Like a Sports Coach for an Agile Program

Jim Morgan, M.A., CCMP®, PMI-ACP®, PMP®, brings a sports-coach mentality to Agile transformations: Implement a winning system through initial discipline that empowers players to maximize their own performance. A coach at age 16, a 30-year martial arts black belt, and a lifelong sports fan with performing arts experience, I apply lessons learned from helping or watching group performances succeed:

  • Winning makes everyone connected with the team happier: customers, owners, managers, and players.
  • Winning requires self-discipline.
  • When you hire a coach, you hire his or her system.
  • Therefore, a team can only have one head coach.
  • Winning systems become successful cultures.

As a lead or solo Enterprise Agile Coach, I offer you a unique combination of knowledge and practical skills to create a fully Agile culture:

  • True expertise in Agile project management via:
    • Hands-on experience with dozens of teams in multiple companies or government entities.
    • Deep research into the scientific evidence relevant to Agile and teambuilding (see Web books below).
    • Training or mentorship of hundreds of other project/program managers on Agile or teamwork.
  • Measurable successes in improving performance and processes in every position held, at small (25 people), medium (300 people), and large enterprises (Honeywell, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microsoft, NetApp).
  • Authorship of three Web books based on reviews of hundreds of scientific and trade sources, detailing:
  • Holder of rigorous certifications that require proof of having done the work, extensive training, comprehensive exams, and continuing education, in three overlapping disciplines:
    • Certified Change Management Professional (one of only 500 globally).
    • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (5+ years).
    • PMI Project Management Professional (10+ years).
  • Exceptional communication skills:
    • Written—A former professional writer who came to project management from technical writing, and wrote a master’s thesis on persuasion.
    • Verbal—Extensive training credits, including classroom training for PMI; conference and professional group presentations; and guest-lectures in universities.
  • Leadership combining two styles proven to improve financial performance while supporting workers:
    • “Empowerment leadership,” which overlaps with the “servant” and “transformational” styles but emphasizes team and employee freedom to make decisions.
    • “Evidence-based management,” defined by a leading researcher as “the systematic, evidence-informed practice of management, incorporating scientific knowledge in the content and process of making decisions…”
  • High scores on scientific tests for persistence toward long-term goals and the ability to read others’ emotions.
  • Experience and enjoyment working with any level of an enterprise:
    • Single teams to multi-team programs to entire organizations.
    • C-suite leaders, middle managers, supervisors, and team members.
  • Exceptional energy, discipline, and concentration from years as a martial arts black belt.

For my employment and education history, see my resume or LinkedIn profile. If you still have doubts about interviewing me, please see Addressing Concerns.