Welcome to the Coalition! Introduce yourself :-)


Hi Tara,

Welcome to the coalition. I think to be effective we all need a little hippie in us. I come from a UI/UX Development background, so user research is always a good thing to hear in my ears.

And pugs… Well, my son would agree with you 100% there. The most beautiful personalities with such poor construction. If you are up for rock and roll, the guys did a whole podcast on agile in music.

I look forward to chatting with you. What’s the thing that really has you going atm?



Time for a pets cat-egory here in the coalition?


I’m somewhere between Anne the Architect, and Gerald the Generalist. A David of a couple of decades’ experience, Ivanning out on occasion, now mostly sitting among Ivans and working on their interactions with Elliots. But I still love hanging out with Daves - they’re my homies.

Frequently, some Elliot will ask me to “go make X happen” - when X is something the org doesn’t really know how to do, and needs to learn about PDQ. Other times, it’s “Go fix Y”. Y is usually hairy, misbehaved, and has horrid table manners. Other times still, I just find my own trouble. I’m good at that. I’m a knowledge door-kicker, a silo saboteur, an agent of change and mischief.

After dealing with quite a few agile dysfunctions, and benefiting from a few winning agile plays (mostly of the very unorthodox - nay, iconoclastic - variety), I figured that most of what I do is promote business agility up and down the organisation.

I hope to get a few of my “am I crazy, or…” answers here, to avail myself to the wheels people have come up with before me, so as to not have to reinvent them, and to provide comedic relief, iconoclasm on demand, and whatever experience I can contribute to my fellow insurgents.


Suitably epic intro! Welcome!


@ManuelGomes bring it all, your whole wonderful self!!!


Hi! I’m Georgina Hughes. I’m a ScrumMaster in London, UK. I’m a contractor, currently working with two teams in an exhibitions marketing company. I’ve been doing scrum mastery for about five years now. I spend a lot of time with the real world agile community here in London through such things as attending meetups and volunteering in Tobias Mayer’s ScrumMaster Clinics.

I’m more of Charlotte the Coach than any of the other personas. I’m usually the person who gets asked the hard answers about agile, and I’m getting more comfortable with not always having the answers to them. Last year I went on Lyssa Adkin’s Agile Facilitator and Agile Coach courses, and I found them to be life changing both professionally and personally.

I’ve found myself in a lot of early transitions into agile, and I’ve learned a lot from that. I’d like to go somewhere a little less dysfunctional in the future, but then I wonder what I would be needed for…?


HAHAHAHA! Good luck with that!

Jokes aside, you could transition from “adoption” into “scaling”… not sure it will be any less dysfunctional though.


Hail! I was so happy to find this great community online while trying to write a paper for school on discourse communities. During the day I am somewhere between Barry the Beginner and Peter the Product Manager. I have been a software developer on an agile team about five years ago, however now I am on the business side and function as a product line manager for an area of technology called “the internet of things”. I’m here because my developer counterparts at my organization are agile, and I want to learn everything I can to become a good product owner, and be able to relate to my developers so I can best serve them. At night I am still picking away at a degree online in information technology with a focus on information assurance and cyber security.


Nice! Welcome to the coalition. Interesting subjects to be studying. How have you found the use of discourse in the creation of Communities of Practice in the technical world? I’m definitely curious.


Hi, I am currently a Business Change Agent for the Retailer IT division of an Automobile Manufacturer that is trying to move from Waterfall to Agile. Ironically, my previous job was within the realms of Continuous Improvement for an Aerospace OEM supplier trying to become more “agile” (and failing) through introducing lean principles (such as Kanban) from the automotive sector within the manufacturing environment (without working to adjust c-level/management expectations in any shape or form) by coaching through an external consultancy.
My journey with agile is just starting but I am excited to be here and look forward to the ride. I view the opportunity of personal and professional growth within the project management space, and its’ various methodologies, a great personal challenge and welcome the “learning opportunities” that I will inevitably encounter.



That sounds super interesting and challenging at the same time. I’m not sure we ever get there, but it is a fun journey. How well do the principles of agile hold up in the automotive space, if not the practices?

I know the theory of constraints and Lean are things in the industry, but what of other practices and frameworks?

Welcome to the coalition. Hopefully, you get to share some of the learning opportunities here.