Matteo Vaccari on the art of focusing as a change tool

What helps teams evolve and change? Matteo tells us the story of how the art of focusing, and not following the book helped his team evolve to a point where every practice was developed for the right reasons and how that helped the team reach a level of high performance.

In this episode we refer to Arlo Belshee’s Naked Planning methodology.

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected 🙂 Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

Matteo Vaccari on the Anti-pattern of the Dungeon Master

Having a star programmer in a team can be a life saver. But is it always? Matteo explains the story of a team that had a star programmer, someone that had been involved in the product development since the start, and how that led to the team’s self-destruction.

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected 🙂 Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

Matteo Vaccari explains the error of the perfect project

Sometimes things are going so well that we forget to verify the obvious, and this is one of those stories, where the most obvious problem wasn’t in the team’s radar because everything was working so smoothly. Listen in as Matteo explains the error of the perfect project.

About Matteo Vaccari

Matteo is a fan of extreme programming. Through his work and experience he has become interested in how teams can deliver quality software, at reasonable cost. He thinks the two things are connected 🙂 Matteo worked first as a developer, then as agile coach and currently he is a developer/consultant in ThoughtWorks.You can link with Matteo Vaccari on LinkedIn and connect with Matteo Vaccari on Twitter.

You can also follow Matteo’s latest projects, including his unfinished book on TDD on his site: http://matteo.vaccari.name/

BONUS Episode: Alicia McLain on Psychological Safety for Scrum teams

Alicia re-joins us on the podcast to talk about a topic that she has been developing over the last few months. Alicia talks about Psychological Safety as a concept that was developed in the last century and can help Scrum Masters understand how to allow teams to express themselves without fear.

In this talk, Amy Emondsen explains what Psychological Safety is and how it originated:

https://youtu.be/LhoLuui9gX8

Alicia explains her journey through this topic and how she researched the topic to be able to present it and use it with the teams that she works with. In her research she found The Journal of Organizational Behavior to be a good source about this topic.

We then discuss how Alicia applied the concept of Psychological Safety in her work with Scrum teams, and she also shares concrete practices and tools she uses to bring this concept to life.

In this episode we mention the following resources:

About Alicia McLain

Alicia joins us from San Diego, California, and she is the first repeat guest here on the podcast! Alicia was with us on week #66 back in April 2016.

Alicia is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry

She coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically & internationally.  

She has led both program management and software development organizations using Agile practices and has had 10 years in the Agile community as a hands-on transformation leader, trainer and coach.

Alicia is passionate about using Agile practices to build high performing teams and psychologically safe work spaces!

You can link with Alicia McLain in LinkedIn, and connect with Alicia McLain on Twitter.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Context Driven testing and how that helps understand the system we work within

Maaret’s background in testing helps her be a scientist of sorts when it comes to people and teams or organizations. In this episode she explains Context Driven testing and how that helps her in her work to try and understand the environment she works within.

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is th"style=float:left;margin:e MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement.

She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is “just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills.

She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Maaret Pyhäjärvi on how anyone in the team can take up the role of Scrum Master

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is th"style=float:left;margin:e MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement.

She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is “just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills.

She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Maaret Pyhäjärvi on how to lead change from the back of the room

When you are the only tester in a team there are many things that you are not “allowed” to change. What can we do when we are not expected to lead change, but still need to do it? Maaret shares 4 tools with us that help us drive change in any organization or team without taking the lead, but still providing the space for change to happen.

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is th"style=float:left;margin:e MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement.

She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is “just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills.

She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Maaret Pyhäjärvi on the “always one more thing to add” anti-pattern

What drives a team to succeed or fail in delivering value every single sprint is hard to define. But there are common anti-patterns we can look for and learn from. In this episode Maaret explains her experience with the “always one more thing to add” anti-pattern and how you may be able to get out of that cycle.

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is th"style=float:left;margin:e MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement.

She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is “just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills.

She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Maaret Pyhäjärvi explains how the whole team can work together

Teamwork sometimes feels like a myth we were sold but never comes through. However it can happen, and that’s the story that Maaret shares with us in this episode. How a team got together, despite failure and discovered how to work together. The whole team!

In this episode Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

About Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret is th"style=float:left;margin:e MIATPP or Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person for 2016, recently selected at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. Maaret Pyhäjärvi defines herself as an empirical technologist, a tester and a non-programming programmer, a catalyst for team improvement.

She is also a conference and community organizer. As software professional with a testing emphasis, her work is coaching herself and others in breaking illusions with empirical feedback. She works as “just a tester” in product companies, believing no one is “just anything” as long as we try to stretch our skills.

She is also an international speaker, and her themes revolve around exploratory testing mindset and skills applied throughout product development. Maaret is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She is the head organizer of European Testing Conference aiming to change the world of conferences.

You can link with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on LinkedIn and connect with Maaret Pyhäjärvi on Twitter.

Maaret mentions the European Testing Conference she is organizing, you can learn more at: http://europeantestingconference.eu

Larry Lawhead on 3 aspects that help us investigate the systems we work with

Larry shares with us the 3 aspects he bases his understanding of the system on. These are aspects that specifically focus on the system conditions that affect our teams.

In this episode we also mention the book by Goldratt: The Goal, a great book to understand how systems work.

About Larry Lawhead

Larry is a passionate Agilist with a love for Scrum and Kanban. Also a huge fan of Lean, Theory of Constraints and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Patton and countless others. Active in both the PMI and Agile communities in Southern California.

You can link with Larry Lawhead on LinkedIn and connect with Larry Lawhead on Twitter.

You can also follow Larry on AgileCoffee.com and in his blog at LarryLawhead.com.