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The Agile Truth

The Agile Truth

Welcome to The Agile Truth: a podcast by IBM iX! This is your weekly 5-minute chunk of honest agile experiences made by our digital experts at IBM iX. Every episode of our podcast deals with a different agile topic, but the mission stays the same: To provide you with the most valuable insights for your work as an agilist.
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S02 E10: A common understanding of agile across the organisation
What happens when various meanings are ascribed to the term agility? Different understandings of methods, ways of working, or processes can lead to chaos, a loss of productivity, and cost time. Marco Musielak points out how an aligned understanding of agile in the company, in projects, and with stakeholders can benefit particularly in the long term.
August 12, 2022
S02 E09: The importance of re-inspecting and re-adapting on each project
If a project goes really well, you can apply the knowledge and structures directly to the next project, right? Well, that's what Daniel Walter and his team also thought so that they adapted certain procedures for their new project. However, the team soon found out that things were not running as smoothly as before. To find out what exactly happened, listen to this episode.
August 05, 2022
S02 E08: The case for no pre-defined backlogs
Preparations are good and should be always made. However, preparation can also be an obstacle. Especially in relation to pre-defined backlogs. In one of his projects, Agile Coach Bernd Rottmann had to go through some challenges: New people, some restructuring and a lot of effort. Was the team able to successfully complete the project in the end? Find out in this episode!
July 29, 2022
S02 E07: Transparency, even when it's tricky
Even if it's not wanted, not everything goes always as planned. In such a situation, it's important to communicate and be transparent in order to avoid further mistakes. Henry Zeitler told us his story where in one project not everything went well. Listen in and find out what he did and how he solved the problem.
July 22, 2022
S02 E06: The impact of certain tech on the agile workflow
A strategy is developed, a new concept is defined and the project can start. Sounds quite simple, right? Not exactly, because this is the moment where the first challenges start. In this episode Business Consultant Inge Schreibel tells us about her personalisation project where a certain set of technology was involved. Find out how Inge solved the challenges with her team in the following episode!
July 15, 2022
S02 E05: Communities of practice within a project
Have you ever heard of COP - communities of practice? Basically, this describes groups of people sharing the same interests and exchanging knowledge. If in a project many misalignments and uncertainty can be found COP can provide help. How? Listen to today's episode to find out!
July 08, 2022
S02 E04: Integrating experience design in agile projects
How to re-design a solution from a UX/UI perspective to meet customer and user needs – in a very short time – and at the same time embrace new technological possibilities? Listen to leading UX Engineer and Experience Consultant Robert Krombholz to learn more about one approach to integrating Experience Design in agile projects.
July 05, 2022
S02 E03: Taking agile from a project level to the organizational level
Sometimes agility in projects isn't enough... sometimes the whole organisation needs to get agile. This ensures project teams are optimally supported and can work better in the right environment. So the goal and the vision are clear, but how to approach such a huge project? Rosa Stühlinger started off with creating clear roles and accountabilities. Tune in to find out her next steps!
June 24, 2022
S02 E02: Risk management on agile projects
A careful planning, a motivated team and all your stakeholder's approvals form a good base for every project, but still do not prevent every risk. A pandemic, remote work and long onboarding processes can suddenly complicate the whole project. There will always be some unknown variables nobody can foresee. Even a proper risk management may not prevent all risks, but it definitely reduces them and improves the handling of it. What it can look like in practice, in today's episode - Tune in!
June 20, 2022
S02 E01: When documentation is considered agile waste
Nice to see you again! Recovered, tanned and relaxed after our break, we welcome you to season 2! Let’s focus on project documentation – time waste or useful help? In the beginning of a project, a team might manage well without documentation. But if the end result doesn’t meet the client’s expectations and needed requirements, it can cost you twice as much time for correction as you have saved. Listen to today’s episode to learn how to get out of this situation.
June 10, 2022
Bonus Episode 1: HR during the pandemic
We all know that working during the pandemic wasn’t easy. But what were the consequences for our employees and what changes had to be made in order to maintain a strong corporate culture? In this special episode, our IBM iX HR Director Petra Lindner talks about the opportunities and risks, how they have changed our everyday working lives, and established new ways of working at the same time. Listen in!
June 03, 2022
S01 E10: How far Scrum Masters go to remove impediments
In the last episode of our first season of The Agile Truth, Senior Scrum Master Shoaib Naik talks about the incident management process. Agile frameworks usually don't refer to this part of the software development process. So what to do when a given incident management tool is not user-friendly at all? Shoaib has the answer - tune in! Hear you again after our summer break.
August 27, 2021
S01 E09: The value of Scrum Masters in crisis situations
Of course, Scrum Masters play an important role in every team, but how fundamental this role is, becomes particularly clear in crisis situations. When the team is not performing as successfully as planned and everybody points with the finger on somebody else, it's the scrum master's task to get the team out of this frustrating situation. Listen to today's episode to find out how!
August 20, 2021
S01 E08: How to manage dependencies across teams
With a growing project and team, dependencies among the members are increasing, too. The higher amount of team members eases the work on the one hand side but adds complexity on the other. How to manage dependencies and resulting issues in order to fulfill the customer's need? Clear, transparent communication was the first thing Laura Iucu implemented with her team to tackle this problem - tune in to find out her next steps!
August 13, 2021
S01 E07: Agile pragmatism
Life happens. And so it can happen that within a dedicated long-term team an important role suddenly leaves. With no replacement in sight, how does a team cope with the loss of a leading role? Listen to today's episode to find out what our pragmatic solution at IBM iX looked like!
August 06, 2021
S01 E06: How the whole team can contribute to a high quality project
Expectations: One ambitious team working together with joint forces towards the project's goal with a code of superior quality. Reality: Subgroups within one team and resulting communication problems leading to demotivation and quality issues. In today's episode, we tell you how to overcome these problems and ensure that the whole team truly contributes with exceptional quality.
July 30, 2021
S01 E05: Roles and titles on teams
Usually, there are three defined roles in Scrum Teams: Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team. Although implementing further roles contradicts this approach, it can be beneficial. Listen to today's episode to learn which extra-role we added!
July 23, 2021
S01 E04: How to keep & deepen the relationship with stakeholders
The interpersonal interaction between all parties in any project impacts the workflow as well as the results. Without trust, seamless cooperation, and clear communication, success is hardly possible. Find out how to keep and deepen the relationship between all stakeholders in today's episode!
July 16, 2021
S01 E03: How to win a new client’s trust
Keeping the agility in projects high while minimizing the client's fear of losing control. How to win a client's trust with this approach? That's the topic of our third episode of The Agile Truth.
July 09, 2021
S01 E02: Clearing up stakeholders' misconceptions about sprint velocity
Many people think of sprint velocity as a performance indicator. Others assume the more story points the better the team. Myths or truth? Let's clear up some common misconceptions about sprint velocity!
July 02, 2021
S01 E01: What happens when a client does not want to go agile with us?
Agility is still on everyone's lips. But what happens when a client does not want to break with stagnant processes? Find out how we combined known processes with the agile mindset in our podcast The Agile Truth!
June 25, 2021