Episode 23 With Portia Tung

In this episode, Portia Tung looks at agile transformation from the personal perspective, looking at how we support individuals in transformations, rather than seeing people as one amorphous blob to be transformed. What memories of other experiences does change and transformation trigger in people, and why does that matter?

To find out more about Portia’s School of Play, click here.

(incidentally, I didn’t take the usual photograph with Portia for the podcast as there was a professional photographer taking photos of us whilst we were recording. When I got sent the photos, they were all of me and the back of Portia’s head. Not exactly the look I was going for, hence the above photo, which is better.)

Episode 22 With Jose Casal

A podcast episode that raises some of the difficult questions around agile transformations that other podcasts have yet to ask. As an agile person, should you take the day rate anyway when you know the transformation is not going to work?What are the metrics you should look at when considering your transformation? What if the most difficult yet most important thing to transform is yourself, because you’re right, and every other muppet is wrong? Jose also suggests a fantastic metaphor for transformations actually being metamorphses.

For more information on the Snowbird Collaboratory that Jose mentions, click here.

Episode 21 With Helen Lisowski

Helen Lisowski has been a huge inspiration to me over the last year or so, so it was great to get her take on things for this podcast. We discuss whether you need your senior management to buy in or buy out, the importance of journal keeping, why you don’t have to like people but you do have to respect them, and a great team building game called ‘lie to me’ which you could well run with your senior execs… .

I strongly recommend you find out more about Helen and her ideas at www.fluidworking.com

Episode 20 With Lisette Sutherland

There are so many facets to agile transformation, and a huge one is location. Whether you’re a startup wanting to maintain the benefits of bedroom working as you expand, or a huge enterprise transforming globally, being able to build non-collocated working into the mix is hugely more possible now than in 2001 when principle 6 of the Agile Manifesto said:

“The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.”

At the forefront of this movement is Lisette Sutherland, who even runs the introductory workshops for what she does remotely. In this episode, we discuss why working remotely means you need rocking Internet, why to organise from north to south not east to west, why there’s no substitute for a bowl of nachos now and again and why the biggest risk when people work from home is that they work too much and burn out.

To find out more about Lisette’s work and get in touch with her, visit www.collaborationsuperpowers.com

Episode 19 With Dean Leffingwell, Creator of SAFe

In this episode I talk to Dean Leffingwell, the man behind Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and as such, a man behind a huge amount of agile transformation globally at the moment, especially in larger enterprises. We talk about the influences behind SAFe, the vital role of managers and leaders in large scale agile change, the current framework wars and where next for the field of agile transformations…

If you’re interested in attending the 2017 SAFe Summit Dean mentions at the end, click here.

Episode 18 With Alok Upadhyay

This podcast is all about agile in as many different cultures, contexts and perspectives as possible, so this week’s episode is the first to be recorded in India. Alok Upadhyay is an inspirational agile coach I met over in India, and in this episode we discuss agile in an Indian context, how transformations have their own hierarchies of need and begin from within, and whether anyone fancies attending a coaching retreat in the Himalayas. If you do, get in touch

Episode 17 With Ahmad Fahmy

Ahmad Fahmy is the guy who inspired this podcast in the first place, and I’d genuinely rate him as one of the leading thinkers in the agile space right now. In this episode we discuss the role of consultants in transformations, the difficulties of changing human behaviour, what the ideal product owner might look like and loads more besides.

If you want to find out more about Ahmad, visit his site at www.ahmadfahmy.com

Episode 16 With Alistair Cockburn

This week’s episode is with Alistair Cockburn, author and driving force behind the Agile Manifesto. We discuss the original roots of the Agile Manifesto, whether agile transformations can ever work and how people sometimes just lie in wait, waiting for things to go back to the way they were…

Episode 15 With Fabiola Eyholzer

Fabiola’s well known now in the agile community for leading the way on all things Agile HR. If large scale agile transformations are to succeed, they need to encompass HR teams as well, at least in terms of having them understand agile teams, and even becoming agile teams themselves. In this podcast, we discuss the issues around this, and meet Douglas, the worst employee in the world…

If you want to find out more about Fabiola’s work or get in touch with her, visit http://www.justleadingsolutions.com

Episode 14 With Chris Alexander & Brian Rivera

In Munich Scrum Gathering last year, Brian Rivera’s talk blew me away, so I wanted to catch him and his business partner Chris for the podcast at Scrum Gathering San Diego. True to form, this podcast is a must listen, explaining amongst other things; what Scrum and fighter aviation have in common, why there are no ‘plug and play’ approaches to agile transformation (but it’s human nature to expect that there are), why as little as 7% of the success of a project may be due to the choice of framework, and how if you coach communications, you can hack the Tuckman model and skip right through it.

If you want to find out more about these gents and what they have to offer, check out www.aglx.consulting