Author Archives: Stephanie Davis

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.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 5 – Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood

We are 4 down and 3 to go in our exploration of Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with regard to effective Agile Transformation. Our focus this time is Habit 5 – Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood. Quite frankly, Habit 5 is the answer to Habit 4 – Think Win/Win or rather, seeking first to understand makes Win/Win possible.   

Habit 5 centers around the highest form of listening, what is referred to as “empathic listening.” With this Habit, Covey challenges us to develop the powerful skill of empathetic listening to first diagnose, seek to deeply understand, before prescribing a fix to the problem.   

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 4 – Think Win-Win

We are at the midway point in our Agile Transformation-focused exploration of Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” with Habit 4 – Think Win/Win. I’m sure we’ve all said it in business and even relationships, but how does Covey intend it towards being highly effective and what does it mean to an Agile Transformation?

Before we explore the answer to that question, it seems appropriate for a quick refresher on the first three habits. Habit 1 – Be Proactive, and Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind ultimately enable Habit 3 – Put First Things First. In terms of what we’re here to talk about, an organization that is proactive (Habit 1) with an end state vision (Habit 2) and realizes it through a focus on what’s most important (Habit 3), is well on their way towards effective Agile Transformation. With that, let’s now consider Habit 4 – Think Win/Win.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 3 – Put First Things First

Last time we explored Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind of Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as it relates to Agile Transformation.  With Habit 2, we concluded that it’s essential for an organization to begin with the end in mind, their end state vision, for an Agile Transformation to be successful and that they must be proactive (Habit 1) in support of that. This time we’ll explore Habit 3 – Put First Things First for which Covey considers the fulfillment of Habits 1 and 2. 

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind

In the first blog in this series, we explored Habit 1 – Be Proactive of Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We concluded that a company’s choice to pursue an Agile Transformation is a proactive response to their circumstances that powerfully affects their effectiveness and ultimately their success. Continuing on with the exploration of how the 7 Habits apply to Agile Transformation, let’s take a look at Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation: Habit 1 – Be Proactive

So, I’ve done a thing and made a commitment to a new blog series on the LeadingAgile blog. Inspired by Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I’ll be exploring The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Transformation. Check out the first blog post in the series on Habit 1: Be Proactive.

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Agile Open Florida 2020: Expect The Unexpected & Adapt

You know what they say … when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Join Agilists from across the state of Florida and beyond for Agile Open Florida 2020 coming to you live and virtual on Friday, October 16th. Our theme, Expect the Unexpected & Adapt, is super appropriate to our world right now.

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Goodbye Catalina, Hello World

We all talk about working ourselves out of a job, but do we ever really do it? I did! I’m excited to announce that effective April 1st, I will no longer be with Catalina Marketing as their Executive Director of the Enterprise Agility Office. In my 2 years with them, I built an awesome team (truly my dream team), established the most effective delivery & execution process they’ve ever seen, and essentially worked myself out of a job. Over the next several months I will be exploring opportunities looking for my next big adventure. Let’s go!


Happy 2nd Agile Anniversary, Catalina

BabyYodaTwo years ago this month Catalina went full bore, head first into Agile, applying the Scrum methodology, to deliver and execute on the top priorities of the company.  Now, two years later, we continue to embrace and uphold the Agile values and principles.

We’ve made it all the way to Sprint 53, but who’s counting?  In fact, you might think of us as Baby Yoda right now.  In the past two years, Catalina has delivered thousands of valuable stories to our stakeholders including retailers, CPGs, and corporate.  We continue to scale Agile up and across our enterprise.  And, we’ve got our senior leadership team applying Kanban at the portfolio level to manage Portfolio Epics as part of our Agile Portfolio Management process.

While we are at the end of our transformation, we are only at the beginning of our journey.  As we begin to roll (or shall we say sprint) into year 3 of our Agile journey, we continue to work towards being a truly Agile enterprise.  The cultural change to be an Agile enterprise is constantly a work in progress and the journey never really ends.  Each day, we just try to be a little more agile than we were the day before.


Sign the Petition! Save Babies from Hot Car Deaths

899A4334I’ve created a petition to prevent future hot car deaths by asking that child car seat manufacturers include an alert as a standard safety feature.  I need all the help I can get to SIGN and SHARE this petition to create a groundswell of social influence that can not be ignored.  It takes just a moment of your time and could save a life.  Please sign and share the petition here.


An Agile Survey & A Kind Ask

If you haven’t already completed the State of Agile in Tampa Bay survey, please do so here.  It takes less than 8 minutes (for real).  The results will be shared at a 2020 Tampa Bay Agile Meetup.

899A4334And now for a kind ask … I’ve created a petition to prevent future hot car deaths by asking that child car seat manufacturers include an alert as a standard safety feature.  I need all the help I can get to sign and share this petition to create a groundswell of social influence that can not be ignored.  It takes just a moment of your time and could save a life.  Please sign and share the petition here.