Meet our Newest Agile Lead

Pilly Montez talks about her new role


We’re welcoming a new Agile Lead into our ranks! Pilly Montez started her journey with FULL as a Client Experience Associate in early 2016. It only took her nine months to become a Lead Client Experience Associate, and we’re thrilled she’s continuing her upward momentum with the Agile Lead position.

Below, Pilly talks about how an Agile Lead differs from a Lead Client Experience Associate, the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, and the true measurement of success:

What makes an Agile Lead different from a Lead CEA?

I feel the Agile Lead role differs from the Lead role only as much as the individual in the role allows it to. I have been very agile with my current team, but the true difference is in the empowerment of your team, letting go and trusting the team fully. They can do it without you.

For me, being an Agile Leader is about being fluid. It is about allowing myself to be what the team needs to be a high performer. An Agile Lead is just the harbor in which you keep your boat in for a bit. Boats are meant to sail and explore the sea and that is exactly what the Agile Lead should allow for the team: exploration.

What made you decide to go for the role?

Oh wow, what made me decide to go for it….Well, to be honest, I wanted to take on a challenge and step out of my comfort zone. I love being a Lead but it didn’t allow me to be the Agilist that I desired to be.

What do you do on your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy working out and riding my mountain bike on dirt trails out here in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Do you have any favorite TV shows, movies, music, or books?

I really enjoy anything vampire or zombie! I also love a good documentary. I find it fascinating to know the ‘why’ or ‘how’. I love music anything! I am really diverse when it comes to music and can listen to anything from Country to EDM.

Books: right now I am reading Coaching Agile Teams, and I absolutely love the book.

Any advice for anyone else wanted to move up into a new role?

To anyone looking to move up, I HIGHLY encourage you to do so. FULL is a great employer that allows anyone the opportunity. It’s not about what you are qualified for, it is about what you can contribute, no matter the skill set. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden

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