Tampa Bay Agile Coaches Blitz: Be Thankful!

Tampa Bay Agile Coaches Blitz is giving thanks!  Last year’s Coaches Blitz, held in January, was such a success that people in Tampa Bay have been asking for another one.  This year Tampa Bay Agile is holding the event during the time of year when we celebrate things we are thankful for.  Tampa Bay is fortunate enough to have professional Agile Coaches who are excited to provide free coaching for this event, and for that we can all be thankful!

On November 8, 2017, if you would like to learn from a local, professional coach, then the Tampa Bay Agile Coaches Blitz is for you.  The Tampa Bay Agile Coaches Blitz is a free event where business professionals can receive valuable Agile coaching, network with other Agile professionals, and meet new people.  AgileThought will provide the coaches who will speak on agile topics and provide some complimentary coaching advice that can be applied at your workplace. Come network with the AgileThought Agile Coaches and other Tampa Bay area agile practitioners.

This Agile Thanksgiving, here are some things that our Agile Coaches are thankful for:

• Thankful for a vibrant and passionate agile community in Tampa Bay.

• Thankful for managers with the emotional intelligence to let go of command and control in favor of empowering their employees.

• Thankful for agile delivery team members who put their team first.

• Thankful for talented developer leads who spend time mentoring, teaching and pairing with junior developers so that they grow into stronger programmers.

• Thankful for the power of exploration and experimentation.

• Thankful for the agile mindset overall.

• Thankful for the opportunity to help people via agile; it fits so well with our values.

• Thankful for Product Owners who have customer empathy.

Perhaps you are thankful for some of these same things. Perhaps some of these things are items your teams currently struggle with. Tampa Bay Agile believes you will learn some ideas at this event to help you and your teams. Next year, you may find some things that you currently struggle with have turned into items you are thankful to have overcome! We hope you will join us for this fun, value-rich, and free event! 

The following AgileThought coaches will be participating:

Sam Falco is an Agile Coach with AgileThought, and has been involved in agile software development since 2008, when the company he worked for adopted Scrum. Since then, he has worked in multiple software domains, including publishing, cyber security, insurance, and finance. Sam has experience starting and guiding Scrum teams, and is also a skilled trainer and speaker. Sam’s specialties include Scrum, team dynamics, training, creative & dynamic retrospectives.

Julee Bellomo is an Agile coach and trainer at AgileThought with over a decade in the agile arena and 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She is passionate about bringing alignment and innovation to organizations using agile and lean techniques. She has helped organizations such as Carfax, Marriott, and AARP with Agile PMO and scaling agile techniques, as well as ideation, product ownership and large group facilitation for planning and ideation activities.  Julee is active in the Tampa Bay Agile and PMP communities. She is the founder of the Tampa Bay Product Owner group and actively participates in community agile events with a focus on Lean start-up thinking and innovation games.  She conducts training and workshops on agile, Scrum, and project management.

Wendy Vigre is an Agile Coach at AgileThought with over 11 years of experience in the technology and agile industry. She is passionate about implementing agile within organizations to bring alignment and create a culture of delivery. Her software engineering background offers a tangible and unique outlook to agile adoption that helps create high performing organizations that are motivated, where people enjoy producing the right thing. Wendy has led various initiatives that vary from technical in nature, like code decoupling, to very business logic driven, like state legislations. She has hands-on field experience as a Product Owner, Scrum Master, Kanban flow master and Agile Coach. She has worked in industries that range from healthcare to large accounting firms, with teams that span from clinical to compliance. Wendy is active in the Tampa Bay Agile community, participating in Scrum Master, Product Owner and Tampa Bay Agile meet-ups.

Christy Erbeck, an Agile Transformation Consultant with AgileThought, has over 20 years’ experience in training and coaching, working in both software development and non-product-focused environments, including manufacturing (discrete and process), distribution, and marketing. In her career, Christy has trained thousands of individuals worldwide, from nontechnical roles (e.g., in transportation, coal processing), to software developers, sales, and high-level executive management. Christy co-authored Roadmap to Success, a compilation of thoughts from some of America’s top intellectual minds (Ken Blanchard, Deepak Chopra, and others) on mapping out successful business strategies, including understanding employee engagement to improve profitability. Christy is a Professional Scrum Master, and she holds a Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Erik Lindgren is an Agile Coach with AgileThought. With 18 years in the software industry, he has held most software job titles: Developer, Tester, Tech Lead, Business Analyst, Architect, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Product Manager, Delivery Leader, and Agile Coach. He is passionate about helping individuals, teams and companies improve their software delivery process. His coaching specialties include Scrum, Kanban, Offshore, Large Client, and Custom Process development.

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Food and beverage for this meetup are made possible from our generous sponsor, AgileThought.  We take RSVPs very seriously!  RSVP counts are used to determine how much food and drink to supply at each meetup. The point is, if you RSVP to a meetup, please show up.