6 Years Agile Strong at Valpak: It’s Been Epic!

Today marks the 6th agile anniversary here at Valpak.  Six years ago on October 14th, 2011 we set out on our first sprint.  Since then, we have lathered, rinsed, and repeated the agile way for a whopping 142 sprints.  The transformation was complete a long time ago but the journey never ends.  Along the way, we’ve had good times where we thought we could accomplish anything and we delivered extraordinary value to the business.  On the flip side, we’ve had bad times where we felt so inundated with stories and tasks that we thought we couldn’t possibly get anything done.  We’ve had teams that have been together from the start and teams that have come and gone.  We’ve had teams go from Scrum to Kanban and back again and vice versa in their quest for high-performance.  We’ve conquered massive epics and nailed the art of the quick hit.  We’ve put up boards and taken down boards (and have the paper cuts and Sharpie stains to prove it).  We’ve retro’ed so much that we probably know too much about one another … too, too much.  We’ve openly shared our agile story and hosted agile tours for over 50 companies from all over Tampa Bay and beyond.  It’s been epic!

But, all this wouldn’t have been possible without the craftsmanship, pride, and heart (a whole lot of heart) of our people (not resources, but people); the people on our teams that work tirelessly sprint after sprint and story after story to deliver something that amazes our Product Owners, our stakeholders, and our customers.  And, those people couldn’t do what they do without the courage and direction of our elite team of Product Owners and our senior leaders, who themselves have been on their own agile journey.  Thank you to the people of Valpak for your collective effort in another year of not just doing agile but being agile too.  Cheers to 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

2 responses to “6 Years Agile Strong at Valpak: It’s Been Epic!

  • Warren Wise

    Congratulations on your accomplishments, Stephanie! May you continue to bring delight to your customers!

  • Ken 'classmaker' Ritchie

    Stephanie & friends — Congrats to all there! Thanks for sharing your story and insights along the way. Wishing you many more happy episodes in your continuing agile journey.
    Cheers and blessings!
    -Ken 😉

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