A boutique consulting firm specializing in Agile Training, Coaching, Transformation
What Is SmoothApps
Smoothapps is a boutique I.T. Consulting firm that helps software delivery organizations apply agile values principles and practices to frequently deliver high quality, valuable software to the market.
How We Help
We use Agile Training, Coaching and Consulting to help our clients create sustainable competitive advantage.
We believe that the magic of transformation occurs at the intersection of entrepreneurial thinking, agile delivery frameworks and inspiring story-telling. We believe we are in an elite group of firms that excel in all three!
Our workshops help teams understand and apply Agile Principles, Values, Frameworks and Practices to tackle real-world challenges. Learn more about our most popular workshops below. If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact us to learn more, to request a change in dates or locations, or to co-create a custom course for your unique needs.
The Riveting Tale of Estelle Jones and Indy F Potter - Part 1
“Speak your truth quietly and clearly” - Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
Part 1 – A Beautiful Morning…
That morning started like any other. Indiana F Potter, or “Indy” got to work, made himself a cup of coffee, mumbled hello to anyone he could not avoid eye contact with and headed right to his desk. Given a choice, Indy preferred to be in his inner world of concepts and ideas. Especially at the start of a day, he got his energy by reflecting inwards, rather than interacting with others. Indy started catching up on what was going on in the world, moving on next to his mail and then started to plan out his day.
There was a loud sound of laughter from the hallways, announcing the arrival of Estelle Jones. Estelle could kick up the energy level of the whole office just by her presence. She loved interacting with others and stopped to talk with most people on the way to her desk - cracking jokes, asking questions, sharing news. By the time she dropped off her bag and headed to the cafeteria, she was surrounded by an excited group of colleagues, talking about all that had happened since the last time they met. As she spoke to her friends, Estelle could find her energy levels rise and she was charged up to begin an exciting new day of work.
By the time Indy finished reading the news, the chatter from the cafeteria had subsided, and he knew Estelle and her group were back at their desks. A steady flow of e-mails, im’s and phone calls coursed through the veins of the office. Indy took a long, satisfying sip of his coffee and smiled at the calming silence. All was well with the world 🙂
Within moments, there was an ominous series of “You’ve Got Mail” dings across the office and everyone knew an urgent message had been broadcast to the entire team. Indy checked his mail and noticed a high importance message from the Boss. Fire Drill! There was a $3M deal on the line. All that the customer wanted was to port their software onto a different operating system and add a few enhancements. And they wanted a hard commitment by evening. Revenues being what they were, this was a juicy opportunity that the company just could not walk away from. So, the Boss wanted a quick assessment with an effort estimate, schedule, impact and risks on the table within 2 hours.
2 Hours? Indy was surprised and raised his eye brows. That was unusual. Unusually generous. The Boss seemed to be mellowing a little after the 360 degree feedback 🙂 A few months ago, they would have gotten 30 minutes.
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Being Agile requires much more than ritualistic adoption of tools and practices. True Agility requires a culture that helps teams apply Agile principles, values and practices in service of organizational value. Check-out these workshops that will help you create an Agile Culture and contact us to co-create a custom workshop for your unique needs.
This page only has a partial list of our Agile workshops. We offer many more workshops like Scrum Quick-Launch, Nexus Quick-Launch, and Practical Product Backlog Management to name a few. Contact us for our complete training catalogue, to request a private training, or to request a change in the dates or location of a public training. We can also work with you to co-create a custom training for your unique needs.
We support many free events to nurture Agility in our communities. Join us at one of our upcoming events or contact us to request a special event for your teams.
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