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Monday, January 30, 2017

Agile in 2017: Is Culture Really the Issue? w/ Mike Cottmeyer

(Reposted from the LeadingAgile site.)

2017 is here and Mike Cottmeyer is ready. In this episode of SoundNotes, the CEO of LeadingAgile shares his thoughts on the primary issues facing organizations as they continue working to transform. There are many who claim culture is the main issue, but is that really the impediment to Organizational Agility?
  • 00:08 Interview Starts
  • 00:47 How do you lead change in large organizations?
  • 02:17 Is the biggest impediment to Agile really culture change? How do you do that at scale?
  • 03:00 What is getting in the way of culture?
  • 04:16 I can change my attitude and value system, but will the organization support that changed attitude and belief?
  • 04:51 The mindset shift is just the starting point
  • 07:15 How do you get 1,000 people to simultaneously have a mindset shift and then know what to go do
  • 07:42 Is the industry still stuck? How do we get past wanting Agile to being able to do Agile?
  • 08:12 A positive Agile culture has to be reinforced
  • 10:07 The difference between culture and the basic actions you should do
  • 11:29 Can you have the behavior without the culture system shift?
  • 13:29 Can you use the mechanics to reach a desired end state without worrying about becoming Agile?
  • 15:35 Where does Mike see the industry going in 2017?
  • 19:49 Does the organization really need to understand how Agile works or can someone coach the organization into an Agile state?
  • 22:02 How does the organization recognize the fundamentals of what needs to be changed to achieve Organizational Agility?
  • 24:18 Does having data that explains the problem help strengthen the case for change?
  • 25:10 Your organization is deeply flawed.
  • 26:41 How are we going to measure that the problem was indeed solved?
  • 28:07  The organizations are broken. Teaching them to want something is not enough. At some point you have to do the work.
  • 30:00 If we teach culture change will people really self organize in the presence of constraints
  • 31:19 Should everyone be more disruptive? Who designs the structure to support that?
  • 32:18 Is there a point where you need to be more directive to help people become more Agile?
  • 33:04 We are so myopically focused on self organization.
  • 34:02 If i am an executive with limited time to learn and research, what do I focus on?
  • 35:18 The problem is that people are overselling how Agile can work.
  • 38:35 Do you want to do Agile on a team, or do you want to become an Agile organization?
  • 39:08 How Agile do you need to be?
  • 43:57 The music Mike has been listening to lately and is looking forward to listening to.
  • 45:05 The one thing Mike wishes all the clients knew before he got into the room.
  • 46:41 Closeout
Books Mentioned in the Podcast
Music Mentioned in the Podcast

Reaching Mike If you’d like to know more about Mike, or reach him with follow up questions: http://bit.ly/2kvoOyo

Feedback/Questions/Reaching Dave 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: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Value of Not Productive Time - a Retrospective on Vacations w/ Derek Huether

Derek meets the ocean.

A Retrospective on Vacations

If you love your work and are very driven, the idea of “vacation” can be a daunting thing. In this episode of SoundNotes, Derek Huether and Dave Prior hold a retrospective on how they each coped with the challenge of non-productivity time over the holiday. If you count yourself among the vacation challenged, this conversation may provide insight into why you need to take the time, why you need to protect the time BUT why your version of taking a break to restore yourself doesn’t have to fit the standard definition of “vacation”.

Show Notes

  • 00:08 Podcast Begins
  • 00:17 Topic Intro - a Retrospective on taking vacation
  • 00:52 Derek explains why he took his first vacation in almost 2 years
  • 02:07 Pre-vacation anxiety
  • 03:12 If you get grumpy when you don’t have too much work to do “YOU NEED TO GET AWAY”
  • 03:52 When your sustainable pace is an unsustainable pace
  • 04:10 Some of us are wired a little weird and there is no “balance”
  • 05:11 Sometimes having too much to do can be a positive
  • 06:03 The dopamine rush of getting something done… how much sleep do you really need
  • 07:33 Debating the argument for getting “enough” sleep
  • 09:14 Derek’s Kanban board for vacation activities
  • 11:06 What Derek reads on the beach for relaxation (feel free to roll your eyes)
  • 12:00 How “the damn ocean and seagulls” prevented Derek from relaxing with his DevOps books on the beach and how the Beastie Boys saved the day
  • 13:20 If you are reading work related books on the beach, aren’t you still at work?
  • 14:10 When you take time off from work and your hobbies are work related
  • 15:48 Finding your own way to satisfy the need to unplug, take a break and get refreshed
  • 16:38 The restorative joy that comes from watching seagulls attack people
  • 17:08 Pomodoro Timer
  • 17:22 The weight of vacation guilt - for doing work, or for not really taking “vacation”
  • 18:20 Why would you want to go on vacation and be remorseful when it is supposed to be a reward
  • 19:14 Derek’s trick of reserving play time as a planned activity
  • 20:15 Having intentionality and discipline to carve out time for creative fun stuff
  • 20:48 Super not productive time may be recovery time and that is part of being productive
  • 21:30 Giving yourself permission to be not productive and then protecting that time
  • 21:55 What happens when YOU don’t respect your not productive time
  • 22:20 “I have to respect it” and take the time without carrying the guilt
  • 23:04 Dave’s resolution to get less done in 2017 and trying to create a small vacation every day
  • 23:45 Derek’s quiet time (with coffee)
  • 25:10 Meditation … it’s not about emptying your mind - it’s about not dancing with the thoughts that arise
  • 26:20 Derek’s version of meditation - post-its and coffee
  • 26:50 It’s a way of looking at your though and saying “yeah, but not right now”
  • 27:02 Wrap up thoughts, it’s okay to suck at vacation, it’s okay to not do stuff, protect the time with discipline, acknowledge that you derive and need the time, and don’t let other people tell you how much time you should take
  • 27:56 Podcast End

Links from the Podcast

Visible Ops Handbook http://amzn.to/2jzVqKM DevOps Handbook http://amzn.to/2iTX8FM Ariana Huffington "The Sleep Revolution" http://amzn.to/2k2ySik

Contacting Derek

You can reach Derek on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/derek-huether/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/derekhuether Or on his personal site at http://www.derekhuether.com

Contacting Dave

You can reach Dave on the LeadingAgile site at https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/ On Twitter at https://twitter.com/mrsungo Or on his personal site at: http://drunkenpm.net

Submitting Questions for Upcoming Coaching Q&A Podcasts

If you have Agile related questions you’d like us to discuss in an upcoming podcast, please send your question to Dave at dave.prior@leadingagile.com. You can send the question in the body of an email, or you can send an mp3 of wav of you asking the question and will include the recording in a podcast on your topic.

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/

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Year End Stats

It's all about the data...

Hotel Keys = 48 

Audio Podcast Plays = 30,746 
(as per Soundcloud Stats)
Video Podcast Plays = 4,360 
(as per Vimeo)

Courses Taught = 53
Students Taught = 724

Books Finished = 22 
(amt. started is significantly higher)

Iced Venti Americano’s consumed = 422 (est.)
(Estimate is based on the formula 
IVAC= (Classes Taught x 2 Days/Class x 3/day) + (Weeks/yr x 2))

Ice Coffee to Book Ratio is 19 to 1 (ish)
Ice Coffee to Student Ratio is 1.7 to 1 (ish)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Student Q&A: Estimating Work for Contracts when your Agile Consultancy is Bidding Against Waterfall Competitors w/ Devin Hedge

In this podcast, LeadingAgile Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Devin Hedge joins Dave Prior to discuss a question from one of our recent CSM/CSPO students who wanted to know how to estimate work for contracts if the Agile consulting he works for is bidding against a waterfall organization that may be providing a more detailed bid.

If you’d like to get in touch with Devin with follow up questions you can reach him at:
LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/devin-hedge/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/agiledevin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devinhedge

Here are links to the resources Devin recommends for further information: Defense Acquisition University http://dau.dodlive.mil/tag/agile/
Agile Contracts: Creating and Managing Successful Projects with Scrum http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118630947.html

If you’d like to attend one of LeadingAgile’s CSM or CSPO classes, you can find a full list of upcoming classes here: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

And if you have a question you’d like to submit for a podcast, just send us an audio file to use in an upcoming episode just send it to dave.prior@leadingagile.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Student Q&A: Using Jira with an SDLC and Scrum - Derek Huether

This podcast features a question from one of the students in a recent LeadingAgile CSM class. Cheri (the student) asked for advice on how to use Jira with Scrum and her organization's SDLC. In the podcast LeadingAgile Principle Consultant, Derek Huether, offers advice on how to go about using/customizing Jira to work with Scrum and an existing SDLC.

Contacting Derek
If you'd like to reach Derek with follow up questions you can find him at:
EMail at derek@leadingagile.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Agilistocrats 2016 Retrospective

The Agilistocrats hold their 2016 Retrospective!

Maria Matarelli, Richard Cheng, Dhaval Panchal, and Dave Prior reflect on the year by and sharing their answers to a few questions about 2016:

1. What is the most valuable thing you learned this year?
2. What area of Agile are you most curious about or hopeful for in 2017?
3. What are you going to do differently in 2017?
4. What advice do you have for others as we head towards the new year?

Here are some links from the podcast

Growing Agile… Not Scaling - the article that Dhaval and Andrea Tomasini co-authored for InfoQ www.infoq.com/articles/growing-agile
Greek Hoplites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplite
Agile Certified Leadership Training in Chicago agileleadershipchicago.com
Lyft https://www.lyft.com/
Uber www.uber.com

If you’d like to get in touch with any of the Agilistocrats, you can find them with the information below

Richard Cheng
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/richardcheng
Twitter: twitter.com/richardkcheng
Work: Excella www.excella.com

Maria Matarelli
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mariamatarelli
Twitter: twitter.com/mariamatarelli
Work: Formula Ink www.formulaink.com

Dhaval Panchal
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dhavalpanchal
Twitter: twitter.com/dhavalpanchal
Work: Agile42 www.agile42.com

Dave Prior
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Blog: drunkenpm.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/mrsungo
Work: LeadingAgile www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior

Have an amazing New Year!!

DevOps not making you fast enough? Focus on Agile IT Operations w/ Devin Hedge

In this episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes, Devin Hedge makes the case for focusing on Agile IT Operations in order to increase speed within your organization. If you’ve been considering working with (or have already adopted) DevOps, the information Devin shares in this interview may help you discover how your organizations Operations function is limiting your ability to increase flow.

Show Notes
01:08 Podcast Begins  - Introductions
01:36 Background on Devin
02:14 Topic Introduction: Agile IT Operations
02:49 The relationship between Agile IT Operations and DevOps
03:48 Why DevOps is picking up again
04:34 Our new problems are our old problems
05:29 It’s about awareness and maturity
06:37 An indicator that IT Ops is where you need to focus your attention in order to increase your speed
07:02 Speed creates dependencies
08:52 Why IT Operations is the bottleneck
10:18 Agile is not going to fix your lack of solid disaster recovery planning, but it may force you to acknowledge that you need to do something about it
11:41 Automating the process of server creation all the way through the system
15:02 How to get started with understanding what the issues actually are
16:46 What do we do with the folks who need something new to do after we automate?
18:22 An example of automated templates for virtual machine creation
20:12 Organizational Debt = Technical Administrative Debt
21:50 A case study in how Agile IT Operations can impact an organization
24:50 Not trusting the automation and not being able to see the ball moving at 90 mph
27:27 How do you maintain the situational awareness that can’t come from an algorithm set up to review logs?
30:37 It’s all about establishing and maintaining a “practice”
33:49 How do I get started with this? Where can I get more information on Agile IT Operations?
34:44 How Lean Practices and Value Stream Mapping can help you get started
36:55 How gaining visibility and awareness can help you establish yourself within the organization you work for
37:54 How does this work within the context of scaling to things like SAFe?
39:51 Failure is a gift - don’t blink!
41:34 How to reach Devin

Links from the podcast
The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim http://amzn.to/2i3pURL
Additional titles by Gene Kim http://amzn.to/2i3xDPI
LeadingAgile Basecamps https://www.leadingagile.com/the-journey/

Contacting Devin
If you’d like to get in touch with Devin with follow up questions you can reach him at:
LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/devin-hedge/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/agiledevin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devinhedge

Contacting Dave
If you’d like to get in touch with Dave
LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo

For Information on LeadingAgile CSM and CSPO Classes
If you’d like to attend one of LeadingAgile’s CSM or CSPO classes, you can find a full list of upcoming classes here: https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

Monday, December 26, 2016

Inclusive Collaboration Experiments w/ Sallyann Freudenberg

In this podcast, Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg talks about her new book “The Inclusive Collaboration Experiments: A short book of activities about working with all kinds of minds” which she co-authored with Katherine Kirk. The book is part of a campaign that aims to promote, embrace, and celebrate neurodiversity in technology. Sallyann is an agile coach, consultant and trainer who focuses on psychology and collaboration. The Inclusive Collaboration Campaign is dedicated to the memory of Jean Tabaka.
Show Notes
00:00 Podcast Intro
00:35 Interview Intro, background on Sallyann and how she got started learning about Autism
02:39 The Inclusive Collaboration Experiments book
06:00 Being diagnosed autistic vs. exhibiting some characteristics that may be shared by those with Autism
07:48 Confusion about Introversion
08:49 The GOTO Conference in Berlin’s Quiet Room
10:47 The Silence Experiment and how it can be used to support the team
14:00 Supporting the more introverted members of your collaborative team
21:50 The Rules for Neuro-inclusivity Charter
25:30 Should teams strive for neurodiversity?
30:07 Where to find the book and how to reach Sallyann
31:25 Sallyann’s upcoming events
32:03 What is the most interesting thing Sallyann has learned this year
32:50 Closing
Links from the Podcast
Inclusive Collaboration on Twitter https://twitter.com/inclusivecollab
Sallyann Freudenberg on Twitter https://twitter.com/SalFreudenberg
Katherine Kirk on Twitter https://twitter.com/kkirk
Sallyann’s Presentation from Lean Agile Scotland - Fish Climbing Trees https://vimeo.com/192558543
OOP 2017 http://www.oop-konferenz.de/oop2017.html
Wardley Maps http://www.wardleymaps.com
Quiet by Susan Cain http://amzn.to/2h7gTX7

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tips for New ScrumMasters with Richard Cheng

You’ve taken CSM Training and passed the Exam. Now what?
In this podcast Certified Scrum Trainers Richard Cheng and Dave Prior share their thoughts on most important things that Certified Scrum Master students can do to be successful Scrum Masters once they have completed the training and passed the CSM Assessment Exam. The podcast includes an exploration of why each of the recommendations is critical to making Scrum work and both Richard and Dave share examples from their experiences in the field working with teams who did, and did not have these practices in play.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast
Geoffrey Moore Vision Statement https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2002/05/09/product-vision/
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore http://amzn.to/2h3ruRS
Roman Pichler’s website (where you can find the tools we mentioned) http://www.romanpichler.com
Roman Pichler’s books https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Pichler/e/B00359XCV2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1482305119&sr=8-1

Contact Info
Richard Cheng
Works for Excella Consulting https://www.excella.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardKCheng
Email: richard.cheng@excella.com

Dave Prior
Works for LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/mrsungo
Email: mrsungo@gmail.com
Blog: http://drunkenpm.blogspot.com

The music featured in the podcast was downloaded from The Free Music Archive http://freemusicarchive.org
Intro Song
Cash Rules by Ari de Niro. For more info: http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/ari-de-niro/ or http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ari_de_Niro/
Outro Song
Cherry Skies  - The New Mystical Troubadours. Find them here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_New_Mystikal_Troubadours/