I'm Richard Coffre, Born in the late 60s; I think I felt in agile since I've started to work at the beginning of the 90s.
First I was a programmer, and I used to work in close collaboration with the end user providing him incremental parts of the application on a regular basis.
The way of doing used to give me the opportunity to build trust, to update what I was doing and finally to satisfy my customer.
Indeed I was agile without knowing.
Year by year, as I became a project manager, Chief Technical Officer, consultant, program manager, I still go on the way by applying agile values and principles.
My epiphany was in 2010 when I met someone doing Scrum explicitly. At this time I realized that I was not the black swan on my side doing weird things.
Since I am Agile Evangelist working as a Scrum Master, a Product Owner or an Agile coach depending on the context, the project, the needs.
Since November 1st, I am Chief Agile Officer at Zenika and I am co-leading the agile team (about 20 people). My goal is to develop the Zenika Agile Business and also to help my workmates grow in their agile mindsets and skills.
For me agile is not just tools to solve the issues, it is first and foremost a mindset.
Zenika, Agile coach
May 2015 - Present, Paris
So I have several roles depending on the organizations: Product Owner, ScrumMaster or coach. So I lead several missions mainly as Agile Coach.
My first role as an Agile Coach is to change the mindset of the people: sometimes I can do it directly by explaining to them how to think Agile using games, workshops, ... more often this change is done by introducing Agile practices. Doing so, people can realize the benefits of this approach. These small steps/wins have a huge impact and ease the nudging process leading to an Agile mindset.
I have another important role: teaching Agile. I teach Zenika's customers how to "implement" Scrum in their teams, departments, enterprises. I'm doing so through sessions lasting from half a day to three or four days.
It can be very customized, e.g.: Agile discovery for sponsors at BNP REAL ESTATE or very general for example with ATOS where I teach them how to use Scrum and Kanban.
As SAFe Program Consultant, I also teach people (e.g. Thales) how to lead and implement SAFe in this enterprise.
At Zenika, my job is also to promote Agile mindset by doing Agile Wake Ups (quarterly morning meetings). I created the first event in December 2015. During these sessions, we promote the Agile mindset by providing returns of experience, by explaining new concepts like Scale Agile, by showing how to combine Agile "features" and other IT ones like DevOps or testing.
Since the beginning of November 2016, as the co-leader of the KAI team (the Zenika Agile team), I have to help my people to grow in their Agile mindset. Moreover, the CEO of Zenika asked me to help Zenika to become agiler and to be an example of Agile company.
E-Merchant (Pixmania Group), Program Manager/Solutions Architect
November 2013 - May 2015, Asnières Sur Seine, France
As Senior Solutions Architect, I was leading a team of Solutions Architects/PO who drove application developments to enhance the e-commerce platform delivered by E-Merchant.
The mission of E-Merchant was to maintain, improve the e-commerce used by Pixmania group mainly, but also used by large enterprises like Carrefour (food excluded), clothes' dealers like Celio, A.P.C., ...
PagesJaunes (Solocal Group), Senior Business Analyst/Risk Manager
January 2007 - June 2013, Sèvres, France
As a Senior Business Analyst/Risk Manager, I lead a team of 10 people.
My team's goal was to transform the needs defined by the marketing teams into stories understandable not only the IT teams but also by the people who created the advertisements.
So I have to be Agile with two different publics and in two different ways.
For IT teams, we have to use Scrum, but for designers and other Art people we have to be less formal and more imaginative.