Interviewing Women in Agile: Kathy Berkidge
02 March 2020
Posted by: Abi Walker
To Celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March, throughout the month of March, the Consortium are interviewing key women in the Agile Community.
In this interview, we have Kathy Berkidge. Kathy has 30 years of experience delivering software and process improvements in multiple roles. In her current role, Kathy provides agile training and consulting services to many organisations in Australia and around the world. Working with teams and individuals, she helps people learn agile techniques to improve teamwork, be more innovative and deliver better customer value. Kathy is passionate about seeing people, teams and organisations succeed and thrive in an environment of collaboration and cooperation
Kathy, can you tell us a bit about what you do?
Mostly, I deliver training including AgilePM, AgileBA, Scrum Master as well as agile fundamentals. I also help teams become more proficient with agile processes as a coach/consultant. As a contractor, I sometimes take on short term projects as either an AgileBA or AgilePM.
Do you have a female role model who has inspired you over your career?
One manager from way back in the early 2000’s really helped me and pretty much changed my life. Her name is Christine Morgan. I was going through a very rough patch and was planning on resigning. She gave me some great advice and support that helped me become a better leader, as well as motivated me.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting in your industry?
Be patient and stay curious. Don’t think you’ll learn everything in a week and don’t be afraid to ask.
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
One manager years ago told me to work longer hours to show that I was dedicated to the role before I’d be considered for a promotion. That same manager also thought that going back to college and learning a new qualification was a waste of time.
What is one thing that has mattered the most in your career?
People. The interpersonal relationships that bring so much joy and make going to work such a pleasure.
What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?
On one compliance project, I made an assumption about a new piece of legislation instead of consulting with the legal team for clarification. This led to a lot of re-work, not to mention my team and I putting in long hours to resolve my error.
How do you empower other women?
Whenever I can, I do my best to support and encourage women around me, offering mentoring and advice when their confidence is low. As a trainer, I love helping women learn and develop their skills. Recently, I completed two formal mentorship programs as part of the ‘Women in Agile and Technology” (or W.A.T), which was run as part of the AgilityToday 2020 conference in India : https://agilitytoday.com/unconference/women-in-agile-and-tech-mentorship-program.html
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