Coaching / Guidance
I’m available for one-time expert consultations, on-demand coaching multiple times a month, and retainer-level availability. Coaching sessions can be 1:1, with a specific team, or with a community of practice/cohort.
I offer private training workshops with follow-up implementation/application sessions.
Training workshops can be off-the-shelf classes such as SAFe, Professional Scrum, my portfolio of training offerings, and custom-made workshops to fit specific needs.
Fractional Agile Champion
Need someone to “Own” your company’s agile/agility journey? I can step into a fractional Agile Champion / Chief Agility Officer role and work with your executive leadership team on driving agility the right way across your organization.
High Impact Engagements
I work with a diverse set of companies ranging from startups, incubators and accelerators, scale-ups, all the way to some of the world’s most prominent technology and consumer brands.
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Why work with me?
As an Agile expert/consultant/trainer, I’ve worked in many different organizations and contexts – from startups through unicorns to enterprises. My unique (almost unfair) advantage?
1. Deep expertise in a variety of lean/agile approaches
2. Pragmatic flexible application to different contexts with a strategic view towards intent rather than a mechanic implementation
3. Ability to create powerful mashups and new practices built on solid principles
After some reflection, I realized that I’m in my “zone” when I’m partnering with leaders looking for ways to leverage agile/agility in the broader sense to deal with some of the hard wicked challenges of either product development or company growth/transformation.
We tackle these challenges like the best teams develop products. We leverage fast learning cycles when defining and deploying change in the organization’s operations. I help leaders create empowered teams that operate with strategic clarity. We overcome silos using cross-functional networks of teams. You might say it’s all about trying to operate like a startup, even after you’re a scaleup or an enterprise. Or it’s like applying modern product development approaches to build/develop the company/organization.
I focus on achieving strategic outcomes, not implementing buzzwords.
Our engagement will start with a Strategy Workshop exploring your WHY, helping you figure out the WHAT and HOW that makes sense in your context with an eye towards a minimum effective dose / viable change that will serve as the basis for inspection and adaptation cycles.
Scaling by Descaling
I find that the key to effectively scaling an organization is to create a team architecture/topology that minimizes the need for coordination.
I help leaders organize their teams around value streams, products, and business processes in a way that creates empowered autonomous teams with clear sight to making an impact on the business.
Only then do we apply the scaling practices that make sense in the context.
I’m the only individual worldwide with the highest accreditation levels in both the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe Fellow/SPCT) and Scrum (Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer – PST)
My thought leadership in the Scaled Agile Framework world was acknowledged when Scaled Agile designated me as a SAFe Fellow.
Are you struggling to maintain agility while scaling/growing your organization? Do you need to disrupt yourself before you get disrupted?
Improve your ability to innovate, your time to market, and value creation by leveraging Agile/DevOps principles and practices as appropriate in your context.
Strategic Alignment and Execution at Scale Leveraging OKRs
Are you new to the alignment journey or have you already attempted to implement OKRs but feel like it’s not quite hitting the mark?
Discover how to enhance alignment between strategy and execution by mastering the utilization of frameworks like OKRs and Evidence-based Management (EBM). These tools help align strategic priorities and enable multi-disciplinary cross-organization teams to innovate with empowerment.
Business-level Operating System Leveraging Agility
Are you struggling to execute effectively on complex cross-cutting initiatives?
You will learn to design and lead such initiatives using agility principles and practices. Over time you will learn to work ON your business leveraging lean/agile principles and practices. (aka Business as a Product).
Get Professional About Scrum and Kanban
Are you tired of the Agile Theater?
There’s so much misunderstanding of team-level agility out there. Through a combination of certified Scrum.org training such as Professional Scrum with Kanban, Professional Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile Leadership, Evidence-based Management, and follow up implementation strategy/support services, you and your organization will level up your Scrum / Kanban game.
Scale Agility Leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework
Are you leading an Enterprise looking at SAFe? If you’re here, you might have figured out (maybe the hard way… ) that to succeed with SAFe, it’s really important to have the right partner. You realize that SPCs are a dime a dozen, and if you want real expertise in SAFe, working with an SPCT and, ideally, a SAFe Fellow is a better choice. You also want to ensure that whoever you work with has real Agile chops.
I’m the only person who is a SAFe SPCT, Fellow and Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer. This gives me a unique ability to guide organizations on their scaling journey.
Check out the SAFe Invitations guidance article where I describe how to leverage lean/agile principles when implementing SAFe. It will get you acquainted with my thinking on some best practices to reinforce and anti-patterns to beware of on the SAFe journey
Fixing Your Agility
Does the way your organization work remind you of a fixer-upper in need of serious TLC?
Together, we will assess your current ways of working, identify key pains/obstacles and collaborate on a strategic improvement roadmap and concrete improvement interventions, with a preference for minimum effective doses rather than wholesale change.