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