Preparing for the Next Phase of My Agile Journey

April 24, 2013

This is my last full week at my current job. In fact, next week’s post will mark my first day as an independent agile trainer and coach. I don’t have any gigs lined up just yet, but I have some feelers out. In the meantime, I’ve been spending all of my spare time preparing. And I’m sure that I will need some additional time to finish some things that I have in progress right now.

As I discussed in a post at the beginning of this month, I’ve named my company and registered with the state. I have a logo. I also have a web site and I’ve added my company on LinkedIN. I worked with a local sponsor to put on our first Maine Agile Gathering. Since that event all of my spare time has been dedicated to putting a couple of training courses together to complement my coaching services.

These courses are proving to be an interesting exercise! Just the other night I changed my original direction (my web site does not yet reflect this thinking, either); given the local market need and thinking about my last post, I’ve determined that it would be a good idea to have a one-day Agile and Scrum team course. Since agile adoptions are just getting under way in my local area, this will serve a broad customer base comprised of companies that need to get teams up and running quickly.

Serve Your Customers, but Make Sure to Serve the Market

April 17, 2013

Wayne Gretsky – nicknamed The Great One – has been called the greatest hockey player ever. (With a nickname like that, would you expect anything different?) Gretsky became great because of his highly developed understanding of the game and his ability to read the game as it unfolded. Gretsky always strove to, "skate where the puck is going, not where it's been."

The same applies to bringing a product or service to the market; and to do so you need to listen to the market as whole, reading where it will be. And keep in mind that your assumptions about the market could very well be wrong. Even experts get things wrong.

Success with Our First Maine Agile Gathering!

April 10, 2013

I'm delighted to report that our first – and I’d say that it is safe to say we’ll do this again – Maine Agile Gathering was a success in every way. Our speakers were fantastic (Dan Mezick, Dan LeFebvre, and Bill Joiner), the venue was superb (Portland Country Club), and the promotion by our Sponsor (Pro Search, Inc) helped us to draw over 100 attendees from a variety of Maine-based companies.

By design, this was a half-day morning event that was scheduled to end at noon, with breaks between each speaker. We missed by 15 minutes, which wasn’t all that bad – except that the room was getting a little warm by that point…Although people may have been a little anxious to get back to finish out their work day, everyone pretty much hung in to the end. And I always wonder how many people told their colleagues that this was an all-day event.

I’m Going Independent!

April 3, 2013

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going independent as an agile coach. I’m so passionate with all things agile that this move makes greater sense to me each and every day. And considering the increased interest in agile with Maine-based companies where I live, I’m hoping my timing is right. By all appearances it is, so I’m optimistic that I’ll be working quite literally in my own backyard.

I won’t make the official cut until the end of the month because I have an agreement to remain with my current company until that time. But I’ve been spending my spare time getting ready. I’ve named my company and filed paperwork with the state. And I have a logo. I’ve also started on a web site and began putting a couple of training courses together to complement my coaching services.