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Arlo Belshee

Agile Jester - poke fun, create ideas, make it work. Do the tech.

Arlo Belshee has worked in the software development world as an engineer, manager, and coach for over two decades. He is a practical methodologist, meaning he knows the theory deeply but only uses it to suggest real-world experiments. Real-world results always beat theory and context always changes the local answer. Arlo has helped dozens of organizations improve themselves in whatever way mattered for their business. He doesn’t believe there is one way to do things or even one definition of success. He helps your team change yourself in whatever way you need for your business.

In addition to directly helping teams, this practical attitude has resulted in several advances to the industry. The two most well known are Promiscuous Pairing and Naked Planning (which you know as Kanban). He has also made several advances in retrospectives, software refactoring, and achieving team alignment.

Arlo lives in the Seattle, WA area where he spends his time finding the awesome in people. His hobbies are continuous learning, building great human relationships, and exploring any activity he has never tried.


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