Agile Podcast takeaway #1

By Beerend Lauwers

I’ve decided to make a short summary of episodes of agile podcasts I listen to, so I can refer to them in the future.

The podcasts:

Jeff Sutherland’s book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time has these “The takeaway” sections at the end of each chapter that summarize the gist of the chapter in a clear and understandable way. I liked that a lot, so I want to do that for the podcast episodes.

Meta-Cast: Episode 120 - Management vs. Leadership

There were a few questions about “Agile Leadership” that were listed at a panel that Bob and Josh did not get around to answering. They were interesting questions, so they discussed them in this episode.

Leadership metrics

How do you measure the performance of an agile leader? The main gist was to measure the performance of the teams the leader is, well, leading - don’t judge the individual by himself / herself in a silo, as doing so doesn’t illustrate the value the leader brings to the table.

A few metrics discussed were:

Leadership qualities

What are qualities an agile leader should have?

The Rabbit Hole - The Batman Support Rotations

The “Batman” or “Bug Master” is a role you can have during a sprint to tackle both planned and unplanned bugs to allow the rest of the team to focus on the sprint goal. The role is rotated to prevent concentration of knowledge and ensuring the entire team still feels responsible.

It’s also sometimes done in a buddy system with overlapping rotations to encourage knowledge transfer. Sometimes, one person across teams or projects takes up this role - the buddy system definitely helps here to keep people from feeling out of their depths when they’re on-call for systems they don’t know that much about.