Almost two months ago, I left my gig advising a Federal PMO to join LitheSpeed. LitheSpeed offers premium Scrum and Agile consulting, coaching, and training services. So, what do you do when you win work? Well, you put the word out that you’re looking for qualified people! So, are you an Agile coach who would like to be considered for our current and future engagements? Complete the form and you’ll be on the list.
I was sitting at my desk when this song by the Black Eyed Peas called “I got a feeling” came on Pandora. My son rushed over yelling to turn it up. I attribute turning up the volume to the resulting earworm that has lasted the last few days. There could be worse things in the world. Each time I hear it, I think of the flash mob that danced in Chicago for Oprah. It amazes me how so many (strangers) came together to create something that brings a smile to my face every time I see the video.
As I was preparing for day zero for LitheSpeed (I don’t officially start until tomorrow), I found myself singing the song and thinking about “the feeling”. After taking a week off, I was able to break the cycle that had me feeling a bit numb for so long. Just a few weeks ago, I felt like I was trying to keep control of an uncontrollable situation. That can become exhausting. But today I felt completely different. This morning I felt excited about what I was about to do. I felt an entrepreneurial drive I haven’t felt for a long time. It’s that feeling when you play offense not defense.
Tomorrow is day one. I have my Kanban loaded. I have my WIP limited. I got a feelin’ tomorrow is gonna be a good day. Let’s do it.
Just yesterday I was complaining about my first day as a technical advisor for a contract source selection committee. What can I say? The PMO asked me to do it and it’s important that it gets done correctly. But being asked to sit in a room for the next 6 weeks, with no access to Internet or phone was going to be very painful. I understand that I can’t be connected 100% of the time. I understand there needs to be balance and I can’t tweet what is going on in my life 24×7. But using modern forms of communications makes me feel informed and connected. If I have a question about something, I feel I can reach out to half a dozen people in a moments notice to get an answer.
So, as I began my second day with the committee, I just sat there for about 10 minutes and stared at the binder sitting on the table in front of me. How the hell was I going to survive this?
Well, I have an answer. I got an offer to go work with someone else. Long story short, I was offered a position with LitheSpeed and I accepted. LitheSpeed offers premium Agile software development training, team coaching & management consulting services. They blend Agile methods like Scrum and XP with Lean process expertise to speed value delivery and drive enterprise evolution.
I’m very excited about my future with them.
I’ve been working with a federal PMO managing a multi-year, multi-phased, multi-million dollar program for a few years now. I don’t think anyone in the PMO knew what Agile was before I arrived. Rest assured, I’m not turning my back on my project management roots. I’m still very much a supporter of PMI and the PMP. But even PMI couldn’t ignore Agile forever. It’s time for me to help others to speed value delivery and drive enterprise evolution. It’s time for me to turn the page and start a new chapter.
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