We understand that the mindset and concept of Agile seems fairly straight forward, however trying to be Agile, transform or adopt within organizations can actually be extremely difficult if not very frustrating. The reality is, we live and work in imperfect environments. People themselves are fallible by nature and can contribute to the complexity. Due to all of this, odds are stacked against us from the very start.
On the other hand, maybe you are working in a really healthy Agile environment achieving some amazing results. You can contribute to our podcast and I feel pretty strongly we will cover some topics that will help you continuously improve.
If you have an Open mind, Open to learning, Open to sharing, then we are Open to be here to serve YOU! We want to engage with our audience and take you on a journey that will help you produce results, overcome challenges and embrace any opportunity that has been presented to you.
Come on a journey with us as we explore difficult scenarios, touch on hot-button topics, provide you options, connect you to cutting-edge guests and allow you to completely inject yourself into our world.
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Learn about Empathy and Healthy Routine Establishment, Keys to Leading
This has been a long time in the making. It's taken me countless hours to fix my terrible audio (not David's) and lots of helter-skelter in my life over the past year, BUT, we are back! I promise, the audio is merely okay in this podcast and I will improve this moving forward.
You do not want to miss this podcast. David Fannin, a former Scrum Master and colleague of mine at Cofense, joins me in some very powerful discussion that you can go back to and reflect on days, months, even years from now. I have been editing this recently and something we recorded 1 year ago, was able to positively impact my mindset and life just recently. Hopefully, since I found this valuable and impactful, you will too. It's truly timeless advice and all tends to just marry together nicely.
Empathy, sympathy, compassion, strong peer selections, building healthy routines and being a valuable contributor are all integral to being a great leader. In this episode, we dive deep into all of this and how you can better understand how to leverage these terms and concepts to make yourself a better leader in establishing very strong interpersonal relationships with people. It's these relationships that grow them, grow your team and ultimately grow yourself.
People routinely ask me the value of an Agile Coach or Scrum Master and the most powerful value they bring to the table is relatively intangible. They harness strong soft-skills and don't just preach these concepts, they are masters of utilizing these concepts to get results for your teams and your company. Listen in as we explore these topics.
00:20 - Intro
02:27 - Meet David Fannin
03:24 - Hear how David was involved in an Agile Transformation
04:05 - How David approaches perceiving things from a different perspective
05:50 - We dig into empathy and learn the distinct differences between empathy, sympathy and compassion and how someone should consider each in their approach when utilizing their interpersonal connections with others - using this to build and establish powerful relationships
20:04 - Guilt and feeling I have failed in maintaining my podcast, David steps in to help me, coach me and transform my perceptions, this is amazing and very helpful to me, most important, learning to be kind to ourselves is key here
25:14 - Some advice on personal growth, surround yourself with good people and people you trust that can strengthen you
30:17 - David has some amazing advice and tips on establishing a healthy routine in your life
43:42 - How establishing your routine and the choice of your selective peer group, can help you maintain the routine - they do intertwine
46:20 - An intention is only an intention, turn it into action and leverage these tips and advice provided
47:10 - Process helps as a supporting tool
48:52 - Turn around your negative situation by putting your energy into someone who needs help in their journey
50:40 - Closing it out
You can control every situation, no you really can! - Episode 11
I mentioned before that there are 3 things you can do to control or own every situation you are faced with. This wasn't my advice, but advice I learned when I heard Brian Buffini interview Lou Holtz and he told a story about his relationship problem with his wife Beth Holtz.
I tell this story so that you have context and keep in mind that Lou and Beth are married to this very day over 58 years later... so this advice must work for something. I find it useful and apply it, so I share it with you.
Another thing I want to dive into are the misconceptions of using this advice. Take a listen as I hope this can help your journey in some way or that you may find some inspiration.
A great quote from Lou Holtz to remember as you listen to this show:
“As long as you have an excuse, you’ll look for reasons why you can’t succeed.”
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Agile Jumpstart - Part 2, Episode 10
This episode brings some powerful coaching advice thanks to a little exercise our leaders went through to draft a letter of advice to their younger-selves based on all the knowledge, experience and wisdom they’ve gathered through their illustrious careers. We not only did this for George who is transitioning into the Agile space, but for anyone starting out and I think it could also add value to those who have been at this for a while.
With that being said, we would like to challenge you to go through the same exercise! Draft a letter of advice to your younger-self. Please share that letter with us. We’d be delighted to hear the advice you give.
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00:11 – Opening Introduction
03:30 – Start of the show, Jeff Koors reads his letter
07:10 – Heidi Araya reads her letter
08:26 – Isaac Garcia reads his letter
09:20 – Jeff broke some rules, so now we discuss cutting down content and honoring time – is he punished for his rule breaking?
10:15 - The heart and soul of the Agile community and what this is really all about…
10:50 – Words of encouragement as we part ways
13:47 – Closing out the show, what’s up next…
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Agile Jumpstart - Part 1, Episode 9
We have the distinct honor and incredible opportunity to help out someone who is just starting their Agile journey. Our special guest will ask us a few questions that anyone new to Agile will surely want to know. We hope to share some powerful advice and tips so that our guest and anyone who listens can get a good jumpstart in the Agile world.
If you are experienced and have a passion for this Agile space, listen in and when we are asked these questions, think:
“What advice would I give or how would I answer that question?”
Actually – don’t just think. Please, Tweet us (@CoachingAgileJo), or email us at:
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I’d love to do a podcast where I share with all the listeners advice our audience has provided and how our audience answered these same questions.
00:20 – Opening Introduction
03:15 – Start of the show, meet George Black
06:57 – How does an Agilist or Scrum Master get their start and how do they become active in the Agile community?
16:32 – Are there stepping stone roles, or a career progression path in Agile?
28:09 – People Over… - Let’s talk about how and why this is such a huge thing.
33:00 - What learning opportunities would you recommend to an aspiring Agilist?
40:20 – Closing out the podcast
Self-Managed Teams for the Win! Doug Kirkpatrick Interview
This is an Open Leadership Symposium speaker interview with Doug Kirkpatrick that happened to unlock some very valuable information and insight into creating self-managed people and teams, as well as how leadership works within this culture. This is the direction of the future, get ahead of the curve now and take up some learning with this podcast episode.
If you suffer from bureaucracy, dogma, fiefdoms and feel your organization can do better, you want to tune in!
If you are a business or organization leader looking for real business agility, this is also the show for you!
If you are in HR and want to modernize the culture, empower people and teams, this is for you!
Your organization can be good, if not great.... it doesn't matter, there's always room to rise to excellence or become elite... we have you covered, this podcast is also for you too!
00:19 : Show Intro
00:40 : What is the Open Leadership Symposium and Why should I attend?
02:16 : Self-Managed workplace - what is this?
02:52 : Some advice and inspiration from a friend's Facebook post, check yourself and your attachments
04:51 : People are already in tune with self-managing themselves, find out how
06:19 : Making it clear; Boss does not equal leader, Manager does not equal leader, Executive does not equal leader
08:04 : Meet Doug Kirkpatrick
14:16 : Yes, Doug is a Financial Controller and was able to lead a self-managed organization that became wildly successful
16:35 : Who is more connected to the problem and has ideas to improve the problem? Workers or Manager? AND, do they feel they can present this and make a difference?
17:39 : What is Beyond Empowerment? How do you actually go "beyond" empowering people?
19:30 : What constitutes me being a leader? Is it a role I can be assigned to?
20:56 : Why is this movement to allow people to self-manage, decentralize command or to empower teams so difficult?
23:20 : Can adrenaline and dopamine be a primary driver to not allowing certain people in positions of power to relinquish their authority?
25:35 : How can you help influence this Self-Management movement?
27:46 : Some people want to work alone or be an order taker or time clock puncher, how are they managed in Self-Management?
30:12 : If everyone is Self-Managed, how do you manage a situation where someone has skill deficiency or is not a good fit in a position/role?
32:54 : Interesting concept - Gamify the Workplace for Optimum Results
36:25 : Why should people come to the Open Leadership Symposium see you speak?
38:55 : How you can connect with Doug?
41:22 : Doug's word of encouragement to you on how you can begin applying a Self-Managed work culture & will it benefit your personal life too?
42:33 : You have the power in you, no matter what forces you may feel are holding you back
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Agile is not all that bad, OR, is it?? - Part 2, Episode 7
Get ready, because this is the show where we can rally around Healthy and Positive Agile/Agility
Our last episode dove into some of our points of view on why Agile gets a bad rap. This episode will enlighten you on what the heart of Agile is and was meant to be.
I have a feeling you’ll be surprised with the context of how we bring forward ways of getting Agile back onto a positive track as leaders. Actually, I think this episode will help those who resist or don’t understand what Agile is, to understand the true value of Agile and change the perception of what they experienced or thought Agile was that led them to originally go against it.
Even those with great Agile tenure and experience may be a bit mind blown at how this show wraps up the entire context of the episode with a statement mic drop. Stop, and take the time to listen to this episode to recalibrate your own mind on how we can all focus on getting Agile healthy and perceived as a positive way for everyone to embrace working together. Listen in and let’s give Agile a better name and image!
00:16 – Show Intro
01:43 – Show Segway from Why Agile is bad, to How Agile is great
02:02 – We gave Isaac a magic wand, he waved it and this is how Agile got better
05:59 - How does a young girl falling off her bike and getting hurt have anything to do with Agile??
07:47 - Engineers so far removed from connecting to the problems they are helping solve, is hierarchy the obstacle
09:50 - A good exercise to demonstrate impact of layered feedback loops
11:32 - Is the feedback, really the voice of the end user OR someone who feels they know what end users want?
13:01 - Lost art of personas, or personas have never been used correctly to begin with
15:01 - Use-Ability Lab can open eyes and check egos - but it was so simple, build so perfect and had great requirements
18:00 - BUT, we do the demos.... and do all the other steps and you mean to tell me, Agile still isn't working???
19:28 - Believe in the team - PERIOD w/ values first
21:30 - Someone to lead, who has been successful doing it and TRUST in this person, support this person, engage
27:08 - Scale does not equal consistent and we need more recognizing healthy achievements in Agile
29:03 - Creating a culture of winning, lessons learned through the hotel industry
32:33 - So hard to ship something minimal, WE WANT IT ALL, cram next thing through pipeline
35:57 - User Story Tyranny, is this what we've come down to... could this be the key thing?
38:07 - How can Proof of Concepting or The Scientific Method help us understand healthy Agile?
39:22 - How can "Wizard of Ozzing" help you and your teams & Mark drops a secret statement he intends to copyright
40:15 - Connecting the actual results of what a team delivered to the problem they helped solve
42:00 - Here it comes.... the moment you've been waiting for -- you had to listen to everything to understand THIS!
43:27 - What... did our podcast studio just blow up or WHAT
43:54 - Wrapping up with some great tips for you to use
48:57 – Close out of show, what’s up next
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