From Paul Heidema:
Most people despise the end of Sunday. This means that Monday, the dreaded start of the work week, is just around the corner. Most people don’ have a team that they trust at work. Most people are unable to be truthful with their boss, or even truthful with themselves about their work.
Fortunately, I am not one of those people. I work with great people. They are kind, honest, caring, and very professional. I work at Berteig Consulting. My team is made up of four people, one of which is me. Travis, who is very gifted in the arts is also very professional and down to earth. Mishkin is an ideal boss who cares deeply about his co-workers, and treats us all like brothers and sisters. Laila is pure and able to make others feel completely at home (she is also my wife).
I never know what will happen each week but I do know that I will be happy and enjoying the experience with such a wonderful team.
From Mishkin Berteig:
Every day that we start work, I’m happy to be here. It’s a bit cliche, but I love the people I’m working with. I also love the work we are doing. The vision of the company is maturing and our focus on education has already changed the way some things are being done. I like our work environment: there are three of us “crammed” into a small office room – we are constantly collaborating, discussing options and problems and reminding each other of work to do. Hiring Laila to work with us part time has been an incredible change. She thinks systematically about our way of working and makes suggestions in such a loving way that it is impossible to feel like we were even doing anything wrong in the first place. For me personally, having Travis focus on the role of Process Facilitator (ScrumMaster) has also been a huge relief for me. He keeps us in line with a lightweight agile process and I’m loving it!!! Finally, for me, focusing my own efforts on business value has been great – with the help of Paul, Laila and Travis, I now have the mental space and the actual time to devote to this critical part of running a business. I’m still learning like crazy, and it’s great fun! I wish everyone could work in an environment like this… which is, of course, why we offer the services that we offer!
From Travis Birch:
At Berteig Consulting, we practice Agile. I am currently working in the role of process facilitator for our new team of 4. We work in 1-week iterations. As a couple of the team members have a 4-day work week, we have our retrospective on Monday mornings at 10 AM, followed by the planning meeting for our next iteration at 11 AM. The remaining work days begin with a daily stand-up meeting using the reporting methods of a daily Scrum (each member reports 3 things to the team – “What I did yesterday”, What I’m doing today”, and “What are my obstacles”). We work in a collocated team room, with items, tasks, obstacles, definition of done and burn-down chart all up on the walls. We just completed our second iteration. As part of today’s retrospective, team members actually did some demos – Mishkin showed us some of the great changes he’s made to his course material and Paul demoed our beautiful newsletter. Laila even demoed some travel tools that she’s been working on for the trainers. We also decided to each write our reflections in order to share them with those who might find it useful as a way of wrapping up the retrospective for this iteration.
Visibility of work and openness of consultation feeds an overall feeling of excitement and optimism in the team!
From Laila Heidema:
Having worked at Berteig Consulting for merely two weeks, I already feel that I am part of a team. I feel that I am contributing in helping people with their business in an environment that is creative, supportive, joyful and cooperative. I know that each week will bring interesting new tasks that will not feel like a mundane set of work, or carried out in order to finish the week. Rather, each project is completed with a sense of contribution towards the company’s quest to be the best corporate educator for humanity. Were it not for Berteig’s positive atmosphere and team dynamic, this would not be possible.