Michele Cox has worked as a business analyst and project manager in waterfall environments for fifteen years. Having come to believe that the top-down culture and the CYA process design that is common to many companies regardless of size is profoundly counterproductive, she began looking for ways to change that culture and those processes.
She found the Agile Manifesto. The Agile principles of valuing human interactions, collaboration, and openness to change appealed to her, as did the focus on sustainability, simplicity, self-organization, and flexibility.
She completed a two-day Certified Scrum Master course in October 2010, and is planning to begin an Agile Management program at Berkeley in November 2010. She looks forward to working in an Agile environment soon.