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Agile for Humans™ is a weekly podcast dedicated to the individuals and interactions that make agile work. The goal is to help create safe and collaborative working environments where people are empowered to do their best work.

Agile for Humans with Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller Agile for Humans, LLC

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Agile for Humans™ is a weekly podcast dedicated to the individuals and interactions that make agile work. The goal is to help create safe and collaborative working environments where people are empowered to do their best work.

    Unlocking Business Agility with EBM - CHECK OUT OUR NEW BOOK!

    Unlocking Business Agility with EBM - CHECK OUT OUR NEW BOOK!

    📖 "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management: Satisfy Customers and Improve Organizational Effectiveness" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/4690qJy
    Ryan and Todd, along with Patricia Kong and Kurt Bidner, released a new book, "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management" (EBM), on October 31st. This book encapsulates over 10 years of their combined experience in EBM.
    The book, which spans eight chapters and is 166 pages long, covers EBM at various levels, including portfolio, project, and organizational levels. It aims to provide new theories and novel ideas about what EBM can offer organizations.
    The authors expressed their enthusiasm for the book's physical publication and discussed how it incorporates numerous real-life stories and experiences. They aim to clarify misconceptions about EBM and further its application in the business world.
    Ryan and Todd reflected on the unique aspects of writing this book compared to their previous work, "Fixing Your Scrum." They highlighted that "Unlocking Business Agility with EBM" offers fresh insights and elaborations on EBM rather than following an established path.
    The book is available in both eBook and paperback formats. The authors encourage readers to check it out, leave reviews, and share their thoughts. They also invite discussions and questions about EBM, intending to continue creating content and engaging with the community.
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    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    • 6 min
    Scrum is Hard and Disruptive 15 - Leadership is Essential

    Scrum is Hard and Disruptive 15 - Leadership is Essential

    Ryan and Todd look back at a 2006 post by Ken Schwaber, which covers 15 ways Scrum is both hard and disruptive.

    The fifteenth statement from Ken:

    "The role of enterprise management changes from telling people what to do to leading and helping everyone do their best to achieve goals. People aren’t resources, and managers aren’t bosses."

    Leadership Transition: In a Scrum environment, the role of enterprise management shifts from directive ("telling people what to do") to supportive, focusing on leading and helping team members achieve their best in reaching goals. This change emphasizes the importance of management's role in guiding and enabling rather than controlling.

    Goal Setting and Constraints: Setting strategic and specific goals is crucial in Scrum. These goals act as constraints that guide teams. Practical goal setting aligns with the overall company strategy and should be outcome-oriented. Management's role includes facilitating setting these goals and ensuring they align with broader company objectives.

    Redefining Productivity: Traditional productivity measures, such as presence at a desk or busyness, are seen as inadequate. Instead, the focus should be on the outcomes and impact on the customer. It's essential to shift from output (quantity of work done) to outcome (effectiveness and relevance of the work).

    People Over Resources: There is a significant mindset shift from treating people as resources to be exploited to valuing them as team members with the potential to contribute meaningfully. This involves moving away from micromanagement towards empowering self-managing teams, emphasizing skills development, and creating an environment conducive to productivity and creativity.

    Evidence-Based Management: Emphasizes using objective measures to assess progress towards goals and identify issues. It involves setting up boundaries and constraints, assisting in goal formulation, and removing obstacles that hinder team effectiveness. Managers are encouraged to partner with teams, aiding in eliminating impediments and focusing on long-term sustainable success rather than short-term outputs.

    👉 Follow our journey through all 15 insights in Ken Schwaber's white paper, revealing the enduring relevance of Scrum principles.

    💬 Share your perspectives in the comments and remember to like and subscribe for more in-depth Scrum discussions. 🔔

    🔗 Here is the original white paper: https://www.verheulconsultants.nl/ScrumIsHardandDisruptive.pdf

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    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    • 11 min
    Esther Derby's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Esther Derby's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Welcome to another exciting episode of "Becoming a Scrum Master"! In this episode, host Ryan Ripley is joined by the renowned Esther Derby, a pivotal figure in the agile community and author of "Seven Rules for Positive, Productive Change" and the upcoming second edition of "Agile Retrospectives". Join us as Esther shares her rich journey in the world of Scrum and Agile methodologies.
    🔗 Join Ryan & Todd's Scrum.org course: https://buytickets.at/agileforhumansllc
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    📖 "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management: Satisfy Customers and Improve Organizational Effectiveness" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/4690qJy
    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    • 21 min
    Souleymane Thiongane's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Souleymane Thiongane's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Welcome to a new enlightening episode of "Becoming a Scrum Master"! In this episode, we're excited to feature Souleymane Thiongane, a remarkable figure in the Scrum community, as he joins host Ryan Ripley for an engaging conversation about his journey with Scrum. From his initial discovery of Scrum as a software developer to becoming a passionate advocate and master of the Scrum framework, Souleymane shares valuable lessons and experiences.
    🔗 Join Ryan & Todd's Scrum.org course: https://buytickets.at/agileforhumansllc
    Explore more:
    📖 "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management: Satisfy Customers and Improve Organizational Effectiveness" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/4690qJy
    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    🔍 The Evidence-Based Company - https://theevidencebasedcompany.com/


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    • 13 min
    Jowen Mei's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Jowen Mei's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Jowen Mei's scrum journey began in 2010 as a C# developer in Microsoft technology. His first experience with Scrum was transformative, sparking his love for the framework due to its focus on autonomy, mastery, and purpose, such as team collaboration, TDD, and direct customer engagement.

    After his initial scrum experience, Mei launched his own agile-focused startup, which faced initial challenges. He returned to consultancy, gradually shifting from development to scrum mastering, influenced by the role's complexity and its impact on professional and personal life.

    Mei's early scrum master approach focused on strict adherence to practices and persuasion, but he evolved to emphasize coaching, inspiration, and empowering team ownership for sustainable improvement.

    For aspiring scrum masters, Mei emphasizes the importance of curiosity, humility, and an experimental mindset. He believes in understanding underlying reasons for team behaviors and adopting a continuous improvement mindset.

    Mei recommends Christopher Avery's book The Responsibility Process for scrum masters. He values its insights into the psychological aspects of ownership and responsibility and shares his appreciation for the book's impact on his understanding of team dynamics and leadership.


    🔗 Join Ryan & Todd's Scrum.org course: https://buytickets.at/agileforhumansllc
    Explore more:
    📖 "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management: Satisfy Customers and Improve Organizational Effectiveness" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/4690qJy
    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    🔍 The Evidence-Based Company - https://theevidencebasedcompany.com/


    📧 Email - ryan@agileforhumans.com


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    • 13 min
    Pawel Mysliwiec's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Pawel Mysliwiec's Journey to Scrum Mastery | Expert Insights & Tips

    Pawel Mysliwiec, a fellow professional Scrum trainer with Scrum.org, joins host Ryan Ripley on the "Becoming a Scrum Master" podcast.

    Pawel's Entry into Scrum: Pawel recounts his initial, unknowing encounter with Scrum while working as a product manager on bank credit transaction software. He participated in what he later learned were Scrum meetings, such as the daily Scrum, without realizing it was part of Scrum methodology.

    Eureka Moment in Scrum: Pawel experienced his transformative moment with Scrum on a complex project within a waterfall program. He managed two teams and decided to apply Scrum internally while maintaining a project manager facade externally. This led to successful incremental deliveries and effective collaboration between business and IT personnel, which was a revelation to him.

    Evolution of Scrum Master Role: Pawel reflects on the evolution of the Scrum Master role, emphasizing the shift from understanding and practicing Scrum to ensuring the team's long-term success and delivering financial value. He believes the role encompasses facilitating team effectiveness and reliability and helping teams become examples of good practice.

    Advice for Aspiring Scrum Masters: Pawel advises patience and resilience as key traits for Scrum Masters. Change doesn't happen overnight, and a good Scrum Master should be resilient enough to keep trying while being patient for the change to occur. He also suggests a learning-by-doing approach and recommends reading books on Scrum Mastery, particularly for beginners.
    🔗 Join Ryan & Todd's Scrum.org course: https://buytickets.at/agileforhumansllc
    Explore more:
    📖 "Unlocking Business Agility with Evidence-Based Management: Satisfy Customers and Improve Organizational Effectiveness" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/4690qJy
    📖 "Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems" on Amazon -- https://amzn.to/46dAQTC
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    🔍 The Evidence-Based Company - https://theevidencebasedcompany.com/


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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Manuel A. Gomes ,

Fanatically varied view of all things agile

If you ever asked yourself: "Am I going crazy, or..." regarding agility, this is the podcast for you. Ryan does a masterful job of gathering knowledgeable, passionate, humane guests and engaging them in important conversations that delve into both current and timeless issues of agile practice.

Always understated, Ryan himself is an expert at many of these topics - and his constant humility and open-minded attitude towards different views is, in and of itself, a useful lesson to take to my everyday practice.

I cannot recommend this podcast enough - in a way, I "blame" it for a shift in my career focus that I'm thoroughly enjoying.

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