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The only constant in life is change. Organizations are dealing with constantly changing competition, new insights, innovation and even culture. The term "business agility" has taken a huge surge, in order to mitigate risk and focus more on delivering value. Frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, and a whole lot more were created to provide ways to deliver this value. To inspire you, Mastering Agility discusses everything related to business agility with the biggest names in the industry.
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Peter Drucker famously said: “You can’t improve what you can’t measure”. Measurements and metrics are incredibly useful when it comes to product improvement, having the desire to get a better market position or just improvement of yourself as an individual. But then the next challenge; what to measure? And why?Magdalena Firlit, Agile Transformation Consultant and Professional Scrum Trainer, talks to us about the PAL-EBM (Professional Agile Leadership Management with Evidence-Based Management) framework. Patricia Kong was a guest earlier this year to talk about EBM, but how does it relate to leadership?  What you’ll discover in this show:-        You can start creating metrics at any time-        It’s a dialogue between (top-level) management and teams, not a top-down approach-        Measuring less than all four Key Value Areas leaves out great potential data   Speakers:Magdalena FirlitAgile Transformation ConsultantI am a Professional Scrum Trainer, Agile transformation consultant, trainer, mentor, life and business coach (graduated postgraduate university course in coaching (ICF compliant) and training. I am also a lecturer at the Universities teaching a postgraduate course for managers “Holilider”, Introduction to Agile and Agile Leadership. I gained many years of professional experience, working for several companies, observing their Agility path. I specialize in Agile transformation. I cooperate with organizations of various sizes (large, medium, small, start-ups) and with all levels – from teams to C-level. It is most important to me to understand company needs, why do they want to change, what benefits does the transformation brings.Contact Magdalenahttps://magdalenafirlit.com/agileinthespotlight.comhttps://www.youtube.com/c/MagdalenaFirlitAgileInTheSpotlight/featuredhttps://twitter.com/magda_firlithttps://www.linkedin.com/in/magdalenafirlit/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. Masteringagility.orghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en Additional resources: Read the EBM Guide Magdalena’s articles:https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/pitfalls-challenges-implementing-ebm https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/success-implementing-ebm  Metric software:https://aldente.cloud/ 
Ever since the industrial revolution, we’ve been working with bosses and managers. Two/three decades ago, business agility started to take over the way organizations have been developing their products and thinking about how to overcome the challenges they’re facing. Now we’re in the second half of 2021, and David Pereira sees a massive impediment in making an agile transformation stick. In today’s show, David discusses what he sees could potentially introduce the end of Scrum.  What you’ll discover in this show:-        The current state of Scrum implementations could be improved-        Leadership and management plays a crucial role in that-        Letting go of command and control is keeping organizations from advancing Speakers:David PereiraHead of Product ManagementI am a passionate Product Leader with ten years of product management experience. Over the last years, I led many product teams in successful endeavors.  Some highlights of my journey are: • Reinventing the route planning for thousands of people over Brazil. I led this project from concept to go-live. It resulted in 4M USD cost saving with a 200K USD investment. • Innovate the secondhand car market in Brazil. We created a business of 200M USD per year. I was responsible for three Product Teams. I led them in discovering solutions that innovated this market. • Exponential marketplace growth: from 500K € to 45M € revenue per year. My role was to find alternatives on how to scale the business, I was the Product Owner of it.  Curiosity drives me daily. My biggest fear is the comfort zone. Curiosity spurs action; knowledge kills it.   One of my hobbies is writing articles. I share my ideas on Medium, and I'm an editor at Serious Scrum.Contact David:https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidavpereira/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. Masteringagility.orghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Find David on: o   Mediumo   LinkedIno   YouTube  Find David’s Udemy courses:https://www.udemy.com/user/david-pereira-51/Related articles:Sorry Scrum the game might be over for youAgile Manifesto is gone. We need a Product Manifesto https://mdalmijn.com/stop-locking-estimates-start-forecasting/  
People are complex. When we work with other people for a while, the probability that some form of conflict will arise goes up. Conflict can be truly uncomfortable. However, no progress is without conflict. It’s the way we handle it that creates that progress. Constructive disagreements with the right support can be very powerful. Communication is key. But it could go sideways real fast, too.In this episode of Mastering Agility, Tricia Broderick (leadership and organizational advisor, founder at Ignite) is passionately open about what conflict does to her, how teams and organizations can use it, and a whole lot more! What you’ll discover in this show:-        The difference between drama and conflict-        Conflict, when handled correctly, is useful in your evolution as a team-        What to do with feedback that’s not that clear   Speakers:Tricia BroderickFounder at Ignite insight + innovation Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Tricia has over twenty years of experience in the software development industry. Her transformational leadership, at all levels of an organization, ignites the growth of leaders and high-performing teams to deliver quality outcomes.  Tricia boldly role models putting people first.  Her aim is to create inclusive connections and collaborations that challenge and support people in an authentic, vulnerable, and engaging way. As a result, she is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator, and motivational keynote speaker.  In 2020, she founded Ignite Insight + Innovation.When not traveling to experience the world, Tricia lives in Denver with her family.Contact Tricia:https://www.linkedin.com/in/tricia-broderick/ https://igniteii.com/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. Masteringagility.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources:  
Scrum is purposely incomplete. It is a framework that perfectly lends itself to build upon. There are so many complimentary practices that can be used with Scrum. Kanban is one of those. You might even have used aspects of it without knowing it! Andy Hiles, Owner of Agile Rocks - Training and Coaching, just released his first book on Applying Scrum with Kanban. Personally, I think it’s a masterpiece that’s easy to read. And the best thing about this show.. He’s giving signed copies away!What you’ll discover in this show:-        Scrum and Kanban are not mutually exclusive -        Even though the title suggests otherwise, this is not a pointless book-        Behavior changes trump any framework    Speakers:Andy HilesOwner of Agile Rocks - Training and Coaching Andy is a highly experienced agile practitioner, Scrum coach, and Professional Scrum and professional Kanban Trainer.  Over his years of working in both the private and public sectors, he has developed a deep understanding of the challenges around organizational complexity and the impact on delivery teams and behavior.  A firm believer that great teams build great products, Andy strives for success and in doing so displays his experience and passion for agile in every engagement.  Contact Andy Hiles:https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahiles/https://agilerocks.co.uk/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Buy the book!: https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B09H5169Q1https://agilerocks.co.uk/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe378dTE928fCAkhmZr63UAhttps://www.scrum.org/andy-hiles  
I frequently ask people where they see any form of agility outside of regular development. Joe Justice initially triggered me with that thought during our conversation in the previous season’s episode. A lot of answers passed the revue but never has anyone mentioned Jazz. Yet, Gerald J. Leonard has written a book around this very example. The smooth sound and the way jazz musicians play work together are similar to how agile teams work together. Inspecting and adapting how they create the value, that beautiful sound. Gerald has some very excellent comparisons to share with us!What you’ll discover in this show:-        Concert halls can help you in delivering value -        Jazz players adapt to each other like people in Agile teams-        Beauty, as always, lies in the eyes of the beholder    Speakers:Gerald J. LeonardAuthor | Online Courses | Strategic PMO Advisor for Government and Fortune 500 | C-IQ Coach | TEDx Speaker | Bassist | Angel Investor | Gerald J. Leonard offers a unique approach to accomplishing more productivity in the workplace. As an accomplished musician, creativity, innovation, and peak performance are part of my world. Gerald leverages these very principles to give your business the edge needed to succeed in a highly competitive workplace. He's the author of Culture Is The Bass: 7 Principles for Developing A Culture That Works and Workplace Jazz: How to IMPROVISE – 9 Steps to Creating High-Performing Agile Project Teams.  Contact Jurgen Appelo:https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldjleonard/https://geraldjleonard.com/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: https://geraldjleonard.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrl2kR2UdHM 
OKRs provide perfect opportunities to guide your product or experience to value. The thing with OKRs, though, is that they seem to be challenging to truly implement and use to your benefit. Where do we start? How do they relate to Product Goals? Is this the classic chicken-egg story when it comes to the Product Backlog (or ‘wish lists’) and OKRs? Jurgen Appelo (TedX speaker, thought leader, workshop king, and keynote speaker) joins Mastering Agility to take us through his thoughts about setting objectives and measuring their results. What you’ll discover in this show:-        Creating habits help when implementing OKRs -        These objectives are relevant on all levels-        Continuous flow supports the achievement of goals Speakers:Jurgen AppeloEntrepreneur, Author, and Top 100 Keynote Speaker on Agility, Leadership, and Innovation. Manage the System and Lead the People!Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen writes a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations; How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management; Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients; and most recently, Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, which contains 50% inspiring stories and 50% practices to follow and dives into the major topics that business leaders and entrepreneurs are confronted with.Contact Jurgen Appelo:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jurgenappelo/www.jurgenappelo.comSander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: https://shiftup.work/The discussed new blog post: https://shiftup.work/unfix-model/Managing for happiness TedX talk:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJ4KlVlqV8&t=31sDynamic ReTeaming:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51771833-dynamic-reteaming
Frequent listeners of the show know that throughout the episodes “engagement” has been a recurring theme. Engagement of employees, with the organization, with their work, and with themselves. Today’s show zoom in a little bit deeper on that. Lyssa Adkins, one of the most influential people out there when it comes to Agile coaching, joins us to talk about where she discovered her passion and what the impact of passion is.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Passion impacts your everyday life on a large scale-        Lyssa discovered her impact by doing rather than defining upfront-        Quality of work goes up when working with passionate people    Speakers:Lyssa AdkinsCoach. Facilitator. Teacher. Inspirer.My current focus is improving the performance of top leadership teams through insightful facilitation and organization systems coaching.Making difficult decisions faster and with clear alignment, unknotting challenging multi-department impediments, creating the conditions for smooth organizational delivery, helping leaders take up the “Agile transformation” that is theirs to make…this is where I thrive and help thrive.My Agile community focus is amplifying women’s voices, which is why I am a founder of the TENWOMENSTRONG #WomeninAgile programs.I have been pleased to serve the emergence of Agile Coaching as a profession. In 2010, I co-founded the Agile Coaching Institute which has developed over 10,000 people in the knowledge, skills, and being-ness needed to yield genuinely competent agile coaching. I am the author of Coaching Agile Teams which, as a top-ranking Agile book, was released as an audiobook in its 10th year.I like to explore facilitating intense conflict, societal change, organizational change, the benefits and costs of being human in the workplace, agile coaching, agile transformation, adult human development, human systems dynamics, the role of nature, and books of all sorts. I tend toward a balance of the provocative and practical.Contact Lyssa Adkins:www.lyssaadkins.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyssaadkins/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Personal website:www.lyssaadkins.comBooks:https://www.amazon.com/s?k=lyssa+adkins&crid=2JZ98CSO2E7V3&sprefix=lyssa+ad%2Caps%2C246&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_8 YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lyssaadkins  
John Riley is the founder of ReadySetAgile and PST for Scrum.org. When I talked to him about the topic for this episode, he brought up to talk about empirically unfucking things. I have no clue what it meant, so I was eager to find out. Empirically unfucking things means getting out of a messed-up situation supported by empirical evidence. This might be harder than it sounds. How do return to a good state from a messy scenario? What you’ll discover in this show:-        It could be helpful when Sprint financials are transparent -        Competitors are stakeholders too- Therefore we can invite them to Sprint Reviews    Speakers:John RileyPrincipal Agile Coach & Trainer at Ready Set Agile John Riley is an experienced Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer, and community speaker helping others embrace the values and purposes of agility.  He believes in the simple principles of continuous learning, a test-first mindset, and enabling teams to be self-organizing to foster creativity and continuously deliver the highest value to users.   John's background in manufacturing and software delivery allows him to lead by example to coach individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve their highest abilities.  Contact John Riley:https://www.linkedin.com/in/johril/ www.readysetagile.comSander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: https://www.readysetagile.com/Watch the Nordstrom Innovation Lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clo2t0QGmms&t=96s 
Formula 1 is the world’s biggest traveling circus. Races are fast-paced, but so is learning. What you on screen is just one part, but the actual learning starts after the race. Hundreds of terabytes of data are collected each competitive weekend. But what do teams do with that data? How can they improve the way they work, ultimately to move up the field? Teams work with a massive amount of people, large budgets, and high pressure. Staying ahead of the competition is crucial. Jurriaan Kamer, co-author of Formula X talks about his insights.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Bigger budgets don’t necessarily mean faster improvement-        Autonomy and culture are critical to drive success-        Even staggering amounts of people can work as one    Speakers:Jurriaan KamerOrganization designer & transformation at The Ready | Author 'Formula X' | SpeakerThe forces of complexity, humanity, and technology are putting pressure on our organizations that can't be met by traditional ways of working. Our organizations need to be better for their people and better for the world. This requires a shift from 'plan & predict' to 'sense & respond'.  I support leaders who want to make their organizations 'complexity conscious' and 'people positive'. More at: www.jurriaankamer.com  Contact Jurriaan Kramer:https://www.jurriaankamer.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/jurriaankamerhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG1WPfl4intvNQy5_5bVBcwhttp://medium.com/@jurriaankamerhttps://twitter.com/jurriaankamerSander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Pick up a copy of the book Formula X: Available in Dutch (www.formule-x.nl), English (www.formula-x.co) or German (www.formel-x.de). Also available as audiobook.   
As the world around is constantly changes, we need to innovate the way we work, as well as our products in order for us to survive in the long run. Classic cases like Nokia and Blockbuster made very clear what happens if you focus on the wrong things. However, it can be quite a challenge to move from our traditional cash cow and follow a path of more risk (but a higher potential margin). Stakeholders might be cautious of the fact that this might not bring them the ROI they expected. Or that the idea just won't stick. To inspire us in this week’s episode of Mastering Agility, Jeff Gothelf talks to us about his experience and ideas.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Innovation is not something that’s just for the teams-        It takes a lot of courage to innovate-        Engagement across all levels in the organization is fundamental for success    Speakers:Jeff GothelfDIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND BUSINESS AGILITYCOACHING, CONSULTING, TRAINING & KEYNOTESI believe humility and learning are in short supply. To improve that, I teach executives and teams -- through advising, workshops, keynotes, coaching & books -- to focus on their customers, learn from mistakes and create an agile culture that continuously improves their products and services and the way they work.  More recently I've codified the principles of modern product development and applied them to building a platform of thought leadership and recognized expertise. I capture this approach in my latest book, Forever Employable.  I'm excited to partner with executives and companies looking to improve not only their products but the culture that builds them. To learn more please reach out directly to me at jeff@gothelf.co.  Contact Jeff Gothelf:https://jeffgothelf.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/gothelf/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources:  https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Employable-Stop-Looking-Work/dp/B087D2HHZX/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=jeff+gothelf&qid=1626867560&sr=8-1https://www.amazon.com/Sense-Respond-audiobook/dp/B081ZFFRXZ/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=jeff+gothelf&qid=1626867571&sr=8-4https://www.amazon.com/Lean-UX-Designing-Great-Products/dp/1491953608/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=jeff+gothelf&qid=1626867571&sr=8-2  
Estimation is hard. We forecast how much work we can take into the Sprint during Sprint Planning, but is still is exactly that: a forecast. We don’t know if we are correct. That’s the beauty of empiricism. We won’t know if we’re right or wrong until we observe the outcomes. And that is what makes this such a widely discussed topic. We always seem to have a need of being correct on forehand. We give listeners the opportunity to send in questions regarding planning and estimation, that Agile Royalty (according to Jeff Gothelf) Mike Cohn will answer! Listen now and find out!What you’ll discover in this show:-        Velocity is not a metric that displays quality or value-        I find Krupananda Mannekunta’s name pretty hard to pronounce-        Estimates can be useful to give a relative timeframe for long-term planning too    Speakers:Mike CohnOwner of Mountain Goat Software, author, speaker, and consultantAs an in-demand agile and Scrum instructor, I train groups all over the world on how to adopt and succeed with agile software development using the Scrum framework.  As an author, I've written three popular books on Scrum and agile: "Succeeding with Agile," "Agile Estimating and Planning" and "User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development."  I'm co-founder and past chairperson of the non-profit Agile Alliance, and also co-founded and served on the board of directors of the non-profit Scrum Alliance.  I started running projects with Scrum in 1995, working in domains from banking to aerospace to video game development, with companies ranging in size from 1 to 400,000.  I served as VP of development at four different companies where agile was instrumental to their success. Three of those companies were startups, and the other was a Fortune 40 company.  My hands-on experience means my Scrum and agile training and coaching is relevant to the real business world and not just theory.  Contact Mike Cohn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikewcohn/https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources:   
The pandemic has made a tremendous impact all around the world. We needed to adapt our ways of working, how we approach problems, find out a new work-life balance. Now that vaccinations are getting up to speed, and more and more people are getting vaccinated, the world is slowly reopening. After working from home for such a long time, going back to what we’re used to will pose a whole new set of challenges. What did we learn? What challenges can we expect? Will we ever go back to the office full-time again? Chris Stone has been working remotely even before the pandemic hit. He’s the right guy to talk about this. What you’ll discover in this show:-        Employers will now have to convince employees to work from the office, instead of the other way around-        Remote is here to stay-        Not being limited to a physical office creates a new range of audience and employees    Speakers:Chris StoneVirtual Agile CoachFor eight years now I've been fostering an environment for the success of high-performing teams and organizations through the use of agility. I've worked across a wide range of industries and with some of the largest organizations in the world, as well as with smaller, more lean enterprises.​As The Virtual Agile coach,  I intend to enable frictionless innovation, regardless of location. I'm therefore a firm believer in enabling agility whilst working virtually. Through this platform, I'll share my advice, guidance, coaching, mentoring, and training, along with a series of actionable experiments for you to try.  Contact Chris Stone:https://www.thevirtualagilecoach.co.uk/https://www.linkedin.com/in/thevirtualagilecoach/ Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources:   
Technical debt is one of those things that can really bite your ass when you're not taking care of it. Tech debt sneaks in and before you know it, you’re spending more time repaying that debt rather than delivering actual value. But not all tech debt is wrong. And not everything that is perceived as tech debt is actually that. What about undone work? And what can we do to prevent this from accumulating? To what extent do we need to be transparent about it? Steve Porter, Scrum.org’s Professional Series Manager and developer at heart, joins us in this episode of Mastering Agility to discuss this.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Introducing tech debt might be a good thing-        There is a difference between tech debt and work that is just not done-        Estimation of effort is still needed. Also discussing what has been done to remove it could be good to do during Sprint Reviews  Speakers:Steve PorterSupporting the Professional Scrum Trainer communitySteve Porter works with the Scrum.org team of experts and its wider trainer community to create and maintain its Professional Series of courses and assessments. Steve guides this collaborative process to ensure training is current and meets the needs of the professional Scrum community. Before joining Scrum.org, Steve was the product owner for TeamPulse, Telerik’s agile project management tool. He has also provided application lifecycle management (ALM) consulting services for organizations around the globe. At his core, Steve is still a developer. He taught himself how to code at an early age and has spent years turning ephemeral ideas into functioning software. It's the joy of this craft that Steve brings to all his interactions at Scrum.org. Contact Steve Porter:https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog?uid=119https://twitter.com/stevevrporterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/stevevrporter/ Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources:  
Working environments can benefit greatly by having playful environments. But to have playful environments, you need those frontrunners that will take you there. Carsten Lutzen is the right guy for the job. His LinkedIn page and YouTube channel (see for details below) radiate creativity and he helps you get there. Working at the LEGO group, he is constantly surrounded by playful, but serious products. Let’s listen to his experience as the Playful Agile Coach.   And, we’re giving away a LEGO set! Go to http://masteringagility.org/index.php/give-aways/ to found out how you can enter!What you’ll discover in this show:-        Humor breaks the tension-        Liberating Structures and icebreakers are great for starting and fostering collaborative discussions-        LEGO is still hiring!  Speakers:Carsten LutzenAgile Coach in The LEGO GroupI like motivating people and helping them achieve their goals and to make sure that the team performs well. I love to look at processes and try to improve them using the tools in my (agile) toolbox. I don't believe that one methodology exists that will work on all projects, hence we need to tweak the tools for every single project and take the things that works and skip the things does not.  Another love of mine is making software that needs to be performant using clever software architecture combined with heavy computer science theory within the field of performance and optimization techniques.  Combining these two things it is possible to create user-centric software and experiences.  I have facilitated a lot of different workshops on agile thinking, agile mindset/behavior and how to find the balance between agility and a plan oriented apporaches. I have taught more than 300 people in different sessions where we have worked on mindset, when to use agile tools and when not to use them. Contact Carsten Lutzen: https://www.youtube.com/c/CarstenLutzenhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/carstenlutzen/Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement or psychological safety, Sander has a drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: https://www.lego.com/aboutus/careers 
Joe Justice is an interesting man. Famous for building electrical cars, while combining Scrum for both soft- and hardware, Joe has been all over the globe for anything you can think of. In this episode, he’s talking to us about his experience in different countries, his thoughts on humanity going to Mars, the future state of machine learning and artificial intelligence, but he’s also giving away a signed copy of his book Scrum Master: The Agile Training Seminar for Business Performance. Give Joe one word, and he just takes off.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Japan has created a high-level state of safety and honor.-        Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be incredibly useful in the future for predicting business opportunities-        Epameinondas Anastasiou is a really hard name to pronounce for Joe  Speakers:Joe JusticeAuthor of Scrum Master - The Agile Training Seminar for Business PerformanceJoe applied agile to automotive manufacturing in 2006, founding Team WIKISPEED, and set 4 world records. WIKISPEED became the first automotive manufacturer to accept Bitcoin in 2012, and was featured on the cover of Bitcoin Magazine issue #3. Joe Justice joined Tesla in 2020, where Joe operated Agile@Tesla from the company headquarters.  Joe Justice is a TED.com speaker, guest lecturer at both MIT and Oxford University in England, featured in Forbes 5 times to date including as owner of a "Company to watch" by Forbes Billionaire Club, cited in more than 8 business paperbacks and hardcovers, the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary for his work creating the disciplines Extreme Manufacturing, Scrum@Hardware, and The Justice Method. Joe Justice founded WIKISPEED and operated Agile@Tesla from Tesla's Fremont, California global headquarters.  Joe has worked with all 3 of the largest military and defense contractors, autonomous and smart road technologies, ultra-lightweight structures, AI labs, guest lectured at UC Berkeley, MIT, on behalf of Carnegie Melon, CU Denver, The University of Washington, spoken at Google, Microsoft, Zynga, Lockheed Martin, HP Labs, The Royal Bank of Canada, Pictet bank, and others. Joe's work has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, CNN Money, the Discovery Channel, and others.  Contact Joe Justice: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joejustice/  Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement or psychological safety, Sander has a drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Find his book right here: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Justice/e/B08RW4P8YN%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Watch Joe’s Tedx talk on Team WikiSpeed:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8jdx-lf2DwCheck out the WikiSpeed car:https://wikispeed.com/ 
Abstract:In this special episode of the ‘Mastering Agility’ podcast, Patricia Kong and I have a conversation about topics that are close to both our hearts; shame, trust, and the experience of burning out. It seems that is the social standard to always say that everything is great, when asked how you’re doing. That real life should be like Instagram. The truth is; it’s not. Far from that. Working remotely impacts trust within teams. Shame affects your overall self-esteem. Burnouts are increasingly more common. Patricia is ruthlessly honest about her views and experience.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Being open and transparent about how you feel is powerful-        Understanding what feeds you energy on the workspace can prevent burnouts-        The way others treat you might say more about them, than it says about you  Speakers:Patricia KongOrganizational Agility, Innovation, Product Ownership | Speaker * Author * Coach * InstructorPatricia Kong is co-author of "The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum" published by Pearson and a well-known public speaker and mentor. She is a co-developer of the Evidence-Based Management Framework for Business Agility and Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum. Patricia helps organizations thrive in a complex world by focusing on enterprise innovation and leadership and teams. She is a people advocate and fascinated by organizational behavior and misbehaviors. She emerged through the financial services industry and has led product development, product management and marketing for several early stage companies in the US and Europe. Patricia is experienced working with 1$B+ clients focusing on business development and delivery engagements. Patricia lived in France and now lives in her hometown of Boston. Patricia is fluent in 4 languages. Contact Patricia Kong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-kong-2238232/ https://twitter.com/pmoonk88?lang=enSander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement or psychological safety, Sander has a drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Join our respective talks at Scrum Day Europe! Feel free to reach out any time.Tickets available right here:https://www.scrumdayeurope.com/  
Abstract:When creating any sort of product, it's important to understand whether we are moving in the right direction. But how do we know that? How do we measure that? And what metrics do we use for that? Agile organizations know that frequent inspection of results limits risk and improves the ability to deliver value. Scrum.org created a complementary framework called Evidence-Based Management. Patricia Kong is here to talk about how we can use EBM to elevate our ability to deliver value.What you’ll discover in this show:-        You don’t need to apply the whole framework at once-        The Evidence-Based Management framework provides a great set of metrics to start with-        Four Key Value Areas help organizations and teams to gather quantifiable data in order to figure out what to do next  Speakers:Patricia KongOrganizational Agility, Innovation, Product Ownership | Speaker * Author * Coach * InstructorPatricia Kong is co-author of "The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum" published by Pearson and a well-known public speaker and mentor. She is a co-developer of the Evidence-Based Management Framework for Business Agility and Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum. Patricia helps organizations thrive in a complex world by focusing on enterprise innovation and leadership and teams. She is a people advocate and fascinated by organizational behavior and misbehaviors. She emerged through the financial services industry and has led product development, product management and marketing for several early stage companies in the US and Europe. Patricia is experienced working with 1$B+ clients focusing on business development and delivery engagements. Patricia lived in France and now lives in her hometown of Boston. Patricia is fluent in 4 languages. Contact Patricia Kong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-kong-2238232/ https://twitter.com/pmoonk88?lang=enSander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: To learn more about Evidence-Based Management, check out the guide: https://www.scrum.org/resources/evidence-based-management-guide For Scrum.org’s EBM certification, check it out right here: https://www.scrum.org/assessments/professional-agile-leadershiptm-evidence-based-management-certification   
Abstract:Any agile transformation can be incredibly challenging. Complexity is sky high, and so is risk. Talk through some of these challenges, accompanied by all his experience he condensed into his highly anticipated new book The 6 Enablers of Business Agility (released June 1st). Adopting the latest and greatest agile tools and practices won’t be enough to respond to rapid market change. But if that’s not the case, what can we do?! Join us now for some great advice and words of experience by this world-leading business agility and leadership consultant!What you’ll discover in this show:-        Implementing new roles for everyone alone is not going to cut it-        We can learn from giants like Microsoft, Netflix, and Apple-        It all falls back to having engaged employees  Speakers:Karim HarbottBusiness Agility and Leadership consultant, entrepreneur, author, and international keynote speakerKarim Harbott is a world-leading business agility and innovation coach. He is a serial entrepreneur and founding partner of Agile Centre, a global agile training and consulting firm, and the Business Agility Academy, the leading international business agility certification body. He is also a non-executive director of the Scrum Alliance, the world’s first, and largest, agile certification body.  Contact Karim Harbott:https://www.karimharbott.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/karimharbott/?originalSubdomain=uk https://twitter.com/karimharbott?lang=en Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/
Abstract:A few episodes ago, Jordan Gross and Ziryan Salayi joined us to talk about the self-management recipe. In my own experience, it can be incredibly hard to start doing self-management right. What makes it so hard is that the discussion about what we can expect from self-managing teams and what the common understanding is, is being skipped. Today author, self-management expert, and Co-Active Coach Stephanie Ockerman joins to talk about how organizations can start doing it right.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Self-management is supported by a good level of self-awareness-        Self-management can be seen as a three-legged stool; Shared goals, boundaries, and clear responsibilities-        Starting without being aligned on expectations can lead you in different directions  Speakers:Stephanie OckermanProfessional Scrum Trainer, Coach, Learning Experience CreatorI combine my expertise in agile product delivery, Co-Active coaching, facilitation, experiential training, project management, and leadership to help individuals, teams, and organizations deliver valuable products in a complex and unpredictable world. My Superpowers:-        Keen Observation - I pick up on what's not being said.  I am intuitive.-        Passion and Determination - I work hard for work that matters.  I'm resilient and keep moving forward.-        Laser Focus - I remove distractions.  I frequently reflect on alignment.-        Organization - I move easily between seeing the whole and breaking down the details.-        Generosity - I take care of myself, so I can operate at my best and better serve others.-        Compassionately Direct - I appreciate transparency and direct communication while respecting our humanity.  Contact Stephanie Ockerman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieockerman/ https://www.agilesocks.com/  Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: Download the free Mini-Guide Coaching with the Scrum Values.If you're ready to create more impact by leveling up your coaching skills, and you want an accessible course where you can go at your own pace and apply your learning on the job immediately, my self-guided online course Coaching Skills for Impact is for you. You will be able to empower your team to take greater ownership of their goals, their processes, and their outcomes. http://bit.ly/CoachingSkillsMAGet options (including a discount code) for purchasing the book Mastering Professional Scrum, as well as Stephanie's bonus 8-Week Book Companion Email Series here. 
Abstract:Last year, the Scrum Guide got updated. One of those updates has been the addition of the Product Goal. How do Product Goals relate to the Product Vision or the Sprint Goals. And how can we still distinguish this in our teams with all the different terminology without causing widespread confusion? Product development legend Roman Pichler is here to share his vision on this.What you’ll discover in this show:-        Product Goals are goals on the mid-term, six months out from now-        Product Vision and Goals need to be supported by the environment of the team, it’s not just the goal of the Product Owner-        Cascading goals makes it easier and more tangible for teams to create value  Speakers:Roman PichlerProduct management expertROMAN PICHLER is a product management expert specialized in digital products. He has played a leading role over the last 10 years in advancing product management and developing new practices that help agile organizations and teams create great products. Roman shares his knowledge through his training courses and consulting services, his three books on product management, his popular blog, podcast, and talks, and his product management tools, including his widely used product vision board.​As the founder and director of Pichler Consulting, Roman looks after the company’s offerings. This allows him to continue to practice product management and to experiment with new ideas. Roman is based in Wendover near London in the United Kingdom.​When he’s not busy with work, Roman enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, riding his bicycle in the local hills, playing the tenor saxophone, and helping with family events at Amaravati Buddhist monastery.  Contact Roman Pichler: https://www.romanpichler.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/romanpichler/ https://twitter.com/romanpichler https://www.youtube.com/romanpichler https://www.instagram.com/roman_pichler/ https://www.facebook.com/pichlerconsulting Sander Dur (host)Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”Sander Dur is a business agility enthusiast, with a passion for people. Whether it’s healthy product development, agile leadership, measurement, or psychological safety, Sander has the drive to enable organizations to the best of their abilities. He is an avid article writer, working on a book about Scrum Mastery from the Trenches, and is connecting listeners with the most influential people in the industry. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/ https://agilitymasters.com/en https://sander-dur.medium.com/ Additional resources: https://www.romanpichler.com/romans-books https://www.romanpichler.com/romans-podcast
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