Scrum Master of None
Is the pursuit of #mastery really a linear destination we hope to reach one day or a beacon in the night sky telling us where north is? Is mastery a box we check for ourselves to feel #worthy or an unsolved #mystery we yearn to see the other side of? #Perception is quite the qualifier. It’s up to us to recognize our own perception of the mastery we seek and what truly makes us come alive. Tune into this week’s newest episode and find out what really makes the Scrum Master come alive with the return of speakers John Augustin & Matt Miller 🔥
August 28, 2021
Psychology of Product
What happens when a social media app goes #viral and suddenly hours of your day have disappeared? What happens when a virus hits an entire species and you find yourself getting #acclimated to regular video calls in your home? What will happen to us when we figure out our future residence in outer space? Our lives will fundamentally #change. One person's vision impacting the masses. The psychology behind radical products is not foreign to us and demands to be recognized. Tune into the Season 2 premiere with our newest guest speaker Kaelin Burns and the return of guest speaker Jake Tyndall, to find out. 🔥
August 14, 2021
What happens when you go through eight (8) #powerful episodes with different speakers on #controversial topics that often get overlooked in the #Agile space? Well, what you don’t do is wait for opportunities to manifest on their own. You create your own opportunities for #meaningful change when and where you see them. #AgileDisrupted brings back major speakers from Season 1 for one last showdown called #ChangeMyMind on these seven (7) topics: - Work is done when it’s in Production. - Managers are not required for a successful Agile team. - Trust is like a vase. It’ll never look the same when you put it back together. - Products fall apart without understanding their true product market fit, and the five (5) types of MVPs. - Between the end user, the customer, the buyer and the consumer, the customer is the most valuable player for a product. - Products serve the customer it’s designed for, but there is no guarantee they will use it without the right design. - “Culture fit” translates to “culture clique.” Tune into the Season 1 Finale with speakers Kaitlin Zarcone, John Augustin, Joshua Mauldin, Matt Miller, Emmanuel Wiggins, MSIST, ACSPO and find out how the disrupters assembled. 🔥
May 24, 2021
Ugh, Agile Interviews
How would you describe your #typical work day? Honestly. Is the work that you do each day actually #meaningful? Or is your current role sucking the life out of you? Have you become complacent & unmotivated? Do you feel underutilized? Do you feel #unappreciated? If so, was it always like this? No, of course not. Your first day at any #organization is the glorious day where your inner battery of #hope, excitement, and curiosity is at full capacity because everything is new and exciting. You’re about begin a new era full of #possibilities. But does the organization feel that way, too? Does your hiring manager share the same sentiment that the #future is bright & full of possibilities? Or were you hired for a temporary gap that needs filling? When an organization envisions a future that’s full of hope, so does its people and the people they #hire to bring along with them. But are most organizations looking into the future or obsessing over the present? Are organizations treating people as #resources or beacons for a #better tomorrow? Tune into this week's newest episode with the return of speaker John Augustin, founder of Agileburn.com, and find out.
May 18, 2021
The Customer, Haha - UX Edition
What if I told you that tomorrow is going to be a day of radical & tragic change? Tomorrow is the day you experience a horrible stroke, and are now navigating through a wheel chair, while you undergo intense physical therapy to regain your sense of mobility again. You'd feel profoundly devastated. The same set of stairs that you climbed a countless number of times now gives you feelings of helplessness and anger. But are you angry at the stairs or at the problem? The stairs are intently designed for humans with mobility. The elevator behind the stairs now holds new meaning and a space for gratitude that you didn't have before. As humans, are we physically & emotionally designed for such radical change? Maybe. Are there humans out there who's very passion is dedicated around human centered design? Yes. It's called User Experience (UX). We are all humans surrounded by products that we specifically chose because they were specifically designed for a customer persona that we identify with. People create products to serve the people, but is it designed in a way for them to use it? Tune into this week's newest episode with guest speaker, Joshua Mauldin and find out.
May 10, 2021
Minimum Viable Potential
How do we come up with ideas? Think about your last memory of experiencing recognition, or even ridicule, from someone about your particular idea. Was it a fleeting thought or the result of a perfectly packaged set of circumstances? The very definition of an “idea” has countless interpretations. When you hear the opening question for a remarkable Founder, “What you’ve created is ground breaking, how did you come up with the idea?” A long winded story begins, but the same question remains: How do we really come up with ideas? We imagine them. Our ideas are born in our imagination, and unless we do something about them, they live there, too. The evolution of an idea, or even a belief, turning into a successful Product always circles back to its origin story: Minimum Viable Product. When an idea is born, it commands a hypothesis to drive an experiment. But what exactly requires that hypothesis to become a viable Product vs. something that has “Minimum Viable Potential?” What is an experiment without its scientist plagued by a hypothesis that commands an answer? Where is our conviction of the problems we sign up to solve? Tune into this week’s newest episode with the return of speakers Matt Miller & Jake Tyndall, and find out.
May 1, 2021
The Customer, Haha
As professionals in the Agile realm, how do you explain your role to your friends and family? When you share your official title as "Scrum Master, Product Owner, Developer, Agile Consultant, etc.,” people who don’t currently work in an Agile space won’t understand what you're talking about. So, we pause for a brief moment, to gather ourselves and figure out a way to explain what our role is in a way that is meaningful. One way or another, you find yourself explaining the Product or the business you support and that's the kicker. We all have a role to play when it comes to the multi-dimensional realm that is Product Management. Every single human being on this earth serves a role in Product, whether you're a founder, a builder, or a customer. Perhaps, not everyone in this world has experienced what it takes to be a founder and/or builder. But there isn't a fortunate soul on this earth that hasn't been a customer to an existing or former Product. So, when does that customer obsession begin for the Products we design in a market that competes for the same cause: Products designed by people to serve a need for the people. Tune into this week’s newest episode with special guest, Jake Tyndall, and find out.
April 18, 2021
If I had to ask you how many times you’ve been betrayed? Could you come up with a number? What’s the first memory that comes to your mind? That leap of faith you took in trusting someone, and ended up feeling foolish in the end. Did you recover? Did that relationship recover? And isn’t that the irony of trust? The only way to know if you can trust someone is by trusting them. It’s the beginning of every relationship you’ve ever had in your life. Flip that. What about when someone starts trusting you? That transition period of being someone’s after thought to being someone’s priority. It’s scary. It’s a big moment that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves...until it’s too late. Now amplify the magnitude of such a responsibility of individuals to teams, specifically, Agile teams. How often are we braving through connection? When trust falls apart, what do you do? When trust is salvaged, what happens? Tune into this week's special 1-hour episode and find out with guest speakers, Kaitlin Zarcone from "Our Breakroom" Podcast, and John Augustin, Founder of Agileburn.com
April 11, 2021
Manager or Mentor?
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
When it comes to the organizations we work for and represent, do you recall the first conversation you had with the person you reported to or currently report to? The day you first joined your organization, swiped your security badge and carried a sense of nervousness as well as excitement of what was about to be the #beginning of an era. It’s an indescribable sense of uncertainty of what you actually got yourself into, while you wait for your first “prime directive.” A pivotal conversation that’s going to set the tone of what, may very well be, your most important relationship in the entire organization. And that relationship is with your #boss. Is that relationship going to be the catalyst to your #success or your ultimate #downfall? How will that relationship represent the #integrity behind your team's success or failure(s)? How will that relationship affect your own #integrity as a human being? Will you be able to #support your team's success at the detriment of poor management? Or even worse, poor leadership? Or will you able to #thrive and become someone that you never knew existed with the unexpected #support of a mentor? Tune into this week’s newest episode and find out with guest speaker, Emmanuel Wiggins.
March 27, 2021
Definition of #NOT Done
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
As believers of #Scrum, we stress the importance of the ever popular team artifact: Definition of Done. So, how about the Definition of #NOT Done? Can you recall a time where a team completes their sprint goal and it does not actually meet their Definition of Done at all. In fact, sometimes the team completely disregards the #DoD and continues on to the next sprint anyway. In the team’s mind, they finished their sprint goal and justify their work being deployed to Test or an adjacent environment. The work is done, but the actual Product Backlog Increment is #NOT done. So, does that merit the uncomfortable conversation of #undone work? Work that is #done is work that is #released. Work that is #shippable is work that is ready to be in the hands of the #users. But does it actually get shipped? Work that is released is when that happens. How long do we wait for #undone work to accumulate? How long do we wait for that risk to continue growing? The uncertainty of how the component, the feature, or the entire application will respond to Production data and ultimately Production users? Tune into this week's newest episode and find out.
March 12, 2021
Agile, the #Buzzword
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
When you're in the world that is Agile, does it seem like the term alone has become a commodity? A term that carries so much history and influence has now turned into a modifier that is actively used only to prove a completely separate point. Is it Agile, or is it the #buzzword? Are we believers or are we followers? Tune into this week's episode and find out.
February 27, 2021