Helping you become more agile

159 - Handling Feedback Like a Champ
Feb 10 • 46 min
The initial plan was to discuss failure, but Bob and Josh wandered into a discussion centered on how to handle feedback. Without properly handing feedback, failure is just failure. When feedback is viewed as a gift, failure fuels your future success. What…
158 - 10 Years, Kindness, & New Hosting
Jan 27 • 34 min
This is a big one! Bob and Josh celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Meta-Cast with a couple of gifts, and they dig into the often overlooked value of kindness. Listen and learn what kindness is and isn’t. So often this value is undervalued, but Bob and…
157 - Continually Improving Ourselves
Jan 13 • 38 min
As we charge into a new decade, Bob and Josh discuss what they are working on personally and professionally. Do any of these areas of focus resonate with you? What are you working on this year? Let’s discuss! More from our hosts: Get FREE agile coaching…
156 - Transforming Leadership with The Agile Wire
Dec 29, 2019 • 59 min
Bob and Josh join the hosts from The Agile Wire ( podcast to discuss transformational (a word that created instant debate 😀) leadership. Big thanks to the Jeffs (Bubolz & Maleski) for letting us hang out and discuss such an…
155 - Become a Great Leader
Dec 16, 2019 • 51 min
Leadership is challenging, but we’re here to help. There are too few examples of what truly great leadership looks like, so Bob and Josh provide a window into how a great leader operates. What other glimpses into great leadership do you have? Let’s…
154 - Keeping It Simple
Dec 3, 2019 • 39 min
How simple are your processes? How simple is your architecture? Take a look around your organization, and you’ll find that unnecessary complexity abounds. This episode digs into ways in which you and your organization can make your life easier through…
153 - The Lost Art of Curiosity
Nov 19, 2019 • 29 min
Bob and Josh get curious about curiosity. Yes, that was cheesy. Deal with it… :) Anyways, we dig into the numerous ways that curiosity can benefit both you and your team. We’d love to hear how curiosity helped you. While you’re in the giving mood, we’d…
152 - How To Join A Company
Oct 23, 2019 • 41 min
Coming off our recent “leave the nest & land safely series”, a listener asked us to discuss the best way to join a new company. Bob and Josh share some tips, along with a few mistakes they made as they started new roles throughout their careers. What…
151 - The Importance of Diversity
Sep 23, 2019 • 48 min
Coming out of our previous episodes, Bob and Josh realized we needed to discuss the importance of diversity. Take a listen as we cover the numerous types of diversity (both the kind you can and the kind you can’t see) and how they improve your teams and…
150 - A Celebration
Aug 29, 2019 • 44 min
We made it! Thanks to all of our listeners and supporters, from all corners of the globe. Bob and Josh are excited to share our 150th episode with you. We don’t dig into too deep on any traditional topics. Instead, we celebrate the community we all built…
149 - Make Big Decisions as a Team
Aug 5, 2019 • 37 min
We see so many organizations struggle to nail the key decisions that shape their future. Why? In this episode, Bob and Josh show you how to engage in healthy dialog across your entire organization. This dialog ensures you land on the best possible option…
148 - Landing Safely
Jul 22, 2019 • 44 min
We wrap up our three-part series that we’re affectionately referring to as the “leave the nest and land safely” episodes. In episodes 146 & 147, we aggressively kicked you out of the nest, and in this episode, we arm you with tools to make sure you land…
147 - Kicking You Out Of The Nest
Jul 8, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 146 provided everyone with insights about when it is time to “leave the nest” and find a new gig for yourself. In this episode, we get more aggressive and provide tools, tips, and tricks to leave a bad situation. What tips can you share with our…
146 - Leaving The Nest
Jun 17, 2019 • 41 min
There comes a time in most jobs where it’s time to leave, but sometimes that departure is harder than it should be. In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss ways for you to recognize when it’s time to leave a job and offer a few tools to help you leave the…
145 - Becoming an Agile Badass
Jun 3, 2019 • 22 min
Inspired by one of our Agile Podcast Network partners, Badass Agile, Bob and Josh review the attributes required to be an “agile badass”. What traits have you seen if your badass agile colleagues? Let’s discuss! More from our hosts: Get FREE agile…
144 - Measuring Agile Leaders
May 20, 2019 • 45 min
So much content is written/discussed covering ways to measure agile teams. In fact, we discussed agile metrics in the past, but this episode turns the tables and we discuss how agile leaders should be measured. If you’re a leader, listen to this episode…
143 - The Cost of Quality
May 6, 2019 • 39 min
Many organizations continuously acquire technical debt. A common source of this growing problem is a lack of understanding of the true cost of quality. If your organization can’t seem to escape a mountain of poor architectural decisions and/or an…
142 - Performance Management in an Agile Organization
Mar 5, 2019 • 36 min
In response to the following question from a listener, Bob and Josh discuss how to lead an agile team inside of an organization with traditional, individualized performance management. Can these two co-exist? We think so, and this episode helps you answer…
141 - Storytelling in Agile, Part 2
Jan 22, 2019 • 55 min
Our previous episode introduced the importance of storytelling in agile. Towards the end of the episode, we threw out the idea of returning to this topic with some examples and role-playing to help everyone understand how powerful storytelling can be for…
140 - Storytelling in Agile
Jan 8, 2019 • 34 min
Storytelling is an integral part of your success as a leader and/or coach. Get some tips and tricks from Bob and Josh as they walk you through the reasons storytelling is so important and then provide you with some insight on how to get better at this key…
139 - The Dynamics of New Teams
Dec 11, 2018 • 32 min
A big thanks to Meta-Cast listener and Twitch chat superstar “firessue” brings us a fantastic challenge for this episode. Standing up new teams is hard, but adding teams and engineers to an existing, established team presents a whole new set of…
138 - The Agile Questions You Aren’t Asking Yourself
Nov 27, 2018 • 33 min
What unknowns will sneak up and cost your team dearly? If we knew those answers, life would be a lot easier! Thanks to Laura (AKA laurieblue on our Twitch stream), we were challenged to answer this question. Bob and Josh highlight the questions most…
137 - Remote Agile Teams
Nov 7, 2018 • 29 min
Remote teams are everywhere. Agile is everywhere. Unfortunately, those two don’t always mix well together. We are here to fix that! Thanks to our listener Ryan, from Virginia, for asking us to take on this topic. What tips & tricks do you use to maximize…
136 - Fear as an Agile Leader
Nov 1, 2018 • 36 min
It’s a special Halloween night episode! Bob and Josh wrap up their series on fear in the agile world with a deep dive into common sources of fear for leaders in the agile world. If you are an agile leader, don’t be scared, listen to this episode! Help…
135 - Agile Coaches Are Scary
Oct 23, 2018 • 40 min
Episode 134 dug into common generators of fear that teams experience during an agile transition. Sticking with our scary/spooky theme for October, we decided to turn the tables around and examine how we, as agile leaders, generate fear. As the face of…
134 - Fear In The Agile World
Oct 11, 2018 • 41 min
Halloween is near, so we decided (thanks to a tip from a listener on Twitter) to dig into the numerous ways fear presents itself in the agile world. Aside from identifying common patterns and situations that generate fear, we offer a few of our…
133 - Troublesome Team Members
Sep 19, 2018 • 38 min
No team is perfect. At some point in your team’s evolution a team member will have a string of bad days that cause a significant amount of strife and turmoil in your team. Use this episode to pick up some tips, tricks, and advice on how to handle this…
132 - Just The Right Amount of Agile Process
Jul 31, 2018 • 37 min
How do you know when you have too little/too much process in place? Use this episode to get an understanding of what a “good enough” process looks like for a team of 5 versus a team of 50 so that you and your team can maintain success as you grow. P.S.…
131 - Can an agile team plan too much?
May 24, 2018 • 44 min
This episode’s topic comes from a listener via Twitter. Big thanks to @Paul_V_Elia for the great question. @bobgalen and @nosrednAhsoJ you mentioned the possibility of a follow up on #noestimates - I’d like to hear about estimating too far into the…
130 - Customer Feedback
May 3, 2018 • 40 min
What should you do with customer feedback? Ignore it? Trust it completely? Something in the middle? Bob and Josh dig in and help you understand the best way to use customer feedback to support your team, product, and projects. How do you incoporate…
129 - Agile FAQs, Part 2
Apr 24, 2018 • 39 min
With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything. Using all of that experience, we continue our discussion of some of the most frequently asked questions…
128 - Agile FAQs
Apr 10, 2018 • 49 min
With 120+ podcast episodes, hundreds of speaking engagements, and hundreds of teams/companies coached, Bob and Josh have seen just about everything. Using all of that experience, we narrowed down on some of the most frequently asked questions across…
127 - Agile Estimates or No Estimates?
Mar 26, 2018 • 40 min
The relationship between most agile practices, estimates, and the planning those estimates relate to is a tricky one. Many agile practitioners subscribe to the #NoEstimates movement. Bob and Josh dig into the pros and cons of each approach (traditional…
126 - Speaking Truth To Power
Mar 8, 2018 • 42 min
Successful agile adoptions and transitions require truth, in all directions. Unfortunately, many of us are ill-equipped to speak truth in the most challenging direction: towards power. Use this episode to prepare for the difficult discussions you must…
125 - Agile Architecture
Feb 13, 2018 • 42 min
Bob and Josh break down how architecture fits effectively into the agile process. If your organization is struggling to mix appropriate architecture practices into your process and remain agile, this is the episode for you! Our First Giveaway! Don’t miss…
124 - Becoming a Conference Speaker
Jan 31, 2018 • 53 min
Continuing the discussion from our previous episode, Bob and Josh recall their journeys into conference speaking. We also provide a few lessons learned in hopes of one of our listeners decide to try out speaking at a conference. What are you waiting for?…
123 - Changing The Conference Landscape
Jan 11, 2018 • 44 min
Bob has a new role! We cover the changes happening for Bob in his new role as the Program Chair for TechWell and the changes he aims to implement in future conferences. We also dig in a bit to what it takes to become a great conference speaker. Help…
122 - Red Hat Agile Day Q&A Session
Oct 31, 2017 • 64 min
On October 12th, Bob and Josh hosted a live, unscripted podcast recording session answering the audience’s questions in real time. This episode is the recording of that session. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to answering your questions at a…
121 - Scrum Master Role Confusion
Sep 28, 2017 • 31 min
Many organizations overload the scrum master role, causing confusion for both the team(s) and the scrum master themselves. We tackle this issue in response to a question from a listener’s question (thanks Tim from Germany). Have you been asked to serve…
120 - Management vs. Leadership
Sep 4, 2017 • 48 min
Bob and Josh revisit a topic from a recent panel they participated in covering the challenges many management roles face in a transition to agile. We talk through the key differences between traditional management and agile leadership. If you, or someone…
119 - Stories vs. Tasks vs. Epics
Aug 15, 2017 • 41 min
In our previous episode, we detailed when it is appropriate to create tasks for each of your stories. After listening to that episode, a listener requested some details on the differences between stories, epics, and tasks. So here we go! How does your…
118 - User Stories, Tasks, & Sprint Planning
Jul 28, 2017 • 44 min
When it comes to planning sprints and their associated user stories, should your team also create, assign, and size individual tasks? Bob and Josh debate this topic and help you streamline your team’s sprint planning and execution. Love our content? Help…
117 - The Importance of Fun
Jul 5, 2017 • 26 min
Scrum can be a real drag. After dozens and dozens of sprints, your team looks forward to yet another sprint with all of the same ceremonies. Hooray… How can you make the endless sea of sprints that lay ahead of your team look less dreary? FUN! Love our…
116 - Is Kanban right for you?
Jun 20, 2017 • 34 min
We’ve all been there. Scrum is getting old, and you want to try something new. Here comes Kanban to save the day! Maybe not. Kanban sometimes just makes things worse. We help you figure out if Kanban is right for you. Love our content? Help us out by…
115 - Responsible Leadership
May 25, 2017 • 38 min
Great leadership is hard to find. When you boil leadership down to its essence, all you need is a little responsibility. In this episode, learn what great leadership looks like so that you can either grow into a great leader for find a great leader to…
114 - Building an Agile Backlog From Scratch
May 9, 2017 • 35 min
Agile teams perform best when they have a well formed, and continuously refined, backlog. That sounds great, but how do you get there if you don’t have a backlog yet?!? How in the world do you get started? This episode gives you everything you need to…
113 - Agile Questions and Answers
Apr 19, 2017 • 31 min
We collected dozens of audience questions from one of our recent speaking engagements. In this episode, we answer them for you, in rapid fire mode. Good luck finding a more answer-packed agile podcast episode out there! Are there other questions you want…
112 - Radical Candor
Mar 29, 2017 • 40 min
Great teams, and leaders, build a safe environment where truths are told, even if they hurt a little. How healthy is your team and their relationships? Are truths told in a healthy manner? If there are issues that need to be discussed, but they never get…
111 - Middle Management & Agile
Mar 9, 2017 • 36 min
Agile adoption is difficult. When you are in middle management during an agile transformation, so many questions are raised. What is my role? How do I effectively lead in this new paradigm? Does anyone need me anymore? We answer all of these questions,…
110 - Great Agile Backlogs
Feb 22, 2017 • 37 min
It all starts with a backlog. The health of an agile team correlates directly with the state of its backlog. That all sounds great. How do we get our backlog to be “great”? Listen to this podcast, that’s how! We are kidding, or are we? This episode offers…
109 - Building An Agile Brand
Feb 7, 2017 • 35 min
Learn the importance of treating yourself as a brand, especially in the agile community. Bob and Josh share their experience, and a few tips, as they walk through their thought processes in building their individual brand, corporate brands, and the brand…
108 - Importance of Tempo
Jan 25, 2017 • 38 min
Why is cadence/temp so important to agile success? It is amazing to see how something as simple as a well defined cadence reduces the “noise” of a process and provides focus for teams and individuals. Have you experimented with different tempos? What…
107 - Bad Cop, Bad Cop: When Agile Isn’t Right For You
Jan 17, 2017 • 38 min
Even though Bob and Josh believe agile is the right path, there are some situations when trying to “go agile” just might not be right. We take a deep dive into uncovering common indicators that taking on an agile transition in organization would actually…
106 - Agile Roles and Responsiblities
Dec 19, 2016 • 39 min
How should you handle roles inside an agile team? Can/should you share responsibilities or is it best to have a bunch of specialists? Bob and Josh share their views on how highly effective agile teams operate and manage the complexities of roles and…
105 - Excellence as a Product Owner
Nov 30, 2016 • 35 min
What exactly does a rockstar product owner look like? Would you know one when you see one? After this podcast, that won’t be a problem! Bob and Josh dig into what it takes to really be a world class product owner. If you are new to the product owner role,…
104 - Meta-Guest Richard Khor
Nov 9, 2016 • 42 min
Richard Khor joins Bob and Josh to discuss his agile journey. As the first scrum master at Dude Solutions, Richard provides additional context into the daily like of a scrum master. Learn from someone “in the trenches” exactly what it takes to become a…
103 - Agile Frameworks: when to hold’em and when to fold’em!
Oct 19, 2016 • 43 min
In response to a listener request, we dig deeper in to the approach Josh and the Dude Solutions team uses to select and tweak agile frameworks for their unique problem set. Bob and Josh step through a few frameworks to provide experience and advice on the…
102 - How To Give Back To The Agile Community
Oct 5, 2016 • 45 min
Everyone started with a base desire to learn agile. Someone reached out, lent a hand, and helped you get up to speed. Maybe it was a blog, a co-worker, or even a podcast, but someone offered you help along the way. In this episode, we provide some ideas…
101 - Explaining Agile To Non-Software People
Sep 22, 2016 • 33 min
We spend most of our days focusing on agile, writing code, and everything else that goes into delivering world class software. However, agile is applicable well beyond the realm of software engineering. How can you relate agile to family, friends, or…
100 - Six Years of Agile Learning
Sep 7, 2016 • 56 min
After six years (and 100 episodes!) of learning and growing, Bob and Josh take a look back at how they, and their agile opinions, changed over the years. A big thanks to Cory Bryan for the topic idea! @metahyphencast Couple - 1. What’s the biggest thing…
99- Good Cop, Bad Cop on SAFe
Aug 15, 2016 • 42 min
Bob and Josh revisit their “good cop, bad cop” routine and apply it to SAFe. In this episode, Josh takes the side of pro-SAFe, while Bob attempts to persuade Josh that adopting SAFe is not the best approach for this dreamt-up scenario. You be the judge on…
98 - Career Paths for Scrum Masters & Product Owners
Jul 31, 2016 • 52 min
As organizations adopt agile, many employees evolve their career to adopt roles such as scrum master and product owner. What do the career paths look like for someone in these roles? Bob and Josh discuss their approaches and strategies for tackling this…
97 - Continuous Improvement
Jul 13, 2016 • 45 min
Continuous improvement is a foundation of agile, but generating a culture that fosters and even requires it can be a bit tricky. Learn how to transform your culture with tips and tricks from Bob and Josh on how they’ve transformed the cultures of their…
96 - Frameworks as a Silver Bullet (FaaSB), The Fallacy…
Jun 28, 2016 • 39 min
Frameworks, frameworks, frameworks! So many folks are selling one, and everyone else thinks they need one. Bob and Josh rip into the idea that any one framework can be a silver bullet for your situation. Learn how to evaluate what makes sense for you and…
95 - Building Self-Directed Teams
May 31, 2016 • 42 min
In response to this #meta-question on Twitter… @metahyphencast #meta-question I am reading Mike Cohn’s take on coaching teams to be self organizing. Are there any Meta-Casts on this? — John Kaplan (@kaplanapps) May 25, 2016 … Bob and Josh take a deep dive…
94 - Agile Is Dead
May 18, 2016 • 37 min
Is that title just clickbait? Give us a listen and find out… ;) Just kidding! Don’t worry, we really do dig into a growing movement declaring that agile is dead. Some of our more recent experience aligns with this view. How did we get here? What can we do…
93 - Revisiting Agile Testing
Apr 19, 2016 • 50 min
We originally discussed agile testing over 5 years (and 80 episodes) ago. Today we revisit the topic to learn how our views of testing in an agile world have evolved. We cover topics ranging from QA/Dev ratios to automation. You’ll find that we’ve learned…
92 - How to Hire a Scrum Master
Apr 12, 2016 • 40 min
Hiring a Scrum Master is one of those things that doesn’t happen often, especially when you compare it to how often you hire an engineer to fill a role in your agile team. Like anything in life, practice helps refine your skills. If you haven’t had the…
91 - Revisiting Trust
Mar 29, 2016 • 40 min
Episode 90 ( set the stage for our “return to basics” approach. The first step of that approach requires us to start at the beginning. Over six years ago, we opened our podcast with what we…
90 - Revisiting The Basics, Part 1
Mar 23, 2016 • 13 min
A big thanks goes out to our listeners that have either been with us from the beginning or those that went all the way back to episode #1 and binge-listened until they were caught up. We know not everyone has done that, so we are introducing a plan to…
89 - Coaching Up
Mar 17, 2016 • 42 min
In our last episode ( we discussed how to lead an organization into the world of agile. Now we tackle supporting your agile adoption by coaching upwards (AKA into your leadership…
88 - Leading An Agile Organization
Mar 2, 2016 • 36 min
So much talking, writing, debating, etc. is done around how to operate an agile team. What about the rest of the organization? If you are a leader, how does agile affect you and your daily efforts? Bob and Josh dig into the approaches they use as agile…
87 - Introducing The Agile Donut
Feb 17, 2016 • 35 min
Josh introduces what The Dude team calls “The Agile Donut” to Bob. This new model (some might even call it a framework) combines multiple agile approaches into a successful, unique recipe for scaling agile. Learn how Josh and team applied portions of…
86 - Microservices & Agile
Feb 4, 2016 • 32 min
Like the word “agile”, the “microservices” buzzword gets thrown around a lot. Just like agile again, it often gets used by folks who don’t fully understand what it means. In fact, you may already have an executive coming to you saying “we need…
85 - The Origin Story
Jan 22, 2016 • 36 min
Every band of superheroes has an origin story. Learn how our dynamic duo of Bob and Josh came together. This episode covers how we met, the struggles we worked through while helping Teradata adopt agile, and the start of the friendship that launched this…
84 - How far to push as a Scrum Master?
Jan 12, 2016 • 25 min
Bob and Josh tackle a listener request centered around how far/hard should a Scrum Master push the team when they aren’t fully bought in to the agile process. We share our experience in situations like this and offer a few suggestions to try out. We also…
83 - Football and agile, how closely related are they?
Dec 28, 2015 • 30 min
It is bowl season ( here in the US, so we decided to explore how closely related the game of football and all of its preparation are related to traditional agile/scrum ceremonies. We think you’ll be surprised to…
82 - Integrating UX into Agile
Nov 9, 2015 • 36 min
One of the more common questions we get centers around ways to integrate a UX team/process/approach into Agile. Bob and Josh share their experiences and approaches that worked/didn’t work in hopes of helping you continually improve the integration of your…
81 - Chicken Rules
Oct 28, 2015 • 44 min
We identify a few rules of engagement for members of your organization that are not a part of the scrum team. We discuss where the term “chicken” originated from and provide tips and tricks for anyone making the transition as a leader in an organization…
80 - Runaway Roles!
Sep 22, 2015 • 42 min
An agile team’s struggles can often be attributed to one of the primary scrum roles (scrum master, product owner, & team) running amok. Bob and Josh dig into common reasons causing each role to begin to lose its way. We then provide you with a few tools…
79 - Growing Great Scrum Masters
Sep 8, 2015 • 42 min
Where do great scrum masters come from and how can you groom them in your organization? Bob and Josh dig into various ways to make that happen. We also cover some of the most common anti-patterns we’ve seen over the years. Hopefully those anti-patterns…
78 - The Three Amigos
Aug 27, 2015 • 30 min
Sticking with our recent theme of threes (see the The Three Amigos ( concept and how it can facilitate communication across all roles in your team. Consistent, quality…
77 - The Three Bears of Agile Team Sizing
Aug 17, 2015 • 40 min
Too big? Too small? Just right? Where does your team fit in that paradigm? We share our experiences in building agile teams and describe what “just right” looks like. How do you know when to stop growing or when to break up a team. We answer these…
76 - The Great Release Planning Debate
Jul 30, 2015 • 26 min
We revisit our often debated topic of release planning. Josh slipped up in episode 75 ( and mentioned a new appreciation for the process. Given Josh’s past comments about his…
75 - Squads, Chapters, & Tribes… Oh My!!!
Jul 20, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh respond to a listener request around our views/implementations of Spotify’s agile approach. Vic ( @AgileCoffee ( ) asked specifically about our view on Chapters, so we dig into what they are,…
74 - Agile Collaboration Across Your Entire Organization
Jun 16, 2015 • 31 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh wrap up their three part series on collaboration. In doing so we tackle the final step an organizaiton takes in becoming truly agile. Learn how to enable your entire company to agile through world class collaboration. We…
73 - Technical Product Ownership
Jun 8, 2015 • 28 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss the challenges presented to a product owner and team when stories classified as “non-product” work land in the backlog. These stories typically include architectural work, research spikes, and other technical…
72 - Speedcast on Scrum Masters & Sound Quality
May 28, 2015 • 25 min
In this speedcast Bob and Josh help you recognize a good scrum master from a bad scrum master. We also chat about our new audio setup and how we expect it to drastically improve our audio quality. Let us know what you think about our audio quality and…
71 - Successfully Scale Collaboration Across Agile Teams
May 18, 2015 • 46 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh continue discussing the three levels of collaboration. After tackling collaboration inside an agile team in our previous episode, we dig into how to scale collaboration across all of our agile teams. We may get sidetracked by…
70 - Maximize Collaboration Inside Your Agile Team
May 4, 2015 • 39 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh kick off a series discussing the three levels of collaboration in an agile organization. Level one focuses on maximizing collaboration inside of each agile team. Learn the warning signs that indicate a need for you and your…
69 - Why are so many agile adoptions failing?
Apr 15, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh talk through common agile transition failures. We provide solutions to many of these problems so that you and your team can succeed in your implementation of Agile. We also discuss the concept of starting with Kanban instead…
68 - Estimation Demystified!
Mar 12, 2015 • 40 min
As a continuation from Episode 67’s goal of demystifying story points, Bob and Josh dig into estimations. When should you do them? How long should they take? Who should do the estimations? Take a listen and let us know what you think. How does your…
67 - Story Points Demystified!
Feb 16, 2015 • 45 min
What are story points? Why would we use them? How do we pick a unit? Can I make my teams all use the same numbers? How do we get started? We answer all of these and more as we dig into the hotly debated world of story points. Like user stories, story…
66 - The Future of Agile
Jan 16, 2015 • 37 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh respond to a listener request from @sjoerddruiven ( about the future of agile. We dig into our hopes for agile’s future and also some realistic concerns and fears for where it could end up.…
65 - Strategically Planning Sprints
Dec 23, 2014 • 37 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss various ways to plan, and execute, your sprints in a strategic manner. Many teams suffer for a microscopic view of their current sprint and struggle to properly plan for and execute on the next sprint. We share a few…
64 - Revisiting SAFe
Dec 2, 2014 • 38 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh revisit the Scaled Agile Framework (AKA SAFe). Josh recently attended a “Leading SAFe” class and that generates some juicy discussion around what SAFe may, or may not, offer to organizaitons like yours. If you are evaluating…
63 - Managing Team Capacity
Nov 17, 2014 • 35 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss various ways to plan, understand, and manage your team’s capacity. We cover a few real-world examples of how to get a brand new team off and running without any known capacity. How does your team manage capacity?
62 - Hardening Sprints, Good or Bad?
Nov 3, 2014 • 50 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss the concept of hardening sprints and what, if any, value they add. This has been a long standing debate for us, so it is good to finally get it out to our listeners. What side of the debate do you land on? Do you use…
61 - Assembling An Agile Team
Sep 17, 2014 • 42 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss ways to assemble an optimal agile team. We also get into an interesting debate over what candidates (including Bob and Josh) should wear to an interview. We look forward to your feedback and comments, especially…
60 - The Great Space Debate
Sep 2, 2014 • 42 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss various seating options for your agile teams. The endless debate around open office layouts earns a large amount of our discussion. Regardless of your stance on that topic, we share a few tips that will help make any…
59 - Tricia Broderick
Jul 31, 2014 • 35 min
In this episode Bob and Josh chat with Tricia Broderick about conflict resolution in agile teams. We dig into the topics she covers in her session at Agile Development Practices/Better Software Conference and learn how to be better leaders and teammates.…
58 - Meta-Guest David Hussman
Jun 12, 2014 • 21 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh sit down with David Hussman ( @davidhussman ( ), of DevJam Studios, at the Agile Development Practices and Better Softare Conference in Las Vegas. David brings great insight to the podcast and…
57 - Coaching Outside Your Agile Teams
May 9, 2014 • 41 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss who, how, when and why you should be coaching your organziation beyond the teams you lead/manage/are a part of. We view this as a very important step in agile maturity, but we also know this can be a difficult…
56 - Developer Metrics & Agile Purists
Apr 22, 2014 • 35 min
In this episode Bob and Josh address two listener questions. The first question covers developer metrics and understanding individual and team effectiveness. Our second question centers on agile purists and how to handle an agile transition. We want to…
55 - The Struggling Team Member Support Plan
Apr 7, 2014 • 30 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh respond to a listener question about what to do when a team member is not performing as well as the team needs them to. What should the team do? What should their manager do? We tackle both angles and give you a plan to help.…
54 - Agile Team Composition
Mar 26, 2014 • 30 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh respond to a listener question around assembling an agile team. The primary question centers around inclusion of team members that prefer to be told what to do. We dig into wheather or not we believe this can/should be done.…
53 - To tool, or not to tool
Mar 10, 2014 • 31 min
In this episode Bob and Josh revisit their first debate (now over half a decade old now). We cover the pros and cons of each side of the the debate and give a few tips on how to make the tools work for you. Along the way, we also highlight a few common…
52 - Sprint Predictability Through Effective Packing
Feb 24, 2014 • 32 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss patterns and practices that can be used to inrease preditability in your sprints. Nothing wears a team down faster than sporadic sprint planning and execution. If your team’s velocity chart looks like an EKG graph,…
51 - Recruiting for an agile team
Jan 2, 2014 • 40 min
In this episode Bob and Josh divulge some tips and tricks we use when hiring for an agile team. We walk through a few of our hiring practices and even talk through a few sample questions. The strength of your team directly depends on your hiring…
50 - The Essence of Agile
Dec 26, 2013 • 36 min
50 episodes!?!? After 3 years and 50 episodes spanning all kinds of crazy topics, we get back to basics in this show. In our last meta-cast we discussed how Agile has “jumped the shark”…
49 - Has Agile Jumped The Shark?
Dec 3, 2013 • 17 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss whether or not Agile has jumped the shark ( . After educating Bob on what that term means, we dig into the reality of the situation and what we can do about getting…
48 - Discussing Open Allocation
Nov 25, 2013 • 29 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss the concept of Open Allocation and how it could be applied to a company. As a primer, here are some links that augment the podcast as we repeatedly refer to Valve’s and GitHub’s implementation of Open Allocation.…
47 - Saying No
Sep 12, 2013 • 45 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss the numerous times that saying no is required. We discuss the issues preventing many folks from saying no when their gut is telling them that they have to speak up and say no. Aside from identifying the key moments,…
Speed-Cast on Technical Debt
Sep 11, 2013 • 45 min
As you likley read on Twitter, we had a little issue with our new microphone that generated some feedback during our last recording. Because of that static, we chose not to post the episode. However, we are returning to the topic of technical debt in…
46 - What’s wrong with agile adoption? (AKA The Dope Slap Episode)
Aug 16, 2013 • 41 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss the issues we see in the lagging agile adoption dilemma that seems rather prevalent these days. Is it poor teaching? Is it teams that just don’t listen? What is the problem and what can do you about it? We have the…
45 - How important is estimation?
Aug 5, 2013 • 53 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss the importance of estimation in the world of software development. Can a project survive without estimation? Is estimation a skill that can be honed and improved over time? We cover all of these questions and a bit…
44 - What’s Wrong With Retrospectives?
Jul 25, 2013 • 39 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss common misconceptions and missteps in retrospecitves. You’ll quickly learn how passionate we are on this subject as the discussion heats up. We provide ideas and direction on how to heal your struggling retrospectives.
43 - Defining Culture
Jun 7, 2013 • 45 min
In this episode Bob and Josh tackle the ever-elusive concept of team culture. We attempt to apply some form of definition for the concept and provide some tips on how to improve it within your team. We’d love some feedback on this one, so please add…
42 - Defending Agile Against Waterfall Bob
Apr 25, 2013 • 55 min
In this episode, Bob transforms into a waterfall advocate. Josh fights to convince him that Agile is more than just a buzzword and that can help his projects. While this debate was a fun execise for us, we hope it helps everyone out there who is…
41 - Deep Dive Into The Product Owner Quadrants
Apr 18, 2013 • 36 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh begin defining the concept of the product owner quadrants. It comes as a shock to no one that we only worked through the first quadrant in 36 minutes! The first quadrant discussed is “project managment”. That term sends Josh…
40 - A retrospective…
Apr 11, 2013 • 26 min
40th episode already!?!? Bob and Josh pause for the 40th episode to do a classic scrum retrospective of the Meta-Cast itself. All three questions (what did we do well, what could we do better at, and what should we try in the future) are asked, and…
39 - The Certification Rant
Mar 19, 2013 • 30 min
Bob and Josh unleash some fury on the proliferation of agile-centric certificaitons over the past 12-18 months. Are there any certifications really worth the skyrocketing expense to earn and maintain them? We also tackle the evolving importance of the…
Quick Diversion - An Outtake
Mar 5, 2013 • 1 min
Some of the best stuff happens before we even turn the microphone on, so I am trying to just hit the record button and see what happens. Here is a quick look into what Bob and I do before you hear the words “Welcome to The Meta-Cast!”. I hope to have more…
38 - Agile Starter Kit #4
Feb 25, 2013 • 41 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh wrap-up their initial pass at what fits into the Agile Starter Kit. They end with talking through some of the technical aspects of implementing Agile in your workplace, digging into topics like continuous integration, pair…
37 - Halftime Rants
Feb 15, 2013 • 37 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh take a break from the Agile Starter Kit series to talk through some current events. Bob unloads on Dean Leffingwell and his SAFe Certification Program. After listening, I think eveyone will understand why Bob is so passionate…
36 - Agile Starter Kit, Part 3
Feb 8, 2013 • 39 min
We are back! Bob and Josh dig into defining the actual team members required for your starter team. What are the roles and responsiblities needed to make a Shu team grow into a Ha team? Who do you hire to join in the fun? Can your team members be part…
35 - Agile Starter Kit, Part 2
Jan 19, 2013 • 24 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh continue the definition of their agile starter kit by defining what a sprint looks like. How long is it and what are the ceremonies that drive the tempo? These items and more are added into the starter kit!
34 - Agile Starter Kit, Part 1
Jan 11, 2013 • 43 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh start digging into the starter kit. We attack the basic setup needed for a team by covering things like team size, team members, working space, and whiteboard usage. Our goal is to help you lay the foundation for a succesful…
30 - Courage
Oct 5, 2012 • 50 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss the numerous areas requiring courage in our industry. Why do so many people struggle to say “no”? Where can I be more courageous? We answer these questions and more…
29 - Enabling Change
Jul 17, 2012 • 34 min
In this episode Bob and Josh discuss how you can enable change throughout your team. We even discuss the idea of enabling too much change and the dangers that can be presented with that mistake.
28 - Discussing the Stoos Movement
Jul 4, 2012 • 28 min
Bob and Josh tackle the movement commonly referred to as Stoos. We discuss our views of the movement, how it may affect you, and whether or not you should actually care or pay attention.
27 - Release Planning - Estimation
Apr 27, 2012 • 30 min
Bob and Josh come right back to the Release Planning topic to dig into some of its juicier bits. In this episode, Bob and Josh tackle the ever challenging topic of estimation. When should you do it? Who should do it? In the end, a basic blueprint is…
26 - Release Planning
Apr 24, 2012 • 35 min
Bob and Josh return after a 5 month hiatus!!! In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss styles of release planning and some of the pitfalls we’ve run into in our travels.
25 - Innovation
Nov 21, 2011 • 39 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss various ways to drive innovation within your teams. Ideas include 20% time, FedEx/Innovation days, and a couple of others. Insight is also given into how to battle some of the normal push-back/challenges when these…
24 - Reflections
Oct 10, 2011 • 41 min
In this episode Bob and Josh review lessons learned over the past year and discuss some of the improvements currently at the top of their personal backlog.
23 - Fireside Chats (A.K.A. “The Un-Topic”)
Sep 1, 2011 • 41 min
In this meta-cast Bob and Josh go topic-less and chat about challenges facing each of their current teams. Topics range from oscillating between Scrum and Kanban to getting that mystical, magical agile “switch” to flip in people.
22 - Patterns of Mature Agile Teams
Jul 12, 2011 • 54 min
In this episode, Bob and Josh discuss some common patterns displayed by truly mature agile teams. We cover a wide range of patters including teamwork, test infection, and automation.
20 - Starting Agile Projects
Jun 2, 2011 • 47 min
Bob and Josh discuss tips and tricks you can use when starting an agile project. We cover the concept of a Sprint 0, rolling wave planning, and the varying levels of planning needed for small and large projects.
19 - Methodology Mixology
May 20, 2011 • 48 min
Bob and Josh discuss the various methodologies in use across the agile community and how mixing them together can benefit your teams. We cover numerous use cases in which applying techniques from Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban can help improve your team’s…
18 - Conferences
May 6, 2011 • 49 min
Bob and Josh discuss technology conferences. With a goal of helping you get the most out of any technology conference you are attending, our topics of discussion include attendee etiquette, how to plan for attending a conference, different conference…
17 - Failed Sprints
Apr 21, 2011 • 61 min
Bob and Josh discuss common causes of failed sprints. We not only tackle the causes, but we also provide options for preventing future failures and identify early warning signals for sprint failures.
16 - Manager Anti-Patterns
Feb 28, 2011 • 46 min
Bob and Josh discuss some of the more common anti-patterns managers have been known to display (topics range from lack of trust all the way to disengagement). Hopefully, you’ve never been exposed to any of these anti-patterns, but if you have, this…
15 - Retrospectives
Feb 7, 2011 • 29 min
Bob and Josh tackle another listener-submitted question. This one centers around retrospectives. Topics in the discussion range from patterns and anti-patters we’ve seen out in the wild to tips and tricks you can use to help revive your stale…
14 - Agile Adoption
Jan 27, 2011 • 44 min
Bob and Josh tackle their first listener-submitted question, which centers around agile adoption. How do you start an agile adoption? What are some of the pre-reqs for a successful adoption (tools, talent, knowledge, etc.)? How can you scale these…
13 - Agile Testing, Part 2
Jan 2, 2011 • 57 min
Bob and Josh wrap up their two-part discussion of testing in an agile team. This second session covers various agile testing subjects, from continuous integration to automated test development.
12 - Agile Testing, Part 1
Nov 8, 2010 • 50 min
Bob and Josh start their two-part discussion of testing in an agile team. This first session covers numerous agile testing subjects, from the role of testers in an agile team to test driven development.
11 - Hiring For Agile Teams
Oct 19, 2010 • 51 min
Bob and Josh discuss ideas, tips, and tricks that can be used when hiring for an agile team.
10 - Tempo
Sep 9, 2010 • 51 min
Bob and Josh discuss various topics around a team’s tempo. Items covered include sprint tempo, release tempo, and the effects that various tempos have on a team’s productivity.
9 - What makes a good team?
Aug 25, 2010 • 48 min
Bob and Josh continue the discussion of classic scrum roles by tackling the role of the team.
8 - What makes a good product owner?
Jul 13, 2010 • 43 min
Bob and Josh continue the discussion of classic scrum roles by tackling the product owner role.
7 - What makes a good scrum master?
Jun 17, 2010 • 50 min
Bob and Josh discuss the traits required to be a top-flight scrum master and some of the common pitfalls teams have in identifying the right person(s) to serve as scrum master.
6 - Agile, In Real Life…
May 12, 2010 • 44 min
Bob and Josh discuss how Agile has changed their lives outside of Software Development.
5 - Stakeholder Engagement
Mar 24, 2010 • 43 min
Bob and Josh discuss tips and tricks for working with your stakeholders. Discussions range from dealing with disconnected stakeholders that need to engage to an over-engaged stakeholder that won’t leave the team alone
4 - Self-Directed Teams
Mar 10, 2010 • 48 min
Bob and Josh discuss self-directed teams and how important they are to the success of any Agile adoption.
3 - Shu Ha Ri
Feb 24, 2010 • 47 min
Bob and Josh discuss the concept of Shu Ha Ri and how it applies to agile adoption.
2 - Agile Principles
Jan 28, 2010 • 54 min
Bob and Josh discuss some of the guiding principles that Agile is founded on. We cover the four key values identified in the Agile Manifesto. In doing so, we also highlight a handful of our favorite principles from the same document.
1 - Trust
Jan 14, 2010 • 42 min
Bob and Josh discuss trust and how it affects software development teams.