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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

Raising the Bar on Remote Collaboration

Aug 29, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

I've noticed a significant shift in my work and the work of my organization where much of our collaboration includes people who are not in the same location. I've also begun to notice the impact of differing approaches to remote collaboration.

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On Agile2019

Aug 15, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

I spent the week of August 5th at Agile2019… my first time at this conference. I left the conference energized, excited, and exhausted. I am grateful for the rich content from the many presenters, the connections made (both new and renewed), and the collaboration that created this experience. As I reflect on the week, I wanted to take a moment to explore some key takeaways from the conference…

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Hazards of the SME

Jul 25, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Agile teams are often configured to make use of a SME (Subject Matter Expert). A SME is typically someone not on the Scrum Team, who brings specialized knowledge, skills, or expertise needed by the team. The team doesn't have everything required, so we give them access to a SME. The SME's contribution may be in the domain, technology, or other skills such as problem solving. Sounds great, right? Not so fast…

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What If We Didn't Have to Run Those 4 Miles?

Apr 18, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

We all want to be productive, right? But when does our desire to be productive, and our mental model of what "being productive" looks like, get in the way?

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