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.
In my spare time I deliver Lean Startup workshops for the University of Waterloo and recently presented at Agile 2012.
I have recently released a new book called Lean Change: Evolving Change Management 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, founded the Silicon Halton Agile User Group and you can generally find me at local events in the Toronto area.
Where to Meet Me
- Lean Change Management – Darefest, Antwerp on December 8, 2014
- Lean Change Agent Workshop on December 11, 2014
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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