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Explore the breadth and depth of the Agile Chicago community.

Latest Episodes

Exporing Product Ownership - Part 1

Rick, Mike, and Matt explore the textbook version of Scrum's Product Owner, and contrast that with the patterns they've witnessed in real-world Scrum instances. We welcome all listeners who are, or have been, Product Owners, to contact us for the opportunity to discuss the role with us. This underserved role deserves some explanation from those serving as Product Owners. If this is you, contact us at or . All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon CodeACSwhen registering for the following classes:Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

66 minAUG 3
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Exporing Product Ownership - Part 1

No Time To Think

Mike Marchi and Matt Beam host this episode, with Jeff Singleton talking about the behaviors of traditionally managed organizations and their tendencies toward ruling with a clock-shaped fist. To find out what we mean, have a listen.

56 minJUL 23
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No Time To Think

What is an Agile Coach Worth?

Rick, Matt and Mike invite Marcelo Lopez to join a conversation about what Agile Coaching is, what it used to be, and what it has become. Marcelo joins about half-way into the discussion, and this one is a long one. So, buckle in, this will definitely have some opinions you do not agree with. All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon CodeACSwhen registering for the following classes: July 9-10: July 13-14: July 20-21: Aug 3-4: Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

86 minJUN 29
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What is an Agile Coach Worth?

Love and Agile in the World of COVID-19

Rick, Matt and Mike return after almost 9 months off the air. Without any set subject, the guys talk about everything (Agile and not) that comes to mind. All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon Code ACS when registering for the following classes: July 9-10: July 13-14: July 20-21: Aug 3-4: Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

56 minJUN 5
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Love and Agile in the World of COVID-19

CARS with Kelly Weyrauch and Jeff Lee

I recently sat down with Kelly Weyrauch (Agile Quality Systems) and Jeff Lee (AgilityIRL) to talk about their new certification offering called CARS, or Certified Agile Regulatory Specialist. Lots of interesting information here, about how Agile the FDA is becoming, or more to the effect of, allowing other organizations to be. Give it a listen. You can access AAMI TIR 45 by going to and searching for TIR 45 You can find this course, and others, at

38 min2019 AUG 23
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CARS with Kelly Weyrauch and Jeff Lee

Dysfunctions in Immature Teams, with Jim Sammons

A great friend of the show, Jim Sammons of Loop Agility, joins us to talk about dysfunctions we've seen in immature teams. In between Rick telling long-winded stories, we discuss coaching approaches, how we inspire change, letting teams solve their own problems, empowerement and dis-empowerment. We discuss estimation, coaching at the team level - my favorite! We share some stories about customers suffering because of internal beuracracy. I relate experiences where timing is everything - getting coaches involved at the right time can make all the difference in your Agility efforts. Conferences in and around Chicago

81 min2019 JUN 10
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Dysfunctions in Immature Teams, with Jim Sammons

Agile Camp, with Stacey Louie

Stacey Louie, from Hyperdrive, joins the show to talk about the most recent addition to the Agile Camp series of local Agile conferences that Hyperdrive organizes. Since the beginning of the Agile Camp series of conferences, Stacey has compiled a short/concise list of tips for new speakers, and he shares those tips with our listeners.

34 min2019 APR 24
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Agile Camp, with Stacey Louie

Self-Forming Teams, with Erin Perry

Erin Perry joined the show to to talk about the most recent experiment in the Expert Engineering program at JP Morgan Chase. They allow people to self-form into teams that work together to collaboratively solve problems, over a period of 9 months. Since the beginning of the program, they have applied for approximately 6 patents. We also talked about several other topics that you may be interested in. You can find more about Erin at

63 min2019 APR 15
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Self-Forming Teams, with Erin Perry

The Rise and Fall of Agile Community

Mike Marchi returns to the show with Jeff Singleton. Both are board members of the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter. We talk about a recent discussion at the APLN meetup, how the Agile Community sustains itself. We also talk about how internal organizations may sabotage their own efforts to create sustainable communities. Also, the APLN is hosting their 3rd Annual Conference on May 16th, 2019. They are still accepting speaker proposals. Checkout their for more info.

47 min2019 FEB 28
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The Rise and Fall of Agile Community

Visualization and Collaboration

and I talk about some visualization techniques we've used in the classroom. Both of us discovered markers at different times, and put off learning how to use them to their full potential. Using Bikablo examples and techniques, we've learned that art will engage the learner much more readily. In the second half of the episode, Maria and I tackle some Coaching questions we get quite often: The Team is just not estimating right We can't POSSIBLY get anything done in a 2-week timebox! There are a ton of Process Cops already, why do we need a ScrumMaster too? Agile Professional Learning Network (APLN) Chicago Chapter's 3rd Annual Conference: May 9th, 2019 Upcoming Chicago Classes , by Michael Sahota (Chicago Loop) , by Rick Waters (Chicago Loop) by Brian Levy (Chicago Loop)

58 min2019 FEB 19
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Visualization and Collaboration

Latest Episodes

Exporing Product Ownership - Part 1

Rick, Mike, and Matt explore the textbook version of Scrum's Product Owner, and contrast that with the patterns they've witnessed in real-world Scrum instances. We welcome all listeners who are, or have been, Product Owners, to contact us for the opportunity to discuss the role with us. This underserved role deserves some explanation from those serving as Product Owners. If this is you, contact us at or . All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon CodeACSwhen registering for the following classes:Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

66 minAUG 3
Comments
Exporing Product Ownership - Part 1

No Time To Think

Mike Marchi and Matt Beam host this episode, with Jeff Singleton talking about the behaviors of traditionally managed organizations and their tendencies toward ruling with a clock-shaped fist. To find out what we mean, have a listen.

56 minJUL 23
Comments
No Time To Think

What is an Agile Coach Worth?

Rick, Matt and Mike invite Marcelo Lopez to join a conversation about what Agile Coaching is, what it used to be, and what it has become. Marcelo joins about half-way into the discussion, and this one is a long one. So, buckle in, this will definitely have some opinions you do not agree with. All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon CodeACSwhen registering for the following classes: July 9-10: July 13-14: July 20-21: Aug 3-4: Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

86 minJUN 29
Comments
What is an Agile Coach Worth?

Love and Agile in the World of COVID-19

Rick, Matt and Mike return after almost 9 months off the air. Without any set subject, the guys talk about everything (Agile and not) that comes to mind. All Agile Chicago Style listeners qualify for a huge discount in Rick's Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes from July to September 2020. Use the Discount/Coupon Code ACS when registering for the following classes: July 9-10: July 13-14: July 20-21: Aug 3-4: Aug 13-14: Aug 18-20: Aug 24-26: Sep 8-10:

56 minJUN 5
Comments
Love and Agile in the World of COVID-19

CARS with Kelly Weyrauch and Jeff Lee

I recently sat down with Kelly Weyrauch (Agile Quality Systems) and Jeff Lee (AgilityIRL) to talk about their new certification offering called CARS, or Certified Agile Regulatory Specialist. Lots of interesting information here, about how Agile the FDA is becoming, or more to the effect of, allowing other organizations to be. Give it a listen. You can access AAMI TIR 45 by going to and searching for TIR 45 You can find this course, and others, at

38 min2019 AUG 23
Comments
CARS with Kelly Weyrauch and Jeff Lee

Dysfunctions in Immature Teams, with Jim Sammons

A great friend of the show, Jim Sammons of Loop Agility, joins us to talk about dysfunctions we've seen in immature teams. In between Rick telling long-winded stories, we discuss coaching approaches, how we inspire change, letting teams solve their own problems, empowerement and dis-empowerment. We discuss estimation, coaching at the team level - my favorite! We share some stories about customers suffering because of internal beuracracy. I relate experiences where timing is everything - getting coaches involved at the right time can make all the difference in your Agility efforts. Conferences in and around Chicago

81 min2019 JUN 10
Comments
Dysfunctions in Immature Teams, with Jim Sammons

Agile Camp, with Stacey Louie

Stacey Louie, from Hyperdrive, joins the show to talk about the most recent addition to the Agile Camp series of local Agile conferences that Hyperdrive organizes. Since the beginning of the Agile Camp series of conferences, Stacey has compiled a short/concise list of tips for new speakers, and he shares those tips with our listeners.

34 min2019 APR 24
Comments
Agile Camp, with Stacey Louie

Self-Forming Teams, with Erin Perry

Erin Perry joined the show to to talk about the most recent experiment in the Expert Engineering program at JP Morgan Chase. They allow people to self-form into teams that work together to collaboratively solve problems, over a period of 9 months. Since the beginning of the program, they have applied for approximately 6 patents. We also talked about several other topics that you may be interested in. You can find more about Erin at

63 min2019 APR 15
Comments
Self-Forming Teams, with Erin Perry

The Rise and Fall of Agile Community

Mike Marchi returns to the show with Jeff Singleton. Both are board members of the Agile Professional Learning Network - Chicago Chapter. We talk about a recent discussion at the APLN meetup, how the Agile Community sustains itself. We also talk about how internal organizations may sabotage their own efforts to create sustainable communities. Also, the APLN is hosting their 3rd Annual Conference on May 16th, 2019. They are still accepting speaker proposals. Checkout their for more info.

47 min2019 FEB 28
Comments
The Rise and Fall of Agile Community

Visualization and Collaboration

and I talk about some visualization techniques we've used in the classroom. Both of us discovered markers at different times, and put off learning how to use them to their full potential. Using Bikablo examples and techniques, we've learned that art will engage the learner much more readily. In the second half of the episode, Maria and I tackle some Coaching questions we get quite often: The Team is just not estimating right We can't POSSIBLY get anything done in a 2-week timebox! There are a ton of Process Cops already, why do we need a ScrumMaster too? Agile Professional Learning Network (APLN) Chicago Chapter's 3rd Annual Conference: May 9th, 2019 Upcoming Chicago Classes , by Michael Sahota (Chicago Loop) , by Rick Waters (Chicago Loop) by Brian Levy (Chicago Loop)

58 min2019 FEB 19
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Visualization and Collaboration
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