You are a software development team, department or organisation who is serious about developing quality software that delivers solutions to your clients, but you are not getting the results you want. You are either struggling to hit deadlines as promised, or quality is an issue, or you might have difficulty keeping up with changing requirements. Let’s just say that your customers or business users are not as happy with you as you would like them to be. And you are working really hard, but still you only seem to hit the mark some of the time. You are willing to consider that there could be a better way.
Your team is important to you, everybody is committed and want to do a good job. You have heard about Lean/Agile or you have either already started using it, or you would like to start using it. You might have tried it and failed or you may be flying already but like to reach for the stars!
No matter where you are on your Lean/Agile journey you would appreciate some help from external experts who have done this before and will help you avoid costly mistakes. The help you require could be anything from a single intervention, for instance facilitating an insightful retro, to transitioning your entire organisation to a Lean/Agile way of working. It could range from tweaking your estimation to defining a Lean/Agile method. You may need support for one of your leaders or for all your business users and your technical teams, even your change management group. You may want only training, or training and mentoring, or coaching or consulting.
Antoinette Coetzee – Everything I have ever done in my career comes together in my current role as transformation coach. At the heart of what I do is the desire to develop people, be that as individuals, as members of teams, or as leaders. Agile and Lean bring about major shifts in the way people view work. I love supporting teams and organisations through that difficult change to watch them flourish on the other side. Through a process of training, mentoring and coaching, people go from struggling or average to successful, self-managed, high-performing individuals that understand what it means to BE Agile rather than merely DOing it. This is a challenge in the type of organisations we work in – medium to large corporates – but life is pretty boring without a challenge.
My background is technical – I came to Agile through Martin Fowler and XP way back in 1996, so for many years I worked as a team member in Agile vendor teams internationally. A lot of the work I have done as coach is with software teams, breaking down barriers between traditional roles and finding better ways for teams to grow together and develop quality software. My own development over the last few years focused on professional coaching, change management and facilitation. I chose to specialise in Organisational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). Along with extensive Agile Coaching training from the Agile Coaching institute (Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd) this has widened the scope of my work to include enterprise transformation in general.
Every change requires education. We develop most of our courses in-house, but we are also the South African partners of the Agile Coaching Institute. Our collaboration extends to co-leading courses internationally. This provides me with the opportunity to work closely with people like Lyssa, Michael and other gurus and share that in South Africa.
Gill Baronetti is a professional coach, facilitator and trainer with over 15 years’ experience in the IT sector, specifically in project management.
Since 2014, she has been developing her skills in the world of Agile and holds a Scrum Certified Product Owner accreditation. She also recently attended “Coaching Agile Teams” in the United States, giving her an additional qualification of Agile Coach.
Gill’s practical experience with project teams and her passion for developing individuals and teams blend favourably in the type of work she does around the design and facilitation of workshops and Agile ceremonies, coaching Agile teams and Professional Coaching for individuals and groups.
About Our Associates
Angie Doyle is an Agile Coach, Trainer and Facilitator with IQbusiness. She has been involved in software development since 2002 and has worked with a number of Agile and not-so-Agile teams during that time. For many years, Angie worked in the business process outsourcing industry where she pursued ways to make businesses leaner, more effective, and more capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment. So when she was introduced to an agile way of working, it was a perfect fit!
She now devotes her time to anything related to the role of the Agile Product Owner and Agile Product Manager, business agility, and team coaching.
Louise Perold – Testing is not just a career to me, it is a massive part of who I am. I have been blessed to come across people who have inspired me and taught me and I believe I have been that person to others over the years. The learning never stops though, and I continue to practice the craft and apply learnings from other disciplines back into software testing.
I am at my happiest when I see a team able to do their best testing work and add valuable information into the system. One way I like to do this is to be part of the team. Mentoring and coaching the team from an external viewpoint is also something I am comfortable with. I realise that much of the work we do is heavily influenced by the greater system we are in. I have many years experience of making these things visible and coming up with practical ideas to maximize the value derived from the testing efforts.
Building the craft and community of testing in South Africa is also a passion of mine. To this end, I am the co-organiser of Let’s Test South Africa and the founder and co-organiser of the Joburg Software Testers Meetup. I am also one of the founding members of ISST – the International Society for Software Testing.
I enjoy speaking at conferences and have spoken at Let’s Test in Sweden, Copenhagen Context and CAST in North America and I was the co-program chair for CAST 2013.
As Director and Consultant at House of Test South Africa, I am hoping to continue working with awesome people, partnering with friends whom I respect and working my butt off to promote $hit HoT testing.