Well hello! Welcome to my little page here. You might want to know what you are in for here. Well, I am a guy living in a small rural town in West Georgia with a beautiful, intelligent, and extremely thoughtful wife and three wonderful, smart children. Most of my day is spent leading agile coaches where I work to provide tools, ideas, and the like to the people who do amazing work. They, in turn, work with a wide variety of folks in helping them be Agile and helping them down a road of increased community, trust, and improvement. Sometimes I get into the trenches, realizing that I have so much more to learn, but hey - life is an experiment and a journey.
A while ago, I read a book and a short white paper that fit both of my user story needs. The first was about how leadership can apply agility at the executive leadership level. The second was about how we must change to get the right talent in our current Agile environment. Both brought up key Holistic Agile concepts that I constantly attempt to apply in Agile adoptions and transformations at MATRIX. When it happens successfully, the initiative seems to “take a turn” for the better as the organization (not just IT) “gets it.” When these practices are not applied to senior leadership, there is a chasm that drags Agile transformations to a halt. Without Holistic Agility, organizational change will fail. These practices and principles are building teams, being responsive, and self-management.
My first thoughts about Agile practices were not those of increasing productivity (even though they can), improving product speed to market (which they do), or even breaking down the walls between traditional "business" and "IT" (which happens, all the time). Rather, I kept seeing a cultural and environmental shift in the ways people interacted - from the client relationships to the leadership relationships. I saw how, at the core, we empowered people to do what they do even better and deliver things of value in order to improve relationships and the subsequently the wealth of all parties involved.
I have an 11-year-old daughter. My youngest. My princess in every fathomable way. About a month ago, I was approached by said 11-year-old - let's call her "L" for right now - about a necessary infrastructure project which would require my notable carpentry skills.
It's Agile2017 time again! Woohoo!. Everyone from developers and scrum masters and lowly vendors to the "stalwarts" of the agile movement is here. Over the next week, we will listen to speakers talking about principles, application of agility, tools, systems, and even the new shiny stuff that is all around. But it tells me something about where we are headed as a "philosophy" when the first keynote speaker, David Marquet, doesn't speak of principles, tools, processes, or practices, but instead speaks of "leadership."
I have been in the presence of God plenty of time. I have read my bible for years and I’ve prayed for God to miraculously take SSA (same sex attraction) away but nothing happened
I’m not saying those things don’t work because I know of people who have had and encounter with God and SSA completely vanished, but for me it wasn’t like that.
Why did I not receive complete deliverance at one of the hundreds of altar calls that I answered? Was there something wrong with me? Did God just not like me as much as others? Did I not deserve deliverance because God hates gays? Some of my questions never received answers but I knew God didn’t play favorites and he has great gifts for his sons and daughters. I had a deliverance destined for me! My problem was I didn’t know how to get it.
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