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    Get Agile #21 | Maximize learning to maximize value creation | Bas Vodde

    Get Agile #21 | Maximize learning to maximize value creation | Bas Vodde

    The Agile movement led to the creation of customer-focused, independent teams. In many cases, however “independence” means “we don’t need to talk to each other” and “don’t touch our code” rather than “we’re not blocked by another team”.
    During the LeSS Conference in Warsaw, Tomasz Wykowski from ProCognita interviewed Bas Vodde, co-creator of LeSS. They discuss the consequences of defining the product from the customer perspective versus the technology perspective, and how broader product definition impacts both the organizational structure and the need for collaboration between teams. They look at how private code limit cooperation and learning, how to maximize individual and team learning, why it’s important from the company perspective, and how developers can start building the habit of continuous knowledge creation.
    Learn more about LeSS at https://less.works/, and about Bas at https://less.works/profiles/bas-vodde.
    The mentioned book “Debugging the development process” can be found at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Debugging-Development-Process-Practical-Strategies/dp/1556156502

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    Get Agile #20 | What is Agile's bigger role? | Lyssa Adkins

    Get Agile #20 | What is Agile's bigger role? | Lyssa Adkins

    “Agile has crossed the chasm,” said Lyssa Adkins during the conversation with Tomasz Wykowski in Dublin. It was almost five years ago so they’re returning to this conversation to define Agile’s landscape and see how it evolved over the last few years. Lyssa, the co-founder of Agile Coaching Institute, currently focuses on helping leaders understand the changes happening around them. Listen to their conversation to learn why she avoids working with the leadership team from the agile perspective, why she doesn’t do what she’s often asked for, and what she does instead. 
    Tomasz and Lyssa also discuss how Agile has evolved over the years, and how the nature of the change has changed as well. They’re looking for potential new areas to apply patterns created in software development and how it impacts what Agile Coaches do and focus on.
    More resources:
    “Agile has crossed the chasm. What does it mean for Agile Coaches?” article https://procognita.com/post/agile-has-crossed-the-chasm-what-does-it-mean-for-agile-coaches-413 Lyssa Adkins’s website: http://lyssaadkins.com/ “Coaching Agile Teams” book written by Lyssa: https://www.amazon.com/Coaching-Agile-Teams-ScrumMasters-Addison-Wesley-ebook/dp/B003QP47YG/ref=sr_1_1 “Lead Together” book narrated by Lyssa https://www.amazon.com/Lead-Together-Intentional-Scaling-Business/dp/B093KC19DQ/ref=sr_1_1 “What It Takes to Lead Through an Era of Exponential Change” article from HBR https://hbr.org/2020/10/what-it-takes-to-lead-through-an-era-of-exponential-change  Learn more about the Get Agile podcast at https://procognita.com/GetAgile

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    Get Agile #19 | The Responsibility Process in the Time of War | Christopher Avery

    Get Agile #19 | The Responsibility Process in the Time of War | Christopher Avery

    The war in Ukraine often leads to frustration and feeling of powerlessness. This special episode of the Get Agile podcast was recorded less than 48h after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Tomasz Wykowski from ProCognita discusses with Christopher Avery how the Responsibility Process can be applied to address anxiety caused by a conflict between what we want and what we have. Listen to their conversation to learn how to avoid laying blame, justifying, or feeling guilt and understand what you want to take full Responsibility instead.
    You can learn more about the Responsibility Process at https://responsibility.com/. The poster can be downloaded from https://responsibility.com/the-responsibility-process-poster/ and the book is available at https://responsibility.com/the-responsibility-process/

    • 32 min
    Get Agile #18 | Menlo Innovations - How did company culture make it succeed in the pandemic world? | Richard Sheridan

    Get Agile #18 | Menlo Innovations - How did company culture make it succeed in the pandemic world? | Richard Sheridan

    Menlo Innovations has created a unique culture of teamwork, collaboration, communication, and relationship. This led to specific practices, such as the whole company working only in pairs, having one stand-up for the 50-60 people that last 13 minutes, high-tech anthropologist observing users, visual planning, and extreme interviewing. But in March 2020 everything has changed, as the whole company was moved to the virtual world. 
    In this interview, Tomasz Wykowski from ProCognita talks with Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations on how the company succeeded in the pandemic world. Join them to learn about experiments Menlonian did, how they adapted their practices to the new reality, what worked, and what didn’t. 
    Learn more about Joy at Menlo https://menloinnovations.com/our-way. You can visit Menlo virtually at https://menlo.cc/factorytour.  
    Books about Menlo Innovations:
    Joy, Inc.: https://menlo-innovations.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/joy-inc  Chief Joy Officer: https://menlo-innovations.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/chief-joy-officer A Friday Filled with Joy: https://menlo-innovations.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/a-friday-filled-with-joy Get Agile podcast: https://procognita.com/GetAgile 

    • 36 min
    Get Agile #17 | How can the Agile movement help companies affected by disruption? | Robin Dymond

    Get Agile #17 | How can the Agile movement help companies affected by disruption? | Robin Dymond

    Many managers hold assumptions that stop their companies from changing the way they operate. Pandemic, climate change, and other recent disruptions have challenged these assumptions, making supply chains fragile, introducing chaos in stable environments, and forcing companies to question their core business practices. Tomasz Wykowski from ProCognita discusses with Robin Dymond, Certified Scrum Trainer how the Agile movement can help non-software firms, including construction and oil & gas companies, go through the profound change - how to create more adaptive and more resilient organizations, how and where to start, how to reach leaders from these companies, and how to build trust with them.
     
    Additional resources:
    Learn more about Robin Dymond and his work at Innovel website: www.innovel.net  New UN report: Step up climate change adaptation efforts, or face huge disruption https://phys.org/news/2021-11-climate-efforts-huge-disruption.html  Extreme Weather Cost U.S. Taxpayers $99 Billion Last Year, and It Is Getting Worse https://www.americanprogress.org/article/extreme-weather-cost-u-s-taxpayers-99-billion-last-year-getting-worse/  Climate change: Disruption, risk and opportunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589791819300027 Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/22/climate/climate-change-future.html Learn more about Get Agile podcast at https://procognita.com/GetAgile 

    • 33 min
    Get Agile #16 | Fearless Change | Linda Rising

    Get Agile #16 | Fearless Change | Linda Rising

    How do we change organizations? How do we change ourselves? Tomasz Wykowski from ProCognita and Linda Rising, author, lecturer, and independent consultant discuss why change is hard, how companies can introduce it by running small experiments and why they can’t create a schedule for transformation. Listen to their conversation to understand why running around with checklists won’t help you much, what to do instead, and what are critical factors for successful change.
     
    Additional resources:
    Linda Rising website: https://lindarising.org/ Fearless Change patterns and book: https://fearlesschangepatterns.com/ Change or Die book by Alan Deutschman: https://www.amazon.com/Change-Die-Three-Keys-Work/dp/0061373672 Slack book by Tom DeMarco: https://www.amazon.com/Slack-Getting-Burnout-Busywork-Efficiency-ebook/dp/B004SOVC2Y

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