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 is Executive Director - Enterprise Agility Office at Catalina, driving lift and loyalty for the world's leading CPG brands and retailers.  Most recently, 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

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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