Agile coach & mentor with >10 years coaching & >20 years in software ranging from startups to Fortune 50. Ready to help you discover your agile career.
Happy to provide advice on how to become a better agile coach or to help your current agile process at team or program level. Over 10 years experience coaching agile transformations to small, medium and Fortune 50 organizations.
Make is extremely knowledgable in the agile process but also about the agile community. We are looking to make changes to our product in order for it to fit in with the agile process. Mark was able to give us ideas on how it could be used in the agile process, what agile industries would be more open to testing it, how to engage with the community and other tools to look at that serve a similar purpose.
Mark was a disciplined and conscientious scrum master and coach. He's very active in the community and was very helpful working out the kinks in our transitions to agile development methodologies. Additionally,he was a savvy project manager that helped us restore good relations with a customer.
Mark Kilby was not only a great coworker but he is a good friend. Mark knows how to position arguments in the light of your point of view. He does exactly what a good coach should do, he allows you to understand where you should be and how to act on the situation. He doesn't tell you how to do anything, but he lets you figure it out. He is truly a great coach and he is an excellent person to bring on as a business coach.
Mark was an early adopter of Scrum which became the main delivery methodology for the corporation. He is detailed oriented and works well with team members to deliver the project milestones. Mark came from a development and technical lead background giving him a foundation to mentor and coach team members on project delivery. I worked with Mark on DoD and eCommerce projects between 2000 - 2005; he's always a pleasure to work with.
I worked with Mark while at Gestalt on multiple projects. He was my project manager when I came aboard right out of college. He was extremely helpful and motivating. He knew exactly how to manage me, giving me enough opportunities to learn on my own while still ensuring I produced quality code. Later, when the company adopted Agile methodologies Mark became one of the first scrummasters and handled the role perfectly. Mark was able to keep the team on course to finish each sprint and manage our exterior distractions. I think one of Mark's strength's is his ability to read and understand people and find a way to make everyone work as a team to accomplish the goal at hand. I enjoyed working with Mark both on a professional and a personal level and would definitely enjoy working with him again sometime in the future.
I've had the pleasure of working with Mark off and on for the past 5 years. During this time he has demonstrated his leadership and mentoring capabilities in several roles including project manager, Scrum Master, and team member. Mark's ability to be a strong customer advocate coupled with his willingness to try new techniques makes him a valuable asset to any organization. His willingness to try Agile project management techniques in 2004 served as a beacon for the entire company to eventually adopt similar practices. I would recommend Mark to any organization looking for a forward thinking, customer focused, battle-tested leader and mentor.
Mark is one of the rare ones who combines a variety of experiences and skills. In each engagement, he brings all of those tools to play, providing exceptional value and a unique experience. I look forward to working with Mark again and again.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mark as an Agile Coach since 2008. I appreciate Mark's coaching style. Mark has the ability to relate to and coach at all levels of the organization including leadership, teams, individuals and other coaches. I enjoy spending time and working with Mark.
Mark is an amazing collaborator, coach, and mentor who also happens to have deep expertise in software development and agile leadership. He patiently coached me through my first few Scrum adoptions. In his role as Rally's external coaching advocate, Mark patiently shepherded me through many client engagements. He's exceptionally empathic, compassionate, and stands for impeccable honesty and integrity.
At Rally Software Mark dedicated significant time to individuals aspiring to self actualization. While mentoring at Rally Software, Mark allowed me to best understand my passions and motivations. This one-on-one coaching experience forced me to highlight my core values, goals, and trajectory of my professional career. Mark's servant leadership mentality drastically improved the productivity and happiness of the people with whom he interacted. He is an absolute asset to any team is on.
Mark Kilby and I worked together for three years when we were both Agile Coaches at Rally Software. During that time we were actively engaged in difficult planning and content creation exercises. These exercises were normally part of planning coaching activities for various customers. Often, they were oriented towards coaching teams and organizations within Rally itself, and these were particularly difficult. Sometimes we were in the same location, but often we worked together virtually, in the cloud.
I quickly became impressed with three aspects of Mark’s work persona: his incisive analytical ability, his creativity and depth, and his essential fairness and openness as a facilitator. Besides just being a pleasure, working with Mark was, for me, a highlight of my time at Rally because he brought so much to the table and shared it so well. I learned a lot about coaching from him as I watched him mediate and facilitate difficult issues within the Rally coaching organization. His overall commitment to coaching and his experience and training in that area make him an unusually adept coach who is unusually stimulating to work with.