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Agile Coaches' Corner shares practical concepts in an approachable way. It is for agile practitioners and business leaders seeking expert advice on improving the way they work to achieve their desired outcomes.

Agile Coaches' Corner Dan Neumann at AgileThought 

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Agile Coaches' Corner shares practical concepts in an approachable way. It is for agile practitioners and business leaders seeking expert advice on improving the way they work to achieve their desired outcomes.

    Measuring Successful Agile Transformations: How Agile Are You? with Mike Guiler and Eric Landes

    Measuring Successful Agile Transformations: How Agile Are You? with Mike Guiler and Eric Landes

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by two of his colleagues, Mike Guiler and Eric Landes, 
     
    In this episode, they are answering a listener’s question: Senior Leaders want to measure how Agile they are, which will allow them to demonstrate if they are becoming more Agile. These Leaders are looking for metrics they can use that can show release frequency, show how responsive they are, and allow them to show or measure if what they are releasing is valuable to the customers. They would love to have numbers that they can update at the end of every month if possible. To summarize, this listener wants to know how leaders can explore their agility and see how it changes every month; listen to this episode and find out what Dan, Mike, and Eric have to say.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Metrics and statistics could be made the same. Let’s not try to measure Agile. An Agile transformation is hard work, are you achieving your goals? Measuring things appropriately can be challenging. If the organization identifies a target but there is a lack of safety, those metrics can become manipulated and consequently unreliable. Let Teams come up with the right metrics for them. How can metrics be useful? A Team wants to move at the speed of its customers, so why not get feedback from customers to know how the Team is doing? Does the Agile transformation have the customer and his needs as a priority? The Team should seek transformation because they want to make the customer’s life better. Deployment frequency metrics are necessary. DevOps research and assessment metrics: Deployment Frequency: How often an organization successfully releases to production. Lead Time for Changes: The amount of time it takes a commitment to get into production. Change Failure Rate: The percentage of deployments causing a failure in production. Time to Restore Service: How long it takes an organization to recover from a failure in production. Reliability. A committed vs an inspirational OKR OKR is a popular management strategy, it defines objectives and tracks results while assisting to create alignment and engagement around measurable goals. For the organization at the Team level, it is important to have OKRs that communicate what we are looking for at a higher level. Once a Team starts measuring a thing, do they continue measuring it forever? Is it useful? If it is not, there is no reason for continuing to measure.  
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Industrial DevOps
    Consulting to Team-Based Organizations: An Organizational Design and Learning Approach, by Kay F. Quam
     
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    • 31 min
    A Time to Be Thankful with Adam Ulery, Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Erica Menendez, and Kris Chavious

    A Time to Be Thankful with Adam Ulery, Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Erica Menendez, and Kris Chavious

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Adam Ulery, Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Erica Menendez, and Kris Chavious. In this episode, they are celebrating Thanksgiving by sharing what they are thankful for from an Agile Perspective.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Adam is thankful for the great people he met in the Agile Community and for Dan for making this podcast! Andrea is reflecting on the previous year and shows her appreciation for those who show up with curiosity. Eric is thankful for being able to coach with two special colleagues. Kris stops to appreciate his Agile colleagues, their unique perspectives, and how they teach each other while respecting each other’s opinions. Erica is thankful for the Scrum Values, to have them, and to be able to use them in everyday life.  
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home, by Jim Camp
     
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    • 21 min
    Powerful Questions Lead to Exceptional Outcomes with Ola Tunde

    Powerful Questions Lead to Exceptional Outcomes with Ola Tunde

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by his co-worker Ola Tunde. In this episode, Dan and Tunde are addressing a most important topic, which is the matter of learning to ask and identify powerful questions. Knowing how to frame a question correctly can lead to better outcomes; a leader needs to know how to make inspirational questions that will encourage paradigm shifts.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Framing a question correctly can deliver an outcome in three stages: curiosity, discovery, and introspection. How can you tell apart a regular and a powerful question? The right question will promote a paradigm shift. Lead by asking inspirational questions to help you reach your goal. Move away from tactical questions and ask inspirational ones, a leader inspires the workers. A powerful question can be the seed to help a worker grow, or reach a discovery from a place of curiosity and knowledge. How is a powerful question constructed? Intent, outcome, and empathy should be involved in the act of asking a powerful question. Be aware of assumptions that can sneak into the questions that are being asked. Remember to test your question first. How would you feel if you were asked the same question? Why are you asking the question? A powerful question is constructed from the heart; ask it because you really care.  
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams, by Diana Larsen and Tricia Broderick
    Tunde’s PDF with examples of powerful questions
    The Art of Agile Development second edition, by James Shore
     
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    • 31 min
    Fourth Anniversary with Sam Falco

    Fourth Anniversary with Sam Falco

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Sam Falco to celebrate four years of podcasts. In this episode, Sam, who was a co-founder of the Agile Coach’s Corner Podcast, is talking about some of his experiences throughout his professional journey; he dives deep into various lessons learned and the challenges overcame.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Sam shares the ups and downs in his professional journey: Sam learned not to interfere, but instead to listen and observe. Keeping a curious perspective is always positive. Learn how Teams operate; please avoid jumping in and telling them what “needs to be done.” Learn, as a Scrum Master, how you can affect your Team. In a “remote” world, we miss running into somebody. “Can I reach out to you again?” is a good way of staying in touch with people and following up on various topics. Some programs are teaching Scrum in a bad way. Scrum Masters should watch and learn from Teams, it takes a lot to be able to be silent. Access your ignorance, you don’t know what the Team has been going through.  
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History), Pekka Hamalainen
     
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    • 32 min
    The Annual Halloween Episode: Scary Good Agile Stories with Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Alba Uribe, Erica Menendez, and Justin Thatil

    The Annual Halloween Episode: Scary Good Agile Stories with Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Alba Uribe, Erica Menendez, and Justin Thatil

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Eric Landes, Andrea Floyd, Alba Uribe, Erica Menendez, and Justin Thatil. In today’s episode, they are celebrating Halloween by talking about some scary good Agile Stories, unlike previous Halloween episodes where the lessons learned after challenges and difficulties were addressed, this time, you will hear about crazy great Agile experiences that are worth sharing.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Do you want to hear something scary? Doing Agile without digital tools!
    Feel the transformation.
    Don’t forget what Agile looks like from the interpersonal relationship aspect.
    Focus on the toolset that you have and your perspective will get wider.
    Sometimes taking a small step into something that you are uncomfortable with is the beginning of growth.
    The failing product story:
    Justin tells the story when after a long time working trying to get a product right and being at the point of almost reaching the so-wanted outcome, the executive Team decides to cancel the project.
    A Scrum-But Situation:
    The state of the Team was the scariest at the beginning, there were problems releasing, and they were not finishing on time. This Team was doing Scrum, but poorly. Eric and Dan were part of the engagement part of this Team, they talked with the client, and the outcome was good. The client went beyond what was suggested and better Scrum was starting to happen.
    When Agility sneaks up on you!
    Andrea was working with a client, and there was a pause when she stepped away for the client to continue the journey alone, but then she was invited back. When she resumed work with the client she found that a reset had happened; she was asked very basic questions and even doubted if it was Agile that they were really doing. Andrea decided to stay curious and realized the Team was doing great things respecting the principles and practices of Agile, which are very foundational. They were, in fact, mastering Agile!
    The Team start to self-identify Agile improvements by looking for the what and the why behind what they were doing and the outcomes.
    Enabling communication and transparency can create a scary amazing effect on a Team.
    There was an organization that went 100% into Agile, it covered the organization, the Team, and also the physical location. Everything the Team needed was in place, they even have an additional TV to track progress on releases. They worked on the proof of concepts.
    Scary good collaboration!
    No one is taking the lead and everyone knows what they need to do. The lead is there to answer questions, it is so scary good when the leader does not know what to do because everyone is doing so great!
     
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Lead without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams, Diane Larsen and Tricia Broderick
    Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Diane Larsen
    The Art of Agile Development, James Shore and Shane Warden
     
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    • 32 min
    Achieving Team Satisfaction with Mike Guiler and Justin Thatil

    Achieving Team Satisfaction with Mike Guiler and Justin Thatil

    This week, Dan Neumann is joined by his colleagues Mike Guiler and Justin Thatil to talk about the dopamine and satisfaction that follow after accomplishing a goal; reaching a purpose is very satisfying and can be conquered in and out of the work environment.
     
    In this episode, Dan, Mike, and Justin explore the process of identifying the goal that you want to achieve from a behavioral and an outcome perspective, followed by working towards the objective, to finally arriving at the conquering of the goal and experiencing that rush of excitement we all enjoy so much.
     
    Key Takeaways
    Reaching a goal is a dopamine booster. Firstly, the goal needs to be identified. What are you trying to achieve? Secondly, chose the priorities: what has the most value? Thirdly, you can start working towards achieving that goal. Seeking the next win can be addictive. It is important to take a moment to celebrate your victories (even the small wins)! Try to avoid falling into the habit of always looking at what comes next. Reaching a business outcome is a result of the internal satisfaction of a Team that was working towards that goal. Seek the satisfaction of the Team; happier people do better work, are more productive, and stick with the organization longer. Happier Team members make customers happier, it just becomes a self-fulfilling loop. If a Team is overworking it will eventually start working less effectively. Measure your achievements. Did your plan turn out as expected? Measure that process so you can reproduce that expected outcome.  
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Complete Works
    The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time, by Robert Maurer
    Agile + DevOps East Conference, November 6-11, 2022. It’s OK to be UnSAFe – Scale Without Using Someone Else’s Framework. Dan Neumann, AgileThought
     
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    • 31 min

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