SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EPISODE: Ryan Ripley and Chris Williams join Vasco Duarte in reflecting on Agile and the future 

In this special Christmas episode, Ryan Ripley (host of the Agile for Humans podcast) and Chris Williams (host of the Badass Agile podcast) join our host Vasco Duarte to reflect on what Agile has become and what the future holds for us! 

Don’t’ miss this special, funny, and insightful podcast episode! 

Merry Christmas Scrum nation!

About Ryan Ripley, Chris Williams, and Vasco Duarte

Ryan Ripley loves helping people do great work. He is a servant leader at heart and is passionate about fostering safety and trust in the workplace. Ryan created the Agile for Humans podcast to put the focus back on the individuals and interactions that make agile work.

You can link up with Ryan Ripley on LinkedIn and connect with Ryan Ripley on Twitter.

Ryan also hosts a popular Agile podcast: Agile for Humans.

Chris Williams is one of Canada’s most recognized agile and business performance coaches. Chris has his own proprietary philosophy, built on years of research and practice; participating in elite programs with in team and Human Performance coaching.

You can link up with Chris Williams on LinkedIn.

Chris also hosts a popular Agile podcast: Badass Agile.

Vasco Duarte is a managing partner at Oikosofy where he wants to change the world, one company at a time. He’s also the regular host at the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast.

Product Manager, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Director, Agile Coach are only some of the roles that he’s taken in software development organizations. Having worked in the software industry since 1997, and Agile practitioner since 2004. He as worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile Coach or leader in agile adoption at those organizations.

Vasco was one of the leaders and catalysts of Agile methods and Agile culture adoption at Avira, Nokia and F-Secure.

You can read more from Vasco at his blog: http://SoftwareDevelopmentToday.com

 

SPECIAL XMAS BONUS: Ryan Ripley on Scrum Masters and Coaches, and what that means in practice

In this episode, we cover the very broad topic of coaching. We dive deeper into the meaning of the term, and what that means for Scrum Masters.

We start by defining what coaching is, and Ryan makes the case for Coaching as a profession and a career path. Coaching is at the end – citing Ryan – about “revealing insights about the systems of work without actually resolving them.”

Ryan describes the process we can use to live up to this statement and shares his own hard-earned insights about the role of a coach working for the Agile teams and organizations.

Working with new teams

Not all teams are created equal, and our coaching approach needs to follow the natural progression that teams go through. We review the different team stages, and what coaches need to be aware of when working with teams in those different stages. As we progress in our work with teams we shift progressively to be “background instruments”, as Jeff Kosciejew describes in his Success episode.

Ryan introduces the concept of “holding the space”, one of the key aspects of our work as coaches.

 

Working with advanced teams

Just like with new teams, our work as Scrum Masters and coaches changes when we work with teams that have a long experience, and might already be performing well. In this part of the conversation, we talk about 2 books that influenced Ryan and his coaching journey. Zen in the martial arts by Joe Hyams, and Lean Startup by Eric Ries.

When working with advanced teams our focus shifts towards helping them find Validated Learning, and we discuss how getting ourselves and the teams into beginner’s mind can help in that process (read Arlo Belshee’s Promiscuous Pairing and Beginner’s Mind (PDF download!) to learn more).

Starting our own coaching journey

As we end this episode we talk about how we can start our own journey towards being and behaving like a coach. Ryan shares with us resources and concrete tips we can use to guide our learning journey.

Ryan leaves us with one advice, take a course to develop your leadership and coaching skills. The course is The Leadership Gift, a program by Christopher Avery, the author of The Responsibility Process.

 

 

EXTRA BONUS!: an episode from Ryan’s own podcast, Agile For Humans

In this podcast, we include Ryan’s Agile for Humans podcast episode #65. Listen to the end to get this special extra bonus!

About Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley loves helping people do great work. He is a servant leader at heart and is passionate about fostering safety and trust in the workplace. Ryan created the Agile for Humans podcast to put the focus back on the individuals and interactions that make agile work.
You can link up with Ryan Ripley on LinkedIn and connect with Ryan Ripley on Twitter.
Ryan also hosts a popular Agile podcast: Agile for Humans.

Be sure to check it out!