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The XP Lifestyle

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The XP Lifestyle

    A Pair of Books: Marquet && Voss

    A Pair of Books: Marquet && Voss

    Books that help you earn the ability to benefit from technical excellence!

    We've talked about "wisdom from books" and something like the "Radio Free XP" bookshelf.

    On today's episode, we work to formalize the topic, and get into how and why _Turn The Ship Around_ and _Never Split The Difference_ can help people improve their tech career experience.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Elisabeth and Janice

    Elisabeth and Janice

    Elisabeth Hendrickson and Janice Fraser, what else could you want to know?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Go Hack Your Bureaucracy or “Fall seven, rise eight.”

    Go Hack Your Bureaucracy or “Fall seven, rise eight.”

    Recording Date: Jan 16, 02024

    Hosts: Tony Hansmann && Jesse Alford

    Guest: Bryon Kroger

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryon-kroger/recent-activity/all/

    Brian Kroger is the founder and CEO of Rise8.us. A consultancy inspired by the Pivotal Model. Bryon works in the DOD and calls himself a bureaucracy hacker.

    In the episode, he points out that once you understand how the bureaucracy is “programmed,” you can often get a lot further than you can in private industry. 

    Listen through to all the way!

    Tony && Jesse


    Rise8 Company Description

    Rise8 delivers software for Critical Missions. We are revolutionizing the way government agencies build, deploy, and utilize critical software.   

    Rise8 is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with headquarters in Tampa, FL, and a fully-remote workforce.


    Drive relentless progress.

    We own relentless progress. We can always do better. The moment we stop thinking that, the moment we stop pushing for a better future - bad things happen.


    Critical outcomes in prod (real, rapid, reliable).


    The Rise8 logo emphasizes the number 8 and is a symbol of the paired relationship we practice with our clients at every level of operation. The slash within the 8 is a 78-degree angle as a nod to the Japanese proverb that inspired our name: “Fall seven, rise eight.”

    • 44 min
    Pivots in the wild with Mala Janus

    Pivots in the wild with Mala Janus

    Recording Date: 2023-11-13

    Hosts: Tony Hansmann && Jesse Alford

    Guest Name: Mala Janus

    Contact information:



    Guest: Mala Janus is a Pivot who has never worked for Pivotal. She’s an XP practitioner who learned both the Dev and PM side of things while working at a large client who built their own Pivotal-style Lab.

    All Pivots know the magic experience of meeting new Pivots, the origin stories, the comparison of how “we do things here,” the seeking of accord, alignment, and camaraderie, which are the foundation for effective pairing.

    To all Pivots everywhere, we wish you Happy Hoildays and a working model that makes sense to you.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Lets play "Bet your badge" with Thomas Squeo

    Lets play "Bet your badge" with Thomas Squeo

    Recording Date: 2023-11-15

    Hosts: Tony Hansmann && Jesse Alford

    Guest Name: Thomas Squeo

    Social media:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomassqueo/  

    Previous interview on Youtube.com: https://youtu.be/iZCPAHwhTWI?si=CfjhBEkyqN69x4eF

    Guest: Thomas Squeo

    Title: Let’s Play “Bet your Badge” with Thomas Squeo (01h:30m)

    One of the greatest things about being in the field for Cloud Foundry was meeting leaders who were deploying not just Cloud Foundry but an array of transformation solutions. 

    Thomas Squeo's roots in XP go back to the early 2000s when he was an early Beck practitioner who worked with both Pivotal Labs and Thoughtworks. What sets Thomas apart is that he has done everything from being a line developer to being the CTO of Entrado, a global 911 provider, among other things.

    Jesse and Tony talk about what it takes to not just do XP but also what the IRL challenges you will face when transforming an organization.

    Grab a notebook and buckle up.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    XP is Made of PEOPLE! with Drew McManus

    XP is Made of PEOPLE! with Drew McManus

    Recording Date: 2023-11-13

    Hosts: Tony Hansmann && Jesse Alford

    Guest Name: Drew McManus

    Drew has a 30+ year career with orgs that are serious about software. He got involved with Pivotal Labs around 2006 and shepherded the practice until 2020. 

    Social media:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewmcmanus/

    • 1 hr 12 min

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Endearing podcast with enthusiastic hosts! Even if you’re not knee-deep in the XP world, you’re sure to learn a thing or two about cooperative teamwork and effective leadership.

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