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Category archives: Meet the Coach

A series of interviews with the agile42 team of Agile coaches

Meet the Coach: Joanne Perold

agile42 coach and CST Joanne Perold explains her background, her love for conferences and the Agile community in South Africa

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18 July 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our Meet the Coach series we meet with Joanne Perold, agile42 coach based in Johannesburg that will be a Keynote Speaker at the annual Scrum Gathering South Africa in November 2017.

Q: How did you start your Agile path and end up coaching with agile42?

That is a long story. :) I started out as an 'everything' person at a small company building HR and Payroll systems. We were small, and I had so much to learn. There I did some of everything from development to systems support and testing.I had fun there, but when I went on my ...

Meet the Coach: Marius de Beer

Interview with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver

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27 April 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Marius de Beer, agile42 coach based in Vancouver, Canada.

How did you "discover" Agile?
By accident :-)  In 2002, during an interview, the hiring manager asked me if I do eXtreme Programming.  I had no idea what he was talking about, and obviously did not get the job.  I immediately ordered Kent Beck's book and my life changed in an instant when it arrived 4 weeks later.  For years I felt there was something wrong with the way my teams and I worked, but I could never put my finger ...

Meet the Coach: Niels Verdonk

A discussion with agile42 coach and manager of agile42 Netherlands Niels Verdonk

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31 March 2017
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Meet the Coach

For our semi-regular Meet the Coach series we meet with Niels Verdonk, agile42 coach and founder of agile42 Netherlands.

What is your background and how you became involved with Agile and agile42?

I started working as a Developer in 1996 and in 1999 I came across the book Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change. At the time I worked in an organisation which prided themselves in the fact the were the best in delivering fixed time fixed price projects. A colleague and I were trying to spread the gospel but back then it was unthinkable we would sell an eXtreme Programming ...

Meet The Coach: Lukas Klose

Q&A with Lukas Klose, Agile Coach based in Vancouver, Canada

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30 May 2016
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Meet the Coach

For our Meet the Coach series, we asked a few questions to Lukas Klose, the latest addition to our team of coaches in Canada.

Lukas KloseYou worked in different companies and projects before joining agile42 as a coach. What is your path and do you see a common thread leading to Agile?

When I I was eleven or twelve years old I started coding. By the time I was 21 I was working for a stock exchange data broadcast startup as a programmer. A few more years later I started doing more and more project management, building web sites at Electronic ...

Meet The Coach: Regina Martins

Interview with agile42 South Africa coach Regina Martins about her path and approach to coaching

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13 May 2016
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Meet the Coach

In this new installment of our "Meet the Coach" series we talked with Johannesburg-based coach Regina Martins about change, the Agile world and "the smell of the place".

Can you summarise for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach.

Before I fell in love with Agile I had been a Project Manager delivering projects rather successfully using waterfall methods for 10 years. I was introduced to Scrum by my manager and he suggested that it would be a good thing to try it on the projects I was managing at the time. Little did ...

Meet The Coach: Daniel Lynn

In this interview, Agile Coach Daniel Lynn, shares the inspiration for doing what he does so well

1. Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

My career path was a bit winding. I started programming as a kid and that led me into early jobs writing software - mostly continuing education software for universities and government agencies. Eventually, I set software development aside to spend a few years working in data center operations. However, a number of projects in what we would now call DevOps brought me back to development. 

Building software that automates datacenter automation can be hectic and about this time, our team started learning about ...

Meet: Marion Eickmann

A special chat with agile42 co-founder and CEO Marion Eickmann, talking about coaching and approach to Agile

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2 December 2015
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Meet the Coach

A special guest in the “Meet the Coach” space, we interview Marion Eickmann who knows a lot about Agile coaching. Based in Berlin, she is the co-founder and CEO of agile42. The agile42 Connect event just ended was a personal goal and also a celebration of the path that the company has walked in nearly ten years. We checked to discuss the agile42 approach to Agile.


What is your professional background and how you ended founding such a peculiar company as agile42?

Marion EickmannBeing a marketing and business development person I got the chance to work for a company who developed ...

Meet the Coach: Richard Dolman

In this interview, Agile Coach Richard Dolman shares the inspiration for doing what he does so well

Q:  Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

A:  I started my career as a developer and systems administrator and quickly moved into IT Management and eventually Operations Management.  I was blessed to have 2 true servant leaders as my bosses and mentors, and was exposed to a wide array of experiences and challenges during this time.  In addition to leading constant technology and process improvements as the company grew, I also got hands-on experience with project and people management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

I moved into consulting ...

Meet The Coach: Dhaval Panchal

in this interview, Agile Coach Dhaval Panchal shares his inspiration for doing what he does as well as his 3 top tips for agile managers.

Q: Can you summarize for us your career path and how you came to be an Agile coach?

Right after college, I joined one of the biggest outsourcing Indian IT firms. It was a great feeling to play my part in the IT revolution of late 90’s and early 2000’s. We were truly good engineers and we worked hard, really hard. In about 4 years of working in the Indian IT outsourcing industry, I was ready to call it quits. I had emotionally burned out.

         For the first two years, I worked on a project that had users ...

Meet the Coach: Roberto Bettazzoni

A short interview with agile42 coach, DevOps expert and community organizer Roberto Bettazzoni on his background and what lies ahead

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28 May 2015
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Meet the Coach

Following up on our semi-monthly agile42 newsletter feature titled “Meet the Coach”, we asked some questions to one of our coaches from Italy, Roberto Bettazzoni. Thanks to his solid programming background Roberto often coaches development teams starting with Agile or DevOps techniques. He is one of the leading figures in the Italian DevOps community, and he recently co-organized IDI 2015, a one-day event sponsored by agile42.

What is your background and how you started with Agile techniques?

I have a technical background: I started programming in high school, I wrote my first commercial program when I was a freshman at ...

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