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17135: The Agile Board

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Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties.

It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization.

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Cast:

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie

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17125: How do we learn to code?

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We’re actually asking the bigger question. How do we learn anything? Do we learn form experts? From Teachers? From each other? There is a lot of evidence that we learn technical skills from each other, from peers who know little more than we do. Sure, there are classes and textbooks and formal lessons. However, the computer field has given us many examples that we learn the most from people who are learning just like us.

The week we introduce Katerena Kuksenok, our in house expert on learning to code. Dr. Kuksenok is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and is now employed by SAP in Berlin. Her work looks at the processes we use to teach ourselves to code.

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Episode 16130: Know Your Context

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Is there an Agile Governance? We think of Agile development as occurring on the project or operations level. Yet projects take place in a bigger context, one that is shaped by boards and financing and strategies. In this episode, the How We Manage Stuff talks about how the “ravings of filthy rich ego-maniacs” shape his work and ultimately the work of a company as well.

This episode introduces Tom Woteki as Gerald the Board Chair.

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Background: Context Maps
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Context Map
A Context Map lets you begin converging on the top eight themes or dimensions of a particular topic or opportunity space.  By knowing these dimensions, you can ask the right questions that prompt a more informed search for promising innovation opportunities.
You can find more  about this tool in Tamara Carleton’s Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation .
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Gerald-the-Board-Chair’s application of the Context Map
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Episode 15316: Binge on a new Idea

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Anna-the-Intern one more substitutes for the missing hosts and introduces this binge episode that incorporates the three episodes that started the discussion on Agile methods & Management:

 

210: What’s in a name?

220: What is new about Agile?

230: The Agile Manifesto

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