Josh Anderson to fix the system: bring in Scrum, shine a spotlight on the problems, and tackle the culture

Josh is an experienced manager of technology organization. He’s used to be in organizations that have the pressure to perform and want to adapt, grow and step up their game. But how do you do that? He shares with us the method he uses when he joins a growing company, to help them adopt Agile the right way.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson on Ri-level teams, and the challenge for us as Scrum Masters

What is success for us as Scrum Masters? Josh’s view is that we must help our teams reach the Ri-level of performance. But what does that mean in practice? And what happens after that? Listen in to learn more about the Shu-Ha-Ri model for team coaching, an important tool to help you adapt your style to the team, the stage they are in, and help you approach the team in the right way.
In this episode we refer to the Shu-Ha-Ri model of learning a practice.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson on the process of unlearning for teams and individuals

When building a team you want to hire the right people. With the right experience, and willingness to apply Agile in their work. That’s a great idea in theory, but in practice every workplace is different. Every team is new. And to adapt to the new place we need to learn to work in a new way. Josh shares with us a story of a team that he hired but found out that their concept and experience of “agile” was not what was needed. Learn how Josh helped those team members “unlearn” the old habits and succeed with agile in a new organization.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson discusses the right level of pressure for a team

What is the right level of pressure for a team. Should you give the highest pressure, most critical assignments always to your best team? Listen in to learn what Josh learned about managing the right level of pressure for a team, and what you can apply in your work to ensure you help your teams be healthy.

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

Josh, together with Bob Galen host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

Josh Anderson: When in trouble I ask the team

In this episode Josh shares with us a story of a failure. A moment where the team was not performing, and Josh realised that he was part of the problem. What was the problem? How did he solve it? And what did he learn? Listen in to learn a major lesson we all need to learn as Scrum Masters.

Josh, together with Bob Galen also host an Agile podcast, the Meta-Cast podcast. Check it out!

About Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all. Good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back to the community by speaking regularly at industry conferences and co-hosting the agile-centric podcast called Meta-Cast.

You can link with Josh Anderson on LinkedIn and connect with Josh Anderson on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #1: Vasco Duarte discusses #NoEstimates

The #NoEstimates hashtag has been very active on twitter, and many people in the Agile community are pitching in with their thoughts. But what is #NoEstimates about for the author of the first #NoEstimates book? What can we learn from Vasco’s journey that led him to find #NoEstimates? Join us for this active and passionate conversation between Gunther and Vasco.

About Gunther Verheyen

Gunther left consulting in 2013 to partner with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He represented Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to continue his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker. Gunther believes that Scrum – the most applied software development framework – will not only increase the value that software delivers to organizations but is also a way to re-humanise the workplace for people.

Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.

You can link with Gunther Verheyen on LinkedIn and connect with Gunther Verheyen on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #2: David Williams discusses change management and visual task boards

This is a JUMBO episode with David where we talk about change management, how to engage with teams that are involved in change as well as how to help them overcome their fear of change.

But this is also a JUMBO episode because David shares with us many tips on how to help teams take the most out of Visual Task Boards. Listen in to get many, many ideas on how to improve the way your teams use physical Task Boards.

In this episode we mention the book Lean Change Management by Jason Little.


About David Williams

David is an experienced manager with excellent product management and project management skills using agile principles. Extensive experience managing teams and developing for embedded, PC and web based software and electronics for scientific and industrial applications.

He is passionate about creating teams with innovative cultures that are fully engaged in their work that is aligned to the company’s strategy for success.

His focus points are:

Delivering projects with the highest business value
Building high performance teams, that work hard and are passionate and fully engaged
Creating an innovative culture that everyone wants to be part of so that we can make a difference
Understanding people and getting them to work together in a safe environment where they can take risks.
Designing products that exceed the customer’s wildest dreams.
Embracing and driving change

You can link with David Williams on LinkedIn and connect with David Williams on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #3: Philip Eisbacher on the facilitation conversation role of the Scrum Master

This week we review the top downloaded shows for 2017, at number 3 we have Philip Eisbacher sharing his views on the role of the Scrum Master as a conversation facilitator.

We’ve reviewed the importance of fostering and having the right conversations in a team or organization. This is one of our critical roles as Scrum Masters: conversation facilitators. In this episode we talk about conversations as the main work-materialization tool based on the work by Finnish management writer Esko Kilpi. His articles are well worth reading if you are interested in how to foster the right conversations in your organization.

About Philipp Eisbacher

Philip works as a ScrumMaster and Lead. Recently moved to Berlin to face a new challenge in setting up a new site for his company and building up teams from scratch. His current challenges are remote collaboration, corporate growth and finding a good butcher in Berlin for the next Barbecue Season. He wants to share his problems, but also insights that he gets on a daily basis.

You can link with Philipp Eisbacher on LinkedIn and connect with Philipp Eisbacher on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #4: Gunther Verheyen: “Don’t limit the role of the Scrum Master to the team”

This week we review the top downloaded shows for the first six months of 2017. At number 4 we have Guther Verheyen’s episode on limiting (or not) the role of the Scrum Master.

Is Scrum a team framework? Gunther disagrees, and explains why he thinks that Scrum is fundamentally a framework for the whole organization. Maybe starting from the team (check out the upcoming BONUS episode with Gunther on this topic), but then it goes beyond. If we limit the role of the Scrum Master to the team, we are missing one of the largest contributions of Scrum to Agile organizations.

About Gunther Verheyen

Gunther left consulting in 2013 to partner with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He represented Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to continue his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker.

He calls himself a connector, writer, speaker, humaniser. Gunther assists, serves, advices teams, individuals and executives.

Gunther believes that Scrum – the most applied software development framework – will not only increase the value that software delivers to organizations but is also a way to re-humanise the workplace for people. Gunther likes to inspire individuals, teams, departments, and organizations to realize their potential.

Beyond Scrum, Gunther is all about his family, life, books, and music. He communicates in Dutch and in English. Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.

You can link with Gunther Verheyen on LinkedIn and connect with Gunther Verheyen on Twitter.

2017 first 6 months Top Episodes, #5: Mark Thuun discusses distributed teams

During this week we review the top downloaded shows for the first six months of 2017. At number #5, starting this week of Top Episodes we have Mark Thuun and his insights into distributed teams.

Distributed teams are hard to work with, but if you add cultural differences to the mix things get complicated pretty quickly. In this episode we hear a story of a team that was scattered, and a Scrum Master that did not know about the nuances of the team’s national culture. Listen it to learn what happened and how to avoid it from happening to you.

About Mark Thuun

Mark started as a software developer when he learned some basic PASCAL from his dad taught. He was then 7-8 years old. Mark has been working as a Scrum Master since january 2015. For 2 years he worked with teams in the biggest telco in Denmark, and currently works for the danish national lottery.

You can link with Mark Thuun on LinkedIn