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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

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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Groundhog Day

Apr 19, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Recently, a friend and I were sharing our love for the movie Groundhog Day. In this movie Phil, a disgruntled, cynical weather reporter (played by Bill Murray) visits a town to report on the emergence of the groundhog and whether this indicated 6 more weeks of winter. Of course, Phil has a terrible day and everything lives up to his cynicism. When he awakens the next morning… it is Groundhog Day all over again. Phil gets to live the same day over and over again… until the experience forces him to grow into a better version of himself.

 

This reminiscing got me to thinking… what lessons are suggested by Groundhog Day that help us in our roles on software development teams…?

 

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Overcoming the Seduction of the Hamster Wheel

Mar 15, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Does your software team feel like it is on a hamster wheel? Maybe delivery pressure has been high for a long while, or there is a constant stream of support work to be done… so it's just "heads down and keep going". This way of working can be seductive… after all, we are getting things done and responding to "what's wanted from us". After a while, it becomes habit, our familiar way of working. Is there a better way? And if so, how do we get there?

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