Be an Agile Coach in an Agile Company
It’s always interesting to join a new company as you arrive with an outsider’s view on projects that may have been in progress for some time. I experienced this when I arrived at Witekio – an agile company but one where staff are still learning about agile – to take up a post as a Senior Project Manager.
Before I go any further, allow me to explain how I could be a Senior Project Manager in an agile company; after all, isn’t it a little oxymoronic? In truth, a project manager is but a title of convenience. Depending on the project I might play the role of a traditional Project Manager, an Account Manager, a Scrum Master, or a proxy-Product Owner.
Additionally, though, I have a secondary role as an agile coach for our office and so, about two years ago and soon after I arrived at Witekio, I found myself sitting in on a retrospective for a scrum team that repeatedly had failed to meet their sprint goals.