David Mole

David Mole

David is a master facilitator, trainer and presenter. He coaches leadership and exec teams through organisational change. He creates resilient, high-performing teams that are able to respond to change and create value. He’s the co-author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”. He brings a fresh and fun approach to his work and he loves running (half-marathons) and football.

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What he does

David coaches organisations and teams towards agile excellence. An outstanding Agile coach, he's presented at all the biggest Agile conferences in the world, is a published author and his work has been featured on podcasts and publications around the world.

He loves helping companies create great the right agile environments and is highly respected for his facilitation and workshop design skills. He has succeeded in transforming and accelerating big, small, traditional and fast-growing organisations across the UK, Gibraltar and New Zealand.

Where it all began

David's foray into agile ways of working started in 2007 while working in the sports betting and online poker industry in Europe, incidentally he was trying to make it as a professional poker player on the side.

At a time when most people were still writing giant requirements documents (that nobody read by the way!), a select group of companies were moving quickly, trying new things, and working incredibly well as small Agile teams. Combining this with his sporting education as a semi-professional football player in England, formal qualifications in Sports Psychology along with coaching experience in a wide range of sports including football, tennis and cricket, he has since found his skills ideal to lead the agile quest at companies such Trade Me, ASB and Xero.

In 2015 he published the book 'Creating Great Teams', co-authored with his Nomad8 colleague Sandy Mamoli. Since then he has been presenting on the topic of designing and creating agile teams at international conferences in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Articles by David

Introducing the Retro Facilitation Canvas

Nov 07, 2023

Peter Drury, the well known English football commentator, is famous for his witty, brilliant remarks which always appear to be spontaneous and off the cuff. "and Jesus heads home from the cross" (exclaimed Peter Drury, when Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City scored from a header) So I was intrigued w... continue reading

Six Timeless Lessons from Agile Australia 2023

Aug 26, 2023

Agile Australia continues to be a world leading conference, and having just unpacked our suitcases from our trip to Sydney, I am excited to share a tapestry of thoughts that we've woven together into six takeaways and insights. The conference was headlined by outstanding speakers including Steve Den... continue reading

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Australia 2016

Jun 26, 2016

This year's Agile Australia conference was an absolute blast! I loved having the opportunity to catch up with old friends, hang out with my Australian coaching colleagues and to meet new and interesting people. David Mole and Sandy Mamoli gave a talk on self-selection and creating great teams in Mel... continue reading

Key Questions Retrospective Technique

Nov 12, 2015

New Agile teams tend to place a significant emphasis on the retrospective meeting. When an issue rears it’s head, they often say “we need to talk about that in the retrospective” rather than deal with it there and then. The problem facing teams who do this is that having placed a lot of emphasis on... continue reading