Episode #14: Transforming Your Leadership Character Webinar with Project Insight

Welcome to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast and you are listening to Episode #14: Transforming Your Leadership Character Webinar with Project Insight.

Curtis Gilbert joined Dr. Dave at his monthly webinar done in partnership with Project Insight (http://www.projectinsight.net/).  The discussion today focused on the content from the book “Transforming Your leadership Character: The Lean Thinking and Agility Way”.  Get a copy of the book on Amazon.com.

Duration: 50:14

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Episode #13: Armond Mehrabian – Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC certification

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Hello, you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com, and also on iTunes and Google Play.

You are listening to episode #13; lucky #13, with Armond Mehrabian, Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC certification.

Duration: 13:30

Receive a $200 discount by entering code KNOLSHARE during registration.  Register to attend the Implementing SAFe 4.0 with SPC certification on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/implementing-safe-40-with-spc-certification-tickets-22627785315/?nomo=1.

If you have questions for Armond, connect with Armond on twitter at @Armond_M.

E-mail: AMehrabian@portofinosolutions.com or visit http://www.portofinosolutions.com.

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Episode #12: Management Consulting vs Agile Transformation with Tirrell Payton

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Hello once again and this is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.  You are listening to episode #12 a conversation with Tirrell Payton comparing the similarities and differences of Agile consulting and management consulting practices.

Tirrell is a Management Consultant at SolutionsIQ.

Duration: 24:29.

I hope you enjoy the conversation with Tirrell Payton.

You may reach Tirrell on Twitter @TirrellPayton and via e-mail at TPayton@SoliutionsIQ.com.

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Episode #11: Voices from the 2016 Scrum Coaching Retreat in San Diego, CA

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Hello again, this is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.  You are listening to episode #11 voices from the 2016 Scrum Coaching retreat in San Diego California.  I just love those sunny days in California! Joining me are a few voices from the attendees and volunteers.

The attendees and volunteers willing to share their learning experience are as follows:

  1. Paul Wynia – San Diego, CA.
  2. Rachel Van Laanen – Chicago, IL.
  3. David Van Rees (DVR) – Toronto, Canada
  4. Angela Scott – Philadelphia, PA.
  5. Tirell Payton – San Diego, CA.
  6. Rehana Rajwani – Toronto, Canada
  7. Stuart Young – London, England
  8. Victor Bonaccia – Orange County, CA.

Duration: 45:44

Video Links from the 2016 Scrum Coaching Retreat in San Diego, CA.

Team: We The People – Agile 4 Humanity

Team: Measure This – Measuring Value

Team: Agile Reality – Scrum Fall

 

 Team: FAST Team – Agile Coaching Framework: Working with Scrum Teams

 Team: GoldiLocks – Agile at Scale

 Team: Transformers – The Innovation Challenge

Team: Enterprise Coach

 Team: Delicious Chaos – Realizing the Benefits of Agile

I really enjoyed my time at this Scrum Coaching Retreat.  This one was very special for me because I was one of the primary organizers responsible to facilitate and orchestrate the retreat with a team of very qualified volunteers.  The volunteers included:

  1. Kate Megaw
  2. Daniel Gullo
  3. Anu Smalley
  4. Gary Moore
  5. Ewan O’Leary
  6. Tirell Payton
  7. Victor Bonacci
  8. Stuart Young
  9. Dave Cornelius

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the 89 people that attended the Scrum coaching retreat from many locations globally.

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Episode #10: The Project Manager’s (PM) Role in a Lean and Agile World

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KnolShare with Dr. Episode #10: The Project Manager’s (PM) Role in a Lean and Agile World is a one hour webinar done with Project Insight.  Contributing to the discussion were Jon Jorgensen and Custis Gilbert, two frequent contributors to agile discussions in Southern California.

The discussions focused on the role(s) a project manager can pursue in a small or large organization using  Scrum or the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to deliver customer value.

Curtis saw communications as a cornerstone to support team alignment across the organization.

Jon referenced the late David Bowie as a change agent capable of reinventing his musical career and PMs’ should take a page from Bowie’s book.

Duration: 53:36

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Contact Jon Jorgensen at  AgileHyperDrive.com or follow him on Twitter @waterscrumban.

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Webinar created and narrated by Dr. Dave Cornelius

Episode #9: Armond Mehrabian – Enterprise Agile Coaching

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Enterprise Agile Coaching

Hello, this is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.  You are listening to episode #9 with Armond Mehrabian, an enterprise agile coach, business leader, and man of faith.  I am certainly appreciative of Armond for his agile at scale knowledge and the positive energy he brings.  We are live at the Agile Open San Diego on a warm sunny day in California.

When I pursued my SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certification, Armond was one of the instructors.   I was fortunate to learn from someone with sound experience and clarity of the value of agility to the organization.  Perhaps you may experience the same fortune of being trained by Armond.

If you have questions for Armond, connect with Armond on twitter at @Armond_M.

e-mail: AMehrabian@portofinosolutions.com or visit http://www.portofinosolutions.com.

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Episode #8: Dr. Estella Chavous – The Mindfulness Professor

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Hello, this is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.  You are listening to episode #8 with Dr. Estella Chavous, a practitioner and expert in mindfulness.  Mindfulness continues to play a significant role in my daily life.  As I begin my day and before entering into the distractions of each day, I begin with prayer and mindfulness to ensure that I remain present in the Now.

Dr. Estella Chavous co-authored the book “Let Meditation Mend You” with her daughter Jacinta.  You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com.  Connect with Dr. Chavous on twitter @strategicladies.

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Episode #7: Jill Stack PR – Public Relations (PR) for All

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Hello, this is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.

This is episode #7 with Jill Stack of JillStackPR, a Costa Mesa, California company that enables established and startup businesses, and non-profits to tell their stories to local and national media.  If you are not using public relations (PR) to remain in the media’s eye, then you are missing an opportunity to tell your full story.

Contact Jill Stack PR on twitter @JillStackPR

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This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

Episode #6: Dr. Hadar Ziv Explains How Informatics Shape the Next Generation Technology Professionals

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Dr. Hadar Ziv – Researcher and Lecturer in Informatics at the School of ICS at UC Irvine

This is Dr. Dave and you are listening to the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcast, hosted on GrokShare.com.  KnolShare with Dr. Dave is also on iTunes and Google Play.  This is episode #6 with Dr. Hadar Ziv, a professor at the University of California Irvine, School of Information and Computer Science.

I visited the school’s website and discovered that I did not know much about informatics. I reached out and invited my friend Dr. Hadar Ziv from UCI’s Department of Informatics to tell us more about the subject and the value to the next generation of technology professionals.

Duration: 32 minutes

This interview gave me a few nostalgic moments and I went back in time to my undergraduate days when I studied computer science at Carroll University in Wisconsin.  I recall the efforts of the professors to make the course information relevant to the work world.  I see the same effort by Dr. Hadar Ziv and his associates at UCI working to make the learning experience relevant to each student so they may succeed with a future employer.

Thank you for listening today.

Learn more about the Informatics program by visiting the UCI website ics.uci.edu.

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Episode #5: System Test – The Quality Unsung Hero Featuring Ken May

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This is Episode #5 and the discussion today focus on system test, a critical deliverable that verify when quality is built in.  System test is a test activity that validates the integration and co-existence of multiple systems in one or many environments to meet specific customer requirements.  Our guest is Ken May, the leader of a system test group for the Wonderware industrial automation software.

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Ken May can be reached on Twitter @yamnek.

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Until next time, pursue goodness, share, and learn.

This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

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Episode #4 – Delivering Industrial Automation Software with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) with Pankaj Swami

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Hello, this is Dr. Dave and you are experiencing a KnolShare conversation hosted at GrokShare.com.

This is Episode #4 and the discussion today focus on  Delivering Industrial Automation Software with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Enterprise Adoption with Pankaj Swami.  Pankaj is an agile leader and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) at a global software company.

Duration: 17:43

SAFe has become the de facto standard for agile at scale that supports enterprise adoption of agility as a business practice.  The SAFe framework offers familiar terms that bridge the gap for organizations adopting lean and agile paradigm for product or service delivery.  Business leaders and teams are familiar with organization definitions of portfolio, program, and team, which make it easier to embrace SAFe.  None the less, the adoption of SAFe requires a culture shift in the enterprise because all stakeholders involved with developing and delivering a product or service must be present.  The goal of end-to-end alignment demands leadership engagement.

I am currently a practicing SAFe SPC and work with Pankaj Swami for the past year on a major software initiative.  My commentary is based on practical experiences of success and the need for improvements in some areas.  Agile transformations are not easy because people are expected to shift behaviors and work toward common goals.  The biggest hurdle is often due to resistance to change from the status quo.  However, buy-in at the executive level tend to sway the attitudes of many resisters and pave the road to an easier agile transformation.

Thank you for listening today.

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This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

Episode #3 – Ainsley Nies Explains Agile Chartering, Art, and Much More

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Today we deep dive into Agile Chartering with Ainsley Nies.  Ainsley is the co-author of the book “Liftoff: Launching Agile Projects & Teams” with Diana Larsen.

Dr. Dave and Ainsley sat in the balcony seats of the Clark Kerr conference center at the Agile Open California 2015 open space event.  We were soaking up another Agile Open space experience at the University of California Berkley, AKA Cal, the home of the Golden Bears.  Ainsley is also one of the co-founders of the Agile Open California open space event.

Our conversation included the history of Agile Open California, Agile Chartering, and the role Art plays in learning, especially for the visual learner.

Take a listen to the conversation with Ainsley.

I learned so much from this conversation with Ainsley about Agile Chartering.  The key topics of agile chartering were 1) vision, 2) mission, 3) mission test, 4) alignment, and 5) context.  I hope you were inspired by the depth of Ainsley’s knowledge and experience.  I would recommend that you visit Amazon and update your Kindle library with a copy of “Liftoff: Launching Agile Projects & Teams” by Ainsley Nies and Diana Larsen.

Another book referenced in the conversation with Ainsley was the “Quickstart Guide to the Five Rules of Accelerated Learning” by Willian and Diana Larsen.  A key concept is Keep it Alive.

Thank you for listening.

To connect with our guest, reach out to Ainsley on twitter @ainszo

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Until next time, pursue goodness, share, and learn.

This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

Episode #2: Jason Kerney’s Mob Programming Experience

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Dr. Dave and Jason Kerney sat down at the Agile Open SoCal 2015 conference hosted at the University of Irvine – Southern California campus to discuss Jason’s experience with Mob Programming.  Mob programming is a new approach in the lean and agile software development space.  We discovered that Mob programming includes more than just programmers, everyone is invited to participate in the innovation of new or existing software.  Jason’s team is experimenting with multiple mob teams, which is a new experience for his organization.

I found a book recommendation on the mob programming.org web site by Amy Edmondson titled “Teaming”.  Teaming as described by Amy Edmondson is when people collaborate across boundaries of expertise, hierarchy, or geographic locations.  This book is an interesting read and now resides in my Kindle library.

You may follow Jason Kerney on Twitter @JasonKerney.

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This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

5 Saturdays – Creative Conflict Resolution Workshop

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In our time together, we will discuss creative conflict resolution to help you work through situations where conflict is taking place in the workshop.

Our topics include the following:

  • What is conflict?
  • Attention & awareness
  • Engage with empathy
  • Moving on …
  • Face it, Be it, Talk to it

At the end of this learning experience you will be able to:

  • Embrace conflict as a growth opportunity
  • Develop awareness and attention to conflict
  • Engage conflict with empathy
  • Help others develop a way out

Visit www.5Saturdays.org to learn more.

Created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

5 Saturdays – Empathy and Understanding

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In our time together, we will discuss the need for empathy and understanding to enable you to lead the 5 Saturdays workshops and connect with students and facilitators.

Our recommendation is to meet people where they are.  Although you may have great hope for them to be in another experience, begin with connecting in the space that you encounter each person or group of individuals.

The 5 Saturdays Empathy and Understanding workshop provides an overview of where the facilitators mindfulness should hover.

The presentation topics include the following:

  • Empathy for learners
  • Empathetic listening
  • Understanding differences

At the conclusion of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate empathy toward others
  • Use empathetic listening
  • Be open to other cultures

Visit www.5Saturdays.org to learn more.

Created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

5 Saturdays – Starting a 5 Saturdays Program in Your Community

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The presentation topics include the following:

  • 5 Saturdays value proposition
  • 5 Saturdays leadership team support
  • Identify your motivation
  • Empathy and understanding
  • What is needed
  • Partnerships
  • Expectation of the facilitator
  • Getting the show on the road

At the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Discern if starting a 5 Saturdays program is right for you
  • Make a decision to start a 5 Saturdays program
  • Launch a sustainable community learning experience

Learn more about 5 Saturdays by visiting www.5Saturdays.org

Created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

5 Saturdays – Leading the 5 Saturdays Workshop

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In our time together, we will discuss the activities required to lead the 5 Saturdays workshop.

Leading the 5 Saturdays workshop is a team effort and requires coordination and collaboration.  The learning experiences of agility with Scrum and Kanban, software development concepts, creative and critical thinking, and job readiness and effective communications are learned and practiced over the 5 Saturday period.

Be prepared for each workshop.  This is a critical step in learning facilitation.

The information presented in this learning module is designed to help you prepare to lead the 5 Saturdays workshops.  Be open to learn and remember that you will improve with each experience.

Learn more about the 5 Saturdays program by visiting www.5Saturdays.org

Created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

5 Saturdays – Program Servant Leadership Course

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In our time together, we will discuss the essential steps to pursue the actions of walking in the light of a servant leader to enable you to lead the 5 Saturdays workshops and serve the participating students and facilitators.

The presentation topics include the following:

  • Servant Leadership
  • Servant Leadership Behaviors
  • Servant Leader as a Coach
  • Ask Powerful Questions
  • Servant Leader – Facilitating Success

The goal of this presentation is to give you an understanding of what it takes to be a servant leader.

At the conclusion of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of coaching people, especially impressionable teen agers.
  • Learn the power of asking thoughtful questions rather than providing answers
  • Learn some basics on facilitating classes.

Learn more about the 5 Saturdays program by visiting www.5Saturdays.org

Created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.

Episode #1: Agile Pair Coaching with Victor Bonacci & Dr. Dave

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Dr. Dave discuss pair coaching and the benefits to coaches and other individuals with Victor Bonacci, the founder of agilecoffe.com.  Vic describes the resources available to people to learn more about pair coaching.

Show Notes:

Q1: Pair coaching

Pair coaching is pair working or pair anything.  For me it is the work done daily by coaching, training, and mentoring teams and individuals and even the learning associated with pairing.  When I coach alone I do not always get the feedback and learning to improve to get better.

Q2: Who would you pair with?

Starting with someone with the same experience would be good but working with an experienced coach would even be better.   For example, a mother and father pair; raising a child together is an example of pairing outside of the office setting.  You learn things together and grow accordingly to help each other over time.

Q3: Limited to agile only

I did not come up with the analogy of the mother and father pairing; I wish I could claim it.  Yves Hanoulle is another person in pair coaching who spoke about the role of mother and father.  That is an obvious example of pair coaching happening outside of the agile practice.  Throughout your education and professional life you probably have been pairing with someone along the way, even though you may not have called it that.  When you move into an agile environment the opportunities just open up, then you see agile practices that can benefit from pairing everywhere you look.

Q4: Would you say that this is mentoring that help another person get better in their field?

That’s it exactly but it goes beyond that!  In Scrum you have a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Scrum team.  The Scrum Master and Product Owner is one of the best examples of paring that already exist in Scrum.  They work hand in hand to prepare the backlog for each sprint to help the team know the highest prioritize work items.  The Scrum Master would take a back seat role at times during the grooming (elaboration) sessions with the team.  The Product Owner takes a back seat role as the Scrum Master leads a ceremony or help the team make a course corrective action.

Comment:  This is a pilot / co-pilot model.

Hans had Chui, Michael had Kit – we all need our co-pilots.

Q5: How did you become interested in pair coaching?

We have been doing pair coaching and pair learning all of our lives.  I was not aware of the term until the spring of 2012.  I was hired by one of my previous employers as an agile coach and they did not have another coach in the organization.  After eight months they hired another coach and it was awesome because I could share knowledge about the organizational culture and nuances and he could share his experiences with me as well.  This helped us to build the teams to be stronger and we could support them better.

Q6: What website did you visit to gather this information?

I can’t remember where I first saw the term pair coaching.  But again Yves Hanoulle’s name was on everything related to pair coaching and I followed those Google links to the information.  I found lots of information at Yves site (http://www.hanoulle.be), there is a wealth of information that can be referenced there.  However, there is not one website that’s available these days.  Yves had a web site called www.paircoaching.net but it now points to the “pairworking” Google group.

Q7:  How would this help another coach become better in his or her craft?

You learn more about your team, yourself, and the discipline of coaching by pairing up.  You can have the pilot and co-pilot metaphor where one person drives and the other person navigates.  One coach is actively training and the other observing without integrating themselves into the conversations or engagement as much.  The observer take notes and prepares feedback when asked and being actively ready.

When you are charting new territory and going through a dense forest and there is not a real path, you are experimenting along the way.  The second person you pair with can serve as a sounding board and help you make an informed decision.   They will learn with you as well because it could be new knowledge to the paired partner.

Q8: If someone wanted to learn more about pair coaching where would they go?….

You probably have done some pair coaching along the way but just were not aware of the term.  If you truly want to actively dive into the world of pair coaching, I would recommend to become aware a situation that you can start interacting with others.  If you are a Scrum Master you may look at how you engage a Product Owner and think that we are a pair and how can we increase our skills together.  Be explicit when talking about pair coaching and describe the mutual benefits for the person you plan to build a pairing situation.

Here are a few places people can go to learn more about pair coaching.  Go to the web site www.paircoaching.net that now points to the “pairworking” Google group. I also have a few articles and blog posts on my website www.agilecoffee.com

Q9: How would someone get in touch with you?

The best way is to use my Twitter handle @AgileCoffe or go to my website www.agilecoffee.com.

Q10:  Using the domino and pair coaching

I created a pair coaching domino game that described the roles of pair coaching and you can find more details at my website www.agilecoffee.com.

This interview was created and conducted by Dr. Dave Cornelius.