J. Stanton Goldstein is the founder and managing partner of Jabbok River Group, a Chicago-based venture development and innovation consultancy. As a practicing Agile professional, he has held senior leadership positions in B2B and B2C tech companies in computer, commercial electronics and cloud software. Certified by Scrum Alliance, and the International Consortium for Agile, Jay has consulted, coached, facilitated and trained a variety of early stage tech companies. Jay holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and serves as Adjunct Faculty at McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern where he developed and taught the first course at a major university on Radical Management, Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century.
Northwestern Univsersity, Adjunct Lecturer
April 2014 - Present, Evanston, IL, US
I was approached at the end of 2013 to create a new course at Northwestern University. This would be taught in the McCormick School of Engineering through their Farley Center for Entrepreneurship. I was given a lot of latitude to design the course. It was intended to be for advanced entrepreneurship students who are interested in developing a venture they have already started. Based on my years of experience as an entrepreneur in innovative technology companies, and my more recent experience with Scrum I understood at a practical level the benefits of iterative development and I was looking for what might be the best way to teach entrepreneurs to be better (experimental) innovators. The course that emerged is how to develop the venture as the product itself. We don't develop products per se as part of the course. The course puts the ventures into Scrum teams, teaches and facilitates operating the teams in Scrum. We use as texts Sims and Johnson The Elements of Scrum. And we rely on Stephen Denning's Radical Management. The course is designed around four sprints and the students specifically use the Scrum framework to develop their venture. The course was received very well after the first year by the students and NU has elected to keep me doing it again in 2015.
Jabbok River Group LLC, Founding and Managing Partner
March 2013 - Present, Deerfield, IL, US
Jabbok River Group is a consultancy I formed to train, coach and facilitate Scrum to technology companies in order to accelerate their growth. One client for example was a fifteen year old software development company with two founding partners who were looking for a way to create sustainable growth. They and the staff were working very hard but noticed they were dispirited. They had found themselves in a good market space developing software for work flow and mobile applications but they noticed they were not growing as fast as the market. Like many entrepreneurs they were caught in what some call the "founder's trap" and unable to scale the company past their own traditional ways of doing things. I was able to do an Agile transformation for the entire company and as the Scrum teams came on-line, this empowered other staff beyond just the owners to help accelerate the growth of the company in a way that was not possible before they implemented Scrum. I did the initial Scrum training and began a Scrum pilot team, then we soon brought on a second Scrum team. I then had all staff and the owners take a certified CSM training. Now all operations are being run in Scrum, both the software development and the business operations.