Yes, we work with an Agile coach

The more popular this blog gets, the more calls I get from Agile consulting companies wanting to “help”.  That’s sweet and all, but we already work with an Agile coach here in Tampa Bay.  Since 2011, we’ve partnered with AgileThought.  They have “Agile” in their name so they must know what they’re doing!  But seriously, we’ve got their CTO, Ryan Dorrell, as our Agile coach.  He has the best bedside manner we could have hoped for and is always the voice of reason on all things Agile.  And, Ryan will forever be my Agile phone-a-friend.  Our arrangement consisted of customized training, coaching, and strategic guidance, among other things.  In fact, our relationship has been so successful that we are submitting for a local collaboration award as we speak.  Wish us luck!

Now that that is cleared up, I do want to take a moment to express the importance of having an external / independent Agile Coach to assist and guide your transformation.  Attempting to DIY (Do It Yourself) Agile can sometimes backfire.  In my experience, money spent on an Agile coach is definitely money well spent!  You need to spend the money to bring on an Agile coach for at least 6-months to train the teams and support the process. As human beings, we can laugh about the notion that we are more willing to take advice from a stranger than from a family member.  This is true in the business world as well (and that’s why consulting is big business).  Companies often tend to appreciate the advice of an independent expert more than a trusted member of the company’s own staff.  Also, an Agile coach can really have your back when it comes to resistance at any level.

Now, where I could use some help is if you are an Agile speaker and plan to be in the Tampa Bay area.  The Tampa Bay Agile Meetup group is always in need of speakers.  It might just be your way of reaching other companies that do indeed help with their Agile transformation.  Leave a comment if that opportunity interests you.

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About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis is Senior Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership at Cox Target Media. In this role, Stephanie champions agility across the enterprise, leads the Agile PMO, and manages the CTM portfolio while also overseeing the Digital Product Leadership team. Stephanie leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Agile Project Manager as well as overseeing the IT Business Analysts. Stephanie is a career project leader with over 16 years in the field, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services, and has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since early in her career. She also maintains the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing and an MBA in International Business. Stephanie serves and supports Agile within her community and beyond as organizer for the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup and the Agile Open Florida. Most recently, Stephanie has been elected to the Agile Alliance board for the 2015 to 2017 term. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

One response to “Yes, we work with an Agile coach

  • Erin Dufresne

    Hi Stephanie,
    Glad to hear you’ve worked with both internal and external coaches. We’ve found that to be very important in our client’s journey’s to agility. I love reading your blog!
    Best
    Erin

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