About The Agile Conversation

Who’s Talking About Lean-Agile Coaching?

Picture of GregThe Agile Conversation is curated by me, Greg Tutunjian, and I’m the one talking about Lean-Agile coaching. I am a Lean-Agile coach and servant-leader who has helped organizations plan and deliver innovative products and solutions for more than 20 years.  My Lean and Agile experience extends from Angel-funded startups, publicly and privately-owned technology companies and Fortune 100 multinationals.

What I Believe

Effective Agile coaching inherently relies on trust. Trust begins with understanding. I invite you to get to know me through understanding my beliefs and what I value as a coach.

I believe in…

  1. Ethical and professional behavior in pursuit of innovative and customer-pleasing outcomes.
  2. Frequent reflection activities and outcomes to capitalize on recent experiences.
  3. Leadership as both an inherent skill and as a developmental skill.
  4. Daily transparency that supports open and honest communication and collaboration.
  5. Building accountability into our plans, our daily cycles and our deliverables.
  6. Engaging people through servant-leadership principles and practices.
  7. Whole-team engagement for planning, execution and strategy.
  8. Planning for increased resilience in each cycle of planning, execution and reflection.
  9. Planning, execution and reflection activities incorporating lightweight governance when needed.
  10. Ensuring resilience evolves and persists at the individual, team and organization levels.

Why I’m Talking

My software engineering experience combined with my in-the-trenches technical delivery ownership experience gives me the perspective to guide teams and leaders to harness Lean and Agile as the competitive edge it is intended to be. This makes me uniquely qualified to help others transform their existing world to a Lean-Agile world. I’m committed to identifying and facilitating adaptive transformation (versus prescriptive transformation) of your planning, development, delivery and sustainability practices. I want your teams to deliver innovative solutions and products while continuing to improve their skills and enjoy the overall experience.

I’ve been fortunate to have formed and led teams in organizations of all sizes and under a variety of challenging conditions.  One thing I’ve discovered is that teams require persistent attention (not intervention) and that non-invasive coaching, mentoring and training will bring out the best in people in all areas of an organization. I want your team to have that competitive edge I know lives within a Lean-Agile environment.

What I See

I often discover that organizations have developed their own lifecycle and use a combination of legacy bridges to connect their teams and support organizations. Everything works, but the overall process is brittle, manually intensive, and when the wind blows hard (and a critical release is pending) serious concern appears throughout the organization and risks are more prevalent than rewards.  We don’t have to work this way.

Iteration after iteration. Release after release. Many organizations are forced to invest more time into Getting to Done and, as a result, have significantly less time for innovation, high-priority features and lifecycle optimizations.  They are constantly operating in the caution zone (working extra hours and deferring critical technical debt remediation) and end up in the breakdown lane.  Employee satisfaction often bottoms out, and management is suddenly in a spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Let’s Talk!

If you’re curious about why I choose to coach on Lean-Agile, click over to read more about Why Agile?

You can also learn more about my specific coaching process at this link.

Lastly, we can start the conversation about your team today. Click this link to start the conversation.