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In SPaMCAST 726 Mr. Allan Kelly returns! We discussed the fact that backlogs often become dumping grounds. Allan suggested an energetic solution. We also discussed OKRs and whether they are related to backlogs. Are OKRs the chicken or the egg?

Allan Kelly advises and mentors managers and teams in using agile approaches and OKRs to accelerate delivery, meet deadlines, and execute against strategy. He believes these approaches benefit businesses and create more fulfilling work environments.

Allan is a keynote conference speaker and author of several books including “Succeeding with OKRs in Agile”, “The Art of Agile Product Ownership” and “Business Patterns for Software Developers”. He blogs at and can be contacted there or on Linkedin,

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We complete our re-read of the classic Coaching Agile Teams this week with a few final thoughts. I view Coaching Agile Teams as a tale of two themes. The first is a book of philosophy and the second is a how-to book full of techniques. The full value of this book requires two readings. The first time I read the book, I took the how-to path. This time the philosophies of agile coaching were more important to me than any individual technique.

Next week we start our re-read of Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching: The Journey from Beginner to Mastery and Beyond (Amazon Associate Link – buy your copy soon and start reading). This will be less of a re-read than it will be me trying to stay one or two chapters ahead because I am reading the book for the first time. We will begin with a few notes on the logistics of the read and then we will review the front matter.

Previous Installments

Week 1: Logistics and Introduction 

Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach 

Week 3: Expect High Performance 

Week 4: Master Yourself 

Week 5: Let Your Style Change 

Week 6: Coach as Coach-Mentor 

Week 7: Coach as Facilitator 

Week 8: Coach As Teacher – 

Week 9: Coach As Problem Solver 

Week 10: Coach As Conflict Navigator 

Week 11: Coach As Collaboration Conductor 

Week 12: Agile Coach Failure, Recovery, and Success Modes – 

Week 13: When Will I Get There? and It’s Your Journey 

Week 14: Final Thoughts  

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In SPaMCAST 727 we will discuss the assumptions behind Little’s Law and Neglected WIP. Some of the assumptions you can cheat on and still get valuable information.

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast.