Interviewing Women in Agile: Abiodun Osoba
02 March 2020
Posted by: Abi Walker
To Celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March, throughout the month of March, the Consortium will be interviewing key women in the Agile Community.
To kick start our interview series, we have Abiodun Osoba (everyone calls her Abby). She is an Agile Coach and Trainer who believes that being Agile is about a state of heart. Abby say's that, "it is this heart that makes transformation happen and evolve until it becomes an organic interwoven part of a company’s culture".
Abby, can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I am an Agile Coach and Trainer, I run a company called The Agile Advisor Africa, we offer services that are geared towards individuals, teams, managers, executives and organisations at large who are ready to embark on their Agile journey. We partner with other groups and colleagues to help deliver value.
Do you have a female role model who has inspired you over your career?
Yes, I do. My female role model is Michelle Obama. The strength she displays is so captivating.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting in your industry?
The single piece of advice I will give to anyone starting in my industry is to “Never give up, don’t quit”. Work always seems to present us with innumerable challenges and problems on a daily basis. It throws left hooks when we were expecting right ones; it gives us apples when we desire oranges; it even presents us with seemingly awful surprises that we weren’t expecting, and it bloats us with unresourceful emotions that tend to tie us down to a life of mediocrity and unhappiness. But, one thing is sure - the result of not giving up always outweighs the other.
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
The worst piece of advice I have received is the phrase “It’s impossible!” It sets a limit in the mind as to what can be done and the grounds you can break. It’s understandable that it might not be easy but it’s definitely possible.
What is one thing that has mattered the most in your career?
The one thing that has mattered most in my career is being kind to people.
What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?
The biggest mistake I have made at work is not making a decision.
How do you empower other women?
I empower other women by opening the door and holding it. I mean training and mentoring other women in my field and area of expertise.
Would you like to be interviewed by the Agile Business Consortium? Email our Head of Content, Abi Walker, to find out how you can get your message out to our community - Abi@agilebusiness.org