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  • It's a Matter of Trust

    A question for Leaders about trust: Do your Teams trust you? Not sure? Take this test: - In a working session, do you have to talk first? - When is the last time you took an idea from a Team Member and put it into action? - Do you have to review all work before it goes to your boss/customer/committee? Early in my career I was responsible for building a website for a Client. We were ready to review the website with the Client for the first time. I was nervous. I even asked my manager/mentor Ted Trenzeluk, PMP to lead the review. With all the love Ted could muster up, he said "If I do the review, the Customer will think I am the expert. You are the expert in the room. I trust you. You will do a good job. I have your back." It gives me chills to this day how much this meant to me. Leaders: Would you let your team do a review with your Board, Customer, or Finance Committee. If not, why is that? And what message does that send to your team. Leaders that trust their teams get trust returned to them. It is a two-way street. But since you are called a "Leader" we expect you to lead this effort. You need to set the environment for trust to grow. Next week is our big announcement. Auld Consulting LLC has 4 new training products to offer. For an early preview, check out AuldLLC.com! Your friendly neighborhood product coach, Tom

  • Product Owners: Ask for this First!

    Congratulations! You finally got “the call”. The organization has decided you are the perfect person to be the Product Owner for a strategically important product. A product that is going to propel your career and help your organization move to the “next level”. During your onboarding, the organization gives you: Authority over budget Authority over product development decisions Key metrics for the product to produce The Development Team Wait! Stop right there... How does the organization know what team to put together for this product? Do we know this is the right set of individuals that can form a team? As the Product Owner, you know the product's success, and by association, your success hinges on the strength of the Development Team. Here is how you can approach this conversation: "Wow. Thank you for this opportunity. I am very excited to get started. About the Development Team, I know you had a group assembled, but I have a few people in mind that I think will give us the greatest chance of success. Let me reach out to them and see if we can get their focus on this product." I highly encourage you to become your own team recruiter. Think of it this way: If you could choose any person to be on this team, who would it be? In 2005, Guidant Corporation (acquired by Boston Scientific) gave me the opportunity to build an analytics solution for the Sales and Finance teams. The budget allowed for 6 people. The traditional approach of data warehousing was not feasible within the budget. I needed a team that could do everything from requirements gathering, design, data sourcing, data storage, and data visualization. To build this team properly, I needed a rockstar. Someone that has experience as a "jack of all trades" in data analytics. But this person had to have the "team first" mindset. A selfless technical leader that got as much enjoyment by watching others succeed as by succeeding as on his own. Luckily I had someone in mind. (@LaurelJohnson). He was currently at a local retail giant doing some great work. I called him up and said: "We have a chance here to build an analytics solution from the ground up. We can finally do this like we have always wanted!" He quickly replied "I'm in" Now that Laurel was on board, I asked him, "Who do you want to work with? Who are some people you respect technically, but also have the attitude and values that will work with us?" Together we recruited the next two technical team members. Then as a four-person team we interviewed and came to group consensus for our Business Analysts and UI Designer. By allowing the team to form this way, each person felt ownership. They had a hand in building the team. They all referred to the team as "My Team". As we went through the bumps of forming as a team, we had an easier time moving from storming to performing. If one of us stumbled, we were all there to pick each other up. Together as a small, motivated, cross-functional team we created a data analytics solution that allowed the Sales and Finance team insight they never had access to before. This same approach served well at a Mid-Sized Financial Services organization: The Sr. Director of Analytics (DA) shared with me, "Over the last 18 months we have spent $3MM dollars and have produced zero metrics for the Board of Directors strategic dashboard. I have 6 months to get this fixed, or I am fired". (It is interesting how a crisis can help us focus.) Me: "Who is the key person you need to succeed?" DA: "David K" Me: "What do we need to get that person 100% focused on this work" DA: "To fully fund them" After doing some quick math, we came up with a rough estimate of the number of people we would need on the team and how much they would cost on an annual basis. We settled on $1MM. Me: "Can you get $1MM in funding" DA: "Yes" Me: "Can you convince IT to give you full control of these individuals for the next 12 months" DA: "This is for the Board of Directors. I will be able to get their support if needed". Following a similar approach, we built the team one person at a time. As a new team member joined, they were asked "Who do you want to work with that will make us a better team?" Outcome #1: Within 6 weeks of forming as a team, the most valuable metric for the Board of Directors was delivered AND ACCEPTED by the Board of Directors. In 6 months, the entire dashboard was in production. (side note: Only 6 of the original metrics made it to production. 4 new metrics were selected by the Board as they saw the initial pieces of data. This is exactly how customer centric, product focused delivery is supposed to work.) Outcome #2: Budget was added and the analytics team scaled to 2 teams to provide additional solutions beyond the Board of Directors dashboard. Outcome #3: The Sr. Director was promoted to Vice President This is what a self-forming team looks like. A group of motivated individuals brought together for a common goal. Product Owners: The success of the product rests on your shoulders. Unfortunately you cannot do it alone. Your success rests on the team's ability to bring your product to life. Negotiate the ability to choose your team. Agile Leaders: Make sure your most valuable teams are working on the most valuable products. Build an environment where the development team's stay together for as long as possible. Keep giving them new challenges, but make sure to ask them on a regular basis, "What are you passionate about? How do you want to grow your skills?" Be well, stay safe, and make good products! Tom Thomas (Tom) Auld is a Product Owner who is obsessed with building customer centric products as efficiently as possible. As both an Employee and Management Consultant, Tom has created products that have created over $400MM in value (and counting). At Auld Consulting we have all-inclusive products for: Product Owners Agile Leaders Product Development Teams Contact us at Info@AuldLLC.com for your free 60-minute solution design meeting. Agile12(™) 12 Weeks 1 Team Up to 6 Product Releases 1 Fixed Price

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  • Consulting, Coaching, Training - Specialized Agile, Product Dev, Org Design

    Auld Consulting 90 Days to Success Consulting, Training, (but mostly) DOING! Business Agility Simplified 12 Weeks to Agility Perfect for new teams to start on the right foot or established teams ready for the next level of productivity. Watch Video Product Owner Blueprint Basic and advanced techniques for Product Owners, Product Managers, and Leaders to create valuable products Learn More Agile Leader Blueprint Advanced techniques for Leaders regarding Organizational Design, Funding, and Scaling to optimize ROI Learn More Certified Training Training Based on the experience of the Co-Founder of Scrum, Dr. Jeff Sutherland NEW FOR Q1 - 2023 Certified Training Auld Consulting has partn e red with Scrum Inc™ t o offer : 2 Day 2 Day 3 Day online Scaling classes coming in April! In-Person and Online Dates Coming Soon Sign up to be the first to know: Send me the class schedule Anchor 1 Agile12 Great Teams Start Here: Agile12 ™ All Inclusive Training, Coaching, and Product Delivery in one Solution 12 Weeks to Agility Agile12 Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Agile12 ™ : The Perfect Solution This is the only all-inclusive product to combine strategic planning, customized training, real-time, onsite coaching, and up to 5 product releases. ​ All within 12 weeks. ​ All for one fixed price. Get a Quote Specialized Training Training is needed whenever we are to learn a new skill. Our Trainers are experts in their field because they have done all of these jobs! Software Engineer to CEO, we have done it all! ​ Customized Training for: Leadership Team Product (Agile/Scrum) Team Product Owner Scrum Master Team Members Stakeholders Coaching Our Coaches have years of expertise in Fortune 100 companies to help your Team experiment, innovate, adapt and accelerate. ​ Sample Outcomes : Strategic Transformation Blueprint Product Portfolio Plan Product Vision Product Roadmap Product Backlog and more... Agile12 Video Who you partner with is EVERYTHING! We are experts because we have successfully done this work as Leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Learn More Agile Leader Blueprint Product Owner Blueprint Product Owner Blueprint Product Owner Blueprint The Product Owner is the most integral role on the team. Unfortunately, they are the most under served in terms of training and coaching. Until now... Great Product Owners Build Great Products Product Owner Blueprint: Training ​ 2 DAY CLASS: IMMERSIVE, HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN PERSON OR REMOTE GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED A FAST START PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS ​ ​ 10 WEEK COHORT: 1 HOUR CLASS PER WEEK OUTSIDE PRACTICE DEMONSTRATE MASTERY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS 6-12 PEOPLE PER COHORT GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED FLEXIBILITY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS SIGN UP SIGN UP Product Owner Blueprint: Coaching ​ SMALL GROUP CUSTOMIZED TRAINING FOCUSED OUTCOMES COMPLETE REAL WORK IN PERSON OR REMOTE GREAT FOR TEAMS OF PRODUCT OWNERS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS ​ ​ 1:1 COACHING: FOCUS ON EXACTLY WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU 1-4 HOUR SESSIONS GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED FOCUSED TIME IN PERSON OR REMOTE SIGN UP SIGN UP Product Owner Blueprint: OUTCOMES Product Vision Product Roadmap Product Backlog Stakeholder Heat Map Customer Journey Value Stream Map Additional items TBD ​ Great Product Owners Start Here: Agile12™ and Our Chief Product Owner Featured in: Agile Leadership Great Agile Leaders Start Here: Agile Leader Blueprint You have become a successful Leader. Unfortunately, the demands of your Organization, Customer, Market, and Competition are changing faster than ever. You need a new BLUEPRINT that produces outcomes ! We take the skills you have already built and enhance them for an agile world Agile Leader Blueprint: Training Agile Leader Blueprint: Training 2 DAY CLASS: IMMERSIVE, HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN PERSON OR REMOTE GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED A FAST START PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS ​ ​ 10 WEEK COHORT: 1 HOUR CLASS PER WEEK OUTSIDE PRACTICE DEMONSTRATE MASTERY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS 6-12 PEOPLE PER COHORT GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED FLEXIBILITY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS SIGN UP SIGN UP Agile Leader Blueprint: Coaching SMALL GROUP CUSTOMIZED TRAINING FOCUSED OUTCOMES COMPLETE REAL WORK IN PERSON OR REMOTE GREAT FOR TEAMS OF PRODUCT OWNERS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC OPTIONS ​ ​ 1:1 COACHING: FOCUS ON EXACTLY WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU 1-4 HOUR SESSIONS GREAT FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED FOCUSED TIME IN PERSON OR REMOTE SIGN UP SIGN UP ALB Outcmes Agile Leader Blueprint: OUTCOMES: Organizational Vision Transformation Roadmap Product Portfolio Funding Model Key Role Mapping Metric Dashboard Additional items TBD ​ Testimonials “After 18 months, $1.5MM spent, and zero results, Agile12 ™ delivered our product in 6 months for $300K.” H. H. Product Owner Blueprint SVP, Financial Services Our Difference Auld Consulting We are for the 5% of companies, leaders and individuals that want to unleash their full potential. ​ Let's be honest; change is hard. ​ But the fact is that if we don't evolve, we will be out of business. ​ You can't evolve by copying somebody else's plan. ​ Your unique business is the strategic advantage. ​ We will help you plan and execute leveraging your inherit strengths and surgically address the areas where you need to improve. ​ Our pragmatic approach uses data, focus, and discipline to produce quality outcomes. ​ Together we create a customized framework that will work for you now and into the future. ​ We are ready to take you to the next level. Let's get started today! Schedule a Meeting Learn More About Us Our Difference We believe that an iterative approach reduces risk while quickly creating value. Contact Unsure where to start? Free 60 minute exploratory conversation. 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  • Who We Are | Auld Consulting LLC | The Next Iteration of Consulting and Training

    Acerca de Auld Consulting We are obsessed with optimizing business value We Believe: Great Teams Build Great Products Great Products Build Great Companies Great Companies are Passionate About Customers Our "Why" Read more We want your organization to withstand anything the competition, customers, or markets throw at you. To guide your organization we have built a suite of products that combine training, coaching, and DOING. ​We can type up 1000s of words you won't read or have a 15 minute conversation to see if we would be a partner you would like to team up with. Send us a note at info@auldllc.com and we will set something up as quickly as possible. Our Story Read more For over 25+ years we have been part of some of the greatest organizations on the planet. We have created world class products using resulting in billions of dollars of value. This experience has taught us that our organizations must constantly be evolving. Stagnant organizations become extinct organizations. And speaking about being stagnant, let's talk about consulting. The consulting model is broken. More precise, the consulting model has not evolved in 40 years. Does this look familiar when dealing with a legacy consulting firm: - 90-day "discovery phase" - A slick deck telling you the issues your teams already know about - A proposal for how they can fix all your problems - A bill for the 90-day discovery phases - $0 business value created Recap: 90-days invested to get information you already know and an opportunity to spend even more money. How is this still a thing? This is why we have created a new approach where we combine training and coaching with doing real work! The only way we truly learn is by applying concepts to our daily work. That is what our 90-day experiment does: - We focus on your #1 opportunity - Assemble an autonomous, cross-functional team - Train and coach while doing real work - Deliver up to 6 working products that will capture the value of your #1 opportunity Gather empirical data on - Did we focus on the right opportunity? - Do we have the right team that can build this? - Do we know how to capture this opportunity? - Are we meeting customer expectations and needs? - How long this work will really take Recap: 90 days invested while delivering business value and a creating high-performing team that can continue the work on their own. So in comparison of the 90-day outcomes: - PowerPoint slides vs. Real work by a real team making real value. Which one do you want? If you are ready to build a true partnership with a company that only cares about your goals, please reach out to us at info@auldllc.com and we can start. Our "How" Read more There is no rule that says we can't do real work while being trained! So that is what all our products do. We do just enough training for the team to instantly apply to their work. We coach them through the challenges while they learn what works and what does not. Then we show off our work to our stakeholders, get immediate feedback, and then get back to work. The more times we can complete this cycle, that faster we will learn. And the faster we learn, the more value we will create! Want to learn more? Let's chat by connecting with us at info@auldllc.com. Our Commitment Read more Your goals are our goals. We only succeed when you succeed. We are committed to doing everything in our power to make you happy. Our professionals stay with you through every step. They are experts in doing, coaching and training. We keep our engagement teams as lean as possible to save you money. Let's have a quick chat. Contact us at info@auldllc.com to see what we are about and put us to the test! Our Difference Read more We are for the 5% of companies, leaders and individuals that want to unleash their full potential. Unsure where to start? Free 60 minute exploratory conversation. Let's have a brief, no obligation, chat and see if there is an opportunity to help you achieve your goals Auld Consulting Schedule a Meeting Info@AuldLLC.com 612-801-8957

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