tim Wise, joined me for a podcast where talk all about how to get better at saying No to people.

You can find the interview here.

Monday, March 02, 2020

Chief Scrum Master & Chief Product Owner - Checking in with Melissa Boggs and Howard Sublett

It's been a little over a year since the Scrum Alliance reorganized around an organizational structure that is headed up by a Chief Scrum Master (Melissa Boggs) and a Chief Product Owner (Howard Sublett). In this episode of the podcast I had a chance to catch up with them and find out about what they've learned, the impact of additional changes to support a more Agile approach to work and what to expect at the upcoming 2020 North American Global Scrum Gathering in New York City this May.


You can find the podcast here:
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/62632/Chief-Scrum-Master---Chief-Product-Owner---Checking-in-with-Melissa-Boggs-and-Howard-Sublett

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.