I was very flattered when Andy McCarty, Director of the Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) at Northeastern University (N.U.) connected me with Bill Ibelle, a writer at the N.U. News. Bill was interested in sharing the work Andy facilitates and leads through CAVS with a broader audience. Bill interviewed two recent participants in my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Teams 2-day workshops: Morgan Stanley and Austen Venick, in addition to myself. (I went through my first professional photo shoot, too!) I deliver these workshops pro bono and with all the bells and whistles a commercial client would experience.
You can read the full article here. This is especially gratifying for me as I’m an N.U. graduate.
The feedback I receive from participants in these workshops is very encouraging (and confirms my original theory that military training and experience prepares one to be a very effective Agile team member.) In addition to delivering these workshops for CAVS, I deliver them for Code Platoon in Chicago, too. Code Platoon is a 6+ day/week in the lab coding bootcamp for veterans. Rod Levy is the Executive Director at Code Platoon. Rod and Jon Young, the Code Platoon Lead Instructor, have successfully gained academic credit for the Code Platoon program and recently completed qualifying Code Platoon participants for G.I. Bill benefits. They’re very gracious hosts, too.
In Agile, we often share and discuss values including these:
I have found these values in all of my work with Andy, Rod and Jon in addition to the more than three dozen participants in our SAFe workshops. I’m looking forward to continued collaboration and expediting the professional development and career growth of their constituents.