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Oluf Nissen

  

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

Oluf Nissen is a software developer, Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was introduced to Agile software development in the dark days of the Internet via links he found after reading The Cluetrain Manifesto, or so he likes to think. After reading about eXtreme Programming, he was so curious that he actually changed jobs - just so he could experience it in action.

After joining a Fortune 20 company in 2001, and not finding it very Agile, he was given this advice by Kent Beck: "Change your organization or change your organization" (no, Kent does not remember this). So he decided to stay and find like-minded people to change the organization. He is a co-founder of an Agile special interest group and took his Scrum Master class with Ken Schwaber and Jeff McKenna in 2007.

Since then he's been an advocate for Scrum in every software team he's worked with. From time to time Oluf gets to have conversations with various levels of management about Agile, but whether that can be called coaching or not, he isn't sure of. One thing he IS sure of is that Ken Schwaber spoke the truth when he said "Scrum will expose every weakness in your organization ruthlessly. It's up to you what you do with that."

Oluf almost never wears a tie. What he DOES wear, he considers the hallmark of a geek: a lanyard with a USB drive at the end of it - all of which he calls his "geek tie". Hence his social media moniker: GeekTieGuy.

 

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