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A podcast about Agile and Project Management

Agile and Project Management - DrunkenPM Radio Dave Prior, Agile Trainer, Consultant and Project Manager

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A podcast about Agile and Project Management

    Does Your Team Really Understand What Is Valuable? w Adam Weisbart

    Does Your Team Really Understand What Is Valuable? w Adam Weisbart

    Adam Weisbart is back and this time we’re taking on a tragically common problem. Teams who do not have clarity on how the organization defines value. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In some organizations it is simply an oversight… management has achieved clarity and alignment around what is valuable to the organization, but they have not communicated it to the team. In other organizations, there may be an individual or a small group of the leadership team who likes to “go with their gut”, or maybe there are just a lot of assumptions and no one has checked to see if there is agreement across different levels of the org. Whatever the reason, if you have teams that do not have clarity around how leadership defines value for the company, how can they be expected to make choices that align with that definition of value?

    In this episode of the podcast Adam Weisbart and I take on the topic of how you can get clarity on value, how can you make sure your backlog reflects that understanding of value and how can you ensure the team has awareness of what “value” means to the organization.

    During the interview, Adam also shares some details about his upcoming Agile Virtual Summit (Bite Size) which is taking place on October 14, 2021. The event is free and there are going to be some great speakers, including people like Jim Benson, Richard Cheng, and Melissa Boggs who have all been guests on the podcast. You can learn more about the Agile Virtual Summit (Bite-Size!) and sign up using the link below.

    Agile Virtual Summit (Bite-Size)
    https://agilevirtualsummit.com

    If you’d like to contact Adam:
    Web: https://weisbart.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/weisbart/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Weisbart

    • 33 min
    Can Teams Actually Achieve Predictability? w/ Troy Magennis

    Can Teams Actually Achieve Predictability? w/ Troy Magennis

    Before the pandemic hit, one of my favorite parts of the summer was going to the Agile Conference and doing podcast interviews with the speakers and thought leaders who were there. Each year, one of the very best moments of each Agile Conference was when I would get to sit down and talk with Troy Magennis.

    It’s been two summers.

    I miss talking to Troy.

    So I reached out and he was kind enough to spare some time for an interview.

    During the conversation, we cover a number of topics, including:

    Is it actually possible for a team to become predictable?
    What gets in the way of predictability?
    What is BlockedApp and why did he create it?
    Which constraints are the most important ones to start with?
    Who is responsible for acting as the scientist of flow?
    Why are we still so focused on utilization and output instead of results?
    Why do we all need to know CPR?

    There is more, but you get the idea. Even if those aren’t questions that keep you up at night, I promise that you are going to learn something valuable by listening to this podcast and that it will keep you engaged the whole way through because Troy is brilliant.

    Links:
    Focused Objective: https://www.focusedobjective.com/w/
    BlockedApp: https://blockedapp.com

    This is Lean by Nicklas Modig and Par Pär Åhlström https://amzn.to/2Y3tUeD

    Contacting Troy:
    Focused Objective: https://www.focusedobjective.com/contact-us
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troymagennis/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/t_magennis

    • 41 min
    Do We Really Need A Scrum Master?

    Do We Really Need A Scrum Master?

    In a class recently, a student asked a question that caught me by surprise. He asked if Scrum Master was a necessary role. If the team was fully engaged in approaching the work with an Agile mindset, inspecting, and adapting from one Sprint to the next both with respect to the deliverable AND the way they work together, AND they were self-organizing, then why would they need a Scrum Master? And, if management was imposing a Scrum Master on a team that was functioning this way, wouldn’t that indicate a lack to trust in the team?

    These are good questions, and while we discussed the topic during class, I found myself returning to it over and over. What I love about this question is that even though I have an answer to it in my head, the asking the question challenged that.

    In this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by the person who asked the question, Kyle Macey, who works as a Senior Backend Engineer at Chow Now. And, because I wanted to do my best to keep my bias in check during the conversation, I asked a friend, Bjorn Jensen, if he’d be willing to lead the discussion. Bjorn and I volunteer for the Scrum Alliance TAC together. He’s not only a CST with a background in development, Bjorn has a level of openness and calmness that I only wish I could achieve.

    Contacting Kyle Macey
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/itskylemacey
    Web: https://kylemacey.com/

    Contacting Bjorn Jensen
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mirouhh
    Web: https://jensen-und-komplizen.de/
    Email: mail@jensen.coach

    • 45 min
    Responsibility Immersion - August 2021

    Responsibility Immersion - August 2021

    This podcast is also available in video form. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/0-Mha3nv6G4

    The Responsibility Process is a system that provides you with tools that enable you to develop leadership skills by leading yourself first. Christopher Avery is now offering a 20-week Responsibility Immersion program where a small group of individuals will work together to learn, and deepen their understanding and practice of The Responsibility Process.

    This interview features the creator of The Responsibility Process, Christopher Avery, Henning Wolf who is an Accredited Responsibility Mentor and a Certified Responsibility Workshop Leader who leads Responsibility Immersions in Germany, and Patricia Sappenfield, who has recently been through Responsibility Immersion. During the conversation, we discuss what the Responsibility Process is, how Immersion works and how you can learn more about it in advance of the workshop to make sure it is right for you.

    This interview is being posted in advance of the September 2021 Responsibility Immersion which begins on September 8. For more information please go to: https://responsibility.com/immersion

    Contact Info:
    Christopher Avery: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopheravery/
    Henning Wolf: https://www.selbstfuehren.de
    Patricia Sappenfield: patricia_sappenfield@baylor.edu
    Dave Prior: https://drunkenpm.blogspot.com/

    • 42 min
    Tips For Engaging Big Consulting to Help You Prepare For Transformation w/ George Schlitz

    Tips For Engaging Big Consulting to Help You Prepare For Transformation w/ George Schlitz

    In preparation for transforming the organization to Agile (or implementing some other significant organizational change), many companies will engage a third party to first assess how they are currently working, what the change would entail, and then they make recommendations on how to go about it. This can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Once the recommendation on how to implement the change is delivered, it is often up to a separate outside company to come in and actually implement the change.

    George Schlitz is someone who has spent a lot of time leading those implementation efforts. Along the way, he’s learned a lot about what a company can do to set itself up for success when they engage with the third party figuring out the “how” and also what a company can do to set itself up for the opposite of success. If you are working in an organization that has engaged a big consulting company to help you figure out the “how”, there is stuff in this interview that will be helpful. And if you work for people who are considering bringing in one of those big companies to help you figure out the “how”, it might be a good idea to ask them to check this out as well.

    Contacting George
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gschlitz/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschlitz
    Email: george.schlitz@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Prokanban with Colleen Johnson

    Prokanban with Colleen Johnson

    In this episode of the podcast Colleen Johnson, CEO of ProKanban joins me to talk all about ProKanban. During the interview we cover how this new organization came about, the ProKanban Guide, the community they have been fostering, and ProKanban Certification.

    If you aren’t familiar with Kanban, it is another approach to getting work done that fits under the Agile umbrella. It can look like Scrum, but it solves a different problem set and focuses on different aspects of the work. The ProKanban team has put together the ProKanban Guide explaining how it all works. They’ve also been developing a strong online community, training classes, and they’ve begun offering a certification called ProKanban I. In the interview, Colleen and I explore some of the differences between Scrum and Kanban, the ProKanban Guide, their course offering, why they created the certification, and why, in the already crowded field of Agile certifications, this one merits serious consideration.

    To download a copy of the ProKanban Guide: https://prokanban.org/the-kanban-guide/

    To learn more about ProKanban and ProKanban Certification:
    https://prokanban.org

    To learn more about Women in Agile:
    https://womeninagile.org

    To learn more about Scatterspoke and how it can help you with Retrospectives:
    https://www.scatterspoke.com

    Contacting Colleen
    Twitter https://twitter.com/scrumhive
    Email: colleen@prokanban.org

    • 35 min

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