A podcast about Agile and Project Management
A podcast about Agile and Project Management
Using Outcome Based Planning at Home to Effect Social Change
In this episode of the Reluctant Agilist, you’ll hear the story of how a father helped his son use outcome-based planning to define his personal response to what happened to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter events that followed.
Ross Beurmann is a seasoned Agile coach (and a co-worker of mine). His son Tom just graduated from high school. When Tom learned about what happened to George Floyd, he felt a need to respond. Attending a local march was definitely an option, but Ross brought some of his coaching experience to bear in the conversation. By working together to define the results his son was looking for and exploring ways to achieve that outcome, Ross and Tom were able to define a plan of action that has impacted local officials, law enforcement, and increased local interest and awareness. This set the stage for Tom to move forward with his efforts to establish lasting local change that will have a positive impact now and into the future.
This story is a little unusual for the podcast, but it provides an impressive example of how what we do at work can be applied at home and to help our friends and our families have a positive impact on the world around them.
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To Contact Ross
• Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ross-beurmann/
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossbeurmannzcea/
• Email: Ross.Beurmann@leadingagile.com
Product Ownership and Online Education with Braden Cundiff
Since the Covid-19 Quarantining began, we’ve all had to adjust to our work-life taking place 100% online. Whether you are working in a traditional environment or in Agile, this change has impacted your teams’ ability to engage, learn, and collaborate online. In this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Braden Cundiff who works in the International Division of McGraw-Hill Education serving in a Product Ownership role for international education products.
Braden’s work involves creating tools and products that are used in collaborative, educational environments all across the globe. He also has a background that includes teaching, agile coaching, and transformation. This allows him to offer a unique perspective on how to create an effective online environment for your teams.
At the start of the interview, Braden and I also discuss his role as a Product Owner and he offers his take on the one question that comes up in every single Product Owner class I teach … “How do I get better at saying ’No’?”
Business Agility Canvas w Karim Harbott
The transition to Agile is challenging for any organization. It’s even worse when you do not understand the strategic and business reasons behind the change. This is one of the primary reasons so many Agile transformations fail to achieve lasting change.
“There is little alignment on what it means to be agile and even less around what it takes to achieve it. Organisations are wasting huge sums of money on coaches and consultants, and no clear approach in mind.”
Karim Harbott created The Business Agility Canvas to help organizations clarify the business drivers leading their change to Agile. In this episode of the podcast, Karim explains the six enablers of business agility and how to use the Business Agility Canvas.
Karim is a seasoned Agile Trainer, Executive Coach, and a founding partner of Agile Centre. He also currently serves on the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors.
TO LEARN MORE AND DOWNLOAD THE BUSINESS AGILITY CANVAS
Links from the Podcast
Business Model Canvas: https://bit.ly/2MIkEDv
Kotter's 8 Step Change Model: https://bit.ly/3f4siV3
Disciplined Agile Training Event Recap w Tony Johnson
This is part 2 of my interview with Tony Johnson from Crosswind PM. In this part of the interview Tony and talk through his recent experience attending a Disciplined Agile Training event held by PMI. We also share our thoughts and opinions on why PMI acquired Disciplined Agile and Flex and how we are expecting that to impact the Project Management community.
In the first part of the interview, which you can find here (https://bit.ly/3bnDXw0), Tony and I discussed some of the upcoming changes to the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), how that will impact the PMP Exam, and the impact you can expect it have on your work in PM.
If you’d like to reach out to Tony with follow up questions:
Agile Virtual Summit with Adam Weisbart
One of the results of the health crisis we are currently facing is that large public gatherings are temporarily off the table. No in-person events. Many events have been canceled, some are working out how to move online and some new ones have been specifically created to take place in a virtual setting.
The Agile Virtual Summit is taking place on Jun 1-5, 2020. It’s all online and you can earn upwards of 25 PDU’s by joining some of the most influential thought leaders in the Agile Space (and beyond.) The speaker list includes Diana Larsen, Lyssa Adkins, Jim Benson, Clinton Keith, Ronica Roth, and more.
In this episode of the podcast, Adam Weisbart and I talk about what led to the event, why he put it together, and what to expect from it.
In addition to talking about the event, Adam and I also discuss some of the challenges we’ve each faced since moving to a way of working that is 100% online. We share some of the things we’ve learned and tips that can help you be more effective for your teams in this new way of working.
Agile Virtual Summit: https://agilevirtualsummit.com/
Remote Facilitation Best Practices and Anitpatterns with Mark Kilby
There is probably nothing in the last 20 years that has had as comprehensive an impact on how we work as Covid-19. Yes, there were team members who worked remote before or maybe your team was distributed around the globe, but we've never been in a situation where EVERYONE was working from home. That is a completely different thing. It comes with unique challenges that we are only starting to adjust to.
For me personally, moving my work online has been incredibly challenging, and while the challenges are not always easily solved, and they are not always challenges I want to deal with, they are always rewarding.
Along with the things I've learned how to do right, there are many things I have learned to do wrong. The exploration of how to get better at online facilitation and teaching led me to a point where I knew I needed to check in with an expert. As luck would have it, Mark Kilby happened to be in an online training I took recently on how to facilitate large online collaboration. Mark is the co-author, along with Johanna Rothman, of the book From Chaos to Successfully Distributed Agile Teams. If you work with distributed teams and you are looking for practical answers to struggles you are facing, YOU NEED THIS BOOK.
After the class, I asked Mark if he'd be open to talking about what it has been like for him since Corona hit and what he's discovered in the way of best practices and antipatterns for online facilitation. So if you are looking for some tips on what to do and what to not do when you are working with your teams online, you'll find a lot of valuable ideas shared in this interview.
From Chaos to Successfully Distributed Agile Teams