Jacopo Romei asks us: Find the upper limit to your coaching skills and respect it

When working in certain organizations we are challenged with contexts that we just can’t cope with. Whether it is a personality problem, or just a complex social conflict, it is crucial to understand where our limits are, and accept those. Being humble is key to keep our sanity and move on. As a Scrum Master we should be very clear on what kind of situations we are not ready, or even wanting to face. Jacopo shares just that kind of story in this episode.

About Jacopo Romei

Agile practitioner since 2003, entrepreneur more than once, he has been agile coach in eBay Italia, co-founder of the ALE Network and a former member in Cocoon Projects, an open governance based company. His main focus now are contracts and lean-thinking-compatible agreements.

You can link with Jacopo Romei on LinkedIn and connect with Jacopo Romei on Twitter.

You can also follow Jacopo’s work at JacopoRomei.com, and follow the latest news on his book about Extreme Contracts on LeanPub.

BONUS: What is #NoEstimates? Exploring the #NoEstimates movement in an interview with Dimitar Bakardzhiev

The #NoEstimates movement has been a hot topic on Twitter for several years. So, to investigate that and a few more topcics we interviewed Dimitar, who has published some work on forecasting as a way to remove expert-opinion based estimates and has a long experience with Kanban.

Dimitar runs his own company and shares with us how he is able to make bids for projects without the slow and painful process of asking experts for their opinion on the duration of speculative projects, after all, even if his teams were to estimate their projects, they might not win the bid.

Dimitar suggests, among other things that we should be looking at flow efficiency instead of putting more effort into improving estimates.

Estimation vs Forecasting, the critical difference

In order to dispel the usual conflation of estimation and forecasting, Dimitar explains his view of each of those activities, as well as what the differences mean for us in practice. We discuss the Reference Class Forecasting technique as well as some of the mental biases that cloud our ability to reliably estimate the work we have ahead. For more information on the mental biases we face in the use of estimates, we discuss the findings described in Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

The roots and philosophical inspiration sources for #NoEstimates

Dimitar finalize this BONUS episode by exploring some of the sources of inspiration for the work that has been done on #NoEstimates. Among many sources of inspiration we talk about Antifragile: things that gain from disorder, by Nassim Taleb; several books by Eliyahu Goldratt; and many others.

Learn how #NoEstimates came about what what led to it’s discovery and establishment in the software development industry. If you want to know more about how to apply #NoEstimates in practice you can also read the #NoEstimates book.

About Dimitar Bakardzhiev

Dimitar is an expert in managing successful and cost-effective technology development. With his blend of technical, managerial and operational expertise, he effectively combines the theory and practice of Agile and Kanban Method to deliver business results.

As a Lean-Kanban University (LKU)-Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and avid, expert Kanban practitioner and  Brickell Key Award 2015 Finalist, Dimitar puts lean principles to work every day when managing complex software projects. Dimitar has been one of the leading proponents and evangelists of Kanban and has published David Anderson’s Kanban book as well as books on Lean, Theory of Constraints by Goldratt and Deming’s Theory of Management in the Bulgarian language.

You can link with Dimitar Bakardzhiev on LinkedIn and connect with Dimitar Bakardzhiev on Twitter.

Philiy lander shares 3 concrete tools that help you understand the system you are part of

When we analyse the organization, teams and other stakeholders we need to interact with we may miss crucial interactions unless we visualize the interactions. Philiy shares with us a story and 3 tools about how we can visualize the system we work with. Visualization is a key step in gaining insights that help us understand the system conditions that ultimately affect the teams we work with.

In this episode we mention the Integral Model (link 2), and the blog that Philiy contributes to: Adventures with Agile

About Philiy Lander

Philiy has been working as a scrum master for about 3 years and is currently studying  her masters in business and personal coaching. She has been part of Adventures with Agile for about  year and loves contributing and being involved with the community.

You can link with Philiy Lander on LinkedIn and connect with Philiy Lander on Twitter.

Philiy Lander on the role of silence in the Scrum Master work

In our journey to impactful work, and our success as Scrum Masters, one of the key tools we have to learn how to use is silence. And it just so happens that our ability and need to be silent (or not) can be used as a personal metric for our own success. In this episode we talk about the role of silence in our work as Scrum Masters as well 2 other metrics you can take in and use to measure your progress.

In this episode we mention The 5 Dysfunctions of a team by Lencioni and The Ladder of Inference, a tool we should be aware of to help in our conversations.

About Philiy Lander

Philiy has been working as a scrum master for about 3 years and is currently studying  her masters in business and personal coaching. She has been part of Adventures with Agile for about  year and loves contributing and being involved with the community.

You can link with Philiy Lander on LinkedIn and connect with Philiy Lander on Twitter.

Philiy Lander reminds us that the best change management strategy is: let the people own the change

Nobody resists change, they resist being changed by others! Simple, yet powerful insight! How to take it into practice in our own change work? Philiy shares with us a story of how the visualization of work with team boards spread virally in an organization by letting the people own the change. Listen in to learn how Philiy pulled that one off!

About Philiy Lander

Philiy has been working as a scrum master for about 3 years and is currently studying  her masters in business and personal coaching. She has been part of Adventures with Agile for about  year and loves contributing and being involved with the community.

You can link with Philiy Lander on LinkedIn and connect with Philiy Lander on Twitter.

Philiy Lander on the working hard, but nothing to show for it anti-pattern

Sometimes it feels like we are running as fast as we can just to stay in the same place. The feeling of overwhelm that many teams face comes from simply having too much work in progress. In this episode Philiy tells us a story of such a team. At the start of the Sprint all of the stories would immediately be in progress. Why did that happen? Was it lack of communication or collaboration? No. Was it that the team was in a hurry to finish something? Maybe. But most importantly we discuss some of the common anti-patterns that lead to having way too much work in progress.

In this episode we talk about a workshop that Philiy facilitated with the team: The Team Genesis Workshop. We also mention Conway’s Law, with a particular impact in this story. And we talk about the 7 wastes in software development work.

About Philiy Lander

Philiy has been working as a scrum master for about 3 years and is currently studying  her masters in business and personal coaching. She has been part of Adventures with Agile for about  year and loves contributing and being involved with the community.

You can link with Philiy Lander on LinkedIn and connect with Philiy Lander on Twitter.

Philiy Lander on how to handle skeptic team members

“I hate Scrum!” they will say to our face. How do we respond to that. How do we tackle the skeptic team members. In this episode, Philiy tells us just that story, when a team member was actively against Scrum. She shares with us, her own mistakes and what she learned back then that helps her deal with skeptic team members.

 

About Philiy Lander

Philiy has been working as a scrum master for about 3 years and is currently studying  her masters in business and personal coaching. She has been part of Adventures with Agile for about  year and loves contributing and being involved with the community.

You can link with Philiy Lander on LinkedIn and connect with Philiy Lander on Twitter.

Mattia Battiston on systemic metrics and how to improve results based on those

One key aspect of working with systems is the ability to measure the system as a whole. In this episode Mattia shares an example of how he looked at the overall performance of an end-to-end system, and how that helped him identify impediments that needed to be addressed. Interestingly he also shows how adding more developers to a team does not make the team go faster. Listen in to find out why.

In this episode we refer to The Mythical Man Month by Fred Brooks.

About Mattia Battiston

Mattia is a software developer and team leader with a great passion for learning and continuous improvement. He has been interested in everything to do with Agile and helping teams improve since the beginning of his career 10 years ago. Mattia uses Kanban, Lean and Agile to help teams strive to get better.

You can link with Mattia Battiston on LinkedIn and connect with Mattia Battiston on Twitter.

Mattia Battiston on how to measure the culture change in the team

Mattia states that his success as a Scrum Master or team lead is related to the ability of the team to be successful. But he then goes further and relates his current job to the success of the team. As a team lead, Mattia looks at other aspects, like team culture and collaboration. This is an important perspective for us Scrum Masters. So how do you measure the change in culture? How do you assess if the team is improving their approach to collaboration? Listen in to find out.

In this episode we refer to the idea of using Kudo cards. Find out more about Kudo cards and Management 3.0 to learn how to effectively use Kudo cards in culture change.

About Mattia Battiston

Mattia is a software developer and team leader with a great passion for learning and continuous improvement. He has been interested in everything to do with Agile and helping teams improve since the beginning of his career 10 years ago. Mattia uses Kanban, Lean and Agile to help teams strive to get better.

You can link with Mattia Battiston on LinkedIn and connect with Mattia Battiston on Twitter.

Mattia Battiston on how #NoEstimates can make teams more predictable

Mattia joined a team that was estimating their work. Invariably the estimates were off. Way off. So Mattia, being a self-proclaimed data geek, started looking at the data. The next project came, and the team estimated the project, while Mattia looked at the data they already had. Guess what was the result? In this episode we talk about the NoEstimates book and also how using data (not estimates) will help your team be more predictable. Luckily Mattia is also writing a book about this, The Team Guide to Metrics for Business Decisions, and here is one of Mattia’s presentation on the topic of Kanban metrics.

About Mattia Battiston

Mattia is a software developer and team leader with a great passion for learning and continuous improvement. He has been interested in everything to do with Agile and helping teams improve since the beginning of his career 10 years ago. Mattia uses Kanban, Lean and Agile to help teams strive to get better.

You can link with Mattia Battiston on LinkedIn and connect with Mattia Battiston on Twitter.