Wednesday, July 17, 2024

How to Read a Cumulative Flow Diagram with Colleen Johnson

Despite working in this field for over 20 years, I am embarrassed to say that I still can't make sense of a Cumulative Flow Diagram. Fortunately, ProKanban CEO Colleen Johnson is very patient and in this interview she gets me all sorted out on how to look at a CFD and understand what it is trying to say. 

You can find the video version here

You can find the audio version here

You can sign up for my new course The Art of War for Collaboration here

Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Art of War with Si Alhir

Si Alhir joins me to discuss Sun Tzu's The Art of War, its application in transformation work, and the naturalness and unity found within its wisdom. We explore the concept of taking whole, the relationship with the environment, and the role of the Sage Commander. Si shares personal experiences and insights, emphasizing the transformative power of the Art of War. The conversation delves into the concept of enlightened leadership and the application of the principles from 'The Art of War' in organizational transformation. It explores the distinction between an enlightened ruler and a wise general, the importance of psychological safety, and the shift from a vicious ego-based reality control cycle to a virtuous eco-based reality navigation cycle. The conversation concludes with a powerful story of using the ordinary and the extraordinary to transform toxic organizational dynamics.

You can find the podcast here:

Monday, June 17, 2024

Did Coaching Kill Agile? with Sandra Cain and Jeff Leach

Is Agile dead? If so, whodunnit? 

Jeff Leach and Sandra Cain join me for a conversation about how "coaching" has impacted Agile and whether its actually dead or it really just needs a hug and a stern talking to and maybe a time-out.

Links from the intro

Certified Scrum Product Owner July 1-2, 2024 (Use PRIOR50 to get $50 off the list price)
Dave's upcoming classes:
The Art of War for Collaboration:
Contacting Dave:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Are you the hero or the villain in your team? w/ Carl Smith and Jesse Wroblewski

Most of us tend to view ourselves as the hero of the story, but it's a pretty safe bet that Darth Vader also thought he was the good guy.  So how do you know if you're actually the villain? Carl Smith and Jesse Wroblewski join the podcast to share ideas on how to figure out if you're Batman or The Joker on your team.

You can find the podcast here.


  • Being a hero or a villain is subjective and depends on the perspective of others.
  • Leaders should be aware of their actions and the impact they have on their team.
  • Empathy and self-reflection are important in avoiding villainous behavior.
  • True communication and understanding can help build stronger relationships within a team. Difficult conversations and honest feedback are crucial for effective leadership.
  • Fear and pressure can lead to toxic leadership, and it's important to find healthy ways to manage negative energy.
  • Having a coach and seeking unfiltered feedback can help improve self-awareness.
  • Decommoditization is a strategy to differentiate oneself in a competitive market.
  • The Bureau community is a supportive and inspiring network for professionals.

Monday, May 06, 2024

Human Hacking with Christopher Hadnagy and Dr. Abbie Maroño

I am SO psyched to share this interview!

In this interview, I am joined by Christopher Hadnagy and Dr. Abbie Maroño from Social Engineer to talk about how social engineering practices can be used in a positive way to foster greater collaboration in teams. 

I have been a huge fan of Chris's work for a long time. He's had a big influence on how I approach the work that I do.  With Dr. Abbie covering the psychology aspect of human hacking it adds a whole other dimension to the work. 

You can find the video version of the interview here.

You can find the audio version of the interview here.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

What's The Next Most Important Thing to Learn with Scott Sehlhorst


I’m testing out the AI Generated Summary…

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In this conversation, Dave Prior and Scott Sehlhorst discuss the importance of improving the product plan while executing it. They explore the common problem of companies jumping straight into execution without considering what they should build and why. Scott emphasizes the need to shift from a mindset of control to one of influence, where product managers focus on solving problems and creating value for customers and the business. They also discuss the concept of uncertainty and sensitivity and how to navigate it using impact mapping to identify needs and changes. In this conversation, Scott Sehlhorst discusses the importance of shifting into a business model and the need to create changes and hypotheses. He emphasizes the process of narrowing down the target population and quantifying the impact of changes. Scott also highlights the significance of determining sensitivity and making connections between cause and effect. He introduces the confidence rubric and explains how to prioritize experiments. The conversation concludes with the idea of constantly improving the plan and focusing on the next most important thing to learn.

You can find the podcast here.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Fixing PI Planning with Alan Dayley

 SAFe Program Consultant, Alan Dayley, is back to join me for a conversation about how PI Planning (or quarterly planning) is supposed to work, why so many organizations keep sabotaging their ability to make it work, and how they can fix it. 

Developers are not batteries.

You can find the interview here

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner

I am VERY happy to be able to share that I am now offering Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner classes.  If you are a CSPO and are looking for a way to raise your game or demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in your craft, Advanced CSPO is a great way to do that. The course is two full days of highly interactive group work that will help you raise your PO game to a new level.

You can find my upcoming A-CSPO classes here.

And you can find ALL my upcoming classes and workshops here.

Monday, April 08, 2024

How to Pick the Right Scrum Training For You with Vic Bonacci

Vic Bonacci joins me for a conversation about what factors you should consider when signing up for a Scrum Certification (or really any kind of certification) class. Price is definitely a factor, but not the only one that matters. You are making a huge investment of time and money. Choose wisely.

You can find the podcast here.

Monday, April 01, 2024

Making Sense of Co-Pilots, Agents, and Changes in AI with Snehal Talati

If you are having trouble making sense of AI you are not alone. Snehal Talati has created a basic AI course for the Scrum Alliance to help get you sorted on the difference between AI Agents, Co-pilots, LLMs, and all the other phrases you keep hearing people talk about. It's only been a few months since Snehal was last on the podcast and the whole landscape has changed. The good news is he's back and you can get completely up to speed by listening right here:

Friday, March 29, 2024



I'm very proud to be part of the team working on the Collaborwocky podcast for Modus Institute along with Jim Benson, Tonianne DeMaria, Thushyanthan Amirthalingam, and Mark Kilby.  You can follow the links below to check it out and subscribe.

Apple Podcasts (Audio Version)
Video - on the Modus Blog

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

5 Things You Can Do To Fix Your Sprint Planning

If you are on one of those teams that has made a habit of dragging unfinished work from one Sprint to the next... YOU NEED TO STOP! 

When you get to the end of a Sprint and have work that isn't done, you can't show it to the stakeholders in the Sprint Review. If you don't show it to Stakeholders in the Sprint Review, you can't get feedback. And if you can't get feedback, you can't inspect and adapt, and you negate the entire point of working in a Sprint. 

This video offers five things that you and your team can do right now to stop carrying over unfinished work and start enabling Scrum to provide you with the results you and your organization were hoping for when you headed down the path to agility. 

If you liked this video, please subscribe and let me know so I keep adding more. 

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Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Successful Distributed Teams with Jim Benson and Mark Kilby

Jim Benson and Mark Kilby join me to discuss their new Successful Distributed Teams offering. This new course focuses on how to build strong remote teams, how to create a humane, healthy balance of productivity and accountability, and what tools you can use to make it all work. During the interview we cover how the idea of remote work has changed over the past few years, what makes it so challenging, and things you can start doing to foster a thriving collaborative remote team. 

You can watch the video version of the interview here:

You can listen to the audio version of the interview here:

Monday, February 26, 2024

Developing Trust In Your Organization w/ Gil Broza

Gil Broza is back for a second interview about his new book "Deliver Better Results: How to Unlock Your Organization's Potential". I asked Gil to come back for a second interview because I wanted to have a follow-up conversation about how to (re)build trust in an organization. So much of what Gil presents in his book is rooted in trust I wanted to get his take on how a potentially toxic org can create trust where they may be little or none.

You can find the podcast here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Develop Better Results with Gil Broza


Gil Broza joins me for a podcast about his new book, “Deliver Better Results: How to Unlock Your Organization's Potential." During the interview, Gil and I discuss how he designed the book to quickly provide actionable practices that organizations can utilize to improve their value delivery system. Our conversation includes details on how to understand the fitness for purpose of your system of delivery, and how to employ his ten strategies to improve your level of maturity. 

You can listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Is this the Darkest Agile Timeline?

George Schlitz joins the podcast to discuss the current state of Agile, whether or not this is the darkest timeline, how we got here, how to make it better, and where to look for hope.

If you aren’t familiar with The Darkest Timeline, in the show Community there was a storyline where a random occurrence created multiple parallel timelines. A roll of the dice created six possible ways things could have gone… basically a six-sided multiverse. 

And one of the parallels created is THE DARKEST TIMELINE. It’s basically the Lemony Snicket timeline of worst case scenario where Captain Kirk is sporting his Van Dyke beard, Thomas Wayne is Batman instead of Bruce Wayne, it rains all the time, you miss every bus, never made that play in the big game, never asked that person to the prom, never got that promotion… you get the idea.

You can listen to the podcast here:

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Fixing Your Quarterly Planning with Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker joins me in this podcast to explore why so many organizations that are doing quarter planning are making such a mess of it. (Hint, if your teams regularly carry work from Sprint to Sprint and quarter to quarter, then you definitely fall into the "making a mess of it" category.)

During the interview Nigel and I talk through some of the totally valid reasons to do quarterly planning, some risks that come with it, why so many are doing it so poorly and how to fix it. 

You can find the video version of the podcast here.

You can find the audio version of the podcast here.