I’m an Agilephile: Contagious or Nauseating?

I’ve been told my enthusiasm for Agile is contagious. I assume that some may find it nauseating.  Yes, I am a tried and true Agilephile!

After 16 years in the project management profession, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  Such is the case with any career I suppose … however, not me, not now!  I’m actually more passionate about project management now than I’ve ever been and much of that is due to Agile.  Embracing Agile has really been invigorating to me.  Right now, I’m having the time of my work-life helping the IT organization at Valpak with their Agile transformation.

I see it this way … An Agile revolution is taking place across the world. Agile project management is like the lead singer in the rock band. Traditional project management is like waiting in line at the DMV.  The PMBOK has always been like a set of rules to be followed.  With Agile, it’s all about values and principles.  Almost like a religion, people can become spiritual about Agile by embracing the values and principles and even apply them to traditional projects.

So, maybe I’m contagious to some and nauseating to others.  I’m an Agilephile!

About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie is now VP of Product Excellence at LeadingAgile focused on the growth, development, and delivery of some amazing agile products.  Recently, she spent the past two years as Executive Director - Enterprise Agility Office at Catalina leading another top-to-bottom, inside-out agile transformation.  Prior to that, Stephanie was Senior Director of Enterprise Agility at Valpak. She was with Valpak for 13 years, most of which were focused on leading their agile transformation to what became a world renowned success story published in case studies and demonstrated to over 50 different companies through the years via agile tours.  Prior to Valpak, Stephanie held past positions in the project management domain with AT&T and IBM. Stephanie's academic credentials include a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol in England. She also maintains the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Stephanie is big on tech community involvement!  Most recently, she served as an elected board member to the Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization with global membership, committed to advancing agile development values, principles, and practices. In addition, she serves her local community as an organizer for Tampa Bay Agile, the largest and most active tech Meetup in the area, and the annual Agile Open Florida event. In 2016, Stephanie was awarded Tampa Bay Tech’s Technology Leader of the Year and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s BusinessWoman of the Year (Tech) and Emerging Technology Leader of the Year. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

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