Speciality topics

Coach Dave has extensive experience with all of the topics defined below along with decades of experience as a software developer, manager, Scrum Master, RTE and Agile Coach.

Specialties

Agile & Lean

At its most basic, Agile is the ability to adapt at speed to change.  Coach Dave has decades of experience using Agile and Lean methods, practices, values and principles as a developer, manager, Scrum Master and Coach.   I started using “Agile” practices and techniques before Snowbird when the Agile label was created.   Agile is not simply another process and set of tools that teams must use.   I have the knowledge and experience to move your people and teams beyond “nuts & bolts” Agile to understand the “why”.   That’s when the magic happens.

Incorporating the customer is a key aspect and by utilizing small feedback loops we reduce risk on multiple levels.  I will teach you how to do both.

I’m also an expert at utilizing Lean practices and metrics to help you identify issues within your workflows and to remove them.   While waste removal is a key aspect of Lean, it’s not the most important aspect.   A mindset of Continuous Improvement and Respect for People will unlock the human potential in your organization and ensure you never let yourself become trapped in the “that’s the way we do things here” status quo black hole of stagnation.

My knowledge, skills and experience can increase the agility within your teams and organizations.

Transformation

An Agile Transformation is a huge endeavor.   It will literally touch all aspects of your organization.  So you need to consider your motives and willingness to take on such a challenge.

Here are 7 gut-check questions for leaders considering a transformation:

  • Am I willing to realign people to the flow of value?
  • Am I willing to dedicate a few days of my time to help identify this new value-based structure?
  • Am I willing to form cross-functional teams?
  • Am I willing to define a small set of business objectives for the Agile transformation?
  • Am I willing to take the time to develop an inspiring vision of our future state of agility?
  • Am I willing to learn, exhibit and mentor others in the Lean-Agile principles?
  • Am I willing to spend potentially significant $$$ on an Agile transformation?

If any of these answers are “no”, don’t waste your time and money to attempt a transformation.  It will fail if you’re not in 100% agreement with the above questions.

Are you ready to set the bar for your domain?

SEAM

SEAM is the Socio-Economic Approach to Management.   It’s the antidote to the TFW (Taylor, Fayal, Weber) virus that inflects many organizations.

Over 100 years ago, during the American Industrial Revolution, management theorist Frederick Taylor created the Scientific Management method.  In it, he theorized that the problems of the time were because the workers were lazy, could not be trusted, and needed to be micro-managed and told exactly what to do.  Extreme specialization was key to increasing productivity.

But in today’s Knowledge Era, those theories and methods no longer work.  Yet they remain the backbone of current management theory and practices, continuing to be taught at Management Schools today.

SEAM is the cure.  During an “Intervention”, we examine the current management system and by using inclusive techniques, determine what isn’t working as well as it could (dysfunctions) by exposing and examining hidden costs.   Then we determine the root cause of the dysfunctions that are creating the hidden costs.   It’s not uncommon for yearly hidden costs in organizations to be on the order of $80,000/person/year.   The higher the level of technology in the organization, typically the higher the hidden costs per person. 

While you cannot recover the entirety of the hidden costs, you can recover the time that is spent on the dysfunctions.  Often 30-50% of each employees time is spent servicing dysfunction.

A SEAM Intervention can be done standalone and is also a fantastic partner with an Agile Transformation where we address both the management and work systems top to bottom.

Let’s stop fixing symptoms and start solving root problems within the entire organization by unlocking time.    

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