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Esther Derby

I’m an expert in organizational dynamics and a leading thinker in bringing agility to organizations, management, and teams.

How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to achieve great things.

I help your teams and management understand what’s working and where there are contradictions that sap productivity and stifle innovation. We explore how best to maximize your capacity for achievement by eliminating wasted effort, politics, cynicism, and fear. Together, we achieve a holistic view of your organization, and design your environment to directly enable, support and sustain your agile success, now and into the future.


I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

I’ve written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring).

If you’d like to get a taste of how I approach things call me at +1 612 239 1214 or email me for a free mini consultation.

I teach workshops and speak to groups all over the world. I’ve taught in the US, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, England, Germany, China, India, and New Zealand.

I’m an original founder of the Scrum Alliance and the AYE Conference, and I have served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance.

I’ve learned a lot about how organizations work through observation and action research.  I also hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human System Dynamics.

– See more at: http://www.estherderby.com/about-esther#sthash.35YHYWVL.dpuf

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 28

8:15am PDT