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.
And my company is…
(If you look at the web site, keep in mind that it is a work in progress, but I would appreciate any feedback. Send it to me at my new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
My intent is to guide and coach organizations on agile leadership and change. I’ve been a part of a management team that has transformed itself and our organization into an agile organization, and I dare say that if you talk to anyone who works in our organization, they will say that we have transformed into something special. We have a productive, rewarding, satisfying work experience that has proven to be routinely profitable over the years. And I want to guide other organizations so that they can have this same experience.
I genuinely believe in the transformational aspects that being agile can bring. It can transform your work, and this in turn can have a positive effect on your outlook and life. Not only that, but lean and agile techniques can be applied to your personal life by using Personal Kanban or Scrum for the family.
As I thought about becoming a full-time agile coach, I recalled that when I was in college, my part-time job was as an assistant high school cross-country and track coach. And I enjoyed coaching. It was great to coach others and see them succeed.
And I’m not talking about winning as a measure of success, either. The real wins were the kids who improved and – much to their own surprise and delight – ran faster times than they thought was possible for them to achieve. I couldn’t run for them, but as an experienced runner who studied and applied training techniques to improve my own times, I was able to coach and train others so that they were successful. I’m hoping to re-live that experience as an agile coach.