Don Kim - I Think, Therefore I Plan

March 26, 2017 06:30 PM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: , Agile, Certification, Don Kim, I Think Therefore I Plan, Project Management, Scrum

A few weeks ago Don Kim put up a blog post challenging the value of certifications. I reached out to Don in hopes of doing an interview about it and found out he’s also written a new book “I think Therefore I Plan”. In this interview we discuss the pros and cons of different certifications, taking an artisan approach to managing projects as well as Don’s new book.

You can find Don’s book here: http://amzn.to/2n7VEHu

You can find Don’s blog post about certifications here: http://bit.ly/2okDUZA

 

 

Show Notes:

00:07 Interview Start

00:30 What is a Human APEE

03:38 What is an Artisan approach to Project Management

05:15 Don’s Philosophy of Project Management

07:22 Trying to slow down and do less

08:21 Don explains his way of approaching project work and the reason for the book

10:56 How has the traditional vs. Agile debate changed over the past few years

12:53 Seeing the value in every project you work on  - regardless of how you got it

16:15 The downside of certifications

17:29 The positive aspects of certifications

18:03 There is more to project management training than just PMP certification

19:48 Making the case for the value certifications can provide and how it can be misunderstood

23:22 Does it make sense for people to want to have a way of gauging their professional achievement?

23:55 What Don expected from PMP certification and how he went deep with the Kerzner to get the most learning out of it (instead of just passing the test)

26:41 Is it the certification that is an issue, or the way people interpret it as an end point rather than a beginning

27:50 An overview of the approach Don’s book takes towards the art of Project Management

30:56 Where you can find Don’s book and how you can reach him with follow up questions

31:54 Podcast Ends

You can reach Don Kim on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donkim/

Feedback/Comments: drunkenpm@gmail.com


Agile Coach to Agile Gamer - Peter Saddington

March 14, 2017 10:22 PM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: Agile, Agile Transformation, AgileScout, Dave Prior, DrunkenPM, First15, Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington, the founder of AgileScout.com, is an Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, Author, Entrepreneur and Scientist. On March 4, 2017 he put up a blog post on AgileScout.com announcing a new experiment he is running... on himself.  

Taking a step back from helping others adopt Agile, Peter is now using Agile to transform his life, and he's starting with his career. He's going from being a full time Agile Consultant to a full time professional video game player.  It might sound a bit insane, but his reasoning and research are sound. In this interview I got the chance to talk with Peter about his new experiment, why he's doing it and how he approaching transforming his life.

Click here to read Peter's manifesto: http://agilescout.com/time-for-change/
Click here to see Peter's video channel:  First15
Click here to follow Peter on Twitter
 


Scrum in School - A Case Study of Grandview Prep's Transformation

March 06, 2017 08:03 PM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: Agile, Agile Classroom, AgileClassroom, EduScrum, Grandview Prep, John Miller, Mike Vizdos, Scrum, Scrum Alliance, Scrum in Schools

This podcast features an interview with two educators from Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, FL. Aileen Palmer and Susan Rose have been working with the Scrum Alliance, John Miller and Mike Vizdos to help the school implement Scrum for both the students and school administration. The interview explains how Scrum got started at Grandview, the impact it has had on the students, as well as the benefits and challenges they’ve experienced along the way.

 

 

Show Notes

01:16  Interview Begins

02:01 How Grandview Prep got interested in Scrum

04:59 Agile can be a lot easier for kids than adults

05:52 How Scrum has changed the way the students at Grandview collaborate

06:32 How the kids self-organize to make sure everyone is participating in the work

06:59 How teaching Scrum to a junior in high school impacts their ability to get work done and prepare for college

07:54 How visualizing the work is helping the students understand how to break work down into manageable pieces

08:35 Teaching students and teachers about how to break down the work and plan things out

10:20 Differences between how 1st graders and older kids are using Scrum at Grandview

11:17 The hardest parts of getting started with Scrum in school

13:17 Sometimes the transparency and seeing how much you have to do is overwhelming for adults

14:03 The struggle between Trello and Post-its

14:59 Student rankings and grading at Grandview - and how it has been impacted by Scrum

17:14 How using Scrum has improved the students and teachers ability to give and receive feedback

17:45 The reaction from parents/stakeholders to the introduction of Scrum at Grandview Prep

20:28 What Scrum means for the quiet kids who like to sit back and let others lead and drive the work

21:30 How will Grandview measure success to determine if/how Scrum is helping

22:33 The support Grandview Prep received from the Scrum Alliance 

23:14 Advice for educators who are interested in learning more or trying to implement it at their school 

24:39 How to get in touch with Susan and Aileen to learn more about Scrum at Grandview Prep

26:10 Wrap up

26:48 Podcast End

 

For more information:

 

Grandview Prep Info and Contacts

Grandview Prep
http://Grandviewprep.net

Aileen Palmer
apalmer@Grandviewprep.net 

Susan Rose 
srose@Grandviewprep.net

 

Scrum Alliance Info and Contacts

Scrum Alliance
https://www.scrumalliance.org/

John Miller
agileclassrooms@gmail.com

Mike Vizdos
http://www.michaelvizdos.com/

Heather Leigh
hleigh@scrumalliance.org


The Agilistocrats 2016 Retrospective

December 27, 2016 04:36 PM | COMMENTS (0) | CATEGORIES: Agile, Dave Prior, Dhaval Panchal, Maria Matarelli, retrospective, Richard Cheng

The Agilistocrats hold their 2016 Retrospective!


Maria Matarelli, Richard Cheng, Dhaval Panchal and Dave Prior reflect on the year by and sharing their answers to a few questions about 2016:

1. What is the most valuable thing you learned this year?
2. What area of Agile are you most curious about or hopeful for in 2017?
3. What are you going to do differently in 2017?
4. What advice do you have for others as we head towards the new year?

Here are some links from the podcast
Growing Agile… Not Scaling - the article that Dhaval and Andrea Tomasini co-authored for InfoQ www.infoq.com/articles/growing-agile
Greek Hoplites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplite
Agile Certified Leadership Training in Chicago agileleadershipchicago.com
Lyft https://www.lyft.com/
Uber www.uber.com

If you’d like to get in touch with any of the Agilistocrats, you can find them with the information below.

Richard Cheng
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/richardcheng
Twitter: twitter.com/richardkcheng
Work: Excella www.excella.com

Maria Matarelli
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mariamatarelli
Twitter: twitter.com/mariamatarelli
Work: Formula Ink www.formulaink.com

Dhaval Panchal
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dhavalpanchal
Twitter: twitter.com/dhavalpanchal
Work: Agile42 www.agile42.com

Dave Prior
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
Blog: drunkenpm.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/mrsungo
Work: LeadingAgile www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/

Have an amazing New Year!!


Tips for New ScrumMasters with Richard Cheng

December 21, 2016 05:47 PM | COMMENTS (1) | CATEGORIES: Agile, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, CSM, CSPO, Dave Prior, Definition of Done, drunkenpm, Excella, Geoffrey Moore, LeadingAgile, Product Roadmap, Retrospective, Richard Cheng, Roman Pichler, Scrum, ScrumMaster, Vision Statement

You’ve taken CSM Training and passed the Exam. Now what?

In this podcast Certified Scrum Trainers Richard Cheng and Dave Prior share their thoughts on most important things that Certified Scrum Master students can do to be successful Scrum Masters once they have completed the training and passed the CSM Assessment Exam. The podcast includes an exploration of why each of the recommendations is critical to making Scrum work and both Richard and Dave share examples from their experiences in the field working with teams who did, and did not have these practices in play.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Geoffrey Moore Vision Statement https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2002/05/09/product-vision/

Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore http://amzn.to/2h3ruRS

Roman Pichler’s website (where you can find the tools we mentioned) http://www.romanpichler.com

Roman Pichler’s books https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Pichler/e/B00359XCV2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1482305119&sr=8-1

 

Contact Info

Richard Cheng

Works for Excella Consulting https://www.excella.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardKCheng

Email: richard.cheng@excella.com

 

 

Dave Prior

Works for LeadingAgile http://www.leadingagile.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/mrsungo

Email: mrsungo@gmail.com

Blog: http://drunkenpm.blogspot.com

 

Music

The music featured in the podcast was downloaded from The Free Music Archive http://freemusicarchive.org

Intro Song

Cash Rules by Ari de Niro. For more info: http://www.needledrop.co/wp/artists/ari-de-niro/ or http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ari_de_Niro/

Outro Song

Cherry Skies  - The New Mystical Troubadours. Find them here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_New_Mystikal_Troubadours/