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Andrew Smith, Principal Architect

Andrew Smith, Principal Architect
Andrew is a Principal Architect at ISE and leads ISE’s Agile community. He recently earned two new Agile certifications: ICAgile Certified Expert – Agile Coaching (ICE-AC) and ACI Certified Teams Transformation Coach (ACI-CTTC). Andrew is passionate about creating great teams, great software and great customer experiences, and is constantly looking for ways to adapt industry experience and best practices into ISE. In his free time, Andrew enjoys dancing Argentine Tango, public speaking with Toastmasters International, and Yoga.

Recent Posts

Feature Teams and Component Teams

Sep 20, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

I recently found myself in a conversation with a colleague regarding feature teams vs. component teams. The colleague was expressing his frustration with feature teams. In his environment, there are a number of shared infrastructure systems on top of which are built a variety of products and features. His frustrations included:

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Uncertainty and Improvement: Harnessing the Desire to Improve

Aug 16, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

"I'm implementing a user story and I see a way to improve/refactor the existing code while I am at it. Should I do that?"

"I've completed implementing a user story and want to clean up the code I've written. Should I do that?"

"I have an idea for a better way to solve this problem. Should I implement it?"

"This piece of legacy code is complex and painful. I want to rewrite it. Should I do that?" 

 

Do any of the above questions sound familiar? I've heard them on many projects and on many teams. The questions reflect both a desire to "make things better", as well as an uncertainty as to the boundary of "what's ok to change". I wish there was a simple answer. Sometimes there is, but often there is not. How do we decide if, when and how to implement improvements?

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Agile Training, Revisited

Jul 12, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

 

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”

- attributed to Heraclitus

 

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Continuous Integration… Canary or Barn Cat?

Jun 07, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

One of the staple technical practices of agile software development is Continuous Integration (CI). A continuous integration environment provides fast feedback on the state of your code. In a typical configuration, the CI tool is configured with a "job" that monitors the source code repository for commits. When a commit is made, the job:

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