BONUS: The Art of Slicing Work with Anton Skornyakov

This episode features Anton Skornyakov, an expert in Agile methodologies and the author of “The Art of Slicing Work: How to Navigate Unpredictable Projects.” Let’s unpack the concept of slicing work and explore how it can revolutionize productivity and project management.

Inspiration Behind The Book

“Focusing on ‘what’s the result we want from this discussion’ shifts our mindset towards more practical, outcome-oriented conversations.”

Anton shares what drove him to write his book. In his coaching practice, he noticed that many organizational discussions were mired in theory rather than focusing on actionable outcomes. By centering the conversation on “the next step” and the desired results for the upcoming two weeks, teams can move from abstract planning to concrete, actionable steps.

Understanding Slicing Work

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BONUS: Improving Scrum with Kanban! With Todd Little & Joey Spooner

In this BONUS episode, we explore what it would mean if we were to merge Scrum and Kanban.  Todd Little, Chairman at Kanban University, and Joey Spooner, Vice President of Product Management at Kanban University share their experience and stories from companies that tried this approach.

Join us as we uncover the journey and strategies behind integrating Scrum and Kanban to replace project management and improve team productivity.

The Genesis of Agile and Kanban Integration

“Finding the right balance between Scrum and Kanban came from a need to handle uncertainty in tech projects better,” explains Todd.

Both leaders discuss their initial encounters with agile methodologies and how challenges in their projects led them to innovate and blend Scrum with Kanban to improve flexibility and responsiveness.

Understanding Scrum and Kanban

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BONUS: Agile Coaching With a Philosophical Twist, Exploring Michel Foucault’s Work, The Panopticon, and Other Systems of Control With Michelle Pauk

In this episode, with Michelle Pauk – an Agile Coach – we explore what we can learn from philosophy, and Michel Foucault’s work on systems of power and discourse. Learn more about the systems we need to adapt to, and even transform. From the Panopticon, to the systems that drive compliance, and remove creative thought! A must listen for those interested in changing the world of work!

Michelle’s Journey into Agile Coaching

“It’s not about predicting; it’s about responding.”

Michelle’s journey into becoming an Agile coach was as unpredictable as volcanos can be, literally! Inspired initially by Michel Foucault during her studies, she found herself intrigued by the intricacies of thought and its impact on behavior. This intellectual curiosity led her to a company specializing in language learning software, where her role in project management opened her eyes to the stress and unpredictability inherent in the field. The realization that many of her challenges could be mitigated by Agile methodologies was a turning point. Agile, with its emphasis on adaptation over prediction, offered a solution to the guilt and responsibility she felt over uncontrollable factors, like a volcano disrupting her project. This journey not only transformed her approach to work but also challenged inherited industrial revolution-era notions of work processes.

Foucault’s Influence

“The panopticon and Agile: Visibility without the constraint.”

Michelle’s admiration for Michel Foucault’s work, particularly his book Discipline and Punish, provides a unique lens through which she views her role as an Agile coach. The book’s exploration of the panopticon—a system for observing without being seen—parallels the modern open office plan and contrasts with Agile’s emphasis on transparency and collaboration. Foucault’s historical analysis of justice systems and control mechanisms resonates with the systemic changes Agile coaching aims to implement in the workplace.

Systems of Control and Culture

“Pay attention to what is *NOT* being said; it speaks volumes about your team’s culture.”

One of the core aspects of Agile coaching for Michelle is the focus on discourse and culture within teams—what is being talked about, and perhaps more importantly, what isn’t. Drawing on Foucault and Wittgenstein, she emphasizes the power of unspoken norms and assumptions in shaping work environments. By encouraging teams to challenge these silent boundaries, Agile coaching not only aims to improve workflow but also to humanize the workplace, making it more receptive to change and innovation.

Awareness of Culture in Agile Practices

“Can we even think outside our language?”

The challenge for Agile coaches and Scrum Masters lies in becoming deeply aware of the surrounding culture and its influence on thought and action. By critically examining workplace norms and practices, Agile professionals can identify and challenge the limitations imposed by current systems of work. This awareness is crucial in fostering an environment where innovation thrives and work is humanized, reflecting the core goals of Agile methodology.

Philosophical Inspirations

“I’m curious on what I learn from literature. It helps to understand, and develop empathy.”

Michelle’s coaching philosophy is enriched by a broad spectrum of historical and literary insights, demonstrating a deep-seated belief in the value of diverse perspectives. Beyond Foucault, she draws inspiration from literature and other historical accounts of thought, believing that understanding different mental frameworks can enhance empathy and effectiveness in her coaching practice. Books like Edgar Schein’s explorations of organizational culture further contribute to her holistic approach.

Exploring Systems of Control

“Understanding ‘coercive persuasion’ sheds light on resistance to change.”

For those interested in delving deeper into the concepts of systems of control and their implications for learning and adaptation, Michelle recommends an article from the Harvard Business Review by Edgar Schein. This resource provides insights into ‘coercive persuasion’ and the natural resistance to change, topics that are crucial for Agile coaches aiming to navigate and mitigate these challenges in their organizations.

About Michelle Pauk

Michelle Pauk is the founder of Streamside Coaching, where she helps leaders and organizations thrive with change. She has over 15 years of experience working in diverse agile environments as a Product Owner, Scrum Master, project manager, and Agile coach. She is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and has a master’s degree in leadership and organizational development.

You can link with Michelle Pauk on LinkedIn.

BONUS: The Agile-Product Continuum: Phillip Starke’s Blueprint for Becoming a Product Coach

This episode was triggered by Phillip Starke’s blog post titled “Why agile coaches should strive to be product coaches”. You can read that blog post here, and listen in this episode to Phillip’s perspective and why he reached those conclusions.

Agile to Product Coaching Transformation

“Agile Coaches are already product coaches in essence, they just need to realize and embrace it fully.”

Phillip reflects on why agile coaches should also consider themselves product coaches. He argues for a unified approach to coaching that encompasses both agile and product development principles.

A Pivot Towards Product-Centric Coaching

“I had a turning point when I realized, despite our success, how much more impactful we could have been with a stronger focus on user interaction and discovery.”

Phillip shares his experience transitioning from an agile-focused to a product-centric coaching approach, highlighting a project where greater emphasis on user discovery would have led to even more significant outcomes.

Enhancing Product Development Through User Engagement

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BONUS: Guy Kawasaki shares how to lead a remarkable life, based on lessons from 200+ interviews!

In this BONUS episode we explore the latest book by Guy Kawasaki: ‘Think Remarkable.’ In this conversation, we explore Guy’s personal journey, share lessons from his interactions with over 200 extraordinary individuals he interviewed for his Remarkable People Podcast, and unpack the key messages from his latest work that challenges us all to elevate our lives and the world around us.

The Genesis of a Remarkable Path

“Looking back, it’s clear how the dots connected to set me on this path, but it all started with a desire to redefine how companies should operate – the Macintosh way.”

Guy Kawasaki’s career is as diverse as it is inspiring. From his early days at Apple to his influential role in various startups, Guy shares with us the pivotal moments and decisions that have shaped his remarkable journey. He delves into the motivations behind his first book, revealing how ‘The Macintosh Way‘ was a manifesto on the right way to run companies, a theme that has pervaded his work and philosophy.

The Power of Evangelism

“Evangelism is about bringing good news that makes people more productive, creative, and ultimately delighted.”

Guy has long been recognized for his unique ability to transform the world of work through evangelism. He shares invaluable insights on how true believers can make a significant difference by showing others a better way to live and work. From his time as an evangelist for Canva to his foundational days at Apple, Guy illustrates the importance of working backward from the customer’s needs to deliver truly delightful experiences.

Lessons from Remarkable People

“Each interview taught me something new, but distilling these lessons into actionable insights was a journey in itself.”

Throughout the creation of ‘Think Remarkable,’ Guy engaged with a host of remarkable individuals, each contributing unique perspectives on life, work, and success. From Don Norman to Jane Goodall, the diversity of thought and experience Guy encountered has been distilled into practical lessons for personal and professional growth. He emphasizes the value of these interviews in shaping the book’s content, offering listeners a glimpse into the minds of some of the most influential figures of our time.

Unconventional Leadership

“My leadership views were significantly shaped by working under Steve Jobs and leading various software companies.”

Reflecting on his experiences with unorthodox leaders at Apple and his ventures into the startup world, Guy shares how these experiences have molded his views on effective leadership. Through both internal and external challenges, he has developed a nuanced understanding of what it takes to inspire and guide others towards shared goals.

Embracing a Growth Mindset

“To excel in something, you must first be willing to suck at it.”

The concept of a growth mindset is central to ‘Think Remarkable,’ and Guy’s personal journey embodies this principle. He discusses the importance of being open to learning and growing, regardless of the field or endeavor, and shares why embracing challenges and the potential for failure is crucial for anyone looking to make a significant impact.

Crafting The Book ‘Think Remarkable’

“Writing this book required months of outlining and planning, but the key was creating little anchors for readers to follow.”

Guy takes us behind the scenes of the meticulous process involved in bringing ‘Think Remarkable’ to life. From outlining to structuring the narrative, he emphasizes the importance of providing readers with clear, actionable insights and the role of careful planning in achieving this goal.

Making a Difference with Tech Giants

“Working at Apple and noticing the little things with Canva taught me the importance of being open to new opportunities.”

Guy’s unique experiences with tech giants like Apple, Google, and startups such as Canva have profoundly influenced his views on making a positive impact. He shares how these roles have taught him the value of noticing the small details and remaining open to new opportunities, a lesson he believes is crucial for anyone looking to make their mark on the world.

Balancing Success and Impact

“Personal success and making a difference aren’t mutually exclusive; they complement each other in the journey to remarkableness.”

In discussing how to find balance between personal success and making a meaningful difference, Guy highlights the interconnectedness of these goals. He believes that striving for personal growth and seeking to contribute positively to the world are not only compatible but also mutually reinforcing in the quest for remarkableness.

The Role of Vulnerability in Leadership

“Embracing vulnerability has been a breakthrough in understanding my role as a leader and in making genuine connections.”

Guy shares personal stories where embracing vulnerability not only led to personal breakthroughs but also deepened his understanding of leadership. He argues that vulnerability is a strength that allows leaders to connect more authentically with their teams and drive meaningful change.

Defining and Achieving Remarkableness

“Remarkableness comes from making the world a better place through growth, grit, and grace.”

Guy reflects on the essence of being remarkable, emphasizing that it’s about making a positive difference in the world. He shares insights into how anyone can embark on this path by focusing on personal growth, resilience, and kindness.

Closing Thoughts: The Future of Impact

“LLMs are a bigger deal than computers and social media. My call to action for everyone is to embrace AI and learn how it can be used to amplify our impact.”

Looking forward, Guy shares his excitement about the potential of large language models (LLMs) and AI to revolutionize how we work and make a difference. He encourages everyone to engage with these technologies, underscoring their potential to significantly enhance our ability to create positive change in the world.

About Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and host of the Remarkable People podcast. He was the chief evangelist of Apple, trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador, and special assistant to the Motorola Division of Google. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College. He lives in Watsonville, California.

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