What's in a name?

Photo by nz_willowherb

Photo by nz_willowherb

Someone recently asked about my last name (Pollard), and I decided to look up the meaning to clarify it for him:

to cut off the top and branches of (a tree) to encourage new growth at the top.

I found this amusing because in team meetings and presentations I have often used Lyssa Adkin's tree metaphor to describe high performing teams.  As a coach, I don't know that cutting off the tops of those metaphorical trees would encourage new growth!  ;-)

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.