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We're arguing about agile so that you don't have to! We want to prepare you to better deal with real-life challenges to agile practices by presenting and/or demonstrating both sides of the real arguments listeners will encounter as they progress through their career. On this podcast, working professionals explore topics and learnings from their experiences and share the stories of Agilists at all stages of their careers. We seek to do so while maintaining an unbiased position from any financial interest.

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We're arguing about agile so that you don't have to! We want to prepare you to better deal with real-life challenges to agile practices by presenting and/or demonstrating both sides of the real arguments listeners will encounter as they progress through their career. On this podcast, working professionals explore topics and learnings from their experiences and share the stories of Agilists at all stages of their careers. We seek to do so while maintaining an unbiased position from any financial interest.

    AA159 - Exploring the Evolving Role of Quality Assurance, with CEO Bob Crews

    AA159 - Exploring the Evolving Role of Quality Assurance, with CEO Bob Crews

    In this episode, hosts Hemant (Om) Patel and Brian Orlando are joined by special guest Bob Crews, co-founder and CEO of Checkpoint Technologies.

    Listen as we dive deep into the critical role quality assurance plays in the agile development process, including:
    The difference between QA and QC and how they fit into agile How QA has evolved over the past 20 yearsThe importance of risk analysis as a QA functionHow QA can bridge the gapThe impact of AI on software testingTips for spotting and developing top QA talent#QualityAssurance #AgileTesting #DevOps #TestAutomation #AI

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    AA158 - What is Your Product Philosophy and Is That Even A Real Thing?

    AA158 - What is Your Product Philosophy and Is That Even A Real Thing?

    What is a product philosophy and why does it matter? 

    In this insightful episode, Ed Martin joins hosts Om Patel and Brian Orlando to discuss how clarifying your product principles and values can align your team and improve decision-making. 

    Discover the difference between product philosophy, vision, and principles. Learn practical tips for formalizing your philosophy and applying it to real-world tradeoffs in features, technical debt, and go-to-market plans. Walk away with an understanding of how to establish a strong product philosophy for more cohesive, customer-centric products.

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    AA157 - Embracing Failure: Why "Fail Fast" Beats "Learn Fast"

    AA157 - Embracing Failure: Why "Fail Fast" Beats "Learn Fast"

    "Fail fast" is used so often, it has become a cliché!

    In this episode, we tackle rebranding the term "fail fast" to "learn fast" within organizational cultures. Is this a step towards promoting psychological safety and open conversations, or does it undermine the essence of embracing failure as a catalyst for growth?

    Whether you're a leader, manager, or part of a self-organizing team, this episode offers valuable insights into cultivating a culture that truly values experimentation, iteration, and learning from setbacks.

    0:00 Podcast Intro
    0:17 Topic Intro
    1:11 Negative Connotations of "Fail"
    2:53 Identifying the Fixed Mindset
    4:40 Management & Failure
    5:40 Promoting Psychological Safety, Maybe
    7:48 Directness & Alignment
    9:52 Accepting the Change
    11:19 Setting & Achieving Goals
    13:30 The Growth Mindset
    14:22 Slicing Work
    18:55 Failure & Leadership Reactions
    22:20 The Fixed Mindset
    24:00 Acceptable Risk Taking
    25:53 Self-Organization Gone Awry
    28:50 Brian's Learnings
    31:42 Wrap-Up

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    AA156 - "Selling" SAFe PI Planning to a not-SAFe Product Manager

    AA156 - "Selling" SAFe PI Planning to a not-SAFe Product Manager

    In this episode, our favorite special mystery guest joins the podcast for a comprehensive walkthrough of the PI Planning agenda so that our resident Product Manager, Brian, can be "sold" on the idea.

    SAFe P.I. Planning is a critical event that aligns teams with business objectives and fosters collaboration across the organization...

    ...or is it?

    Drawing from extensive experience, we delve into the benefits of PI Planning, including fostering relationships, securing leadership buy-in, and mitigating risks. We also discuss the challenges teams face, such as managing dependencies, handling missed objectives, and maintaining engagement throughout the intense planning sessions.

    0:00 Podcast Intro
    0:17 Topic Intro
    0:50 Benefits of PI Planning
    2:20 Big-Room and Quarterly Planning
    4:35 Product Pre-Work
    7:06 Portfolio Funding: Lean Business Cases
    8:43 Staying High-Level
    11:25 Risks and Objectives
    12:58 Failing to Meet Objectives
    14:12 Arguing on: Stretch Goals
    17:23 Goals: Committed vs Uncommited
    19:25 Slowly Moving Train-Wrecks
    23:43 Benefits of In-Person, Hybrid, & Virtual
    27:57 Facilitating Preparation
    30:19 SAFe PI Planning Agenda, Day 1 (Pre-Lunch)
    34:27 SAFe PI Planning Agenda, Day 1 (Post-Lunch)
    37:04 SAFe PI Planning Agenda, Day 2 (Pre-Lunch)
    39:31 SAFe PI Planning Agenda, Day 2 (Post-Lunch)
    41:44 Negotiations
    45:27 PI Retrospective
    48:11 Keeping Leadership Engaged
    52:13 Wrap-Up

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    • 52 min
    AA155 - Weaponizing Standardization

    AA155 - Weaponizing Standardization

    Standardization. It's the battle-cry of managers, the world, over!

    This episode explores a parallel track to our Weaponizing Efficiency episode where we explore the dark side of standardization. 

    In this episode, the hosts share their experiences and insights on topics such as:
    The potential stifling effects of rigid processes and monocultures on innovationThe dangers of groupthink and bureaucracy in organizationsThe impact of standardization on individual learning and developmentThe complexities of vendor procurement processes and their ramificationsThe role of handoffs, sign-offs, and stage gates in impeding customer value delivery0:00 Topic Intro: Weaponizing Standardization
    1:03 Stifling Innovation
    2:33 Arguing on: Stifling Innovation
    5:14 A Confusing M&A Story: Standardizing without Value
    9:39 What Makes You Believe...?
    10:45 Driving Toward Group Think
    13:08 Self-Serving Bureaucracy
    15:02 Google AI Rollback
    15:34 Challenging Agile Coaches
    19:41 Losing Market Share
    24:20 The Desire for Control
    27:25 Individual Learning & Development
    29:23 Try Stuff, Do Cool Things
    34:45 Inconsistent Enforcement of Standards
    35:26 Disingenuous Procurement Processes
    40:42 Dell Laptop Example
    42:12 Hand-offs & Sign-offs
    47:53 Reducing Wasteful Processes
    50:46 Wrap-Up

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    AA154 - Intuition vs Evidence, with CEO and Founder: Alex Polyakov

    AA154 - Intuition vs Evidence, with CEO and Founder: Alex Polyakov

    Some people say you can't build products without being guided by evidence.

    Some people say you can't build products without strong intuition.

    We're arguing about the balance so you don't have to!

    This episode, we also welcome back friend of the show Alex Polyakov, CEO and Founder of Project Simple. Alex and his company are on a mission to make Teams better by building the first ever AI Agile Software Management Platform. Go see what Project Simple is all about by visiting them at projectsimple.ai!

    Connect with Alex on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/apolyako

    00:00 Podcast Intro
    00:17 Topic Intro: Evidence vs Intuition
    00:58 Relationship Between Intuition & Evidence
    02:31 Intuition & Experience
    04:02 Survivorship Bias
    06:14 Domain Expertise + Curiosity + Leadership
    09:34 OKRs Done Wrong
    10:43 Alex, on OKRs
    12:06 Leading vs Lagging
    14:57 Experiments, Conceptually
    19:10 Experiments in Business Value
    20:58 Product Management (AirBnB)
    25:17 Coaching Talent
    27:34 Building the Perfect Product Manager
    29:25 Enter the Training-Industrial Complex
    31:04 Transitioning from Founder to First Product Manager
    33:45 Vision & Company Founders
    35:24 Examples of Failures
    37:59 iPhone Example (Risk)
    40:49 Risk vs Evidence
    42:41 Misinterpreting Data
    46:08 Wrap-Up

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    • 46 min

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