200 episodes

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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    • 4.6 • 35 Ratings

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 205 = The Tactics of Great Engineering Management

    Episode 205 = The Tactics of Great Engineering Management

    Engineering Managers are some of the most important players in successful product development. However, many agile transformations don't effectively address this role and how it sets organizations up for greatness. Bob and Josh walk through how you can make this greatness a reality. How do you enable this role in your organization? Let's discuss!
    Diversity and Inclusion:
    Looking to join in on the discussions in our DandI channel on our Discord server? https://discord.gg/w9XTYC3C6C (Here )you go!!!
    Here are the links Bob mentioned in our DandI segment about some of the work he is doing with Agile Alliance's Agile in Color programs:
    https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-in-color/ (https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-in-color/)
    https://www.agilealliance.org/agile-in-color-q1-2021-update/ (https://www.agilealliance.org/agile-in-color-q1-2021-update/)
    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!

    • 42 min
    Episode 204 - The Tactics of Great Retrospectives

    Episode 204 - The Tactics of Great Retrospectives

    Retrospectives are a huge key to success in the world of agile? How willing, able, and aggressive is your team relentlessly pursuing improvement throughout their journey? If retros are feeling stale or you haven't seen any improvements in a while, we have you covered with this episode. Supercharge your team with this episode!
    What tricks have you used to ensure your retrospectives are driving your team to high performance? Let's discuss!!
    Diveristy and Inclusion:
    Looking to join in on the discussions in our DandI channel on our Discord server? https://discord.gg/w9XTYC3C6C (Here )you go!!!
    Here are the links Bob mentioned in our DandI segment about some of the work he is doing with Agile Alliance's Agile in Color programs:
    https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-in-color/ (https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/initiatives/agile-in-color/)
    https://www.agilealliance.org/agile-in-color-q1-2021-update/ (https://www.agilealliance.org/agile-in-color-q1-2021-update/)
    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
    Episode 203 - How To Be A Great Teammate

    Episode 203 - How To Be A Great Teammate

    Everyone talks about how other people SHOULD become better teammates, but does anyone really know what that means? Continuing our efforts covering key tactics, we dive into the actual tactics of being a great teammate. Yes! There are tactics you can use to become a world-class teammate!!!! We'll dig into some of the more common questions we see/hear, such as: What does it look like? How does a great teammate act? Are there specific things one can do to become a great teammate?
    Diveristy and Inclusion:
    Looking for that link we mentioned that gets you right into our DandI channel on our Discord server? https://discord.gg/w9XTYC3C6C (Here )you go!!!
    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!

    • 47 min
    Episode 202 - The Tactics Of Chartering New Efforts

    Episode 202 - The Tactics Of Chartering New Efforts

    The "tactic train" keeps rolling as Bob and Josh discuss how you and your team can/should effectively charter a new effort. Notice that we didn't say "project chartering", because we believe you can/should charter basically any new initiative. What's your view on this? Should you charter every new initiative? Let's discuss!
    Links Mentioned (YES!!! We actually are adding links to things we talked about!!!):
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-in-the-life-tickets-161855749905 ("A Day In The Life Event") mentioned in our Diversity and Inclusion Minute(s)
    The book https://amzn.to/3AV1hPM (Liftoff) that Bob mentioned
    Our https://twitter.com/metahyphencast (Twitter) account
    Our Discord server
    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!

    • 31 min
    Episode 201 - A Deep Dive Into The Tactics Of Planning

    Episode 201 - A Deep Dive Into The Tactics Of Planning

    https://www.meta-cast.com/episode/episode-200-great-agile-planning (Episode 200) walked through the tactics of great agile planning. We knew that wasn't going to be enough to cover the whole topic, so we're dedicating another episode to the topic and digging even deeper into how you and your team(s) can make your agile planning better than ever. What tricks have you used to improve your planning? Let's discuss!
    After you hear our challenge during the Diversity and Inclusion segment, use this link to https://discord.gg/w9XTYC3C6C (jump into our Discord) server and start chatting about everything you see going on.
    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!

    • 33 min
    Episode 200 - Great Agile Planning

    Episode 200 - Great Agile Planning

    Continuing our series of studying key tactical bits that drive real agile success, Bob and Josh dig into how you can make your planning great. If you wish your team's planning could be smoother, this is the episode for you!!!!
    BONUS CONTENT: We are publishing this https://youtu.be/srXlQ3yOEbs (special 200th episode as a video) on our https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdtWwTYeYWJnj3z2Y5ypJVA (kazi YouTube channel) as a special thank you to all of our listeners. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you get alerted when we post our rather humorous follow-up to this episode!
    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!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

CatherineB_GRB ,

All around great podcast

I found this podcast when I first started learning about Agile and have followed it since - it’s been a great resource for leadership, Agile and other IT topics. I recommend it to everyone I work with.

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?

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