Agile Games 2012 – Peter Saddington talks with Brian Bozzuto

Peter Saddington & Brian Bozzuto – Agile Games 2012 from Agile Scout on Vimeo.

The conference is being held Apr 19-21 in Cambridge, MA at the Microsoft New England Research Division (they abbreviate it NERD). 🙂
People can learn more by going to the event website:
  • We have “Super Early Bird” tickets for sale right now until January 27th, this is the absolute lowest price for the conference and we don’t want people to miss out
  • We have an open “call for games” until the end of this month and are welcoming submissions.
3 videos available out there all about Agile Games 2012 – Drop on it!
Intro Video:

Luke Hohmann on Innovation Games

Jacqueline (Jacqui) Lloyd Smith on Strategic Play

[Like this idea? If you have an event you’d like to share with the Agile community, let me know! We’ll do a video-cast]

Behind LeanKitKanban – Jon Terry

I’ve been working connected to Jon Terry [Twitter: @leankitjon] for a good while now, and have really enjoyed what he brings to the Agile/Kanban community. I recently met up with him at AgileDC in which I was thoroughly impressed with not only who he is, but how he promotes and supports others. Truly a standup guy.

I caught up with him and asked him a few questions around himself, more on startups, and just a small bit on the really cool kanban tool that his team has built. The interview is very enlightening, and I would highly suggest grabbing some of the golden nuggets of wisdom that Jon has to share.

Tell us about yourself, background, etc.

My dad was in the Army so we moved around a lot, mostly in the US but also Germany. I went into the Army myself for a little while after high school. When I was done and went to college, my degrees were decidedly non-technical or business – the history of US foreign policy and print journalism. I think I had aspirations to be the next Tom Friedman.

I worked in journalism for several years, both in college and after. I started working when newspapers were first experimenting with this new-fangled Internet thingy. None of the more experienced editors wanted to be involved, especially because working on the Web edition meant you were on the late, late shift until 4 in the morning. But I thought it was pretty interesting and I could already see that electronic distribution was eventually going to hurt print publications.

I remember telling a group at a student journalism conference that they ought to look for other work because the Internet was going to ruin their careers. Sadly I was right.

In the meantime, though, I had moved on to a sales/marketing job at an Internet start-up called We built websites for hospitals. We weren’t “really” a start-up because we were funded by the giant hospital company HCA, but there was still a lot of that start-up energy and enthusiasm. It was a lot of fun for about a year and then the bubble burst – at which point having a corporate backer turned out to be very useful.  I ended up spending about eleven years with HCA as a business analyst and project manager in their supply chain line of business – where I met my LeanKit partners Chris Hefley, Stephen Franklin, Daniel Norton, Kelly Baker, and JR Allen.

In my final role at HCA as director of project management, I helped start the Lean/Agile transformation of HCA’s IT organization. It’s a huge group, 4,000+ people across the US and India, so the change is still in process. But it’s been very successful – truly getting into Agile at scale. I first met Sanjiv Augustine from Lithespeed and Mary Poppendieck during this time. I was more of a “pure” Scrum guy back then, but both of them got me thinking more broadly about Agile and Lean.

What got you into the startup scene?

Honestly, I was pulled into it by my partners. Most of them left HCA before I did, but we met regularly for lunch and kept saying we ought to start a company.  I wasn’t quite ready to leave HCA. I was also getting my MBA at the time so I was pretty busy. But Chris, Stephen and Dan went ahead and founded LeanKit in 2009 and almost immediately made me a board member. They helped me see that, even though I had a great job at HCA, making the move to a start-up was going to help me grow as a person. My work with the company gradually increased until I started full-time earlier this year.

Making the jump into startups, what would you suggest for new startup folk before they take the plunge?

First, understand the job.

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The Challenges of Adopting Agile – Q&A Panel with Peter Saddington


Don't click me, I'm a picture! Look below for link to sign up! 🙂

I’ll be part of a Q&A panel discussing the Challenges of Adopting Agile with Telerik on September 29th 12-2PM!

Reserve your seat if you’re interested or have some tough questions!

We’ve written more about companies adopting Agile:

Agile Is… Excerpts from RallyON 2011

[Link to video here]

RallyON 2011 was a fun conference for sure. Read about my experiences here.

“For me RallyON was one of those – you know what, I am living my dream – moments in life. My favorite town (Boulder) was filled with 150 of our largest and best customers along with 85 expert agile practitioners from our coaching, product and technical account management teams. It was a swarm of agile expertise all gathered to share with each other for the sole purpose of getting smarter and building community. And you know what? It turned out great!” – Ryan Martens, CTO/Founder of Rally Software

Looking forward to the next one!

Oh, and you may be wondering why I’ve put up such a dumb-looking self-deprecating photo of myself. It’s because I’m fun. 🙂

[VIA: RallyDev]

10 Key Characteristics of a Great Product Owner – Webinar

10 Key Attributes of a Great Product Owner

[Speaker]: Peter Saddington

Based off of Peter Saddington’s post on Top 10 Essential Product Owner Characteristics

[Host]: ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts

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[Free Webinar] – Top 10 Characteristics of a Product Owner with Peter Saddington


Sign up [here] if you’d like to join Peter Saddington in a free webinar hosted by ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts. The webinar will be on Thursday, May 19th at 2:00PM EST.

Peter will be talking about the 10 Key Characteristics for a Great Agile Product Owner as well as execution steps to take as a Product Owner to help make your team more effective.

TalkingWork Podcast with Peter Saddington and Ramona Abbot

Ty Kiisel and Raechel Logan from TalkingWork interviewed your very own @agilescout for their TalkingWork Podcast.

Talking Work with Peter Saddington – [mp3 download]

A couple take aways from Ty’s podcast as well as a couple bullet points from the speakers.


Does the process ever get in the way of getting work done?

  • The process doesn’t get in the way, but rather the way we execute the process.
  • Part of a PM role is to lead people and build relationships with team members.
  • Work together with your team members! – The relationships matter the most.
  • Get out of the way! – No more micro-management. Hire the right people and then get out of their way.
  • Share the success! – It’s not all about you. Take the focus off yourself and treat other people like equals. Team success is team success for everyone.

Ramona Abbott in Project Management Minute:

  • Many project managers became PM’s through technical rank promotion, but usually didn’t have the soft skills necessary to be successful. The soft-side skills make a big difference.
  • The odds of being an outstanding PM is 1/100. The commonalities between the best PM’s are their people skills: listening, go talk with the people on  your team (get out of your chair!), “projecting quiet confidence” – no micromanagement and confidence in yourself and team.

If you can’t stand hearing Peter Saddington‘s voice, here are a couple bullet points on what he blabbered on about:

Thanks a bunch Ty and Raechel!

[HT: TalkingWork]


LIVE with Brian Bozzuto – Agile Games Conference – 2/25/11

This Friday 3:30EST 2/25/2011 we’ll be hosting Brian Bozzuto, the guy behind the Agile Games Conference.

Brian Bozzuto is a principal Agile Coach at BigVisible Solutions. With an extensive background in health insurance and financial service companies, his current focus is supporting teams as they adopt Agile and lean practices and deal with the challenges of organizational change. Brian is an expert helping foster better relations between business and technology to achieve more response projects and better business results. He has a broad range of experience using applying various process improvement frameworks including Scrum, Six Sigma, Lean, and CMMi in large organizations.

Brian has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP). He is one of the founding members of the PMI Agile Virtual Community of Practice and the creator of the annual “Agile Games” conference in Boston.

We’re excited to hear what he has to say!

LIVE with Paul Klipp – Selling Agile

On this edition of AgileScout LIVE we had guest speaker Paul Klipp talk with us about selling Agile to your team, your project managers, and clients. A very fun discussion.

A couple of really good points to watch this video for include:

  • How to sell Agile – Building trust?
  • Overcoming the fixed-price issue with Agile – Creating a Target Price Contract (I LIKE)
  • Paul shutting down his Twitter account
  • Kanbanery Iphone App out soon!

LIVE with Paul Klipp – Kanbanery and Agile 2/18/2011 at 3:30PM EST

We’ll be interviewing Paul Klipp this Friday, 2/18/2011 at 3:30PM EST!

Paul Klipp is a seasoned expert in agile software development and outsourcing. Paul serves as President and scrum Coach at Lunar Logic Polska in Central Europe. He started Lunar Logic’s project management department and assisted with the development and implementation of the company’s overall growth strategy.

He’s also the “Agile Activist” and guy behind the beloved Kanbanery app!

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LIVE with Jim Benson – Personal Kanban

Today we got an inside look at the guy behind the Personal Kanban book, Jim Benson.

We had a very engaged audience and it was certainly my pleasure to meet and talk about Kanban and Kanban-related-life with Jim. Make sure you check out the video to get the latest. We’ll be looking forward to having Jim back on to retrospect later about how the book reception and things have been going!

You can find Jim Benson on and on Twitter @OurFounder.

[By the way, Patty, the Kidzban post will come out on 2/25/11] 🙂

LIVE with Jim Benson – Personal Kanban Guru 2/11/11 3:30PM EST

Make sure to tune in on 2/11/2011 at 3:30PM EST on []!

This upcoming Agile Scout LIVE will host Jim Benson, the guy behind Personal Kanban and the recently released book on Personal Kanban – Mapping Work, Navigating Life.

We’re looking forward to speaking with him and having him tell us all about this new book and what he’s been up to!

You can find Jim Benson on and on Twitter @OurFounder.

LIVE with Peter Saddington – 2011.01.29 – Just talking away…

Here we are on a lonely Saturday. Unfortunately our guest (who shall not be named) dropped from the schedule last minute! Hey! We’re Agile! So I loaded up the webcast and hung out with Robert Anderson from Adobe and Derek Huether from wherever he’s from 🙂

I did talk about our Scrum Pocket Guide giveway. If you haven’t entered. Check it out!

Next Agile Scout LIVE is going to be a good one! Look forward to it this Friday 2011.02.04 with TeamDynamixHE!

LIVE with Brandon Montgomery from TeamDynamixHE – Friday 2011.02.04 at 3:30PM EST

Our next session of Agile Scout LIVE is this Friday, February 4th at 3:30PM EST. Come join us on the live chat!

Brandon Montgomery is the Lead Software Engineer for TeamDynamixHE, the leader in higher education project and portfolio management software. He acts as the Scrum Master for the development of the TeamDynamixHE product, as well as playing an integral role in the continuing enhancements to TeamDynamixHE software’s own Agile capabilities.

You can find Brandon on LinkedIn and in the Higher Ed PPM Community at You can also follow TeamDynamixHE on Twitter at @TeamDynamixHE

LIVE with Derek Huether – 2011.01.22

Thanks to all that joined in this edition of Agile Scout LIVE.

We had a lively discussion around Agile and communication and came away with a couple of pragmatic steps on how to involve different people into the discussions.

You can find out more about Agile Scout LIVE here.

Make sure you check out Derek on twitter at @derekhuether and on his blog

LIVE Interview with Derek Huether 1/22/2011 – 10:30am

LIVE Interview this Saturday with guest @derekhuether at 10:30am EST 1/22/2011.

We’ll be broadcasting with live chat so you can ask Derek anything you want, or just join us for the web cast and see two Agile-fantics go at it. Oh, and he’s also the Project Management Zombie guy.

You can find Derek Huether on his blog at and on Twitter @derekhuether.

We’ll see you Saturday!

LIVE Interview with Victor Hernandez – 1/13/2011

01.13.2011 – LIVE Interview with Victor Hernandez from Agile Scout on Vimeo.

Thanks to all that participated. We had a couple of technical difficulties in the beginning, but we worked it out. Hey, we’re Agile after all right?

Total viewers was 19 people! Not bad for a last minute interview session!

Thanks again to Victor Hernandez, you can find him @vhernandez

[Make sure to check out] for the next episodes!

LIVE with Victor Hernandez – 1/13/2011, 12:30pm EST

Our first Agile Scout LIVE session comes to you in 1 hour – 1/13/2011, 12:30 EST.

This was originally going to be a test session, but we were able to grab Victor Hernandez, a Product Specialist at Version One to come on the show with us today.

We’re really excited and looking forward to it!

Make sure to TUNE in to the LIVE CHAT!