In this episode, Ricardo joined Shahin to talk about Practical Agile; and indulge in an in-depth conversation on Agile through time from trenches to executives, and much more.

Quotes from this session:

  • Coach please come on in, help us with this. That’s the dream scenario.
  • Never hire Agile Coaches that are gonna tell you what they are going to do to make things better.
  • The one thing I recommend is never to be a hero!
  • Hiring for Leader: I am hiring you for how you think. I can teach you what you do not know. But I can’t teach you how to think.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Scrum Fit and/or Kanban Fit
  • CSP through times – Scrum Alliance
  • Coaching & Consulting Stories
  • 10 years of Agile
  • How to start Agile
  • Don’t stop at Scrum

The following books we have referenced:

We mentioned the following people:

Contact Information:

In this episode, Dave joined Shahin to talk about Kanban; and indulge in an in-depth conversation on Kanban going main stream, Consulting, Kanban vs Others, Training, and much more.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Kanban Facts
    • Kanban’s take on Estimation
    • Kanban Spread to Whole Company
    • What really does Kanban do?
    • Misconceptions of Kanban
    • Kanban offers a long-term solution rather a short-term achievements
    • One reason that the Kanban Method was created, was to make life better for people.
    • Kanban; it’s just a way to see your problems, describe solutions, put them in a place that everybody understands, and to bring all of your people together to solve these problems.
    • Scrum, SAFe, XP Barrier on evolving change in any organization
  • Kanban Going Mainstream
  • Lean Software Society Boston 2012
  • Consulting Secrets for a Good Consultant
    • High-Performing Team vs High-Performing Organization
Community Initiation of Lean-Kanban University (now Kanban University)

The following books we have referenced:

We mentioned the following people:

Contact Dave:

In this episode, Joey joined Shahin to talk about Kanban; and indulge in in-depth conversation with select audiences.

The following has been topics of our conversation:

  • Kanban as a Method vs a Tool
  • Upstream and Delivery Stream
  • Stealth Kanban
  • KLR – Kanban Week
  • Q&A with Joey
    • Scrum and/vs Kanban in large organizations
    • Kanban in Transformation world
    • Chaos being hidden as Expedie

The following books we have referenced:

We mentioned the following people:

In this episode, David joined Shahin to talk about all things Kanban; KMM, the new Kanban Guide, and more.

Kanban Resources:
To learn more about The Kanban Guide, please visit https://resources.kanban.university/kanban-guide/
To learn more about the Kanban Maturity Model please visit https://kmm.plus/en/

Kanban Maturity Model Book
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3fbl30M
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3cYZ8Hu

Kanban Blue Book
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2P64Cbl
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/31dRymX

First State of Kanban Survey
https://www.lean.ws/KanbanSurvey

In this episode, Steve joined Shahin to talk about Value Stream Mapping. For the first time, we had a live audience recording the episode. Peter, Ali, and Nasima from the audience asked questions from Steve by the end of the show.

Topics

We conversed about and around the following topics:

  • Value Streams let you see the big picture and your biggest bottlenecks, risks, and opportunities.
  • A value stream captures a view beyond common Agile and DevOps visibility to how we create and deliver value.
  • A Value Stream Map lets to share that view with others and align on what to do next.
  • A map should be simple to start (you can always add more data if you want) – avoid heavy/complex approaches.
  • People are the most important part. Facilitation, handoffs, incentives, psychological safety are major factors.

People & Resources:

We referred to and/or mentioned the following people and/or resources:

Book

People:

About Steve:

Steve helps teams escape and avoid software delivery challenges using value stream techniques. In tech for over 20 years, he started in support and was most recently a startup CTO. He works with 10 and 100000 person companies to remove friction and boost value through his value delivery program at visible.is. He’s an active community member and organizer, running DevOps Toronto and Toronto’s DevOpsDays conference, but often seen in agile and systems thinking events as well.

In this episode, Allen joined Shahin to talk about what truly Agile is in today’s world of Software Development.

Topics

We conversed about and around the following topics:

  • Agile or Not
    • Agile is nothing more than Better Software Better
    • What is Real Agile Thinking? Reasons to Avoid Agile
    • Fake Agile, Dark Agile (Foe Agile)
    • Trust is the heart of agile
    • SAFE v.s. Scrum; Kanban Board Assumes Linear Process
  • Agile in The Time of Corona
    • Scrum’s Response to Corona
    • Remote Working Went Bad – More Silos
    • The Complexity Of Working From Home
    • Work Is A Human Activity
  • Challenges of Successful Agile Transformation in Large Organization (And Typically Failures)
    • Experiments Failure in Big Organizations; PMO and Agile Failure Pattern
    • ING Transformation Story (New Zealand) + Home Depot
    • Dunbar Number
  • Agile Architecture
    • Architecture Process Code Culture Connected for True Agile
    • Mob Moves Forward Even If Individual Has To Drop Out And Come Back In
  • Social Software Development & Mentorship

People & Resources:

We referred to and/or mentioned the following people and/or resources:

Books

People:

About Allen:

Allen Holub (https://holub.com, @allenholub, allen@holub.com) is an internationally recognized software architect and Agile-transformation consultant. He speaks internationally about these topics and agile-friendly implementation technology (like microservices) and architecture. He provides in-depth consulting and training in those areas. He excels at building highly functional Lean/Agile organizations and designing and building robust, highly scalable software suitable for agile environments. He’s worn every hat from CTO to grunt programmer and is an expert-level programmer in many languages and platforms.

Allen is widely published. His works include 10 books, hundreds of articles in publications ranging from Dr. Dobb’s Journal to IBM DeveloperWorks), and video classes for agilitry.com (Agility with Allen), Pluralsight (Swift in Depth, Picturing Architecture, Object-Oriented Design), O’Reilly (Design Patterns in the Real World) and forthcoming on Lynda/LinkedIn.

In this episode, Jamie joined Shahin to talk about the recent disruption all of us are experiencing.

We conversed about and around the following topics:

  • Cognitive overload, learning tips, and personal disruptions
  • Disruptions in our professional lives and the following: Instagram Influencers, Lonely Planet, etc.
  • Responding to Change and Agile transformation at the time of covid19
  • Creative ways of teaching then and now: SMS based learning
  • Psychic Entropy: a state of mind where your thoughts cannot flow to have concrete ideas but are stuck in the same state of thought like a Merry go Round.

We referred to and/or mentioned the following people:

Peter Aceto

We cited the following resources:

In this Episode, Diana joined Shahin to talk about Agile Fluency and other related topics.

Diana Larsen

We conversed about and around the following topics:

We referred to and/or mentioned the following people:

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock – Linda Rising – Esther Derby – Klaus Leopold (LeanOnAgile Show with Klaus) – Joshua Kerievsky – Ward Cunningham – Norman Kerth – Allison Pollard – Alistair Cockburn – Ron Jeffries – Arlo Belshee – Martin Fowler – James Shore

We cited the following resources:

By Diana & Co-Authors:

By Other Authors:

About Diana:

As co-founder and chief connector, Diana Larsen collaborates in leadership of the Agile Fluency® Project. Diana co-authored the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and the seminal whitepaper and eBook “Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile.” For 20+ years, she led the practice area for Agile software development, leading & managing teams, and guiding Agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. Through the Agile Fluency Project’s programs for supporting and mentoring agile coaches and consultants, Diana shares the wisdom she’s gained in over 30 years of working with leaders, teams, and organizations. She delivers keynote talks and workshops at conferences around the world.

About the Session:

We all have to work together. In a time of unexpected sequestration, there is a drive for us all to become individual silos, each plugging away at home. But, in order for professionals to have agency, build a quality product, and end the day fulfilled, they need to have clarity of expectation of themselves and their teammates. Rapid feedback loops are crucial for giving people clarity.  This can only come from collaboration.  We will not survive as armies of one.

Jim Benson will discuss collaboration, uncertainty, and team-centered approaches to create focal points for uncertainty, allow people to deal with complexity, reduce stress,  and focus more.

 

Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life

About Jim Benson:

Jim Benson is the creator of Personal Kanban and Lean Coffee, two intuitive systems that calm complexities in work, highlight unknown elements, and allow focused professional responses. His background as a civil engineer in the management of Megaprojects and owning software companies has led him to always focus on what the team needs to navigate uncertainty, understand quality, and collaboratively self-manage. Currently, through his consulting at Modus Cooperandi and his on-line school at Modus Institute, Jim is actively pursuing how to best implement collaborative, professional, and humane systems of work.

 

Jim Benson

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