Take your personal creativity to the next level or accelerate your organization. Some of the ways in which we can help:
- Engaging and inspiring talks with examples of individual and collaborative creativity
- Working on specific projects of improvement to help accelerate your organization
- Advising on any aspect of creativity, innovation, collaboration, and agility
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Adrian Cho practices and teaches individual and collaborative creativity to people and teams, drawing from decades of experience in business as well as in artistic domains such as music and photography.
In over thirty years in the software development field he has worked in a variety of engineering and business roles working for both small and large organizations including IBM, Fujitsu, Bankers Trust, and Shopify. Over two decades of this work has involved building internal tools and systems, as well as award-winning products, to enable high-performance teamwork at scale.
At Shopify, as the Director of Getting Shit Done, he led a business unit that helped the company accelerate and become more effective at scale by growing culture, hacking process, coaching people and teams, and building automation to reduce friction. His role at Shopify inspired this article. Previously at IBM, Adrian worked on various initiatives to improve developer productivity and operational excellence in IBM’s Rational, Tivoli and Cloud business units. He was a key contributor to IBM’s Eclipse open source community and projects and IBM’s open commercial development Jazz products. Adrian also has many years of experience in consulting, working on financial trading systems, banking systems, and software development tools for companies such as Fujitsu and Bankers Trust.
In over forty years of performing music Adrian has played a number of different instruments and now performs primarily as a jazz bassist. Since 2006 he has been the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, a unique, critically acclaimed symphonic jazz ensemble that brings together an impressive array of professional jazz and symphony musicians. His busy schedule includes a full season of concerts leading the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and teaching at Carleton University’s continuing studies program where his classes have earned high praise. Alex Hutchinson of the Ottawa Citizen labelled Adrian “a cool guide to hot jazz” while Doug Fischer, also of the Ottawa Citizen, referred to him as “a musical missionary.” John Kelman of All About Jazz wrote that “Cho’s intentions were clearly to educate as much as entertain, and he succeeded on both fronts.”
Combining his experiences in arts and business, Adrian developed The Jazz Process, an execution-oriented framework for collaboration, innovation, and agility that can help teams in any domain improve their performance. His book, The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation and Agility, published by Addison-Wesley in 2010, has been endorsed by a diverse collection of thought leaders. Reviewers have praised the book as “a huge payback for the time invested in reading it,” “a deep exploration of collaborative know-how,” “a concept of leadership and teamwork that’s well suited for the Google-age workplace” and “a top pick for any business collection!”
When Adrian is not practicing or teaching creativity at scale in business or jazz, his individual creative exploits include playing flamenco guitar and traveling the world to photograph people, places, and wildlife.