Agile Chicago Style Podcast

I recently sat down with Kelly Weyrauch (Agile Quality Systems) and Jeff Lee (AgilityIRL) to talk about their new certification offering called CARS, or Certified Agile Regulatory Specialist.

Lots of interesting information here, about how Agile the FDA is becoming, or more to the effect of, allowing other organizations to be.

Give it a listen.  You can access AAMI TIR 45 by going to and searching for TIR 45

You can find this course, and others, at

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep29_CARSWithKellyWeyrauchJeffLee.mp3
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This is just a short video with some tips on becoming an Agile Coach.  This is definitely NOT a comprehensive guide to becoming an Agile Coach.  

When asked by Anthony Mersino (Vitality Chicago founder) to provide a few short tips for aspiring Agile Coaches, this is what I came up with.


Enjoy :)

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep28_AgileCoachTips.mp4
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A great friend of the show, Jim Sammons of Loop Agility, joins us to talk about dysfunctions we've seen in immature teams.  In between Rick telling long-winded stories, we discuss coaching approaches, how we inspire change, letting teams solve their own problems, empowerement and dis-empowerment.  We discuss estimation, coaching at the team level - my favorite!  We share some stories about customers suffering because of internal beuracracy.  I relate experiences where timing is everything - getting coaches involved at the right time can make all the difference in your Agility efforts.

Conferences in and around Chicago
Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter Conference - June 13th, 2019


Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep27_DysfunctionsInImmatureTeamsWithJimSammons.mp3
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Stacey Louie, from Hyperdrive, joins the show to talk about the most recent addition to the Agile Camp series of local Agile conferences that Hyperdrive organizes.


Since the beginning of the Agile Camp series of conferences, Stacey has compiled a short/concise list of tips for new speakers, and he shares those tips with our listeners.

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep26_AgileConferencesWithStaceyLouie.mp3
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Erin Perry joined the show to to talk about the most recent experiment in the Expert Engineering program at JP Morgan Chase.  They allow people to self-form into teams that work together to collaboratively solve problems, over a period of 9 months.  Since the beginning of the program, they have applied for approximately 6 patents.  We also talked about several other topics that you may be interested in.

You can find more about Erin at

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep24_SelfFormingTeamsWithErinPerry.mp3
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Mike Marchi returns to the show with Jeff Singleton.  Both are board members of the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter.

We talk about a recent discussion at the APLN meetup, how the Agile Community sustains itself.  We also talk about how internal organizations may sabotage their own efforts to create sustainable communities.

Also, the APLN is hosting their 3rd Annual Conference on May 16th, 2019.  They are still accepting speaker proposals.  Checkout their website for more info.

Maria Matarelli (Woman-of-all-trades) and I talk about some visualization techniques we've used in the classroom.  Both of us discovered Neuland markers at different times, and put off learning how to use them to their full potential.  Using Bikablo examples and techniques, we've learned that art will engage the learner much more readily.


In the second half of the episode, Maria and I tackle some Coaching questions we get quite often:

  • The Team is just not estimating right
  • We can't POSSIBLY get anything done in a 2-week timebox!
  • There are a ton of Process Cops already, why do we need a ScrumMaster too?

HyperDrive's Agile Camp - Chicago: May 6th, 2019

Agile Professional Learning Network (APLN) Chicago Chapter's 3rd Annual Conference: May 9th, 2019

AgileCon - Indianapolis: May 10th, 2019

Big Apple Scrum Day: May 10th, 2019


Upcoming Chicago Classes

Certified Agile Leadership 1 (CAL1) March 18-19th, 2019, by Michael Sahota (Chicago Loop)

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) March 25-26, by Rick Waters (Chicago Loop)

Scrum@Scale March 27-28th, 2019, by Brian Levy (Chicago Loop)

Direct download: AgileChicagoStyle_Ep22_VisualizationAndCollaborationWithMariaMatarelli.mp3
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