In the newest entry of our "Should I Take This?" series Chris Wistrom, Ben AuYeung, Mike Caddell and Jay Hrcsko discuss the Business Agility course offered by Peter Merel and the XSCALE Alliance. They share what they got out of the course, what resonated with them, and why Peter Merel thinks humans will NOT turn out to be intergalactic cockroaches. Enjoy!
Digital. Lean. Agile. These words come loaded with so much baggage, how do you as a leader even begin to comprehend, let alone deliver a "transformation"? In this week's episode we sit down with Mike Burrows, author of the book Right to Left: The digital leader's guide to Lean and Agile (and a few others :)) to discuss his views on agility, how to get leadership in on the journey, and they touch on Agendashift, Mike's work in the Kanban space, and various other topics. Enjoy!
We often talk about the top-down aspects of a transformation...so does leadership experience with agile define whether you'll be successful or not? Most leaders rose through the ranks via Tayloristic behavior...does that bode poorly for your transformation? Join host Jonathan Schneider as he convenes a panel comprised of Mike Caddell, Andrew Leff, and Jay Hrckso to discuss. Enjoy!
In this episode, Chris Murman and Andy Cleff chat with Heidi Helfand about Dynamic Reteaming and the value of embracing change. How the ever-evolving landscape of 2020 impacts leadership, our concepts of “Team,” our need to build resilience and to take retrospectives to all levels - individual, team, system, and organization.
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In this week's episode Frans Alkemade, Brad Stokes, and Jay Hrcsko sit down with Dr. Lambda himself, Christian Clausen to discuss his book Five Lines of Code. Just because you're not a software engineer doesn't mean you can't understand the importance of refactoring. Enjoy!
"My boss has his orders, and I'm just following mine..." Have you heard this line? How do you coach around it? Join Amy Neil, Chris Wistrom, Mike Caddell, Todd Thrash, Chris Murman, Andrew Leff, and Jay Hrcsko as they unpack this most-painful of responses to the question of "Why are we doing this?"
Staying sane during Covid? Kinda over-rated.
It's been over 5 months of lockdown for all of us and dealing with situations we never ever considered we'd have to live thru.
In this episode, we chat about maintaining at least a facade of doing ok - as extroverts and introverts.
Self-care strategies to get through each and every day, like Jay's roller skates.
Might be NSFW due to adult language.
Why are people the way they are? How much of our behavior is nature? Or is it nurture? And why do we act certain ways in groups? Join Coalition members Frans Alkemade and Joel Stone as they discuss how the concepts portrayed in the book bump up against their experiences in agile transformations, software development, and leading change overall. Enjoy!
Listen in as @AgileAtelier Rahul Bhattacharya chats with Colleen Johnson @scrumhive and Andy Cleff @justsitthere on the topic of Product Discovery - a flexible period during which you and your team focus on building the right thing as opposed to building the thing right (Product Delivery)
Rahul Bhattacharya is an independent Lean/Agility coach, speaker, and trainer who is currently living in Berlin, Germany.
"Teal"? What does that even mean? Join Jonathan Schneider, Andy Cleff, and Jay Hrcsko as they discuss the book that every agilist references and yet nobody seems to have read, Frederic Laloux's Reinventing Organizations. Is it worth the read? Listen and find out!
Ahh...the "SAFe SPC." Is it necessary? Or is it the agile version of the PMP? Join our host Chris Murman as he chats with Jay Hrcsko and fellow Coaltion members Joel Stone and Mike Caddell as they discuss the course, what they got out of it, and if it's worth taking. Enjoy!
P.S. - Shoutout to Michael Casey and the Brothers Case @ Agile Big Picture for turning a tough course into a fun virtual experience!
Jay's Mental Progress Tracking, courtesy of Jon Schneider:
In this episode, Chris Murman chats with Job Hackers Founder & Chief Agile Officer, Larry Apke, as well as two Job Hackers alumni.
Job Hackers is a grassroots 501 (C3) nonprofit with a mission to provide individuals with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complex world of knowledge work.
They provide free training in Agile, Scrum, and modern behavioral theories to increase diversity and inclusion at technology companies.
Their training has helped unemployed participants find jobs as Project Managers, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners.
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This week's episode is all FLOW, FLOW, FLOW! Andy Cleff and Jay Hrcsko are joined by fellow agile coach Jeff Pray to discuss two of the concepts he uses while coaching the concept of flow in the enterprise. His Flow Manifesto is a re-imagining of the Agile Manifesto but specific to the concept of flow, and his white-paper on Flow-based Leadership is how Jeff escapes teaching leaders and executives all the agile jargon by simply teaching them why "flow" is important to them. Enjoy!
We talk all the time about changing organizational structure...but we always end up with some sortof hierarchy. And what about "teams that don't change"...is that really agile? In this week's episode Jeff Anderson, author of Agile Organizational Design, sits down with hosts Ben AuYeung, Colleen Johnson, and Jay Hrcsko to discuss his book. And there's even a Lantern Corps reference!
WARNING: NSFW! Recorded deep in the J-curve of the coronavirus lockdown, the panel attempts to define the term "business value." We're not sure if it was the cabin fever, the alcohol, or something in the water, but we had a helluva time trying to define it. We're surprising everyone with a mid-week release as we think everyone can use a laugh right about now! Join inadvertent host Chris Murman with the panel of Andrew Leff, Colleen Johnson, Brad Stokes, and our "irregular-regular" Jonathan Schneider as they attempt to unpack this. Enjoy!
On this episode of the agile uprising podcast, Troy Lightfoot discuss what does a successful business agility transformation with SVP or Product Management at Gogo, Blane Boynton.
Blane chronicles his company's journey, successes and challenges in a multi year agile, SAFe, and business agility transformation.
Join Coalition members Claudia Orozco-Gomez and Carter Leffen as they sit down to discuss the ICA Agile Coaches Certification Course. Both Carter and Claudia are fresh out of the course, and they shared their learning, insights, and suggestions about who would most benefit by the experience. Enjoy!
In this week's episode we are joined by Fabian Schwartz, author of the book "Your Scrum Playbook." We discuss why the poker analogy is better than chess, how to implement scrum in your organization, "hippie scrum", and much much more! Enjoy!
In this week's chat Chris Murman, Andrew Leff, and Jay Hrcsko sit down to discuss the book Zone To Win by Geoffrey Moore...how do concepts like zone management play into our experiences in agile transformations? Take a listen and find out!
In our newest episode of "Business Agility" Creator of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Dean Leffingwell joins Chris Murman, Troy Lightfoot, and Andrew Leff to discuss Business Agility, SAFe 5.0, and address some of the criticisms in various Forbes, Medium, and online articles of SAFe.
Audit and Compliance...two of the scariest departments to engage in an agile transformation...but should they be? Guest Jon Schneider joins Andrew Leff, James Gifford, and Jay Hrcsko to talk about how to have positive interactions with your audit and compliance folks while you transform, as well as how to build strong relationships with this department going forward. Enjoy!
We've already talked about the concept of colors and memes in the space of Spiral Dynamics...but what can we take from the material in regards to helping us with an organizational change? Coalition member Jon Schneider joins James Gifford and Jay Hrcsko as they walk through some snippets of the book and discuss these concepts as applied to an agile transformation. Enjoy!
Time and time again, we hear managers and executives say "Coaches are expensive." In this episode Coalition members Rudiger Wolf and Joel Stone join Andrew Leff and Jay Hrcsko to talk about how to demonstrate the value of a coach, as well as ways to circumvent the entire discussion. Enjoy!
Well, we started out intending to talk about effective remote coaching, but we took a turn and discussed how to be effective as a colleague with this "new normal" in the post-COVID world. We got a bit loose but this is one of our most "real" episodes. Coalition members Jon Schneider and Mike Caddell joined Colleen Johnson, Chris Murman, James Gifford, and Jay Hrcsko for a conversation that includes screaming kids, profanity, and honest feelings about how to try and be productive when life gets in the way. Enjoy!
Earlier this week we convened a panel of dislocated/distributed/remote work experts to discuss the impacts of the Coronavirus on the world of work, and to offer up some tips, tricks, and hints for those who are new to remote work. Join Lisette Sutherland, Mark Kilby, and Johanna Rothman as they sat down with Jay Hrcsko to have a fun and insightful conversation about this new paradigm, and maybe pick up some ideas along the way!