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Consulting

Pick an improvement! We'll craft specific performance targets, and then I'll design and deliver a unique mix of training, workshops, and on-site coaching to help your team achieve those goals. I can help with broad ideas such as "improve throughput" or "decrease defects" as well as specific needs such as "fix planning" or "install test-driven development."

This service is best for teams already using Agile. Includes a six-month guarantee.

Typical Client Results

I help software teams consistently deliver market success, technical success, and personal success for team members and stakeholders. Specifically, past clients have achieved:

  • High Throughput: From concept to delivery in two weeks or less.
  • Market Focus: Emphasis on delivering value and engaging customers.
  • Opportunity Generation: Conducting experiments and taking managed risks.
  • Low Defect Rate: Less than five escaped defects per month.
  • Shrinking Costs: Development and maintenance costs decrease over time.
  • Joy: Team members look forward to coming to work, and stakeholders love working with the team.

For the Consulting program, we will pick one (or more) specific areas to focus on. Contact me for a proposal that includes specific, guaranteed results.

Guarantee

I want you to succeed, so I include a unique six-month guarantee with my Consulting program. It's comprehensive and specific. You won't find anything like this anywhere else.

The guarantee includes:

  • Six months of on-site remediation. My proposal to you will include specific, guaranteed results. In addition to on-site consulting, training, and coaching, we will touch base regularly throughout the six-month guarantee period. Every three months, if you feel your team has stopped making progress, I will perform additional on-site work, without additional charge, to remediate the problem.

  • Six months of remote mentoring. For the duration of the guarantee, participants will have unlimited access to me by phone, email, and instant messenger to answer questions and help resolve issues. The frequency and style of our interactions are up to you.

(You will be responsible for travel expenses incurred under the guarantee. Other details may vary according to your situation. Contact me for a specific proposal.)

Testimonials

Jim's work was extremely effective, going beyond traditional training and focusing on achieving lasting results. He led us through a Sprint planning workshop with our most challenged project team, showing us how to consistently make and meet Sprint goals while simultaneously reducing our average planning time from almost eight hours to two hours. He showed our developers how to put TDD into practice on their actual codebases, leading them to better understand how they will apply TDD in the future.

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In summary, Jim's real-world knowledge of Agile practices, consideration of social as well as technical concerns, and focus on lasting results have been a valuable contribution to our organization. I highly recommend Jim Shore for any of your Agile needs.

Marc B., Technology Manager

Jim provided our organization with coaching and guidance at a crucial juncture in our Agile adoption. We had just finished our first Agile pilot project with a very important customer. It was a large one year project and Agile was getting blamed for some of the problems that had come up. Jim defused the situation and took our project group through a root cause analysis. Our customer was very pleased and now we have what we need to move forward with our Agile adoption.

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We wanted a consultant to help us that had experience, practical knowledge and knew how to solve the real world problems in an Agile project. Jim Shore surpassed our expectations and I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about improving their development process.

Ívar U., Program Manager

Jim visited at a crucial moment of our discovery and was able to redirect our efforts into a much more healthy and sustainable practice. He provided coaching for our collaborative interviewing process that solidifies a common / simple understanding of the business needs and requirements. He also guided us away authoring a massive library of very fragile automation tests in favor of more sparse and reliable Acceptance Tests that verifies the tricky areas software behavior. Almost a year after socializing Jim's ideas, we find all our teams collaboratively interviewing product owners to get to a healthy common understanding. Good Story/Requirement and Acceptance testing is happening and maturing team by team.

Kenneth E., Director of Engineering

(Contact me for more testimonials and specific references.)

Pricing

Pricing varies according to team size, experience, and your goals. Contact me for a quote.

Make an Appointment

Contact me for a free consultation. Call 503-267-5490 to make an appointment, or email jshore@jamesshore.com.

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Mentor ProgramI'm available by phone, email, and IM to answer unlimited questions. The frequency and style of our interactions are up to you, and you can include on-site visits as well. Best for motivated, self-directed teams. Availability is limited. Read More
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