A True Agile Transformation

If you’ve been around Chicago long enough, at least in the Agile community, you would know that the company currently known as HERE (formerly NAVTEQ and then Nokia) has a great reputation for being an Agile organization through and through.  The truth is, the Agile movement there started as an experiment – as most things in Agile should.

I tag along while Allen Rutzen and Jorgen Hesselberg describe the best example of a true Agile Transformation and an organizational Agile Mindset.

Being Agile or Doing Agile, with Tom Mellor

The ever-controversial Tom Mellor discusses the differences between ‘Being Agile’ and ‘Doing Agile.’  Tom talks quite a bit about Frederic Laloux’s organizational paradigms (categorized by a color spectrum), and gets us started down a road that leads to differences in what we are taught about the basic elements of Scrum – or at least what we thought we were taught.

Tom also qualifies and stands by his statement “I think the ScrumMaster was the worst thing ever created in Scrum” by answering the question “If you don’t have a ScrumMaster, how do you expect [a new Scrum Team] to become a team that practices Scrum?” — You have to listen to get his answer🙂

Tom mentions these notable people and their works:
Jason Little – Lean Change Management
Frederic Laloux – Reinventing Organizations
Gil Broza The Human Side of Agile
Dan Mezick
Tom Wujec’s – Marshmallow Challenge
Gordon Mackenzie – Orbiting the Giant Hairball
Kimball Fisher – Leading Self-directed Work Teams

Talking CSD with Chet Hendrickson, Ron Jeffries and Brian Levy

I recently got the most wonderful opportunity to talk with a couple of legends in the Agile Community – Chet Hendrickson and Ron Jeffries!  They’re partnering with Brian Levy to bring a 5-Day, dual certification, public CSD class to Chicago for the week of 14-18 March, 2016.

Ron, Chet and Brian discuss many of the XP Practices we grown to love and integrate into our Scrum implementations.  Brian also adds a dash of SAFe to the conversation.

The class, in downtown Chicago, combines a 3-day Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class and a 2-Day SAFe ScrumXP class.  Class attendees will be awarded the CSD via Scrum Alliance (assuming they already have other pre-requisites covered), and the Scaled Practitioner (SP) via Scaled Agile.

Details for the class can be found at these sites
Scrum Alliance 
Rome Agile
Scaled Agile

About the Trainers
You can find more about Ron Jeffries here.
You can find more about Chet Hendrickson here.
You can find more about Brian Levy here.

What’s Eating Agile?

Just Matt and Rick for this episode.  Matt recalls his experience at a local Agile Meetup – APLN Chicago.  The topic: Culture Eats Agile for Breakfast.

The presenters at this meeting told the story of how they implemented Agile at their organization, but really focused on how they targeted the company culture as something that needed to change along with the development teams.

Introducing… Matt Beam!

Introducing Matt Beam!

Matt will become the show’s new co-host and technical editor.  Don’t worry, you’ll still get to hear me inject more than a few um’s and stutters🙂  But, you will also get Matt’s level-headed observations and ideas!

In this episode, we talk about things we are seeing in the Chicago Agile space as far as Agile implementations, attitudes, practices, and how we’ve adapted to them.

We talk a little about Doc Norton’s presentation at Agile Day Chicago 2015.  Doc has a great new take on the Shu – Ha – Ri  maturity model.

Rick gives a little detail about an experiment he’s looking into with crossing the CSM training class and young students.  This gives way to a great discussion on training/educating students.


Discussing the State of Scrum – with Maria Matarelli and Aakash Srinivasan

In July 2015, Maria Matarelli and Harvey Wheaton presented the results of Scrum Alliance’s State of Scrum 2015 survey. The survey returned 4400+ responses that led to some very interesting results.

I was able to get Maria and Aakash Srinivasan (both veterans of this podcast) to discuss some of the more interesting analysis of these results.

Scrum Alliance State of Scrum Report (2015)

Now, about the audio quality of this episode…  I’m sorry, but you will hear some obvious static during this episode (more during the first few minutes).  It turns out that I was using an older microphone that I hadn’t recalibrated with my laptop. I’ve tried to mute it as much as possible through some editing. I will go back to my normal microphone in successive episodes. I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again🙂


About Maria
Maria Matarelli is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and experienced Agile coach who travels the world helping people discover better ways to work. As president of Formula Ink, Maria travels to consult with businesses and speak at conferences around the world from Vancouver to Morocco, Sweden to New York, Hawaii to Istanbul. Maria is the author of the book Workaholic? and has coauthored three additional books. Maria is passionate about working with people and organizations to inspire agility.
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About Aakash
Aakash Srinivasan is a professional speaker and an Agile trainer and coach who travels to consult Fortune 100 companies, working with enterprise management groups, executive teams and individual project teams on business efficiency, process improvements, organizational change and large scale Agile transformations in addition to providing leadership coaching and other Agile trainings. Aakash also enjoys travelling to speak at industry events and user groups including Agile Indy, IIBA DC, Illinois Regional Agile Users Group, Washington DC Scrum User Group, Agile 2015 and leads training classes and workshops across USA.
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