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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 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...

Check Out The Agile Horizon

Check Out The Agile Horizon

I love changing perspectives, and I love having my perspective changed. Better still, I look for ways to merge creativity with my study and practice of agile. I welcome you to the Agile Horizon (www.theagilehorizon.com). Commencing with the March...

Announcement – The Forge Professional

Announcement – The Forge Professional

I’m pleased to announce the public lauch of “The Forge Professional” - a corporate/team edition of my leadership immersion program. The Forge Professional condenses key learnings from the year-long program into 12 weeks. Working in cohorts of...

Badass Unscripted – Are We Too Nice?

Badass Unscripted – Are We Too Nice?

We've lost the art of being direct and decisive. Yet...isn't that what agility demands? Fearless leaders are in short supply. We're too nice. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience....

Episode 207 – Still Struggling After 20 Years

Episode 207 – Still Struggling After 20 Years

Two decades into this Agile thing, we're still struggling to get results. Why is that? After 20 years of theory AND practice, we're not much better off. We probably make better-quality software, and we probably make it faster - which...

Episode 206 – Agile Success

Episode 206 – Agile Success

We have got to put Agile thinking into other parts of the business. With millions of certified professionals hitting the marketplace, you’re going to have to figure out how to compete quickly. Here are some key areas where you need to help business...

Badass Unscripted – Be Original

Badass Unscripted – Be Original

***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 Agile...

Episode 205 – Agile Mind

Episode 205 – Agile Mind

We preach agility and moan about the lack of mindset change, but are we agile in ceremony, or in life? An Agile Mind: -Is flexible, does not get stuck on things. It doesn’t dwell on challenges, discomfort, bad fortune, etc. -Does not judge -Is...

Badass Unscripted – Agile Must Be Formless

Badass Unscripted – Agile Must Be Formless

The more we try to learn the 'rules' of Agile practice, the more we should be learning that there can be no rules. ***JOIN THE FORGE*** Sign up for more info about our online leadership immersion experience. https://badassagile.com/the-forge/...

Episode 204 – No Competition

Episode 204 – No Competition

Here’s how you know you have no competition. When you interact with people, notice if: -They make promises and then don’t keep them -They make excuses -They become harder to find when work has to be done -They complain about not knowing what to do,...

Episode 203 – The Year Ahead

Episode 203 – The Year Ahead

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...

Badass Unfiltered – What Are We Accountable For?

Badass Unfiltered – What Are We Accountable For?

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...

Episode 202 – The World Will Respond To Your Courage

Episode 202 – The World Will Respond To Your Courage

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...

Episode 201 – Comfortable? Then You’re Not Growing!

Episode 201 – Comfortable? Then You’re Not Growing!

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,...

Episode 200 – The Most Important Lessons

Episode 200 – The Most Important Lessons

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,...

Badass Unscripted – Seek Truth, No Matter The Source

Badass Unscripted – Seek Truth, No Matter The Source

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...

Badass Unfiltered – You Have to Scale “Mattering”

Badass Unfiltered – You Have to Scale “Mattering”

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...

Episode 199 – Should We Eliminate Commitment?

Episode 199 – Should We Eliminate Commitment?

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...

Badass Unscripted – What You Avoid Will Find You

Badass Unscripted – What You Avoid Will Find You

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...

Episode 198 – Failure To Execute

Episode 198 – Failure To Execute

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...

Episode 197 – The Great Resignation

Episode 197 – The Great Resignation

-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...

Badass Unfiltered – Strength

Badass Unfiltered – Strength

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...

Episode 196 – Stay Hungry

Episode 196 – Stay Hungry

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...

Episode 195 – The Three Things That Destroy Agile Effectiveness

Episode 195 – The Three Things That Destroy Agile Effectiveness

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...

Badass Unscripted – A Great Coach Keeps Watch

Badass Unscripted – A Great Coach Keeps Watch

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...

Badass Unfiltered – The Hero’s Arc

Badass Unfiltered – The Hero’s Arc

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...

Episode 194 – Do, Practice, Rehearse

Episode 194 – Do, Practice, Rehearse

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...

Badass Unscripted – Why You Need To Work On Your Shadow

Badass Unscripted – Why You Need To Work On Your Shadow

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...