Helps Individuals & Teams
Maximize what Matters
I am passionate about making work valuable and rewarding, and I thrive on helping teams and their customers discover the best ways to do this, starting from wherever they are on the process spectrum: be it high-control, chaotic or in-between.
over twenty years' experience in the IT industry, I know that process
can help or hurt a team. I've mentored
colleagues and improved the
processes of numerous software development teams during my career, from
helping small teams get started with Agile to assisting with the
enterprise-wide rollout of an Agile software development methodology.
Helping teams "make sense" of their work is what I do - read further to
see how I help teams and individuals.
(...more about Deborah Preuss)
How are you
How can you
Because even Agile teams get stuck
Support in Times of
Tools to meet upcoming
To really "get" the basics of Agile methods and teamwork.
Shortened timelines and rapid market shifts have made organizational agility critical. When your process feels like an anchor, rather than a motor, a few carefully aimed process changes can produce rewarding shifts in quality, productivity and morale. The approach used can be more or less formal, to work with an organization's culture:
Agile "by the book" simply doesn't exist - it must be adapted for each team and organization. Over time it may become apparent that the "mix' isn't right - even seemingly innocuous compromises may result in longterm under-productivity and/or strife. This remedial service helps existing Agile teams diagnose their own "stuckness" and get passionate again, through use of interviews, retrospectives, coaching, metrics and check-ups.
|Support in Times of
Some say "change is good", others "change is hard". The fact is: change is inevitable, and changing the ground rules for a team or an organization inevitably causes stress and uncertainty, and under pressure it's easy to revert to comfortable old patterns that simply don't help. Teams that actively learn new mental models together are better equipped to handle the occasional chaos that change brings.
Training in Agile Methods
Interactive training that goes beyond the book-learned basics to help teams, or a whole organization, understand how the Agile Values bring a radical shift, and what may be stirred up as a result. Teaches a "continuous learning" approach to help participants "surf" the coming waves of change and resistance appropriately in their own context. Appropriate for software developers, their clients, and others who make promises to deliver goods and services in the context of high stakes and tight timelines.
Coaching provides a skilled helper when you are ready to examine what's hindering your true satisfaction at work or at home. Together we will set aside "shoulds" and "oughts" and design new ways to get the results you want - ways that leverage your strengths and take into account your weaknesses. Coaching usually starts in person and can continue on the phone or with visits and retrospectives.
|Meet Deborah (Hartmann)
I live with my husband Ilja in Karlsruhe, southern Germany's Agile IT hub and a great home-base for travel! Until recently, I lived and worked as an independent Agile trainer and coach in Canada and the US. I love to help teams and businesses produce real value while enjoying great teamwork, so I am always customizing new offerings to meet specific needs. I am a Certified Scrum Practitioner and also a formally trained Team Coach and Life Coach. A former Quebecer, I enjoy working in English and French, and I'm re-learning my mother-tongue of German - it's coming along nicely!
You may know me as a "community creator." In addition to creating and managing the InfoQ.com/Agile developer news site for 3 years, you may be familiar with some of my events: OpenSpace at XPdays in Toronto, Montreal, Washington and NYC; RoCoCoCamp 2007 (the international version of RecentChangesCamp), QconLondon 2007 Agile Track; OOPSLA OpenSpace 2008; and AgileCoachCamp 2008 in the US.
I'd be happy to take your call, for quick consultation or further information. I may be on the road, so please do leave a message. I look forward to speaking with you!
mobile: +49 (151) 50.66.09.40