AFH 078: The Agile Coaching Summit 2017

Agilist from all over the country gathered for the Agile Coaching Summit in Chicago, Illinois at the Uptake offices to discuss agile coaching and how to have a greater impact on organizations and agile teams.

The Agile Coaching Summit 2017

This episode is the recording of an open space sessions that I hosted. We had lots of great questions from the group that joined us and it was fun to get to talk about some of the weird and interesting events that led to the creation of the Agile for Humans podcast. I hope you enjoy this episode and encourage you to submit your questions that could get answered on future episodes of the show.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Agile for Humans got started
  • Why responsibility is core to many agile practices
  • What personal branding really means
  • Why there is no such thing as “overnight success”

Links from the show:

Leadership is innate. The Responsibility Process proves it.
The Responsibility Process is a natural mental pattern that helps you process thoughts about taking or avoiding responsibility.
How you navigate it determines whether you are leading toward meaningful results or just marking time.
This book gives you precision tools, practices, and leadership truths to navigate The Responsibility Process and lead yourself and others to freedom, power, and choice.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

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AFH 077: Agile Africa 2017

Don Gray (@donaldegray), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), Joanne Perold (@joperold), Barry Tandy (@barrytandy), Regina Martins (@gianamar), Oz Chihwayi (@ozchihwayi), and Karl Fuchs (@karlofuchs) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile coaching at Agile Africa 2017.

Agile Africa 2017

Don is a friend and mentor to me, and a valued member of the agile community. He has contributed to multiple books including: CENTER ENTER TURN SUSTAIN: ESSAYS IN CHANGE ARTISTRYREADINGS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING LEADERSHIP, and AMPLIFY YOUR EFFECTIVENESS. He co-teaches one of the top agile and leadership workshops available – Coaching Beyond the Team – with Esther Derby.

Faye has more than eighteen years of project delivery experience and is currently a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Faye is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value and helps work groups transform into highly engaged and energized teams.

Jo is passionate about helping teams and people grow and improve. As a coach/trainer at Agile42, she loves helping teams and organizations implement and improve their agile practices. Jo has worked for more than a decade in the software industry in all areas of software development, and is interested in both people and process improvement and continuously learning and finding better ways to solve problems. She is a Certified Scrum Trainer and when not thinking about scrum she enjoys reading, good food, good wine and the occasional good whiskey.

Barry is an agile coach on a journey filled with meaningful relationships and experiences… some of them life changing, all of them making a difference. He is a coach at Driven Alliance and prides himself on being able to build and maintain successful long-term relationships and through those relationships being able to follow a passion of working closely with people systems and the dynamics that make up those systems. As a Scrum Master, he is focused on solving many different problems that his teams encounter.

Regina aims for continuous improvement in her personal and professional lives and her daily mantra is to be a better version of herself today than she was yesterday. She has been a Scrum Master since 2010 and more recently an Agile Coach with Agile 42. Regina gets energized when she is involved in building self-organizing teams and facilitating these teams to deliver value to business stakeholders. She is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and is an avid Kanban practitioner.

Oz has over 15 years of working in the delivery, testing, and maintenance of systems, He seeks to identify and solve the right problems while realizing value. Oz loves to share experiences and is an advocate for collaboration in teams and organizations. He currently works as a software tester in Johannesburg, South Africa with House of Test. A life learner and explorer, he believes thinking is his strongest skill in his bag of many and varied tricks. A regular long run keeps him grounded.

Karl is an Electronic Engineer by trade with a natural ability to sense risk and a talent to find the most productive and optimal configuration for managing complex situations. He enjoys challenges and responsibility in a technical/technological stimulating environment that offers opportunities for providing total solutions, independent thought, and creative problem-solving. Karl brings lean and kanban to the forefront of his coaching as he seeks ways for his teams to find flow.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The wonderful agile community in South Africa

Links from the show:

This innovative text is designed to improve thinking skills through the application of 30 critical thinking principles—Metathoughts. These specialized tools and techniques are useful for approaching all forms of study, inquiry, and problem solving. Levy applies Metathoughts to a diverse array of issues in contemporary clinical, social, and cross-cultural psychology: identifying strengths and weaknesses in various schools of thought, defining and explaining psychological phenomena, evaluating the accuracy and usefulness of research studies, reducing logical flaws and personal biases, and improving the search for creative solutions. The Metathoughts are brought to life with practical examples, clinical vignettes, illustrations, anecdotes, thought-provoking exercises, useful antidotes, and contemporary social problems and issues.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


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Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive up to $200 off any registration package over $800.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there again this year. Attendees will have a chance to participate in my Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom Leadership Summit presentation, along with my half day sessions on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions, as well as Rethinking Your Retrospectives.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Orlando – November 5-10, for this great event.

AFH 076: Agile 2017 with Faye Thompson, Markus Silpala, and Amitai Schleier

Markus Silpala (@msipala), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss their learnings from Agile 2017.

Markus and Amitai Having Some Fun

Markus Silpala and Amitai Schleier Hanging out at Agile Coach Camp

Markus is a developer who enjoys close collaboration with both clients and teammates. He seeks work environments where his capabilities—both human and technical—will contribute to the production of high-quality, customer-pleasing software. Markus has a career that spans twenty years and excels as a developer, coach, or architect.

Faye has more than eighteen years of project delivery experience and is currently a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Faye is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value and helps work groups transform into highly engaged and energized teams.

Amitai is a software development coachspeaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Markus Used an Agile Mindset to Confront Cancer
  • What we all learned at Agile 2017
  • Why it’s important to banish our inner critics

Links from the show:

Denise Jacobs, Speaker, Author and Chief Creativity Evangelist of The Creative Dose, who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide, maps a way out in her latest work, Banish Your Inner Critic. This book is your manual and toolkit to help you not only reclaim your creativity and productivity, but bump it up to extreme productivity, clearing a path for you to find your zone more often – and stay in it longer.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event covering the latest advances in the agile community.

Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive up to $200 off any registration package over $800.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there again this year. Attendees will have a chance to participate in my Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom Leadership Summit presentation, along with my half day sessions on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions, as well as Rethinking Your Retrospectives.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Orlando – November 5-10, for this great event.

AFH 075: Agile Mindset in Context with Gil Broza

Gil Broza (@gilbroza) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile mindset in context, fit for purpose, and how to help teams improve how they work.

Gil Broza - Author of The Agile Mindset

Gil Broza – Author of The Agile Mindset

Gil is the founder of 3PVantage. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile and The Agile Mindset. Gil is a sought after writer, speaker, and trainer with a passion for delighting customers and valuing the human aspects of agile software development.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why context is critical to your agile practices
  • How to use the agile manifesto to guide your decisions
  • Which things to look for when figuring out what to do next

Links from the show:

Are you frustrated or disenchanted by the results of your Agile approach?
Does Agile sound like a good idea, but you’re not sure how to explain it beyond roles, practices, and meetings?
Is your team going through the motions, but it’s still business as usual?

The missing piece is the Agile Mindset — the thinking that makes Agile processes work.

This book is your compass for the Agile journey.
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Question: Which topic resonated with you? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


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AFH 074: The Past, Present, and Future of Scrum

with Esther Derby, Tim Ottinger, Allen Holub, and Zach Bonaker

Esther Derby (@estherderby), Tim Ottinger (@tottinge), Allen Holub (@allenholub), and Zach Bonaker (@zachbonaker) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss the past, present, and future of Scrum.

A High Performing Scrum Team

A High Performing Scrum Team

Esther is an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams. She co-authored “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” and “Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management“. Esther is sought after trainer and speaker.

Tim is committed to understanding and improving the art of software from the angle of “thinking for a living.” He is a programmer, author, trainer and globally recognized coach with over 35 years of real software development experience. His style is practical and hands-on, steeped in both Agile and classic traditions. Tim rapidly communicates concepts and practices, and is recognized for his compassionate and patient approach to working with individuals and has a sincere interest in helping people reach their goals.

Allen is a trainer, writer, speaker, and coach who takes a non-tribal view of software development. He is a highly regarded instructor for the University of California, Berkeley, Extension. Allen eschews the dogma that surrounds many of the current agile topics and practices.

Zach is a self-described “benevolent trouble-maker” and seeks to foster servant leadership that cultivates growth, learning, and discovery. He is a systems thinker who shares his thoughts on his blog – Agile Out Loud. Zach is great at pushing agile thinking forward and has authored many popular posts on next generation agile theories and practices.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Impediments to adopting Scrum
  • Management’s role on agile and scrum teams
  • Why scrum may not be the right framework for you

Links from the show:

Great management is difficult to see as it occurs. It’s possible to see the results of great management, but it’s not easy to see how managers achieve those results. Great management happens in one-on-one meetings and with other managers—all in private. It’s hard to learn management by example when you can’t see it.

You can learn to be a better manager—even a great manager—with this guide. You’ll follow along as Sam, a manager just brought on board, learns the ropes and deals with his new team over the course of his first eight weeks on the job. From scheduling and managing resources to helping team members grow and prosper, you’ll be there as Sam makes it happen.
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Question: Which topic resonated with you? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

One tiny favor.  — Please take 30 seconds now and leave a review on iTunes. This helps others learn about the show and grows our audience. It will help the show tremendously, including my ability to bring on more great guests for all of us to learn from. Thanks!


Techwell’s Agile Dev East is *the* premier event covering the latest advances in the agile community.

Agile for Humans listeners can use the code AGILEDEV to receive up to $200 off any registration package over $800.

Check out the entire program at adceast.techwell.com. You’ll notice that I’m speaking there again this year. Attendees will have a chance to participate in my Aligning Toward Business Agility–360° of Freedom Leadership Summit presentation, along with my half day sessions on advanced scrum topics called Scrum: Answering the Tough Questions, as well as Rethinking Your Retrospectives.

I hope to see many Agile for Humans listeners in Orlando – November 5-10, for this great event.