I announced this on Twitter a while back, but I’ve left my full-time job at Xclaim to join VersionOne as their internal Agile Development Coach.
I’ll say, leaving Xclaim was kind of a bittersweet thing. I’m still a part owner of the business, which is nice, but it’s the excellent team and practice we’ve forged together that I’ll miss the most. I get really involved in my work and it was at 5:00pm on my final Friday that I was feeling, let’s say, like the ultimate chicken.
I’m comforted, however, by the fact that Xclaim goes on and continues to be a great team. Every coach needs a captain, and my colleague, Rik Bardrof, is more than ready to take on the next set of challenges. He’s in cahoots with the same awesome and dedicated people I had the pleasure of working with over the years and I’m positive they’ll continue to kick it, as they say, up a notch.
For those that don’t know, VersionOne makes tools for Agile teams and organizations. In fact Xclaim is a happy customer. My job there, as the internal coach to their development team, is to drive new practices and process improvements that can help take them to the next level. What’s cool is that they’ve got an already-rocking team right now. In the course of a day long interview/visit, I got a sense of clear vision from top leadership and met some very talented, passionate team members. All the ingredients for a legendary team are in place and that’s something I knew I had to be a part of.
I took the job for another big reason: the domain is really interesting. You’re working to drive continuous improvement on an Agile team working on a product for other Agile teams. How meta can you get?! I quite like the challenge of serving both domain expert and playing coach roles simultaneously. This team will push the edge of Agile and Lean to the point where we can harvest and validate innovations and bake them into a product that sells itself. This has to be the highest form of technical excellence a product team can achieve. I believe that’s within reach, and am looking forward to sharing our experiences along the way.