Launching Sophorum for agile and lean leadership


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Nov 5th, 2013

After five years in New Zealand, I have finally realised my goal of starting up an independent trading company, called Sophorum.

Sophorum will provide hands-on practitioners for agile leadership, coaching, and education to customers in New Zealand.

Using agile practices since the mid 90’s, when we were still calling them lightweight methods. Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM), Extreme Programming (XP), and Scrum. I successfully based my web development company on agile practices in 2000, and have since introduced agile practices at a range of commercial and government organisations in the UK and New Zealand.

If you are looking for an energetic, experienced, adaptable agile practitioner to supplement, coach, or train your team in any aspect of agility – then get in contact with me through the ‘About’ link above. I look forward to hearing from you.

What’s in a name?

kowhai flowers (sophora)

kowhai flowers (sophora)

The name ‘sophorum‘ is derived from the Latin plant name ‘sophora‘ for ‘kowhai‘, seen by many as the national flower of New Zealand. Sophora literally means ‘of the wise men‘, after the way the drooping flowers were thought to resemble the nodding heads of wise men deep in discussion. Sophorum, then, means ‘wise man‘ or adviser, which suits the role of our company.

Incidentally, the yellow kowhai flower is captured in our logo, set against the red of an English rose and Belgian poppy (our home countries).

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