Episode 135 - Agile Coaches Are Scary

Episode 134 dug into common generators of fear that teams experience during an agile transition.  Sticking with our scary/spooky theme for October, we decided to turn the tables around and examine how we, as agile leaders, generate fear.

As the face of change for your organization, you need to be aware of how your actions will be perceived by those that do not welcome the new processes.  Every good coach works to minimize this fear, but some level of fear is inevitable.  Learn how you can calm the nerves of your team and accelerate your team's success.

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Episode 134 - Fear In The Agile World

Halloween is near, so we decided (thanks to a tip from a listener on Twitter) to dig into the numerous ways fear presents itself in the agile world.  Aside from identifying common patterns and situations that generate fear, we offer a few of our tried-and-true tips and tricks for dealing with fear in your role(s).

What situations generate fear for you?  How have you overcome that fear?  Let's discuss!

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Get FREE agile coaching, twice a week, on Josh's new live stream.  If you ever wanted to hear how our co-hosts would answer your individual question, this is your chance!  Every Tuesday and Thursday, Josh hosts a free live stream on Twitch where you can bring your questions and challenges to the table.  Josh, the community, and sometimes Bob, will be there to help you.  Check it out at twitch.tv/kazi_io

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  • The AgilePacks team is excited to offer a 20% off discount code on your first purchase of an AgilePacks kit. There's a Starter and a Pro option to fit you and your team's needs. Simply enter METACAST at checkout to save.  Get your discount here.


Episode 133 - Troublesome Team Members

No team is perfect.  At some point in your team's evolution a team member will have a string of bad days that cause a significant amount of strife and turmoil in your team.  Use this episode to pick up some tips, tricks, and advice on how to handle this situation and get your team back on the path to greatness!

Get FREE agile coaching, twice a week, on Josh's new live stream.  If you ever wanted to hear how our co-hosts would answer your individual question, this is your chance!  Every Tuesday and Thursday, Josh hosts a free live stream on Twitch where you can bring your questions and challenges to the table.  Josh, the community, and sometimes Bob, will be there to help you.  Check it out at twitch.tv/kazi_io

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Episode 132 - Just The Right Amount of Agile Process

How do you know when you have too little/too much process in place?  Use this episode to get an understanding of what a "good enough" process looks like for a team of 5 versus a team of 50 so that you and your team can maintain success as you grow.

P.S. Did you miss the YouTube video of a recent talk at #Path18 in Columbus, OH?  Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49csHWE0Dq8

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Episode 131 - Can an agile team plan too much?

This episode's topic comes from a listener via Twitter.  Big thanks to @Paul_V_Elia for the great question.
Taking the lead from Paul, we dig into our views on the different levels of planning, and how much is "just enough at each level.  What levels does your team plan at?  How far out do you go at each level?  Let's discuss!

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Episode 130 - Customer Feedback

What should you do with customer feedback?  Ignore it?  Trust it completely?  Something in the middle?  Bob and Josh dig in and help you understand the best way to use customer feedback to support your team, product, and projects.

How do you incoporate customer feedback into the process?  Let's discuss!

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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!

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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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