Simon Powers [AWA Founder]

Adventures with Agile was founded as a community of practice for agile and organisational change. It’s painfully obvious that Agile beyond a few teams is very hard for organisations to achieve. Organisations are only as able as their leadership, their structure and culture.

Adventures with Agile addresses this in a number of ways, initially by making the most influential people in the agile world accessible through free events and training. Then, in 2016, we launched our consultancy to provide contextual support to organisations and a secure and private platform for the members of the community called the “AWA Support Network”.

I have been privileged to train with Craig Larman, Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd, Scott Ambler, Don Reinertsen, and Dean Leffingwell – all thought leaders in tranformation, agile, and organisational change

The training I have received through the community has enhanced not only my professional life but also my personal one. Keys figures such as the ones AWA host are truly inspiring people who have an impact on those around them just by being around them.

“Had a superb experience working with Simon Powers and Adventures with Agile. In addition to being a real expert and showing operational excellence, Simon is a delight to know!” – Craig Larman

I am an experienced and certified consultant and coach:

  • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner
  • Black Belt Disciplined Agile Practitioner
  • ICAgile Certified Professional Coach (Institute of Coaching)
  • Certified Agile Leader
  • SAFe Program Consultant
  • Certified Training from the BACK of the Room Trainer
  • Certified Scrum Professional

Head of AWA Consultancy

As Head of AWA Consultancy, I am focussed on leadership, transformation strategy and delivery. I typically have multiple clients running concurrently and work a few days where appropriate to add the most value.

As a trainer and public speaker, I create and deliver training courses, facilitate events, speak publicly on agile and organisational change at major Agile conferences, free meetups, universities, and to large groups inside organisations.

Awards

In 2015, I was nominated and made the finalist shortlist for the Agile Awards 2015 for the person who has done the most to promote Agile. I was part of, initiated and led the transformation at Bristol City Council, which won the Agile Award 2015 for best implementation of Agile in the Public Sector.

In 2016, I won the Agile Award of the person who has done the most to promote Agile globally and most popular agile conference speaker.  I am over the moon that we received recognition for the work we have all done over the last two years. That includes everyone who has ever come to the meetups, the training or the conferences.

 

Disciplined Agile Bronze Partners

After working very closely with Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, Adventures with Agile were awarded the Disciplined Agile (DA) Bronze Partner. This means that as DA Partners, the AWA Consultancy are now recognised for their expertise and experience to help organisations with their agile transformation programmes using DA as the framework for decision making.

 

Other interests

When I’m not onsite at our clients, I am either practicing Yoga or being in the great outdoors with my two lovely children.

 

Contacting Simon

You can contact me via this website, you can use twitter @agileadventures, you can find me on LinkedIn, read My Articles or you can email me simon@ on this domain.