Andrew Webster: Agile to the bone!
In around 2004, I saw Dr Neil Roodyn give a talk on XP in Brisbane, Queensland, to the great and the good of the Queensland IT world. He shamed us and inspired us, and it rather felt as though, from that day forward, Australia went agile.
Over the next five years, one or two of the projects I worked on did not follow any kind of agile approach - and bombed. The rest at least attempted agility, and succeeded. How to measure success? Everyone ended the project happy. Happy developers, happy customers, happy management. The last project came in $9 over budget, because I parked in the wrong deck.
In 2009 I moved to Alabama to marry. My first role, I ran my side of the project, and it went well. Then I was offered a full-time job, and joined corporate America. Excited to make a contribution, I paid for my own Certified Scrum Master, and started to learn that being successful with agility is not about what I know. It's about the culture, and if agility is a fit.
Back in Australia, it was, as pretty much everyone of note in the industry hade been in that presentation. In Alabama, not so much.
For the four years I learned prodigious amounts about corporate politics, SDLC, methodology, process, management, and sweet tea. And how chaos suppresses competence.
In April 2013 my wife graduated, and we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to live in San Jose. I started working at CyberSource in Visa as a Scrum Master / Program Manager / Agile coach.
In February 2014 I joined SolutionsIQ as an Agile Coach, initially at a large payments company in the San Jose area.
SolutionsIQ, Agile Transformation Coach
February 2014 - Present, San Jose, California, United States
Agile Coach, initially placed in a large San Jose payments company.
CyberSource (Visa), Sr Scrum Master / Agile Coach
July 2013 - February 2014, Foster City, California, United States
- Scrum Master to several teams
- Agile coach
- Owner of Agile Community of Practice
BBVA Compass, Process Coordinator (EDW)
December 2011 - April 2013, Birmingham, AL, United States
Supporting BI/DW efforts with agile enhancements to a waterfall organizational SDLC.
BBVA Compass, BI Developer
August 2010 - December 2011, Birmingham, AL, United States
Permanent position with BI team within Enterprise Data Warehouse.
BBVA Compass, Contractor: XQuery development with xDB
March 2010 - July 2010, Birmingham, AL, United States
Contract position learning to use xDB, to write xquery queries against it for bank data retention project.