Things I love

Today’s my wedding anniversary. The occasion gives opportunity to reflect on things I love. After many project management years, I ran into Agile Scrum. The simplicity of the framework caught my attention right away. Little did I realize what lies under the surface. When the purpose of things like user stories sink in, things begin to look strange. How do you respond to a user story being a “promise to have a future conversation”? What’s up with independent cross functional teams? How does one get beyond egos and territorial disputes? If that weren’t enough, how does one inspire a group of engineers and stakeholders to produce something of tested value every couple of weeks? Lowering the boat over the side and throwing away the ores, may sound extreme, but it works. Not giving up, allowing the framework to work and embracing its underlying principles while growing as the Agile community gives new ideas enables success. Its been a long time coming, but finding a project management framework that brings transformational solutions to market that end users love, while at the same time sending teams home on time is nothing short of a miracle — just like a great marriage!

About Larry

Larry Lawhead is a passionate Agilest with a love for coaching, mentoring and organizational transformation. Huge fan of the Lean Enterprise, LeSS, Theory of Constraints, systems thinking and of course the Toyota Production System. Avid learner. Deeply influenced by the works of Jeff Sutherland, Eliyahu Goldratt, James Womack, Craig Larman, Faith Fuller, Marita Fridjhobn and countless others. He is likewise a member of the team that brings the Agile Open to the Southern California. Above all else, he loves coaching teams and individuals. He believes creating a safe and empowered place for individuals and self-organized teams to develop brilliant solutions, shared vision, demonstrate compassion and desire to continuously improve brings life’s greatest rewards. Watching clients unfold into a greater sense wholeness, purpose and direction is the miracle coaching enables. This satisfaction leads to continuous self-improvement, curiosity and personal growth that Larry passionately embraces.
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