I just got back from 360Flex in Denver, what an awesome time. I highly recommend attending a 360Flex Conference.
My presentation was “The Athletic Guide to Agile.” The premise of the presentation was to explain Agile using a metaphor. The metaphor for this presentation was sports. It had become obvious to me, over the years, that the explanation of Agile was becoming convoluted and confusing for some. The problem I saw was people trying to relate Agile principles to Waterfall, something they already knew. Agile and Waterfall don’t really relate. So I thought that maybe it was time to change that and try and relate Agile to something completely different than Waterfall.
I am still refining the athletic metaphor for introducing Agile, and I have a few other metaphors in the works as well. Here is the presentation slide deck:
It is important to understand that this was a live presentation, and it covers many areas of Agile but not every aspect. The areas that I cover are the parts that cause a bit of confusion. I am always looking for feedback so please feel free to leave comments.
DISCLAIMER – I want to clarify the title that I will be using for this series of posts. I know what Ruby on Rails is, but I am taking a different approach. I am learning Ruby, the language, while also working with Rails, the framework. So I am digging through the famous Pickaxe book to learn about the language of Ruby and I am also working through Rails3 in Action. This is the story of my journey.
This evening I just happened to be perusing the internets and I came along scrum master certifications. Now, I have been working in an Agile environment for a few years now. I really enjoy the whole vibe, and was thinking about wanting to become a Scrum Master. Before everyone freaks out, I realize there are many people who argue the difference between scrum and agile. At our company we are agile, but really lean towards scrum, so a Scrum Master certification might be good. Or maybe not! You won’t believe this, or maybe you will. Read on…