I started embracing the “Agile” movement in mid 2007, not exactly an early-adopter, but surprisingly, not a late one either. I’ve since spent considerable time getting intimate with Agile, Scrum, XP, Lean, CMM, Six Sigma, etc. – to help introduce a new software development methodology for our business. Most recently, I obtained my Scrum Master certification and it got me to thinking, where we are today looks nothing like where we started! I of course mean that in a good way.
Over the past few years I’ve spoken to everyone willing to hear my problems (just kidding, not really) and I’ve been very fortunate to gain access to lots of very seasoned Agile practitioners, those whom have adopted Agile successfully and many more that are still finding their ways. I’ve even managed to meet several of the original signatories on the Agile Manifesto, which was also very cool. Interestingly enough, while I would never say we’ve “mastered Agile” – I would say we’ve been able to become very effective at it (and continue to get better each day, yes that’s right, each day.) Reflecting on the subject reminds me of a few obvious pitfalls we underwent before becoming successful with Agile, which could possibly benefit others!? I happen to recall struggling to find some very introductory info that was easy to absorb/comprehend as it wasn’t entirely intuitive, not because it’s complicated necessarily but because it doesn’t resemble what industry and years of experience has taught us – until now!
Now, some of you may be thinking there’s already a gluttony of Agile resources to help get you up and running, and that is very true, if you’re a technophile and/or early adopter – or heck, just seeking them. But I (almost daily) meet people that are just catching wind of “Agile” and are hungry to learn more. So, after concluding my highly sought Scrum Master certification (more on that later) I thought I’d take a stab of my own at producing an Agile introductory series to help would-be, aspiring adopters get introduced to all things “Agile” in both a business and technical context.
So, check back soon as I’ve just begun the series and will soon be outlining a road map and resources to help bring you (and your team) up to speed. CAUTION: Agile is infectious and even Robitussin can’t treat it!