Episode 13 With Michele Sliger

In contrast with last week’s episode, Michele Sliger this week makes the case that your agile transformation is going to fail, culture change is impossible, and the next best thing is to use persuasion. Along the way, she distinguishes your system one brain from your system two brain, and explains why blood sugar may play a more important role than you think.

If you want to find out more about her, and read the blog posts she mentions in the podcast, visit www.sligerconsulting.com

Episode 12 With Luke Hohmann

Long time agile community member Luke Hohmann gets to the question others have so far missed. What does success actually mean for an agile transformation? He argues that transformations actually succeed far more than they fail, and looks at some really interesting patterns of behaviour around making them a success. Fascinating stuff, highly recommended.

If you want to check out the non-profit foundation Luke runs to apply agile to social problems too, then check out www.everyvoiceengaged.org

*photo by Nan Palmero on Flickr, CC By 2.0

Episode 11 With Nigel Baker

In this episode, Certified Scrum Trainer and hugely experienced agile coach Nigel Baker discusses his 15 or so years of leading agile transformations, from malicious compliance to being called an ‘agile purist’. He even answers the question that first sparked this podcast: ‘Can just one person kill a whole agile transformation?’.

The new course he mentions in the podcast will be available at Front Row Agile imminently too.

Episode 10 With Jeff McKenna, co-creator of Scrum

Hugely excited this week to bring you the thoughts of Jeff McKenna, an original co-creator of Scrum along with Jeff Sutherland and John Scumniotales. We talk what Scrum was like in those early days, whether agile transformation was even a thing in that context, and especially around the emotional and human happiness sides of Scrum. If it’s not making you happier, you’re probably doing it wrong…

Episode 9 With Andrew Holm

Andrew Holm has done some astonishing, transformative and truly innovative things with his company. Decentralising all decision making down to the lowest possible level, allowing complete autonomy, making the system fully transparent and building places where people can truly bring their magic. This is a longer podcast than usual, and it fully deserves to be. I can’t recommend it enough.

Episode 8 With, Umm…Nobody

This week’s podcast is with nobody, and they didn’t have much to say. Seriously though, I’ve got lots of great people lined up to talk to, but I didn’t make my self-imposed Tuesday publication deadline, and I wanted to stick to that and go ahead and publish something anyway.

So instead of an interview, this week’s podcast is a request. First of all, I’d love your feedback on it. What do you like, what don’t you like, what would you like more or less of? Second, I’m looking for a really wide range of people to interview, from people working at big management consultancies, to more actual developers, to people working in countries across the world. If you are any of those, or know any of those who would be good, or just have some feedback on the podcasts so far, email me using the details here.

Otherwise, have a listen to what I’m after in the podcast below.

Episode 7 With Ryan Behrman

Episode 7 with Ryan Behrman explores all sorts of topics around agile transformation, from culture change and organisational structure, to whether there’s such a thing as too big a transformation to be successful. Along the way we look at autonomy, frameworks and the merits of ‘big consultancy’, whether you can force people to be agile, and Ryan schools me in the basics of Management 3.0.

Episode 6 With Chris Davey

What role does culture play in an agile transformation? What does culture mean anyway? Are some organisations too big to transform? Does your framework matter? This week, all these questions and more are explored from the perspective of experienced Scrum Master and coach Chris Davey of Steel Curve.

Episode 5 With Bhavesh Vaghela

This week’s podcast looks at agile transformation from the perspective of a product owner. Bhavesh goes on a tour de force of agile transformation, focusing on the pivotal role of a product owner in a successful transformation. Together we explore the core talents they require and how they should relate to their wider business, whilst also considering the role of management consultants, empire building, KPIs, Lord of the Rings and the importance of knowing where the dead bodies are buried.

Episode 4 With James Prashan

How does recruitment influence the success or failure of an agile transformation? In this episode, long-time specialist agile recruiter James Prashan discusses just how important recruitment can be in setting the patterns and behaviours for a successful agile transformation, and some of the key pitfalls organisations often make.