President of Ascendle, Diana Bourns, joins our host Leslie Morse for a conversation on how Ascendle has leveraged discipline & empowerment as the underpinnings for creating a thriving agile organization. During this discussion Diana reveals that supporting organizational memory through co-created documentation as well as halving a relentless strive to improve are other keys for their success. One of the most interesting concepts in their goal to get everyone into their “genius zone.”
About the Featured Guest
Diana Bourns has more than 30 years of experience leading cross-functional teams, in both startup and non-profit organizations. A skilled agile practitioner, Diana has held the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach and is the current President at Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm in Portsmouth, NH.
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About our Host
Leslie Morse is an agilist at heart. She was leveraging agile practices and appreciating agile principles long before she even knew what they were. Her agile journey officially started in 2010 and she never looked back. Her career has taken many twists and turns. She led a digital marketing start-up in college, was involved with replatforming Lowes.com while they adopted agile practices, provided training and coaching for agile transformation across a wide array of industries, and now serves as the Product Owner of Professional Development Solutions for Scrum.org. She is a trained and certified in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) and has been involved in the Women in Agile movement since its original inception at Scrum Gathering 2013 in Las Vegas. You can connect with Leslie on LinkedIn.