Being an Agile Warrior

Photo by Ty Crockett

Photo by Ty Crockett

A few years ago, I heard a manager talking about the interview he went through for his current role. In it, the interviewer asked how he felt about agile. He replied that he’s an “agile warrior.”

As I listened to him, this silly image of a samurai-like warrior appeared in my head. Agile warrior? Not quite.

To be a warrior means to be your true self in the face of difficulty and for the sake of something bigger than personal ego. A person who knows that the world is a hunting ground and everyone is an ally. A person who lives in “lions roar” knowing that there is a wisdom aspect to all and everything.
— CRR Global glossary

Eventually I decided to start a coaching circle at Improving, and I wanted to name the group. The word “warrior” kept popping up in different contexts for me. A fellow coach and CTI student suggested that I read The Four-Fold Way. The description of the warrior archetype shifted my understanding. An agile warrior has a strong ability to show up, be visible, and empower others through example and intention. Our coaching circle was named the Agile Warriors, and we explored topics that would make us stronger agilists and developed skills that made us better warriors.

Not long after, Vic Bonacci asked me to contribute a topic to his Agile Coaching Cards kickstarter. My friend Ty recently came across my card during a visit to St. Paul, Minnesota and sent me the photo. What would it mean for you to become an agile warrior rather than a worrier?

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.

Another Improving Bootcamp

Photo by David O'Hara

Photo by David O'Hara

Six months ago my company, Improving Enterprises, was looking to hire people and train them in how to be developers. We did that successfully, and we have six new consultants working at various clients now--HUGE SUCCESS!

I’m pleased to announce that we’re doing it again. We’re looking for another crop of people to jump into the fray, who want to aggressively learn for the next 3 months. 

What we expect from you

  • Some programming experience is necessary.
  • Web experience is not necessary, though it is helpful.
  • Lack the experience or expertise to be an Improver
  • Exhibit excellent potential, aptitude, and attitude
  • Are willing to work long and hard over the next few months to become an Improver.

What you can expect from the program

  • You will be paid a nominal salary.
  • The salary will increase once you pass the board exam and become billable.
  • The program is 9-6 plus homework assignments including user group attendance and supplemental online courses.
  • It is intended to be an intensive, “drink from the firehose” experience.
  • There is an interview process.
  • The program will last 12 weeks, and moving into a full time consultant role with Improving is not guaranteed, it will be dependent on your performance.
  • The program will start last week of September or first week of October.

If this excites you, contact Tim@TimRayburn.net or on Twitter/GitHub @TRayburn and we’ll get you started in the process.

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.

Improving Enterprises is Looking to Pay You to Learn

Photo by Travis Isaacs

Photo by Travis Isaacs

My employer, Improving Enterprises, has a new program, and we’re looking to hire some new people. Our goal is to take people with minimal to entry level development skills (not anyone who is building large enterprise applications today), hire these people, pay them to go through a bootcamp led by our best and brightest, and then at the end, provided some criteria are met, hire them as either Associate Consultants or Consultants within our organization. Pretty cool, right?

This program is a huge opportunity, and I wish it existed when I graduated from college. You’re likely a candidate for this program if you meet these requirements:

  • Some programming experience is necessary.
    • Web experience is not necessary, though it is helpful.
    • Lack the experience or expertise to be an Improver
  • Exhibit excellent potential, aptitude, and attitude
  • Are willing to work long and hard over the next few months to become an Improver.

If you apply and are accepted, you should expect:

  • The program is 9-6 plus homework assignments including user group attendance and supplemental online courses.
  • It is intended to be an intensive, “drink from the firehose” experience.
  • You will be paid a nominal salary.
  • The salary will increase once you pass the board exam and become billable.
  • There is an interview process.

We intend for this bootcamp to be as beneficial as a master's program in terms of marketable skills. Interested?  Contact me.

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.