Allison Pollard, Agile coach & consultant and proud glasses wearer

Allison Pollard, Agile coach & consultant and proud glasses wearer

Software has the ability to change the world--it impacts how people do their jobs and live their lives. I love working with people who want to change the world. I strive for excellence and find joy in my work.

My passion is helping people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. I have over eight years of experience in applying agile methods to improve delivery and strengthen relationships between business and IT. I deliver training, coaching, and facilitate events to enable teams and organizations to build upon successes and overcome obstacles in their journey to high performance.

I have presented at many conferences, including Keep Austin Agile, Scrum Gathering, Dallas and Houston TechFests, UTDallas Project Management Symposium, and PMI Professional Development conferences on a variety of topics, including Scrum Master as team coach, creating communities of practice, and eliminating barriers between teams and customers. A big believer in the power of communities, I regularly attend agile meetups in the Dallas area and agile coach camps in the US and Canada.

I am a Principal Consultant for Improving and member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity.  An advocate for professional development, I have obtained a number of certifications--Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-AC), Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I), and Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)--too many certifications to fit neatly in an email signature.  Additionally, I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute, the largest and oldest coaching training school.  

In college, I studied computer science, math, and English, and my education continues to influence me.  The name of this blog is a reference to Sir Philip Sidney’s "The Defense of Poesy" wherein Sidney argues that poetry is superior because it has the ability to "teach and delight."  That phrase has stuck with me.  Poetry transcends reality and reveals insight into the very essence and truth of human affairs, and because poetry is capable of teaching truth, it moves its readers to virtuous action.  My work is my poetry, and I aspire to help others transcend their current realities and move to virtuous action through coaching, mentoring, training, facilitating, and consulting.