Agile Practice Lead, Agile Coach
Member since 2 years
Hi, my name is Bob Martin, and I'm an Agilist; and no, I'm not Uncle Bob (i.e., the Bob Martin that signed the Agile Manifesto). I'm the Agile Practice Lead, and an Agile Coach at Myer. Until recently (Feb 2019), I was a Principal Consultant at Elabor8 in Melbourne.
Before I moved back to Melbourne (in early 2017 from Atlanta, Georgia in the US) I was the Agile and Lean practices lead, and a coach, at The Weather Company (TWC). Prior to our 'formal' Agile transformation kick-off event in 2012, I worked with the product org within TWC helping them to develop better ways to identify and communicate the user and business needs. Before that I was an IT grunt working my way from Mainframes to Architecture, including a stop off to run a small PMO. When I left TWC in March, 2017 I was supporting multiple business units and product organisations, with ~ 25 teams and their leadership.
I've had the opportunity to work with, and be mentored by some great coaches along the way, either by a direct working relationship, workshops, the local coaching community, and/or through the Agile Alliance conferences. I was a co-organiser, and occasional presenter of the Alpharetta Agile Meetup, and I also attended and occasionally facilitated the Atlanta Limited WIP Society Lean Coffee.
I sometime struggle with the term 'Agile Coach' because of the different assumptions people have with that role, and the necessary inclusion of philosophies and practices from Lean, Cynefin, Systems Thinking, etc.
I like to help teams and organisations grow, and to be as effective and happy as possible.