Scrum Under Siege

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February 17, 2019  

Value is in the eye of the beholder

This is a real life example of understanding top priorities but not going after the top priority right away. It sure is easy to say to go after high priority first, but sometimes the real world gets in the way. Doug and Jack talk about some reasons why Agile teams don't always go after the high priority Roadmap items from the get go. Come check out our new episode, Value is in the eye of the beholder, that identifies why companies and teams don't always tackle the highest listed Roadmap items right away.

February 10, 2019  

Interview - There is a place for BSA in Agile

Jeremy Mann is a professional contractor who hangs his hat on the BSA hat rack. While Jeremy's passion lies with BSA work, don't let that fool you. He is a Scrum Lord who can talk and teach scrum with anybody. 

This interview is geared at the work BSAs do in the Agile world. Jeremy makes his case for why BSAs are important. Here is list of questions asked and answered.

  1. What is the difference between a BSA and a BA?
  2. What value does a BSA bring to an Agile team?
  3. Who does the BSA work on a team with no BSA?
  4. What makes a BSA a good Agile BSA?
  5. Story formats. What does Jeremy use?
  6. What are keys to keep story mapping from spinning out of control?


February 3, 2019  

Someone drew a line in the sand

Agile by the book says there are no hard deliverable dates. Teams figure out the work and the work drives the delivery date. This happens a lot but we have been faced with hard deadlines many times. Listen to what causes hard deadlines. We will propose our solutions to help you survive the deadline perils. Ensured to make your commute go by fast. 

January 27, 2019  

Velocity Schmelocity

They say that the velocity of a team is the Holy Grail for agile metrics. We think that velocity is cool but not that cool. King Arthur would be disappointed in us. Velocity is filled with false positives that we will discuss. Working with velocity is an art, not a science or simple math equation.

January 20, 2019  

Interview - Why is Agile Organizational Change So Difficult

We had Sabine, a organizational change agent focusing on business agility, to talk about why Organizational changes are so difficult from a leadership level. Come tune in to hear about challenges every company will face when adopting Agile and what exciting new items are being explored in the Agile world. 

January 14, 2019  

Should I Use the Data

Note: We fixed our technical difficulty related to audio before.

We are back with a exciting episode about should I use the data. We have data all around us, but when should we really use the data at our disposal? Come join us and hear our take on this topic. 

January 6, 2019  

Beware of Good Intentions - Dante’s Inferno

Beware of the good intentions that distract from delivering whatever you are working on. We go into details about things that we have faced that haven't worked as expected. 11 mins.

December 30, 2018  

Metrics - It’s a trap!

Agile shops and corporations love to hear about metrics around delivery. Resist the urge to report for the sake of reporting. Whats worth more, metrics or a useful product? 10 mins.

December 23, 2018  

Exciting Product vs IT Organizations Interview

Come learn with us about the differences between Product vs IT organizations. We have a very special guest, Chris Barron (Agile Consultant/Coach/Trainer), who will provide his take on all of this. Chris has been our mentor and sounding board for this podcast so we wanted to give him a chance to promote his thoughts. Hope you're are as excited about this interview as we are. 20 mins.

December 17, 2018  

Can’t Stop the Storming

Listen to our short episode about storming on teams. We have our own interesting takes with a pragmatic approach that coaches won't tell you. 11 mins.