Agile Uprising Podcast

This is the Agile Uprising Podcast. Agile Uprising is a purpose-built network that focuses on the advancement of the agile mindset and global professional networking between leading agilists. We will remain agnostic of certifying bodies and focus purely on the advancement of the agile craft. Our network will evolve over time, and at the core our online community will remain free to join - forever. We will leverage both traditional and emerging communication and collaboration channels to explore various topics of interest with a direct focus on removing external influences from sponsors, partners and other organizations. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app!
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Agile Uprising is a purpose-built network that focuses on the advancement of the agile mindset and global professional networking between and among practicing agilists.


This is a group founded by passionate practitioners for passionate practitioners, and not a revenue generating organization.

We will remain agnostic of certifying bodies, removing external influences such as sponsors, partners and other organizations allowing us to focus purely on the advancement of the agile craft.

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May 28, 2017

Join a conversation with Llewellyn Falco and our host Ryan Lockard about Learning and Habits.  Llewellyn is an independent agile coach. He discovered strong-style pair programming which evolved into Mob Programming. He is creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests ( He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code.He is also co-founder of  

This show found its beginning in April 2017 at the Agile Alliance Technical Conference in Boston, MA.  Llewellyn, Ryan and Arlo Belshee discussed the merits and neuroscience of human learning.  Llewellyn is an avid student of learning and a great voice on these topics.  

The conversation really shifts into the core topic when Ryan mentions the great book 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg.  (If you have not read this book, you should consider picking it up).  From here Llewellyn shares some personal lifehacks he has been experimenting with.  The conversation then goes into how habits and learning can be effectively invoked in engineering, agile teams, or in human behavior in general.

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May 21, 2017

Disclaimer: We are aware of some audio issues with this show and had an internal discussion about the readiness of this content.  We sent the show through multiple audio processes and mitigated the noise as best as we could.  Following this show, we have invested in a significant recording upgrade which should be heard on future episodes.  Thanks to the audience as we increment and improve through our podcast learning.

Join our panel, including Jay Hrcsko, Jason Cusack, Andrew Leff and Ryan Lockard as they discuss the 11th annual State of Agile report from Version One.  The report and discussion are both on the Agile Uprising Coalition on this thread.

The discussion traverses the areas of distributed teams, reasons why companies decide to work with the agile mindset, software quality, DevOps, the famous framework discussion and of course the scaling conversation.

We hope you enjoy this episode and consider subscribing, reviewing and sharing our podcast.  You can follow us on Twitter at @AgileUprising.

May 13, 2017

We are very pleased to share this episode on Agile Architecture featuring the return of Martin Fowler and the first visit from Rebecca Wirfs-Brock.  You can hear Martin’s first interview with us (as part of the Agile Manifesto Author project) here

Martin is a friend of the Uprising podcast and more information about him is found in our previous post with him.  Rebecca is a person Martin himself says helped sharpen his agile mindset and someone from which he draws inspiration.  She is the inventor of Responsibility-Driven Design, the first behavioral approach to object design.  She also wrote about object role stereotypes in 1992 in a Smalltalk Report article and this influenced the UML notion of stereotypes. Her invention of the conversational (two-column) form of use cases was then popularized by Larry Constantine. Most of the more recent "driven" design approaches acknowledge their roots and the influence of RDD.

In this episode, Martin quickly makes reference to an article he wrote for the IEEE Software magazine, which you can read here.  Martin and Rebecca provide a very clear definition of what architecture is to start the conversation which then leads into an honest conversation about how architecture is defined in the product’s unique context.  They also provide great insight into the dynamics of what can be and cannot be considered architecture, and how the definition is fluid based on the engineering context.

We discuss the impact of unit tests on architecture, and to what degree tests and emergence define architecture, vs. up front design.

We also discuss the importance of domain models, and who should be involved in the definition of the domain model – specifically the requirement that the business folks be in the conversation.

As the interview draws to a close, we discuss the importance of documentation in agile architecture.  The discussion covers the “the code is the documentation” stance to more comprehensive documentation stances.

This interview took place in May 2017 and was hosted by Ryan Lockard (@AgilePHL)

You can learn more about this episode at this post on the Agile Uprising Coalition!

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May 7, 2017

In this live episode, recorded on location at the Agile and Beyond conference this week, our all-star cast tackles the topic of Imposter Syndrome:

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". The term was coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes. Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women.

~ source: wikipedia

Join our guests listed below, as they have a very honest and vulnerable discussion about the reality of imposter syndrome, and how it effects them. Also, how they view imposter syndrome negatively effecting the agile community at large.

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

Billie Schutterpelz


Allison Pollard

Chris Murman

(Newest Agile Uprising Board Member)

May 1, 2017

In this live edition of the Agile Uprising Podcast, join Heart of Agile organizer James Gifford along with newly minted Agile Uprising board member Chris Murman and existing board member Colleen Johnson as they recap day one of the Heart of Agile conference, Pittsburgh.  We wont say this is the only agile podcast ever from a boat, but it is darn sure the best one :-)

James, Chris and Colleen share some insight in to the beauty of Pittsburgh, the structure of the conference and what Alistair Cockburn had in mind with the Heart of Agile movement.  James provides some unprecedented insight into what it takes to plan a conference and what make HOA unique.

Chris and Colleen also go into some of the insight they shared in there talks at the conference.

You can catch up with our hosts below:
James Gifford: @scrummando |
Chris Murman: @chrismurman |
Colleen Johnson: @scrumhive |

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