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Dave Prior hosts a weekly Agile podcast that covers all sorts of topics including Scrum, Agile Transformation, Project Management, and Leadership.. No matter if your new to Agile development or an Agile veteran, Dave and his guest are sure to make you think about Agile in a whole new way. Alexa knows us as Leading Agile Sound Notes.

LeadingAgile SoundNotes: an Agile Podcast Dave Prior, Agile Consultant & Certified Scrum Trainer

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Dave Prior hosts a weekly Agile podcast that covers all sorts of topics including Scrum, Agile Transformation, Project Management, and Leadership.. No matter if your new to Agile development or an Agile veteran, Dave and his guest are sure to make you think about Agile in a whole new way. Alexa knows us as Leading Agile Sound Notes.

    Impact Mapping w/ Will Evans

    Impact Mapping w/ Will Evans

    It can be easy to get swept up in discussions centered around making sure that the work being done by development teams is in sync with what the stakeholders identified as the highest priority. While this is definitely an important factor to consider, it is also critical to make sure that we have identified and prioritized the issues and problems we need to solve to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. Impact Mapping is a tool that can be used to create a conversation between stakeholders and teams to understanding which problems need to be addressed first to ensure we are having the greatest possible impact on delivering different outcomes for our customers and for the business.
    In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant, Will Evans spends time with Dave Prior discussing Impact Mapping.
    During the podcast you will learn:
    What Impact Mapping Is
    Why it works
    How it can help your organization make informed decisions about which problems to solve first in order to reach your strategic goals
    How you can get started using Impact Mapping within your organization
    Resources to Get You Started
    The Art of Impact Mapping Video https://youtu.be/y4Rj05YVg_E
    Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein https://amzn.to/2tiwZby
    Contacting Will
    Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/will-evans/
    Email: will.evans@leadingagile.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill
    Contacting Dave
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net
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    Feedback/Questions
    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: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
    Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

    • 48 min
    Work Bifurcation and Change Control w/ Ross Buermann

    Work Bifurcation and Change Control w/ Ross Buermann

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    In this episode, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Ross Buermann shares an approach that involves bifurcating the work of creating the documentation so that we can create and deliver in smaller increments. Those smaller pieces can be modified and maintained in a more efficient manner than they would be in a traditional approach. In the same way that we want to break development work down into small increments, we can also break down the documentation. Ross and Dave also discuss an approach to storing the documentation which allows for an easier approach to change control and maintenance.
    Ross has a background in highly regulated environments where the documentation is often treated as being more valuable than the product itself. During the interview, Ross explains how, and why, this approach is so valuable to teams and organizations adopting an Agile approach.
    The Iliad
    If you’d like to check out The Iliad, Ross recommends the translation by Richmond Lattimore https://amzn.to/37EDfZE
    Contacting Ross
    Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/ross-beurmann/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossbeurmannzcea/
    Email: Ross.Beurmann@leadingagile.com
    Contacting Dave
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net
    We Need Reviews
    If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback.
    Feedback/Questions
    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: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
    Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

    • 36 min
    Creating Safety for Leadership w/ Tim Wise

    Creating Safety for Leadership w/ Tim Wise

    Safety is a popular topic in the Agile space that comes up when we have conversations about what it takes to create an environment where Agile can take root and thrive.
    When we talk about transforming organizations, we talk about things like creating a safe environment where people feel that they have the agency and support to run experiments in order to get better at working together and delivering value for the customer. This conversation often centers around teams and the individual team members, but rarely do we take the time to consider what safety looks like for leadership. Aren’t they at risk as well?
    There may be leaders in your organization who are supporting or sponsoring the transformation effort, but what if it doesn’t take? What impact will it have on them? When it comes to organizational change, we know leadership has to adjust their approach as well, but this conversation often focuses on how the things they learned to do under a traditional model will get in the way of a successful Agile Transformation. We tell them what not to do: we tell them to leave the teams alone to figure out how to self-organize, we tell them to be supportive and let go of many of the practices that helped them reach their leadership position. It may come across as though we are simply taking things away from them, and this language of loss is unlikely to leave them feeling like they are operating from a place where they have the agency they need and the support they need to begin running experiments that will help them learn to grow into the Agile leaders we want and need them to be.
    In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultant, Tim Wise, and Dave Prior explore:
    What it means to create safety for leadership
    What Agile Transformation asks of leaders and the risks they face
    How leaders can begin moving toward an approach that demonstrates adopting an Agile mindset
    What types of behavior are needed to foster a safe environment for the teams and team members to employ Agile practice to deliver value for their customers
     
    Links From This Podcast
    Turn the Ship Around - David Marquet
    Team of Teams - General Stanley McChrystal
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
    Speed of Trust - Stephen M.R. Covey
    Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink
    The Responsibility Process - Christopher Avery
    Jordan Peterson
    12 Rules for Life
    Podcast
    YouTube

    Agile Day Atlanta
    Contacting Tim
    Email: tim@leadingagile.com
    LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/tim-wise/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timwise/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/timswise
    Contacting Dave
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    LeadingAgile: http://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Personal blog: http://drunkenpm.net
    We Need Reviews
    If you like this podcast, we'd be very grateful for reviews or feedback in iTunes. It will help us create more visibility for this podcast so that we can reach more people. Click here to leave us a review or post feedback.
    Feedback/Questions
    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: http://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/
    Use the discount code: LA_Podcast to receive a 15% discount on the class.

    • 52 min
    Understanding The Impact Of Your Investment in Agile Transformation w/ Doug Spencer

    Understanding The Impact Of Your Investment in Agile Transformation w/ Doug Spencer

    When large enterprises make the decision to invest in Agile Transformation they often do so with the expectation that it will have some positive impact on their ability to deliver. In theory, if we can deliver more of the right things in shorter time frames at a higher quality level, that should provide some kind of quantifiable return on investment.
    When the conversation turns to the question of “How is the transformation going?” it is common to focus on metrics that center around how many teams or groups within the organization have begun adopting Agile practices, where they are in the journey towards Agile, how individual teams are performing, etc. But what is often harder to understand is what is the benefit, or return on the investment it is making in Agile Transformation.
    To put it simply, we’re spending money, we’re doing the things… but what kind of financial (or other) impact is that money having on the organization and on our system of delivery?
    In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Principal Consultant, Doug Spencer joins Dave for a conversation about some of the ways you can begin to measure and quantify the impact of an Agile Transformation on your organization at the portfolio level.
    Contacting Doug Spencer
    Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/doug-spencer/
    Email: doug.spencer@leadingagile.com
    Contacting Dave Prior
    If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
    LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

    • 33 min
    How Leaders Create Agile Organizations w/ Lee Wiesehuegel

    How Leaders Create Agile Organizations w/ Lee Wiesehuegel

    Lee Wiesehuegel is a Managing Consultant at LeadingAgile where he helps organizations incorporate an Agile approach by transforming how they work. One of Lee’s primary areas of focus is working with leaders to help them understand how critical their support is at the team level. In this episode of SoundNotes, Lee and Dave discuss some of the things that leadership can do to enable Coaches and ScrumMasters to create and sustain high performing, learning teams that can consistently deliver value.
    At the start of the interview, Lee also shares his advice for those who are interested in transitioning to a coaching role and some of the key things he looks for when he interviews potential coaches.
    Links Mentioned In the Podcast
    Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition by Lyssa Adkins
    Contacting Lee Wiesehuegel
    Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/lee-wiesehuegel/
    Email: Lee.Wiesehuegel@leadingagile.com
    Contacting Dave Prior
    If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
    LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

    • 31 min
    Creating an Organizational System that Supports Business Agility w/Dennis Stevens

    Creating an Organizational System that Supports Business Agility w/Dennis Stevens

    At Elevate Agile 2019, LeadingAgile Chief Methodologist, Dennis Stevens gave a presentation called "What Every Agile Organization Has In Common" (link below). In this episode of SoundNotes, Dennis and Dave go deeper on some key themes from the presentation. The interview focuses on how Senior Leadership can create an organizational system that supports Business Agility. This work goes beyond simply adopting Agile practices at a team level, and looks at how the whole organization needs to have a structure and governance model in place that can sustain its ability to respond to rapidly changing market conditions.
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    Links Mentioned In the Podcast
    What Every Agile Organization Has in Common - Dennis Stevens at Elevate Agile 2019
    Building an Organization That Can Embrace Change w/ Dennis Stevens - This is the SoundNotes Podcast that discusses how to incorporate market sensing capabilities into strategic planning
    Contacting Dennis Stevens
    Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dennis-stevens/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dennisstevens
    Email: dennis@leadingagile.com
    Contacting Dave Prior
    If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
    LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
    Email: dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    If you have a question you’d like to submit for an upcoming podcast, please send them to dave.prior@leadingagile.com
    And if you're interested in taking one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner classes, you can find all the details at https://www.leadingagile.com/our-gear/training/

    • 19 min

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