Agile Amped Podcast - Inspiring Conversations
Agile Amped Podcast - Inspiring Conversations
Accenture | SolutionsIQ
The Agile Amped podcast is the shared voice of the Agile community, driven by compelling stories, passionate people, and innovative ideas. Together, we are advancing the impact of business agility.
Cloud Breaks Barriers to Agility
Adam Burden is Accenture’s Chief Software Engineer and a senior managing director leading Technology services for Accenture in North America. In this episode, Burden shares how Cloud helps break barriers to agility. One barrier is legacy systems. While package solutions have become popular in the last few years, Burden says that the “renaissance of custom” today may make it more practical for businesses to customize their legacy systems. The result often is greater agility. “If I want to get more out of Agile, I have to change my culture. And Cloud is … the catalyst that helps to make that happen.” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts. Learn more • “Breaking the four barriers to Cloud” ( • “Why the renaissance of custom is here to stay” (
Apr 4
36 min
FirstRoot: Growing Next Gen of Impact Investors
What happens if you put $1 billion dollars in the hands of students to invest collaboratively? Luke Hohmann is Founder and CEO of FirstRoot, which wants “to get $1,000 into a million schools so that children are in control of $1 billion or more of capital by 2030.” Hohmann shares stories of how real school students have invested in their schools and communities – with surprising results. It’s all in an effort to help cultivate civic responsibility in youth and grow the next generation of impact investors. As our guest puts it, the circular economy and impact investing “are the mechanisms by which we can make positive change occur through the normal structures of business in a very powerful way." Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s William Rowden hosts. Learn more at
Mar 22
43 min
Riot Games Makes it Better to be a Player
What does it mean to put customers at the center of everything you do? For Riot Games, the brand behind League of Legends, it means “making it better to be a player.” Our guest Michael Robillard is the Principal of Enterprise Agility for Riot Games, and he shares how business agility unlocks their ability to make good on that promise. One outstanding example of what Robillard calls “customer-centric business agility” happened at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship in South Korea, where a fictitious, VR Kpop group took the real stage to rave reviews from fans around the world. Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Ryan Keawekane hosts.
Mar 7
36 min
Modern Management Made Easy
Johanna Rothman, a.k.a. the Pragmatic Manager, is author of 18 books and frequent blogger on the topic of product management and more. Rothman shares with us insights about her latest three-book bundle on “Modern Management Made Easy.” These books are full of “the kinds of questions I keep hearing from my clients.” Each chapter begins with a question followed by a popular myth and then many different options for managing oneself, others, and one’s system to be more effective at work. “We are now in the hard work of trying to help entire organizations change their entire cultures… An Agile approach is not a new lifecycle: it’s a culture change. And managers hold and refine the culture for the organization.” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts. Learn more about Johanna Rothman at 
Feb 21
26 min
Diversifying Equity with Agile for Humanity
Diversifying Equity with Agile for Humanity Self-defined Soul Craftswoman April Jefferson applies her experience in coaching, crafting experiences, and conference speaking to help “bring up new voices.” Jefferson shares her story of striving to increase equity of the Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) community in Agile. One way is the Agile for Humanity group and conference – or, should we say, “unconference.” Jefferson is aware that much of how conferences operate create obstacles for diverse voices to participate. She focuses squarely on “how do I unlock others’ potential?” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Ryan Keawekane hosts. Learn more: • • 
Feb 7
29 min
You Can’t Iterate Your Way to Game-Changing Innovation
Rajesh Nerlikar is chief product advisor at Prodify and the co-author of the book “Build What Matters: Delivering Key Outcomes with Vision-Led Product Management” with Ben Foster. Nerlikar highlights a few of the ten dysfunctions that the co-authors had seen in their experience advising product management teams. The book focuses on the four core tenets of vision-led product management that strikes a balance between “iterate your way to success” and “game-changing innovation.” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts. Resources • “Build What Matters: Delivering Key Outcomes with Vision-Led Product Management” by Rajesh Nerlikar and Ben Foster • Virtual resources: • Users Interviews:
Jan 24
22 min
Leadership Agility in the New World of Work | Business Agility Series
Nick Horney is an organizational psychologist and founder of Agility Consulting. He spent 23 years in Special Operations in the U.S. Navy, before building a career in the agile space. Horney joins us to discuss his ideas and experience in leadership agility and anticipating change, focusing on 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. He uses the concepts of “After Action Agility” and the “Leadership Agility Profile 360 Assessment” to gauge how well organizations anticipate and respond to change. “The whole purpose of doing assessments is not just self-discovery: it’s what do you do with that? How do you convert that into your own individual development plan?” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Chris Murman hosts. Learn More: • • Leadership Agility Profile 360 Assessment (,such%20as%20clients%20or%20customers.)
Jan 10
44 min
Building in Accountability Through Coaching
Alicia McLain is a small-business owner, executive leadership coach, public speaker and co-founder of the Agile Coaching Exchange North America. McLain shares her experience speaking on the topic of “Coaching, the Secret Sauce to a Culture of Accountability.” Building on the Agile Coaching Institute’s Coaching Competency Model, she shares what coaching is and is not. McLain highlights how an ICF-certified coach builds accountability into the arc of the conversation by asking powerful questions to help the coachee commit to a change. “I think the best way to understand coaching… is to get coached.” Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts. Keep Learning “Coaching, The Secret Sauce To A Culture of Accountability” (recorded talk) International Coach Academy (ICA) “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Michael Bungay Stanier “The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Michael Bungay Stanier Interested in becoming a coach? The International Coach Federation (ICF) - More Podcasts with Alicia McLain:  
Dec 13, 2020
25 min
Your Big Agile Adoption Probably Isn’t a Transformation
Michael Spayd is the co-founder of The Collective Edge, which seeks to “transform the transformers.” In this episode, Spayd shares some of his thinking behind his new book “Agile Transformation” and reminds us of the difference between organizational transformation and what he calls “a big adoption.” Leaders are key to the chances of success: “If you’re going to transform [your organization], you’re almost certainly the first problem,” because “organizations are designed to get the results that they get.” Oh, and we take a tangent to consider the connection between quantum physics, integral theory and meditation. Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s William Rowden hosts. Learn More: “Agile Transformation” by Michael Spayd - All Quadrants, All Levels (AQAL) - Systemic constellations – Quantum Enigma -
Dec 6, 2020
35 min
The Six Disciplines of Agile Marketing | Business Agility Series
Jim Ewel is one of the earliest advocates for Agile Marketing and is one of the authors of the Agile Marketing Manifesto. His new book “The Six Disciplines of Agile Marketing” provides a framework for applying Agile principles and practices to marketing. Ewel encourages marketers to initially shift their focus away from a process like Scrum or Kanban, and instead begin their Agile journey by developing alignment with the rest of the organization. He walks us through the other five steps and discusses the importance of metrics that matter. Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Alalia Lundy hosts. Learn More:
Nov 29, 2020
24 min
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