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Comaking great products is a focus on what is valuable, usable and feasible.
We work together to identify which puzzles to solve, and how to solve them by creating a shared understanding of our clients’ current state and future objectives. All of our services are tailored to the needs of clients and teams. Our trainings are a mixture of discussion and experiential learning opportunities.
For the past 12 years I have designed and developed software on a wide variety of projects; from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. I have focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular, I specialize in the application of user centered design techniques to improve Agile requirements, planning, and products. Some of my recent writing on the subject can be found at www.AgileProductDesign.com and Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. My forthcoming book, to be released in Addison-Wesley’s Agile Development Series, gives tactical advice to those seeking to deliver useful, usable, and valuable software.
I am the founder and list moderator of the agile-usability Yahoo discussion group, a columnist with StickyMinds.com and IEEE Software, and a winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development.
I focus on helping organizations deliver high-value products to market in a continuously improving, sustaining flow. As an accomplished and passionate software developer, I applied my skills at making all types of software applications on all types of teams. Looking for a better way to do business, I learned of Agile early in the naughties (that’s 2000-and-something), and incorporated the principles where I worked. We were empowered to change the development method completely, aligning to business goals and customer expectations. I continue to learn, share and implement ideas to shepherd organizational transitions towards agility.
Since 2001 I have been dedicated to educational reform. Working for a private foundation which funded educational initiatives, I became interested in the business and art of teaching. I earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 2004 and have applied inquiry, project-based learning, and collaborative techniques in and out of classrooms, with children and adults alike. I am passionate about collaboration, getting the right things done and having fun while doing it.
Pride in making exceptional products is the foundation of an effective work practice.
Work should be energizing and fulfilling for everyone who participates.
We must work together to identify which puzzles to solve, and how to solve them.
People must be actively engaged and working together to really learn.
Being coached means arriving at your own answers, aided by an experienced coach.
Effective coaches are guides through the experience, correcting practices as necessary.