Alan Atlas has been in high tech since 1980, first as a hardware engineer at Bell Laboratories, then as a UNIX kernel hacker at MASSCOMP, and finally as a technical manager at various levels at a number of different software companies. Over the years, he has twice managed development teams whose products have won industry awards.
As a Development Manager at Amazon.com, Alan managed the development and release of Amazon S3, a web service that offers Internet-connected storage for web applications of all kinds. The S3 team adopted Scrum for their project, and this became a career-changing experience for Alan, who followed his CSM with CSP, CSC, and CST certifications. Alan became the first Amazon Scrum Trainer/Coach.He left Amazon to pursue Agile Training and Coaching fulltime with Rally Software and after a few years, returned to product development at Scanbuy, Inc. to use his Agile knowledge and experience to create a winning engineering organization.
Articles I've written
The Case of the Time Tyrant
In the hunt for clues as to how to manage an agile team, the sprint backlog can seem like a major breakthrough. Finally! A list of tasks broken down by person and estimated. What a find! Not so fast, Sherlock. Your search for "who's doing what and when" is leading you down the wrong track.
A Cure for Task Estimation Obsession
Can you streamline sprint planning by eliminating task estimates? Alan Atlas says, "Yes, you can!" Find out when it's possible and how to get there.