Along the Agile journey, certain needs will arise for which training and coaching are not the best solutions. Even do-it-yourself companies sometimes appreciate an outsider’s involvement, especially someone who’s helped other companies in similar situations. Our popular services include:
Agile Assessment / Health Check
If your team’s performance has hit a plateau, or they’d like to be more agile, we can help. We’ll assess the situation from all angles: the teams’ human makeup and current methods; working relationships and collaboration modes; management system and practices; value flow and business environment; technical debt and engineering practices. We’ll recommend a practical roadmap toward your desired goal, identify challenges, and discuss mitigation strategies. (We’re quick with this service; we won’t hang around for weeks, or tie up your people’s time in long meetings.)
Custom Process and Team Design
If you’d like to be Agile with your next major undertaking, but Scrum is not the best fit or your current setup is suboptimal, we’ll work with the key players on team and process design. We’ll help them pinpoint work values, elicit assumptions, and choose principles; we’ll support the design of a baseline process and team structure; and we’ll facilitate an effective kick-off.
Executive Briefing on Agile
If your executives want candid, realistic, and unbiased responses to their concerns, look no further. In this 2-3 hour session with your senior leadership, we’ll establish a shared, accurate understanding of the Agile paradigm; express the needs, expectations, pitfalls, and implications of an Agile transformation; and discuss workable strategies and tactics for leading the change.
Important: We are not affiliated with any large consulting group or certification scheme, so when we say unbiased, we mean unbiased.
Facilitation of Milestone Events
If a significant milestone of a large Agile initiative is coming up, consider holding a plenary workshop before starting work on the next phase. The purpose may be to draw lessons from the last few months, improve on some dimension of work, or to consider deep changes for the next few months.
Key to this event is to get the entire staff — not just management — to do the thinking, collaborating, and deciding. We’ve facilitated many such events, and even though they’re short (no more than a day), they’ve all resulted in visible increases in engagement, satisfaction, and performance. If you want greater self-organization and empowerment, such an event is the best demonstration of your intent.
We will collaborate with you on planning a successful workshop: purpose, agenda, invitation, deliverables, process, etc. And if you prefer, we will facilitate it for you (such events must be led by experienced facilitators.)
"Have a SEAT" (Safe, Effective Agile Transformation)
If a part of your organization is about to experience an Agile transformation, how solid are your strategy and plan for it? You don’t need to plan the transformation, but you need to think it through — false starts, which are too common in our industry, are really hard to recover from and restart!
We only need to spend a few days with your people (and less than an hour with each one) to:
Give you a full analysis of all the risks and forces that could derail Agile
Determine the best-fit form of Lean/Agile that’s most likely to “stick”
Identify necessary conditions and support, along with realistic timeframes
Highlight areas for attention that have nothing to do with process (e.g., leadership, management system, technical concerns, relationships)
Gil is able to get people to try new things, even if they are a little uneasy about moving in the new direction... As well, Gil helped me develop a roadmap for our Agile deployment, which eventually extended to over 400 people.
- Bob FischerVP, Fidelity Investments
I hired Gil to help with planning an implementation strategy to adopt Agile into our organization. I would highly recommend him to any organization wishing to adopt and further evolve their adoption of Agile.
- Mark VekslerDirector of Engineering, VFA
In our short consulting session, Gil demonstrated a real talent in understanding people, their motivation and needs, giving valuable feedback and recommendations.
- Shirit Shachak SibonyQA manager, Oracle Israel
Gil consistently demonstrated creative, expert and empathetic advice, observation and leadership consistent with an approach of high integrity. He brought an appropriate mix of IT expertise, behaviour observations, lean process thinking and ability to start tough conversations to our team.
- Jason KoulourasDirector, Data Services
I engaged Gil to assess and coach three of my Agile development teams, ranging from novice to experienced. His recommendations were pragmatic yet fresh, and resulted in meaningful team performance improvements in each case, particularly around collaboration.
- Darryl MinardSenior manager, Portfolio Analytics Systems
With the perspective of time I am confident in recommending Gil's consulting service to anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding and richer benefits out of working in an Agile way.
- Guy NachimsonDirector of Israel R&D, Software AG
Gil helped us understand why we needed a change and what values, principles, and models aligned to our strategy. He's instilled an Agile mindset in our team, which functions a lot better now, is more engaged, and executes much more effectively.