I help organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people. Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits.
I am passionate about the people side of change, and focus on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people.
I have recently released a new book called Lean Change Management: Innovative Practices for Managing Organizational Change (4.8 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews) and also released a video series titled: Agile Transformation – A Guide to Organizational Change on Safari Books Online and InformIT. I’m also a licensed Management 3.0 trainer, Lego Serious Play Facilitator, funder of Happy Melly, and founded the Silicon Halton Agile User Group (which is on hiatus at the moment!) and you can generally find me at local events in the Toronto area.
In November 2016, I’ll be delivering the keynote, Rethinking Agile Transformation, at Agile Montreal Tour.
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I have 17+ years experience in managing professional service teams and 15+ years in web design and development. In June 2010 I became a Certified Scrum Product Owner in addition to a Certified Scrum Professional (2008), Certified Scrum Master (2007) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (1998) but please don’t hold those against me. I have been practicing Agile methods since as early as 2002, albeit I wasn’t familiar with what those practices were called at the time. They just seemed to make sense based on the context I was working in.
Fast forward to 2007. This is when I was ‘officially’ bitten by the Agile bug and started at my first company that claimed to be using Scrum. I quickly learned that something wasn’t quite right as we weren’t getting the results we expected. I decided to get formal training, joined the Agile community and the rest is history. I found my true passion and helped repair a broken implementation of Scrum.
Since then I have become more deeply involved in the Agile community, have spoken at Lean Software and Systems 2011 conference as well as Agile 2012 and Agile 2011 and frequently participate in discussion groups and weekly Agile coaching round-tables. I have worked with software and non-software teams in various capacities from facilitating training and workshops to getting deeply involved ‘in the trenches’ with teams. This includes numerous coaching responsibilities from mentoring new teams to training newly converted Scrum Masters to providing technical guidance on Agile practices.
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Jason is the author of Lean Change Management, international speaker and has been helping organizations implement Agile practices since 2007 as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Internal and External Coach.
Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.
In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he’s been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.