I am an Agile Coach working for DevOpsGuys. I am an IC Agile Certified Professional, PSM1 professional Scrum Master and certified BCS Agile practitioner… but if you’re my kind of Agile enthusiast then you’re probably not too interested in all of that!
I work with teams to make them more effective, but more importantly, to make them happier! There are so many basic changes teams can make today that can improve their tomorrow. This is something that keeps me motivated, knowing that I am there to support people in making their work lives more effective, and themselves a lot happier as a result.
I graduated with a Sociology and Education (BSc) degree whilst volunteering for ChildLine as a counsellor. In a way, I’ve subconsciously been building a skillset that applies really well to Agile Coaching, particularly if you count my home video’s age 12 pretending to be a presenter.
As a counsellor, I was able to learn how to best support people in finding their own solutions, without advising them. This is probably why I love the coaching aspect, I love being able to empathise with challenges people are facing, help them to see it from different perspectives, and then support them in focusing on how they will make their first step towards the change they are seeking.
Agile can be an extremely powerful tool, and I believe in making this simpler for teams to adopt so they too can reap the rewards.