Lucia Alarcon: Introducing the Kanban method to Agile teams in a complex project

This company was working with several vendors, which meant that for any deliverable there were a lot of parties involved. To manage their work, they were using Trello, a tool that helps teams manage tasks. However, the way they were using that tool was creating problems for the teams and team members. Lucia worked with them to change how they applied the tool to their work, and to learn more about Kanban. In the process, she implemented an effective, stepwise process for introducing change in any organization. Listen in to learn about the key steps she took in this process. 

In this segment, we refer to the Kanban method, an Agile method that is used by many teams all over the world. 

About Lucia Alarcon

Lucia is a Delivery Lead and a coach working in Wellington NZ, leading an amazing development squad to achieve the delivery of multiple digital initiatives using Agile, creating a culture of empowerment, collaboration and communication. With 15+ years of experience, her professional (and personal!) journey has taken her through a variety of organizations and halfway around the world from Argentina. Lucia loves all things Agile, facilitation and coaching. 

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Madhuri Korapati: The change curve model for Agile teams, and team members

Madhuri was an active part of an Agile transformation at a department. They started by focusing on one team, and as she worked with that team, she noticed that things were moving slow. This helped her understand that, even if the team adopts practices and processes, there’s a deeper change that is needed, and each team member experiences the change in a different way, and at a different pace. Listen in to learn what is that deeper change, and learn more about the change curve model.

About Madhuri Korapati

Madhuri a self-motivated servant leader with 14 years of software industry experience across Payments and Banking sectors. She is a Scrum Master at Mastercard, and enjoys helping teams in their agile transformation and showcasing their improvements. 

You can link with Madhuri Korapati on LinkedIn and connect with Madhuri Korapati on Twitter.

Kevin Pedersen: Do you know the REAL reasons for your organization’s Agile transformation? 

There was a larger change going on. The whole department was in the middle of a transformation. As Kevin investigated the goal/reasons behind that transformation, he discovered that the goal he was given was not really the whole story. This started a process of clarifying the goal, and discovering a completely different goal that turned out to be critical in this transformation story. Do you know the REAL reasons for your organization’s Agile transformation? 

About Kevin Pedersen

Kevin is a Managing Director, agile coach and international trainer for Growing Agile in South Africa. He is passionate about helping people connect to their purpose. This is best described in Growing Agile’s vision ‘to grow people and inspire ideas so that they can be the best version of themselves and we do that by changing the way people think about work’.

You can link with Kevin Pedersen on LinkedIn and connect with Kevin Pedersen on Twitter.

Mariana Trigo: Helping a startup adopt (some) Scrum and Agile process to improve focus and delivery 

Mariana was working in a startup where things were changing very fast. So fast, that it was hard to know what to work on, and who to depend on. Together with the CTO at that company, they prepared a plan to introduce a process that would help the teams have focus, and deliver. Listen in to learn about how they presented a process in a startup, which usually is allergic to processes.

About Mariana Trigo

Mariana’s path from Biology to Retail to IT, is a unique path in the search for purpose and the feeling of belonging. Helping development teams to reach their full potential by improving processes and people. Her favorite time is retrospective time, probably connected with her need to constantly get out of her comfort zone. 

You can link with Mariana Trigo on LinkedIn.

Tanzil Choudhury: Helping Scrum teams grow, from waterfall to agile, step by step 

Tanzil was helping multiple teams in an organization that had short history of Agile adoption. As the teams started to apply Scrum, they quickly realized that the training they had was no longer enough. Tanzil had a challenge: with so many teams at different stages of their learning journey, where to start? 

Listen in to learn how you can help multiple teams, even when they are in very different stages of their journey. 

About Tanzil Choudhury

Tanzil is a passionate Agilist focused on coaching individuals, teams and organizations towards the Agile transformation journey. Specialized in working with teams and organizations to help them overcome cultural hangovers. 

You can link with Tanzil Choudhury on LinkedIn. 

Alex Gbaguidi: Changing an old-school PMO into Agile (with a surprising twist)

Alex joined a company that was build plane engines. This was not a pure software company, even if they had a lot of software engineers, and produced a lot of software. Alex brought in a different culture as an Agile member of the company’s PMO (Project Management Office). He shares the tools, and techniques he used to change the culture of the software teams in the organization.

In this episode we refer to a shared online quiz tool called Kahoot. 

About Alex Gbaguidi

Alex is an experienced agile practitioner, coach and trainer with twenty years of experience in IT consulting. He is passionate about helping teams discover the best ways of working adapted to their context. He’s worked in many different types of industries (Telecoms, Energy, Finance or Aeronautics) and provides training on many agile frameworks and practices all around the world in French & English.

You can link with Alex Gbaguidi on LinkedIn and connect with Alex Gbaguidi on Twitter. 

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Gonçalo Valverde: Turning Agile all the way up to 11, when the deadline is fixed

This story starts with the CEO saying “we are going agile”. As it usually happens, that transformation was not coming alone. Gonçalo was put on a project that had a very hard deadline: A Christmas release that would have a big impact on the company’s sales. 

When the project started, the requirements were not yet fully understood, yet the deadline was already known, and unmovable. How can a Scrum Master help a project like this successfully deliver? Listen in to learn what techniques and tools Gonçalo introduced, and used to help this super-critical, and super-time-sensitive project succeed.

About Gonçalo Valverde

Gonçalo is an Agile Coach from Portugal working with teams and organizations in their continuous improvement journey. As a keen amateur photographer, he learned that less is more and how constraints help one focus on the outcomes. He’s also a co-organizer of Agile Coach Camp Portugal. 

You can link with Gonçalo Valverde on LinkedIn and connect with Gonçalo Valverde on Twitter. 

Kim Hinsch: Helping a Scrum team come together to overcome huge challenges

Kim was working with a company in the middle of an Agile transformation. The team Kim was working mostly with was struggling with understanding what was required from them. They were working with a new product, for which the expectations and requirements were unclear. The Product Owner was also new to the job, and the team. Kim understood she needed the team to come together if they were to overcome the challenges they were facing. So, she took on the mission of making the team jell. 

In this episode, we talk about The 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team by Lencioni, a book that has been mentioned several times here on the podcast. 

About Kim Hinsch

Kim is an agile enthusiast, that has been stung by the power of games, communication, and psychology. Kim practices every day the fine art of making magic happen the agile way. And what makes her heart beat faster is supporting teams and organizations on their magical journey across the hills of excellence and effectiveness.

You can link with Kim Hinsch on LinkedIn. 

Priyanka Keswani: How to use a maturity model as a guide for teams adopting Agile

While helping the teams at her company move towards Agile, Priyanka and her colleagues defined a maturity model that helped explain to the teams where they were in their journey to Agile. Priyanka explains how the Scrum Masters went about developing the model and implementing it with teams. Listen in to learn how you can use a maturity model as a guide for teams adopting Agile.

About Priyanka Keswani

Priyanka is a seasoned Agile Coach with a firm belief in innovation, continuous improvement, and a focus on Agile transformation in the organization. With 14+ years of experience, she has worked across various domains- Content Delivery Network, Travel, CRM, and Storage. She started as a QA Manager, then became Scrum Master and Agile Coach. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, dancing, traveling, and networking with people.

You can link with Priyanka Keswani on LinkedIn and connect with Priyanka Keswani on Twitter.

Lena Löfdahl: Sometimes, it just takes one try to get the organization to change, here’s why…

This team adopted Agile quickly and started to move towards continuous delivery. However, shortly after that, they realized that the organization was not ready for it. The team would not get requirements in time for their Sprints, and the team started idling. To try and overcome this problem, Lena and her colleagues organized the first “big room planning” session in that company. And then, a big surprise happened…

About Lena Löfdahl

Lena is a senior agile coach with specialty in learning and psychological safety. Successfully coached over 200+ teams and taught courses for 8000+ hours, mostly in agile but also project management. She gets a lot of energy from building teams and colleagues, watching people grow is rewarding work. 

You can link with Lena Löfdahl on LinkedIn.