Awesome Coach of the week: Marius de Beer
Having moved to Vancouver, Canada to share the magic that is agile42, I was surprised to meet another foreign agile coach in Vancouver. Marius de Beer, from South Africa, had also identified with the beauty of Vancouver (his wife liked the city) and decided to settle down here (his wife really liked the city). Over the intervening months, I've had the pleasure of working more closely with Marius, and see something very special in him. Therefore, this week Marius is our Awesome Coach of the Week.
Marius has worked with agile for nearly a decade, and has been coaching agile transformations for almost five years. He has a quiet and calm approach to transformations and team coaching, looking to fully understand the system within which he is working, and identify the root cause of the situations he experiences. His understanding of agile is similarly comprehensive and well thought out.
Having co-hosted Agile101, an Agile Vancouver community event, I have seen how well Marius can communicate, how well he reads a room, and manages to keep nearly 50 people enthralled. Marius understands agility incredibly well, and rather than selling people on a quick fix is focussed immediately on the right solution for them, though this may not be the answer people are looking for. Marius brings a level of detail and quality to everything he does.
In today's world of quick fixes and fast movers, with agile appearing in any and every form as the term confers undeserved credibility, Marius shows an integrity and calm confidence that every true agile coach should aim for. As coaches, we do not need to move with the buffeting winds of change, but we should stand firm and true in the knowledge that what we've worked hard to understand and put into practice works. Marius has that knowledge, that confidence and for this we honour him as an agile42 Awesome Coach of the Week.