Why Listen to Agile Podcasts
If you are continuously improving your Scrum Team, should you not take the same approach to your scrumification? A way you can increase your scrumification in Agile Development is to try and consume as much information as you can. One of the ways I like to do that is by listening to podcasts. The reason podcasts are so great is because they are FREE and, it is EASY to listen to them anywhere. Especially if you have a hellish hour-long commute like I do.
Where to find Agile Podcasts?
Searching for anything in the iTunes store is always so clunky compared to finding a list online, but I still tried to search for Scrum and Agile Podcast. I was able to find some Agile podcasts but it also threw in podcasts that weren’t Agile-based. After searching online I didn’t find a resource listing out specific Agile Podcasts.
(However I did find a great resource for Development Podcast from John Sonmez and I recognize his list as the inspiration for this list)
After searching for Agile Podcast/Scrum Podcast I didn’t find any specific Ultimate/Complete/Best list of Agile podcasts. So I decided to create one.
Complete Agile Podcast List
(The following are in no particular order. Except the fact that This Agile Life is first because they have an MBA on the show)
This Agile Life – A podcast with about 4(+/- 1) rotating hosts that hold 30-45 minute discussions on Agile topics. One of my favorite podcasts because 1) the host has an MBA and 2) all of the hosts are really knowledgeable.
- Daily Standup – Episode only had one host, John Sextro, but a lot of great tips about running your daily stand up. Now matter how long
you have been doing Scrum, this episode will give you some ideas for your standups.
The Agile Coffee – Episodes are done in a Lean Coffee format, meaning, where topics are voted and discussed for 5 minutes, then another vote is taken to decide to carry on the discussion or move on. There are different people on the show, but it’s more or less 2 people with the 3 hosts of the show.
- Episode 16 – Discussion on the Hackathons Vic recently ran was very interesting, and how his company has been facilitating Hackathons is great information.
The Agile Revolution – Craig Smith, Renee Troughton and Tony Ponton are the 3 hosts of this podcast and have guests that appear on the show as well. Most episodes are around 45 minutes and the series has about 80+ episodes to date.
The Daily Scrum – The series ran during 2012 and has about 19 episodes.
Last episode was in 2012. About 17 episodes long.
Agile Weekly – Podcast has been running since 2009 and has about 130+ episodes. Most episodes are under 20 minutes. The last podcast was in mid-June 2014.
Scrum For Success – Series ran for 5 episodes in 2009. No current episodes.
Agile Toolkit Podcast – A wealth of information with a ton of episodes. Many episodes feature a lot of big names in the Agile Community. Topics
go from Scrum Certification to how to set up your team rooms. Most episodes are under 30 minutes, which provides a
great opportunity to listen on the car/train to work. Bob Martin Episodes Executive Transition – Great episode for learning how to guide your leadership into the Agile world.
Agile University – The idea for this podcast is to give an overview of agile in under 5 minutes. Great way to bring someone into the Agile fold
in 8 short episodes.
Confessions of an Agile Activist – 7 episodes spanning 2007 to 2013; the host talked about bringing the podcast back sometime. Contains a 3 part series on selling Scrum.
Arrested DevOps – Host Matt Stratton, Trevor Hess, and Bridget Kromhout talk about DevOps topics. The Podcast is current and currently has 29 episodes.
Agile Chicago Style – New Podcast from the Chicago Agile community. New episodes published every month.
Meta-Cast – Agile podcast hosted by Josh Anderson and Bob Galen. Podcast has over 65 episodes and 2 episodes are added monthly.
Tell Me What I Missed
Just like in Agile development, this is the first release of the Agile Podcast list, so it’s not going to perfect. In fact, it will take many releases to become a GREAT Agile Podcast List. So be sure to let me know what I have missed or any ideas for improving the list by posting comments, Tweeting, or sending me an email.