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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

Troubleshooting Agile A weekly problem-solving session for all things agile

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    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

    Working With Eeyore

    Working With Eeyore

    Do you have an "Eeyore" in your technology team, for whom it's all thorns and no roses? Can you help them to be more Tigger.. and would you even want to? Join Squirrel and Jeffrey as they discuss pessimism and burnout on this episode of Troubleshooting Agile.

    Links:
    - Eeyore & Tigger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Winnie-the-Pooh_characters
    - Previous episode on burnout: https://agileconversations.com/blog/fixing-burnout-by-disagreeing-and-disappointing/
    - Unilateral control model vs mutual learning: https://agileconversations.com/blog/directive-vs-mutual-learning/
    - Motivational interviewing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivational_interviewing
    - Dr. Burns magic button: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/in-therapy/200901/seven-questions-david-d-burns
    - Nonviolent communication: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_Communication

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    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html

    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics, Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.

    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 19 min
    Why Didn't They Just...

    Why Didn't They Just...

    Mistakes are only obvious looking backwards, looking forwards, they seem like good ideas. On this episode of Troubleshooting Agile, Squirrel and Jeffrey discuss why they encourage meaningful errors that lead to learning and how a negative result is a sign of a successful experiment.


    Links:
    - Retrospective Coherence: https://www.chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/retrospective-coherence-and-the-road-not-taken/
    - Bicycle history: https://rootsofprogress.org/why-did-we-wait-so-long-for-the-bicycle
    - Covid predictions: https://thezvi.substack.com/


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    Order your copy of our book, Agile Conversations at agileconversations.com

    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html

    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics, Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.

    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 14 min
    Agile is Dead?

    Agile is Dead?

    Agile is dead, but does anyone care? Cynefin tells us that we should be watching the slope of improvement, not aiming for a mythical "best practice".

    Squirrel and Jeffrey discuss why agile is irrelevant, on this episode of the (ironically named) Troubleshooting Agile podcast.


    Links:

    - Ubiquitous Language: https://martinfowler.com/bliki/UbiquitousLanguage.html
    - Cynefin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin_framework
    - No Vehicles in the Park episode: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/no-vehicles-in-the-park


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    Order your copy of our book, Agile Conversations at agileconversations.com

    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html

    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics, Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.

    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 15 min
    The Agile Software

    The Agile Software

    Has "adopting Jira" become the definition of "being agile"? If so, Squirrel says he’ll find another line of work! Tune in to hear Squirrel and Jeffrey's discussion on using the right tools for certain and uncertain environments, on this episode of Troubleshooting Agile.

    - Squirrel’s Jira tweet: https://x.com/douglassquirrel/status/1767536165790376281?s=20
    - Chris Matts on Needs and Solutions: https://theitriskmanager.com/2015/04/19/communities-of-need-community-of-solutions/
    - Confirmation bias: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
    - Cynefin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin_framework
    - Last week’s episode on certainty and uncertainty: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/decentralisation-dilemmas

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    Order your copy of our book, Agile Conversations at agileconversations.com

    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html
    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics,
    Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.
    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 14 min
    (De)Centralisation Dilemmas

    (De)Centralisation Dilemmas

    Build centralised, standard structures for your tech only when you're sure the terrain isn't moving under your feet and stable software is no guarantee against market avalanches. This week’s episode is all about centralisation and decentralisation, with your hosts, Squirrel and Jeffrey.

    Links:
    - Wardley Mapping: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardley_map
    - Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners: https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Pioneers_settlers_town_planners
    - Cynefin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin_framework
    - Entangled Trios: https://www.peterhinssen.com/blog/dealing-with-complexity-in-the-never-normal

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    Order your copy of our book, Agile Conversations at agileconversations.com
    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html

    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics, Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.

    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 14 min
    The Async-First Playbook

    The Async-First Playbook

    Cancel your standup and record your decisions in writing, not conversations. This week on Troubleshooting Agile, Collaborations Expert and Author, Sumeet Moghe joins Squirrel and Jeffrey to explore "async-first" software development.

    Links:
    - Sumeet Moghe: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumeetmoghe/ and https://www.asyncagile.org/
    - The Async-First Playbook: https://www.thoughtworks.com/en-gb/insights/books/async-first-playbook
    asyncagile.org
    - Alistair Cockburn graph: https://agileconversations.com/AlistairCockburnCommunicationGraph.png
    - Martin Fowler "Periodic Face-to-Face": https://martinfowler.com/bliki/PeriodicFaceToFace.html
    - James Tannier, Effective Remote Work: https://pragprog.com/titles/jsrw/effective-remote-work/

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    Order your copy of our book, Agile Conversations at agileconversations.com

    Plus, get access to a free mini training video about the technique of Coherence Building when you join our mailing list.

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

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    About Your Hosts

    Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick first met while working together at TIM group in 2013. A decade later, they remain united in their passion for growing organisations through better conversations.

    Squirrel is an advisor, author, keynote speaker, coach, and consultant, helping companies of all sizes make huge, profitable improvements in their culture, skills, and processes.

    You can find out more about his work here: https://douglassquirrel.com/index.html

    Jeffrey is Vice President of Engineering at ION Analytics, Organiser at CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, author and speaker.

    You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jfredrick/

    • 33 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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I started listening to the podcast and have fallen in love. These guys, Jeffrey and Squirrel, share their wisdom with unprecedented candor and kindness. Their stories bring to life the real challenges faced by software projects. They don't try to make it sound easy, or cookie cutter. I can't wait to listen to every episode. Definitely recommending to friends and colleagues.

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