Agile Coffee podcast, episode 50

Fifty is the new Thirty! Or should all episodes strive to be as great as Fifty? Either way, it's a CELEBRATION! Vic (@AgileCoffee) is joined by Brett Palmer (@brett_palmer), Larry Lawhead (@LarryLawhead) and first-time guest L. Mark Higgins (@LMHiggins1). Today our heroes discuss the following topics: Who sets the agenda for the retrospective? Middle Managers and the Agile Transformation

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 45

It's an onsite company visit! Vic sits down with four employees representing Dev, QA & PMO at the Data Protection Unit of EMC Corp in Irvine, CA, to discuss how the transformation to Agile has changed things up. Also on hand is Scott Dunn (@sdunnRocket9), facilitating the transformation activities and coaching at many levels

Agile Coffee Podcast, episode 29

Announcing the brand new Podcast Topic Index. Search and sort to find any topic discussed on our podcasts. Victor is once again joined by Dale Ellis (@theDigitalDale), Jason Kerney (@JasonKerney), Zach Bonaker (@ZachBonaker) and Garrett Borunda (LinkedIn) at the Cape Rey in Carlsbad for a lively morning of Agile and Coffee. In this episode, our Agile heroes discuss: Dale reports

Using an Inception to kick off a project

Agile Inceptions are powerful and fast ways to get a team to internalize a vision. It's a two-day investment that saves the company months of up-front planning and allows the teams to begin immediately deliver core product functionality. Overview Since mid-2013, I've been involved with teams adopting the Agile Inception format used by Pivotal Labs to kick off

Everyday Progress

Just read @zxed's post on skills you don't have which had me reflect on my own style. I believe there are many skills (an unknowable amount and always in flux) essential to elite leadership. More than this, I believe that to become a great leader, everyday must be oriented toward greatness, no matter the increment. In my

new year, new projects – a fresh start

With the new year comes a fresh new crop of initiatives targeted for the upcoming twelve months. And those initiatives ain't gonna drive themselves to completion. This is where the project manager / scrummaster steps in resolutely and takes control. First, the tech leads of each team get together with the SMs and POs and hold a

Hello coffee!

Agile coffee, indeed.  I've had no fewer than three cups today. Resolutions for 2013: no more discussing coffee, today make most of Mike Cohn's day with us talk through my retrospectives at SendGrid get out into the community talking about agile principles OHIO - only hit it once! That's what's brewing. Let's make 2013 our