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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

The "Overhead" of Agile - Perception vs. Reality

Feb 08, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

When I first learned* about Scrum, the trainer provided us with some "rules of thumb" for planning our time during a sprint. As we started putting Scrum into practice, we applied these rules of thumb… but also encountered shock and horror from outside the team about how much "overhead" was involved. The arrival of Ken Rubin's recent blog post, How Much Time Should Each Scrum Practice Take? reminded me of these early experiences. In this blog post, I reflect on the perception vs. reality of this "overhead".

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Getting to ELD: An Agile Journey (Part 2)

Dec 07, 2017 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

On June 30th, 2017, ISE Fleet Services registered a certified compliant ELD (Electronic Logging Device) with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Our journey to reach this milestone was long and arduous... and was also a series of lessons in applying an Agile mindset. Read Part 1 of this blog series for greater context of the project and how we got started. For those of you following along, here's what came next for us on this journey...  

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Getting to ELD: An Agile Journey (Part 1)

Dec 05, 2017 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

On June 30th, 2017, ISE Fleet Services registered a certified compliant ELD (Electronic Logging Device) with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Our journey to reach this milestone was long and arduous... and was also a series of lessons in applying an Agile mindset. In this blog post, I share what I see as some of the key lessons from our journey.

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Looking Out for the Whole Enterprise

Nov 02, 2017 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

"Think Globally, Act Locally." I recall first hearing this phrase in my youth, applied to connecting our personal choices to environmental impact. I'm thinking about it today in the context of Agile teams: having the bigger picture in mind is an important piece of our overall success. I've seen this recently with several team interactions… 

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