Meet Karin, our Global Head of Agile
Karin looks after our Agile coaching team – they exist to make our Product and Tech departments more effective. Using Agile methodology and practices, the team continuously improves the way we use technology at Tide. This helps us build and release new features to make Tide even better for our members. We asked Karin to introduce herself, explain her role and how she got here.
👋Hey Karin! Introduce yourself in a sentence
Hi, I’m Karin and I work at Tide as the Head of the Agile Coaching community.
What’s your background?
Like many people working in Agile roles, I started out as a kind of project manager, working on apps for language learning. When I was introduced to Scrum and Agile I quickly moved into a Product Owner/Manager role and then later made the change into Agile Coaching. I’ve worked in bigger and smaller companies as well as agencies so I’ve seen Agile in different shapes and sizes…
What made you want to join Tide?
I was looking for a start up with a great product and a growing team. I had just worked in a role within a bigger company and really wanted some speed, fast changes and learning. I’ve come to the right place.
Why is an Agile work environment so important?
Agile is an umbrella term so it refers to a number of frameworks and methodologies. When it comes to work environments, I would say an Agile environment is one of collaboration, transparency and high bandwidth communication. I think without that, no company is able to adapt quickly or benefit from the full potential of their teams. It’s also more fun to work this way 😊
How do you ensure that all the Tide teams work in an agile way?
There are ways to create the right conditions for agility: an inspiring shared goal, transparent information, focus on results and establishing regular opportunities for collaboration – including openness for healthy conflict! It’s everyone’s responsibility to use these opportunities – that’s why the Agile coaches at Tide work closely with the delivery teams and other parts of the business to support these behaviours in our day-to-day work.
What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve come across since joining Tide?
The incredible growth we went through in the past 10 months! When I started we were 2-3 delivery teams, now we’re 28 🤯 You could say we were in a forming-storming loop most of the year, building up our ways of working. And we are still doing that, our shared learning curve is still steep!
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m looking forward to working with the Agile Coaches to further refine and adapt our ways of working, improve our refinement practices and release frequency, among many other things.
Personally, I look forward to spring 🌺 I’m officially done with the winter darkness. Plus I have a few weekend trips across the UK planned!
What is your hidden talent?
I’m good with languages – mainly German, but that’s hidden working in our UK office!
When you’re not at Tide, what’s your favourite thing to do?
Travelling, running or walking to discover places and vegan restaurants in particular 🌱