My name is Ivo Peksens. I am an Agile Coach from Riga, Latvia and
this is a short story of my journey...
Somewhere around mid 90s of the last century, I felt an attraction to computers. It continued at university where I found myself consciously studying not how to program, but how computers work. As knowledge emerged, I soon realized that always a combined (computer hardware and software) performance is what impacts the end user experience.
Related jobs followed and when I moved into a domain where it was about software development using computers rather than supporting computer end users, I soon realized that success is not only determined by how good one is at programming, but also what interaction is like with the other people. It’s always both – technology and psychology.
After years I got a book called “Finding Your Element” by K.Robinson after I have had seen some of his TED talks. It’s a practical book. While reading it and doing exercises, I soon realized that I am ‘in my element’ when I, put simply, facilitate other people. I was suddenly able to give a common denominator to the most of my professional past. But mainly it gave me the clarity of what I want to do further.
Since all the time I was around computers that’s where I went on. I started a steep journey towards becoming better at facilitating others, learning and practicing coaching. I started to pay attention to working together, I started to value how rewarding it is to see others succeed in what they are doing together and how important that actually is to the everybody involved. Believe it or not, but soon I became a Scrum Master as that was the perfect fit to what I wanted to do. Although today I am practicing as an Agile Coach also beyond IT, becoming a Scrum Master was a new turning point.
Maybe the book mentioned above can help you too, maybe it is something else, but for sure - never stop being curious, never stop learning and never stop searching...