About Me

I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.


How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to achieve great things.

I help your teams and management understand what’s working and where there are contradictions that sap productivity and stifle innovation. We explore how best to maximize your capacity for achievement by eliminating wasted effort, politics, cynicism, and fear. Together, we achieve a holistic view of your organization, and design your environment to directly enable, support and sustain your agile success, now and into the future.


I’ve written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring).

If you’d like to get a taste of how I approach things, many of my articles are posted on this site. If you have particular topic or issue you’d like to explore, email me, and I’ll put together a collection of my articles that may be helpful to you.

I teach workshops and talk to groups all over the world. I’ve taught in the US, Canada, Sweden, Finland, France, England, China, India, and New Zealand. If your country is missing from this list, we can fix that.

I helped found the AYE Conference, and I’m now serving my second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance. I was also was one of the three original founders of the Scrum Alliance.

I’ve learned a lot about how organizations work through observation and action research. But I’ve got academic credentials, too. I hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human System Dynamics.

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Phone me: +1 612.239.1214

Email me: esther@estherderby.com

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