When we say we are “agile-driven,” we mean that our prior experience, and now our consulting products and services are based on a collection of timeless principles, and a philosophy that industry has recently come to know as, “agile.”
When we say we are “reality-based,” we mean that we have spent our careers putting agile principles and philosophy into practice in real life (IRL).
Think of any professional sport. Career consultants and academicians are like sportscasters, journalists and other professional observers who have spent their careers in the stands, offering their observations, conclusions and recommendations of, and for, the players, the coaches, the teams and the games. Their point of view is not to be minimized; it is generally expert and there is much to be said for independent observation.
On the other hand, we have been players. We have spent our careers on the field actually playing the game; we are now moving into coaching careers. Because we come to coaching having been players, our coaching is grounded in decades of practical experience putting the concepts and theory into play in real life. We have run the plays that were sent into us. We have audibled at the line. We have had plays break down for heartbreaking losses, and we have had plays break away for heartpounding gains. We have the scar tissue of hands-on experience.
Jim Ruprecht is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.
Based on his experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, Jim has presented the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change to local, national and international groups. He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.
An accomplished leader in real life, prior to founding agilityIRL Jim has held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 million business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held general aviation aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Jim lives in Woodbury, MN. When not spending time with his now grown daughters and their families, Jim enjoys traveling, and a well-written and well-told story in any form, be it a book, play, movie, show, or song. Jim’s therapist is Dr. Harley Davidson.
Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL. In this role, he is responsible for educating, coaching and consulting with his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.
He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.
Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded other Agile consultancies including 3 Plus 1 Consulting and Collaborative Leadership Team. Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.
He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will. When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.