Agile Mentors Podcast

Agile Mentors Podcast

Practical advice for making agile work in the real world

The Agile Mentors podcast is for agilists of all levels. Whether you’re new to agile and Scrum or have years of experience, listen in to find answers to your questions and new ways to succeed with agile.

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Brian Milner

About Your Host

Brian Milner is Senior VP of Agile Training at Mountain Goat Software. Each episode features a guest co-host to discuss different aspects of agile as well as address your questions.

Latest Episodes

#86: Revisiting User Stories with Mike Cohn

February 21, 2024     42 minutes

Have you ever returned to an old User Story and wondered, “what was I thinking?” On today’s episode, Mike Cohn, walks us through how and why he recently revisited and updated 200 Real Life User Story Examples from his past projects and updated a resource for you! Listen in as Mike and Brian share what worked and what didn’t work from the past, in an effort to make their user story writing skills stronger.

#85: Effectively Managing Dependencies with Ken Rubin

February 14, 2024     50 minutes

In this week’s episode, Brian is joined by the legendary Ken Rubin, the author of Essential Scrum. Together, they dive deep into the world of dependencies in larger organizations and scaling, drawing from Ken's extensive experience since the early days of Scrum. If you're navigating the complexities of dependencies and looking to optimize your team's flow, this episode is a must-listen.

#84: Listener Questions with Brian Milner

February 07, 2024     33 minutes

Join Brian in this solo episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast as he tackles listener questions, discussing topics ranging from the impact of AI on Scrum teams to managing retrospective challenges and fostering active participation. Don't miss this episode filled with practical advice and thought-provoking discussions.

#82: The Intersection of AI and Agile with Emilia Breton

January 24, 2024     31 minutes

Join Brian and Emilia Breton as they explore AI and its practical applications in Agile, from enhancing productivity to coaching. Don't miss their insights on AI tools shaping the future of Agile.

#80: From Struggling to Success: Reviving Agile Teams with Mike Cohn

January 10, 2024     30 minutes

Are you part of a struggling Agile team? Join Mike Cohn and Brian Milner in this episode as they uncover the primary signs of a team in distress. Listen in as they share the common causes of underperforming teams, and what to do to boost morale, enhance collaboration, and transform your Agile team from struggling to thriving!

#78 A Year in Review: The Best Moments and Insights of 2023

December 13, 2023     35 minutes

Embark on a captivating journey through the Agile Mentors Podcast in 2023 with Brian Milner. Explore a spectrum of Agile topics, from Scrum Master challenges to leadership insights. Join Brian for insightful summaries, memorable moments, and a walk through the rich tapestry of Agile wisdom on the show.

#76: Navigating Neurodiversity for High-Performing Teams with Susan Fitzell

November 29, 2023     47 minutes

In this episode, Brian sits down with Susan Fitzell to unravel the realm of neurodiversity in the workplace. Join them as they explore the intricacies of accommodating neurodivergent individuals, discussing the challenges they face and the strategies to foster an inclusive environment for everyone on your team.

#75: A Special Thanksgiving Message from Brian Milner

November 22, 2023     8 minutes

In this episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast, join host Brian Milner in a heartfelt Thanksgiving reflection filled with gratitude to listeners of the show and a sneak peek into what's coming up on the podcast.

#74 Unlocking the Power of Neurohacking with Ted Wallace

November 15, 2023     37 minutes

In this episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast, we dive deep into the fascinating world of neurohacking with Ted Wallace. Discover how you can unlock your brain's superpower to accelerate your learning and personal development journey!

#71: The World of DevOps with Carlos Nunez

October 25, 2023     34 minutes

In this episode, Brian dives into the world of DevOps with guest Carlos Nunez. Listen in as they explore the origins, debunk myths, and unlock the potential of DevOps in optimizing software delivery on the Agile Mentors Podcast.

#70: The Role of a Leader in Agile with Mike Cohn

October 18, 2023     29 minutes

Today, Brian sits down with Mike Cohn, the CEO of Mountain Goat Software to talk about how leaders can use agile concepts in order to keep their team operating at its best.

#69: Should Scrum Masters Be Technical with Allison Pollard

October 11, 2023     37 minutes

Today, Brian sits down with Allison Pollard on the Agile Mentors Podcast to discuss the age-old question: Should Scrum Masters be technical? Tune in for Allison’s insights during this thought-provoking episode.

#67: The Role Personality Plays in Team Dynamics with Dr. Ryne Sherman

September 27, 2023     42 minutes

Join Brian on the Agile Mentors Podcast as he sits down with Dr. Ryne Sherman from Hogan Assessments to delve into the world of personality assessments. Tune in to discover how understanding individual strengths and motivations can help organizations make better hiring and team-building decisions.

#65: Unlocking Lean Portfolio Management with Randy Hale

September 13, 2023     32 minutes

Join Brian and his guest Randy Hale as they delve into the world of Lean Portfolio Management to drive Agile transformations and make informed decisions for greater business success.

#63: The Interplay Between Data Science and Agile with Lance Dacy

August 30, 2023     55 minutes

Join Brian and his guest Lance Dacy as they address the interplay (and the skepticism) of combining Agile and data science. Tune in as they explore the art of crafting Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) to create impactful and efficient solutions.

#62: Effective Sprint Goals with Maarten Dalmijn

August 23, 2023     31 minutes

In this new episode of the Agile Mentors Podcast, Brian welcomes Maarten Dalmijn to discuss the secrets to setting impactful sprint goals, fostering collaboration, and bridging the gap between team objectives and stakeholder expectations for Agile success.