Tom Sylvester

Tom Sylvester is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor and Lean/Agile Coach.  He has started multiple businesses and is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.  He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and daughter.  Follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

I Must ASK (Agile Scaling Knowledge) – Has It Really Come to This?

“You can’t put being in love on a scale. Either you are or you aren’t.” ― Jenny Han, We’ll Always Have Summer Respectfully adapted… “You can’t put being agile on a scale.  Either you are or you aren’t.” The world exists as a set of patterns.  These patterns tend to repeat themselves in various contexts. …

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Book Review – Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with 2 of the 3 authors (Si & Mark) and must say it has been a truly amazing experience. Agile (in the broad sense) has been a growing collection of knowledge, especially since 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was created. Prior to, and especially since then, a lot …

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Innovate 2014 Presentation: SDLC Transformation @ Paychex

  For the second year in a row I was invited to present at IBM Innovate, which is a conference hosted by IBM and focused on concepts such as Continuous Engineering, DevOps and Agile. My topic was titled “SDLC Transformation: How Paychex Began Adopting Rational CLM (+Agile) and Adapted Along the Way”.  In this session, …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Real Estate Mentor

I just published a new article over on BiggerPockets titled A Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Real Estate Mentor.  In that article, I walk through the following: What is a Mentor? How Do I Find a Mentor? What Qualities Should a Mentor Have? Should You Pay For a Mentor? This is probably one of my favorite …

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How to Leverage Your Cash For Time to Build Your Real Estate Business

I just published a new article over at BiggerPockets called “How to Leverage Your Cash For Time to Build Your Real Estate Business”.  To be honest, this is one of my favorite posts that I have written in a while.  We all look at out wallet as containing only money, but we spend something else …

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All Real Estate Investors NEED to Have This Document… Do You?

I just published a new article over on BiggerPockets called “All Real Estate Investors NEED to Have This Document… Do You?“.  In the article I describe how to differentiate a cheap property from a good deal.  I also got to take a few shots at the great Josh Dorkin, which is always fun. This post …

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Four Reasons Why You Should Consider NOT Investing in Real Estate in 2014

I just published a new article over on BiggerPockets called “Four Reasons Why You Should Consider NOT Investing in Real Estate in 2014“.  In the article I describe some benefits of taking some time away from real estate investing. Real estate investing provides many benefits, but it can lead to burnout. Learn some of the …

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