No Nonsense Agile Podcast

No Nonsense Agile Podcast

Non Nonsense chats on what agile is and what it isn't, without any bullshit.

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November 24, 2021 69 min
Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation with Sam McAfee about leading digital product development. Building a great product team. Working remotely. Real agile vs fake agile. Factory model vs product model. Empowering teams. Building influence and trust. Bringing marketing, design and engineering into one cross functional product team. From functional silos to capability building. Product managers vs Product owners. ...

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about the overlap between modern military ideas and Agile with Ben Ford. In this podcast, we discuss Commando concepts, the OODA loop, Turn the Ship Around, Teams of Teams. Bureaucracy vs delegation. Management politics vs outcomes. Bottom up vs top down agile. OKR's and Mission Command. Delegation vs Control. Theory X and Theory management. How management politics leads o...

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November 12, 2021 65 min
Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about Agile product development. What is a product? What do product managers do? The difference between product managers and product owners. Moving from functional silos to cross-functional product teams. Integrating design, marketing and technology. Scaling product management across multiple agile teams. Requirements as untested hypotheses. What is an MVP?  Finding product-ma...
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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about visualizing your workflow with Mark Jorgensen Chaudhry. In this podcast, we discuss visualizing the work to identify bottlenecks, see waste and drive change. Physical work vs Knowledge work. Siloes vs Value streams. Helping managers and teams to visualize the work flow and collectively find ways to improve it  

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about the Spotify Model and matrix organisation structures. Squads, tribes, chapters and guilds. From functional silos to cross functional product teams supported by chapters and guilds. Scaling with tribes. Turning the traditional hierarchy on its side. From functional factory manager to servant leader. When it works well and when it goes bad. Developing your own matrix model...
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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about lean agile transformations with Matt Turner. In this podcast, we discuss Matt's views on leading change. Fear of change and taking people on the journey. Valuing managers while changing their role to focus on people and flow. Being useful as an agile coach rather than imposing a standard pattern. Visualizing the work to identify bottlenecks and see delays and waste. ...

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October 13, 2021 54 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast, Murray and Shane discuss Quality in the agile world. We define quality and explain why it is everyone's responsibility. How testing and development are integrated in one agile team. Shifting testing left and Defining Ready and Done. Why waterfall projects have huge numbers of defects. Whether there is any role for a specialist Tester in an...

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a conversation about invitational agile coaching with Michael De La Maza. In this podcast, we discuss Michaels views on agile executive coaching and how it differs from sports coaching and management consulting. We discuss the invitational approach to coaching and the professional coaches role and mindset. What an executive coach actually does. Why organisations need to become agile and the ...

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense Agile discussion. In this podcast, Murray and Shane discuss why Agile change must come from the top. Why some managers support an agile transformation and others block it. How agile transformations are done by big management consulting firms and how they should be done. Agile as cost cutting vs evolutionary change. The politics of management and the gulf between words and actio...

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September 22, 2021 55 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense Agile discussion. In this podcast, Murray and Shane talk about why projects with fixed price, fixed scope contracts often go way over time and budget. We talk about uncertainty, sales incentives and underestimating. How fixed scope contracts lead to big design up front, siloed delivery, authoritarian management and conflict with suppliers. We discuss how to use an agile approac...

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September 8, 2021 56 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast, Murray and Shane discuss how to scale agile. We discuss the problems with a big bang top-down agile transformation and the benefits of starting small and experimenting to find a scaling approach that works for you. We talk about the factory model of organisation vs autonomous product teams. And we contrast agile change management with waterfal...

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August 25, 2021 52 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast Murray and Shane have a robust discussion about whether Projects and Project Managers are compatible with Agile. Can projects be done in a truly agile way or are they inevitably waterfall in practice. Is Project Management an authoritarian role that conflicts with self managing agile teams or can a Project Manager be a servant leader who empowe...

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast, we talk about evolutionary design and the problem with a narrow focus, planning at different time horizons, big blocks and small blocks and the importance of having flexible roadmaps that change as we learn. We also talk about centralised teams vs experts in teams, how the role of the coach is to build the team’s capability and how a coach sho...

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August 11, 2021 65 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast, we discuss Ron Jeffries' recent article “Can scrum be fixed?” We talk about Ron’s concerns with the Scrum Industrial complex and Developers issues with Scrum. We talk about what we like and don't like about Scrum and how the gaps we've experienced can be overcome.

You can read the podcast transcript over at https://www.ev0lve.work...

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August 4, 2021 63 min

Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense agile discussion. In this podcast, we talk about our experience with planning agile initiatives. How to do just enough planning just in time. We discuss the team you need, user stories, UX concepts and technical architecture, how to develop a release plan and estimate time and cost in a 2 to 4-week timebox. We also talk about the common traps, pitfalls and bad patterns we see i...

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Join Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson in a no-nonsense discussion on agile and waterfall. In this podcast, we talk about our experience with agile and waterfall projects, what really happens when you contract out a project, why waterfall costs clients a lot more, why project procurement is broken, agile team structures, organisation limits on team agility, water-scum-fall and other bad behaviour by big vendors. Planning an agile in...

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