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Welcome to 'Mastering Agility,' the podcast where we explore the dynamic world of agility in business, technology, and personal development. In an ever-evolving landscape, agility is not just a buzzword; it's a mindset, a strategy, and a way of life. Join us as we dive deep into the principles of agile methodologies, uncovering the secrets of Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and beyond. But we don't stop there. We'll also investigate how businesses can adapt and thrive in today's fast-paced world, sharing insights on fostering innovation, cultivating resilient teams, and driving transformative change. Moreover, we'll delve into the realm of personal development, offering practical tips and strategies to enhance adaptability, resilience, and continuous learning. Through thought-provoking discussions, expert interviews, and real-world case studies, 'Mastering Agility' equips you with the tools and inspiration to navigate uncertainty with confidence and master the art of agility in every aspect of life. Tune in and unlock your potential for growth and success in the age of agility!" 

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Mastering Agility Sander Dur and Jim Sammons

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Welcome to 'Mastering Agility,' the podcast where we explore the dynamic world of agility in business, technology, and personal development. In an ever-evolving landscape, agility is not just a buzzword; it's a mindset, a strategy, and a way of life. Join us as we dive deep into the principles of agile methodologies, uncovering the secrets of Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and beyond. But we don't stop there. We'll also investigate how businesses can adapt and thrive in today's fast-paced world, sharing insights on fostering innovation, cultivating resilient teams, and driving transformative change. Moreover, we'll delve into the realm of personal development, offering practical tips and strategies to enhance adaptability, resilience, and continuous learning. Through thought-provoking discussions, expert interviews, and real-world case studies, 'Mastering Agility' equips you with the tools and inspiration to navigate uncertainty with confidence and master the art of agility in every aspect of life. Tune in and unlock your potential for growth and success in the age of agility!" 

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    S07 E04 Amber Vanderburg on Communicating Technical Ideas to non-Technical Audiences

    S07 E04 Amber Vanderburg on Communicating Technical Ideas to non-Technical Audiences

    Summary
    In this conversation, Amber shares insights on leading change and higher performance within teams. She emphasizes the importance of inspiring action rather than commanding action, drawing parallels between sports teams and product development teams. Amber also discusses the power of debriefing and learning from failure, as well as the need for effective communication and understanding of technical concepts for different audiences. She highlights the value of asking the right questions to assess baseline knowledge and prioritize information. Amber concludes by expressing her interest in seeing more discussions on talent development and the growth of individuals in the workplace.

    Takeaways
    Inspire action rather than command action to lead change and drive higher performance within teams.
    Debriefing and learning from failure are essential for continuous improvement and success.
    Effective communication involves understanding and translating technical concepts for different audiences.
    Asking the right questions helps assess baseline knowledge and prioritize information.
    Talent development is crucial for individuals to elevate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace.

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    • 45 min
    S07 E03 Chris Williams on the Art of Simplicity

    S07 E03 Chris Williams on the Art of Simplicity

    The conversation explores the concept of simplicity and its challenges in various contexts. It delves into the importance of feedback, organizational and cultural change, and the friction between doing the thing right and doing the right thing. The difficulty of simplicity is discussed, along with the power of simple solutions. The conversation explores the importance of simplicity in product development and the challenges organizations face in achieving it. The three main drivers in the workforce are identified as community, cause, and compensation, with their importance varying depending on career stage. Perks and benefits, such as ping pong tables and beer on tap, are no longer sufficient to attract and retain talent. The focus should be on creating work that matters and providing employees with a sense of purpose. Short-term focus and financial stress can hinder organizations and individuals from achieving simplicity. It is crucial to let go of unnecessary tasks and amplify the value of the work being done.

    Takeaways
    Simplicity is the antithesis to complexity and is essential in various domains, including software development and product design.
    Feedback is crucial in achieving simplicity and ensuring that the right solutions are developed.
    Organizational and cultural change are necessary to foster simplicity and create an environment that values simplicity.
    There is often a friction between doing the thing right (craftsmanship) and doing the right thing (meeting customer needs and business goals). Balancing these two aspects is essential.
    Simple solutions can be powerful and effective, and often the simplest solution is the best one. The three main drivers in the workforce are community, cause, and compensation, with their importance varying depending on career stage.
    Perks and benefits are no longer sufficient to attract and retain talent; the focus should be on creating work that matters and providing employees with a sense of purpose.
    Short-term focus and financial stress can hinder organizations and individuals from achieving simplicity.
    It is crucial to let go of unnecessary tasks and amplify the value of the work being done

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    S07 E02 Tom Siebeneicher on Our Journey in Public Speaking

    S07 E02 Tom Siebeneicher on Our Journey in Public Speaking

    Summary In this conversation, Sander and Don discuss their journey in public speaking and share their experiences and insights. They talk about how they started doing public speaking, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned along the way. They emphasize the importance of having a supportive network, being open to feedback, and continuously improving their presentations. They also discuss the cultural differences they encountered at different conferences and the impact of their talks on the audience. They conclude by sharing their plans for the future, including exploring speaking opportunities outside of the agile community. Keywords public speaking, journey, challenges, lessons, feedback, cultural differences, networking, improvement, future plans Takeaways Start doing public speaking by finding a supportive network and being open to feedback. Continuously improve your presentations based on feedback and lessons learned. Be aware of cultural differences at different conferences and adapt your approach accordingly. Engage with the audience and create a dialogue during your talk. Explore speaking opportunities outside of your comfort zone to gain new perspectives and experiences. Check out our sponsors: www.wiserbees.com www.xebia.com www.scrummatch.com www.masteringagility.org Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 01:00 Starting in Public Speaking 10:30 Supportive Network and Structure 13:20 Lessons Learned and Continuous Improvement 21:30 Choosing Conferences and Networking 25:40 Feedback and Integration 31:00 Future Plans and Topics

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    • 46 min
    S07 E01 Gojko Adzic on Specification By Example

    S07 E01 Gojko Adzic on Specification By Example

    SummaryIn this episode, Goiko shares his experiences and insights on visualizing specifications, writing Specification by Example, and solving communication problems in software development. He discusses the challenges and patterns in the adoption of Spec by Example and the importance of identifying bottlenecks and visualizing problems. Goiko also talks about causing organizational change and the evolution of software development solutions. He concludes by discussing the promise and reality of no-code tools and sharing his recent work and projects. The conversation explores various themes related to software development and its impact on organizations and society. It discusses the power of expressing human knowledge in software and the role of visualization tools in increasing shared understanding. The shift from specialists to generalists in the software industry is examined, as well as the potential for smaller organizations and general-purpose work. The conversation also delves into the role of AI in minimizing political games in organizations and the responsibility of software professionals in creating good software. The need for spending more time on edge cases and negative use cases is highlighted, along with the societal impact of bad software and the potential for IT to become a profession. The conservation and shifting of complexity in software development is explored, and the conversation concludes with a discussion on the impact of shoddy software on people's lives.
    Takeaways
    Visualizing specifications can help improve understanding and reduce rework in software development.
    The adoption of Spec by Example and other agile practices can be hindered by organizational politics and resistance to change.
    Identifying bottlenecks and visualizing problems can lead to effective solutions and improvements in software development processes.
    No-code tools have the potential to democratize software development and empower non-technical users to create automation. Visualization tools like FigJam and Zeppelin increase shared understanding in organizations.
    The software industry is shifting towards smaller organizations and general-purpose work.
    AI cannot eliminate political games in organizations, as they are driven by cultural factors.
    There is a need for more focus on edge cases and negative use cases in software development.
    The responsibility of software professionals is to create good software and address the societal impact of bad software.
    Gojko's booksCheck out our sponsors:www.xebia.comwww.wiserbees.comwww.scrummatch.comwww.masteringagility.orgSound Bites
    Chapters
    00:00Introduction
    01:21Visualizing Specifications
    03:04Early Experiences with Software Quality
    04:09Solving Communication Problems
    05:31Validating Real-World Usage of Spec by Example
    06:29Getting Permission from Companies for Case Studies
    08:28Persistent Challenges and Positive Patterns
    09:49Adoption of Given-When-Then and Consolidation of Tools
    11:42Identifying Bottlenecks and Visualizing Problems
    13:01Causing Organizational Change
    14:09The Challenge of Change Resistance
    16:30The Evolution of Software Development Solutions
    26:48Goiko's Recent Work and Projects
    35:26The Power of Expressing Human Knowledge in Software
    36:03Visualization Tools and Increased Shared Understanding
    37:27Specialists vs. Generalists in the Software Industry
    38:49The Shift Towards Smaller Organizations and General Purpose Work
    41:49The Role of AI in Minimizing Political Games in Organizations
    42:54The Responsibility of Software Professionals in Creating Good Software
    51:01The Need for Spending More Time on Edge Cases and Negative Use Cases
    53:31The Societal Impact of Bad Software and the Role of Governments
    57:41The Potential for IT to Become a Profession
    01:01:29The Conservation and Shifting of Complexity in Software Development
    01:04:43The Impact of Shoddy Software on People's Lives

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S06 E19 David Asch on the Agile Enterprise

    S06 E19 David Asch on the Agile Enterprise

    SummaryIn this conversation, David Ash discusses his book, The Agile Enterprise, and his experiences applying Agile principles across companies. He shares his initial hesitation about writing the book and his journey of self-discovery and overcoming imposter syndrome. David emphasizes the importance of leaders who think differently and the need for organizations to prevent and address fires rather than constantly firefighting. He also explores the role of AI and technology in augmenting work and the challenges of quantifying the costs of technical debt. The conversation concludes with a question for the next guest about the future of development and incorporating new technologies.
    Takeaways
    Overcoming imposter syndrome is a common challenge, but recognizing one's expertise and unique perspectives can lead to valuable contributions.
    Applying Agile principles beyond software development can lead to success in various departments and stages of company growth.
    Leadership is not determined by job titles, but by individuals who take initiative and think differently.
    Preventing and addressing fires in organizations requires a balance between firefighting and proactive measures to improve processes and prevent future issues.
    AI and technology should be seen as tools to augment work and should be incorporated thoughtfully to enhance productivity and outcomes.
    Breaking the chain of technical debt requires a collaborative effort between technical teams and the business side of the company to prioritize and address issues.

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    • 48 min
    S06 E18 Johannes Geske and Stephen Sykes on ScrumMatch

    S06 E18 Johannes Geske and Stephen Sykes on ScrumMatch

    Summary

    In this conversation, Sander Dur and his guests discuss the biggest lessons learned during the week and the importance of user feedback in the release strategy. They introduce Scrum Match, a platform that connects companies with true Scrum Masters who can deliver business value. They highlight the need for true Scrum Masters who can use Scrum as a means to an end and differentiate them from Scrum Masters in name only. The hosts also discuss the future of Scrum Match and the scaling of the platform. They emphasize the importance of focus and the value of feedback for both Scrum Masters and employers. In this conversation, the hosts discuss the importance of sponsorship in podcasting and share insights on building and maintaining relationships with sponsors. They emphasize the need to deliver value to sponsors and measure the success of sponsorships. The conversation also covers negotiation strategies for sponsorship deals.

    Takeaways

    User feedback is crucial in determining the best release strategy and ensuring that clients and users can absorb and work with new features.
    The industry has produced many Scrum Masters who fail to deliver business results, leading to a lack of trust in the Scrum framework.
    There is a need for a profession for Scrum Masters to separate those who can deliver value from those who cannot.
    Scrum Match aims to connect employers with true Scrum Masters who have the practical experience and skills to deliver business value.
    The future of Scrum Match involves scaling the platform, building partnerships, and expanding beyond just Scrum Masters.

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    • 46 min

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