Ep. 005 Stacy Kirk: Using the Agile Method to Break Your Limits

The Transformation Blueprint 005 Stacy Kirk

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Stacy Kirk (@queenofagileqa) is a software QA architect, coder, speaker and CEO of QualityWorks Consulting Group, an international firm that enables businesses to accelerate their software delivery at a fraction of the cost.

She has been a champion for quality and process innovation in software development for over 20 years. Her passion for diversity in technology led her to be a First Lego League Robotics coach as well as an advisor to youth-focused non-profits on technology integration.

She is a graduate of Stanford University and has shared her technical expertise at well-respected tech conferences like NodeSummit, Node.js Interactive, Agile DevOps East & West, MobileWonder Women in Tech and many more.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Tactics to keep your business lean when in growth mode;
  • How to tell the difference between your gut and fear;
  • How to realise when you’re playing small in your life;
  • How to engage your superpowers and overcome your weaknesses in business; and many more interesting topics.

CONNECT WITH STACY

QualityWorks Consulting Group: http://www.qualityworkscg.com
Twitter: @queenofagileqa

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STACY’S BLUEPRINT

  • How a series of small entrepreneurial ventures combined with a corporate career to lead to the origin of QualityWorks
  • Bootstrapping versus getting funding for a service-based business and how to manage growth
  • The value of creative thinking in growing your business
  • Stacy’s experience with her Jamaican QualityWorks team
  • How Stacy’s worst fear coming true led her to truly pursue her purpose and cemented her entrepreneurial journey
  • Stacy’s experience in the corporate world and how she came to the realization that creating a business was the best path for her
  • How to recognize when you’re playing small
  • An exercise that you can use today to work through and overcome your fears
  • Failure is a part of the process
  • It’s okay NOT to be an entrepreneur
  • The purple unicorn experience
  • How Stacy’s past failures developed her resilience
  • The advice Stacy would give to her 20-year-old self
  • Stacy’s definition of success
  • How your money mindset can affect your success and why you should focus on value
  • How to find your purpose
  • How to distinguish between your intuition and fear
  • The books that Stacy would recommend each and every time
  • Important habits for Stacy
  • How Stacy gets her day started
  • What Stacy is most excited about right now
  • The types of people that make up Stacy’s inner circle

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

  • QualityWorks Consulting Group, which creates tools, processes and frameworks that enable businesses to accelerate software delivery.
  • Tim Ferriss’ TED Talk on defining your fears
  • Tony Robbins Dickens Pattern technique to tackle your fears by figuring out what the consequences are of staying the way you are now.
  • Stacy’s Mentor:
    • Lorna Johnson – Jamaican-born nurse midwife and nurse practitioner, as well as the founding partner, administrative director, and chief financial officer of the Advanced Family Care Medical Group, a multiservice practice in women’s, paediatric, and family medicine.
  • Agile refers to the ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment.
  • Scrum, is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building products that meet business needs.
  • A Certified Scrum Master helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project’s overall success.
  • Task boards are visual displays of the progress of the Scrum team during a sprint.
  • A KANBAN board is a work and workflow visualization tool that enables you to optimize the flow of your work.
  • A timebox is a previously agreed period of time during which a person or a team works steadily towards completion of some goal.
  • Wonder Women Tech (WWT) is an organization that produces year-round programming and national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), innovation and entrepreneurialism.

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