Elizabeth Woodward is the CEO of Woodward Innovations, Inc., helping organizations around the world to optimize their performance. She has coached and consulted with C-suite executives and VPs of Fortune 500 companies, development, marketing, learning, HR, IP Law and others in complex environments, across enterprise hierarchies and pillars, to improve by using evidence-based, measurable approaches.
Lean and Agile Transformation Consultant
Her largest agile transformation effort to date has involved more than 65,000 software development team members, their managers and executives in more than 30 countries. The effort resulted in an innovative approach to combining scrum for demonstrating short-term wins with recognized key practices for embedding change in organizational culture. Her efforts have been documented in the IBM Journal of Research and Development, reviewed with the Kotter Institute and discussed by Steve Denning in Forbes articles.
Learning Enablement (Training & Development) Strategist
Elizabeth has an extensive background in learning enablement (training & people development) and has consulted with some of the world’s largest enterprises to successfully pivot when faced with severe market competition. She is a strong proponent of Dark Learning, a disruptor in the field of enterprise learning.
She is the (co-)author of A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum. Endorsed by Ken Schwaber (creator of the leading agile framework), the book was the first to focus on overcoming the challenges facing enterprise distributed and dispersed teams embracing agile development methods. Elizabeth has coached hundreds of global teams, including those on every continent except Antarctica.
Elizabeth’s expertise in building strong communities to facilitate continuous learning and improvement is recognized in Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile. Over the past 20+ years, she has helped teams to enable performance improvements and knowledge transfer through design of curricula that have included virtual labs, instructor-led training, virtual instructor-led training, e-learning, simulations, work-embedded learning and work -integrated learning.
Process, Practice and Tools Agnostic
She is process, practice and tool agnostic. She helps organizations to make their best choices based on an understanding of modern lean, agile and learning approaches, as well as her clients’ individual context. She has achieved Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional (as a member of the team that created the exam) and Certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SAFe). She is also a strong advocate of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) for improving agility in complex environments.
Inventor and Innovator
As a passionate inventor and innovator, Elizabeth has patented several inventions related to development, collaboration and learning.