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Get to know Mountain Goat’s new podcast with a sneak peek on the first sequence and a few nice nuggets from our friends.


Like many firms, Mountain Goat Software program is rarely quick on huge new concepts to pursue. Our backlog is at all times rising with methods to serve our neighborhood and supply worth to you. One other a kind of huge concepts muscled its technique to the highest of the backlog earlier this yr and in case you missed it, let me inform you all about it.

The Agile Mentors Podcast goals to turn out to be the very best agile podcast out there—to give you essentially the most worth from the time you spend listening to us. Every week an skilled visitor joins me, to not be interviewed as a lot as to debate a subject that can enable you to succeed with agile.

As a result of this podcast is for agilists, every episode is designed to offer worth to agilists of all ranges, from agile newbies to those that have been part of the motion for a while. Hear in to search out solutions to your whole Scrum and agile wonderings and curiosities. You probably have a query we have not lined but, please tell us.

Collection One: The Scrum Podcast Episodes

We launched with a sequence that may spotlight all the person parts of the Scrum framework, not as an exhaustive course of research however simply so as to add some readability to them, and to offer some solutions to your questions. These episodes have been designed for many who are new to Scrum in addition to those that have years of expertise with agile transformation.

Episode #1 – Scrum vs. Agile & Keys to Success with Mike Cohn

We kicked issues off very broadly in discussing these two huge phrases: Scrum and agile. What’s the distinction between them? You usually hear individuals say “agile Scrum” as if there’s a non-agile Scrum. So we dispel a few of these myths and make clear how these phrases differ.

My visitor to kick us off needed to be Mike Cohn. Who else combines such lengthy expertise, perspective, and extemporaneous perception? One in all my favourite moments from the episode is when Mike and I have been discussing widespread errors groups make. Mike stated that not every part must be a person story: “I wrote a e-book on person tales and even I do not suppose every part needs to be a person story….Frequent sense must trump all.”

Episode #2 – Succeeding within the Scrum Grasp Position with Mike Cohn

The second podcast episode begins speaking in regards to the Scrum framework with the very important function that serves as a basis for Scrum groups: the Scrum Grasp. Since so many individuals come to the Agile Mentors Group by way of our CSM lessons and different Scrum Grasp-focused coaching at Mountain Goat, we knew a big proportion of our neighborhood would need to hear extra in regards to the function they play on the Scrum group.

Mike Cohn has taught extra Licensed Scrum Masters than anybody (since earlier than the time period was even coined!) so we knew we needed to have him be part of us once more for this episode.

One specific second resonated with me. I used to be speaking in regards to the adjustments in perspective I see when mission managers make the transition to Scrum Masters. Mike stated (and I am paraphrasing), that mission managers are usually nervous about whether or not the mission will succeed. Scrum Masters, then again, needs to be nervous about whether or not they’re making an superior group out of the individuals they’ve, after which mission success will observe.

Episode #3 – What Makes a Nice Product Proprietor? with Lance Dacy

In episode #3 we transfer to a different Scrum group function: the product proprietor. Our CSPO lessons have lately seen a noticeable uptick, which tells us extra product managers are being requested to work with Scrum groups and that product house owners on the market are upping their sport. I invited Lance Dacy to hitch me to debate worth and the significance of actually assembly your buyer’s wants.

Lance has a wealth of expertise coaching and dealing with product house owners, which made him the proper selection for this matter. Reap the benefits of our mixed years of expertise, and hear for nuggets like this one from Lance: “The Product Proprietor has to start out with why: Why am I doing this job, what’s my ardour, and what are the alternatives available in the market that our product can clear up?”

Episode #4 – The Developer Position in Scrum with Sherman Gomberg

We wrapped up the roles in Scrum in episode #4 with the builders. As a reminder, once I say builders, I am not simply referring to individuals who primarily write code. As an alternative I am referring to the 2020 Scrum Information shift to utilizing developer to imply each group member who is not the product proprietor or Scrum Grasp.

Whereas builders typically appear to take a again seat to the opposite two roles, nothing occurs on a group with out them. As visitor Sherman Gomberg says within the episode, “There are extra builders than anybody else on the group!” So it’s worthwhile to discover intimately this very important function on any Scrum group.

I requested Sherman to hitch me for this dialogue as a result of he is without doubt one of the few trainers that provide the Scrum Alliance Licensed Scrum Developer course. Sherman is aware of the bulk function on the group fairly nicely and brings years of expertise and perception working with them.

Episode #5 – Scott Dunn

Shares Every part You Must Run Dash Planning Like several dash does, our occasions part of podcasts kicks off with dash planning. It’s so necessary to start out your dash off on the precise foot! We cowl it early within the podcasts as a result of it’s each essential and confusable. We wished to deliver some readability and assist groups begin robust.

Scott Dunn joined me for this dialog, bringing his lengthy expertise coaching CSMs and CSPOs and training groups. He is aware of how necessary it’s for a group to plan their sprints nicely and the place groups are likely to go off the rails in planning.

Episode #6 – The way to Make the Day by day Scrum Extra Efficient with Julie Chickering

We continued discussing occasions with the one I feel is most misunderstood: the every day scrum. For such a brief assembly, it positive does trigger a lot of issues for organizations. Why is that this? And how are you going to appropriate a few of these widespread misunderstandings and dysfunctions?

As visitor Julie Chickering put it, “It is both the very best assembly of the day or the worst!”

Julie teaches each primary and superior CSM and CSPO lessons and has plenty of historical past working with groups and training them to success. I knew she would have sensible ideas that will help you get essentially the most out of your every day scrums.

Episode #7 – The Dash Evaluation Is Not a Demo with Julie Chickering

We picked issues again up with dash critiques within the subsequent episode. This occasion is one I usually hear individuals complain about in school as being boring—how are you going to change that? I wished to offer that steerage and assist underline crucial side of the occasion: you get precise actionable suggestions.

Julie Chickering joined me for this episode for most of the identical causes I wished her on the earlier one. With Julie’s teaching and coaching expertise, I knew there could be sensible, in-the-trenches ideas she’d be capable of share to assist us perceive and revenue from this occasion extra absolutely.

Episode #8 – Dash Retrospectives with Scott Dunn

We closed out the occasions in Scrum by discussing the occasion the place a Scrum Grasp can herald creativity: the dash retrospective. The format for this occasion is wide-open—extra so than another occasion. That may be thrilling and scary on the identical time for any Scrum Grasp.

How will we make the very best use of this time and what will we do if the group will get tired of it? The occasion is essential: its said goal is your group’s enchancment.

Scott Dunn got here again for this as a result of Scott’s teaching work facilities on the idea of continuous enchancment; I knew he’d be capable of deliver a wide range of concepts to the desk.

Episode #9 – Scrum Artifacts with Kert Peterson

The muse within the Scrum framework that we had but to handle was the three artifacts. We mixed these into one present somewhat than doing one podcast for every as a result of there’s a pure move between them and it might be tough to speak about one with out the others. From product backlog to dash backlog to product increment, we element the significance of every and their salient points.

I used to be thrilled to usher in one in every of my mentors, Kert Peterson, to have this dialogue. Kert realized from one of many authors of Scrum—Ken Schwaber. I knew the historical past and perception he would deliver to the dialogue would assist us use these artifacts for higher effectivity, creativity, and concord.

What’s subsequent?

We proceed to make clear different very important subjects of curiosity to Scrum groups. Our friends maintain flowing in and we’ve got some thrilling plans about future episodes.

That is the place you are available! Similar to any Scrum group wants suggestions from prospects and stakeholders, we’d like your suggestions on the place we go subsequent.

  • What are the subjects you’re most interested by listening to about within the podcast?
  • What questions do you might have that want solutions?
  • Are there friends you’ll love to listen to on the present?

There are three alternative ways you’ll be able to join with us and let your voice be heard. First, merely depart a remark beneath. Second, e mail us at podcast@mountaingoatsoftware.com. Lastly, for every publish we’ve got a dialogue matter within the Agile Mentors Group dialogue boards.

Tell us your ideas, suggestions, and strategies in any of those locations. We’re interested by your concepts and need to make this the very best agile podcast!

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