Esther Derby


Esther Derby is a Cutter Expert. She draws on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living organizational change. Ms. Derby works with a broad array of organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Based on experience and research, her approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge of complex adaptive systems. Ms. Derby has been called one of the most influential voices within the Agile communities when it comes to developing organizations, coaching teams, and transforming management. Her work has influenced coaches and leaders across many companies. Ms. Derby started her career as a programmer. However, over the years, she’s worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant, manager, and team leader. From all these perspectives, one thing remains clear: individual, team, and even organizational success depends greatly on the work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, Ms. Derby has spent the last 25 years helping companies shape their environment for optimum success. She is the host of the popular podcast Change by Attraction. Ms. Derby earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a certificate in human systems dynamics. She can be reached at