Whether I'm teaching, consulting or learning myself, agile is a big part of what I do. I started out in software development back in the early 1980s, using a system called waterfall. It worked well at the time, but change and disruption became a lot more common. So, when agile came around, I was excited to see a more flexible and collaborative approach. Since then, I've embraced other methods, including scrum, lean, DevOps, and DevSecOps, to name a few.
After seeing the success of the different approaches with the teams I was working with, I found that I also enjoyed teaching others how to use them. My love for helping people to improve their practice extended into my stints as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Professor at Keller Graduate School of Management, Brandman University, and Grossmont College.
As someone with a background in education, I know that everyone learns and understands concepts differently, and agile understands this as well. So, when I'm training and facilitating learning, I try to find different ways to convey information.
Outside of work, the agile way of thinking is something I bring with me into my personal life. Agile teaches us that streamlining processes can be hard, but it reduces the amount of time you spend on menial tasks. That's time I like to spend with my wife and her horses. She's a horse trainer and has a very process-oriented approach. But, as anyone who has worked with horses will know, your process needs the flexibility to shift at any moment.