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AgileCast S01E25 - Team’s Identity and its impact on Organizational adaptability by Dinesh Sharma

In this episode, Dinesh Sharma explains (in conversation with Anil) a Team’s Identity and its impact on Organizational adaptability. If applied narrowly at a localized level, the team's identity can lead to local optimization and can often take the teams away from Customer Centricity. This podcast paves the way for the teams and organizations to explore a broader definition of the Team’s identity, which leads to improved Organizational adaptability and enriches the overall customer experience. Dinesh is a LeSS trainer and coach. He has over 25 years of experience helping organizations with adopting agile ways of working. He has worked on some of the most complex product development in many large Financial services organizations, Government departments, Aerospace, Defence and Global consultancies.

AgileCast S01E24 - Discover your inherent path towards Agility

In today’s episode, we have Bala and Umar talking about how to discover your inherent path towards Agility by focusing on underlying connections to thrive in a complex adaptive ecosystem. Most of the organizations lost themselves in the blind spots of bandwagon effect while embracing agility filled with tools, methodologies and cobweb frameworks related to process rather than discovering their own process. This podcast paves the way for people and organizations to explore a continuous discovery mindset.

Agilecast - S01E023 - Growing Inner Agility

In the current episode, Antoinette talks about The concept of Agile – what it is, how to grow it, where it is useful, what the necessary preconditions are, which have expanded rather dramatically over the last 25 years. We welcome you to listen in and enjoy this episode.

Agilecast - S01E022 - Theory Of Constraints and Agility

In this episode, Anil talks about identifying constraints that inhibit the organization from achieving its goals and resolving them will not only maximize throughput over time but also creates a path for achieving true business agility in an organization.

Agilecast - S01E021 - An Introduction to Personas

In this episode, Manasvi talks about the basics of Personas, how to create one, who is it for and its benefits. As part of User Journey Mapping, it is a key aspect that helps us understand our customers better and deliver enhanced products for our customers. Be sure to listen to it!

Agilecast - S01E020 - Wastes in Manufacturing and Service Delivery - Vipul Chandra

Agile, as we know, is a philosophy of continually delivering value at a sustainable pace making adjustments and improving through the feedback. The philosophy has its origins in the concepts of Lean Manufacturing. Wastes of various kinds can actually make a huge difference to the efficiency and speed of the outcome. Wastes can be present in the manufacturing of a product or a service, and wastes can also hamper or degrade the quality of service delivered. This podcast tries to bring it all together

Agilecast - S01E019 - Leading In The Age of Digital and Hybrid Practices - Gaurav Dhooper

In this era of digital transformation where the focus is more on bringing an alignment between people, process, technology and culture, it becomes imperative to understand why it is so important to stay relevant and focus on purpose-driven change.

It is also very important to understand the critical focus areas while leading a digital initiative and the practices to be embraced for enhancing customer experience and achieving enterprise-wide alignment with the strategy. The project management practices, skills, technology and culture should be such which allows customisation, maintains a balance between various approaches and gives the opportunity to deal with the problems in a contextual and pragmatic way. It is not only about achieving agility; but also stability for building a sustainable system and delivering improved value.

Agilecast - S01E018 - Pomodoro! - A hack to manage your time by being more focused - Anuj Ojha

In this episode, we have Anuj Ojha - Agile Consultant & Director at Benzne Consulting Private Limited explaining how to use Pomodoro for maximizing productivity and get more quality work done in a short span of time. Anuj believes in free-thinking culture and his goal is to heal broken processes and propagate an agile mindset to help customers succeed. To achieve this vision, he helps customers in becoming the truest expression of what they are and what they want to be. Overall, the goal is to SIMPLIFY and this happens through training, coaching, regular health checks & sometimes also brainstorming over coffee or beer.

Agilecast - S01E017 - Cognitive Biases in Agile - Anil Kadakol

In this episode, Anil talks about the Cognitive Biases that can impact Agile implementations, Be sure to listen to it!

Agilecast - S01E016 - Understanding Jira - Vivek Karna

In this episode, we get an insight on a Project and Task Management Tool named Jira. This podcast also highlights how Agile and DevOps team can use Jira for better Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation in their daily work. Addition to this it also gives an overview of Core Components of Jira and who can use Jira as performance and task management.

Agilecast - S01E015 - Sprint Retrospectives - What, Why and How ? - Arnab Rajkhowa

Sprint Retrospective – an important element of the Scrum framework which is tightly tied with the concept of empiricism. In this podcast, we discuss why retrospectives are important and how we can ensure that retrospectives are fruitful. Towards the end of the podcast, we talk about a few tools which can be used for effective retrospectives in for distributed teams working remotely

Agilecast - S01E014 - Value Stream Mapping - Ashish Mehra

In this episode, Ashish talks about the basics of value stream mapping, how to facilitate one, who is it for and its benefits. From Lean manufacturing to software development, it is a must-have tool in the organization to identify and removes wastes.

Agilecast - S01E013 - Can high performing teams be designed using behavioral science ?

In this episode, Vinaya discusses how the formation of Winning Teams is often left to chance by organizations. At best what they do is to get the best guys as per the skills, knowledge and education. But what they forget is, all this amounts to nothing without synergising teams based on behaviours and talent.

This podcast is a take on why behaviours, talent matter and how it can be leveraged by organizations to design high-performance teams. Vinaya brings with him about 20 years of experience working in various fields and sectors. He has worked with MNCs, start-ups, NGO before embarking on his own venture - The Predictive Strategy Group. Vinaya is an Industrial Engineer from Thapar University - Patiala and MBA from SIBM-Pune. He is a Certified PI Behavioural Trainer. He has trained hundreds of senior folks, HR heads and CXOs in the organization both in the science and art of understanding behaviours of people for building winning organizations. Vinaya consults organizations to help them formulate People Strategy aligned with their Business Strategy. Vinaya also is a certified Life Coach and EQ trainer. He conducts leadership workshops based on Emotional intelligence for corporates and helps them improve their emotional well-being to become better leaders.

Agilecast - S01E012 - How to run scrum events effectively in remote working environment by Neha Sahyogi

In this episode, we have Neha Sahyogi, Senior Consultant - XACT sharing her experience on How to run scrum events effectively in a remote working environment. She will be sharing her practical experience from various projects she has successfully implemented

Agilecast - S01E011 - Anti-Patterns of a Scrum Master by Sherry Wasandi

In this episode, we have Sherry Wasandi (Principal Consultant at Xebia), elucidating upon the common dysfunctions or Anti-Patterns that tend to emerge in the role of a Scrum Master. In no other role is complacency more damaging than that of a change agent – because they hold such an extraordinarily pivotal position, that the impact of their actions is often magnified in the outcome produced by a team – whether positive, or negative.

During the podcast, listeners will be led through a deconstruction of the four counterproductive behaviors that Scrum Master is particularly vulnerable to. Followed by a discussion of the likely impact and associated risks. And finally, we will move swiftly on to a dissemination of the tools to either pre-empt or address these problems in an expedient fashion.

AgileCast - S01E10 - Systems Thinking Emerges from the Human Dynamics in Scrum

In this episode, we have Balachandhiran Sankaran Principal Consultant, (XACT- Agile Transformation Practices), talking about how Systems thinking emerges from the Human Dynamics in Scrum.

Most of the organizational wicked problems we face result from the difference between how we think organizations work and how they actually work. The first step in addressing this disconnect is to take an honest look at how we think, as individuals and as leaders. Systems Thinking often involves moving from observing events or data, to identifying patterns of behaviour over time, to surfacing the underlying structures and mental models that drive those events and patterns.

Scrum is one of the ways to provide those structure and mental models to create an environment for people to become skilful systems thinkers. If an organization sees the Scrum as only a process, it will be adopting Zombie kind of Scrum called Mechanical Scrum. But, if it sees Scrum as a dynamic Complex Adaptive Systems, Systems thinking emerges from the Human-dynamics of Scrum called Scrum Values and the real benefit of Scrum is unlocked...!!

The crux of a learning organization is about shared changes in mental models of individuals working there. So, the mental models should be nurtured by Scrum Values to bring alignment with the real world.

Agilecast - S01E09 - Neuroscience of change by Anand Pandey

In today's episode, we have Anand Pandey, Principal Consultant, (XACT- Agile Transformation Practices) expounding on what goes on inside our brain and neural networks when trying to change our or the any other individual’s habits or ways of functioning and how it impacts the Agile way of working.

Anand is an Agile Coach and Consultant with 16 years of experience in Enterprise-wide scaling agile transition for large multinational clients with teams spanning across geography and vendors. He has diverse IT experience in various roles. He applies his leadership experience in a lean-agile mindset and business/IT service management, complemented with people and organizational change management, to successfully drive strategic transformations toward better value delivery for its customers. As an accomplished result-oriented servant-leader, he brings in with him an infectious culture of continual improvement.

Agilecast - S01E08 - Achieving greater transparency with Kanban - Aranb Rajkhowa

The Agile Alliance briefly defines the Kanban Method as “a means to design, manage, and improve flow systems for knowledge work”. Kanban allows organizations to start with their existing workflow and drive evolutionary change. This can be done by visualizing their flow of work, limiting work in progress and embrace the concept of “stop starting and start finishing”.

Kanban is a tool to achieve greater transparency while upholding the agile values and principles. Transparency being one of the pillars of Empiricism, coming up with different ways to visualize the progress of a team have become an inherent need for all Agile teams. This empowers teams to see and assess the current state & pushes to think on what needs to be improved – holding onto the other two pillars of empiricism - Inspection and Adaptation. This has largely benefitted teams in identifying issues and bottlenecks faster, resulting into early resolution of impediments helping into reducing the “Cost of Delay”. Scrum, being the most popular Agile Framework, upholds the pillar of transparency and empowers teams by providing many tools to use within its framework. However, not all teams can best fit into the Scrum ways of working. This podcast includes a case study of how moving away from Scrum and embracing Kanban, with the same spirit of empiricism can help a team in improving delivery and bring a sense of togetherness across dependent teams.

Agilecast - S01E07 - Objectives and Key Results How to accelerate your business outcomes using OKR

In today's episode, we have Vineet Chachondia, Principal Consultant, (XACT- Agile Transformation Practices) expounding on how OKRs can be used to transform the business and align various teams to a single goal.

Vineet is a dynamic professional with 17+ years of experience Which includes Leadership Training, Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, Agile Transformation, System/Platform level DevOps & Release Management, Project Management & Business Development. He has worked on several transformation projects with Fortune 500 Clients.

Agilecast - S01E06 - Myths, Mysteries and Misconceptions of Scrum Sridhar Rao Diagala

In today's episode, we have Sridhar Rao Diagala, Principal Consultant, (XACT- Agile Transformation Practices) dispelling many myths surrounding Scrum and speaking on how to apply it in the right way.

Sridhar is a dynamic professional with 19+ years of experience Which includes Leadership Training, Agile Coaching, Scrum Master, Agile Transformation, System/Platform level DevOps & Release Management, Project Management & Business Development.

Agilecast - S01E05 - Why Proxy Product Owners are a popular way to build knowledge and capabilities

In today's episode, we have Pratyoosh Kumar, Principal Consultant, (XACT- Agile Transformation Practices) speaking about why proxy product owner are becoming popular inside organizations to add knowledge and capabilities of offshore teams.

Pratyoosh is an Agile Coach and Consultant with 16 years of experience in Enterprise-wide scaling agile transition for large multinational clients with teams spanning across geography and vendors. He has diverse IT experience in various roles such as Enterprise Agile Coach, Agile Transition consultant, Project Manager, Release Engineer, Team Lead, and programmer.

Agilecast - S01E04 - Anti patterns in Product Ownership - Pranav Barar

The product owner is the voice of the customer, represents the internal stakeholders, and is responsible for delivering the highest possible value to the business. Do you agree that the Product Owner is a pivotal role in bringing about the benefits of the Scrum framework? Do you understand the role in-depth and how it contributes to bringing out the best from teams?

Agilecast - S01E03 - How to work on Agile Transformation initiatives - Meetu Singh

In this episode, we have Meetu Singh Director XACT ( Agile practices ) sharing her 20+ years of experience and provide a simple 9 step framework for Agile transformations for both large and small organizations. She expounds on how true transformation is cultural in nature.

Agilecast - S01E02 - How to use Scrum with Production Support and Infrastructure teams by Mr. Raju K

There is a general perception that scrum can be used for development projects only!

In this episode of AgileCast Raj shares his real-time experience of using scrum with an infrastructure team.

Raju K is a multi-talented, multi-dimensional personality, he is a Professional Scrum Trainer, an Enterprise Agile & Flow Coach, and a Curator at #RawAgility

Raju is one of the most well-known people in the industry with several successful transformations for many Fortune 100 clients.

Do not miss this one!

AgileCast - S01E01 - Nurturing Communities of Practice for Evolving Organisations - Kalyanram

CoPs are an essential part of human societies, we inadvertently form Communities of Practices based on shared interests and skills.

Agile Organizations carefully develop CoP around their employees so as to maximize knowledge sharing, ease of operations, and work on innovations in an organized way.

CoPs utilize a variety of methods to develop their practice. These could include problem-solving, coordination with other members, discussing developments, mapping knowledge, reusing assets, and identifying knowledge gaps. The concept of CoPs is currently applied in various organizational settings as an important tool for growth, stability, and reduction of costs.

Learning is crucial to human identity, and when individuals actively participate in the practices of social communities, they learn and develop skills, stay connected, and motivated for longer duration of time.

Kalayanraman here explains how to actively and carefully inculcate CoPs inside our organizations and the essential factors that make them a central concept to push the growth of your team members and organizations.

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