Chapter Meeting-Race to the South Pole: The Power of Agile Development
The Race to the South Pole: The Power of Agile Development
On 14 December 1911, four men led by Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. Thirty-five days later, Robert F. Scott and four others followed. Amundsen had won the race to the pole. Amundsen’s party returned to base on 26 January 1912. Scott’s party perished. As historical drama, why this happened is interesting enough, but to those concerned with agile development, the story is fascinating. Lessons abound.
This program conveys lessons about agile processes that are especially valuable for complex or high-risk projects.
· Why satisfying the customer early and often is essential to achieving true agility
· How to build a group of motivated people into a team
· The psychology of measuring progress
· How to determine what work pace is sustainable
· The advantages and limits of self-organizing teams
· The value of retrospectives
Rick Brenner is principal of Chaco Canyon Consulting. He works with people in problem-solving organizations that make complex products that need state-of-the-art teamwork, and with organizations that want to create innovative products by building stronger relationships among their people. In 25 years as a software developer, project manager, software development manager, entrepreneur, and consultant, he has developed valuable insights into the interactions between people in the workplace environment, and between people and the media in which they work.
He is the author of multiple articles published in the Cutter IT Journal, including “Creating High-Performance Virtual Teams,” “Leading in the Time of Data Breaches,” and “The Psychology and Politics of Technical Debt.”
Rick holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT. His current interests focus on personal and organizational effectiveness in abnormal situations, such as dramatic change, enterprise emergencies, and high-pressure project situations. His articles and weekly newsletter are available at his Web site, http://www.ChacoCanyon.com/.
Rick Brenner will also raffle off one of his books, “Where there’s Smoke There’s Email”.