Foundational Engineering Practices for Agile

February 22, 2018

We chat with SolutionsIQ's Dave Wylie, a seasoned consultant, manager and developer with 35 years of experience. Wylie wants to make sure that, while Agile has expanded beyond IT, people especially in IT remember that good engineering practices are foundational for a successful Agile transformation. Agile software development approaches, techniques and mindsets are drivers for business value and make it possible for Product Owners to ship when they're ready to ship.

Dave argues that foundational development practices - writing tests as well as reviewing, integrating and continuously improving code - are important for everybody. Unfortunately, according to Wylie, ”There's lots and lots of people in the software development world that [have] had zero formal training or informal training or mentorship on these practices.”

Howard Sublett hosts.

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Ghosts of Company Past and Future | Business Agility Series

February 15, 2018

Once upon a time, Melissa Boggs worked for a company where their mission was central to everything they did. This podcast is a story about using mission, vision and values as a beacon for Agile transformation.

Boggs is an agility culture and leadership coach with Agile42. As a Certified Enterprise Coach, she is fascinated with company cultures and how they inspire, or conversely demotivate, individuals to become amazing. In this episode, Boggs walks us through concrete steps for how to not only create a mission statement, but how to live and breathe the mission, vision and values every step going forward, and how to avoid the ghosts that sometimes get in the way of an Agile transformation.

Our favorite quote is one that resonates with so many organizations:
“They already had a mission statement, but quite literally the only person who could tell me who could tell me what it was, was the sweet lady in marketing who wrote it five years ago.”

Hosted by Howard Sublett.

This episode of Agile Amped is part of a series in partnership with the Business Agility Institute.

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Lynn Winterboer Talks Test Automation for Data Warehousing Teams at Mile High Agile 2016

February 12, 2018
Many of the data warehousing problems of the world have been tackled and solved--yet data warehousing and business intelligence teams in Agile settings still struggle with technical practices that better enable Agile. One example is test automation. Lynn Winterboer discusses with Agile Amped at Mile High Agile 2016 in Denver, Colorado, her conference presentation and why she thinks it's hard for such teams to do test automation and how the industry's vendor focus contributes to the problem. 

The bottom line? Don't wait for the right tool or vendor. Just jump right into test automation.

Lynn Winterboer coaches DW/BI teams on applying agile principles to their work. She has filled many roles on data and agile teams for 20 years. Lynn understands the unique set of challenges faced by data teams who want to benefit from Agile project delivery. You can reach Lynn via her website: winterboeragileanalytics.com
 
SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett hosts.

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Becoming an Agile Leader with ICAgile

February 8, 2018

The International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile) is a certification and accreditation body with presence in more than 100 countries, with close to 70,000 people holding credentials thus far. Recently Agile Amped spoke with ICAgile leaders, Managing Director Shannon Ewan and Director of Learning Programs Shane Hastie about their new Agile Leadership track.

Ewan shared with us that fundamentally ICAgile enables “becoming an Agile leader, as opposed to teaching Agile for Leaders. If you’re not interested in changing yourself, then it’s not the program for you.”

According to Hastie, “The ideas embodied in this leadership track are built on that respect of people, and that people are the primary source of value in our organizations.”

Our favorite quote from this podcast?
“It’s about transforming organizations to be more human-centric. The impact is to truly, fully unleash the potential of people within organizations. Creating cultures of learning; making organizations a place where people continue to learn and thrive and they truly are their best at work.” - Shannon Ewan, ICAgile

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Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy | Business Agility Series

February 1, 2018

What do the Brazilian dance Bossa Nova and company-wide agility have in common? According to Jutta Eckstein and John Buck, both are created from a combination of different elements. While the dance is a synthesis of samba and jazz, company-wide agility can be created using the following elements: Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy and Agile - BOSSA nova for short.

Jutta is a coach, consultant and trainer with a M.A. in Business Coaching and Change Management. John Buck is a Certified Sociocratic Organizational Consultant. Listen to how they encourage organizations to use these time-tested concepts to begin experimenting at your company to become Agile, and how sociocracy can ensure that the power structure of an organization will uphold company-wide agility, not hinder it.

This episode of Agile Amped is part of a series in partnership with the Business Agility Institute.

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The Rise of Business Agility

January 25, 2018

SolutionsIQ Business Agility Lead Kat Conner and CTO Evan Campbell discuss the rise of business agility, the challenges and opportunities before today's organizations, and some advanced topics like adaptive management, Agile portfolio management, and innovation as organizational capabilities.

Notable quotes:
"Annual budgeting is irritating and wasteful and not very efficient in the things that we use it for. The hard part is coming up with more effective substitutes for the various purposes that we use annual budgeting."

"Instead of thinking of projects as the primary means of asset allocation and organization of people, we look at the critical streams of value that are flowing from technology to business leaders or customers, and we create long-lived, persistent, capable delivery units."

"One of the things that makes innovation safe and cheap and ultimately more efficient is taking an experimental mindset towards what you're doing."

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Retrospectives | David Horowitz

January 18, 2018

A retrospective is an opportunity for us as a team, as an organization, to ask ourselves what are we doing well, what are we not doing well, and how can we improve going forward. A retrospective is the catalyst for the continuous improvement that Agile promises. David Horowitz is a co-founder and CEO of Retrium, the world’s first and only enterprise-ready platform for Agile retrospectives.

David shared these tips (and more) for having successful retrospectives:
- When should or shouldn't the manager be included
- Why “What happens in the retrospective should stay in the retrospective” might not be the most effective approach
- How to drive engagement during retrospectives
- Why you shouldn’t only think about running a retrospective at the end of the Sprint
- Why minimizing scope is powerful

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User Story Mapping over Backlogs | Mike Clement

January 11, 2018

Co-founder and Principal Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement is passionate about raising the bar of technical excellence in the software development community. One way to do that is by using user story maps. While Clement doesn't advocate for getting rid of backlogs altogether, he believes that user story mapping helps bring the story and user journey out of disparate tasks. The problem is backlogs don't immediately show how different user stories work together, and prioritization doesn't always help. Clement describes how user story mapping helps the business and teams to think about slices of value that can then be turned into a backlog for an upcoming iteration. This helps limit work in progress (WIP) and drive toward delivering real value.

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The Human Side of Software | James Byars

December 21, 2017

Senior Technical Consultant at SolutionsIQ James Byars has noticed that many teams undergoing Agile transformation only focus on the new frameworks and processes. This makes it difficult to focus on the type and quality of the work being done. Byars, who is presenting on the human side of software at Southern Fried Agile 2017, believes that this tendency contributes to the business thinking of software developers as resources instead of people. When teams focus on outputs, such as how much code are written or how many tasks moved to "done," they lose track of why they are doing these things. When teams understand the "why" it allows them to be more creative about problem solving and providing solutions. This helps teams deliver business value and in turn increases the trust between software teams and the business. James says we need to stop "hiring smart people [only to]... tell them what to do" and instead hire these smart people, set some guide rails and set them free.

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ATDD & BDD - What’s the Difference? Ken Pugh

December 14, 2017

Ken Pugh, author of "Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration", gives us a lesson on Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD). And guess what? They aren't as different as you may think. It comes down to whether the tests are written based on acceptance criteria or on the behavior that a system must meet. Pugh reminds us that the important thing is getting the customer representative, the developers and the testers together to write the acceptance criteria in plain human language before a line of code is even written. More kernels of wisdom from Pugh:
- "Fixing a defect is valuable, but preventing a defect is even more valuable."
- If during development you can't ship until a particular test passes, then that test is a requirement. "Testers aren't writing tests, they're writing requirements."
- "If you take more than half an hour to write the tests, then your story is probably too big."
- "If you feel like you need a defect tracking system... you've got too many defects. I have been in places where they actually have just one defect! "

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History of Southern Fried Agile | James Collins & Neville Poole

December 7, 2017

The Southern Fried Agile (SFA) conference has come a long way since its inception. James Collins, SFA chairperson and a technical leader at Wells Fargo, and Neville Poole, SFA chairperson and Agile Practice Lead for Products at SolutionsIQ, sit down with us to share their experiences going from a literal shoe-string budget to major conference venue. James and Neville touch on some horror stories and victories - and joy - that they have experienced in this fun and energizing conference which may or may not have had a chicken for a mascot once upon a time.

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Prototyping Smallsats at NASA | Thomas Friend

November 30, 2017

How is a cellphone like a satellite? Says Tom Friend, Agile consultant at Duke Energy who is blowing our minds with his work at NASA, "If you think about it, a cellphone is a micro satellite [without] stabilization [or] propulsion." Tom walked us through using Scrum and other Agile practices in a satellite mission simulation to create a roadmap and a backlog and to produce a paper prototype of a to-scale small satellite (smallsat), which Friend calls a cubesat. Of the experience, he says, "It creates a shared mental model that everyone can see. It's not what you get out of the paper, it's individuals and interactions."

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Building Great Teams | Richard Kasperowski

November 16, 2017

Richard Kasperowski is the author of "The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness", a book in which he describes how to use the Core protocols developed by Jim and Michele McCarthy, an Agile mindset and practices, and Open Space Technology to create high-performance teams. In this podcast, Kasperowski defines for us what he means by "high-performance teams" thus: "High-performance team is a team that gets objectively better results than other teams doing similar work. It's something you can observe and something you can measure." To achieve this end many times over with different clients and customers, Kasperowski has over time devised what he calls a "protocol stack" whose four layers - Positive Bias, Autonomy, Self-Awareness and Connections - he argues is foundational to all high-performance teams.

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Agile Metrics You Should Use But Don’t | Cat Swetel

November 14, 2017

Ever asked your team, "How's our KPIs? Are we hitting our numbers?" Cat Swetel says that the answer you get may not be very useful for determining actual value delivery. In her Agile Arizona 2017 session "Agile Metrics You Should Use But Don't," Cat shared some metrics that everyone in Agile knows they should focus on, but for whatever reason get set aside. These include: Start date ("when a story crosses the line of commitment"), End date (when the acceptance criteria and definition of done have been met), how many things in progress, time in process (AKA "cycle time" - which in Cat's experience has different connotations in manufacturing), throughput (units of value per unit of time, AKA velocity).

Cat also shares a powerful story about how a delivery team radiated information to their business representatives about the negative impact expedite requests would have on eminent customer satisfaction and how this sharing of information had a profound, positive impact on communication and delivery flow.

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett at Agile Arizona 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Blockbuster Product Management | Derek Neighbors

November 9, 2017

Derek Neighbors is the CTO of Tanga, whose Daily Deals make online impulse shopping even more dangerous. Derek dives into the metaphor that they use at Tanga to make product management more fun and, more importantly, more effective. They call it "Blockbuster Product Management": it maps the many product delivery and release processes to similar processes in movie-making. For every strategic initiative, there are pitch scripts, executive directors and directors (the latter being the Product Owner), screenings, and even a cast of characters who "star" in the movie that is developing and delivering a particular product. The cast will include developers, designers, operations people. For the last two to three years, Tanga has been reaping the benefits of this movie metaphor, releasing posters that gets everyone excited - and completely clear - about what products are being released and when. Derek also shares stories about the power of this metaphor - and, yes, there have been sequels and even "straight-to-DVD" products.

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett at Agile Arizona 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Business Value of Joy | Author Rich Sheridan

November 7, 2017

People don't always use the word "joy" to describe a place they would like to work, but Rich Sheridan thinks we should start. Author of Joy, Inc. and CEO of Menlo Innovation, Rich shares how he created an open space for delivery teams where computers and code were shared – an idea that one respondent said would result in “blood, mayhem, murder.” Instead this approach was what led Sheridan to recognize joy as the very thing that makes a place worth working in. 18 years after starting, Sheridan's mission to bring joy into the workplace is stronger than ever.

Memorable Quotes:
- "It's okay to say, 'I don't know.'"
- "We have intentionally created a culture focused on the business value of joy."

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett at Agile Arizona 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Round Table Roulette - Agile Arizona

November 2, 2017

In this edition of Round Table Roulette, we sit down with SolutionsIQ's Alan Dayley, Reece Schmit from Agile Velocity, and Jeremy Wood from Matrix Resources. Some questions and head-scratchers that our panel wrestles with include:
- Where will Agile be in 10 years?
- What's your favorite retrospective technique?
- How do you know if your pace is sustainable?
- Describe the high-performing Agile team you've ever seen.

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett at Agile Arizona 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Tribal Unity and Scaling Human Relationships | Em Campbell-Pretty

October 31, 2017

Author of the book "Tribal Unity" and SAFe Fellow Em Campbell-Pretty holds the claim to fame for launching the first Agile Release Train (ART) in Australia. Em believes that book clubs are a great vehicle for deep learning, scaling is about building the social fabric of the organization, and that companies get better results by starting with culture. Her session at SAFe Summit 2017 is called "Tribal Unity – The Heart of Scaling Agile."

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse at SAFe Summit 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Imposter Syndrome | Billie Schuttpelz

October 26, 2017

Ever feel like, despite all your hard work and achievements and the praise that people sprinkle on you, you aren't good enough? That the successes in your life are accidents, chance, flukes? If this sounds like you, you may be feeling "imposter syndrome," a term coined in 1978 by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, and that's what SolutionsIQ's Billie Schuttpelz is elucidating in this episode. People suffering from imposter syndrome may actually be high achievers, Billie says, sharing some insights from her experience in the field as a senior Agile coach. Turns out that many, many people have experienced or will experience imposter syndrome. Billie dives into how this is affecting business and Agile transformations today and preventing innovation. And, she says, quit watching your blooper reel.

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Project “Addiction” | Brian Watson

October 24, 2017

Agile veteran Brian Watson urges companies to get over their addiction to projects. He remembers when, at a year-end awards banquet, someone won an award for consultant who billed the most hours. Brian says that you want to reward individuals going above and beyond, but it creates the wrong competitive environment where people one-up each other for number of projects. Instead they should focus on actual value delivered. He also reminds listeners to go read the Phoenix Project for a refresher on the power of small-batch releases.

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse at SAFe Summit 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Continuous Delivery & Technical Excellence | Inbar Oren & Daniel McGlynn

October 19, 2017

SAFe Fellow, black belt-holder and father of two sets of twins Inbar Oren chats with Accenture's Daniel McGlynn on several topics concerning Continuously Delivery and technical excellence, what's next with SAFe, common challenges and myths preventing mindset shifts about Agile and development, and more!

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A SAFe Case Study | Allen Ringel

October 17, 2017

Allen Ringel shares his experience in Agile transformation using SAFe at a large technology company. One key learning that Allen experienced was the need to get leadership engagement early on so leaders could help with the transformation. Something else he would do differently: over-communicate.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

- The data that helped sell Agile at scale to leadership
- First steps into SAFe Implementation
- Importance of training
- How to get people engaged and align them with the vision
- How to communicate during an Agile transformation
- How critical executive sponsorship buy-in is 
- Tips for other organizations starting their SAFe implementation

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Women in Agile and STEM | Deema Dajani

October 12, 2017

Deema Dajani is a Senior Principal Transformation Consultant at CA and co-founder of South Florida Agile Association. Now she can add to her list of titles coordinator of the first Women in Agile local user group in San Antonio, which held its inaugural event at SAFe Summit 2017. Deema shares her experience and joy with the event, which was "full of energy" and standing room only. To keep the momentum going, Deema thinks there is need for more women in STEM careers, which starts with girls being encouraged to dive into science, software development and Agile.

Hosted by Accenture's Melissa Eisner at SAFe Summit 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Agile HR & People Operations | Fabiola Eyholzer

October 10, 2017

Fabiola Eyholzer is the CEO of Just Leading Solutions, a New York based consultancy for Lean and Agile People Operations – the 21st century HR approach. She helps enterprises to accelerate their agile transformation by focusing on their crucial asset: their people.

Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Why Human Resource Management should be called People Operations
- How the function of HR changes in enterprises in Agile Transformation
- What is the new currency for competitiveness in organizations
- The disconnect between mission statements and core values, and reality
- Theory X and Theory Y: Micro-management vs Intrinsic motivation
- What is “The Douglas Effect” and why you should get away from it
- The percentage of people dissatisfied at work and the cost to economy
- How organizations can get to 9% higher shareholder value
- Amount of people who would take a new manager over a salary increase
- How Agile ways of working don't differentiate between work and learning
- How our perception of career is changing
- When you should help an employee move on to another organization
- Best way for HR teams to quickly adopt Agile practices into their work
- The Agile Manifesto for HR www.agilehr.org

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Business Strategy, Transformation Strategy and SAFe | Eric Willeke

October 6, 2017

Transformation consultant and SAFe Fellow Eric Willeke shares his deep Lean-Agile experience with Agile Amped, focusing on the importance of ensuring organizations are guided by key results and outcomes. He points out that while many organizations are great at getting Agile Release Trains (ARTs) up and running, people doing the work have a hard time articulating how their work maps back to the bigger business strategy. Eric also highlights for us the need to clearly distinguish business strategy and transformation strategy and act accordingly. The topic of Eric's session at SAFe Summit 2017 was "Aligning Business Strategy and Execution with the SAFe Portfolio Level."

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse at SAFe Summit 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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SAFe Summit 2017 Round Table Roulette

October 5, 2017

Round table Roulette time again! Our guests this time are Beth Hatter, Sally Elatta and Skip Angel and they have no idea what questions are in store for them! In this episode we answer... If a ScrumMaster were a tree, what kind of tree would they be? What's a favorite aha moment for you or your team? What's an example of a time when Agile didn't apply? How about the worst conference food you've ever had? And so much more!

Our favorite quote from this episode has to be by Sally: "You can use all of Agile sometimes and some of Agile all the time."

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett at SAFe Summit 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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DevOps & Innovating like a Startup | Richard Knaster

October 3, 2017

Richard Knaster of Scaled Agile, Inc., touches on what makes SAFe so effective, DevOps as a key enabler of innovation, and first-mover advantage.

Hosted by SolutionsIQ's Scott Frost live from the second annual SAFe Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

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Round Table Roulette 3 | Agile2017 Edition

August 25, 2017

Billie Schuttpelz, Jolene Jangles, and Ronica Roth (sporting a giraffe onesie) sit down for a turn of Round Table Roulette, third and final of this year’s conference. What’s your favorite retrospective technique? What is your favorite conference? (Agile rap battle, anyone?) What would you throw in “Agile jail”? And then they share stories of a talk or training taking a bad turn or of Agile outside of software.

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Beyond | Scott Ambler & Mark Lines

August 24, 2017

Scott Ambler and Mark Lines are the co-creators of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), and together they gave an overview of this framework in their “Disciplined Agile Master Class” at Agile2017. The duo enlighten us on the difference between their process-decision framework and scaling frameworks like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) or Large-Scale Agile (LeSS). And while they’re at it, they open the Pandora’s Box of “What’s better than Agile? And what does it mean to be “beyond Agile?”

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Is Enterprise Agile Killing Innovation? | David Bland & Giora Morein

August 23, 2017

Giora Morein, founder and former president of BigVisible and current CST, proposed to us an inflammatory topic: enterprise Agile is killing product innovation and dooming global economies. To round out our discussion panel, we invited founder of Precoil David Bland before diving into a deep and long discussion with two major takeaways:
Agile is good at making organizations more efficient, which may cause companies to efficiently undermine their own business, the people they employ and the larger economy.
Organizations don’t invest enough in enough types of innovations to protect against the uncertainty of the future.

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Becoming a Meme & Agile 2.0 | Alistair Cockburn

August 22, 2017

The “enigma wrapped in a puzzle” Alistair Cockburn has an interesting story: signatory of the Agile Manifesto, author of two pivotal books “Writing Effective Use Cases” and “Agile Software Development,” and founder of the Agile software development conference in 2003 along with the more recent “Heart of Agile” conference. This last, “Heart of Agile,” has meme-ified Alistair, in ways oversimplifying who and what he is. But becoming a meme, he says, is crucial in order to have a greater impact. Alistair also shares his thoughts on Agile 2.0, what that means, and provides us with possibly our favorite quote for all of the Agile2017 conference: “Some people say that Agile is dead -- no, it’s just been incorporated into the bloodstream so you can’t see it”.

Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Human Interactions & How Improv Can Help | Kupe Kupersmith

August 21, 2017

Extrovert Kupe Kupersmith has a goal to connect with every person in the world. “I’m not the smartest person in the room,” he admits, “but I am a click away from getting any answer that you need.”Kupe uses improvisation to improve human interactions, which technology and tools like social media can both hinder or support. He even demonstrates how you can use improv to, of all things, build a pool on the moon.

Howard Sublett assists at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Uncovering Agile Coaches | Karen Greaves, Sam Laing & Michael Tardiff

August 18, 2017

How do you coach the mind? “Slowly, carefully,” say our guests Karen Greaves and Sam Laing. The duo are attending Agile2017 from far away South Africa and presenting on “Growing Internal Trainers and Coaches.” Karen shares her experiences becoming – then giving up being – a Certified Agile Trainer because it was at odds with her and Sam’s real objective: growing and uncovering competent Agile coaches and trainers, rather than just handing our certifications to people whose only concern is whether something will be on the exam. As Sam puts it, “Some things that you chase can actually drive the wrong behavior.”

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida, with Agile coach Michael Tardiff adding color commentary.

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Definition of Product Success | Jeff Patton and George Schlitz

August 17, 2017

Author of O’Reilly’s “User Story Mapping” Jeff Patton joins SolutionsIQ’s George Schlitz to remind us that product success is not defined by how many features it has but by the value that customers get out of it. In other words, if customers aren’t using it, the company should take that feedback and run with it. “It’s incredibly important to be focused on what are we helping companies achieve in their worlds more than how much stuff are we delivering.” Meanwhile, George recognizes that leadership is key to ensuring that the business is achieving the actual goal of bringing value to customers.

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts live at Agile2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Leadership Development Ain’t for Sissies | Lyssa Adkins, Halim Dunsky & John Borys

August 16, 2017

Beloved guest and co-founder of the Agile Coaching Institute (ACI) Lyssa Adkins graces us with her presence and regales us with her experiences through leadership development, both her own and those that she has coached others through. SolutionsIQ’s Halim Dunsky and Accenture’s John Borys round out the table with the discussion centering around how difficult it is to be a good leader, whether you’re leading a team or an enterprise. In the spirit of Agile and transparency, the group shares their individual growth experiences and aspirations, recognizing that “leadership development ain’t for sissies.”

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts.

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Disrupting Universities | Michael Vizdos

August 15, 2017

Michael Vizdos is a coach, entrepreneur, author, and now the ScrumMaster in Residence, and part-time professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Universities around the world now have demand for curriculum in Agile and Scrum, and Michael was hired by VCU’s DaVinci Center to disrupt and develop both undergraduate and graduate studies in this field. “This is going to teach kids to think again.”

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“The Tech Industry Needs All Kinds of Minds” - Sallyann Freudenberg on Neurodiversity

August 14, 2017

An Agile coach, trainer and mentor with a PhD in Psychology of Collaborative Software Development, Sallyann Freudenberg is an advocate for neurodiversity. It was after her son was diagnosed with autism that Sallyann recognized the same characteristics in herself – and in the tech industry around us. She says, “Statistically, you have autistics in your organization if you’re a tech company. There’s a huge correlation… These people are in your company right now, you’re just not making the most out of them.” To help companies recognize that neuro-atypical individuals with autism or ADHD may offer intrinsic “superpowers” to offset their challenges, Sally co-founded the Inclusive Collaboration Campaign with Katherine Kirk.

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts.

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The #NoEstimates Movement with Ryan Ripley

August 11, 2017

Agile coach and “Agile for Humans” podcaster Ryan Ripley drops by to talk about a passion of his: the #NoEstimates movement. The problem is that estimates can turn into commitments, dollars get spent based on misinformation, features end up misaligned with business needs, and all parties end up feeling misled and frustrated. The question then is: do estimates add value or is it unnecessary overhead? Jump into with us to learn more about this movement!

SolutionsIQ’s Chris Murman hosts.

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Ron & Chet Have an Agile Revolution in Mind

August 10, 2017

Agile pioneers Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson take us on a roller-coaster ride – in a Delaurian! – through the pervasion of Agile, the evils of meeting big companies where they are, the next evolution of Agile, and treating programmers with human decency, all in the “right side lounge”! Not sure what that means? Neither are we, but we learned a lot and you will, too. Need more incentive? How about these quotes:
- “You’re not doing Agile until your teams are shipping software every two weeks.”
- “I have in mind a revolution.”
- “What is Agile 2.0? It’s teal biomimicry.”
- “We coded live during the keynote to prove that we could do it.”
- “Everything I learned about Agile, I learned through pair programming.”

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Author David Marquet to Leaders: Empower Others by Giving Up Control

August 10, 2017

David Marquet’s book “Turn Your Ship Around” is a favorite in the Agile community because it epitomizes team empowerment. David sits down with Agile Amped to discuss his thoughts on leadership, sharing stories of inadvertently becoming the leader aboard the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear submarine. He offers advice to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies, including (surprisingly) letting your waiter order your meal for you the next 10 times you eat at a restaurant. “When you know what it feels like [to give up control], then you know when you’re on the right track.” Learning to lead, he also advocates, is like learning a foreign language: you don’t learn it by going off to on retreats but by doing a little bit everyday.

Howard Sublett hosts with guest SolutionsIQ’s Dan Fuller.

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