I have been tossing around the idea for quite some time to focus a blog on the challenges, successes, and yes, failures of Scrum and Agile in my professional life and personal life for quite some time, but never was quite sure of what to do with it other than continue to evangelize and practice as part of my functional leadership position. Recently, I left a senior leadership position at a great company that had made the dubious decision to abandon Scrum and Agile and revert to a heavy Waterfall/PMO driven method of control. This left me with a lot of thoughts and ideas, about what I wanted to do next, but even more so, what I did not want to do.
With lots of experience leading software engineering teams through vision to deployment and support. I enjoy the hands-on approach and still code in my free time to stay sharp, but also to learn new thoughts and try out concepts, because one universal truth is that Stack Overflow is not always right. After applying and interviewing for several of these types of positions, most of which are very exciting and interesting, I felt like I was limiting myself by staying in my comfort zone and I wasn’t sure from where that feeling was coming. Then I went to Munich.
I attended Global Scrum Gathering in Munich in October, and received a very gentle, albeit abrupt, education on the world of Agile opportunities out there. Attending that event and meeting so many amazing Agile thought leaders and learning about the new Certified Agile Leader program, as well as how the CSP and CEC certifications are changing to benefit the practioners and our organizations.
Since my return in late October, I have been networking and looking at opportunities in a totally different way. While I continue to be interested in the leadership roles inside an Agile environment, I am no longer limiting myself to purely functional leadership, but also indirect-influential leadership, such as Agile Coaching and Enterprise Change as a primary focus.
I have always lead change and organizations that were changing or pivoting for any number of reasons, and now with this new-found perspective, there is a new way to approach doing what I love: building teams and enabling them to succeed, fail, and grow, all at the same time.