About Me

I’m Michael J. Tardiff

I help teams and organizations of all kinds do more of what they’re trying to do.

That means I mostly work with teams that are trying to deliver software better and more happily. This sometimes involves using approaches and principles that folks long ago branded “Agile,” but I don’t believe that I know the best approach for you and your situation.

So I listen, consider, counsel, poke, prod, and cajole. On my better days, I’m able to help folks get where they want to go, be happy with what they did, and stay excited about what more there is to discover.

Long ago, I spent decades as a technical writer and product manager, writing excellent documents that no one read. As the new millennium dawned, my life became measurably and sustainably better when I met people who were happy and effective, all at the same time.

Those folks showed me, inspired me, helped me and coached me, and that made all the difference. I’ve had some great role models and teachers, and continue to treasure what others are kind enough to offer me in the way of learning, experience, and joy.

These days I work with delivery teams of all kinds (and their managers) in organizations that want to get better results. I love “hearing development happen” as teams to manage their work, remove impediments, deliver sustainably, and have fun while doing it. If you don’t understand what any of that means, I’d be happy to tell you more.

Sometimes, I tweet and blog on topics Agile and beyond, serve on the board of the non-profit Agile Open Northwest, and sail the waters north of Seattle.

From time to time, I speak at events including the Agile Alliance’s conferences, Scrum Gatherings, Agile Open Northwest, and Agilepalooza. I’d speak at your event or organization, if you’d ask me. I used to co-author an Agile advice column, helped found Beyond Agile (a Seattle-area user group for people making software that works), and sporadically co-hosted the semi-great “The Agile Coach” podcast (available on iTunes and iTunes U) with my friend Skip Angel.

Since 2007, I’ve worked with my colleagues with SolutionsIQ (now Accenture | SolutionsIQ) helping our clients as a trainer, coach, facilitator, mentor, and guide.

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