Hubert Smits, CST – but you can call me “Hubert” is a joke in my introduction to students. My journey through software development is a good explanation of what I do and what I stand for. It all started as a standard career: programmer, tester, bit of design and architecture, team-lead and project lead – mostly in consultancy organizations for large customers. Then a project for Vision Consulting in Scotland came along – they were building a bank (IF.com) and I became project manager for risk management and mortgage insurance. We delivered in an iterative way – every month a new version of the bank. The software always ran. Teams worked independently and self organized. A common backbone held the solution together and daily builds showed the problems early. That was 2002 and got me looking for similar concepts. I ran into Ken Schwaber and Mike Cohn, and we worked together at the Agile Alliance. I brought Ken to Scotland for a CSM class, then Mary Poppendieck for a Lean class and I was hooked. I made new friends and Rally Software brought me to the US and together with many early adaptors of Scrum we put experience on the skinny bones of Scrum. We found customers who helped to move the boundaries of Scrum – larger teams, distributed teams, multiple product owners, very large backlogs, fixed date projects. We tried, succeeded, failed and learned a lot.
And now I’m an independent trainer – trainer since 2005, independent since 2009. And I’m still the same searcher, still building experience with customers on aspects of Scrum that aren’t well understood. I have a keen interest in the first value on the manifesto “People over …” – people are fascinating, hard to understand and greatly rewarding when their world of work improves.
That is what we discussed in the 2004 Scrum Gathering in Boulder, CO: “We’re improving the world of work”. And I still do.
Articles I've written
Is ScrumMaster Time Tracked in Sprints?
I recently was asked this question: "Typically, does the ScrumMaster have stories in any given sprint that track for iteration planning, backlog refinement, or any other sprint/Scrum tracking activities? Or does the ScrumMaster's time fall outside...
Cross-Functional Teams in Hardware
What skills does our cross-functional team need when delivering physical products?