AFH 077: Agile Africa 2017

Don Gray (@donaldegray), Faye Thompson (@agilefaye), Joanne Perold (@joperold), Barry Tandy (@barrytandy), Regina Martins (@gianamar), Oz Chihwayi (@ozchihwayi), and Karl Fuchs (@karlofuchs) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss agile coaching at Agile Africa 2017.

Agile Africa 2017

Don is a friend and mentor to me, and a valued member of the agile community. He has contributed to multiple books including: CENTER ENTER TURN SUSTAIN: ESSAYS IN CHANGE ARTISTRYREADINGS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING LEADERSHIP, and AMPLIFY YOUR EFFECTIVENESS. He co-teaches one of the top agile and leadership workshops available – Coaching Beyond the Team – with Esther Derby.

Faye has more than eighteen years of project delivery experience and is currently a senior agile consultant with CareWorks Tech. Focusing on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, and automotive industries. Faye is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value and helps work groups transform into highly engaged and energized teams.

Jo is passionate about helping teams and people grow and improve. As a coach/trainer at Agile42, she loves helping teams and organizations implement and improve their agile practices. Jo has worked for more than a decade in the software industry in all areas of software development, and is interested in both people and process improvement and continuously learning and finding better ways to solve problems. She is a Certified Scrum Trainer and when not thinking about scrum she enjoys reading, good food, good wine and the occasional good whiskey.

Barry is an agile coach on a journey filled with meaningful relationships and experiences… some of them life changing, all of them making a difference. He is a coach at Driven Alliance and prides himself on being able to build and maintain successful long-term relationships and through those relationships being able to follow a passion of working closely with people systems and the dynamics that make up those systems. As a Scrum Master, he is focused on solving many different problems that his teams encounter.

Regina aims for continuous improvement in her personal and professional lives and her daily mantra is to be a better version of herself today than she was yesterday. She has been a Scrum Master since 2010 and more recently an Agile Coach with Agile 42. Regina gets energized when she is involved in building self-organizing teams and facilitating these teams to deliver value to business stakeholders. She is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and is an avid Kanban practitioner.

Oz has over 15 years of working in the delivery, testing, and maintenance of systems, He seeks to identify and solve the right problems while realizing value. Oz loves to share experiences and is an advocate for collaboration in teams and organizations. He currently works as a software tester in Johannesburg, South Africa with House of Test. A life learner and explorer, he believes thinking is his strongest skill in his bag of many and varied tricks. A regular long run keeps him grounded.

Karl is an Electronic Engineer by trade with a natural ability to sense risk and a talent to find the most productive and optimal configuration for managing complex situations. He enjoys challenges and responsibility in a technical/technological stimulating environment that offers opportunities for providing total solutions, independent thought, and creative problem-solving. Karl brings lean and kanban to the forefront of his coaching as he seeks ways for his teams to find flow.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The wonderful agile community in South Africa

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