Agile Coach & Trainer
Q: What does your work involve?
I get to do two things I love - teach others how to be Agile and Lean, and write code paring with other professionals at Industrial Logic on our eLearning product.
Q: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself - your education, interests, past work experiences.
I graduated from the 2011 National Division One Football Champion Eastern Washington University. I enjoy sports, both playing and watching, video games, and reading science fiction. I've been a developer and coach for about 15 years now, and learn something new everyday.
Q: That is great. Tell us what appeals to you about coaching?
Coaching allows me to combine teaching and doing. I get to educate all levels of the software development hierarchy on how to be lean and I get to sit down with developers and write code with them. I teach pair programming, TDD, and refactoring by doing it with the team on their project. I don't know any better way to teach that sort of thing.
Q: What is a typical day at work like?
Well, when I'm not coaching, I take the long commute from my bedroom to my office and get to work on eLearning and the Industrial Logic product with some of the best developers I know. When I am coaching I facilitate standup meetings, lead code katas, meet with management, and code with developers. I dont' necessarily like doing the same thing all day every day, so it works well for me.
Q: How has Lean changed your practice of Agile?
I started studying lean way back when "Lean Software Development" came out. I immediately turned to books like "The Goal", "The Machine That Changed The World", "Lean Thinking", and "Joe's Garage". I knew there was a connection between Agile and Lean, and as I groked Lean more I went from a practice centered approach to a value centered approach. By that I mean that I learned XP by dogmatically doing all the practices as best I could until I got good enough at them to start to evaluate how they fit into the project I was doing. Lean taught me that there's no recipe for succes, but you must embrace values and principles and build your own process that follows them.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Play sports, watch TV, and read science fiction. I'm also trying to teach myself guitar, but Eddie Van Halen can sleep safe. I'm not stealing his job any time soon.
Q: What does the future hold for you - any exciting plans, developments?
Nothing really. All this lean and agile thinking bleeds over into my daily life. I plan pretty well for tomorrow, but for next year? Not so much. I've tried doing the whole 7 habits goal planning thing, but I guess I'm just too much of a take-life-as-it-comes sort of person.