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Learn about the Badass Agile philosophy that I’ve been practicing with clients – leaders and teams –  for years.  Each week is a short, powerful reflection on experiences, mindset and habit pairs, and current trends that will challenge and strengthen your practice.   These are the attitudes and practices of elite leaders in every realm – Agile and beyond – and they don’t teach these in any school.

Episode 225 – Agile As Artistry

Episode 225 – Agile As Artistry

If you want to follow the agile or scrum manual or worship the rules, you can’t be an artist.

An artist expresses their opinion, their creative contribution, or their vision with the tools of their medium. By definition, your art must be an original. Nobody else could make the exact same thing. Artistry involves discovery, failure, and risk. What you make might not work right away. It might require sweat and continuous refinement. It might force you to admit that you don’t know everything. It might take you to unexplored and dangerous places.

Doesn’t that sound like agile?

Without these elements, you’re applying a recipe. You’re blindly implementing best practices and rules. There is no room to create something new that serves the distinct character of your team, your client, or their customer.

Episode 224 – Circulate Value – The Agile Survival Skill

Episode 224 – Circulate Value – The Agile Survival Skill

Agile Survival Agile survival depends on circulating value. You can't stand still, surrounded by the same four walls, and expect to grow. A Bad Pattern We've gotten into a bad pattern in the past few decades. If we're not talking software, we don't...

Episode 223 – Time To Act

Episode 223 – Time To Act

Either we struggle with change or we struggle with productivity. If we struggle with change we struggle to start things, but sometimes we struggled to sustain them. Change is very hard but I'm convinced that one of the reasons we plan so much is...

Badass Unfiltered – Why Hope Begins With The Agile Leader

Badass Unfiltered – Why Hope Begins With The Agile Leader

Despite the bad news all around, I have tremendous hope in us. This is a time of great divisiveness, and yet, we've been through this before. The Agile Leader has the ability to begin with one - one team, one community, and demonstrate by example...

Badass Unscripted – Don’t Quiet Quit…Do THIS Instead

Badass Unscripted – Don’t Quiet Quit…Do THIS Instead

It's not the quitting part I have a problem with; it's the quiet part. You absolutely should insist on a sustainable, balanced life. Agilists are supposed to be good at this. You must reclaim your time - no one will do it for you. But how? Easy....

Episode 222 – Why Strength Still Matters

Episode 222 – Why Strength Still Matters

Sensitivity to words. Aversion to risk. Sensitivity to truth. The power of anonymity and self-righteousness. Avoidance of challenge and growth. These raging currents threaten the nobility of our potential. There is something to be said for having...

Episode 221 – Quiet Quitting

Episode 221 – Quiet Quitting

Quiet Quitting is trending so hard, it has its own hashtag. What is it, and what do you need to consider? What Is Quiet Quitting? Quiet Quitting is a passive form of protest. It is the act of giving up your duties beyond the bare minimum - without...

Episode 220 – How To Keep Yourself Accountable

Episode 220 – How To Keep Yourself Accountable

Main reasons for backsliding:-Not enough time to build a habit-Not enough of an emotionally compelling reason to stay the course (alignment to higher ideas, desire for benefit, avoidance of pain)-The pain of change is WORSE than the pain of not...

Badass Unscripted – Don’t Stay Stuck…Do This

Badass Unscripted – Don’t Stay Stuck…Do This

If you have areas of your life and work that NEVER seem to progress…you're stuck. It's a headscratcher, because you have other areas where you're crushing it. So you KNOW you can set and hit goals. You know you want to FINALLY tackle it. That thing...

Episode 219 – Don’t Waste Time On This

Episode 219 – Don’t Waste Time On This

Instead of acting in circles around things we can't impact, what if we focused on those things we could actually control? The things we should control. The things we've been told we're not allowed to question.-Our time-Our reputation-Our Action...

Episode 218 – These Unseen Beliefs Are Holding Your Team Back

Episode 218 – These Unseen Beliefs Are Holding Your Team Back

Much of our defining, outward behaviour emerges through experiences that forge our beliefs. Beliefs become default ways of acting and reacting - many of which don't serve us. Approaching mastery often feels like 'becoming limitless,' which is...

Badass Unfiltered – Stop Spinning And Start Taking Control

Badass Unfiltered – Stop Spinning And Start Taking Control

Many of us are unwilling to hear what we don’t want to hear. Many of us are unwilling to do what we don’t want to do. Many of us are unwilling to experience what we don’t want to experience. This unwillingness means we are like a leaf in the...

Episode 217 – How A Simple Shift Will Multiply Your Results

Episode 217 – How A Simple Shift Will Multiply Your Results

By focusing all of your efforts on service, passion, purpose - everything can change. Learn why a simple shift to service-based mindset amplifies your results. A focus on creating value for the benefit of others - a group, a customer, a stakeholder...

Episode 215 – How To Unstick Stuck Teams

Episode 215 – How To Unstick Stuck Teams

There are three things that affect performance at scale. I call them the three 'P's. Past, Permission and Perfection. The master skill is to teach your teams how to let go of the way they've always done things (and the certainty that comes with...

Episode 214 – Why Leadership Isn’t A Thing

Episode 214 – Why Leadership Isn’t A Thing

I hate to disappoint you, but leadership isn't a thing either. Our belief that it IS is holding us back. Leadership skill is alluring.  We've all seen a great leader and admired them. Their mastery of language, their calm,...

Episode 213 – Why Agile Isn’t A Thing

Episode 213 – Why Agile Isn’t A Thing

Sorry to disappoint, but agile isn't a thing. -We treat it like a program you install or a product you buy. -We expect that there is magic in the arrangement of principles and practices. -We expect this to make things somehow 'better' -Worse, we...

Agile Success Is a Matter of Will, Not Skill

Agile Success Is a Matter of Will, Not Skill

How does your Scrum team handle blockers? How can you be more successful handling impediments? I love blockers. I'm obsessed with organizing myself and my teams so that blockers don't create failure. Instead of quitting, we choose to 'find a way or...

Episode 212 – The Agile Entrepreneur

Episode 212 – The Agile Entrepreneur

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Episode 211 – How Five Questions Can Accelerate Your Growth

Episode 211 – How Five Questions Can Accelerate Your Growth

I’ve found that success requires constant examination. Agile, specifically, is just a tool. It's a set of guiding principles and structured actions designed to bring about a consistent positive result. But the things that are actually required...

Badass Unscripted – Never Bow To Fashion

Badass Unscripted – Never Bow To Fashion

Here's a habit I'm willing to bet you have adopted without even noticing... You think without thinking. To me, this means that we often accept what we read, see or hear because it's familiar. With so much visual communication, if something looks...

Episode 210 – The Rise of The Agile Company

Episode 210 – The Rise of The Agile Company

Hesitation Kills. Don't let your company fall into extinction - or even fall behind your competitors - before you finally learn this lesson. Unlike any other time in history, the market is screaming for solutions.  Great Resignation,...

Badass Unscripted – Meet Yourself

Badass Unscripted – Meet Yourself

The best learning experiences are those where you meet yourself for the first time. -Who are you? -Why are you here? -What do you fear? -What do you believe? ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion...

Episode 209 – Knowledge

Episode 209 – Knowledge

We place value on being spectators...observers to the wisdom of others. But what does 'being in the know' really buy you? -How much time do we waste on social media trying to know the latest? -How many meetings do we attend for the purpose of...

Badass Unscripted – Our Old Friend Certainty

Badass Unscripted – Our Old Friend Certainty

Only Uncertainty can give you Certainty. ***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...

Episode 208 – Rigidity

Episode 208 – Rigidity

You want to help your company be more agile, so you create all of these extraordinary processes and guides, and then you go to your next project and find none of it works? How can this be? When we talk about impediments to flow, we don’t talk...