Episode 97 - Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a foundation of agile, but generating a culture that fosters and even requires it can be a bit tricky.  Learn how to transform your culture with tips and tricks from Bob and Josh on how they've transformed the cultures of their organizations.

What tricks do you have?  Let's discuss!


Episode 96 - Frameworks as a Silver Bullet (FaaSB), The Fallacy...

Frameworks, frameworks, frameworks!  So many folks are selling one, and everyone else thinks they need one.  Bob and Josh rip into the idea that any one framework can be a silver bullet for your situation.  Learn how to evaluate what makes sense for you and how to build an agile approach that fits your unique situation.


Episode 95 - Building Self-Directed Teams

In response to this #meta-question on Twitter...
... Bob and Josh take a deep dive into what exactly is needed to become a self-directed team and how you, and your team, can become one.

We've danced around this topic across numerous episodes, but never took the time to really dig into helping everyone understand how challenging this is.  What challenges/successes have you had in building self-directed teams?


Episode 94 - Agile Is Dead

Is that title just clickbait? Give us a listen and find out...  ;)

Just kidding!  Don't worry, we really do dig into a growing movement declaring that agile is dead.  Some of our more recent experience aligns with this view.  How did we get here?  What can we do about it?

Do you think agile is dead?  What are you doing about it?  Let's discuss!!!


Episode 93 - Revisiting Agile Testing

We originally discussed agile testing over 5 years (and 80 episodes) ago.  Today we revisit the topic to learn how our views of testing in an agile world have evolved.  We cover topics ranging from QA/Dev ratios to automation.  You'll find that we've learned a lot over the year and this episode reflects that.

How has your view of agile testing evolved over time?  Leave a comment below or mention us on twitter using #AgileTesting to start the conversation.

Here are links to our original discussions from 2010 and 2011.


Episode 92 - How to Hire a Scrum Master

Hiring a Scrum Master is one of those things that doesn't happen often, especially when you compare it to how often you hire an engineer to fill a role in your agile team.  Like anything in life, practice helps refine your skills.  If you haven't had the opportunity to hire bunches of Scrum Masters (and therefore refine your process of doing so), this episode will help you sharpen up quickly.

What tips/tricks do you have for hiring a Scrum Master?


Episode 91 - Revisiting Trust

Episode 90 set the stage for our "return to basics" approach.  The first step of that approach requires us to start at the beginning.  Over six years ago, we opened our podcast with what we believed to be the most important piece of agile, Trust.  Today, we revisit that topic with a combined 12 years of new ideas, theories, failures, and thoughts.

How has your definition of trust evolved over the past 6 years?  Let's discuss!


Episode 90 - Revisiting The Basics, Part 1

A big thanks goes out to our listeners that have either been with us from the beginning or those that went all the way back to episode #1 and binge-listened until they were caught up. We know not everyone has done that, so we are introducing a plan to revisit some of the basics.

In this episode, we tee up that renewed focus on the basics.  We've learned a lot since we started podcasting six years ago and plan to share those learnings.  Our agile lives evolved in the past 90 episodes, so we feel it is time to share our evolution with you.

If there are any past episodes you'd like to hear us tackle again, please add a comment below!


Episode 89 - Coaching Up

In our last episode we discussed how to lead an organization into the world of agile.  Now we tackle supporting your agile adoption by coaching upwards (AKA into your leadership team).  There are countless resources for coaching agile teams, scrum masters, etc., but how do you coach an executive that is unknowingly squashing your adoption's success?  How do you ensure that the entire organization, including executives, understand what it means to be "agile"?  We are here to help!



Bonus Content: Here is the blog article Bob mentioned in the podcast.

Episode 88 - Leading An Agile Organization

So much talking, writing, debating, etc. is done around how to operate an agile team.  What about the rest of the organization?  If you are a leader, how does agile affect you and your daily efforts?  Bob and Josh dig into the approaches they use as agile leaders in hopes of answering these questions.