Tony Richards on why big changes require a leap of faith

How would you go, as a CEO, from asking people to report their vacation to allowing them to take as much vacation as they want, whenever they want? With a leap of faith! Listen in as Tony describes how one CEO did just that and what happened next.

About Tony Richards

Tony is an Agile coach working with a global insurer wanting to become more Agile. Starting his career as a software developer working with Toyota he has a background in Lean and came across Agile in 2010 as part of a test and learn initiative. He is keen to help leaders understand their role in creating an environment where Agile can flourish. To support this he has been working on a game inspired by the research of Michael Spayd and Lyssa Adkins to support this journey.

You can link with Tony Richards on LinkedIn, and see Tony Richards’ posts on Front Row Agile.

Heidi Helfand on the need to help teams change: Reteaming

We’ve often heard that teams should be long lived and stable. But what if the advantages or reteaming would be much larger than the disadvantages of changing team composition? In this episode we explore the topic of Reteaming and what Heidi has been developing and discovering that helps teams thrive when they change.

About Heidi Helfand

Heidi’s been in the software industry for 17 years and has a masters in teaching English. She has been a part of two successful startups. She was on the initial team that invented gotomeeting and gotowebinar at the first startup. She is currently Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. where they create software for property management companies and law firms. She started there in 2007 hired as a Scrum Master – trained by Ken Schwaber and with Pivotal Labs for more than a year. She became a co-active coach along the way and is certified by the International Coach Federation and the Coaches Training Institute. She is currently writing and speaking about Reteaming – that is, how its valid and desirable to have changing teams as opposed to long running, unchanging teams.
You can link with Heidi Helfand on Linkedin, or connect with Heidi Helfand on Twitter.
You can also follow Heidi’s blog at: http://www.heidihelfand.com/writing/.

Dennis Mansell talks about two important parts of the system – System Health and System Productivity

In this episode Dennis explains the difference between two tools that he uses at the organizations he works with. He explains how he uses these tools to measure System Health and System Productivity.

About Dennis Mansell

Dennis did not start his working life as a developer, but as a sailing yacht skipper and owner of a sailing school and he still trains yacht-racing teams. He always supplemented his sailing job with application maintenance, web development and project management. He has since settled down: based in Amsterdam with his wife and son. Now he works as a full-time Scrum Master and Agile Coach for companies ranging from start-ups to the Dutch governmental institutions. His linkedin and twitter: @dennmans.

Dennis Mansell explains how happiness index can be a useful measure to define Scrum Master success

Dennis tells us how he uses a technique known by Henrik Kniberg – happiness index in his daily work. He also explains how important it is to understand what people inside of the team say; he believes that part of a Scrum Master role is to create a good environment within the team. If there are many things being said in a negative way the Scrum Master has a lot of things to do in order to improve the team performance.

About Dennis Mansell

Dennis did not start his working life as a developer, but as a sailing yacht skipper and owner of a sailing school and he still trains yacht-racing teams. He always supplemented his sailing job with application maintenance, web development and project management. He has since settled down: based in Amsterdam with his wife and son. Now he works as a full-time Scrum Master and Agile Coach for companies ranging from start-ups to the Dutch governmental institutions. His linkedin and twitter: @dennmans.

Dennis Mansell talks how it is important for a Scrum Master to create an environment where change happens even without the presence of the Scrum Master

Dennis tells us a very interesting story from his sailing activities. He explains to our audience how it is important to build an environment of collaboration and most importantly an environment where “things” happen even if the most important persons in the team are not present.

About Dennis Mansell

Dennis did not start his working life as a developer, but as a sailing yacht skipper and owner of a sailing school and he still trains yacht-racing teams. He always supplemented his sailing job with application maintenance, web development and project management. He has since settled down: based in Amsterdam with his wife and son. Now he works as a full-time Scrum Master and Agile Coach for companies ranging from start-ups to the Dutch governmental institutions. His linkedin and twitter: @dennmans.

Dmytro Orlyk talks how the systems that put pressure on software developers will not enable high quality deliveries.

In this episode Dmytro describes how the system impacts the teams and the software deliveries. He explains that in order for the teams to deliver a great quality they must be part of a system, which allows them to experiment and develop features without the daily pressure.

About Dmytro Orlyk

Dmytro have an overall 4 years of experience in PM. His latest project has been shown to the Google company. He is an Agile Expert with a strong knowledge of Scrum, Kanban and XP. Few of the engineers that inspire me are Martin Fowler and Chris MacConnell. He can be found in linkedin.

Dmytro Orlyk talks how being part of a team that is improving can be used as tool to measure Scrum Master success

Dmytro explains that being part of a successful team is part of a Scrum Master success. After all, it is his job to create successful teams. Dmytro also gives us some good tips: in order for Scrum Masters to continue improving, they should develop themselves in areas where they feel they are not so strong. They could take some time to analyze their weakness and take some training to tackle those areas.

About Dmytro Orlyk

Dmytro have an overall 4 years of experience in PM. His latest project has been shown to the Google company. He is an Agile Expert with a strong knowledge of Scrum, Kanban and XP. Few of the engineers that inspire me are Martin Fowler and Chris MacConnell. He can be found in linkedin.

Dmytro Orlyk talks how the Scrum Master should be a leader in order to be a successful change agent.

Dmytro explains how Scrum Masters should be leaders in order to be good change managers. Their work should not be limited to the job: a good scrum master and a good leader is involved in many other activities within the community.

About Dmytro Orlyk

Dmytro have an overall 4 years of experience in PM. His latest project has been shown to the Google company. He is an Agile Expert with a strong knowledge of Scrum, Kanban and XP. Few of the engineers that inspire me are Martin Fowler and Chris MacConnell. He can be found in linkedin.

Pedro Torres talks how Agile Retrospectives can be used to understand the company system

Agile Retrospectives, in Pedro´s opinion, are a great way to help teams to understand how they interact with the company system. They are a great tool to identify dependencies, interactions and even politics.

About Pedro Gustavo Torres

Pedro Gustavo Torres is an Agile Coach @ SONAE, in Porto, Portugal.
He started his agile quest in 2010. He’s a seasoned Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Trainer. He also has experience acting as a Scrum Product Owner. He’s passionate about scrum, agile and all the practices that can help teams deliver early value to their customers. He is also quite techie and a gadgets fan. You can find him in linkedin. He writes his learning’s on his blog. His twitter: @_pedro_torres

Pedro Torres talks how Scrum Master role contains many things that do not allow success to be measured

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts”, Albert Einstein says. The Scrum Master role contains many things that do not allow success to be measured… For Pedro a success is to watch himself at the mirror and see himself smiling. When he reaches a daily meeting and he sees that the team is smiling, happy and having fun on a positive, that is the success!

About Pedro Gustavo Torres

Pedro Gustavo Torres is an Agile Coach @ SONAE, in Porto, Portugal.
He started his agile quest in 2010. He’s a seasoned Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Trainer. He also has experience acting as a Scrum Product Owner. He’s passionate about scrum, agile and all the practices that can help teams deliver early value to their customers. He is also quite techie and a gadgets fan. You can find him in linkedin. He writes his learning’s on his blog. His twitter: @_pedro_torres