Episode 35 With Ashok Pandey

In this episode, we look at the different stakeholders involved in an agile transformation, and the need to build communication chains from bottom to top, not just top to bottom. We also discuss how legacy infrastructure may be as limiting to your agility as legacy culture, how numbers can hide more than they reveal and whether you can have the high rewards of a start up culture without accepting the high risks that go with it.

You can connect with Ashok on Linkedin here.

Episode 34 With Vineet Patni

In this fascinating episode, Vineet and I discuss the nature of hierarchy and formal titles in India, and their impact on the adoption of agile. We also consider the ‘second order’ problem of agile adoption in service centres. How do you transform your organisation when your only motivation is that you’re being told to do so by a foreign company that is also transforming itself at the same time? What impact does distribution of teams have when you’re serving foreign clients? How important is it to make sure your transformation agents are from the same country and culture as those being transformed? Can agile transformation really be imported and imposed from outside?

If you’d like to connect with Vineet, you can find him on Linkedin here and on Twitter here.

Episode 33 With Devesh Chanchlani

In the first of a few podcasts recorded in India, Devesh and I test Alistair Cockburn’s trampoline effect theory, we talk about how agile demand is causing the community to scale too quickly, why you should hire people who are agreeable and open minded rather than ‘agile experts’, and why agile transformation should all be run on a pull based system, even if cogs wont’t come and tell you that they need oiling.

You can find Devesh on Twitter via @devesh_ch, on LinkedIn here or via his website https://www.steerlean.com.

Episode 32 With Alex Pushkarev

A bit of a first for the podcast this one, an episode recorded remotely across two different countries. We discuss the role of goal setting in transformation, the poor way agile people sometimes treat offshore development teams, and the cultural aspects of agile in other countries amongst much, much more.

If you want to say hello to him, his blog is http://aqaguy.blogspot.com, and he’s on Twitter as @aqaguy

p.s. This episode was recorded on the 21st November 2017. It was published on 17 January 2018. The gap was caused by the fact that 36 hours after this was recorded, I became a parent for the first time. Demanding little things, babies…

Episode 31 With Rob Moores

I got put in touch with Rob a few months back, as someone who’s championing the cause of agile within the Project Management Institute in the UK. I couldn’t resist an opportunity to find out how agile is going down in the world of ‘traditional’ delivery, and how agile is transforming mindsets within the PMI itself.

Episode 30 With Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson has been a huge influence on my agile thinking, both directly and indirectly, so it was a real pleasure to get to record an episode with him. In it we discuss whether a transformation itself is almost inherently unagile, whether our transformation should be based on kaizen or kaikaku, the importance of understanding the history of agile to understand why the frameworks contain the practices that they do and whether failure might be inevitable until the death of Taylorism

Click these words to find out more about the fantastic Agile Cymru and the equally great South Wales Agile Group meetup. I can genuinely recommend them both.

Episode 29 With Peter Measey

In this episode Peter Measey, one of the founders of Radtac, draws on his vast experience of implementing agile across the globe to look at things like the essential pre-requisites for successful transformation, the role of the framework in the transformation (ever heard of the JAD framework?) and why business agility is what’s most interesting him at the moment. Get in touch with him if you want to find out more!

Episode 28 With John Barratt

In this episode, John takes a look at the practice of agile coaching, the good, the bad and the value-judgement-relevant-to-organisational-context. Do we know what agile coaching really is? How can organisations starting out with agile tell an experienced coach from an agile consultant? Can you really learn to be a Scrum Master in two days and an agile coach in three?

Check out the project John’s working on here, www.whatisagilecoaching.org

Episode 27 With Helen Meek

Helen Meek approaches agile transformations with perspectives from both Scrum and Kanban, so in this episode we discuss why calling them evolutions might be better than calling them transformations, the pay offs between autonomy, scaling and distributing, why insights are better than metrics, the need for honesty and whether Kanban needs you to have a PhD in mathematics.

Episode 26 With Andy Spence

Andy Spence is doing something genuinely transformative in the agile space, taking agile into the world of audit. For those that don’t work in regulated industries, this may mean little. For those that do, it means a lot.

In this podcast, Andy talks through what he’s been doing and how it’s been working. We look at introducing Scrum without Scrum, how your audit team might actually become your transformation team, whether fixed scope is actually just unexamined scope and whether all the pain you’re experiencing in the name of regulations is actually just something you’re doing to yourself.

If you want to find out more about this space, click here to join Andy’s Agile In Audit meetup group in London.