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We are entering a New Age. An Age demanding greater collaboration, enhanced creativity, heightened agility.



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Apr 20, 2018 Dan Feldman
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Only a radical systemic shift can delay climate catastrophe and save humanity from from the collapse of ecosystems within just 9 years.
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Apr 20, 2018 Dan Feldman
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Only a radical systemic shift can delay climate catastrophe and save humanity from from the collapse of ecosystems within just 9 years.
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Mar 27, 2017 Dan Feldman
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Last year Dawna Jones, host of the Evolutionary Provocateur and Insight to Action podcasts, attended Agile Games New England and the Mob Programming Conference that followed. She sat down with a group of ‘Moberators’ to learn why the team approach to coding creates faster and better quality, with the added benefit of skill development, learning, and communication.
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Mar 27, 2017 Dan Feldman
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In part 3 of this 3 part conversation we discussed the importance of EQ in managing change, the openness of organizations to operate in new ways, the importance of vanguards, improving compensation systems, work-life balance, parental leave policies in different cultures, measuring employment engagement, and what gets Rose and Molly excited about the future.
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Several weeks ago I interviewed Rose Fan and Molly Dishman of Thoughtworks. Thoughtworks is a global IT consultancy firm, “a community of passionate individuals whose purpose it is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change”. In part 2 of this 3 part conversation we discussed Molly's biggest influence, the interview process at Thoughtworks, Lean Enterprises and post-agility, tech's fixation on labels, continuous deployment and a...
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Several weeks ago I interviewed Rose Fan and Molly Dishman of Thoughtworks. Thoughtworks is a global IT consultancy firm, “a community of passionate individuals whose purpose it is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change”. In part 1 of this 3 part conversation we discussed team-building and the airing of diverse perspectives, the importance of autonomy and clear goals, and the celebration of wins.
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Nov 1, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Nov 1, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Several weeks ago I interviewed Rose Fan and Molly Dishman of Thoughtworks. What started as a pre-call in order to get a better understanding of their work resulted in this episode. Thoughtworks is a global IT consultancy firm, “a community of passionate individuals whose purpose it is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change”. In this conversation we cover some of the challenges and successes in transforming large Fortune 100...
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Oct 7, 2016 Dan Feldman
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The 2nd Millennial call was not only engaging but also quite unpredictable. With 4 Millennials, including one in India, and my co-host Gert Penne in Belgium, we explored what the next generation seeks in Workplace Cultures and Organizations.
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Oct 7, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Sep 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Sep 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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I was very fortunate to have spoken with John Spence. John is one of the top 100 business thought leaders and one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world. He is an international keynote speaker and management consultant, and has written seven books on business and life success. Along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos, John was listed as one of American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch in 2015. In a free-form conversation, we covered a myriad of topics,...
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In the final episode of a 3 part conversation with Chuck Durfee, Scrum Master, and Agile Denver Board Member Emeritus, recent MBA graduate, recovering developer, and friend of neon tapirs everywhere, we discuss the following. Why he got his MBA. How he moved from a fascination with computers and software to process and people. Leadership Styles. Agile, ethics and the making of morally just decisions. Power distribution in Agile organizations. Incurring technical debt ethically. Political...
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Aug 30, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In the final episode of a 4 part conversation with Erika Lenz, Scrum Master, former poet, evolutionary biologist, and tutor, we discuss what makes Erika unique, comfort with the creative process, the prevalence of mental illness in the arts, grounding others in difficult situations, the power of divergent thinking, building bridges, social dancing, choreography, and floorcraft, helping others to pivot in order to change the behavior of a team, the benefits of adding emotional content in tech...
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Aug 30, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 2 of a 3 part conversation with Chuck Durfee, Agile Coach, Development Manager, Agile Denver Board Member Emeritus, recent MBA graduate, recovering developer, and friend of neon tapirs everywhere we enjoyed a far-ranging conversation. We discussed the following: the spreading of ideas, developmentally driven organizations, people innovation, the agile mindset, Montessori education, language learning, design patterns, Conway's Law, organization designs, the scarcity mindset, the...
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Some weeks ago I met with Todd Galloway, Scrum Master with Square Two Financial. Todd has a passion for helping teams to improve, assessing their health, and helping them get where they need to be. For Todd a lot of fundamentals go into helping teams to deliver value sustainably. In our discussion we addressed the following: The Agile Denver Scrum Master Guild. Spotify's Squad Health Check (also known as a Team Health Check). Todd's experience with the Team Health Check. Coaching questions,...
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In a wide-ranging 3 way conversation with Jesse Pearlman, Agilist and Customer Success Manager at CA Technologies and former U.S. Marine, and my business partner Michael Rocharde, a Business Transformation Consultant and former intelligence officer in the British Army, we discussed leadership, leadership style comparisons, servant leadership, leadership crises, raising and supporting servant leaders in a corporate world, and leadership in government. While recognizing that positive change (even...
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In episode 1 of a 3 part conversation with Chuck Durfee, Scrum Master, Agile Denver Board Member Emeritus, recent MBA graduate, recovering developer, and friend of neon tapirs everywhere, we discuss the following. His 6 year history with Agile Denver, and the evolution of the Mile High Agile conference. His experience as a Scrum Master, and his first experiment with Agile Scrum. His early revelations with Agile. Startup like experiences and the evolutionary path of backlog refinement. War...
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Jul 7, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 3 of a 4 part conversation with Erika Lenz, Scrum Master, and former poet, evolutionary biologist, and tutor, we discuss where management happens on a self-organized team, accountability, good leadership, team empowerment, aligning the team and the organization to the consumer, observation, clearly stated goals, a clear compelling vision, Dual-Track Scrum, the magic of bringing the customer into the room, team motivation, identifying motivators/de-motivators, nasty politics, the...
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Jul 7, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Jun 16, 2016 Dan Feldman
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This episode is a little different. A joint experiment. A nebulous mission. In this inspiring international discussion, I was honored to be joined by two co-hosts: Dawna Jones of Vancouver and Gert Penne of Belgium. And three guests: Willow Bumby and Lindsey Henwood of Vancouver, and Josh Shaffer of Tampa. With 6+ participants, spanning 3+ countries, 3 continents, and 3 generations we explored not only the future of work, but also the future of education. Dawna Jones is the AUTHOR of...
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Jun 16, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Jun 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 2 of a 4 part conversation with Erika Lenz, Scrum Master, and former poet, evolutionary biologist, and tutor, we discuss the difficulty in collaborating naturally, our similarity to “crazy monkeys”, being a Scrum Master in traditional environments, the great challenge in rewiring the brain at the enterprise level, the battle of the operational patterns – patterns and anti-patterns, artful redirection and Scrum Purists, the fine balance of people and process, temperaments and...
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Jun 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Jun 4, 2016 Dan Feldman
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Jun 4, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 1 of a 4 part conversation with Erika Lenz, Scrum Master, and former poet, evolutionary biologist, and tutor, we discuss Amy C. Edmondson's term “psychological safety”, the need for logical explanations when dealing with engineers and the C-suite, employing an intuitive approach to team building, apolitical engineers, difficulties encountered by first time Scrum Masters, the primacy of trust in social situations, overcoming rejection, Jane Goodall and primatology, superorganisms...
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 1 of a 3 part conversation with Jesse Pearlman, Agilist and Customer Success Expert at CA Technologies (formerly Rally Software), we discuss post-mortems in the Marines and retrospectives in Agile organizations, the false security of training environments, Rally's vision and creating realities, Agile addictions, the dichotomy of corporate and Agile terminology, the democratization of corporate entities, the granting of authority, the pain needed to change, the need to go big, and the...
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In the 3rd and final episode of a conversation with Jesse Pearlman, Agilist and Customer Success Expert at CA Technologies (formerly Rally Software), we discuss what it takes to be a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, the needed soft skills, the ability to find value in conflict, the resistance of executives, iterative waterfall, conscious evolution, taking snapshots and the overcoming of habituation, being objective, the beginner's mind, learning, adapting, and sharing, and the benefits gained in...
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In episode 2 of a 3 part conversation with Jesse Pearlman, Agilist and Customer Success Expert at CA Technologies (formerly Rally Software), we discuss the Colorado Community of Agile Practice, the alignment of vision and environment, surviving vs. thriving, infinite scalability and the optimum end state, Agile failures, discipline and alignment, dating Agile, institutional narcissism, and listening to the customer.
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May 17, 2016 Dan Feldman
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May 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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In this wide ranging conversation with Dawna Jones, business transformation specialist, decision making expert, and organizational designer, and the author of Decision Making for Dummies, we cover life's interruptions and changing social values, leadership and self-responsibility, the intelligence of groups and community building, regenerating ecosystems and evolutions in consciousness, alternative organization designs and personal fulfillment, and much more.
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May 15, 2016 Dan Feldman
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