My name is Andy Whaples and I am an experienced Agile Coach based in Portland, Oregon. For me the Agile movement at its heart has been a liberation movement, changing the processes, practices and cultures that are maladaptive to creative, collaborative work.
My first exposure to Agile practices was in 2004, using Extreme Programming(XP) methods as a young software engineer. Unfortunately at that time XP was not aligned with my employer’s heavyweight waterfall processes, siloed organizational structure, and distributed resource pool. After struggling in this environment for several years I finally gave up on trying to use XP and I lost touch with the Agile movement, and with my love of software development, for a time. Instead I decided to join the ranks of project and team management, and several years later in 2009, now a pure-bred MBA and PMP with the scars from several large project implementations, I was re-introduced to Agile practices in the form of Scrum. Seeing Scrum in action for the first time I immediately realized just how ineffective or lacking many of the waterfall and traditional management tools I had been learning to master really were. Instead I could see how Agile principles and the Scrum methodology were encouraging the intense collaboration, customer focus, adaptive learning, and alignment between work and passion that were needed for program success. My love affair with software development as a craft was reignited, and from that point forward my career has been focused on studying, doing, and teaching Agile methodologies so that teams can achieve their state of awesome.
Tripwire, Agile Coach
January 2013 - Present, Portland, Oregon, US
Provide Agile coaching to teams, leaders and the organization. Provided Scrum Master services for 8 teams, facilitating all Scrum rituals and process, and providing visability to stakeholders and leadership. Approximate 7,000 hours.
Accenture, Scrum Coach
January 2012 - January 2013, Seattle, Washington, United States
Consulted as full time Agile Coach and Trainer for Agile Transformation effort in Consumer Technology division of Fortune 20 company. Created material for and performed onsite and web based training. Performed team and project assessments for Agile fit or Maturity. Provided input into Transformation roadmap, planning, and execution. Approximate 1900 hours.
Accenture, Scrum Master
February 2011 - January 2012, Seattle , Washington, United States
Served as a full time Scrum Master and Delivery Lead for a distributed scrum team working on an 11 month SAP and Java software development project. Responsible for all Scrum rituals, facilitating and enforcing Scrum process for team and providing team and project visibility to management and stakeholders. Approximate 1700 hours.