Episode 12 - Agile Testing, Part 1

Bob and Josh start their two-part discussion of testing in an agile team.  This first session covers numerous agile testing subjects, from the role of testers in an agile team to test driven development.

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Episode 11 - Hiring For Agile Teams

Bob and Josh discuss ideas, tips, and tricks that can be used when hiring for an agile team.

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Episode 10 - Tempo

Bob and Josh discuss various topics around a team's tempo. Items covered include sprint tempo, release tempo, and the effects that various tempos have on a team's productivity.

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Episode 9 - What makes a good team?

Bob and Josh continue the discussion of classic scrum roles by tackling the role of the team.

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See Bob's keynote at STARWEST

If you haven't already booked your trip to San Diego for this year's STARWEST, maybe seeing Bob keynote will help push you over the edge. Here is a quick synopsis of his keynote:

Test Team Leadership—Yes, There's a Place for it in Agile
One of the gravest misconceptions about the agile methodologies isn’t about documentation, teamwork, quality, or productivity. It’s about the role of leadership and management in the adoption and sustained operation of agile practices. In no place is this more visible than in statements such as “We don’t need no stinking test managers … we’re agile.” Bob Galen explores this common misconception and shares his experiences of the proper role of leadership and management within agile test teams. He explains the concept of “servant leadership” and illustrates its practice with healthy and unhealthy examples he’s observed in the real world. Bob examines the relationship among the whole-team quality focus of agile, the test practices that agility demands, and the role of a test leader—whether as a manager or an individual contributor. Learn how firm, context-based leadership is vital to ensure that good testing practices are maintained and enhanced in the agile development world. Leave with a new understanding of how to become a collaborative, servant leader within your team.

He also has a few other talks during the conference. You can find more details on them below.

Half-day Tutorial - A Test Leader's Guide to Going Agile Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Agile Testing: Facing the Challenges Beyond the Easy Contexts Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:45 a.m.

Episode 8 - What makes a good product owner?

Bob and Josh continue the discussion of classic scrum roles by tackling the product owner role.

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Episode 7 - What makes a good scrum master?

Bob and Josh discuss the traits required to be a top-flight scrum master and some of the common pitfalls teams have in identifying the right person(s) to serve as scrum master.

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Episode 6 - Agile, In Real Life…

Bob and Josh discuss how Agile has changed their lives outside of Software Development.

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RTP AITP Update

Bob and I spoke at our local AITP meeting tonight and, I must say, things went pretty well. My talk started a little late, so I tried to tear through it pretty quickly and ended up going too quickly! Luckily, we had a lot of audience participation and I was able to fill the remainder of the time with a Q&A session. As usual, Bob knocked his talk out of the park. But who didn't expect that!?

Delayed...

Bob and I had some scheduling conflicts yesterday that prevented us from getting together for our recording session. We're working on a plan to get it taken care of next week.

Perhaps we should record a couple casts in one sitting so we don't run into this issue in the future. Hmmmm.....

Next week = Big week

As mentioned in a previous post, Bob and I are speaking at our local AITP event (details here) on Thursday night, and we are due to record our next podcast on Wednesday. Throw in our day jobs and we are packed to the gills (such a strange image). Anyways, if you are in town, and can make the event, we'd love to see you there.

In the meantime, I am feverishly wrapping up the presentation and notes for the new talk I am delivering on Thursday night. It should be fun and we hope to see you there!

Episode 5 - Stakeholder Engagement

Bob and Josh discuss tips and tricks for working with your stakeholders. Discussions range from dealing with disconnected stakeholders that need to engage to an over-engaged stakeholder that won't leave the team alone.

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Checking in from Agile Coach Camp NC 2010

I just got back from the first night of Agile Coach Camp 2010 here in my home city. We had around 40 lightning talks tonight, and I am quite interested to see how tomorrow goes. I am new to the Open Space concept so it is taking me a while to just get in sync with what I should be doing. However, there seem to be some smart folks there that I hope to learn from.

Anyways, you can follow the action on twitter with the official hash tag of #ACCNC. We also plan on posting session reports on the wiki ASAP after each talk. Hopefully this will help out those who couldn't make the trip.

Episode 4 - Self-Directed Teams

Bob and Josh discuss self-directed teams and how important they are to the success of any Agile adoption.

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Next week's topic and call for questions

Bob and I just decided that Meta-Cast #4 will be centered around the concept of self-directed teams. If you lead a team, are on a team, or have a "friend" on a team that could stand to be a little more self-directed, but you aren't sure how to get there, this podcast will be for you.

As you may have noticed, Bob and I are rarely short for words, but we are here to serve you, our listeners. If you have specific questions about this topic, or any other, you can send in your questions a couple of ways.

1. Add a comment to this post.
2. Email: admin@metacast.com
3. Twitter: @MetaHyphenCast

Episode 3 - Shu Ha Ri

Bob and Josh discuss the concept of Shu Ha Ri and how it applies to agile adoption.

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See us live, and in person!!!

Both Bob and I will be at a couple of local events here in the southeast part of our country over the next couple of months.  Here is a quick recap of where we will be and when.

Our first event is Agile Coach Camp 2010 the weekend of March 19-21 in Durham.  It is an OpenSpace event so we don't have scheduled talks, but we are both looking forward to the event as we share our experiences and learn from other talented agile coaches.

Next, Bob and I are speaking at the RTP area's AITP (Association of Informatoin Technology Professionals) meeting on April 8th.  I will be speaking before dinner, and Bob bats clean-up with the longer after-dinner talk.  Bob's talk is entitled "Are you agile enough?" and mine is "Becoming and effective agile leader (A.K.A. Chicken Training)".  Please join us, but don't worry if you can't make it as I plan on posting our presentations here.  Hopefully it will be recorded and I can post a video feed of  both talks.  We'll have to wait and see what the setup is, but we will post something!  You can find the information about this event here: http://www.rtp-aitp.org/events

One last item: I'll be at AgilePalooza in Atlanta, GA in Atlanta, GA on February, 26th.  I am not speaking, but I am quite excited about their "Advancing Agile" track.

If you see me or Bob at any of these events, please reach out and say hello!

Hey, where'd my Meta-Cast go?!

Three weeks with no Meta-Cast.  WTF you ask?

We tried, I swear we did.  Bob was a late scratch for our scheduled recording session last week, so I made a call to the bullpen and was lucky enough to get a virtual Mariano Rivera.  James Avery of www.tekpub.com fame joined me on a recorded Skype call where we talked about starting large projects and companies, my bad Ohio grammar, and goal setting.  Unfortunately, we had a few too many connection issues that caused the recording to drop audio at key times in our discussion.  Over the past week, I tried cutting it together in hopes of at least putting something up, but it just wasn't going to happen.  I blame James' s sketchy wireless connection.  :)

However, rest assured that Bob and I are recording at our normal time next Wednesday.  So never fear, Meta-Cast 3.5 will be up as scheduled next Wednesday night.  Thanks for sticking with us during this little hiccup!

iTunes update

That's right, less than 24 hours later, we are approved and up and running on iTunes!  That seems like the gold-standard for podcasts, but I wonder how much of a difference it will make in our listener count.  We shall see, I guess...

Audio file hosting and iTunes update

Blogger-based rss feeds apparently don't play well with the iTunes feed validation engines, so we have shifted the podcast's audio files to a podcast hosting site (podbean.com).  What does this mean to you?  Not much...

Our existing feed on this site will still contain the podcast audio files, but it will also start to take on a more "bloggy" feel.  So, if you want to stay in touch and see what we have planned and also keep up with the podcast, keep your feed-readers pointed to the same spot.  However, if you want to only subscribe to the podcasts, please update your feed-reader to point here: http://metacast.podbean.com/feed

Regarding iTunes: now that we are hosting our podcast elsewhere, we have been able to successfully submit our podcast to iTunes.  As you may know, this involves a review process that takes some undetermined amount of time.  You can count on us updating you when we finally make it on iTunes.

Episode 2 - Agile Principles

Bob and Josh discuss some of the guiding priciples that Agile is founded on.  We cover the four key values identified in the Agile Manifesto.  In doing so, we also highlight a handful of our favorite priciples from the same document.

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Episode 1 - Trust

Bob and Josh discuss trust and how it affects software development teams.


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