In this episode, Jean delves into the critical role of change in Agile adoption and practice. He emphasizes that “change” better encapsulates Agile’s essence, as opposed to its sometimes negative connotations. He explores the challenges faced by Scrum Masters when guiding teams through the change process. Jean advises embracing the discomfort of uncertainty and highlights the importance of finding a change role model within the organization. He stresses that the true challenge lies in the “being” part of change, not just the “doing,” and advocates for a reimagined approach to leadership in order to navigate future transformations effectively.
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About Jean Coetzee
Jean is passionate about humans, and how they work together from a psychology and neuroscience perspective.
Jean, credits the early ScrumMaster podcasts for shaping his Agile career. These insightful episodes provided vital guidance during the early days, boosting confidence in serving others effectively. Jean learned to navigate uncertainties and gain confidence in their Scrum Master role, all thanks to this and other podcast contributors.
This week Jurgen is with us to talk about his latest project: unFIX.work. Jurgen starts this episode by sharing a little known fact about his name, and his personality. We then discuss the role of “change” in Agile adoption. We discuss different types of change (Kaizen, Kaikaku) and why scaling frameworks should take into account both types.
Jurgen Appelo is an entrepreneur, an author, and keynote speaker who applies Agile to his life and his businesses. He’s also prolific writer on all topics business and agile. He wrote Management 3.0, How to Change the World, Managing for Happiness and his latest book about entrepreneurship and product development: Startup, Scale up, Screw up.
Jeff is the author of Actionable Agile tools (available on Amazon, and direct from the author at bit.ly/aatbook).
In this episode, we discuss how the way we organize teams can impact the effectiveness of an organization. Jeff and Simone share the journey of a team, how it changed, and how that team structure change affected not only the team itself but also the organization around them.
Simone shares that, at Meltwater, they try to focus on “empowered product teams”, and how that differs from most team setups.
We refer to the book Inspired by Marty Cagan, and how that book influenced their view on how to organize and structure product development teams.
The first problem they tackled was the Product Owner being an outsider to the team.
Making the Product Owner, a first-order citizen in an Agile team