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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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Dec 23, 2018

Jay jumps on to give a quick update as to what's being planned for 2019, and we rebroadcast one of our most-listened to episodes, Martin Fowler and Rebecca Wirfs-Bock discussing Agile Architecture.  See you again in 2019!


P.S.-First person to comment on the Coalition that correctly identifies the sample at the beginning of the episode will get a surprise in the mail!

Dec 16, 2018

In an episode that's probably long overdue, James Gifford and Jay Hrcsko sit down to discuss what happens when Orgs stop being waterfall, and start being agile...what do they do with all the project managers?  James and Jay discuss the types of PMs that commonly survive the transition, why the Scrum Master role is not always a 1:1 fit, and other questions you may have around this topic!

Dec 9, 2018

Agile Coaching a Commodity? with Tina Rusnak

Join Paul Elia and Tina Rusnak as they discuss whether Agile Coaching is now a commodity and what one might consider to stand out and stand strong.

Tina has 10+ years of experience with Agile and Change Management. She was an Agile Leader during a large and successful transformation journey at ADP. For more about Tina and a way to reach her visit

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Dec 2, 2018

In this week's episode Jay Hrcsko gathered up some Coalition contributors to discuss what they see as the future of agile!  Jay is joined by Georgina Hughes, David Sabine, and Johanna Rothman as they discuss the future of agile methodologies, roles, frameworks, and the role of the agile coach...and just a hint: they don't always agree!  Enjoy!


Georgina Hughes: Georgina Hughes is an agile enthusiast from London where she’s actively engaged in the large community of agile practitioners. She took a diversion during her education from psychology into computer science, and has made a u-turn during her career back to psychology in order to support management in understanding that there is no difference between a software developer and a business person. She is currently studying with Barefoot Coaching to become an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation.

Georgie's upcoming speaking engagement:  Troublemakers, Misfits, and Disruptors, how does one with with Agilists.


David Sabine: David’s career highlights the intersections of business, technology, the fine arts, and education. He is a Scrum Trainer, executive consultant, Product developer, Executive Director of Ontario Scrum Community®, a TEDx alumnus, Musician, and proud father of two daughters.


Johanna Rothman: Known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” Johanna offers frank advice for your tough problems. She has an extensive career in project and program management, none of which were waterfall. She’s the author of 14 books, with more on the way. Her current book in progress is From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. Her most recent finished book is Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

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Influential Agile Leader (I didn’t mention, but should have):



Nov 25, 2018

Join Brad Stokes and Maria Matarelli as they discuss what it means to attain personal agility and do more of what matters. They discuss how personal agility is more than doing more things, it is about being able to do the things that matter to you. They also discuss the powerful force of how coaching in your personal leads to greater happiness and a more fulfilled total life both within and outside of the workplace.

Maria is a published author and holds more than 10 industry certifications encompassing coaching, facilitation, project management, and leads certification training classes for organizations throughout the world. 


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Nov 18, 2018


Join our hosts Chris Murman and Jay Hrcsko as they sit down with experienced dojo coach Andrew Deal to talk about the Agile dojo...what is it?  How does it work?  What should you expect?  Somehow they involve Tex Winter's triangle offense in the conversation, and close out with some death metal.  What a fun ride!

Nov 11, 2018

Join hosts Troy Lightfoot and Colleen Johnson as they discuss the value of focusing on shipping over spending too much time planning. This is part 2 of our Advanced Product Ownership discussion with Kevin. 

Nov 4, 2018

Join our hosts Colleen Johnson and Jay Hrcsko as they sit discuss how to help remote agile teams with Molood Noori Alavijeh, host of the Remote Forever Summit.  They start off by defining the difference between "remote" and "distributed" teams, and then dive into practices to make collaboration more effective, how tools play into a team's success, and then they discuss the upcoming Remote Forever Summit.  Enjoy!


Molood Noori Alavijeh:

Remote Forever Summit  Starts Monday, November 5th!

Remote Forever (Molood's upcoming book!)

Molood's Twitter


Colleen Johnson:

Colleen's Twitter


Jay Hrcsko:

Jay's Twitter

Jay's favorite album at the moment: Hate Eternal

Oct 28, 2018

We mainly focus on process and technical improvements with the occasional discussion about workplace happiness and motivation. If all knowledge and creative work is coming from the brain, why don't we focus there? In this episode host Troy Lightfoot interviews Bio Hacking Expert Siim about how to optimize brain performance for individuals and what the effect might be on agile teams and organizations.


Siim's Youtube Channel

Siim's Website

Siim's Patreon

Body Mind Empowerment Podcast


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NAD Study Mentioned

Sleep Tracking App Mentioned 

Oura Ring (Code: SIIMLAND) for $50 Off. 

Sleep Mask Mentioned

Blue Light Blocking Glasses Mentioned (Circadian Rhythm Research) (Navy Seal Research) (Exogenous Ketones Mentioned)

Keto BodyBuilding (Siim's Book)

Keto Fasting Effortlessly (Siim's Book)

Keto Nutrition (Siim's Book)

Oct 21, 2018

It's a little over two years since the Agile Uprising began...join the Board of Directors as they look back on this year to discuss their favorite podcast guests, share funny "behind the scenes" stories, reveal their idea of a "white whale" podcast guest, and discuss what they're looking forward to in the next year!

Oct 14, 2018

Join Brad Stokes, Troy Lightfoot and Chris Stamoulis, coach of a state-winning football team and internal coach, as they discuss what it means to be a team and servant leadership. They explore areas such as vision, goals, cross-functionality and trust.

Chris breaks down some great ideas on what it is to be a servant leader and how that works both on and off the field.

Resources mentioned in the show include:

Constellations by Lyssa Adkins

Cross Functionality Plan by Andy Cleff

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Oct 7, 2018

Well this one took a turn...what started out as a discussion around coaching snobbery went down a rabbit hole where the group started discussing the dark side of coaching.  Join Andrew Leff, Troy Lightfoot, Chris Murman, and Jay Hrcsko as they discuss what the real differences between portfolio, program, and team coaches are (hint-nothing!), the golden rule when applied to working with other coaches, and how egos can not only get in the way of coaches working with each other, but also have adverse effects on those you're trying to coach.

Sep 30, 2018

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Join host Paul Elia and guest Kyle Aretae as they discuss the many facets of Diamond Agile.

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Sep 23, 2018

In the last of our episodes recorded at Agile 2018, our host James Gifford is joined by guests Claire Moss, Erika Lenz, Andy Cleff, and Chris Murman where they discuss "safe to fail" organizations; what have they experienced, what works/what doesn't, and how can organizations change to adopt this way of thinking.  Enjoy!


NOTE-This episode was recorded live in a public setting, so edits were necessary to cut out background noise.  Apologies for any jarring cuts.

Sep 9, 2018

In this week's episode join Chris Murman, Jason Cusak, Andrew Leff, and Jay Hrcsko as they discuss the trials and tribulations of going through an enterprise agile transformation, through the lens of both a contractor brought in to help with the change, and as a full-time employee who is on the receiving end of said change.  They discuss the differences of the experience from both sides, the group swaps tips on how to work better with "the other side", and they even discuss the concept of "skin in the game," and how that plays into opinions and attitudes during a transformation.  Enjoy!

Sep 2, 2018

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Join hosts Colleen Johnson and Paul Elia and guests David J. Anderson and Teodora Bozheva as they discuss the Kanban Maturity Model (KMM) and Evolving Fit-for-Purpose Organizations.

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Aug 26, 2018

Recorded during Agile2018 in warm (but not as warm as the Netherlands!) San Diego, our own James Gifford sits down with Jurgen Appelo to see what he's been up to.  This conversation covers all of Jurgen's current projects, including Management 3.0, Agility Scales, and even hints at an upcoming book!

Aug 19, 2018

Recorded during the Agile2018 conference in San Diego, James Gifford sat down with Billie Schuttpelz, Charles Neighbors, and Valera Kushnir to talk about agile team maturity.  The discussion then runs the gamut, covering topics like toxic team members, scrum master candidates, how to address team dysfunctions, and they poke around the question of "Should a scrum master be able to write code?"  Enjoy!

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Aug 12, 2018

Ryan Lockard, Paul Elia, and Brad Stokes discuss the challenges of working in the world of transformation and how things differ between being an employee versus a consultant.

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Aug 5, 2018

 This week's episode features special guest William Strydom and host Troy Lightfoot on the topic of "Integral Theory." William and Troy discuss how leadership and teams can make better decisions by applying "A Theory of Everything." They discuss past experience with this theory in personal life as well as individual, team and and organizational levels in Agile Transformations. As a bonus they discuss how to use this theory for everyones favorite topic, METRICS!


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Jul 22, 2018

Join Troy Lightfoot, Andrew Leff, and Chris Murman as they ruminate on why we have so many meetings...and why they overwhelmingly add little to no value to our lives. They discuss why meetings go off the rails, tips to keep your meeting moving in the right direction, and how to avoid those headshaking disasters most of us encounter in corporate life...Seemingly every day! 

Interestingly enough, the facilitator plays such a crucial role in these meetings. We discussed how we can see the facilitator can be part of the solution!

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Seven Symptoms of Bad Meetings

The Facilitator's Guide To Participatory Decision-Making

Jul 15, 2018

Join host Andy Cleff as he chats with Professor Dave Snowden. Topics include the development of narrative as a research method, the role of complexity in sensemaking, physics, philosophy, the coffee/alcohol cycle, cognitive biases and if agile/Agile has gone astray.

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Jul 8, 2018

In this week's episode host Jay Hrcsko sits down with Karen Martin to discuss her book Value Stream Mapping. They cover topics like executive engagement, how concentrating on a small part of a process will yield large results and the importance of having a great facilitator! 


Jul 1, 2018

In this weeks episode Jay Hrsko and Troy Lightfoot discuss case studies on what makes a great scrum master. Note: Troy's microphone quality was a bit poor due to hotel internet.


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