Podcasts Process Programming Tampa Bay

If you’re part of a software team, you should be watching “Arguing Agile!”

Photo: Still frame from an “Arguing Agile” featuring Brian Orlando and Om Patel with guest Stormy Dickson.

If you work on a team that produces software, and especially if it’s supposed to be an agile team, do yourself a favor and check out Arguing Agile, the YouTube channel and podcast produced and presented by Tampa Bay’s own Brian Orlando and Om Patel.

They’ve been really hard at work on this project, gathering interesting guests to talk about important topics in software development, from leadership, career progression, and knowing when it’s time to quit, to handling conflict and dealing with gatekeeping, to estimations and acceptance criteria, and so many other topics!

Here’s the latest set of videos/podcasts from Arguing Agile:

And just for kicks, here are the episodes featuring The Missus and me!

Career Process

Simple and funny pros and cons about remote work

Twitter exchange about the pros and cons of remote work (see below for full text).

Here’s the text of the tweet and response above:

@laugh_track_nat: For those that work remote: What are the pros and cons?

Pros: sleeping in, showering on my own time, no traffic, peace and quiet, running errands in spare time, taking my life back, not being overly tied to my work

Cons: people making up articles about wanting to return to office

Process Tampa Bay

Anitra Pavka on Agile Podcast!

Anitra Pavka headshot

Anitra Pavka is on episode 54 of Agile Podcast, Tampa Bay’s own podcast on all things agile, chatting with hosts Brian Orlando and Om Patel!

About the video

Here’s the description of the video…

On this episode, Brian Orlando and Om Patel talk with Sr. Product Owner Anitra Pavka about her experiences across the software development and agility field – from Web Developer, to Business Analyst, to Scrum Master and Agile Coach, to Product Owner/Manager and beyond. …and BEYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOND!

…and here’s the chapter list:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:22 Anitra’s Background
  • 3:57 Exploring Cultures
  • 6:48 Agility Enters the Picture
  • 11:58 Learning by Trying
  • 13:09 Creating Great Teams
  • 16:17 Resistance, Perfection, and Bad Actors
  • 19:56 Agile Aggravations
  • 23:09 Job Descriptions in Agile (they’re getting worse)
  • 26:25 Improving Agile
  • 29:02 Adding Perspectives to Agile
  • 33:46 Intentional Exclusion
  • 36:23 Changing Agile: Systems Thinking & Agility at the Top
  • 42:06 Being an Organizational Change Agent
  • 44:58 Advice
  • 49:25 Influences and Influencers
  • 54:55 Forming Trust and Teams
  • 58:45 Coaching Up (Coaching the Organization)
  • 1:03:33 What’s Next for Anitra
  • 1:04:13 Wrap-Up

About Anitra

Anitra Pavka

Anitra has been a regular on Tampa’s tech scene since 2011, and chances are that you’ve seen her at a local event — perhaps at one of our local agile or UX gatherings, or at the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup, which she co-organizes. She’s a Senior Product Owner at Deque (pronounced “D-Q”) Systems, creators of the axe line of tools for measuring and monitoring the accessibility of your sites and applications.

You may often see me hanging around Anitra, but there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation: I’m married to her. We met at BarCamp Tampa Bay in 2011, which makes us the prime example of why you should attend tech events here — you never know what’ll happen!

About Agile Podcast

Agile Podcast is Tampa Bay’s own video podcast on all things agile. Host Brian Orlando — often with co-host Om Patel — are joined each episode by a professional in or around the agile space for unscripted conversations about getting work done in an agile way. In one year, they’ve put together almost 60 podcasts, and they’re worth checking out whether you manage or are in an agile team!

Design Process What I’m Up To

Working on an article for the Auth0 blog

Tap to view my scribbling at full size.

I like drawing out my article ideas for the Auth0 Developer Blog before firing up the blog editor and typing. Here’s an example, which I was doodling this morning, which I made at the dealership while my car was being serviced.


My favorite remix of the “Bobby Hill / If those kids could read” meme

The “Bobby Hill / If those kids could read” meme. Panel 1: Bobby Hill tapes a sign to a classroom’s window that says “Using Jira doesn’t make you agile”. Panel 2: The teacher, holding the torn-down sign, saying to Bobby: “If those project managers could read, they’d be very upset.”
That boy is right. Found via Amir Barylko. Tap to view at full size.

This made me laugh out loud. I’ve seen teams use Jira in some shockingly un-agile ways.


Humor Process

A short guide to design and development methodologies

Comic by DESIGN THINKING! Comic. Click here to see the source. Thanks to David Eddy for the find!

Yet another one we can file under “Funny because it’s true.”

Current Events Process Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Product Owner Meetup tonight: Stakeholder Management — Tips from FBI Hostage Negotiators

Poster for the 1998 film “The Negotiator”, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.
If you haven’t seen this underappreciated 1998 film, check it out.

Looking for an interesting online meetup to attend tonight? I’ll be checking out Tampa bay Product Owner Group’s meetup, which has an intriguing title: Stakeholder Management — Tips from FBI Hostage Negotiators. It happens tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom.

(Here’s the Zoom link for the event.)

Here’s the description of the event, taken straight from their Meetup page:

Product Management IS Stakeholder Management. Influencing and Negotiating is a big part of the role.

In this session, you will learn modern negotiation techniques applied to Stakeholder Management. This is a fun spin on Stakeholder management using the negotiation techniques Chris Voss outlines in “Never Split the Difference.” We explore modern negotiation techniques, then apply them to real-life scenarios.

We examine Mirroring, Labeling, Getting to Yes, and Open-Ended Questions in realistic Product and Stakeholder scenarios. We think we learn by applying, so this will have an interactive element to it!

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