I am in the People Business. While I happen to be working with Scrum and a bevy of agile principles, at the end of the day you and I depend upon people to adopt and adapt; we look to them to change behaviors and mindsets. Perhaps most importantly, we are asking them to trust that this is a better way of working.
And it is hard. Especially for those in organizations who are moving from one practice and cultural mindset to another. Like moving from waterfall to Scrum.
If you were to ask me, “What is your ideal work environment?” I would respond with something like:
- Enough autonomy to own my work
- Enough feedback to know if I’m headed in the right direction
- Enough guidance to ensure I’m working on the right thing
- Enough collaboration to feed my need to grow and get better
- Enough responsibility to make an impact on my team
- An opportunity to do something that matters
You may recognize that these are all attributes of a great Scrum team. This genuine, intrinsic value is why I love this work. Most of us want to do work that matters. We want to make an impact of some sort, and I believe an agile transformation is an opportunity to truly change the lives of the people who come on this journey.
Hard work is hard for a reason: Because it matters.
Pinsight Media, Scrum Master
November 2016 - Present, Kansas City, MO, US
We are a mobile advertising, mobile/big-data business. I am a Scrum Master, serving two scrum teams and one kanban team. I am also a coach, helping further the understanding and adoption of Scrum across the organization.
Rebel Consulting Services, Owner/Consultant
October 2012 - May 2014, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Scrum Master, Project and Portfolio Management. Have worked on projects ranging from large-scale decommission efforts for a large mutual fund company to wide-scale EMV rollout project for 5,000 owned and franchised restaurants.
DST Systems, Development Manager
March 2008 - August 2012, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Responsible for implementing Scrum in the DST Brokerage Solutions/Subaccounting vertical. Coaching and training en route to establishing cross-functional teams in the US(2) and Bangkok(2), with two co-dependent teams in India(2). Mainframe, Java, Flex environment.
H&R Block, Development Manager
August 2006 - February 2008, Kansas City, Missouri, US
Implemented Scrum in Architecture & Engineering/Tools team and across the Digital Tax organization. Microsoft .NET stack (XAML, Visual Studio extensibility, WCF, TFS, etc.). Built co-located environment with Tech Leads/Architects in US, developers in Russia, QA in India.