I learned today that James “Jaime” Phillips, an outstanding member of the Boston Scrum community, recently passed away. I met Jamie a couple of years ago when he was working on spreading Scrum values and practices at Picis. Whenever I saw Jamie at Scrum events in the Boston area he was always happy, enthusiastic, and smiling. Jamie once told me that he refused to work on any team that was not agile.
I am an agile coach and an angel investor. As an agile coach, I have consulted and trained at dozens of companies. Major agile coaching engagements have been with Paypal, State Street, edX, Carbonite, and Symantec. I typically begin with culture first and then proceed to process improvement and business results. I believe in a non-confrontational, non-coercive approach to change in which people are invited to be and act in a new way. This takes the pain out of agile transformations.
With Rob Rubin, an online education pioneer and the Founding VP of Engineering at edX, I recently created DemingWay.com, an online agile education portal that we plan to grow until it has the best agile content and the best learning platform.