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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 (Invisible?) Influence of Structures

Apr 02, 2020 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

When I walked into the room, I noticed the haphazard arrangement... 3 short rows of 4 chairs each here... a circle of chairs over there... a couple of comfy couches and chairs surrounding a coffee table in that corner... 4 chairs around a small table... and some chairs in random locations, as if shaken up like a cupful of dice and somehow landing on their feet. I sat in the front of the 3 short rows. Other people were arriving, sitting down in various places in the room. We were waiting for the session to begin.

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The Tyranny of Technical Debt - an Analogy

Feb 13, 2020 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

In conversations regarding technical debt (and technical improvement), I often hear that there is an understanding gap between technical people and business people. As an experiment, I thought it would be interesting to attempt to bridge that gap by illustrating what technical debt looks like, with an analogy.

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Is Your Build-up Chart Misleading You?

Jan 09, 2020 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

In The Humble Build-Up Chart - Communicating with Stakeholders, I discussed how a build-up chart can be used to show progress and projections - to achieve communication with stakeholders. Today, I'd like to address a couple of ways in which a build-up chart can be misleading.

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Estimation Revisited (Part 3)

Dec 12, 2019 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

In Part 1 of Revisiting Estimations, I explored some challenges and underlying concepts relating to estimates and projections. In Part 2, I more deeply explored Uncertainty, Complexity, and Stakeholder Questions. In Part 3, I explore some guidance for leaders and managers…

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