31 episodes

The Agile For Agilists Podcast is a side project for hosts Drew Podwal and Brad Nelson. They hold open discussions, share anecdotes, and provide guidance from their own personal experiences. Listeners can expect soap box moments, thinking out loud, and guest speakers, but most of all, listeners will leave with a better understanding of the complex world of Agile Software Development.

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The Agile For Agilists Podcast is a side project for hosts Drew Podwal and Brad Nelson. They hold open discussions, share anecdotes, and provide guidance from their own personal experiences. Listeners can expect soap box moments, thinking out loud, and guest speakers, but most of all, listeners will leave with a better understanding of the complex world of Agile Software Development.

    Why Every Company Should Have A Chief Agile Officer featuring Larry Apke

    Why Every Company Should Have A Chief Agile Officer featuring Larry Apke

    Join hosts Drew and Brad in a captivating episode of the Agile For Agilists Podcast as they welcome author Larry Apke. In this insightful conversation, Larry delves into the intriguing concept of a Chief Agile Officer and introduces Apke's First Law, offering valuable insights from his extensive experience. He shares compelling details about his innovative VUCA MBA and sheds light on the profound significance of cultivating an Agile Mindset. Tune in for a thought-provoking exploration of leadership in the agile space and the transformative power of embracing agility at its core. To learn more about Larry or to take his class, checkout larryapke.com.


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Vision Check: Aligning Aspirations with Achievement featuring Quincy Jordan

    Vision Check: Aligning Aspirations with Achievement featuring Quincy Jordan

    Embark on a journey of visionary exploration with this lively episode of The Agile For Agilists Podcast. Join hosts Drew Podwal and Brad Nelson, alongside special guest Quincy Jordan, VP of Agility at AgileThought, as they delve into the critical importance of defining, understanding, and communicating your vision.



    Discover why a well-defined vision is the foundation that precedes the identification of problems and the development of effective solutions. Quincy shares invaluable insights on uncovering your vision, emphasizing that, whether overtly expressed or not, a vision always influences your organization. Without a shared vision, individuals might forge their own paths, leading to potential chaos within the workplace.



    This enlightening conversation navigates through corporate challenges, human nature, and the potential of future generations. A highlight of the episode is the spontaneous creation of "Guess That Mission Statement," a whimsical game impromptuly imagined by Drew. Tune in to experience the fun and test your skill at identifying the mission statements of top organizations.



    Whether you're a business leader, entrepreneur, or someone passionate about organizational development, this episode offers valuable perspectives on the significance of visionary thinking in fostering cohesion, innovation, and success. Don't miss out on this engaging discussion that might just inspire you to redefine your organization's future through the lens of a clear and compelling vision.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Are Agile Coaches Really Coaches? Examining the "Coach" Suffix with Holly Acre

    Are Agile Coaches Really Coaches? Examining the "Coach" Suffix with Holly Acre

    In this episode of the "Agile for Agilists Podcast," hosts Drew Podwal and Brad Nelson sit down with special guest Holly Acre, a public school teacher turned Sales Enablement Coach with a unique twist — she applies Agile and scrum principles to her performance coaching practice. The conversation takes a deep dive into the intriguing intersection of Agile methodologies and professional coaching, shedding light on a common challenge within the Agile community — Agile Coaches often haven't been trained to actually coach.



    With her extensive background in coaching and teaching, Holly offers a fresh perspective on the subject and shares her valuable insights that any professional coach, agile or otherwise, can learn from. She reveals how she applies agile principles in her work with sales teams, helping them navigate the complex business world of individual development, sales, and customer relationships.



    Throughout the episode, Drew and Brad are genuinely fascinated by Holly's experiences and how her coaching skills have benefited the sales teams she works with. They discuss the challenges and successes she has encountered, drawing parallels to their experiences as Agile Coaches. Holly's expertise in motivation, goal setting, conflict resolution, and feedback becomes a treasure trove of inspiration for Agile coaches looking to upskill their coaching game.



    Tune in to this insightful episode to discover:

    — The importance of formal coaching training for Agile coaches.

    — Real-world examples of coaching practices benefiting agile teams.

    — Strategies for fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

    — How Agile principles can be adapted to various professional contexts.



    Whether you're an Agile coach seeking to enhance your coaching skills or simply interested in the dynamics of coaching in sales and Agile, this episode promises valuable takeaways and engaging insights. Join Drew, Brad, and Holly for a conversation that bridges the worlds of performance coaching and Agile, highlighting how agile coaches can use a coaching stance to successfully coach agile.



    Episode Resources


    Lyssa Adkins - Coaching Agile Teams


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    • 56 min
    Irony 101: Agile Coaching, Just Not in Agile Quarters with Returning Guest Ken Rickard

    Irony 101: Agile Coaching, Just Not in Agile Quarters with Returning Guest Ken Rickard

    In our recent deep-dive on 'The Agile for Agilists Podcast', Brad Nelson, Drew Podwal, and the ever-insightful returning guest, Ken Rickard tackle a captivating irony: "Agile Coaches Rarely Work in Agile Environments." Together we ponder the unique challenges coaches face, emphasizing the need for heightened patience, focus, and a profound level of acceptance. Why? To meet organizations where they are in their agile journey, not where we might wish them to be. Drawing inspiration from Victor Frankel's poignant reflection—"man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who was asked"—we explore the intrinsic motivation for agile coaches.

    In an atmosphere of candid conversations, we navigate the vast gap between the lofty expectations agile coaches harbor when entering new organizations and the stark reality of their agile maturity. Beyond identifying challenges, we share strategies: mastering self-advocacy, establishing one's space, and influencing change from the top. Join us for a journey filled with rich insights, firsthand tales, and our signature dash of lively yet sardonic banter — a fresh perspective for every agile coach.

    Take one of Ken's ICAgile or Lean Change courses with The Agile For Agilists Podcast exclusive 20% off discount by using code "Agile4Agilists20" at https://insight.com/events (only valid for Ken's courses).


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    • 59 min
    Are You Overlooking Agile's Best Kept Secret? Unleash the Power of Learning on the Fly with Jon Fazzaro

    Are You Overlooking Agile's Best Kept Secret? Unleash the Power of Learning on the Fly with Jon Fazzaro

    Listen in as we navigate through a range of insightful topics in this dynamic conversation with Agile coach, John Fazzaro. We tackle the crucial idea of not knowing the value of our work until it's complete and in use, stressing the need to place faith in "why" our work is valuable rather than faith that if our work was given to us that it must be valuable. Agile practices are discussed in detail, underscoring the necessity for stakeholder feedback to understand what truly brings value.

    Embrace a shift in perspective as we debunk the outdated idea of learning being limited to childhood. We discuss the fallacies this mentality can lead to in software development, the value of continuous learning, and the significance of adapting agile mantras such as 'stop trying to get it right the first time'. Our host Drew, even shares his personal journey to becoming a tattoo "artist", correlating the importance of fast cycles of failure as an opportunity to learn.

    Our conversation takes an interesting turn as we challenge traditional hierarchical organizational structures, drawing parallels with the concept of helicopter parenting. We look at how test-driven development and software architecture influence Agile methodologies, exploring topics like the scientific method, Kent Beck's Test and Commit or Revert, and the complexities of code. We wrap up by discussing how organizational structures can hamper Agile collaboration and the necessity for a framework that supports scaling. You won't want to miss this informative and engaging conversation, so tune in!


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    From Vision to Victory: Defining Success in a Changing Landscape with Dom Michalec

    From Vision to Victory: Defining Success in a Changing Landscape with Dom Michalec

    Welcome to a fresh season of The Agile For Agilists Podcast! We're thrilled to have Dom Michalec back as our guest, bringing his wealth of knowledge in behavior design and product management. In this episode, we dive deep into a fundamental but often underestimated aspect of any endeavor – defining success. Dom guides us through essential topics like coaching agreements, securing buy-in, and boosting attendance at your sprint reviews. Plus, we explore the art of crafting compelling product visions. Tune in for invaluable insights and actionable strategies to elevate your projects and transformations. Don't miss this enlightening conversation!


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    • 1 hr 10 min

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