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FiveWhyz is a collaborative of experienced coaches recognized for leadership and expertise in Agile, Lean, Complex Adaptive Systems and Organization & Leadership Development. We take pride in developing client capabilities and end-to-end business agility. 

Our team are industry recognized experts with a diverse set of experiences to guide leaders and organizations to improve their workplace practices, processes, and products. Our services and methods are tailored for each clients’ unique situation. Our approach is incremental, iterative, pragmatic, and always focused on providing value.



Respect People – people not resources; build trust and foster collaboration every single day


Go to the Gemba –  no problem is ever solved sitting at a desk; go to where value is created and observe


Skin In the Game – shared risk-taking; we succeed and fail together

Continuous Improvement - foster an atmosphere of continuous learning and experimentation


Change is hard.  There are no quick fixes or shortcuts.  Unless we invest in building healthier organizations any improvements will be fleeting and change won't stick.

It is not that people don't want to change, they just don't want to be changed.  The key component in any transformation is people.  ​

We succeed when we work ourselves out of a job. We do that through knowledge transfer, building your expertise and coaching your coaches.


Start with a keen understanding of culture and organizational structure


Build consensus and drive alignment around your strategic direction


Ruthless prioritize to maximize throughput and build winning habits. 


Establish feedback loops to enable continuous learning and pivot or persevere decision making



Our approach is one of partnership and shared risk. We share knowledge gained over many years in the Lean Agile trenches and will ensure you avoid the classic pitfalls. 


We have a track record of mentoring internal champions and constructively engaging senior management in formulating and continually adapting overall transformation strategy. 


Our areas of expertise include:


  • Transformation & Organizational Design

  • Lean & Agile at Scale

  • Leadership Development & Executive Coaching

  • End-to-end Business Agility

  • Complex Adaptive Systems




Our workshops are intensive, collaborative sessions where real results are achieved.


Examples workshop topics:

  • Strategic alignment

  • Value stream mapping 

  • Transformation design

  • Story-writing

  • Kanban design

  • Cynefin and Complexity

We have many years of experience facilitating diverse groups from the smallest to the hundreds and we expect to pass along our knowledge of facilitation skills to your facilitators and servant leaders.



There is a lot of training available in the marketplace today with varying degrees of quality.  We have the experience and track record to deliver a quality experience that will get you off to the best possible start with your Lean Agile transformation strategy. 


We provide training in these  focus areas:

  • Product Ownership

  • Servant Leadership

  • Advanced Facilitation

  • Complexity Thinking

  • Agility at Scale

  • Lean Agile Leadership



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Over the course of 20+ years coaching, Ken Clyne has been trusted advisor to some of the world’s leading companies as they embark on their Agile journey.  His diverse portfolio includes energy, manufacturing, banking, insurance and technology sectors.  Ken builds trust with his customers through his ability to listen and apply the right type of coaching at the right time.  He excels at building coaching teams to support large scale enterprise transformation.  With a wealth of experience in Scrum, Kanban and coaching teams-of-teams, and leadership, Ken always maintains a focus on what is best for his customer.


For the last 12 years Hans Samios has focused on building sustainable improvements in organizational effectiveness through large scale Agile transformations.  Leveraging his deep knowledge of agile such as Scrum, Lean, XP and SAFe Hans applies a pragmatic, team-oriented approach to coaching customers through optimizing the entire delivery process from concept to cash.  His domain experience spans technology, IT, energy, banking and insurance but Hans also relishes applying Agile principles to non-traditional spaces such as marketing, construction, finance, and HR.


Tom Perry’s career as a software development transformation agent spans 20+ years. Tom’s clients range from startups to Fortune 100 and both state and federal government. His background includes testing, development, management and Agile coaching. Tom is actively involved in the Agile community in his native Seattle: leading a local chapter of the APLN and founding the Open Agile Management conference. Tom loves to speak and writes on Agile topics in local and international forums and is proud author of The Little Book of Impediments.

Daniel Walsh has dedicated his career to developing new products and services and bringing them to market.  He is a passionate advocate for Lean, Agile, and system engineering methods. His diverse background includes product development, sales, marketing, strategic planning and talent recruiting. Formerly with Intel Corp, Daniel graduated with an M.S. in Engineering Systems from MIT and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Business.  Daniel’s current areas of focus include organizational transformations and intrapreneurship, digital transformation, and complex adaptive systems.

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Brian Warden is a passionate and energetic Lean and Agile coach who’s reason for being is to engage and inspire people to make organizational change that results in happy and productive teams. Brian has had the privilege to lead and participate in many large scale agile transformations in financial, retail, insurance and energy industries. His coaching stance is rooted in never agile for the sake of agile, meeting people where they are and always assuming good intent.


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