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An agile podcast, delivered by agile practitioners, focused on helping agile teams. Bob Galen and Josh Anderson use their decades of agile coaching experience to power your organizations need for agility and scale. If our 100+ episodes don't have what you need, ask us a question and we'll help you out!

Meta-Cast Bob Galen & Josh Anderson

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An agile podcast, delivered by agile practitioners, focused on helping agile teams. Bob Galen and Josh Anderson use their decades of agile coaching experience to power your organizations need for agility and scale. If our 100+ episodes don't have what you need, ask us a question and we'll help you out!

    Episode 193 - You're A Scrum Master, Now What?

    Episode 193 - You're A Scrum Master, Now What?

    https://www.meta-cast.com/episode/episode-189-get-your-first-scrum-master-job (Episode 189 )covered how to get your first Scrum Master job. Quite a few of our listeners recently landed their first Scrum Master gigs, so we though it might be helpful to offer up a few tips and tricks for the first few weeks in a new role. We believe that much of this advice can apply to any role, so definitely give it a listen to see how it can help you!
    What advice would you have for anyone transitioning into a new role. Let's discuss!!
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! https://discord.gg/PrH2CRb (Join our community now!)
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or by giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!
    Bob's Diversity and Inclusion Links
    Charlotte - Women in Agile and Dottie Rose
    As I mentioned, Rhiannon and I shared a DandI talk recently at the Charlotte Women in Agile group - https://www.meetup.com/WIA-Charlotte/events/276693551/ (https://www.meetup.com/WIA-Charlotte/events/276693551/)
    In that session, two folks from the Dottie Rose Foundation spoke about some work they were involved in bringing STEM and computer training to young girls/women in Kenya. It inspired me and Dottie Rose sounds like a wonderful organization with a mission that aligns with our Meta-cast vision: https://dottierosefoundation.org/ (https://dottierosefoundation.org/)
    African Agility
    This is the group I've been supporting for around a year. I was introduced to them thru Aanu Gopald. They're doing fantastic work in Nigeria. I actually donate regularly to these folks based on proceeds from my CAL classes. VERY worthwhile!
    https://africaagility.org/ (https://africaagility.org/)
    Fresh Agile Voices
    A friend of mine, Anthony Mersino, has begun to do short recordings intended to get new voices, diverse voices a stage or platform to be heard. He calls it Fresh Agile Voices.
    He recently invited me to record a session talking about my focus and passion around my (and OUR) DandI efforts. You can see the series here - https://vitalitychicago.com/?s=fresh+agile+voicesandpost_type=post (https://vitalitychicago.com/?s=fresh+agile+voicesandpost_type=post)
    The recording isn't "live" yet. My recording is https://projectadvisorsgroup-my.sharepoint.com/personal/amersino_vitalitychicago_com1/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?id=%2Fpersonal%2Famersino%5Fvitalitychicago%5Fcom1%2FDocuments%2FHazel%2FVideo%20Files%2F2021%2D03%2D31%20FAV%20interview%20with%20Bob%20Galen%2FFAV%20Ep%206%20Bob%20Galen%2Emp4andparent=%2Fpersonal%2Famersino%5Fvitalitychicago%5Fcom1%2FDocuments%2FHazel%2FVideo%20Files%2F2021%2D03%2D31%20FAV%20interview%20with%20Bob%20GalenandoriginalPath=aHR0cHM6Ly9wcm9qZWN0YWR2aXNvcnNncm91cC1teS5zaGFyZXBvaW50LmNvbS86djovZy9wZXJzb25hbC9hbWVyc2lub192aXRhbGl0eWNoaWNhZ29fY29tMS9FUjJZUzN0akppUkxwTnJRT3hDSHJUc0JrTW1ta3FmdS1zR0tIenVCeG9Vd2RnP3J0aW1lPWl0eFVCLUg4MkVn (here).
    Scrum Masters of African Decent
    I recently spoke (AMA format) at this group and I believe it's very worthy of mentioning to Meta-casters!
    https://www.meetup.com/Scrum-Masters-of-African-Descent/ (https://www.meetup.com/Scrum-Masters-of-African-Descent/)

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    Episode 192 - Bob Is Done With Scrum?!

    Episode 192 - Bob Is Done With Scrum?!

    Wow. Bob is fired up! Hear why Bob is fed up with Scrum (note the uppdercase "S", because it is intentional) and why he thinks it's doing more damage than good for the agile community (note the lowercase "a"). We'd love to hear your views on this topic, so jump into the conversation on our Discord server (details below). Let's discuss!!!
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! Join our community now!
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    • 35 min
    Episode 191 - Agile Game of Thrones

    Episode 191 - Agile Game of Thrones

    Love it, or hate it, The Game of Thrones sat at the head of the entertainment table for quite a long time. Bob https://www.agile-moose.com/blog/2020/7/17/the-agile-game-of-thrones (pulled out some quotes/moments/sayings) from the series and we're using those items as discussion topics.
    What key moments did we miss that can be applied to agile? Which of our interpretations do you disagree with? Let's discuss!
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! https://discord.gg/PrH2CRb (Join our community now!)
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!

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    Episode 190 - Great Roadmaps

    Episode 190 - Great Roadmaps

    We bet you groan every time you hear the word "roadmap". Many of us have been through the scrummerfall approach of establishing a roadmap at the start of the year and then either ignoring it completely or blindly following it.
    We're here for you. This episode helps you build and maintain roadmaps that continuously add value. Yeah. For real. You can do this!!!
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! Join our community now!
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or by giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    • 33 min
    Episode 189 - Get Your First Scrum Master Job

    Episode 189 - Get Your First Scrum Master Job

    There is no "normal" path to becoming a Scrum Master. So many of us come from different backgrounds, education, and careers, which makes it great. But how exactly do you break through that first time without a standard path laid out in front of you? We're here to help! Listen to this episode and then jump into our Discord server (details below) to dig in even more.
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! Join our community now!
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    • 32 min
    Episode 188 - Be Authentic

    Episode 188 - Be Authentic

    Be you, all of you! That's the best version of you, and it's not even close. We recognize that can be a scary proposition for some folks, so we're here to help you and your team become more authentic with each other and with yourselves. How authentic are you with your team? Can you do better? Are you doing better? Let's discuss!
    Keep The Conversation Going:
    We love our community. We love interacting with our community even more, and our Discord server is the place for that! Give us feedback, bring up topic ideas, or just ask few questions. We're here to help! Join our community now!
    Help Us Spread The Word:
    Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/meta-cast-podcast-for-software/id356489089?mt=2 (iTunes), or by giving to our https://www.patreon.com/metahyphencast (Patreon) campaign. Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Midaslife ,

Enjoying the Agile conversation with Bob

I’m not from the IT world, and I recently (and accidentally) discovered Agile as a project-management approach. I am enjoying the perspective of Agile solutions can be to ANY complex problem that benefits from breaking down by a team where all the players have input arriving a the solution. Bob

Worrior king ,

Fantastic! But I have some topic suggestions

I’ve recently discovered the Meta-Cast and have been listening to the episodes in reverse chronological order. I’m down to around episode 60 at this point. I find that I am highly aligned with the vast majority of the conversation and find something in every episode that can be applied to my daily interactions to make improvement. I would love to hear thoughts discussion about the following topics that don’t seem to get much/any air time:
1. Large scale transformational projects - most of my experience is with major ($500M - $1B) IT projects with a scope of completely replacing dozens of legacy applications with a new solution. How can agile concepts be leveraged for projects with such a large scope?
2. Vendor contracts - the typical approach to achieving #1 above is to enter into a huge, complex contract with a large vendor to deliver the new solution. What are some suggestions for writing a contract for this level of scope that rewards agile behaviors, yet still keeps vendors accountable for delivery?
3. Vendor / contractor execution - the Meta-cast appears to primarily address companies with teams comprised of 100% full time company staff. In my experience, the majority of project delivery staff are either contractors (staff aug) or vendors under contracts. What different approaches / techniques (if any) should be followed when delivering using Scrum/agile with mixed full-time/contractor/vendor teams?

Poleagraphy ,

Absolutely love it!

I’ve been listening for over 6-7 months now on and off and being someone that’s been in the industry for over 20 years, I love listening to both of them talk about different topics and actually have a constructive and helpful conversation with some educational lessons to take away from. Thank you soooo much to both Josh and Bob for helping us all out! Your sincere listener from Burbank, Ca.

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