Agile Coaching Network

Agile Coaching Network

www.agilealliance.org/agile-coaching-network
Do you need help with your Agile adoption? Or would you like to share what worked or didn’t as you were doing an adoption in your own company? If so, Agile Alliance invites you to participate in the Agile Coaching Network. Hosted by Ray Arell, the ACN ?


A live chat with thought leaders in the Agile test community about Agile and test.
Nov 11 • 49 min
A live chat with thought leaders in the Agile test community about Agile and test.
Is Agile killing or helping innovation, do cycle time metrics add value, building cohesive teams, what success has happened with Agile in K-12 education, and what people are reading
Oct 25 • 44 min
Is Agile killing or helping innovation, do cycle time metrics add value, building cohesive teams, what success has happened with Agile in K-12 education, and what people are reading
Building “Yes, and” culture, how to bring culture change to an organization, and what people are reading
Sep 23 • 43 min
We talk about building a “Yes, and…” culture, how do you bring cultural change to an organization, and much more.
What is wrong with mandated Agile, Scrum master value, digital vs. Agile transformations, and late user stories
Sep 3 • 47 min
In this episode, (00:45) we talk about what is wrong with mandated Agile transformations; (17:43) What is the best way a scrum master can show value?; (31:51) What is the difference between digital and Agile transformations?; (37:27) What is the best…
Building projects around motivated people, employee engagement, and stop converting story points to time
Jul 23 • 50 min
In this episode, we talk about the Agile principle about how we can build projects around motivated individuals. How do we do this?; (23:09) Should people in an organization be given a choice to be agile or not? How would this impact employee engagement?;…
Flow and Agile, measuring coaching effectiveness, and the role of the PMO in Agile
Jun 24 • 41 min
In this episode, (01:04) we explore the concept of Flow and how it works with Agile; (19:44) Any suggestions on coaching effectiveness measurements? ; (29:10) What is the Project Management Office (PMO) role in Agile?; (39:22) Wrap up: upcoming events.
Never enough time to test, stakeholders participation, should leaders understand Agile, and personal agility
Jun 10 • 49 min
In this episode, (00:51) we explore a terrible story from the Narrative Project about never having enough time to test; (21:47) How do we combine sprint reviews so that stakeholders can participate?; (29:21 ) Is it essential for leaders to understand and…
Lack of training opportunities, small steps to shift to an Agile funding model, building trust when teams are not co-located, and what we are reading
May 6 • 42 min
In this episode, (1:03) Narrative Project: we explore ways to dampen stories around somebody feeling that they don’t get training opportunities | (14:59) What are some small steps to get started in shifting a large 3K employee organization from multi-year…
Great leaders impact on Agile, calculating business value, required reading on culture change, how to hold teams accountable
Apr 11 • 47 min
In this episode, (00:40) Narrative Project: Great leaders build strong Agile teams. How to make more stories like this?; (16:50) Business Value delivered is a valuable metric to track for senior leadership. What are some of the best ways to calculate…
Empower the team to write great code, developing an Agile mindset, nonfunctional requirements and Agile, and addressing misleading terminology
Mar 12 • 57 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:26) a story from the Agile Narrative Project titled “What about the code?” and how to empower the team to write great code; (20:23) How do you move teams to go beyond agile rituals and really develop Agile mindset? ;…
Calling an Agile Adoption done and firing the coaches, encouraging continuous development, concerns with SAFe, and Agile and team structures,
Feb 2 • 41 min
In this episode we talk about (00:39) the problem with calling Agile adoption being done and letting go of the coaches; (05:59) story points being a time estimate rather than a relative size estimation. How can a coach change this mindset?; (21:03) How to…
Round table discussion with Agile leaders, is it really just about software, business and developers working together, self organization, and is face-to-face outdated
Dec 18, 2018 • 55 min
A special holiday episode with the Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption (SAA) initiative team talking about the 12 principles of Agile in Amsterdam. Hendrik Esser, Jens Coldewey, Jorgen Hesselberg, Jutta Eckstein, Bjarte Bogsnes, Boris Kneisel,…
Agile improving work life balance, how project managers transition to Agile, and best practices for tactical and strategic goals
Nov 27, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:50) how Agile reduces overtime and improves work-life balance, (17:30) How to implement Agile in everyday business processes, (29:00) How do you help traditional project managers transition to agile project management,…
Agile burnout, training programs for managers, good certification programs, measuring scrum master value
Oct 24, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:55) the Agile narrative project story on being burned out by Agile, (16:33) There don’t seem to be many training programs for managers in an organization undergoing an Agile transformation. What are good ideas and…
The overpowering scrum master, techniques to help traditional companies, product owner empowerment, small chunks of work, and long lived teams
Oct 23, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, we talk about (01:04) the Agile Narrative Project story of the overpowering scrum master, (18:35) what coaching techniques do people use to gain leverage and traction when undertaking an Agile transformation in a more traditional…
David Hussman, building physiological safety, sprint planning, useful metrics, and best practices for release planning
Aug 24, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode we (01:07) A few words on the passing of David Hussman, (03:14) Agile Narrative Project: How do we build physiological safety in companies, (20:11) What is the benefit of waiting until Sprint Planning to task out a story instead of doing…
Influencing the business, knowing if your coaching is going the right direction, facilitating Agile principles and values, and realistic sprints goals
Aug 1, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:34) how an IT Agile coach can influence the business side of an organization, (15:23) how an Agile coach knows they are going in the right direction, (23:15) How a coach first engages with a client, (29:14) what…
Engage upper and executive management, first line managers, measuring the Agile coach, and coach helping with budgets
Jul 3, 2018 • 48 min
This episode we talk about (00:36) tactics and strategies to engage upper and executive management in adopting business agility, (12:49) how can you bring the most value to line-managers that might be willing to change but not yet see or understand the…
Are all Agile transformations slow, backlog grooming in Kanban, Agile coach vs scrum master, and ignoring Agile values
Jun 8, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:55) are all Agle transformations extremely slow, (20:00) how to do backlog grooming in Kanban, (22:18) what are the deliverables of an Agile coach vs. scrum master, and (33:14) Where is the line between modifying Agile…
Ways to promote the value of Agile Coaching, and the limits to scaling the Agile adoption to large organizations
Apr 22, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:54) what are some ways to promote the value of Agile Coaching, and (25:46) we talk about what are the limits to scaling the Agile adoption to a larger organization.
Affecting culture in complex systems, and Agile adoption steps in classic organizations
Apr 1, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, we talk about (00:36) is culture an emergent property of a complex system and how we can affect that culture, and (20:48) we talk about steps to adopt Agile in classical organizations.
The risk of setting up a internal coaching group, setting a deadline for the Agile adoption, and how to coach when the manager is aggressive
Feb 22, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode we talk about the risk of setting up an internal coaching group, should we set a deadline for our Agile adoption to be done, and how do we coach a team with an over-aggressive functional manager.
Why scale frameworks feel like waterfall, talking to executives, and what is business agility
Jan 24, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode, we are talking about why scaled frameworks may feel like waterfall, how to talk to executives, and what the heck is this business agility.
Overcoming negative bias of a failed adoption, working with geographically dispersed teams, under trained Scrum masters, building credibility when you are a non-developer coach
Apr 6, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode we talk about how to overcome the negative bias from a previous failed Agile adoption, tips for working with geographically dispersed teams, what to do if your company can’t or is unwilling to have a trained full time Scrum master, and…
How to motivate a team working on a old product, what makes a good agile coach, and must read/watch for Agile practitioners
Mar 23, 2017 • 47 min
This week we talk about how to motivate a team that is working on older products, what makes a good agile coach, and what resources are a must read/watch for Agile practitioners.
How to handle interrupts, using story points vs. hours, getting a vertical slice of functionally, how to integrate Agile in non-software teams, and when can you call yourself Agile
Mar 10, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode we talk about how do Agile teams handle interrupts, why teams should use story points vs. hours, getting a vertical slice of a user story, how do you integrate Agile into teams outside of software, and when can you call yourself Agile.
Unlimited power to guide Agile in large organizations, first step to agilize a team, and what is the criteria to call yourself a Agile Coach
Feb 22, 2017 • 47 min
This week we talk about what if we had “unlimited power” on how we would guide Agile adoption across a large heterogeneous organization, How we would start to agilize a team, and about what is the criteria for having the title of Agile Coach.
Team evolution, public vs private sector roll out of Agile, adopting Agile with legacy systems, and is Agile a means to an end or something more
Feb 7, 2017 • 50 min
This week we talk about how to break through a local maximum in team evolution, public vs private sector roll out of Agile, how to manage the challenges in adopting Agile for organizations with legacy systems, and is agile just a means to an end or…