Rewiring "Agile" Identity: Overcoming Tribal Fragility in the Agile Community
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In 2008, Travis got the opportunity to join a small firm, Berteig Consulting, founded and presided over by his old friend and Certified Scrum Trainer Mishkin Berteig. From Berteig Travis learned the ropes of Scrum training, coaching and consulting relationship management. In 2008-2009, Travis worked with Mishkin and others to develop OpenAgile, which aspired to be a kinder and gentler sibling of Scrum, an alternative to the Scrum-butt finger-pointing going on at the time.
Around 2014, Travis got a new mentor, Alexei Zheglov, one of the global thought-leaders in the LeanKanban movement. Under Zheglov's tutelage, Travis began to see beyond cross-functional teams with definitions of "done", to organizations as ecosystems of interdependent services. In Spring 2016, Travis attended LeanKanban North America in San Diego where he was exposed to case studies backed by data about how hospitals and marketing companies were improving beyond IT with Kanban. He also attended several training seminars, including Kanban Management Professional (earning his KMP credential) and David Anderson's Kanban Coaching Professional Masterclass in Fall 2017. During the latter, he was exposed to deep evidence-based guidance on organizational maturity, identity and psychology of change, evolutionary theory, fitness-for-purpose metrics, and several data-rich case studies of Kanban implementations around the world.
Travis began integrating his new knowledge into his consulting work and one organization client began to change the way they were thinking from team orientation towards service orientation. In early 2017 Travis attended Train the Trainer and became an Accredited Kanban Trainer with LeanKanban University. Travis teaches both public and private Kanban courses and helps managers and leaders apply Kanban knowledge towards the improvement of their organizations and services.
In Spring 2017, Travis facilitated the 3-hour workshop "CLEAR Leadership: Evolutionary Policy Design", at LeanKanban North America in Washington DC.
Travis is married with two energetic boys, ages 8 and 5.