Michael Wollin is an agile transformation change agent who delivers game changing coaching and training services to software organizations. As an agile trainer and coach, Michael has proven expertise in helping teams around the world improve their performance and morale. He has taken the most skeptical teams and intransigent leaders and led them on a journey of discovery that has them embrace wholly new perspectives, empowering and enabling them to align personal, professional, and business goals to achieve unprecedented performance:
… the training [Michael provided] has been extremely worthwhile and even transformational. The teams really buy into both the value and much of the mechanics of Agile.
B.L. – Sr. Director for San Jose Development Teams
During his 7 years as a team co-leader at CNN, Michael spearheaded the initial adoption of Scrum and then Kanban within the organization. Later transitioning to Enterprise Agile Coach and Turner-wide internal champion, Michael co-founded the Turner Agile User Group and worked to expand agile throughout Turner Broadcasting worldwide.
As principal of his own software development company for 10 years, Michael built an organization that routinely produced high quality commercial software on a fixed-fee, guaranteed-schedule basis. He achieved this by employing advanced software engineering processes and methodologies, hiring the right people, and then empowering them to realize their own greatness.
I wrote the Mercury Manifesto long before there was an Agile Manifesto. It amounted to building the company around great developers, asking them what they needed and then giving it to them. It was servant leadership, although I didn’t know the term.
Michael directed all aspects of his company’s operations, including strategic planning, prospectus writing, product management, raising investment capital, and recruiting. He built an infrastructure that supported hyperproductivity, quality, and individual career growth; supervised all internal financial and human resource operations, and supported sales activities – excelling particularly in lead generation.
Michael started his career as a developer in the 80′s. He has since succeeded in roles as a senior development manager, forming and managing multiple teams in a department; a product manager/product owner, responsible for building stakeholder consensus in a highly politicized environment; and a business owner, responsible for finance and operations. This atypical background gives him a unique perspective not often found with agile coaches who most often come from technical team lead or project manager backgrounds.
Michael is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He has a BS in Psychology from Georgia State, and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.