I spent many years as a software programmer/analyst/generalist/consultant and I watched the industry “evolve” from one where it was expected that I sit and talk (sans methodology) directly with my customer and write code to meet their needs, to one characterized by document sign-offs and Gantt charts and code freezes and blame. Then one day in 2001 I was browsing a book-store and found the book “Planning Extreme Programming“ by Kent Beck and Martin Fowler. I bought it, I read it, and I exclaimed out loud “Oh my gosh, there are other people in the world who believe what I believe about the way things really work on software projects!”
Today I am an independent Agile coach focused on helping teams and organizations find success applying Agile principles. I witnessed first-hand the success of iterative, feedback-driven development as compared with waterfall processes. I also experienced the importance of valuing people in the pursuit of creating work places that are not only productive but also happy, humane, and creative. I am passionate about sharing what I’ve learned and helping my clients discover the Agile journey that is right for their unique situation.