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March 26, 2020
In this episode of SoundNotes Will Evans is back to discuss why behavior trumps empathy and the secret to building the right thing. During the interview, we explore the difference between traditional Personas and Behavioral Impact Personas. We also talk through how Impact Mapping can be used to move beyond Empathy Maps to deepen our understanding of what motivates people, what their needs are, what things to build, how well they have to perform to be considered valuable, and how to make sure we are solving the right problems for the right people at the right time. In this podcast, you will learn how Impact Mapping can draw a clear connection between the things we are going to build, the problems we need to overcome, and how to create a change in behavior by specific people that allows us to move toward an outcome that achieves our desired goal. Will has created a few graphics that we refer to in the interview and you’ll want to download them in order to get the most out of this podcast. You can find links to them below. Files You Need For This Podcast Behavioral Impact Persona PDF Behavioral Impact Persona PNG Zone of Influence - Zone of Control PNG Behavioral Change PNG Impact Mapping Podcast If you'd like to check out Will's previous interview on Impact Mapping you can find it here: http://bit.ly/384nVpw Contacting Will Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/will-evans/ Email: will.evans@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
March 12, 2020
One of the most critical, and unfortunately, neglected elements of ensuring your teams can deliver the most value possible, is making sure they can see a direct connection between the work they are being asked to execute on and that strategy that work is in service of. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant, Marty Bradley spends time with Dave discussing why we need to connect strategy to execution and what happens when we don't. During the interview, Marty provides examples which demonstrate why we need to break the work down into small increments of value, how to track their performance at both the strategic and tactical level, how frequently you want to be checking in on whether or not the work is delivering the desired value,, and who needs to be involved in these discussions. Links from the Podcast Check out a video of Marty's presentation - Develop a Strategy to Embrace Change Contacting Marty Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/marty-bradley/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martybradley/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AskCoachMarty Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
March 5, 2020
Ross Beurmann is back! And this week in SoundNotes Ross and Dave discuss ATOs and PMOs. If you aren't familiar with what an Agile Transformation Office is, how it works, why you need it and how it is different from a Project Management Office, this podcast is for you. During the interview, Ross and Dave also discuss what happens to the role of the project manager when you go through Agile Transformation and how the PMO can remain relevant and continue to add value in an organization that is moving through their Transformation to Agile. Link to the Technology Case Study http://info.leadingagile.com/techcasestudy Contacting Ross Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ross-beurmann/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossbeurmannzcea/ Email: Ross.Beurmann@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback on iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
February 27, 2020
This week in SoundNotes we’re focusing on a question asked by a student in a recent class: Can you use Agile for Mergers and Acquisitions? To address the topic, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant Rick McMichael joins Dave to discuss Mergers and Acquisitions (or M&A). Rick has years of experience working in Agile and he's been a part of many M&A efforts over the years. During the podcast we discuss the various steps involved in bringing two different organizations together to form a new one, and how Agile practices can be applied to help this work go smoother and deliver more value for the companies involved, the people who work at them, and the customer. Link to the Latest LeadingAgile Case Study http://info.leadingagile.com/techcasestudy Contacting Rick Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/rick-mcmichael/Email: rick.mcmichael@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
February 21, 2020
This week in LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Tina Wang spends some time with Dave talking about Lean Portfolio Management. During the conversation, Tina and Dave cover exactly what Lean Portfolio Management is and how it differs from a more traditional approach to Portfolio Management. A good part of the discussion is spent on the topic of how to create alignment from strategic goals at the organizational level down to delivery team execution and the role that funding plays in this. If you have questions about Lean Portfolio Management or you're curious about how to apply Lean practices and systems thinking to traditional portfolio management to consistently deliver value at a sustainable pace, this podcast is a great place to get started. For additional content on the LeadingAgile site about Lean Portfolio Management, click here. Contacting Tina Email: Tina.Wang@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tina-wang/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-wang-spc/ Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net Link to the Case Study:  http://info.leadingagile.com/techcasestudy We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
February 14, 2020
Despite the fact that in many organizations the Enterprise Architect and the Enterprise Solutions Architect are often conflated, they are very distinct roles that require different skill sets and areas of expertise. The Enterprise Solutions Architect is a role that focuses on designing solutions to problems that tend to be IT-centric, while an Enterprise Architect focuses more on designing or documenting the relationship between all the systems across the Enterprise and how they interact to deliver value. In this episode of LeadingAgile's SoundNotes, Ross Beurmann is back to bring some clarity to the difference between the two roles, the nature of the work, and the differences in the skill sets required for each role. Zachman Framework During the interview, Ross references the Zachman Framework, which was developed by John Zachman in the 1980's. The framework "provides a formal and structured way of viewing and defining an enterprise" (see Wikipedia link below). If you'd like to read up on it, here are some places to get started: Zachman Framework in Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zachman_Framework The Concise Definition of The Zachman Framework by: John A. Zachmanhttps://zachman.com/about-the-zachman-framework Contacting Ross Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ross-beurmann/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossbeurmannzcea/ Email: Ross.Beurmann@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
February 6, 2020
In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Matt Smith, joins Dave for a conversation about why we need to make sure that the investment made in portfolio tiers of the organization ties directly back to Agile delivery, and how we can make sure that is happening. If you are an executive who has responsibility for making decisions about where and how the organization makes strategic investments across the portfolio, this interview may expose some areas of focus that you may want to give more attention. Many organizations introduce Agile, and begin funding Transformation, at the team level, but they fail to ensure that they’ve created an environment and organizational system that can support those teams, and/or teams who are working on things without understanding why because they don’t have visibility into how they link back to company strategy. This makes it difficult for them to make the best possible choices when developing a product. Throughout the podcast, Matt and Dave talk through examples of how detrimental this disconnect between the head and the body of an organization can be. Making sure there is a direct line from investment to execution is critical to ensuring you are maximizing the value your organization (and your clients) are getting from your agile delivery mechanism. Contacting Matt Smith Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/matt-smith/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-f-smith/ Email: Matt.Smith@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 30, 2020
This week in SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Founder and CEO Mike Cottmeyer joins Dave to explore the ways in which Executive Leadership plays the role of Product Owner in an organization. During the conversation, Mike reflects back on how his understanding of what it means to be an organizational product owner has evolved as LeadingAgile has grown over the last ten years. Mike shares some of the ways he copes with the challenges of being the Product Owner of an organization that continues to evolve, how he responds to the successes and failures along the way, and his take on one of the most critical things a leader must do in order to be ready for what comes next. Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 23, 2020
If you're confused about the difference between Epics, Features, and Stories—you're not alone. Most of us use these terms to describe different types of items we’d put into a Product Backlog. The challenge is that each organization defines them differently and uses them to mean different things. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile SVP and Senior Consultant Scott Sehlhorst joins Dave Prior to talk about the difference between Epics, Features, and Stories, how the three of them are related, and the value that each brings to the table. If you have questions about the purpose each serves, how they complement each other, and why people often get them confused, you’ll find answers in this podcast. Contacting Scott Sehlhorst LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/scott-sehlhorst/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sehlhorst LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sehlhorst/ Blog: http://tynerblain.com/blog/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 16, 2020
It can be easy to get swept up in discussions centered around making sure that the work being done by development teams is in sync with what the stakeholders identified as the highest priority. While this is definitely an important factor to consider, it is also critical to make sure that we have identified and prioritized the issues and problems we need to solve to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. Impact Mapping is a tool that can be used to create a conversation between stakeholders and teams to understanding which problems need to be addressed first to ensure we are having the greatest possible impact on delivering different outcomes for our customers and for the business. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Will Evans spends time with Dave Prior discussing Impact Mapping. During the podcast you will learn: What Impact Mapping Is Why it works How it can help your organization make informed decisions about which problems to solve first in order to reach your strategic goals How you can get started using Impact Mapping within your organization Resources to Get You Started The Art of Impact Mapping Video https://youtu.be/y4Rj05YVg_E Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein https://amzn.to/2tiwZby Contacting Will Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/will-evans/ Email: will.evans@leadingagile.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
January 9, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR! In this episode, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Ross Buermann shares an approach that involves bifurcating the work of creating the documentation so that we can create and deliver in smaller increments. Those smaller pieces can be modified and maintained in a more efficient manner than they would be in a traditional approach. In the same way that we want to break development work down into small increments, we can also break down the documentation. Ross and Dave also discuss an approach to storing the documentation which allows for an easier approach to change control and maintenance. Ross has a background in highly regulated environments where the documentation is often treated as being more valuable than the product itself. During the interview, Ross explains how, and why, this approach is so valuable to teams and organizations adopting an Agile approach. The Iliad If you’d like to check out The Iliad, Ross recommends the translation by Richmond Lattimore https://amzn.to/37EDfZE Contacting Ross Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ross-beurmann/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossbeurmannzcea/ Email: Ross.Beurmann@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
December 12, 2019
Safety is a popular topic in the Agile space that comes up when we have conversations about what it takes to create an environment where Agile can take root and thrive. When we talk about transforming organizations, we talk about things like creating a safe environment where people feel that they have the agency and support to run experiments in order to get better at working together and delivering value for the customer. This conversation often centers around teams and the individual team members, but rarely do we take the time to consider what safety looks like for leadership. Aren’t they at risk as well? There may be leaders in your organization who are supporting or sponsoring the transformation effort, but what if it doesn’t take? What impact will it have on them? When it comes to organizational change, we know leadership has to adjust their approach as well, but this conversation often focuses on how the things they learned to do under a traditional model will get in the way of a successful Agile Transformation. We tell them what not to do: we tell them to leave the teams alone to figure out how to self-organize, we tell them to be supportive and let go of many of the practices that helped them reach their leadership position. It may come across as though we are simply taking things away from them, and this language of loss is unlikely to leave them feeling like they are operating from a place where they have the agency they need and the support they need to begin running experiments that will help them learn to grow into the Agile leaders we want and need them to be. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Tim Wise, and Dave Prior explore: What it means to create safety for leadership What Agile Transformation asks of leaders and the risks they face How leaders can begin moving toward an approach that demonstrates adopting an Agile mindset What types of behavior are needed to foster a safe environment for the teams and team members to employ Agile practice to deliver value for their customers   Links From This Podcast Turn the Ship Around - David Marquet Team of Teams - General Stanley McChrystal 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey Speed of Trust - Stephen M.R. Covey Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink The Responsibility Process - Christopher Avery Jordan Peterson 12 Rules for Life Podcast YouTube Agile Day Atlanta Contacting Tim Email: tim@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/timswise Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net We Need Reviews If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback. Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
December 5, 2019
When large enterprises make the decision to invest in Agile Transformation they often do so with the expectation that it will have some positive impact on their ability to deliver. In theory, if we can deliver more of the right things in shorter time frames at a higher quality level, that should provide some kind of quantifiable return on investment. When the conversation turns to the question of “How is the transformation going?” it is common to focus on metrics that center around how many teams or groups within the organization have begun adopting Agile practices, where they are in the journey towards Agile, how individual teams are performing, etc. But what is often harder to understand is what is the benefit, or return on the investment it is making in Agile Transformation. To put it simply, we’re spending money, we’re doing the things… but what kind of financial (or other) impact is that money having on the organization and on our system of delivery? In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant, Doug Spencer joins Dave for a conversation about some of the ways you can begin to measure and quantify the impact of an Agile Transformation on your organization at the portfolio level. Contacting Doug Spencer Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/doug-spencer/ Email: doug.spencer@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 21, 2019
Lee Wiesehuegel is a Managing Consultant at LeadingAgile where he helps organizations incorporate an Agile approach by transforming how they work. One of Lee’s primary areas of focus is working with leaders to help them understand how critical their support is at the team level. In this episode of SoundNotes, Lee and Dave discuss some of the things that leadership can do to enable Coaches and ScrumMasters to create and sustain high performing, learning teams that can consistently deliver value. At the start of the interview, Lee also shares his advice for those who are interested in transitioning to a coaching role and some of the key things he looks for when he interviews potential coaches. Links Mentioned In the Podcast Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition by Lyssa Adkins Contacting Lee Wiesehuegel Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/lee-wiesehuegel/ Email: Lee.Wiesehuegel@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 14, 2019
At Elevate Agile 2019, LeadingAgile Chief Methodologist, Dennis Stevens gave a presentation called "What Every Agile Organization Has In Common" (link below). In this episode of SoundNotes, Dennis and Dave go deeper on some key themes from the presentation. The interview focuses on how Senior Leadership can create an organizational system that supports Business Agility. This work goes beyond simply adopting Agile practices at a team level, and looks at how the whole organization needs to have a structure and governance model in place that can sustain its ability to respond to rapidly changing market conditions. iTunes Feedback - We Need Your Help We need your help in getting the word out about this podcast and would be grateful for any feedback you are willing to leave us in an iTunes Review. Links Mentioned In the Podcast What Every Agile Organization Has in Common - Dennis Stevens at Elevate Agile 2019 Building an Organization That Can Embrace Change w/ Dennis Stevens - This is the SoundNotes Podcast that discusses how to incorporate market sensing capabilities into strategic planning Contacting Dennis Stevens Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens Email: dennis@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 31, 2019
At ElevateAgile, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant, Marty Bradley, led a session called "The Business Value of Agility." The talk focused on the question of how organizations measure and understand the business benefits of adopting an Agile approach. All too often, organizations make a decision to "go agile" without defining the outcome they hope/want/expect from changing their approach to work. Without a solid understanding of the impact you are seeking, deciding whether your approach to creating things, or the things themselves, are delivering desired business value. In this episode of SoundNotes, Marty and Dave explore some of the key takeaways from Marty's session at ElevateAgile and ways an organization can understand the value Agile provides. Marty's presentation from ElevateAgile The Business Value of Agility Links from the Podcast Slack by Tom DeMarco Contacting Marty You can reach Marty: On the LeadingAgile site Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martybradley/ Contacting Dave You can reach Dave: On the LeadingAgile site On Twitter at twitter.com/mrsungo On his personal site at: drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast, or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.
October 22, 2019
When it comes to Agile Transformation, every organization struggles with managing risks and dealing with dependencies. Identifying the most critical dependencies and finding a way to break them can be challenging. But, depending on your organization’s goals for transformation, there may also be dependencies that just aren’t worth decoupling.  In this episode of SoundNotes LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Tom Furland, talks with Dave about how to handle Risks and Dependencies during Agile Transformation. We explore how to understand where decoupling is possible and why orchestration is so critical to creating flow within the organization, regardless of which dependencies remain. Contacting Tom Furland If you’d like to contact Tom you can reach him at: Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tom-furland/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tfurland/ Email: tom.furland@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 18, 2019
The dilemma of what to do if you don’t have a Product Owner is one of the more commonly recurring questions that I get in the CSM and CSPO classes. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Sara McClintock and Jeff Streitmatter join me to talk through the challenges of not having anyone acting as a dedicated PO. During the discussion, we explore why the role is so critical, how not having one impact’s the team’s ability to deliver valuable work that is in sync with company strategy and we offer some tips on how to cope with not having someone to fill this critical role. Contacting Sara McClintock If you’d like to contact Sara you can reach her at: Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sara-mcclintock/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saramcclintock/ Email: sara.mcclintock@leadingagile.com Contacting Jeff Streitmatter If you’d like to contact Jeff you can reach him at: Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jeff-streitmatter/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffstreitmatter/ Email: jeff.streitmatter@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 2, 2019
On October 7th, 2019 LeadingAgile will hold its first-ever conference—Elevate Agile. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer explains why Elevate Agile exists and how we hope it will shape the conversation around business and organizational Agility moving forward. The event is sold out, but you can check out the live stream from the conference on Elevate Agile's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elevateagile/ Also, be sure to follow Elevate Agile on social to find out details for next year's event as they become available. Elevate Agile on Social  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/19229690/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/elevateagile Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elevateagile/   Links from the Podcast ElevateAgile: www.elevateagile.com Mindset by Carol Dweck Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
September 19, 2019
Feedback is tricky. We all want it, we all need it, but sometimes getting it can be kinda tough. Giving feedback is challenging as well because it can be hard to tell when were are offering it from a place that is truly centered on helping the recipient grow, rather than just helping them be what we want them to be. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Staff Consultant, Sarah Smith, joins Dave Prior to dig into the idea of "Feedback Is A Gift."  During the podcast, they unpack different ways to receive feedback, tips for giving it as well as how to figure out what to do with it once you get it, and what to do with the feedback that feels like a regifted Fruitcake. And also how to make sure you aren't the one doing the re-gifting.   Agile 2019 Video Podcasts We're posted a TON of video podcast interviews we shot in the LeadingAgile booth during Agile 2019 and we'd love to get some feedback on them. If you'd like to check them out, you can find them here: http://bit.ly/2k88ucu Contacting Sarah and Dave If you have follow-up questions for Sarah or Dave, here is how you can reach them: Contacting Sarah Smith Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sarah-smith/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahleasmith/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
September 4, 2019
In this live keynote episode of SoundNotes live, we talk with Portia Tung about her thoughts on making transformational change fun by embedding play science into your work.
September 4, 2019
In this SoundNotes live, we talk with Andy Cleff about the process of prioritizing and learning backlog and his thoughts on how to deliver the learnings optimally.
September 4, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Natalie Solomon, we discuss the steps Natalie takes and key focus areas she considers when building successful teams that are created to enable a truly Agile workplace.
September 4, 2019
In this episode of SoundNotes live with Olaf Lewitz, we talk about the importance of self-reflection, self-awareness—and magic. When magic happens on a team, how do we unlock that process and replicate it so it can happen on cue? And how can self-reflection enhance how we lead and function at work?
September 3, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Heidi Musser of LeadingAgile, we cover the key highlights of her Agile Alliance Board panel on diversity and inclusion in the Agile world, including the current state of diversity and inclusion in the tech community, and why diversity in this community is a particularly important topic.
September 3, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Lynne Cazaly, we’ll discuss the war of perfectionism and how it’s affecting us. We’ll dig into why it's important to reframe our mindsets and work toward an end goal rather than toward an artificial concept of perfection.
September 3, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Diana Larsen, co-founder of The Agile Fluency Project. We’ll chat about The Agile Fluency Project’s mission to help organizations measure how or if their Agile teams are achieving the outcomes they need, and how they can get insight on additional ways to invest to get the benefits they want.
September 3, 2019
In this SoundNotes live, we chat with Christopher Avery of The Responsibility Company about his work on how our psychology can keep us stuck—or propel us forward. He shares how we can change our usual programming to make better choices and be better leaders.
August 29, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Christina Hartikainen, Chair of Agile 2019, we’ll chat about the conference, what’s new this year, and how you can get involved next year
August 29, 2019
In this SoundNotes live we’ll chat with Shannon Ewan and Ahmed Sidky of ICAgile. They’ll share some exciting new Business Agility training initiatives they’re working on for non-technical sectors—and how ICAgile is helping non-technical sectors, like HR and marketing, understand and apply Agile.
August 28, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Mark Kilby, we talk about social tokens. What’s a social token? We’ll define them and expand on how they can be a shared way to create trust and create connections in distributed teams.
August 28, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Melissa Boggs, Chief Scrum Master, and Howard Sublett, Chief Product Owner, both of the Scrum Alliance, we chat about their new roles, and what they’ve learned from co-leading the organization together.
August 28, 2019
In this SoundNotes live with Bas Vodde, we’ll chat about the LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) community. We’ll also delve into the role of the product owner in LeSS, and how it compares to their role in Scrum.
August 27, 2019
In this SoundNotes live talk, we discuss technical debt with Arlo Belshee and Marian Willeke. We’ll specifically delve into why technical debt is a very common problem, why it's often not solved, and how it can be.
August 27, 2019
In this SoundNotes live talk with Jessie Shternshus, we discuss what Jessie believes is the missing step in Transformations; unlearning the old way and moving to the new. We delve into how unlearning can get in the way of change, and how you can get through it successfully.
August 27, 2019
In this SoundNotes live talk with Lyssa Adkins, we discuss TENWOMENSTRONG, an organization dedicated to helping women reconnect with their authentic voices as leaders. Lyssa also discusses her recent projects to increase the presence of women in Agile and as leaders.
August 26, 2019
In this SoundNotes live talk with Lyssa Adkins and Maria Matarelli who are collaborating on a project called Personal Agility, which takes the principles of Agility and applies them to personal life. They’ll discuss what Personal Agility is and share examples of how you can apply the system to your life both personally and professionally.
August 26, 2019
In this live SoundNotes talk with Lisa Cooney, we talk about cognitive bias, why it’s important to be aware of your cognitive biases, and how to devise strategies to overcome them.
August 26, 2019
In this live talk with Ellen Gottesdiener and Andy Repton, we discuss the process of making large scale product development truly work, and reveal the 3 things you need to make product development work optimally at scale.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with Eric Rapin, Coach and Certified Scrum master, about the value and importance of retrospectives—and how to design and facilitate them effectively so you learn the most you can.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with Carlos Oliveira of adaptiveX, we discuss the topic of his Agile 2019 session: The Power of Design Sprints. Carlos shares how Design Sprints help teams solve big problems and test ideas by combining the “greatest hits” of Agile, Lean and Design Thinking.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk, Ronica Roth and Eric Willeke of Elevate.to discuss their unique approach to Agile Transformation.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with Richard Cheng, we’ll discuss how to apply Agile principles, values, and mindset in government agencies as well as the challenges that can get in the way.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk, we’re chatting with Woody Zuill about Mob programming. We’ll discuss the problems it solves, who can do it, and how it works.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with LeadingAgile’s Marty Bradley, we’ll dig into the topic of Enterprise Transformation and discuss how it’s different from a traditional Agile PMO.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with Dean Leffingwell, creator of SAFe, we discuss his Agile 2019 talk focus: increasing people’s understanding of what Business Agility really encompasses, and the evolution of its tenets.
August 20, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, we wanted to give you a little taste of what it's all about, so we decided to live-stream our podcast out of our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. Here are some of the highlights from day two. In this live talk with Linda Rising, we discuss learnings from the book Thinking Fast and Slow, and how to use Daniel Kahneman’s research-supported approach to do a better job of thinking as an individual as well as working better together to think in groups.
August 15, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. In this live session, we chat with LeadingAgile CEO Mike Cottmeyer about Organizational Resistance, the factors that influence how you can successfully orchestrate your Agile Transformation, and what it takes to gain the support you need for the outcomes you want.
August 15, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. In this episode of SoundNotes Live with Heather Dunning, we discuss the contents of her talk, Calm the Storm in Your Mind. Heather introduces ways to nurture the parts of ourselves that help us stay calm and grounded so we can stay efficient and productive in life and at work. She will also share a few simple exercises you can use to get calm and grounded anytime.
August 15, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. In this live talk with Dennis Stevens, LeadingAgile's Chief Methodologist, we discuss what it looks like to build adaptability into your organization when you’re making a product.
August 15, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. In our live session with Johanna Rothman, author of Manage Yourself, Lead and Serve Others, Practical Organizational Leadership, and many more, we’ll discuss the management mindset and how to establish effective peer to peer relationships. We also delve into how cultivating personal integrity as a manager can foster an environment of dignity, respect, courage, and humility.
August 15, 2019
Last week, the biggest conference in the Agile industry took place in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We were proud to be a sponsor of this event and we were even more excited about catching up with friends—both old and new. For those of you who couldn't make it to the conference, here's a live-stream of our podcast from our booth in the Prince George Exhibitor Hall. We had a chance to talk to a lot of really smart and interesting people while we were there; some who were speaking at the conference, others who were simply attending, and even a few who were involved in turning this event into a reality. In this live session, we’re chatting with Erika Massie, Director of Global Learning and Assessment at Scrum Alliance about some recent changes in their certification options and processes, the value of becoming recognized as a CSM or CSPO, and how the right training can help you hit the ground running or advance to the next level in your career.
July 31, 2019
We're just days away from the start of the biggest Agile event of the year. Agile 2019 begins in Washington D.C. on August 5th and LeadingAgile will be there in full force. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Executive Talent Lead Priya Sethuraman joins Dave Prior to share some tips and advice for those attending the conference who want to make the most out of their time. The Agile Conference is an intense week filled with hundreds of sessions and events focused on helping attendees level up their Agile game. Whether you're attending for the first time, or you're a seasoned conference pro,  this podcast will offer valuable recommendations to help you maximize the value you get from the time you spend in D.C.—and survive the conference intact. If you're attending, LeadingAgile has two sessions you won't want to miss: Mike Cottmeyer - Organizational TransformationMonday, August 5 at 3:45 PM Dennis Stevens - Assumptions and Ambiguity be Damned.Develop a Strategy to Embrace Change.Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 AM And please stop by our booth to say hi! If you are interested in joining the LeadingAgile team, make sure to connect with Priya and Rachel Howard who will be in the booth recruiting all week. If you aren't able to make it to the conference, we'll be live streaming video podcast interviews with speakers and Agile thought leaders who are attending the show. So keep an eye on our Facebook channel throughout the week for live interviews from the exhibit hall floor of Agile 2019! Contacting Priya Sethuraman Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/priya-sethuraman/ Email: priya@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyasethuraman/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
July 24, 2019
And now for something completely different… Kaely Hall has been working in the capacity of ScrumMaster and Product Owner for the last 16 months. She recently took LeadingAgile’s Certified Scrum Product Owner training and in this episode of SoundNotes, Kaely shares how her work as a Product Strategist for Big Nerd Ranch requires her to play the role of ScrumMaster for some clients, Project Manager for some clients, and Product Owner for others. During the interview, Kaely also offers advice and tips or those just stepping into a client-facing an SM or PO role, and how important it is to raise your EQ and develop a rapport with your client as quickly as possible. Blog Post Kaely’s blog post is here: https://bit.ly/2JKVNOW Contacting Kaely Hall Email: kaelyhall33@gmail.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaely-hall/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
July 16, 2019
This episode of SoundNotes features 2 questions recently submitted by students from our CSM and CSPO classes. LeadingAgile’s Sarah Smith and I respond to the questions, sharing our thoughts, recommended practices, and things to watch out for. The two questions are: 1. Is it okay for the ScrumMaster to take on additional (non-ScrumMaster) work during the Sprint?2. When you have unfinished work at the end of a Sprint, does it automatically carry over into the next Sprint, and should you re-estimate it before you begin working on it again? In responding to the first question we discuss the potential impact of planning for the SM to take on non-SM work during the Sprint, how that can impact the team’s ability to deliver and, if the SM takes on additional work, what should that work be? The second question focuses on the situation where you get to the end of the Sprint, you have partially completed work and many teams will automatically push that into the next Sprint. If you have partially completed work, let’s say it is a User Story that was originally estimated using Story Points, and it was an 8. If there are only a few minutes of work needed to complete that item in a future Sprint, why do some teams feel the urge to give it a new Story Point estimate (based on work remaining) and what impact does that behavior have on the Scrum Team’s velocity? If you have follow-up questions for Sarah or Dave, here is how you can reach them: Contacting Sarah Smith Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sarah-smith/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahleasmith/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
June 20, 2019
In this episode of SoundNotes, we tackle the question of whether or not it's a good idea for the Development Team to limit the size of work brought into a Sprint. Many teams consider this to be a valuable practice during Sprint Planning or when creating a Definition of Ready. The goal is to make sure that the Development Team is not committing work into a Sprint that they cannot complete during the course of a Sprint. This often shows up as something like “Nothing bigger than an 8” (for teams using Fibonacci to estimate User Story Points). While this practice can be valuable for the Development Team, it also has an impact on the Product Owner and how they prepare work for Sprint Planning. During the podcast, LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant, Scott Sehlhorst and Senior Consultant Andrew Young talk with Dave about whether or not this practice actually helps and how it can become an impediment for the Product Owner who is trying to plan out work for the Release. Note from Dave:  This conversation was very impactful for me in terms of how I think about “ready” and how I think about the work done by the PO in getting ready for the Sprint. Limiting the size of work brought into a Sprint has always been something I have advocated for because I think it helps the Development Team, but I’ve never taken the time to think about how it might create challenges for the PO, who may be far more concerned about the Release than the Sprint. Links from the Podcast Ron Jeffries on Story Points and Ideal Time https://ronjeffries.com/articles/019-01ff/story-points/Index.html Mike Cohn on Story Points https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/what-are-story-points Kenny Rubin on Definition of Ready https://innolution.com/blog/definition-of-ready Why We Use Fibonacci Number to Estimate Story Points (Jeff Sutherland) https://www.scruminc.com/why-do-we-use-fibonacci-numbers-to-estimate-user-stories/ Probabilistic Forecasting Interview with Troy Lightfoot https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-post/54062/Probabilistic-Forecasting-with-Troy-Lightfoot No BS Estimation Cards https://estimation.lunarlogic.io   Contacting Scott Sehlhorst LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/scott-sehlhorst/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sehlhorst LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sehlhorst/ Blog: http://tynerblain.com/blog/ Contacting Andrew Young LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/andrew-young/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/atyoung/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/exclamation101 Email: andrew.young@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
June 17, 2019
Julianne Jones is a Principal Consultant with LeadingAgile. Her work includes interfacing with the leaders of high profile organizations and pairing with them in order to help Transform their organization to achieve true Business Agility. She's also someone who believes in giving back to the Agile community. Recently, Julianne spent a week serving as the ScrumMaster for the volunteers that helped put on the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering. In this episode of SoundNotes, Julianne shares some details about her experience volunteering for the Scrum Alliance. She talks about the work she did in Austin acting as a servant leader for the many people who gave their time in order to make the North American Global Scrum Gathering one of the most valuable Agile events to take place each year. During the interview, Dave and Julianne discuss why volunteering for professional organizations is so important, the benefits you receive as a reward for your time, and what it’s like to spend a few days coming together with dedicated people who want to commit their time to ensure that the people who come to the Scrum Gathering have the best possible experience. Note from Dave: Volunteering for professional organizations like the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance is one of the most powerful things you can do to develop your career. By offering your time, you get the opportunity to engage with people who are truly dedicated to Transforming the world of work. It's also one of the best ways you can develop a large network of like-minded individuals who you can turn to for support when you face challenging situations in Agile or when you are looking for a new gig. Volunteering For information on Volunteering for the Scrum Alliance:https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-involved For information on Volunteering for the Agile Alliance:https://www.agilealliance.org/the-alliance/volunteer-signup/(AgileAlliance membership is required) To contact Julianne Jones Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/julianne-jones/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianne-jones-4042264/Email: Julianne.Jones@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
May 30, 2019
In this week’s episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant Sara McClintock and Dave take on two topics submitted by students from our CSM and CSPO classes: 1. What can I do in an organization to grow and promote our Sprint Reviews? 2. Stakeholder demand for timelines or deadlines being an impediment for the team. Sara and Dave discuss different approaches to helping leadership understand the importance of Sprint Reviews and why their participation is so necessary for delivering a successful product. They also explore different techniques for responding to requests/demands that include unrealistic timelines and ways to begin coaching leadership into prioritizing the work, so that if a date commitment is established, the team can maximize the value they can deliver by the deadline. Contacting Sara McClintock If you’d like to contact Sara you can reach her at: Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sara-mcclintock/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saramcclintock/ Email: sara.mcclintock@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
May 23, 2019
At LeadingAgile we believe that the ability to realize the benefits of an Agile approach begins with there core things: stable teams, a well-formed backlog, and the ability to consistently deliver working tested software. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Jeff Howey, spends time talking with Dave about what a “well-formed backlog” actually is. Jeff and Dave discuss characteristics of a well-formed backlog, how you know if you’ve got one and why that's so important. Along the way, they also explore the differences between Epics, Features, Themes, and Stories and how those terms might be used to break down all the work that led up to Marvel’s new film “Avengers: End Game”. Note: Jeff recommends listening to the podcast at 1.5 normal speed. This will allow you to get through the podcast quicker, but the pace should still be okay for most listeners. Contacting Jeff Howey If you’d like to contact Jeff you can reach him at: Email: Jeff.howey@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffhowey/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
May 10, 2019
When we develop products, we're responsible for maximizing the value we deliver to the customer. In order to do this, we have to understand who we're actually building the products for. We need to know who the customer is, what problem(s) we're trying to solve for them,  and any additional information we can gather that will give us more insight into their needs and how we can address them. We also need to have an awareness of where our assumptions about the customer may be introducing risk. Unfortunately, we often get so focused on creating and delivering that this area of focus doesn't receive the level of attention that's needed to ensure that we're solving the right problem(s) in the best way possible. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile SVP and Executive Consultant, Scott Sehlhorst makes the case for why this work is so important and why empathy maps are such a critical (and often ignored) aspect of this work. Scott and Dave talk through a step-by-step approach you can use to deepen your understanding of the customer and their needs, as well as how to make sure the solution you are working on is the right one and how to manage your risk by tracking and testing your assumptions and biases along the way. If you're skeptical about the value that empathy maps provide, or how important it is to take the time to collect, analyze, and test information about your customer, this podcast is for you. And if you're looking for a detailed explanation of how to go about figuring all this out, this conversation may provide you with the blueprint you need to get started making sure you actually know who it is you're trying to “delight” with the products you create. The graphic below is referenced throughout the podcast, you’ll want to have that handy as you listen. Links From The Podcast The podcast Scott and Dave previously recorded which includes a detailed walk through of how to create an empathy map can be found here:Creating Empathy Maps with Scott Sehlhorst You can find Dave Gray's Empathy Map template here: http://gamestorming.com/empathy-mapping/ Contacting Scott Sehlhorst If you’d like to contact Scott you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/scott-sehlhorst/ Twitter https://twitter.com/sehlhorst LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sehlhorst/ Blog: http://tynerblain.com/blog/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
May 6, 2019
When it comes to Agile Transformation, every organization has to deal with things in the system that are blocking them from developing an Agile System of Delivery. Impediments to Transformation exist at many levels: organizations, architectural, cultural, etc. Many of these impediments are common across companies and can be known and planned for ahead of time. In LeadingAgile's approach, there are 3 Things that are necessary for an organization to be capable of an Agile approach. Those 3 Things are stable teams, a well-formed backlog, and the ability to deliver a working tested increment of product on a regular basis. Anything that gets in the way of these 3 Things must be addressed as part of the Transformation. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, and Dave Prior discuss what a System of Transformation, some of the more common impediments to Agile Transformation, and ways to cope with those impediments. This episode is a follow up to the podcast: System of Delivery vs. System of Transformation. Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
April 25, 2019
Metrics are important. Tracking work is important.  “What gets measured gets done." But, if you don’t understand why you're measuring things, or what the problem you're trying to solve when you begin measuring things—no amount of metrics is going to help. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Jessica Wolfe and Dave Prior talk about metrics and how important it is to understand what problem you're trying to solve when you begin using metrics to understand performance and improvement.  This interview is a follow up to a presentation Jessica gave recently at Agile Tampa called "Achieving Success with any Agile Planning Tool". During the podcast, Jessica and Dave discuss some of the more common things organizations initially track when they're moving away from a traditional approach, what to be careful about when you begin using these metrics, how the metrics that you're focused on will evolve over time as you mature in your adoption of Agile, and what to do if you find yourself tracking information and you aren't sure why. Additional Information During the podcast, Jessica and Dave make a reference to how we design the tool to help the end users understand the new way of working in the LeadingAgile model, so we wanted to provide a couple of screenshots to assist you in seeing some of the possibilities. Here's an example of what the tool might look like at the Portfolio Tier on an Epic. Image One: Problem Clarity Image Two: Targeting Contacting Jessica If you’d like to contact Jessica you can reach her at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jessica-wolfe/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejessicawolfe/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejessicawolfe Email: jessica.wolfe@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com Send Us Your Questions If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com Upcoming Classes And if you are interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
April 18, 2019
This week, on LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Staff Consultant Sarah Smith shares some tips to survive the role of ScrumMaster. During the interview, Sarah and Dave discuss how to create a stakeholder map that a ScrumMaster can use to understand the best approach to take when interacting with different stakeholders in the organization. They also talk about how to develop greater empathy for stakeholders and how important it is to understand the different motivators driving their behavior, as well as how to use that information to get better at managing your relationship with the stakeholders in your organization. Further Reading Here are some of the books that Sarah and Dave recommend for learning more about navigating the tricker parts of interacting with stakeholders in your organization: Getting to Yes Getting Past No Drive Never Split the Difference The Art of War The Speed to Trust What We Say Matters  What Every Body Is Saying Emotions Revealed Contacting Sarah Smith Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sarah-smith/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahleasmith/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
April 11, 2019
Organizations embracing an Agile approach to their work value their ability to inspect and adapt. They value the ability to continually learn and deepen their understanding of what problems they are trying to solve so that they can inspect and adapt toward a better solution. The challenge is that just because we're Agile and we want to inspect and adapt our way to a better solution doesn't mean that we can ignore the constraints of scope, cost, and time. Those constraints matter and we need to find the best solution possible within those constraints. Figuring out how to do that is no small thing. In this week's podcast, LeadingAgile's Founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer spends some time talking with Dave Prior about how to maximize the value we're able to deliver in the presence of constraints. Mike's presentation from TriAgile http://bit.ly/2HICyon Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
April 4, 2019
In this week's SoundNotes we're focusing on one of the fundamental elements in Scrum: The Sprint Planning Meeting. During the podcast, Dave Prior reviews the key aspects of Sprint Planning: its purpose, how it works, who attends, what it produces, and tips to help you make sure yours are achieving the desired result. If you want to help protect your team from over (or under) committing during Sprint Planning, each team member is going to need to have a solid understanding of their capacity for work during the Sprint. If you'd like to check out the Individual Capacity Calculator that Dave mentioned in the podcast, you can find that here: Individual Capacity Calculator And if you'd like to check out the official explanation of Sprint Planning and how it fits into a Sprint, check out the Sprint Planning section of The Scrum Guide. Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
March 28, 2019
When people talk about Agile, they often talk about the approach they are taking: Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, SAFe, LeSS, DAD, Nexus, etc. These and the other frameworks and methodologies that could be considered to fall under the Agile umbrella are Systems of Delivery because they are techniques for delivering. There's often an assumption that if we adopt the System of Delivery, our organization will Transform to Agile. Sometimes this happens, but often, organizations need more than a System of Delivery. They need a way to go about helping their organization evolve into a state where it's capable of realizing the benefits of the various Systems of Delivery. This journey from your current state, into a state that's capable of fully leveraging the System of Delivery, may actually require a System of Transformation. In this episode of SoundNotes, our CEO & Founder, Mike Cottmeyer spends some time with Dave digging into what a System of Transformation is, why this is different than a System of Delivery, how the two are connected, and why having a System of Transformation is such a critical part of your organization's ability to realize the benefits of taking an Agile approach to delivering work. Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
March 21, 2019
This week, on SoundNotes, we're featuring another question from a student in one of our Certified Scrum classes. The question came from someone who's working in an organization that doesn't see value in the role of Product Owner and isn't convinced that it's needed as part of the Scrum Team. The question: What is the worth of a good P.O.? LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Tim Wise spent some time with Dave talking through various aspects of the question. Together, Dave and Tim will explore the role of the P.O., the value a P.O. can add in an organization, and some contexts in which different aspects of the P.O. role might be solved through other means. Lastly, Dave and Tim will discuss how an organization that's focused on maximizing the value delivered to the customer might go about measuring the value of a Product Owner. Contacting Tim Email: tim@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/timswise Scrum Atlanta User Group: https://www.meetup.com/agile-38/ Contacting Dave Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net Feedback/Questions If you have comments on the podcast or have questions for the LeadingAgile coaches that you’d like to have addressed in a future episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, you can reach Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes For information on LeadingAgile’s upcoming public CSM and CSPO classes, please go to: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/ Use the discount code: LA_Podcastto receive a 15% discount on the class.
March 14, 2019
In one of my recent Certified Scrum Master classes, I had a number of students who were working on projects involving migrating from a legacy data warehouse to new data warehouses. Figuring out how to apply Scrum to the work they were doing presented a number of challenges and left some open questions. Here are two examples of the data related topics that showed up in the Parking Lot: How do I apply Scrum to data factory? As a Data Architect, I want to learn how Scrum applies to data factory so I can be part of a successful Dev. Team In talking with the students about the work they were doing, I was left with a question: Is Scrum really the best option for this type of work? While I'm able to understand the challenges they face—both with the work and applying Scum in this situation—my background does not include the necessary work experience to speak to this topic with any level of authority. Fortunately, at LeadingAgile I have many experts I can reach out to when I run into situations like this. LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Dave Nicolette, was kind enough to spend some time digging into this topic with me. If you are working on large scale data-related projects and trying to figure out how to use Agile to get the work done, this week’s SoundNotes should offer you some valuable tips. Contacting Dave Nicolette LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-nicolette/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/davenicolette LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davenicolette/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
March 7, 2019
This week, on SoundNotes, we've got Part 3 of a trio of interviews with LeadingAgile Chief Methodologist and Co-Founder Dennis Stevens. The series focuses on how to build an organization that can embrace change. In the final episode of the series, Dennis and Dave cover how to prioritize work being done to maximize return. During the interview, they discuss how prioritization at all levels of the organization can support the ability to inspect and adapt and how some lingering traditional approaches to work, compensation, and prioritization can have a negative impact on your organization's ability to embrace change. Links If you'd like to check out the first two parts of this interview: Building an Organizational System That Can Embrace Change  Designing a Feedback-Driven Strategic Execution Model Here are links to the two other podcasts mentioned during the interview: Designing an Organization that Manages Value w/ Mikkel Ladegaard The Language of Loss and The Language of Gain w/ Mike Cottmeyer & Andrew Young  Here is a link to the article he co-authored for Harvard Business Review The Next Revolution in Productivity Contacting Dennis Stevens Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens Email: dennis@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
February 28, 2019
In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant AJ Sanford joins Dave to answer a student question that's frequently asked in Dave's CSM and CSPO classes. How do you use Scrum when you have to coordinate work between teams that are using both Waterfall and Agile all within one organization? During the interview, AJ and Dave touch on the following topics: What to expect from an Agile pilot project The types of challenges you can expect when you begin working on Agile Transformation Why you need to align on quality standards as well as schedule The importance of focusing on communication when coordinating work across multiple teams How risk management practices and Cost of Delay can help when coordinating work across teams in a mixed environment Tracking dependencies across teams Why a culture of shared learning and empathy is such a vital part of working with teams in a mixed environment Contacting AJ Sanford Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/aj-sanford/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aj-sanford-5a9a4264/ Email:  AJ.Sanford@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
February 21, 2019
Mikkel Ladegaard is a Senior VP and Executive Consultant with LeadingAgile. This week, on SoundNotes, Mikkel and Dave Prior discuss Mikkel's focus on designing product-centric organizations in which the company's strategic prioritization of work is implicit and decision-making can be localized at the team level. During the conversation, they unpack a range of issues related to this topic, including how favor-based economies work, what the value is in designing organizations where there is a separation between those who identify the problem and those who solve the problem, and what the benefits are in making sure your organization is managing value rather than resources. Contacting Mikkel Ladegaard If you’d like to contact Mikkel, you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mikkel-ladegaard/ LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2GU3Fg7 Email: mikkel.ladegaard@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave, you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
February 14, 2019
In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile's own Brandon Dudley—Senior Consultant—shares his experience making the shift from a Waterfall mindset to a more Agile way of thinking and working. Brandon got his start in traditional, PMI-centric, project management working in the auto industry in Detroit. His introduction to Agile didn't involve the hard break that many of us experience. For him, this was just another set of tools to help him get work done. During the podcast, Dave and Brandon talk through his experience of transforming his way of thinking about people and work and his advice for those on a similar journey. Outside of work, one of Brandon’s biggest interests is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. The work he does there, both study and practice, have a significant impact on his view of work, how he interacts with people, and how he deals with challenging situations. This is a topic that Brandon and Dave dig into during the podcast as well. Contacting Brandon Dudley LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/brandon-dudley/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-dudley-msc-safe®-spc-csm®-pmp®-6b1a5421/ Email: Brandon.dudley@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
February 7, 2019
When we try to explain Agile, many of us begin by trying to describe some of the characteristics of how we approach work. We often talk about things like: Limiting work in process Delivering smaller increments of work Reducing team size and empowering the teams to become cross-functional and self-organizing These are all things that, from an Agile point of view, are good because they help us to focus on the most important things, optimize flow, localize decision making, and deliver the most important thing at a higher level of quality.   But, for those who are not familiar with our approach, what they may hear is I can't have all the things I want The things I do get will be smaller I no longer have control of the people and how they work A lot of this comes down to the words we use to convey the message.   This week's episode of SoundNotes is a discussion centered around the Language of Loss and the Language of Gain. During the podcast, you'll hear LeadingAgile Founder and CEO Mike Cottmeyer, Senior Consultant Andrew Young, and Dave Prior as they dig into the different levels of this topic. Together, the three of us will discuss how we can raise our awareness and shift the conversation to focus on what Agile gives, as opposed to what Agile takes. Links Whitepaper: https://www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper/ The Trust and Influence Loop Podcast: https://www.leadingagile.com/podcast/trust-influence-loop-mike-cottmeyer/ Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Andrew Young LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/andrew-young/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/atyoung/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/exclamation101 Email: andrew.young@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 31, 2019
This episode of SoundNotes features, LeadingAgile Technical Consultant, Rich Dammkoehler in a conversation about why it is so important to make sure your organization is focused on improving their technical practices. If you're struggling with helping your organization understand why introducing technical practices like collective code ownership, refactoring, pair programming, and test-driven development is such a crucial part of attaining business Agility; this podcast will help you build the case. Rich is a deeply experienced developer who got his start doing development using Waterfall and then found his way to Agile. In the Agile Transformation work that Rich does now, he focuses on helping organizations understand why and how the techniques and tools that came from Extreme Programming make them more effective at solving business problems and bring greater business success to the organization. Towards the end of the interview, Rich also explains what it is that keeps him excited about doing development work after all these years, what development-related topics he is currently following the closest, and why punk rock is better than stadium rock. Links from the Podcast The Cathedral and the Bazaar The Rise of Worse is Better Contacting Rich Dammkoehler If you’d like to contact Rich you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/rich-dammkoehler/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/net_zer0 Email: rich.dammkoehler@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richdammkoehler/ Github: https://github.com/rdammkoehler Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 24, 2019
If your company is working on Agile Transformation, understanding how you can track the organization’s response to change and the impact it's having on business outcomes can be a bit daunting. It’s not so tough to track whether or not people have been trained and what practices they are using, but when it comes to understanding what people see, feel, believe, and desire, that can be harder to understand. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Jeff Howey and Dave Prior talk through some of the things you need to consider when trying to understand how change is taking root, how it's impacting what people think, how they work, and what they see, feel, believe, and desire. Contacting Jeff Howey If you’d like to contact Jeff you can reach him at: Email: Jeff.howey@leadingagile.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffhowey/ Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 17, 2019
Estimating work in Agile is something many people struggle to understand. It's not that it's an especially complicated thing, but there is often confusion about things like why many people prefer to use story points instead of hours, why some people feel compelled to try and convert story points to hours (and why some of us find that so frightening), how t-shirt sizing works, and the eternal question of how do I get my teams to estimate accurately. Hint: They're called estimates, not exactimates for a reason. There's even a whole camp dedicated to the idea of notestimating work. So, if this is something you're struggling with, you're not alone. This episode of SoundNotes is a brief tutorial on Agile Estimation and some of the ways you and your team could estimate work. The podcast offers some tips in general about Agile estimation, things to watch out for, how to estimate work using Story Points and Poker Planning, how to estimate work using T-shirt sizing, and–once you break your Product Backlog Items down into discrete tasks—how to estimate the using Ideal Hours. There are volumes that can be said about how to estimate work and a lot of fun "debates" to be had along the way, but if you're struggling to understand it, if you need to get a sense of whether your current approach makes sense, or if you just want a refresher on how to go about it, this podcast should give you plenty to start working with. For More on Agile Estimation LeadingAgile's FieldNotes has a number of posts covering different aspects of how to estimate work in Agile. Two great posts to start with are: Agile Estimation Guidanceby Marty Bradley The Real Reason We Estimateby Mike Cottmeyer To see in index of all our posts on estimation,click here. Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
January 10, 2019
Iteration 2019 has begun and we’re starting off the year with an episode of SoundNotes where, LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer shares what's on his mind as we begin the new year. During the interview Mike talks about some of the trends he’s been paying attention to in and around the Agile space, the changes he sees coming down the pike, and how that's influencing his focus and expectations for the next 12 months. Oh.. and… Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Links Whitepaper - https://www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper/ WakeUp Warrior.com http://wakeupwarriormovie.com Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
December 6, 2018
A few weeks ago, Dennis Stevens and I recorded a podcast called Building an Organizational System That Can Embrace Change. The podcast introduced three critical concepts which we are exploring at a deeper level in additional interviews. In this episode of SoundNotes, Dennis Stevens, LeadingAgile’s co-founder and Chief Methodologist, and Dave Prior, dig into one of those key concepts: How to design an execution model that can provide feedback which can then be incorporated back into the strategic planning. If you're involved in making strategic decisions and planning at the program and portfolio level, there is a lot of valuable information here about how to reduce risk and create greater optionality for your organization. Contacting Dennis Stevens Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens Email: dennis@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 29, 2018
While many organizations would like to adopt an Agile approach, there are certain types that—due to the nature of their work and their relationship with the client—are not an easy fit with a process like Scrum. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultants AJ Sanford and Andrew Fuqua explore how Process Maps and Value Stream Maps can help you gain greater clarity on where there are practices that need tuning and how Agile might be able to help. During the conversation, AJ, Andrew, and Dave also discuss the difference between Value Stream Maps and Process Maps and when one may be more helpful than another. If you'd like check out this sample Process Map.  Links Mentioned in the Podcast Learning to Seeby Mike Rother Agile Manifesto Contacting AJ Sanford Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/aj-sanford/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aj-sanford-5a9a4264/ Email:  AJ.Sanford@leadingagile.com Contacting Andrew Fuqua Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/andrew-fuqua/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfuqua/ Email: andrew@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 15, 2018
LeadingAgile has grown significantly over the past few years. Along the way, we’ve found that one of the most critical elements of growing successfully is how we introduce new folks to the company and how we approach helping organizations Transform. In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave is joined by Betsy Layman and Matt Smith—two of the latest additions to the LeadingAgile family. Both Betsy and Matt started their on-boarding process a few weeks ago as Expedition Lead and Transformation Lead, respectively. Together, they discuss the difference between these roles, what it's like to go through LeadingAgile’s on-boarding process, and how it helps to position our new team members for success. To learn more about joining LeadingAgile - Click Here Contacting Betsy Layman Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/betsy-layman/ LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsylayman/ Email: Betsy.Layman@leadingagile.com Contacting Matt Smith Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/matt-smith/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-f-smith/ Email: Matt.Smith@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 8, 2018
This episode of SoundNotes features LeadingAgile’s Chief Methodologist and Co-Founder, Dennis Stevens, and focuses on how to build an organization that can embrace change.  The interview provides an overview of some of the key capabilities an Agile organization needs to accelerate learning, increase optionality, and improve their decision making including: How to incorporate market sensing capabilities into strategic planning How to design an execution model that can provide feedback which can then be incorporated back into the strategic planning How to prioritize the work being done to maximize return The interview digs into some of the steps an organization will need to take to develop these abilities and the challenges that come along with it. We also explore the impact on organizations that can’t remove all their internal dependencies, prioritizing risk to support learning, and the need for an organizational information broker that can collect and interpret the information coming out of the teams, so that the right information can be delivered back to the strategic level. This is a heavy topic, so we’re planning on recording a few additional podcasts that will dig deeper in each of these individual topics. Contacting Dennis Stevens Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens Email: dennis@leadingagile.com   Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
November 1, 2018
One of the most important things you can do for your team is to make sure you have a clearly defined, and well-documented, Definition of Done. If you’ve ever seen footage of the flight control center when NASA launches a rocket you’ve seen a great example of a Definition of Done. Imagine what it would be like if NASA didn’t have all those stations that had to report in with “Go for launch” or “No Go for launch”. Imagine how that would work if we assumed we all had the same understanding of what "Ready for Launch" actually meant? In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave Prior is giving a tutorial on how to create a Definition of Done for your team. If you're following Scrum as it's defined, then “done” and potentially shippable are intended to be the same thing. Unfortunately, for many organizations, this isn't something that holds true. For example, your team may require additional integration testing that is done by a separate team and happens outside the Sprint. Yes, it’s dysfunctional from a Scrum perspective. Yes, you should try to fix it, but sometimes you’ve got what you’ve got and you're too fully consumed with other battles. Over the course of the podcast, Dave talks about having clarity on three different levels of done. Here's what the three levels look like: Work that is “done” and can be presented to the Product Owner for Acceptance - this is an agreement between the PO and the Dev Team. Example: Code Complete Test Cases are automated and executed No defects Acceptance Criteria Met Pass Unit Testing Pass Code Review Documentation Complete as defined in Acceptance Criteria Team knows how they will present feature during Sprint Review   2. Work that is “done” and can be presented to Stakeholders in the Sprint Review Example: Work has been presented to Product Owner Product Owner Accepts as Potentially Shippable Passes Previous Acceptance Tests Demo Ready for Sprint Review No Compile Warnings Bugs Committed in Sprint Resolved Deployment Docs Updated Release Notes Updated 3. Work that is “done” and can be actually shipped to customers. Example: Published to Stage Server Passes Deployment Testing Deployment Docs Delivered Release Notes Delivered Infrastructure Change Notes Delivered Passes Performance Testing Passes Security Audio If you don’t have a clearly defined, well-documented Definition of Done that you're updating every Sprint, you're putting your team and your organization in danger. If you don't already have a Definition of Done, you need one...and you need it now! In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave walks you through the creation of a Definition of Done. Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 25, 2018
Earlier this month, Dave sat down for another Q&A with our CEO, Mike Cottmeyer. Prior to recording, we asked the audience to submit their questions via a sign up sheet, and Dave collected some questions from the students in his certified Scrum training classes. However, when people get to asking questions about Agile, Mike has found that the questions are often the wrong question. In order to get the right answer from a wrong question, you have to go back what Mike calls "first principles." Learn more about first principles, and Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation in this episode of SoundNotes Live. Contacting Mike Cottmeyer If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave Prior If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 18, 2018
Once again, Mike and Dave sat down to discuss some of Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation and answer questions that we received from the audience. Some of the topics discussed were: Agile PMO, velocity, and governance just to name a few. These live Q&A sessions will be recurring, so make sure you're on the lookout for the next installment. For more of Mike's latest thoughts on Agile Transformation, you can check out his latest white paper, here:www.leadingagile.com/whitepaper Contacting MikeIf you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/Twitter: twitter.com/mcottmeyerEmail: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting DaveIf you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungoTwitter: twitter.com/mrsungoEmail: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 11, 2018
In this week’s episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, we’ve got an interview/case study of sorts. Marty Bradley, Greg King, and Jessica Wolfe share the story of how they were able to leverage tooling and reporting in support of the transformation effort at one of LeadingAgile’s clients. In telling the story, they explain what was in place when they began the transformation, the data elements they used to help create awareness and transparency at the beginning of the project, and how the reporting evolved over time. They also discuss how some of the more popular metrics, like velocity, cannot tell a story alone. Understanding what is actually happening may require that you examine  multiple data points at the same time. If you’d like to get in touch with Marty, Greg, Jessica or Dave, here is how to reach them... Contacting Marty Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/marty-bradley/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AskCoachMarty Email: marty.bradley@leadingagile.com Contacting Greg Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/greg-king/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greguf96 Email: greg.king@leadingagile.com Contacting Jessica Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jessica-wolfe/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejessicawolfe Email: jessica.wolfe@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
October 4, 2018
Back in September, Mike and Dave got together for our first ever live Q&A. The conversation was streamed on Facebook, so they were able to answer some viewer questions, as well as questions Dave had been collecting, beforehand, in his CSM and CSPO classes. We're planning on making the live Q&A a recurring event, so make sure you're on the lookout for the next one. We want to answer all of your burning, Agile related questions. Contacting Mike If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
September 20, 2018
his Spring at Agile Australia 2018, Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist at Thoughtworks and Agile Manifesto co-author gave a Keynote titled "The State of Agile Software in 2018". He recently published the text of his talk here. (If you refer video, you can find it on InfoQ.) His Keynote centered around 3 specific concerns with the current state of Agile, the first of which was The Agile Industrial Complex and imposing process on teams. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer shares his thoughts on the Agile Industrial Complex and some of the problems it can create. During the interview we dig into why the challenges come into play and what we can do to try and resolve them.   Contacting Mike If you’d like to contact Mike you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/mike-cottmeyer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cottmeyer/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcottmeyer Email: mike@leadingagile.com Contacting Dave If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at: LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
September 7, 2018
Cara presented two sessions at Agile 2018: Shifting Diversity Through to Inclusion What Part Does My Priviledge Play (with Steve Holyer)Codex Story: Challenging the Metrics that limit Diversity in the Software Industry Contact Info: http://projectcodex.cohttps://twitter.com/Cara_Faye
September 7, 2018
Esther's Sessions at Agile 2018 were: Creating an Environment for Successful Agile TeamsClarity, Conditions, and Constraints: An Alternative to Top Down Control  Contact Info: http://www.estherderby.com/https://twitter.com/estherderby
September 7, 2018
Contact Info: https://www.agileclassrooms.com/https://www.agileineducation.org/https://twitter.com/agileschools
September 7, 2018
Laura's sessions at Agile 2018: Never Would I Ever: Examining Your Agile Non-Negotiables w/ Jenny Tarwater Say “Yes" to “No" - The Power of “No" in Agile Contact Info: https://www.radtac.com/ https://twitter.com/laurapowers
September 7, 2018
Natalie led two sessions at Agile 2018:MVR: Minimally Viable Relationships (with Jenny Tarwater)The Customer is Not Always Right... and Neither are You For more on the Women In Agile Initiative:Click Here.  Contact Info: http://nataliewarnert.comhttps://twitter.com/nataliewarnert
September 7, 2018
We had the chance to sit down with Olaf to discuss the workshop he led at Agile 2018. The workshop was called: Rekindle the Magic of Agile Click below to learn more about "Clean Language": http://bit.ly/cleanagile2018
September 7, 2018
Scott is one of the thought leaders behind Disciplined Agile. He stopped by the booth to talk about not only Disciplined Agile, but also his Agile 2018 session entitled: Agile Architecture: Mindset, Skills, ad Practices. Contact Info: @scottambler
September 6, 2018
Agile Alliance Board Member Becky Hartman stopped by to talk about her work with the Alliance, the power of volunteering, and what it was like to move from a Purple Shirt to a Board Member. Contact Info: https://twitter.com/BecksPM
September 6, 2018
Bernie and Dave sat down to talk about team collaboration and Bernie's talk on swarming as a team: Harness the Hive: Bottom Line Impacts of Team Collaboration. Contact Info: https://about.me/berniemaloney https://twitter.com/berniemaloney
September 6, 2018
Dean and Dave sat down, at Agile 2018, to talk about how you can use SAFe to drive enterprise-scale innovation. Dean's also led a session at the conference called: Driving Enterprise-Scale Innovation with Scaled Agile Framework For more on the 2018 SAFe Summit (October 1-2, 2018): http://safesummit.com Contact Info: https://www.scaledagileframework.com/ https://twitter.com/Deanleffingwell
September 6, 2018
Our very own Chief Methodologist popped in to sit down with Dave and talk shop. Contact Info:  https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/ https://twitter.com/dennisstevens
September 6, 2018
Dhaval's session at Agile 2018 was entitled: Worm Holes to Product Innovation: Fold your Edges Contact Info: https://evolveagility.com https://twitter.com/dhavalpanchal
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