I am a klutzy girl geek project manager as well as a glass and silver jewelry artist. I have lived in nine states (CA, IL, IN, WI, AK, ME, TX, SC, KS), plus two years in Hong Kong. I have thoroughly loved the adventure of traveling and living in many different places! I am also currently owned by a Maltese dog named Sophie.
As project manager, I am really a Scrum Master layering in Coaching practices in the Agile field. For anyone new to my site, you might be scratching your head and wondering what a Rugby huddle has to do with IT and how does a klutzy person become agile?
Agile is a type of project management framework that has been developed to improve the management of Information Technology projects. Scrum is one flavor of this Agile framework. Apparently the inventors of this framework of time and project management felt the teamwork displayed in Rugby was an appropriate metaphor for working together as a team on IT projects. It stuck. So, I am a Scrum Master. Kanban is another aspect of Agile software development that originates in Japanese manufacturing practice. I have recently started studying Kanban.
I love using these project/time management principles in the work environment. Of course, nothing is perfect, but I like the frameworks because they offer ways to improve aspects of the work environment. I have found it effective enough that I have been using the principles in my own personal time management. I would love to see non-IT teams be able to use these valuable techniques for managing knowledge work or even physical projects like construction. In 2012, I started adapting some of the core principles I have learned from my day job into a special set of courses for individuals.
Regarding being an artist, I use art to free my mind from the stress of a long day at work. Interestingly, art and art as a business has allowed me to explore new territories that in turn benefit my work. I bring a unique presence to the table with the discipline of project manager and the chaos of creation. Agile embraces the idea that knowledge work is creative work. It is this juxtaposition of my alter egos that I am planning to explore. I am finding an intersection of learning and thought between art and knowledge work and I am interested in cross-pollinating these ideas even further.
I have had the opportunity to participate in the warm, supportive online art community. It is my hope to be able to draw on those experiences and create that same environment in the Agile community.
I’m on a continuous journey of art and Agile. Thanks for joining me in the journey!