Agile Chicago Style Podcast

Paul Madison stops in to chat at the APLN Chicago 2017 Conference, and gets roped into helping produce the rest of the podcasts for the conference.

Before that, though, Paul and I shoot the breeze about the current market temperature on experimentation and how to handle violations of Team Working Agreements.

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep21_ShortDiscussionWithPaulMadison.mp3
Category:Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Danielle Pollard stops to chat before going on stage at the APLN Chicago May 2017 Conference. Danielle explains about The Trust Factor and the Three Conditions for Collaboration. During the presentation she shared her High Performance Hierarchy of Needs.

For more on The Trust Factor, please check out her soon-to-be-published book The Trust Factor: 3 Keys to Unlocking the Power of Trust to Build the Perfect Agile Team.

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep120_TheTrustFactorWithDaniellePollard.mp3
Category:Trust -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

At the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter's 2017 conference, Paul Madison and I had the opportunity to talk with Ahmed Avais about the Agile Fluency Project. Ahmed had almost literally just finished his presentation on the Agile Fluency Model when Paul sat him down and asked him about it.

Ahmed told Paul about the 4 zones of Fluency

  1. Focus on Value

  2. Deliver Value

  3. Optimize Value

  4. Optimize for Systems

The Agile Fluency is different than Maturity Models in that one team cannot be compared to another (therefor weaponizing the model)

Ahmed also explains Fluency through the Tarzan example. Tarzan matured relative to his environment - swinging on vines hanging from trees, etc. But, his language fluency never quite developed, and his vocabulary very limited - “Me Tarzan. You Jane.” With a larger vocabulary and more practice at speaking to other humans, Tarzan has a chance to communicate with humans. Without the necessary practice he will either continue at his current fluency level, or his fluency could even diminish.

You can catch up with Paul Madison on Twitter at @paulrmadison

You can catch up with Ahmed Avais on Twitter at @ahmedavais

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep19_AgileFluencyWithAhmedAvais.mp3
Category:Agile Fluency -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

At the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter's 2017 conference, I caught up with Dave Saboe and talked with him a bit about ScrumMasters.  Paul Madison joined in and we talked about how personality traits in ScrumMasters evolve over time.

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep18_DaveSaboe_5ScrumMastersFromHell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

At the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter’s first Conference, I caught up with Doc Norton. He spoke about the Host Leadership model and its role-based examples, instead of character based traits of Servant Leadership.

Listen as Doc explains several of the roles that anyone can take on in Host Leadership.

Doc also has a book on Lean Pub right now, Escape Velocity, where he explores more useful metrics than Velocity.

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep17_StartsWithAnInvitation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT