In this episode of AgileNEXT, Zach Supalla joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on agile for hardware, small batch manufacturing,  corporate culture, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • Using Agile to build hardware
  • Agile hiring techniques
  • Small batch manufacturing
  • Silicon Valley Startups



Zach Supalla is founder and CEO of Particle (formerly Spark IO), a start-up that’s making it easier to build internet-connected hardware (Internet of Things). He has raised more than $1MM on Kickstarter and has been featured on CNN and in WSJ, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Mashable, and more. Particle was listed as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in the Internet of Things.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Steve Denning, joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on “The Agile Organization”, innovation at big companies, adding customer value, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • The Agile Organization
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Focusing on the Customer vs Shareholder Value



Steve Denning, organizational storyteller extraordinaire, is the author of several books on management, leadership, innovation and organizational storytelling, including The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management (2010), The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling (Jossey-Bass 2nd ed. 2011), and The Secret Language of Leadership (Jossey-Bass 2010). Steve’s article, “Telling Tales” was published by Harvard Business Review in May 2004.

Steve writes a column on about radical management, leadership, innovation and business storytelling:
Steve is a member of the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance.
Steve is the former program director of knowledge management at the World Bank.


In November 2000, Steve was named as one of the world’s ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos).

In June 2006, Steve was recognized as an All-Star Speaker by the International Association of Business Communicators.

In December 2007, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by the Financial Times in its list of “Best Business Books of 2007”.

In January 2008, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as the best book on leadership in 2007.

In 2010, The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as one of the best five books on management in 2010.


Financial Times: “If business leaders do not immediately grasp the vital insights offered by this book, both they and their organizations are doomed.”– Financial Times, August 29, 2007.

Chip Heath: “Steve Denning is the Warren Buffett of business communication. He sees things others don’t and is able to explain them so the rest of us can understand.” –Chip Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Stanford University

Specialties:Leadership, innovation and business narrative.
Using story to inspire even difficult audiences with enduring enthusiasm for change.
Using story to generate high-performance groups, i.e. groups that are not only exceptionally productive, but also deeply meaningful for the participants.




In this episode of AgileNEXT, Sara Ford joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss her thoughts on agile at big companies, innovation, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:



From Sara:

I love combining agile (XP) methodologies with community management to provide the best user experience possible for my products. I wake up every morning day dreaming about tech writing, blogging, building sample “how do I” apps, and to one day win a “best presentation” award at a conference.

When I left Microsoft in 2010 (although I rejoined in 2012 at the Silicon Valley campus to work on Office for iPad), I was considered one of Microsoft’s key losses ranked #28.

For my Masters in Human Factors (UX) at San Jose State, I built the first Kinect application to study Motor Learning methodologies in Kinesiology.

In my spare time, I’ve started playing with iOS development in swift. Check out my non-CodePlex code at

Specialties: user experience, product management, agile development, online community management, open source development, customer service, public speaking, technical writing, book author, software testing

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Rich Sheridan joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on corporate innovation, corporate culture, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • From getting laid off to building Menlo Innovations
  • Building a corporate culture
    • Bringing babies to work!
  • Open Book Finance
  • Corporate Innovation


Rich’s bio:

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Joy, Inc. author Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science ’80, MS Computer Engineering ’82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the Business Value of Joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn’t invent a new culture, but copied an old one … Edison’s Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford’s recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!

Some call it agile, some call it lean … Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results, business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™.

In this episode of AgileNEXT,  Richard Hundhausen joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on scaling, where Agile is headed NEXT and organizational culture.

Some topics include:

  • Adopting Agile
  • Agile at Scale
    • Scaling a team, not an organization
  • Agile’s compatibility non IT departments
  • Agile “nutrition”


Richard’s Bio:

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient, a company that specializes in Application Lifecycle Management using Visual Studio. He has nearly 30 years of software and database development experience and 19 years of training and presentation experience. Richard is a Microsoft Regional Director, Visual Studio ALM MVP, Professional Scrum Developer and Trainer, and author of “Professional Scrum Developer with Visual Studio 2012” by Microsoft Press.

Specialties: Microsoft Regional Director
Microsoft MVP (Visual Studio ALM)
Professional Scrum Developer
Professional Scrum Trainer


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Lyssa Adkins joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss her thoughts on coaching, where Agile is headed NEXT and organizational culture.

Some topics include:

  • The breakdown of the Agile brands and doing “Sustainable Agile”
  • Dying Corporations
  • The Agile Organization
  • The Agile “Jedi Council”
  • Corprate Innovation
  • Agile Coach Development

Lyssa’s bio:


Since 2004, Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. She says:

In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach.  With Agile Coaching Institute, I have trained over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching.

Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well.

I believe that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.

In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.