working for the man. My new role: agile coach

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For anyone that is Linked In with me, you would have noticed that update to my profile this week. In December I joined the awesome forces inside of Sabre Airline Solutions as a Principal Agile Coach.

I’m pretty excited about this shift for me; it’s been a while since I’ve been able to focus on team process without getting bogged down by the technologies. I’m working with development teams that span the globe from Dallas to Poland to India and Manila (including places like Atlanta and New Jersey and Iceland… pretty much all over!). Obviously this has it’s own unique challenges, especially when it comes to building agile teams.

What is an agile coach?

Well, I don’t get a whistle (which I was pretty much disappointed about) but I do get to take the many many years that I’ve worked on/with/lead agile development teams and put those experiences to direct use. Basically, I help software teams be more awesome.

What about Proaction Mentors

Oddly enough, we’re still up and swinging! I know, that seems strange. To be fare, we’re not actually coaching or mentoring right now, but we’ve developed several mobile apps (Windows Phone) and that business is continuing to grow at an awesome pace! It’s strange, because I never expected to build a business around Windows Phone app development, in fact – we don’t even talk about custom app development on our site – but with several awesome apps under our belts (that I unfortunately can’t talk about), and some really cool partners that I’ve been able to work with, it seems like a booming field!

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About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Quicken Loans in Detroit (from his home in Texas). An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, DevelopingUX.com and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email