I am a project manager / quality junior in the rail industry for 3 years and now begin a carrier in aeronautic industry. Passionate about my job, I’m always looking for new methods, new ways of doing things to improve my daily life and the one of people I work with.
I have been in software development for over thirty years. Prior to that, I was a deck officer in the merchant marine. Don’t ask. Many of my early years in our industry were spent developing operating systems, both embedded, device oriented, and part of the IBM mainframe operating system suite. I’ve worked at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Wang Laboratories, and for the last 20 years, my company, Advanced Development Methods and Scrum.org. My daughters are grown and launched, and I live in Lexington, Massachusetts with my wife, Chris.
Mastery-based Learning and the Paradox of the Certification
I started in Project Management some 15 years ago.
My goal, at the beginning, was to comply with all defined policies, processes, and procedures, while ensuring the project stayed within schedule, budget, and scope. After a few years, I left this position and I started my own consulting company. This radically changed my perspective of what was important. Though most of my consulting was in hardware, my focus shifted toward satisfying the customer. Upon returning to application development, I began managing software development projects for corporate and government agencies. At first, I resorted back to my old ways, trying to manage everything through process and controls. I sought out and obtained my Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
Not only that, but we’ve been selected to moderate the IT Leadership Panel: The Skills You Need to Advance Your Career with David King and John McGuthry.
This should be a very fun time to learn from what some of the C-Level Executives have to say in regards to project management. We wonder whether we should ask some Agile software development questions…
I was asked by Agile Scout to write an article for the State of Agile series. This is my response.
At the end of September I attended the Scrum Beyond Software event in Phoenix, at the wonderful Gangplank facility. This was both the last event I organized while working for the Scrum Alliance, and (to my knowledge) the first full Open Space event set up to explore this topic.
We here at Agile Scout are excited to be hitting our *Beta stage of our site. We have purposefully taken an iterative approach to the designing and building of our product (We’re Agile aren’t we?) and it is our hopes that we can launch fully within our next release schedule.
Like our new website design and character? We do. We’re already looking forward to full release!
So on to the celebration with GUEST POSTS and PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS!
To celebrate our *Beta release we’ve asked bloggers, authors, and Agile coaches and consultants around the globe to weigh in on three simple (not-so-simple) questions:
Your (author) background?
How Agile has changed (from authors perspective) in terms of methods, philosophies, ideologies, pragmatic applications, etc.?
Where is Agile going (in the future)?
Who’s up first? Check us out tomorrow for our first guest contributor!
The State of Agile contributor list has been complete. Thanks to all who have contributed to this call for submissions! After reading through what some of the leaders in our community have to say, we’re excited about where Agile is going and what needs to continue to grow as more and more businesses see the value that Agile software development can bring.
Have something you’d like to share with the Agile community? Contribute!
A full list of the contributors below and calendar:
This past week has been very busy. From pushing great content to reviewing some great Agile Scrum tools, we’ve also been prepping for the next couple weeks.
So what’s coming up? Several big things will be launched.
Agile Scout is almost ready for *Beta launch – This means our first pass at design changes to the site. We’ll be trying out different color schemes and working with our design team to figure out how we want to color the Agile Scout world. We’re Agile, we can change rapidly!
We here at AgileScout.com want to make sure that we give back to the community. In order to do so we’re starting a Sponsorship Campaign that allows business to advertise with us and help us give back to the Agile software development community.
Agile Scout is a news blog with very big dreams. You can help us be part of that.
Personal stories that show growth of a professional are close to our heart. Every professional has a personal story that they can share, but what makes a great story even better is the ability to show lessons learned through that story and why they matter to you (the reader).
This experience turned lesson are the types of blogs we at Agile Scout love to read and we came upon such a story with Courtney Behm (@cabehm) who describes her movement into project management and some very clear realizations from her experience.
Though the title of her article points to the fact that project management isn’t all about metrics and following a ton of data on spreadsheets, we think another appropriate way to title her work would be: Project Management, All About Relationships. This is because that’s what project management is really all about at the end of the day is it not?
At a recent Agile gathering I met with an executive who had a very high interest in taking his small company (>15) to the next level. To him that meant going Agile!
Lucky for him he was in the right place. Unfortunately for him he came during a talk that was way beyond his current level of Agile understanding.
Agile meetups are great. They are a great place to learn, network, and photosynthesize Agile knowledge. But I’ve found that many of the speakers that come share very detailed and theoretical information that make the listener wonder: “How can I realistically apply these things today?”
Scrums, as we’ve talked about before are an integral part of Agile software development. Frankly, even if you’re not Agile, you can participate in Scrums. I suggested a little while back to a friend and CEO of a company that he start doing scrums for his development team even if they aren’t really doing anything Agile. Reason? To begin the process of disclosure and transparency to the company about what is going on so communication and collaboration can permeate the business. So far, he reports that it’s been a great step in their business!
The Scrum Alliance has finally posted their full program online here. It looks to be a very exciting event and we’re stoked about the keynotes, bare talks, and lighting talks, all looking very intriguing and useful for the event attendees.
There is (seemingly) still time to sign up and head on over there. It is Amsterdam after all. Flight tickets, though, may be on the pricey side.
The Agile Scout has been a huge fan of the first version of OmmWriter that came out for the Mac a while ago. Now they’re back and better than ever with Dana.
Straight from them:
“OmmWriter Dana is a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate. If you are a scriptwriter, blogger, journalist, copywriter, poet or just someone who enjoys writing, welcome back to concentrating.”
Scrums can be a great opportunity for the team to disclose to others what is happening, recently, today, and what needs followup or help on. Scrums are a great way to communicate daily.
Besides scrums, many managers and even employees have a lot of reports to give, status reports and the like. The real question is, are we giving enough information in our update status reports or giving enough information to take action from during our scrums?
People love encouragement. Employees and workers need often. Developers need it more.
Inspiration for today? Lyssa Adkins video from the recent Agile2010 conference.
Words that came up included:
“Fun, efficient, productive, frequent delivery, liberating, inspiring, makes a difference, best friends in agile team, care more for product and service, innovative, enjoyable, continuous integration and deployment, way of thinking and living.”
So where are these guys getting this from? Do these words strike a chord with you or are you still stuck in a non Agile development workspace?
Maybe it’s time to make a switch. Be encouraged. You can get there!
When one does a word association with a “scout,” what other words does one conjure up?
Personally, when I think of the word “scout,” I think of someone who is prepared, ready for action, agile and flexible, quick yet methodical, adaptive, knowledgable, pragmatic and resourceful, team player, mentor and coach, helpful, compassionate, communicative, and above all, a servant leader. Sounds a lot like our Order of Agility and Law doesn’t it? Well, let’s elaborate, shall we?
“[There is a] failure of the Scrum Alliance itself to rise to the leadership challenge, and live up to its own mission to “Transform the World of Work.” – Tobias Mayer
Sometime in the mid afternoon of October 14th, Tobias Mayer let the world know about his renunciation of the Scrum Alliance, it’s business model and methods, as well as his highly-prized certifications.
Wow. What to say? After reading what Tobias Mayer recently posted on his Agile Anarchy blog we were stunned. We were sure that there would be someone out there that would post a rebuttal of some sort fairly quickly, but not yet. Maybe it’s in the 50+ comments that are at the bottom of his blog.
Since we are investigative reporters on what is going on in the Agile community it wouldn’t seem fair if we didn’t cover Tobias’ renunciation. Do we have an opinion in the matter? Well, sort of, but that isn’t for today.
What is apparent through Tobias’ post as well as other members of the Scrum community that responded on his blog was this: There is an obvious issue surrounding the way the Scrum Alliance works. Whether it is good or bad is up for discussion.