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What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
In 1998 I ran into Jim Highsmith at a Software Development Conference and finally found someone that was talking about software development in a fashion aligned to my philosophy. I am a Chemical and Petroleum Engineer by training so empirical process control is quite natural for me. As well I was in a product company in a vertical market so our connections to our customers was quite strong. The next year I was involved in organizing our company's World Wide Developer conference and invited Jim to keynote. My conference organization skills were my connection into the global agile community. In 2002 at a Cutter Consortium I was with a group having drinks and Alistair Cockburn started talking about a conference he, Jim Highsmith, and Ken Schwaber were planning on running. I offered up my services to help coordinate the first Agile Development Conference (ADC2003) in Salt Lake City. Alistair stepped down in 2004 and asked me to chair ADC2004. We then had the merger of ADC and XP/Agile Universe to create the Agile20XX series of conferences and I stayed on to facilitate the merger and to run Agile2005 and 2006. I was on the Board of Directors of the Agile Alliance for 7 years. I was also a co-founder and past president of the Agile (Project) Leadership Network (APLN/ALN). In 2009 I co-authored the book "Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility"

Meanwhile I had a day job leading teams of passionate developers developing novel software for oil and gas exploration and production. Over the years I'v been involved in nearly all aspects of software development from coding to project management, product management and people management. I have been in executive roles where I was coaching my leaders to be more agile, as well as coaching my business partners to be more agile.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I'm interested in exploring the barriers to true agility. Of course first we would have to look at what true agility is.
I'm also helping the Lone Star Agile Coaches camp which we plan to hold in late April 2019. This would be a good opportunity to experience a coaches camp to bring back some good ideas to Texas.

How do you plan to contribute?
I bring the perspective of someone that has been around a while and has experienced a thing or two. But I'm still interested in learning a bit more. I always find that I get new insight from these collaborative events. It was through collaborative exploration that I met my book partners and I'm pretty happy with how that came out.