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At the end of each year, I like to look ahead to the currents and opportunities of our craft. While I see some progress here and there, I don't see potent shifts. I'm learning that it's better to create them. Will you join me? Despite the prevalence of retrospectives and the value of looking back to celebrate wins and inventory lessons, I've found …
 
In the debate on measurement, we seem to have strong views on what we DON'T want to examine, but little to say on what we will put our hands up to be accountable for. We can't forget that a team is not just accountable to itself and the end customer. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https:…
 
One of the best things that has happened because of this podcast is inspiring courage worldwide. There's a fine line between recognition and impact. I like hearing when people enjoy the show, but I like it more when what I say breaks your patterns of thinking and challenges you to not only think differently but to DO differently. To be bold. To do …
 
Nothing good - no uncommon outcome - is easy, otherwise, everyone would be doing it, and it wouldn't be uncommon. How do you know if you're performing like an uncommon badass? Here are some guidelines -If you are comfortable, you're not growing -If you're locked into a predictable pattern that you can do in your sleep, you're not growing (think of …
 
What are the key learnings that made me radically more effective? After 200 episodes, it's time to reflect! -First, some gratitude. Thank you to all who have listened to and supported the show. To all who have become members of The Forge, and supported me across multiple platforms, products and experiments. You have taught me everything I know, and…
 
We have a duty to seek the truth, even if it doesn't align with our existing beliefs. To red-team our ideas; to challenge what is accepted and permitted without scrutiny. Otherwise, we fall to dogmatism and to preaching what we think is right just because we think it's right. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership im…
 
In a race to keep your talent, offering what YOU think they will like is a short route to failure. People want to matter. That can be hard to do when dealing with one person, much less 10,000. Nevertheless, if you want to be the envy of your industry, start thinking about how to make people feel like they matter. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for mo…
 
Let's have a little controversy today. People are afraid of commitment. They're starting to say we should change the word - eliminate it all together. I'm fine with minimizing estimates. I'm super fine with re-negotiating scope based on changing priorities on the ground. But I'm not OK with allowing words like commitment, accountability, and promis…
 
It's my experience that what you avoid - whether it's because it scares you, or you believe you're no good at it - will find you. Specifically, your inability to face and conquer your discomfort will continue to cause pain in your career, your happiness and your personal life. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership i…
 
THE ONE FAILURE THAT KILLS ALL TEAM PROGRESS.....and how to solve it. Perhaps the most important thing Scrum teaches us to do is make and keep small commitments with consistency. On these points, I've spoken many times but I want to reveal that of all the human challenges I encounter in teams, it is this. Why can't people keep their word? -This pro…
 
-Across the world, people are leaving - or thinking of leaving - their jobs and careers in stunning numbers. -Is the solution in Agile? -Perhaps because of the pandemic, people are waking up and lighting up to a different future. -It may be the case that they're realizing that what they had been told was an unthinkable model of work is actually qui…
 
One of the critical pieces of leadership is strength - strength of character, ideas We're never taught how to be strong so strong has become a bad word, associated with bullies or pushinesss or anger or worse Strength means the ability to manage and control the thoughts and emotions that launch in response to injurious words or actions. It means th…
 
The secret to boundless energy and consistent forward momentum is to stay hungry every day. Keep reaching, stretching, learning, and acting as if you're starting from zero. Assume you know nothing, and nothing is guaranteed. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https://badassagile.com/the-forg…
 
When looking for the cause of delivery issues in teams, think of the three P's. Permission Perfection Past ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https://badassagile.com/the-forge/ ****** Follow on CLUBHOUSE: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/badass-agile Don't forget to join us in the Badass A…
 
Most teams are composed of people who have other day jobs. This will be particularly true of a product owner who has multiple priorities and projects, but increasingly true of all team members - they have multiple accountabilities across the organization. So how do you work with a team like that? They may not be living agile values every day...they…
 
A dark stage, a single light, and a stool. The feel of a live room (that we all miss) is the perfect crucible for a contemplation that becomes a rallying cry. What if we feel called to do more, be more? Is it out duty to lean into the uncomfortable? What happens if we fail to oppose a prevailing force that we know is wrong? ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sig…
 
Too much of what we "know" about in the field of high performance comes from books, memes, or youtube videos. Inspiration is essential, so is knowledge, but it is how you ACT upon both of these that is a difference-maker. Can you identify what courageous leaps you took today? What you were humble enough to learn? What you were disciplined enough to…
 
Was someone unjust in their words? Or are you just bad with criticism? Were you really just observing, or just scared to jump in? Are you working on yourself, waiting for the right moment, or scared to leap? Is something out of your league, or do you just tell yourself it is? This is shadow work. What tapes have you been playing your whole life tha…
 
Picture a smoky club. The spill of the stage light, hushed chatter, and the chiming of glasses and plates carrying good drinks and passable food punctuate the mood. A well-worn house mic and PA are the vessel. This is a space to create and connect. A true experiment in agile creativity. A completely fresh offering. Like a song with no melody. A ver…
 
Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. This is what most people mean when they put in air quotes "Agile". A blessing and a curse, we use this to make our product more nimble and responsive, but in truth, we use it to excuse sloppy prioritization and execution…
 
You cannot ascend if your beliefs, routines thoughts, experiences and emotions are limited to your present circumstances and reality. Think and feel bigger than your environment. Artists see. So do innovators and problem solvers. Therefore agile itself is a form of artistry.... LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS - …
 
"Come With Me If You Want To Live" - The Terminator. At any stage in a transformation or ramp-up, mayhem or uncertainty can undo some of your progress. The consequences of standing still aren't obvious to everyone - it just feels safer. You can almost feel the confusion and frustration of your team members or clients. Sometimes you just have to ext…
 
The pride that comes from creating more output = although not necessarily expending more effort - than anyone you know. This comes from working with clients who feel everything they do is a herculean lift, and the mindset shattering that occurs when you show them how easily you can produce 10x what they think is reasonable without blinking an eye. …
 
Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. Do we do this? No, we don't. It's one of the biggest problems with Agile. -The key word here is actually 'priority'. When you watch teams at work, you see what their priorities are - metrics, safety, certainly, plan, budget, and speed -"highe…
 
I can change your culture in 5 minutes. It's commitment and consistency that take time. It's overcoming the disbelief and old attitudes. The first thing we do wrong when trying to change culture is to plan it and approve it. Culture change requires, like good software, continuous delivery of new value. The most important thing to get right is inspi…
 
One way to begin to change the arc of your life as a leader is to ask "what is the boldest thing I can do today"? Your day will present you with opportunities and choices. What you choose reflects your attitude toward comfort and risk. How do you force yourself to take the road less travelled; to do the thing that you most fear, to continuously liv…
 
The most profitable and in-demand agile practitioner will be the one who can solve important, complex and valuable problems efficiently and confidently. LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS - https://getshuffle.app/ ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https://b…
 
The greatest, most revealing question isn't always "what do you need?". It's just as often, "what isnt working?". Every pain reveals an opportunity. As agilists, we should be experts in resolving blockers. Finding and fixing pain points is what we do ....or do we? To get good at fixing pain and struggle, identifying it is only the first step. We al…
 
I get asked "how can i get teams to turn their cameras on and get engaged?". Engagement is YOUR job. A great facilitator doesn't need cameras, visuals, or physical presence to make unforgettable impact. Even if there was an advantage to having cameras on, I want you to be the kind of leader and facilitator that can operate in any condition and stil…
 
To grow yourself AND your team, develop your patience and persistence. Although the industry would like you to believe that great delivery and performance are days away, the really good stuff takes time. In the beginning, we all have to find our feet. At the bottom of the hill, everything is a climb. If you can't push consistently upward, gravity w…
 
The biggest disruptor of productivity is distraction. No matter how small, distractions interrupt flow, engagement, and deep work. The biggest offender is usually electronics - smartphones, laptops, wearables - but really, its anywhere you choose to allow your focus to escape to. LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS …
 
Creativity requires freedom. The ability to desire and dream with impunity. That doesn't happen by accident. You have to enable and defend it. Remove the cost of failure Stand between your team (and their creativity) and danger (rejection, judgment) Once earned, make sure the brushstrokes are big and colourful, otherwise nothing changes Growth and …
 
We must be careful to ensure that we own our time. We frequently complain that we are 'overloaded' Overwhelm is not something that is done TO YOU. It is something that you accept; or even welcome. The antidote is simple but hard: Say no all day every day Limit your participation in meetings Delegate, automate, eliminate, integrate Don't seek perfec…
 
Most of us (especially in the midst of global stay-at-home orders) experience our favourite brands digitally far more than we do physically. Great creative and experience design is fascinating; especially knowing it can make or break attraction and loyalty. Adam Smith, of Tension (https://wearetension.com) is in the business of partnering with firm…
 
If you're struggling to get exceptional traction or results with your clients...try this. Set the bar to "Overdeliver". This means declaring an intention of delivering exceptional, unexpected value. It means asking for feedback against that intention. "How can I overdeliver with an exceptional (experience today, outcome this week, etc)? And at ever…
 
Some people want direction. But for those that don't, leading means helping them get where they want to go. That starts with great questions. When you lead, you can't often push. You may know where you want to steer people, or you may want to leave that up to the individual or team. But part of coaching is bringing your expertise and certainty to t…
 
Seeking certainty costs you time and money. Think about how much. This topic isn't new, but it is perhaps the most pervasive cause of failure and disappointment in teams of every kind. It is also the toughest problem to crack. Seeking certainty means placing a higher value on consensus or evidence BEFORE acting - building, releasing, etc. No one is…
 
I was recently caught in an online conversation about how its inhumane to give teams stretch goals. We've been fooled into believing that this is how people are getting more and more stressed Stretch goals do not mean longer hours or added performance pressure. It means getting people to find ways to get better. To produce more with less effort. To…
 
If you want to work for "the best companies to work for" - make it yourself. Great companies must model the ability to venture into the unknown and the uncommon in order to attain and sustain greatness. It is possible whether the organization is large or small, but large organizations carry an additional challenge of overcoming negative will - the …
 
We don't like to hear about it, but there's a certain kind of practitioner who is certain and confident in every situation. Either they know what to do, or they'll figure it out. They have no natural predators Nobody likes to hear it, but there is such a thing as the person who doesn't need rules, instructions, or best practices. They don't need pe…
 
Too many agilists seek out bank jobs and pretend they are going to innovate and advance the craft. When you go to banks, you ask questions like "what is the salary, comp, vacation: or "what do the opportunities for advancement look like:". The right question is "what can I innovate, build or change". That's how you blow the roof off I say often - i…
 
When you measure the wrong things, you get the wrong results. What you incentivize has deep impact on behaviour. Can you help your organization realize that shaving the bottom line can kill the top line? LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS - https://getshuffle.app/ ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about ou…
 
LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS - https://getshuffle.app/ There is a tragic story arc that is becoming more common with Agile teams - start big, get hammered, lose confidence, lower the bar. You can imagine why this would be a problem.... We start with grand ambition and vision, which is great. We move into plan…
 
It's possible we all will have a lifelong relationship with your inner critic. It begins with acceptance that its there...something that guides your actions, and possibly limits your greatness. Oddly, it's supposed to be your friend, protecting you from harm, but it doesn't understand the modern context of danger and risk, so it often overshoots th…
 
LISTEN TO THE BADASS AGILE PODCAST ON SHUFFLE! - Get it here for iOS - https://getshuffle.app/ All agile failure is a failure of courage in action we're reporting back that there is an increasing rate of failure in terms of transformation and investment. the problem is not your grasp of agile, nor your tools, nor your teams we need to demonstrate c…
 
Ultimately, if Agile doesn't make for happier customers, profits won't flow; and history shows that rapid and certain decline will follow as the industry looks for something new to solve the problem. Does that mean Agile is flawed? Not at all...but it's up to us as practitioners to make sure that we're solving the problems that matter. ***JOIN THE …
 
High Performing teams are not a secret, but we often fail to observe and apply the right principles Making people flow with productivity is easy to say, easy to teach, but hard to do WE fail to connect with the individual values; without this, team dynamics and agile processes won't help Championship teams have the right individuals with the right …
 
Books, social media, courses, video, blogs - there is so much content to help you grow, but how much of it is useful? When something becomes so widespread that it feels like everyone is talking about it, its time to walk away. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https://badassagile.com/the-fo…
 
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