Essential Agile Skills

Essential Agile Skills.

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About Khurshid Akbar

I am a seasoned knowledge worker, leader and coach. I specialize in product and process design, business communications, open/agile mindset development and Organizational/Team transformation. As part of the team of Professional Services at SaskTel, I head Agile process and practices discipline serving both internal groups and consulting for external clients. I have engaged with my clients’ individual teams, multiple teams across departments and C-level executives to bring Agile process and practices to their organizations. I have worn many hats in my career – system analyst, programmer, business analyst, solution designer, quality assurance director and strategist. As a result, I have the ability to coach & lead cross-functional and self-organizing teams and organizations through challenging transitions. Over the years my personal and professional journey has enabled me to assemble a set of values and principles, which are: • Learning is a life long journey, I enjoy the journey and understand that learning milestones (like professional certifications) are springboards for continuing learning, • In an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world one size does not fit all. I help teams/organizations discover the practices and tools that fit their needs • The importance of evidence based opinions that constantly need to be re-contextualized and challenged • Collaborative learning is better than silo-ed learning. I have organized an Agile community in Regina so we can come together to share and gain knowledge • Diversity in all aspects is essential in solving complex problems • Freedom & space to experiment is required for continuous learning and innovation • individuals/teams require support so that they learn from failure My specialties are: Agile Coaching, mentoring, training, team building, product & process design, and knowledge work.

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