WHY WE EXIST
Our mission is to eliminate human suffering in the workplace--at all levels--through education, coaching and consulting that is reality-based and agile-driven.
We are on a crusade to purge the workplace of money-mangling, time-trashing, resource-robbing, dignity-demeaning, emotion-exhausting, pride-punishing, value-vexing nonsense, and to restore conditions needed to connect, create, surprise and succeed.
One team at a time, we aim to transform organizations from ones that lament being divisively political, time-starved, resource-poor, and more than a little to neurotic, to ones capable of changing their world and making the future a way of life.
OUR DISTINCTIVE QUALIFICATIONS
Beyond our certifications and professional contributions, our greatest qualification—our credibility—comes from the fact that we have practiced what we preach. We have held front-line, middle management and executive positions in companies ranging from publicly traded Fortune 250 firms, to privately held small and mid-size firms, to start-ups. We have held these positions at these companies in functions ranging from Product Development, Operations, Sales & Marketing and Information Technology.
This deliberately eclectic experience inoculates us against the orthodoxy that plagues every profession and specialty. It enables us to look at situations and see things others may not, and to find connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. It has given us experience dealing with a wide variety of people, styles, interests and motivations. It has equipped us with a broad reservoir of insights and creative solution alternatives. It also allows us to work comfortably and authoritatively with people of all backgrounds, at all organizational levels—from the front-line worker to the C-suite executive. Finally, because our success has depended on it, it has honed our ability to learn quickly, to adapt to new and different environments, and to more acutely sense and respond to changing conditions.
Importantly, we are “agile agnostics”. In fact, our experience with the “agile philosophy” goes back to its emergent years before it achieved critical mass and earned the label, “agile”. While we are certified to teach the Scrum framework, we have functional familiarity with SAFe, XP, Kanban and other agile frameworks. Far from being dogmatic about any particular framework, we consider all that adhere to Agile’s principles and values to just be different doors to the same room.
Perhaps most importantly, the things we teach, coach and about which we consult, come from our personal experience. They are things that we researched, developed, tested, and implemented in the organizations we have had the good fortune to lead—they are field-proven. This real-life experience includes:
• Leading the introduction and adoption of agile-based frameworks in our organizations.
• Forming and leading agile-based product development teams.
• Adapting and inculcating the agile philosophy at an organizational level, across the organization’s leadership, management and operations.
• Creating new organizations, leading the renovation of under-performing ones, and redesigning ones that were poorly positioned for the future.
Academicians, career consultants, and other professional observers have a worthwhile point of view. However, we have the experience and scar tissue that one gets only by having spent their career on the field and actually playing the game. We can move from concept and theory to pragmatic issues in a heartbeat because we’ve learned by doing.
There is a parable about a guy walking along when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep that he can’t get out:
A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey Doc, can you help me out?” The doctor peers down, writes a prescription to alleviate anxiety, throws it down in the hole, and moves on.
Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m stuck in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest peers down, writes out a prayer to summon divine inspiration, throws it down in the hole, and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me! Can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid?! Now we’re both down here.”
The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been here before, and I know the way out.”
We’re agilityIRL. We’ve been where you are; we know the way out.