Sunday, August 3, 2008

The good life of Agile

When I started doing Agile projects and coaching in around 2000/2001 it was hard work getting management to agree or even discuss the topic of Agile. Whenever we wanted to do an agile project, we had to be very stealthy. We had to fly under the radar of upper management and sometimes even project management. Management usually told me "we can see how this works for small projects, but in the enterprise world we have to go for waterfall"

In the later years, this has changed a lot. These days you can't start a project without deciding "how agile it will be" first. In a coaching session the other day one manager told me "I can see how this works for enterprise projects, but will it work for small ones as well?"

This question almost gave me goose bumps (ok, I'm crazy, you know this by now).

After all the years of hard work, I think we are at a point where we are changing the way software is actually being created.
Not only changing the way we wish software was being created.

This might have to do with the fact that we have proven ourselves over and over. We have been put to so many tests and hard questions that we have a lot of refined and well thought answers, stories and experience reports that we can tackle any challenge.

Since April, I've been doing sessions in London, Florida, Seattle, Limerick/Ireland, Shanghai and several cities in Norway (and I am currently in Toronto, waiting to do two more). All of them have gotten a good review and I still get a real kick of being on stage.

I feel like I'm in the right place at the right time. I am sure most of you other Agile Coaches out there feel the same way.

Life is good.

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