Monthly spotlight on Mike Griffiths
By Abi Walker | 1 March 2019
Each month our Head of Content, Abi Walker, will be interviewing a member of the Agile Business Consortium community. For March's spotlight interview, we have the Ambassador for Canada, Mike Griffiths.
How long have you been an Ambassador for Agile Business Consortium? Just around 6 months
What's your current job title? Author / Consultant
How would you describe your role to a child? For many years I worked on projects. Then I was a trainer, talking about work on projects. Now I am an author, writing about work on projects. My dream is to get paid to just think about work on projects, but that seems unlikely.
Before working at your current company, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? During university I spent a summer clearing big rocks from a field. It seemed meaningless work at the time, but in the scheme of things may be my longest lasting legacy.
How did you come to agile/business agility? I was lucky to be working at Data Sciences, one of the founding DSDM Consortium partners, in 1993/1994 when DSDM got started. I got to try the ideas we contributed to the approach. Many worked well, others failed spectacularly, these experiments cemented my belief in the agile mindset and process.
What is your understanding of business agility? It is the philosophy and toolset that helps organizations reach their goals and potential.
What’s the first thing you do when you start the workday? I’d like to say “Review my carefully prioritized work plan prepared the night before” but in reality I spend 45 minutes reading news feeds about my passions for mountain biking and trail running before I guilt myself into starting some real work.
What Agile techniques do you use in your day to day life? I maximize the amount of work not done, to free up time for the things I really enjoy.
What do you enjoy doing out of work? I love mountain biking, hiking and trail running. My wife and I moved from England to the Rocky Mountains of Canada after many holidays here to be in the mountains. We live in a small ski town and enjoy mountain biking, hiking and trail running from our front door in Banff National Park.
Tell us a random fact about you? Last year a mix up at the doctors sent me for a kidney function test meant for someone else. It revealed I only have one kidney - something I was not aware of.
Tell us an interesting fact about your countries culture? Canadians have a different tolerance for cold temperatures. Our 12 year old son, who grew up here, often carries his coat and gloves rather than wear them at -20C because he is “too hot”.
What is your motto or personal mantra? “Maybe they won’t notice I’m not there” or “Let’s just see what’s over that ridge”
Recommended book? “The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development” by Donald Reinertsen - it blew me away with how much wisdom can be packed into a single book.
Mike is an enthusiastic practitioner with a long history of contributions to the agile community. He helped create DSDM in 1994 and has been using agile approaches ever since. He served on the board of the Agile Alliance and Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and remains active in the agile community presenting at conferences and writing his blog.
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