I Just Got a Real Job
Today I am happy to announce that I have accepted a position at Scrum.org, working with the good folks there in pursuit of Scrum.org’s mission, Improving the Profession of Software Development. I have worked on several projects with Ken Schwaber and Alex Armstrong in the past few years, and I am delighted to be joining them at Scrum.org. Although I will not be leaving Idaho, I guess this means I won’t be taking in those $1 movie Tuesdays at the cheap theater anymore.
I know that many of the developers who read this blog see iterative / incremental development as very 2007, thus the whole Scrum / Kanban, east side / west side, Tupac / Biggie thing going on at conferences and on Twitter. I also know that most people who have used Scrum haven’t really. They have tried some elements of it that hurt or helped in the absence of the whole. Further, I know that other communities have much to offer and learn from.
Those who know me well know that I try to be more pragmatist than zealot, and I look forward to bringing a bit of balance to the force. I am not only a student of other communities, but I know that I must continue to learn from them in order to effectively help steward Scrum itself. In addition to Scrum, I am also passionate about issues of software craftsmanship, Lean thinking, Kanban systems, XP practices, executable specification, continuous delivery, pattern-based development, issues of software architecture and elegance, and the list goes on.
The scope of software development is huge and getting bigger all the time. I am as enthralled with it today as I was the day I first wrote programs in BASIC on an Atari 520 ST. I look forward to many years of exciting change to come, and welcome your suggestions on how the profession of software development can be improved.