Agile Coaching: A guide for project managers stepping into a Scrum team – Health warnings!

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This is first of a series of blogs to support traditional project managers I am coaching. To help get their bearings in deep and murky waters of Agile projects and Scrum teams.

Before the scrum purists amongst you vehemently shake your heads or berate me on the title, consider being pragmatic. In the Professional Services world there is always a project manager to manage complexity and facilitate the Scrum team(s). My remit is to facilitate and empower the role to help the team, business and customers succeed, rather than debate its applicability and existence. Continue reading

Peace Through Prosperity- 2017 a retrospective – inspect, adapt, expand. #Agile #OpenSource #SocialTransformation

Third Cohort of women entrepreneurs partaking in Peace Through Prosperity's mini-MBA program.

Third Cohort of women entrepreneurs partaking in Peace Through Prosperity’s mini-MBA program.

2017 was epic, turbulent, encouraging, phenomenal, hard, exciting, exploratory, reflective, transformative, fulfilling and a successful year for Peace Through Prosperity. Thanks to its incredible team, ambassadors and supporters. Thank you all.

2017 by numbers

  • 9 month engagement in 11 marginalised areas of Karachi, Pakistan
  • 304 male beneficiaries completed mini-MBA for micro-entrepreneurs
    • across 5 separate trades*
    • delivered average revenue growth: 10%
    • average profitability growth: 108%
    • and created 19 new jobs.

In real terms this translates to individual micro-entrepreneurs taking home an extra $142 per month. Their daily net (take home) income has grown from $4.4/day to $9.13/day. That’s not it! 19 unemployed individuals found jobs created by the growth experienced by the micro-entrepreneurs. An individual micro-entrepreneur and their immediate family benefited for sure, and so did their local community. Continue reading

Stopping an Un-Islamic State – an alternative approach to our security revisited 2017

unbent and unbroken Great Britain Our security and emergency response services are amazing with their response times at and followup after the fact, our intelligence services on top of their game on pre-emptive measures. However what are our politicians doing to address the current and ineffective approach to counter the spread of extremism? both at home and abroad?

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Agile for Entrepreneurs – as delivered at Google Campus London

A short talk delivered at Google Campus London on the 3rd of April. It probably does not make much sense without the commentary but since attendees wanted access to it, here it is!

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Agile in non-tech environments – Empathy mapping with Joe public in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi

Combining Agility and Empathy to better understand people and change Building on from my previous post on empathy maps it seems apt to share a real world example of how a non-technical team utilises empathy maps. To build deep understanding of the target audience’s issues and to address their pains. 

For those not familiar with Peace Through Prosperity, the organisation works with people engaged in micro-enterprises; such as street-cart or pavement based green grocers, barbers, cobblers and food vendors. Peace Through Prosperity enables them to build a better future for themselves, their family and community through vocational education and coaching. Continue reading