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Agile Digital Transformation

The Agile Digital Transformation podcast is focused on topics such as digital transformation case studies and best practices. We explore technology and tools to support digitalization and aim towards actionable, real-world advice and insights.

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Guillaume Portalier - Evolution of B2B customer experience
Guillaume Portalier is the co-founder and COO of Waalaxy, an advanced lead generation platform for LinkedIn and email.In this episode, we discuss how customer experience in B2B has evolved from the days of traditional physical marketing and commerce to what it looks like now in the digital transformation era. We take a look at the importance of personalization and how to make sure you remain customer-centric in an omnichannel reality. In this context, we also talk a lot about the need for streamlined chat support.Links & mentions:linkedin.com/in/guillaume-portalier-waalaxywaalaxy.com
24:24 12/08/2022
Wyndham Plumptre - Identifying macro risks and their impacts in supply chains
Wyndham Plumptre is the founder and CEO of the digital transformation consultancy Future Arc who have partnered with some of the world's leading organizations and businesses.In this episode, we discuss how macro events affect supply chains globally. We begin by explaining the different tiers of supply chains and the difference between micro and macro risks. After that, we highlight some of the biggest current macro risks, i.e. the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine, before moving on to the impact of digitalization and concluding with a look into the future.Links & mentions:wyndham@future-arc.comfuture-arc.comfuture-arc.com/case-study-cimple
21:23 12/01/2022
Brant Cooper - Rethinking horizon planning for effective digital transformation
Brant Cooper is the founder and CEO of Moves the Needle, and New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur, as well as the author of the more recently released Disruption Proof.This is the first episode featuring a returning guest; we spoke with Brant back in the spring of 2021, already teasing Disruption Proof. This time we have a discussion focused on horizon planning, how it has changed and how to redefine it to be as suitable as possible for the digital transformation era.We tie the two conversations together by revisiting the balance between exploitation and operation, and how horizon planning factors into this – which is also a key message in Disruption Proof.Links & mentions:agiledrop.com/podcast/brant-cooperbrant@brantcooper.combrantcooper.commovestheneedle.comstartupbluebook.com
28:12 11/17/2022
Erez Berkner - Cloud computing
Erez Berkner is the co-founder and CEO of Lumigo, a monitoring and debugging platform for modern cloud applications.In this episode, we take a deep dive into cloud computing. With over 16 years of experience working in the cloud, Erez tell us about the history and development of cloud computing, with modern cloud computing focused majorly around serverless and Kubernetes. We also discuss the key considerations, challenges and most common misconceptions about the cloud, as well as how it impacts the developer experience.Links & mentions:twitter.com/erezberknertwitter.com/Lumigo
22:05 11/10/2022
Fred Fowler - The importance of solving the right problems for digital success
Fred Fowler is an agile coach and a scrum expert holding the prestigious Professional Scrum Master Level III certification. He has worked with companies such as Apple, Oracle and Uber, and is the author of Advanced Scrum Case Studies and other books.In this episode, we talk about the importance of solving the right problems for succeeding in the highly competitive digital landscape. We explore how to uncover the right problems to solve and how swift market changes can lead to unintentionally working on the wrong solutions. Throughout the episode, Fred highlights the value of  Scrum methodologies in finding and staying up-to-date on the real customer needs to provide fitting solutions.Links & mentions:linkedin.com/in/fmfaincsiliconvalleyscrum.comffowler@siliconvalleyscrum.comamazon.com/Advanced-Scrum-Case-Studies-Real-World
39:47 11/03/2022
Preethi Madhu - Making your digital vision a reality
Preethi Madhu is the CEO of the digital transformation consultancy Greyamp Consulting, with 20+ years of experience in helping leadership and CxO roles achieve their digital vision.In this episode, we talk about how companies should go about making their digital vision a reality and what the most important factors impacting these efforts are. We discuss digital readiness, the digital workforce, the importance of strategizing, the role of leadership, and agility. Preethi brings the discussion home with a couple of client examples that highlight and substantiate these key factors.Links & mentions:greyamp.comlinkedin.com/in/preethimadhu
30:35 10/20/2022
Beck Besecker - 3D & the future of retail
Beck Besecker is the co-founder and CEO of Marxent, the 3D enterprise platform for retailers and manufacturers.In this episode, we talk about 3D product design and how it factors into the future of retail. As Marxent are mainly focused on 3D solutions for the home and for the office, the discussion largely takes place in this context; we discuss the evolution of 3D design, with home being one of the slowest adopters of modern digital technologies, as well as the considerations and challenges of adopting 3D.Links & mentions:3dcloud.com
23:46 10/13/2022
Darshan Mehta - Succeeding with digital marketing in a constantly changing world
Darshan Mehta is the founder of the insights platform iResearch, and of ConnectQik, a mobile app  which facilitates quick and meaningful connections.In this episode, we discuss how the field of digital marketing needs to adapt in order to stay on top of all the uncertainty and disruption of the 21st century. For the most part, we maintain a big-picture perspective, then go into more detail on customer centricity as a basis for effective innovation, and on the top considerations for MarTech adoption.Links & mentions:dm@iresearch.comiresearch.comamazon.co.uk/dp/B09HYP6CZ1
16:21 10/06/2022
Corey Vilhauer & Deane Barker - The Web Project Guide
Corey Vilhauer is the Director of Strategy at Blend Interactive, and Deane Barker is the Senior Director of Content Management Strategy at Optimizely. They are authors of The Web Project Guide and hosts of a podcast that dives deeper into specific aspects of the web project process.In this episode, we discuss the multifaceted nature of a web project. Corey and Deane first tell us the origins of their book and their podcast, after which we tackle some of the key factors impacting the web project process, from the overall complexity of the web, the importance of content strategy and client relationships, to agility and the placement of the web project into a broader digital context.Links & mentions:oreilly.com/library/view/web-content-managementamazon.com/How-Buildings-Learn-Happens-Theyredeanebarker.net/tech/blog/everyone-wants-numberwebproject.guideblendinteractive.comoptimizely.com
42:01 09/29/2022
Mirko Swillus - Organizational models
Mirko Swillus is the Vice President of Engineering at Staffbase, a leading platform for internal business communication.In this episode, we talk about organizational models and the importance of having a model that's closely aligned with the DNA of your organization to see sustainable success. We discuss the key role of leadership and the importance of involving the right people in the right processes to best distribute talent and avoid bottlenecks. Mirko also tells us more about Staffbase as an inherently agile company and how they are approaching all this.Links & resources:atlassian.com/agile/agile-at-scale/spotifyunfix.work/what-is-unfixteamtopologies.com/key-conceptsstaffbase.comlinkedin.com/in/mirko-swillus
26:31 09/15/2022
Izhak Paz - Digital transformation in construction
Izhak Paz is the founder and CEO of SafeGuard, a ConTech and safety company utilizing machine learning to prevent construction accidents.In this episode, we talk about digital transformation in the field of construction. We first define the term "ConTech" and give some examples, then continue with a look into the evolution of the field and the challenges to transformation at scale. We spend some time discussing the role of artificial intelligence in preventing construction accidents and improving worker safety, before concluding with some future predictions for digitalization in construction.Links & mentions:safeguard.co.il
16:29 09/08/2022
Chris Byers - Empower Digital Maturity Through No-Code
Chris Byers is the CEO of the no-code workplace productivity platform Formstack which has recently released a report on the state of digital maturity in 2022.In this episode, we begin by discussing the most important insights from this report, leading into the breakdown of the four pillars of digital maturity and how Formstack are approaching it. In the second part of the episode, we focus on no-code tools: how they can help companies reach the four pillars, what the challenges to their implementation might be, and how we can expect them to continue evolving.Links & mentions:formstack.com/reports/state-of-digital-maturityformstack.comlinkedin.com/in/rchrisbyers
23:33 09/01/2022
Erez Naaman - Digital transformation in diagnostics
Erez Naaman is the CTO and co-founder of Scopio Labs, a company specializing in hematology that's revolutionizing diagnostics through artificial intelligence and full-field morphology.In this episode, we discuss the topic of digital transformation in diagnostics, with a special focus on the impact and the future potential of artificial intelligence. We talk more generally about laboratory medicine and the role of diagnostics there before diving deeper into the obvious impacts of COVID and the accelerated digitalization (not to be confused with digitization, which Erez also points out and explains).Links & mentions:scopiolabs.com
16:08 08/25/2022
Kavita Ganesan - Strategies to Introduce Artificial Intelligence to Your Business
Kavita Ganesan is the founder of Opinosis Analytics and the author of The Business Case for AI, with over 15 years of experience in the field of artificial intelligence.In this episode, we talk about strategies and challenges of implementing artificial intelligence. We go through the history of AI evolution and adoption, discuss the best practices and the role of data, and take a deeper dive into the necessity of further work on trust-based, ethical AI.Links & mentions:kavita-ganesan.comamazon.com/Business-Case-Strategies-Real-World-Applications-ebookopinosis-analytics.com
26:19 07/28/2022
Andrew Walker - Digital transformation in manufacturing and distribution
Andrew Walker is the CEO of Shift7, a leading B2B digital agency for manufacturers and distributors.In this episode, we explore how manufacturing and distribution are embracing digital transformation. We discuss the most important trends, the differences between B2C and B2B, and the need to focus on the customer experience. Andrew closes with an example of how a toy manufacturing client of theirs was able to embrace digital transformation as part of their corporate transformation.Links & mentions:shift7digital.com
25:59 07/14/2022
Vladimer Botsvadze - The Importance of Social Media for Growing Your Business in the Digital Era
Vladimer Botsvadze is a leading business & technology consultant as well as the No. 1 digital marketing thought leader who has been endorsed and featured by Forbes, Bloomberg, etc.In this episode, we discuss the importance of leveraging social media for growing a business in the era of accelerated digital transformation and hyper innovation. We cover the strategies and skills for succeeding with social media, the considerations for multichannel marketing, and some of the main challenges and negative aspects of social media usage.Links & mentions:linkedin.com/in/vladimerbotsvadzetwitter.com/VladoBotsvadzevladimerbotsvadze.com
26:35 06/30/2022
Vitaliy Katsenelson - Key leadership lessons & traits for the digital era
Vitaliy Katsenelson is the CEO of the investment management services company IMA and published author of several books, most notably the just released Soul In the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life.This is a somewhat special episode in that the insights and lessons it conveys can be invaluable for anybody who wants to improve their life, not exclusively in a leadership and/or technology context.We discuss how digitalization has been changing society, the value of Stoicism and the importance of aligning what you say with what you do, and Vitaliy spices up the discussion with a lot of fascinating stories and concrete examples from Soul In the Game.Links & mentions:amazon.com/Soul-Game-Art-Meaningful-Lifesoulinthegame.netinvestor.fmcontrarianedge.comcontrarianedge.com/sitting-on-the-tarmac-in-the-land-of-stoicism
41:47 06/23/2022
Maziar Adl - Product management, digitalization & the supply chain crisis
Maziar Adl is the co-founder and CTO of Gocious, an intelligent product management software platform for discrete manufacturers.In this episode, we discuss how manufacturing product management is impacted by the ongoing supply chain crisis and the accelerated move to digital, and how product managers are adapting to these disruptions.We discuss the role of agility in this context and explore the differences between project and product managers. In closing, Maziar highlights how manufacturing is embracing software and how this requires hardware and software teams to start working together more closely.Links & mentions:gocious.comgocious.com/productmaziar.adl@gocious.comadam.schalke@gocious.com
23:34 06/09/2022
Steve Hartert - Winning with customer experience
Steve Hartert has over 30 years of marketing management experience and he is currently the Vice President of Enterprise Operations at the online form builder Jotform.In this episode, we talk about customer experience and the changes it has undergone since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. We discuss the key roles of data and the company culture in providing a good experience to customers, and Steve shares some of the best examples of customer experience wins that he's seen throughout his career.Links & mentions:linkedin.com/in/stevehartertjotform.com
32:26 05/26/2022
Hemant Elhence - Bringing microservices to front-end development
Hemant Elhence is the president of Excellarate, a global technology services company with more than 20 years of experience across major industries.In this episode, we discuss the microservices approach to software development and how companies should go about implementing them to streamline the experiences on the front end. We start with a brief history of microservices-based development before going into the nitty-gritty of its benefits and challenges, and concluding with a look into what future trends we can expect in this field. Links & mentions:linkedin.com/in/hemantelhence
23:08 05/19/2022
Elad Simon - Is product management a key to agile digital transformation?
Elad Simon is a former Google executive and the CEO of Craft.io, a product management platform tailored specifically to product managers and product development teams.In this episode, we discuss product management as an integral component of agile digital transformation, which is the result of the increasing demand for top quality software across all industries. We explain the differences between agile and waterfall software development before going more in depth into product management best practices, support by Elad's first-hand tips and with a special focus on the minimum viable product (MVP).Links & mentions:elad@craft.iocraft.io
39:54 05/12/2022
Cameron Van Orman - Toward the future of enterprise agility
Cameron Van Orman is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Planview, a global leader in strategic portfolio management and enterprise agile planning.Agile has undergone quite a transformation in recent years, going from a purely IT function to now being implemented to some extend in a majority of industries and companies. In this episode,  we discuss how enterprise agility, as well as the ways in which businesses implement it, has been changing over the past few years and what the currently dominant trends are. We bust the myth of agile not relying on any planning, and we take a closer look at value stream management as well as objectives and key results.Links & mentions:planview.com
29:34 05/05/2022
Liam Martin - Collaboration in the era of digitalization & remote work
Liam Martin is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of the SaaS platform Time Doctor, and the author of the book Running Remote published by HarperCollins. In this episode, we discuss collaboration in the current remote-first, highly digitalized business landscape, with a special focus on automation and asynchronous communication as two trends to keep top of mind.  We also take a look at the impact these changes are having on workers' work-life balance and make some predictions for future developments in this area.Links & mentions:amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distractedrunningremote.comyoutube.com/runningremotetimedoctor.comamazon.com/Running-Remote-Successful-Remote-Work-Pioneers
32:07 04/21/2022
Ivan Stegic - Leading with empathy
Ivan Stegic is the founder and CEO of TEN7, a Minneapolis-based technology studio specializing in Drupal, with a mission to Make Things That Matter.In this episode, we talk about one of the most essential people skills and/or leadership traits of the current era – empathy. We start off by defining what it means to lead with empathy and how to display empathy towards external stakeholders – user, customers, clients, etc.In the second part, we focus on empathy for internal stakeholders, so, the employees that actually interact with and create experiences for the first group. Ivan closes with some of his first-hand tips from the 15 years of leading TEN7.Links & mentions:agiledrop.com/blog/interview-ivan-stegic-ten7-towards-versionless-drupalten7.comten7.com/missiontwitter.com/TEN7twitter.com/ivanstegicivan@ten7.com
30:59 04/07/2022
Rudi Asseer - How digital transformation can enhance company culture
Rudi Asseer is the CEO at IMI People, the largest mechanical installation company in North America managing over 1000 expert technicians in a human-first environment.In this episode, we talk about how digital transformation can help enhance the culture of a company.  We discuss the importance of people skills and the most essential leadership traits for realizing this, with empathy being number one. Rudi also tells us more about their SaaS platform Rhonda which is able to power an ecosystem of optimized employee engagement.Links & mentions:rhonda.aiimipeople.comlinkedin.com/in/rudi-asseer
27:37 03/24/2022
Andre Achtstaetter - Cryptocurrency & NFTs
Andre Achtstaetter is co-COO at adorsys, an integration and technology partner that supports banks, financial service providers and FinTechs in creating new digital services in the open finance sector.In this episode, we take a deep dive into two related digital trends which have been gaining a lot of traction recently – cryptocurrency and NFTs. We talk more generally about blockchain and decentralized technologies, before going more in depth about the use cases and the future potential of these two technologies.Links & mentions:adorsys.com blockchaininstitute.eulinkedin.com/in/andreachtstaetter
28:23 03/17/2022
Anne Stefanyk - Digital transformation for nonprofits
Anne Stefanyk is the founder and CEO of the San Francisco based digital agency Kanopi Studios that helps mission-driven clients on their digital transformation journey.In this episode, we discuss digital transformation for nonprofit organizations. We talk about the main pitfalls and benefits of digital transformation for nonprofits, and discuss the key steps they need to take to properly transform. Anne also gives a more practical example of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and why Drupal was such a great fit for their digital strategy.Links & mentions:agiledrop.com/blog/interview-anne-stefanyklinkedin.com/in/annestefanykkanopi.com
30:07 01/27/2022
Sally Shaughnessy - Integrating agency and client teams
Sally Shaughnessy is the Vice President of Client Services at the Denver-based digital consultancy Aten Design Group.Aten has over 20 years of experience working with notable clients from a variety of sectors, and in this episode, Sally shares some of the key lessons and resulting best practices for managing joint projects.We take a look at how to find the right clients and/or agency partners,  how to form stronger long-lasting partnerships, how to manage the stakeholders of joint projects, and other elements of a successful client-agency partnership.Links & mentions:drupal.org/aten-design-groupatendesigngroup.comtwitter.com/atendesignlinkedin.com/company/atendesigninstagram.com/atendesignwork@aten.iosally@aten.io
27:12 01/20/2022
Lee Frederiksen - Digital maturity
Lee Frederiksen is an award-winning business strategy expert and a pioneer of research-driven marketing, currently acting as the Managing Partner of the US marketing firm Hinge.In this episode, we discuss the concept of digital maturity, breaking down what it means to be digitally mature and how that differs across businesses and industries. We explore the close connection between digital maturity and digital transformation, as well as the differences between B2C and B2B approaches. Like in many of our episodes, we also take a look at the key role of the people in reaching digital maturity and what trends are dominating here.Links & mentions:hingemarketing.comlinkedin.com/company/hingetwitter.com/HingeMarketing
20:47 01/13/2022
Younes Hairej - Culture considerations for effective digital transformation
Younes Hairej is founder and CEO of the Japanese company Aokumo Inc. which helps organizations drive innovation and transformation through modern technologies and approaches.In this episode, we talk about the important role of culture for effective collaboration and transformation. We focus especially on the impact of the Covid crisis and the importance of finding common ground with vendors / service providers. Having led several IT teams for different Japanese companies, Younes is deeply familiar with the concepts that make Japanese culture so unique and that they follow at Aokumo.Links & mentions:agilemanifesto.orgmckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/culture-for-a-digital-agepwc.ie/services/consulting/insights/building-delivering-digital-transformation-for-your-customerserinmeyer.com/books/the-culture-maplinkedin.com/in/youneshairejtwitter.com/yhairej
29:15 12/16/2021