"Keeping things simple and making the most of the work you don't do is my favourite agile principle. Not because I'm lazy, but because I don't like wasted time and effort.”

Whether I'm teaching, consulting or learning myself, agile is a big part of what I do. I started out in software development back in the early 1980s, using a system called waterfall. It worked well at the time, but change and disruption became a lot more common. So, when agile came around, I was excited to see a more flexible and collaborative approach. Since then, I've embraced other methods, including scrum, lean, DevOps, and DevSecOps, to name a few.

After seeing the success of the different approaches with the teams I was working with, I found that I also enjoyed teaching others how to use them. My love for helping people to improve their practice extended into my stints as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Professor at Keller Graduate School of Management, Brandman University, and Grossmont College.

As someone with a background in education, I know that everyone learns and understands concepts differently, and agile understands this as well. So, when I'm training and facilitating learning, I try to find different ways to convey information.

Outside of work, the agile way of thinking is something I bring with me into my personal life. Agile teaches us that streamlining processes can be hard, but it reduces the amount of time you spend on menial tasks. That's time I like to spend with my wife and her horses. She's a horse trainer and has a very process-oriented approach. But, as anyone who has worked with horses will know, your process needs the flexibility to shift at any moment.

 

My certifications:

  • ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP)
  • ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)
  • ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Project Management (ICP-APM)
  • ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Product Ownership (ICP-APO)
  • ICAgile Certified Professional – Foundations of DevOps (ICP-FDO)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)®, Scrum Alliance®
  • Certified Scrum Developer (CSD®), Scrum Alliance®
  • Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification (CSX®-P), ISACA
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE®), ISACA
  • TOGAF® Essentials, The Open Group
  • TOGAF® 9.1 Certified, The Open Group
  • TOGAF® Business Architecture (Level 1), The Open Group
  • APMG Accredited Trainer – Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA)
  • APMG Accredited Trainer – COBIT® 5 Foundation
  • APMG Accredited Trainer – COBIT® 5 Implementation
  • APMG Accredited Trainer – COBIT® 5 Assessor
  • APMG Lean IT Foundation
  • DevOps Foundation® Certified, DevOps Institute
  • DevSecOps Foundation℠ Certified, DevOps Institute
  • Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM)®, DevOps Institute
  • Certified Business Relationship Manager (CBRM®), BRMI
  • CompTIA Security+ Certified

My education:

  • Doctor of Business Management in Organisational Leadership, University of Phoenix
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, University of Phoenix
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