I’ve been inviting business agility, with clients and colleagues on six continents, since 1991. This website is my personal and professional learning journal, shared openly since 1998. Please have a look around – and contact me if you think we might have something to talk about or do together.

I’d be glad to help with the projects and breakthroughs you’re working on. We can use the challenges you’re up against to make your organization stronger.

Invite, Collaborate, Evolve

My work brings people together to get big stuff done. We can engage dozens (or hundreds!) of people in Open Space meetings, deliver projects and large programs successfully with Scrum and other agile methods, and develop whole-business agility with the Enterprise Scrum framework. Always, we begin with a purpose or goal that matters. We invite all stakeholders, surface all the issues, prioritize and self-organize – to deliver and improve and evolve.

In Challenging Environments

I work at all levels of organizations and communities, with leaders, managers, teams, and much larger groups who share goals and dependencies – but who don’t always work together. I help them do important new things and learn to work in new ways. Sometimes I help them get out of the old, deep ruts of “this is how it’s always been done.”

The situations tend to be complex and uncertain, crossing functions and disciplines, potentially conflicted and urgent. The challenges addressed can be immediate or evolutionary, opportunities or threats. Sometimes they are all of the above! But like the scenes pictured above, challenging can also be beautiful.

A Positive, Practical Approach

I look for what’s working and why it works, then introduce practices that help people make more of that. I find this is easier to do, more powerfully effective, and more personally satisfying than “driving people” to “solve problems.” That said, sometimes “problems” is where the conversation starts – and “solutions” is the urgent, driving need.

My role and title depends on the situation. I’ve worked as…

  • Organization Effectiveness Consultant
  • Meeting, Process, Workshop or Conference Designer and Facilitator
  • Interim Manager, Program Manager and Project Manager
  • Agile Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Scrum Master

What can I bring to the important projects and evolutionary breakthroughs you’re working on? Let’s talk!

If a living system is unhealthy, the way to make it more healthy is to reconnect it with more of itself.Francisco Varela