Who We Are: 

We are coaches who help our clients build cross-functional product development teams focused on creating innovative products, enable clear understanding of needs, align priorities, help prototype, measure delivery and provide guidance on adopt shifting needs as users provide feedback on quality. 

 

What Problem Are We Solving: 

  • The siloed, context switching and long-term project management is outdated and it's not working. 

  • The new way of working doesn't like command and control behaviors, finger pointing, keep tribal knowledge, managers mis-judgements, racial injustice and workplace politics. 

  • It's hard to measure an outcome or run business without connecting data, product, marketing, sales, finance and supply chain. 

  • Adapting change 

 

Our Responsibilities Include: 

  • Develop and implement solution roadmaps

  • Partner with management and develop portfolio plans

  • Develop business cases and solution concepts for new investments

  • Perform analysis and provide recommendations ( a coaching plan) to senior management

  • Act as a key liaison across functional areas, business units, information technology and outside vendors

  • Broad knowledge of technical and business resources and coach effectiveness to co-ordinate between teams and external resources

  • Create a shared vision of respective solutions, facilitate decision making and trade-offs

  • Develop product plans, design ideas, identify gaps in current systems and extended overlaps with other teams

  • Oversee solution development, launch of solutions and maximize positive impact to the organization

  • Partner with business to create strategic business plans

  • Develop portfolio governance - people skills, business requests and resource allocation / budget

  • Collaborate with customers / end users / operations and ensure solution benefits meet their standards

  • Collaborate with architecture team and project management office on the intake process and prioritization of projects across the portfolio

  • Participate in field research

 

Why Us: 

We are experienced in working with Fortune 500 companies and a variety of start-up's. 

Our coaches are experts and worked across different disciplines including IT, Marketing, Finance, Sales and Operations. They turn project focus into product outcome delivery. We launched over 100 cross-functional product teams and proven in providing guidance on team culture, collaboration, designing & delivering solution, customer support, maintenance, break-fixes, enhancements and improving performance. We helped move from traditional roles to Agile roles. 

Our Approach: 

  • Enable end-to-end cross-functional teams, the better the results. 

  • Develop solutions through rapid prototyping, testing and improvement

  • Agile continuous planning and provide transparency around wait times

  • Produce value in three months

  • Keep the teams small and committed to continuous delivery

  • Adapt quickly changing conditions

  • Better quality, lower risks and time to market

 

Our Goals:

Enable new way of working, connect business people and technology teams work together, set common goals, design and implement solutions, generate results, measure delivery, engage customers, validate user experience and accelerate growth!

 

Our ultimate goal is to elevate our client as a growing organization and improve teams professional growth with servant leadership behaviors!

 

Why Agile?

Agile has become a basic element in every business & technology organization in recent years. And it’s easy to see why – it helps the teams to adjust and adopt the current challenges in business, reduces project risks and improves the overall performance of employees. The reality is that enabling the business people and technology developers work together, understanding the process & priorities and get guidance on regular basis is paramount to business success.

On the performance side, the recent report shows a noticeable increase in employee productivity when Agile was introduced. Agile coaching is fast becoming an integral part of what drives a companies Agile transformation success. The rise of Agile, the benefits it can bring to a business, company leaders are enabling Agile implementation plans into their business strategy.

The History of Agile

Do you know when Agile Manifesto was published?

The Agile Manifesto was published in February 2001 and is the work of 17 software development practitioners who observed the increasing need for an alternative to documentation-driven and heavyweight software development processes.

This initiative aimed to guide the industry how to reduce project failures, improve communication between businesspeople and developers, simplify architectures, accept unknowns, adapt changes as required and motivate teamwork.

 

Benefits of Agile

There is no secret that Agile has several benefits, especially when done with internal dependent teams, business partners and external vendors. Even a fifteen-minute daily stand-up can bring new energy to sharpen teams mindset and energize teamwork. All of these things combine to lift more efficiency. Apply this efficiency to all employees, and you will notice that a company will start producing excellent results.

 

Let's have a more in-depth look at the benefits of Agile below.

 

Agile Improves Teamwork

The right Agile coaching program makes sure they teach teams different methods to feel increasing productivity during their jobs. This also reduces mental stress. As the team receive proper guidance from Business Partners/Product Owners, it promotes better delivery results, and lowers project risks and failures. It is excellent to have regular communication between businesspeople and developers.

 

The more teams participate in Agile programs, the better the workplace gets. Team members become true partners with each other when they work together. These relationships translate well in workplace productivity. Agile programs bring social support as colleagues get to boost their partner’s confidence as well as hold them accountable for results. By letting team members know that their work is appreciated, employers gain significant results from their workers.

 

When members interact each other in the workplace, they get a chance to express themselves more freely. Company culture greatly benefits from this. This atmosphere spreads in the whole community, which reflects a positive light on the organization.

Agile Enables Business Knowledge & Reduces Risks

There is no doubt that team members are learning significant business knowledge. It can be potentially save dollars. Experts in the industry analyzed that majority of projects fail due to poor requirements/understanding. These problems usually come from large scoped projects, which are critical to the business. If the project fails, the company fails. Agile practices help reduce risks by splitting project into smaller pieces of work deliverables, which helps to track the progress of the project and make right decisions with the next steps. The better communication and proper guidance enables project success. It is a valuable benefit that Agile brings.

Most Employers These Days Are Enthused About Adapting Agile

You might be surprised to find out the level of interests that employees have to adapt Agile techniques. Some businesses even go as far as offering Agile incentives for Agile Teams. It has raised phenomenally motivation and continues to grow.

Employers are aware of Agile benefits and how it could save them money in the long run. Companies that have moved forward with Agile initiatives have seen improved productivity, lesser risks, improved quality and profitability.

 

Scaling Agile in Business is Becoming the Main Focus for Organizations

Several employers today are broadening Agile practices even more in business functions including Sales, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, etc. They are Scaling Agile in large organizations. Scaling Agile can build long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial for business functions.

Ideas for Agile Implementation Plan

When we start implementing Agile, the coaches and as well as leaders/managers can collaborate, assess and build a coaching plan for each team.

Effective Agile Coaching 

The fundamental program that most enterprises adopt is Hybrid approach. It is the combination of Agile methods with other non-Agile techniques. It makes people adapt to small changes at certain times, which is why it always works. There is nothing better than applying smaller changes to get people motivated. By creating smaller programs that make people reach their goals, people will have more confident for sticking with it along with their growth.

The following are some ideas for Agile coaching packages.

  • Agile Fundamentals

  • Agile Mindset

  • Scrum

  • Kanban

  • Scaled Agile (SAFe)

  • Agile Tool adoption - Azure DevOps, VersionOne, Jira, CA Agile, Etc.

  • Product Manager and Product Owner Role Based Training

  • Scrum Master and Delivery Manager Role Based Training

  • Product Team & Developers Role Based Training for Analysts, Architects, Engineers, Scientists, Developers, etc.

  • Build Product Roadmap & Facilitate Continuous Planning

  • Product Management Practices - Define Product Vision, Roadmap, Prioritization, Comprehensive Roadmap, Cross-functional Prioritization, Backlog, Features, Stories, Maintenance, Break-fix, Enhancements, Business Value, etc.

  • Outcome & ROI Measurements

  • Stakeholders and Leadership Communication Plans

There are lots of practices, that's why we need to choose some package that the team can start taking with or digest.

 

Personalized Agile Coaching

Employers can ask coaches to create personalized coaching packages by assessing team members about their interests in learning. It is an effective approach to make the bond with teams and update them about the latest trends. An assessment can be done online and guiding latest trend can be done by delivering specific content on monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. It can be customized to narrow down specific practices for individuals by providing them online content to read during their free time.

 

Personalized online content go a long way, and it sets teams apart from daily work goals. Bring a unique and genuine Agile by providing people with tailored services helps teams to improve their levels of motivation and confidence. The likelihood of receiving positive feedback increases, which leads to adapt more practices. Team member referrals have shown positive attitude, which further proves the benefits of personalized Agile services.

Workshops

Boosting Agile increases by ten times more with the help of workshops. It also provides a smooth transition for businesses to introduce Agile Mindset. The simple reason behind this is that they are an excellent way to introduce people mindset.

 

In reality, there could be some people who are already into Agile, and workshops would be great to make them interactive connections. Encouraging people to come to workshop and involving with others keep them interested and in the loop. Workshops provide concepts in a shorter time with greater efficiency.

 

Slowly introducing experimentation concepts and product prototyping in a workshop promotes an innovation environment. Here is some useful workshop ideas.

  • Thoughtful practices for improving team knowledge

  • Teaching important Agile practices

  • The skills are required by a team member

  • Laying the foundation for productiveness through some simple steps

  • Coaching for continuous product delivery

 

Why Agile Coaches?

Some companies that plan to incorporate Agile programs do not have an idea of how they should conduct their training and coaching sessions. This is where Agile coaches and trainers come into play. They have enough experience to give companies suggestions on how to conduct their Agile programs.

 

There are a wide range of solutions that Agile coaches and trainers provide to their clients:

  • Teach and coach awareness regarding Agile practices and benefits

  • Build personalized coaching plan - Assess specific teams of their current processes and make recommendations for specific practices

  • Provide services such as on-site coaching assistance

  • Provide group training on/off location

  • Change the working environment to suit an Agile

  • Facilitate Studio type Bootcamp (or Dojo center)

  • Agile project management tool training and mock activities

  • Provide specialized custom training for Leaders

  • Individual assistance for people requiring separate attention to increase their learning and performance

  • Conduct Agile conference, develop communities of practice (CoP) to share knowledge across teams, connect external practitioners from different companies etc.

In Summary

 

Agile is booming these days, and teams should utilize this opportunity to gain full advantage of it. It is benefit for businesses as well as the team and overall improves performance and success.

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Saint Paul, MN, USA
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