Donald Was Afraid He’d Lose his Job

Donald was afraid he would lose his job
Joe Burroughs

Joe Burroughs

Many people are frustrated by uncertainty and complexity in their jobs. I use Agile principles to provide clear and simple strategies so that you can win at work!

If you are worried about your career or your job’s future, you are not alone. Plenty of people are afraid that they do not have the skills or understanding required to take the next step in their career or that they are stuck in a job that may not be as valuable as it once was.

This is the first in a series of stories about people who faced these types of circumstances and how they got ahead anyway.

Donald worked as a sales manager for a manufacturing company. The company he worked for had recently been purchased by a larger corporation and Donald was afraid he would be out of a job. Donald was concerned about his ability to provide for his family and his team of salespeople. He lost sleep trying to figure out what he could do to stay relevant.

Donald heard the term Agile being used by people talking about the new parent corporation. Evidently “Agile” was something they did or a way they did things. He decided to look into it and find out more. Donald even took a Scrum Master course to try and understand how Agile applied to manufacturing. He liked the course. There was a lot of great theory and it all made sense in principle. Donald was excited about work for the first time in a while… but that didn’t last.

The theories and principles Donald had learned in his Agile course didn’t seem to connect in any real way to his day-to-day work. He instituted standups with his sales team but he wasn’t seeing any benefit. He had trouble applying the ideas from the course to real life.

Donald stumbled across our website and signed up for our Pro Tips Pipeline. He began using the practical tips and tricks he learned from that to become more valuable in his role and to make his team more successful.

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The new parent company noticed the success of his team. Members of Donald’s sales team became the regional sales managers of four new product lines. Donald was thrilled!

Donald began wondering if he could use this new ability to apply Agile theories and principles to solve real-world problems to create a new career opportunity for himself.

He took our Interviewing in Agile online course and used what he learned to rebrand himself. Within a few months he landed his current role as an Agile Coach for a financial services company.

Donald’s story is not unique. It follows a pattern that is playing out across the globe. The only difference is that Donald took a shortcut. He saw that the true value of learning about Agile isn’t in theory alone, rather it’s combining theory with the skill to implement those principles in a concrete and measurable way. That’s where Agile Pro Tips can help.

Cheers,
Joe

Cheers,

Joe Burroughs

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