Gil Broza Interviewed by Selena Delesie (48-min audio)
How do you lead with both heart and mind? Why would you care do to that? And how do you overcome the organizational barriers to a people-first culture? Selena Delesie, host of the Lead With Love Virtual Conference, held a deep-dive interview on these matters with Gil in January 2017.
Inviting both teams and managers to Agile, rather than coercing them
How to establish a thriving team environment
Why a leader would want to go to the trouble of getting their people to participate more actively
Advice to people who want to lead that way but are having trouble getting there
The why and what of building relationships and connections
With Gil's approach to coaching, mentoring, and observing, we've been creating and operating effective cross-functional agile teams in IT, finance, marketing, and risk management. Team members and leaders have the right tools to keep moving forward with our agile transformation.
- Ryan EdwardsProgram and project director, Pethealth
It's clear that Gil has mastered the art of coaching/teaching with online tools, and his years of experience working with Agile methods show through. Gil’s sound advice and guidance have armed me with the skills needed to continue my Agile journey.
- Matt S.IT Director (participated in three different courses)
I strongly recommend Gil to any group looking to transition from trying to "act" Agile to actually embracing and becoming Agile in mindset. We are so glad we flew in people from all over the world to attend the training — definitely worth it 10x over.
- Albert TsaiSVP, Product, Catapult Sports
Gil did a fantastic job teaching "Pragmatic Scrum". Many participants commented on how much better it was than training which they had received previously, both in substance and in the way Gil delivered it. They came away energized and enthusiastic about applying their learning.
- Eli JuniDirector of Software Engineering, Thoughtwire
Gil’s workshops were engaging and thought-provoking, and the follow-on coaching sessions provided teams with thoughtful, pragmatic advice that they could begin acting on immediately. This feels like a turning point for us on our journey to being Agile.
- Sarah Brody WebbSr. manager, program & project management, Puppet Labs
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
Our teams responded enthusiastically to the ideas that Gil presented in "Being Agile." With an Agile mind-set, many immediately began re-examining how they were working, with a new sense of freedom and empowerment.
- Philip WhitcombeDirector, Digital Products, CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
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 fundamentally changed the way that I think about software development. He consistently provided our team with thoughtful and pragmatic advice that helped us work together more effectively and provide better value for our clients.
- Scott MacLellanSenior software developer
We were undergoing explosive growth... Gil's ability to discuss the theoretical aspects of agile, combined with practical recommendations on making it all work in practice, and a very deep technical knowledge of software development, is what we needed.
- Claudio GambettiEngineering director, D2L
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.
- Kevin LuoSenior development manager, Scotiabank
I've learned from Gil in a group setting with my company, offsite with groups from other companies and one on one. My working understanding of Agile was transformed into an eye opening new approach to my work and my everyday life.
- Greg WeirLead Agilist, PrismHR
Gil brings an enormously helpful message that companies ignore at their peril if they want to deepen their investment in Agile. He’s experienced in many of the challenges to Agile teams, and resourceful in coaching teams through new challenges.
- Michael GoiteinPrincipal project manager at Mobiquity
Gil has been instrumental in raising the bar on the quality of our Agile team's deliverables. Planning and just-in-time decisions/changes are much better balanced, and the team's motivation and attitude have improved significantly.