Melissa Boggs is a Culture, Agility, and Leadership Coach with 10+ years of investment in the agile movement. A Certified Enterprise Coach with an MBA, Melissa blends education, experience, and enthusiasm to work closely with leaders on their most challenging business problems. Through training and coaching, Melissa encourages executive leadership to expose and understand the hidden strengths and weaknesses that exist within their culture, and how they can amplify what is best about the traditions, habits, and behaviors in their org. Most of all, she helps leaders and employees alike to introduce joy and inspiration into the workplace.
Since 2001, Melissa has embraced experiences in leadership, business, and product development. Her experience with applying, consulting, coaching, and training agile values and principles spans executive teams, software teams, marketers, and educators in domains such as healthcare, public education, e-learning, security software, government agencies, and communication technology. As a consultant and as an executive, she has consistently embodied the Scrum values, and additionally holds dear her personal values of Courage, Empathy, and Creativity.
Melissa is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Certified Agile Leader 1 (CAL1), Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), Kanban Management Professional (KMP I), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds an MBA in IT Management and a B.S. in Information Technology from Western Governors University. While each of these represent a significant milestone along her journey, none of them signify an end to learning or are a substitute for experience and knowledge. From each of these milestones, her most important takeaways were the relationships she was fortunate to forge in their pursuit, and the motivation to continue learning in service to others.
In addition to her experience and education, Melissa possesses a deep understanding of the values and principles of organizational agility, organizational change, leadership agility, and proven expertise in enabling organizations to reach their full potential. She is a regular on the speaking circuit, sharing stories and experiences about culture, sustainable pace, and supporting organizational change. In January 2019, she was invited to put her principles into practice in executive leadership at Scrum Alliance. Melissa Boggs is the Co-CEO/Chief ScrumMaster for Scrum Alliance, building and guiding an organization in pursuit of joy, prosperity, and sustainability for all workplaces worldwide.
“Why isn’t the CEO listening? They are doing it all wrong.”
“I’m not sure what value the coach is providing. Not much has changed.”
“The business would’ve really thrived, if only the CEO had ….”
“The coaches are really expensive. Are they really helping?”
Organizational change is risky business. If you have heard these phrases, or even said (or implied) them yourself, you know how easy it is to draw conclusions and vilify our counterparts in a CEO and client relationship. Many of us have been victim to - and guilty of - playing the blame game of why the business is not shifting, when we know that working together is the only way forward.
As a Certified Enterprise Coach called upon to lead the organization I served, I have stood on the boundary of coach and CEO, and I have seen the beauty and complexity of both at the same time. My story is a cautionary tale and an invitation to powerful coaching all wrapped in one.
We’ll talk about the courage required to be either a coach or a CEO, and I’ll invite you to step into the other’s shoes for a moment. Together, we’ll explore our beliefs about the relationship between coaching and organizational leadership - in order to increase our competency in both.
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