Episode 129 - Agile FAQs, Part 2

With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything.  Using all of that experience, we continue our discussion of some of the most frequently asked questions across everyone we helped.

What questions do you field over and over again in your travels?  Let's discuss!

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Episode 128 - Agile FAQs

With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything.  Using all of that experience, we narrowed down on some of the most frequently asked questions across everyone we helped.

What questions do you field over and over again in your travels?  Let's discuss!

Help Spread The Word: Love our content? Help us out by sharing on social media, rating our podcast/episodes on iTunes, or by giving to our Patreon campaign.  Every time you give, in any way, you empower our mission of helping as many agilists as possible.  Thanks for sharing!

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Episode 127 - Agile Estimates or No Estimates?

The relationship between most agile practices, estimates, and the planning those estimates relate to is a tricky one.  Many agile practitioners subscribe to the #NoEstimates movement.  Bob and Josh dig into the pros and cons of each approach (traditional agile estimation vs a "no estimates" approach).

How does your team estimate?  Do you estimate at all?  Let's discuss...

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Episode 126 - Speaking Truth To Power

Successful agile adoptions and transitions require truth, in all directions.  Unfortunately, many of us are ill-equipped to speak truth in the most challenging direction: towards power.  Use this episode to prepare for the difficult discussions you must have to ensure a successful agile implementation.

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Episode 125 - Agile Architecture

Bob and Josh break down how architecture fits effectively into the agile process.  If your organization is struggling to mix appropriate architecture practices into your process and remain agile, this is the episode for you!

Bonus Content: Here is Bob's latest blog post discussing these suggestions.

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Episode 124 - Becoming a Conference Speaker

Continuing the discussion from our previous episode, Bob and Josh recall their journeys into conference speaking.  We also provide a few lessons learned in hopes of one of our listeners decide to try out speaking at a conference.  What are you waiting for? Go submit a talk to your favorite conference!

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Episode 123 - Changing The Conference Landscape

Bob has a new role!  We cover the changes happening for Bob in his new role as the Program Chair for TechWell and the changes he aims to implement in future conferences.  We also dig in a bit to what it takes to become a great conference speaker.

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Episode 122 - Red Hat Agile Day Q&A Session

On October 12th, Bob and Josh hosted a live, unscripted podcast recording session answering the audience's questions in real time.  This episode is the recording of that session.  We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to answering your questions at a conference near you!

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Episode 121 - Scrum Master Role Confusion

Many organizations overload the scrum master role, causing confusion for both the team(s) and the scrum master themselves.  We tackle this issue in response to a question from a listener's question (thanks Tim from Germany).

Have you been asked to serve multiples roles in your organization?  Are you operating as a scrum master and an organizational coach?  We'd love to hear how you are handling the situation in the comments below!

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Episode 120 - Management vs. Leadership

Bob and Josh revisit a topic from a recent panel they participated in covering the challenges many management roles face in a transition to agile.  We talk through the key differences between traditional management and agile leadership.  If you, or someone you know, is struggling with this transition, look no further than this episode!

How do you define the difference between management and leadership?  Start a discussion in the comments below!

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