The Empathy Toy (Agile Technical Conf) – 108


Released Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hosts: John Sextro, Jason Tice and Lee McCauley


  • Agile Technical Conference
    • April 2016 – Raleigh, NC
    • From Agile Alliance
    • Sprung up based on feedback that technical attendees don’t want to participate in a conference split between technical and non-technical content
    • Hot Topics
      • DevOps
      • Pair Programming after 10 years



  • LeakCanary – Free memory leak detection tool for Android
  • IcePick – Free library for saving instance state for Android


  • Come hang out with TheAgileFactor at an upcoming live event (including Agile & Beyond, Agile Games, LKNA2016, Agile2016, and Agile Coach Camp) – check out my Live Events Page –
  • STL Agile Open Space – Join us in St. Louis, MO on Friday, April 22, 2016 for an open space focusing on agile & organizational learning – we will have an opening keynote by Thiagi (a world renowned consultant/trainer with a collection of over 400 learning games) – then a marketplace where there will be lots to learn – more info & registration:
  • The Empathy Toy – An invention that Time Magazine said will change the world – a wooden puzzle that you solve working with a partner while both you and your partner are blind folded – sound intrigued – come experience it at STL Agile Open Space – more info on Empathy Toy is available online at:


Ypsilanti Safe Space (Amplify Learning) – 107

Released Sunday, March 20, 2016 Hosts: Amos King, John Sextro and Lee McCauley Discussion Lean Principle - Amplify Learning: what is it? How do I do it? In 1975, Fred Brooks wrote: “Plan to throw one away; you will anyhow.” Brooks retracted … [Continue reading]

A Drove of Asses (Team Cohesion) – 106

Released Sunday, March 13, 2016 Hosts: Amos King, Craig Buchek and Lee McCauley Discussion Team Cohesion Forming, storming, norming, performing Leading from the back of the room Shared vision Pairing on story writing Collective … [Continue reading]

Elevator Retrospective – 105

Released Sunday, January 31, 2016 Hosts: Amos King, Craig Buchek, Lee McCauley and Jason Tice   Discussion In January 2016, Diana Larsen, co-author of “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great”, visited St. Louis and held an … [Continue reading]

Chasing another Dragon (Too Reactive) -104

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Chasing the Dragon (Giving Thanks for Agile) – 103

Released Sunday, November 29th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tice, Craig Buchek and John Sextro Discussion Things we’re thankful for about agile Tice I’m thankful agile embracing self managing teams and empowering the people who have access to the most … [Continue reading]

We’re more similar than we know (Feedback Game) – 102

Released Sunday, October 11th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tic, Amos King, Nate McKie and Natalie Simonsen Discussion For ThisAgileLife Episode 102, “We’re more similar than we know”, Amos, Natalie, Nate and Jason demonstrated a card-driven round-robin … [Continue reading]

Don’t Make Mud (Tech Debt) – 101


Released Monday, September 21th, 2015 Hosts: John Sextro, Amos King and Lee McCauley Discussion Technical Debt  Quote “Software is never finished” Phases of a project Race to market MVP MMF Growth New … [Continue reading]

First Agile Experience – 100

Released Monday, September 21th, 2015 Hosts: John Sextro, Amos King, Craig Buchek, Lee McCauley, Nate McKie, Natalie Simonsen and Jason Tice Discussion Yay! We made it to 100!!!! The hosts sit down to share their first experiences with agile. … [Continue reading]

(Dealing with Negativity) Puns Everywhere – 99

Released Sunday, September 13th, 2015 Hosts: John Sextro, Amos King and Craig Buchek Discussion How to deal with negativity on a team Good naked and bad naked, Seinfeld reference What happens when the lead or senior person on the team is the … [Continue reading]

(Aug. 2015 Agile LINC) Automate, Automate – 98

Released Sunday, September 6th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tice and Craig Buchek Discussion ThisAgileLife hosts Craig Buchek and Jason Tice both attended the August 2015 St. Louis Agile LINC user group meeting and recorded a podcast session with user group … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015 Wrap-up) Podcasting at a non-sustainable pace – 97

Released Sunday, August 16th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tice and Natalie Simonsen Discussion Now that the Agile2015 conference has concluded, join Natalie Simonsen and Jason Tice for a round-robin discussion of their key take-aways and themes from the … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015 – Friday) I like Big Boards – 96

Released Monday, August 10th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tice and Natalie Simonsen Guests: Renee Troughton, Craig Smith, Stephen Vance, Troy Tuttle, Jenny Tarwater, Abby Bangser and Serge Beaumont Discussion Stephen Vance shares highlights from the … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015 – Wednesday) That’s a Wiener – 95

Released Friday, August 7th, 2015 Hosts: Jason Tice Guests: Melanie Hopwood, Dan Parker and Charles Elsner Discussion On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, ThisAgileLife celebrated a “winning” episode recorded immediately after guest Dan Parker and Jason … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015) Booth Bitch vs. the Cucumber Guy – 94

Released Thursday, August 6th, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen, Matt Korwel and Jason Tice Guests: Renee Troughton, Rich Thorn, Rose Hemlock and Joe Naumann Discussion On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Natalie and Jason were joined by Agile2015 conference … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015) Agile Bangers & Mash – 93

Released Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen and Jason Tice Guests: Rose Hemlock and Joe Naumann Discussion On Monday, August 3, 2015, Natalie and Jason were joined by Agile2015 conference attendees Rose Hemlock and Joe Naumann to … [Continue reading]

(Agile 2015 Kickoff) Don’t Leave Your Children Unattended on the Balcony – 92

Released Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen and Jason Tice Discussion Join Natalie and Jason for a special “daily” episode of ThisAgileLife direct from Agile2015 in Washington, DC - we’ll be releasing a daily episode each day of the … [Continue reading]

(Lean Coffee) Version 1 Spy – 91

Released Sunday, July 26th, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen, Lee McCauley, Jason Tice and John Sextro Discussion Episode 91 features a “Lean Coffee” discussion with several regular ThisAgileLife hosts (including a surprise unannounced visitor) on … [Continue reading]

(9th Annual State of Agile Survey) “MMWAP” – Making money with agile processes – 90

Released Sunday, July 19th, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen, Lee McCauley and Jason Tice Discussion On episode 90 of ThisAgileLife, join Natalie, Lee and Jason for our annual tradition of providing insights and commentary based upon the 9th … [Continue reading]

(Wishful Planning) Don’t be an agile hoarder – 89

Released Sunday, July 12th, 2015 Hosts: Natalie Simonsen, Nate McKie and Jason Tice Discussion Join Natalie, Nate and Jason for a discussion about “Wishful planning” on ThisAgileLife Episode 89. Jason shares some recent work he did as … [Continue reading]