Experienced Executive Agile Coach and Organization Design consultant - Dhaval Panchal is founder of Evolve Agility, a Texas based coaching and training consultancy. Dhaval is ScrumAlliance Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), Certified Agile Leadership-Educator (CAL-E). Dhaval Panchal is actively involved in local Houston Agile community. Dhaval has led large scale Agile transformations for companies in Oil & Gas, Banking, Insurance, Gaming, and Medical business domains. He has more than 17 years of Agile implementation, coaching, and transformation experience.
When do you wake up every day? What’s your alarm set to?
I do not have a fixed time for waking up every day, but there is a pattern. I workout two or three times per week. I get up early by 5:30 am on workout day and other days including weekends, I wake up later at 7:00 am.
2. Tea or Coffee?
Both, but my preference is black tea.
3. Any rituals to set the tone for the day in the morning?
I like to sip on my tea, before I am ready to think through rest of the day. I like working out early in morning, so by 8:30 am, I am energized and ready for rest of the day. I also have long commute (40+ m) and listening to spotify playlists feels good to get oriented for day.
4. Where do you work?
I work at client site, or at my home office.
5. What do you listen to while working?
At client site I am mostly leading workshops or working with teams so I am listening to people. When I am working at home, I listen to songs on Spotify. Choice of music varies greatly on my mood. My default is Sufi Qawwali, and at times when I need to concentrate I prefer Hariprasad Chaurasia, his mastery of flute is flawless. I have a few curated playlists that have songs from hip-hop, Bollywood, reggaton, country, pop, heavy metal, Jazz etc..
6. What are you currently reading?
I generally have two or three books that I am reading at any time. Unlike while at school, my personal reading habits are for pleasure. Currently, I am reading
1) Influence: The psychology of persuasion
2) Godel, Echer, Bach : an eternal golden braid
7. How do you organize your work life?
I use a kanban board, and have post it notes hanging from my desktop monitor. It is very important for me to make a list of all tasks that I want to complete before I start working. This simple step takes me less than a minute, but it helps me to let go of worry and focus on task at hand. I also have a timer on my computer, where I typically set 25-45 m timer that allows me to stay focused for that time. I force myself to take a break, by walking around or some thing different, I am not always successful.
8.Any hacks you prefer for work?
#) Never send long emails. If necessary call or talk to your email recipients first. Face to face conversations, or even on video conference/phone are far more fruitful than exchanging emails.
#) Listen more, talk less.
#) Don't blame others and circumstances.
#) Expect that I will make errors and trust that I will learn from them.
#) Show up on time, don’t make others wait.
9.What are your favorite gadgets?
#) Jaybird BT headphone, these have lasted me many years and are very good, especially when I am working out.
10.do you have any must have apps in your phone?
# ) Twitter : I spend lot more time on this app than I should.
#) Mail & Calendar
11. Any new addition to your routines?
Don’t think I can fit any thing else in day to day.
12. How do you recharge?
Playing & goofing around with my children, long motorcycle rides, and reading books.
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