Agile and Project Management - DrunkenPM Radio podcast

Agile and Project Management - DrunkenPM Radio

Dave Prior, Agile Trainer, Consultant and Project Manager

A podcast about Agile and Project Management

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    Outcome Oriented Data Driven Change w Mike McCalla


    When Mike McCalla, President, and Founder of Lean Agile Intelligence was looking for feedback on some ideas he had around enterprise agile transformation, he posted his thoughts on LinkedIn and asked if he was oversimplifying what he had started referring to as Object-Oriented Data-Driven Change. One great thing about agile folks who spend time on the interweb, if you ask them for feedback, they are more than happy to provide… often more than you want, and often about things you weren’t asking for feedback on, but, they do respond. Mike’s post kicked off a very spirited conversation. In this episode of the podcast, he joins me to share his thoughts on why taking a data-driven approach to introducing sticky change in the enterprise is an important part of delivering on the promise of change in large organizations. You can find Mike’s original LinkedIn post here: If you are interested in learning more about Lean Agile Intelligence and how it can help you and your organization continually assess how you are progressing in your transformation journey and what next steps are likely to help the most. Contacting Mike LinkedIn: Twitter:
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    How To Run A Lean Coffee w Derek Huether


    This interview was originally recorded in video. You can find the video here: In April 2014, Derek Huether started leading a monthly Lean Coffee meeting for Agile Baltimore. Early in 2022, the group will hold its 100th Lean Coffee! In celebration of that, Derek joined me for an interview all about Lean Coffee - what is it, how does it work, how to get set up to run one, and what are the benefits of leading a Lean Coffee. If you aren’t familiar with Lean Coffee it is an agenda-less meeting format developed by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith that relies on the people who show up to collaborate on the agenda and then cover them together. Even if you are a seasoned Lean Coffee veteran you will probably find valuable ideas here. Both Derek and I came away from this conversation with new things to try out. Also, at the end of the podcast, there is an additional brief conversation about Jira. Derek works for Atlassian and he shares a number of resources that you and your team can use to get answers to all your Jira questions. 1:00 Who is Derek Huether 2:10 What is a Lean Coffee 10:00 What do YOU get out of running a Lean Coffee 13:00 How does a Lean Coffee work 27:45 Using it to run meetings 35:15 How to Contact Derek 35:45 How to get Jira help Links from the podcast Agile Baltimore Lean Coffee Website Metrics Cookbook by Derek Huether How to Have Great Meetings: A Lean Coffee Book by Adam Yuret Lean Coffee Table (App to run Lean Coffee Meetings) Jira videos on YouTube: Atlassian Community Site: Atlassian University: Contacting Derek Web: LinkedIn: Twitter: Instagram:
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    Finding the Right Problem to Solve w Braden Cundiff


    Change is difficult. Figuring out what to change is often the hardest part. Whether you are looking for different outcomes within your organization, or you are simply trying to create a change in how you live your life, one of the first steps you need to take is to determine what it is you actually need to change to see different results. Braden Cundiff has developed a method to FLIP old behaviors and create new ones. The FLIP approach is defined in Braden’s book Flip: Projects to Products: A problem playbook ( This is the second in a series of podcasts where we are breaking down the steps in Braden’s approach and exploring how to make it work for you on a personal and organizational level. In this interview, we explore how to find the problem, why you need to name that problem and create a definition around the scope of it, and then how to assess whether or not it is a problem you can, and should take on. If you’d like to learn more about FLIP you can check out Braden’s book, Flip: Projects to Products: A problem playbook (, or you can check out the first podcast in this series, which gives an overview of the FLIP model for creating change, why it works, how it works, what the model is based on, and how you can get started using it, you can find that here: Contacting Braden LinkedIn:
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    Common Sense Scrum w Eric Tucker


    In this episode of the podcast Sustained Agility’s Eric Tucker, CST, joins Dave to talk about common sense and Agile. When it comes to adopting Agile practices and frameworks like Scrum, there are missteps people and organizations make that could be easily avoided if they would just use common sense. Eric has put together a talk highlighting some of the common sense mistakes that frequently occur and during the interview, he and Dave unpack a few of the more common, common sense mistakes. They explore why they occur in the first place, and how two avoid them. To check out a video of Eric’s Common Sense talk: If you’d like to contact Eric: Linkedin: Web: Email: [email protected]
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    Assumptions Mapping with David Bland


    Assumptions are often the Achilles heel of any development effort. These are the things we’ve unintentionally decided are true and unfortunately, far too often, our assumptions are wrong. If you’ve based the success of the work you are doing on incorrect assumptions… VERYBADTHINGS. But, if they are things we’ve unintentionally decided are true? How do we find them in the first place? And if we can find them, what do we do about them? This episode is all about understanding the assumptions we are making when we develop new products and services. Precoil Founder David Bland has joined me to talk about why we need to pay attention to assumptions and how to use Assumptions Mapping to determine which of our assumptions present the biggest threat and need to be addressed first. During the interview, we review how to use the Assumptions Mapping approach that is included in Testing Business Ideas, the book David co-wrote with Alexander Osterwalder. Links from the Podcast Testing Business Ideas By David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder: Strategyzer Virtual Masterclass in May: Contacting David Precoil: Twitter: LinkedIn:
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    When Your Team Members Also Report to Other Teams w Dan Eberle


    In this episode of the podcast, Agile Coach Dan Eberle is back to help me respond to a student question that is complicated, confusing, and more common than it should be… Ivan (not the person’s real name) explained the situation like this… Six Product Owners/Developers oversee 20 reports within the org. Each of the reports has a specialized role. They are broken up into teams that range in size from 1-5 people, and the team size tends to fluctuate. Some of the Product Owners/Developers oversee teams and are also the people managers of the individuals on the team. Some of the team members report to people managers who are Product Owner/Developers of other teams, team members of other teams, or people completely outside the grouping of 6 + 20. There is competition for the attention/efforts of team members who are allocated to more than one project and/or reporting to a people manager who has different priorities than the PO/Dev they are assigned to work with. Basically, everyone is over-allocated and the people on your team, who you need to do the work you are responsible for, are being pulled in other directions either by the person they report to, or the other projects they are assigned to. I tried to draw a picture of this. Ivan confirmed this was pretty accurate. During the conversation, Dan and I discuss the challenges this situation creates, potential responses, what the root cause of this problem might be and how to pursue solving that, rather than simply finding a coping strategy To Learn More about the Lean Agile Visual Management course Dan and I are taking with Modus Cooperandi -> Contacting Dan LinkedIn: Twitter:
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    What it Takes to Enable Business Agility with Karim Harbott


    In June of 2020, I posted an interview with Karim Harbott about his Business Agility Canvas. During the interview, he mentioned that he was working on a book, The 6 Enablers of Business Agility: How to Thrive in an Uncertain World. The book was released earlier this year and I recently started reading it. Karim does an excellent job of breaking down the 6 different areas he has identified as being critical to successfully adopt the practices necessary to achieve business agility. I am truly enjoying the book and I highly recommend it. Even if you are a seasoned transformation coach, you are going to find value in this book. I came across one passage in particular recently that stuck out to me so I reached out to Karim to ask if we could do another podcast on it. The passage is below and it identifies a conversation that I wish more organizations would have. All too often senior leadership declares that Agile is “the way”, they train teams, and then completely fail to provide them with an environment in which they can be successful. The question is, why does that keep happening? Here is the passage: "What I do find surprising is that many organizations that embark on an “agile transformation” have strong Control and Compete cultures as their current profile, and seem to have no desire to change. What this says to me is that the things they value most are stability and control. Why, then, try to adopt a model designed for the exact opposite, adaptability? Is it any wonder, in such cases, that there is friction, resistance, and an unwillingness to make the necessary structural changes? These places do not make the necessary changes because they do not truly value the outcome those changes will deliver. By moving toward flexibility and adaptability, they are moving away from stability and control, the things they value most. This is not an acceptable trade-off to them, and that is when the organizational antibodies, as I think of them, move in to destroy the change agents. This is why so many transformations fail. Agile transformation without corresponding cultural transformations will create nothing but frustration." (Harbott, Karim. The 6 Enablers of Business Agility (pp. 102-103). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition. ) During the interview, Karim and I dig into why this occurs, why it is such a big deal, and steps you can take to try and protect yourself and your organization from falling into this trap. LINKS FROM THE PODCAST - The 6 Enablers of Business Agility: How to Thrive in an Uncertain World - Interview on Business Agility Canvas with Karim Harbott Contacting Karim - Web: - Email: [email protected] - Karim's YouTube Channel: - Twitter: - LinkedIn:
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    What do we do with the QA Manager? w Joel Norman


    When all the testers have joined self-organizing, cross-functional Scrum Teams, do we actually still need a QA Manager? Joel Norman joins Dave for this episode of the Reluctant Agilist.
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    Does Your Team Really Understand What Is Valuable? w Adam Weisbart


    Adam Weisbart is back and this time we’re taking on a tragically common problem. Teams who do not have clarity on how the organization defines value. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In some organizations it is simply an oversight… management has achieved clarity and alignment around what is valuable to the organization, but they have not communicated it to the team. In other organizations, there may be an individual or a small group of the leadership team who likes to “go with their gut”, or maybe there are just a lot of assumptions and no one has checked to see if there is agreement across different levels of the org. Whatever the reason, if you have teams that do not have clarity around how leadership defines value for the company, how can they be expected to make choices that align with that definition of value? In this episode of the podcast Adam Weisbart and I take on the topic of how you can get clarity on value, how can you make sure your backlog reflects that understanding of value and how can you ensure the team has awareness of what “value” means to the organization. During the interview, Adam also shares some details about his upcoming Agile Virtual Summit (Bite Size) which is taking place on October 14, 2021. The event is free and there are going to be some great speakers, including people like Jim Benson, Richard Cheng, and Melissa Boggs who have all been guests on the podcast. You can learn more about the Agile Virtual Summit (Bite-Size!) and sign up using the link below. Agile Virtual Summit (Bite-Size) If you’d like to contact Adam: Web: LinkedIn: Twitter:
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    Can Teams Actually Achieve Predictability? w/ Troy Magennis


    Before the pandemic hit, one of my favorite parts of the summer was going to the Agile Conference and doing podcast interviews with the speakers and thought leaders who were there. Each year, one of the very best moments of each Agile Conference was when I would get to sit down and talk with Troy Magennis. It’s been two summers. I miss talking to Troy. So I reached out and he was kind enough to spare some time for an interview. During the conversation, we cover a number of topics, including: Is it actually possible for a team to become predictable? What gets in the way of predictability? What is BlockedApp and why did he create it? Which constraints are the most important ones to start with? Who is responsible for acting as the scientist of flow? Why are we still so focused on utilization and output instead of results? Why do we all need to know CPR? There is more, but you get the idea. Even if those aren’t questions that keep you up at night, I promise that you are going to learn something valuable by listening to this podcast and that it will keep you engaged the whole way through because Troy is brilliant. Links: Focused Objective: BlockedApp: This is Lean by Nicklas Modig and Par Pär Åhlström Contacting Troy: Focused Objective: LinkedIn: Twitter:

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