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In Memory of Jean Tabaka

Mike Cottmeyer
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I debated writing this post.

I considered Jean a friend.

Even though we didn’t talk often, I think she considered me a friend.

I’m sad she passed away this week.

I’d like to share a story with you guys.

When I wanted to start LeadingAgile, I was scared. I didn’t have the 100K in the bank Mitch Lacey told me I needed to start. I didn’t have space on my credit cards to fund myself for a few months. What I had were a few good relationships.

Jean was one of them.

I called Jean one day and told her what I wanted to do. She gave me good counsel. I wanted to see if I could get on Rally’s subcontractor list. I had worked for VersionOne so that was complicated. Jean went to bat for me.

Getting on Rally’s subcontractor list gave me the confidence to step out.

Even thought I never did any work for Rally, having that option in my back pocket created sufficient safety for me that I was able to be brave. Jean helped me be brave. For that I will be forever in her debt.

Who knows how things would have turned out had Jean not helped me.

I like to think I could have done it without anyone’s help.

But Jean helped.

I’ll miss Jean Tabaka forever.

Thank you Jean.

May you rest in peace.

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LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer is passionate about solving the challenges associated with agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, he and his team are dedicated to providing large-scale agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and safely introduce Agile methods.

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