Name: Jess Brock
Job Title: VP of Consulting
- Tell us about yourself
Born, raised, and still reside in St. Louis, MO. Since my earliest memory it has been clear that curiosity is my compass. I innately cannot leave stones unturned.
Testing hypotheses is my thing — whether it be with product, tech, or the patience of my fiery daughter and saint of a partner.
As for hobbies, I am an enthusiastic mountain biker and music snob, and I take pride in tackling home improvement projects.
- What did you do before joining Agility in Mind?
I served as a Senior Agile Coach for Centene Corporation. My focus was leading the Immersive Learning Dojo program. The Dojo program sought to develop long-standing agile and technical skills within the organization.
I also served as an enterprise coach to scale agile frameworks at both the team and org levels.
I did a few other things before Centene. They’re described on my Linkedin.
- What attracted you to join Agility in Mind?
Ultimately, the people. Yes, the role certainly offered attractive learning opportunities for me, however, it was clear that the team’s values were shockingly aligned with mine. You simply cannot assign an adequate value to that type of harmony.
- The big question! Coffee or tea?
This is easy — I am a coffee fanatic! I usually take it with a generous amount of cream, or almond milk if I am trying to be healthy.
- What is your role at Agility in Mind?
My role entails leading the US headquarters. Business development, client engagement, technical and agile coaching. I truly appreciate the diversity of the role — hands-on and strategic.
- What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re proud of?
Without a doubt, my work with Dojos is a work-related accomplishment that I am proud of.
My journey with Dojos has been so powerful that it has become part of my professional identity. I’ve recently said that if I were to write a book in the near future it would be related to Dojos.
More specifically, my work with adapting Dojos to the virtual setting. A major contributing factor to Dojo success used to be collocation. Think hyper-collocation―an open space concept filled with whiteboard walls, oversized monitors, pairing stations, and busy collaboration.
Through a bunch of experimentation, collaboration, and trial and error, we were able to produce an effective Dojo experience from behind the screen. What’s more, we made Dojos a possibility for distributed teams.
Another proud moment was my work in demonstrating measurable success with Dojos. Because Dojos focus on developing an individual’s skills it has been difficult to come back to leadership with a clear ROI. I was able to define levers to easily demonstrate Dojo performance using an intuitive dashboard that is custom-tailored for each team.
I cannot reiterate enough that my success with Dojos is not due to my efforts alone. I am indebted to the brilliance and collaboration of my colleagues.
- What do you wish to achieve in your first year?
To begin developing long-term and meaningful relationships with my teammates, partners, and clients.
- What are your goals for 2021?
To be honest, I’m still mulling these over. I would love to say that the Agility in Mind US headquarters has fortified itself as a permanent, respected fixture — within Agility in Mind and the broader market.
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