My introduction to Agile came in 2011 as I stepped into a development team that was building a custom B2B portal. While learning how the team was using this “new,” 10-year-old methodology, I learned about this approach that valued ongoing customer feedback, working software and direct interaction.
I was also struck by the similarities between Agile and competitive sailing. In both scenarios, there is an overriding goal that is governed by a core set of rules. Both activities require preparation, tools, and teamwork.
To be successful with Agile or competitive sailing, you must adapt and adjust to change.
So, over the course of several articles, I plan to review the basics of sailboat racing and agile methodology. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, an experienced amateur, or a beginner to either Agile or sailing, I hope you’ll learn something through these explorations.
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About the Author
Kevin Bracy is the Director of our Cleveland team. An experienced consulting executive, he has worked within a variety of service delivery companies to provide a wide range of solutions to clients. Kevin s areas of expertise include ERP implementations, program management, system test delivery, technical infrastructure design/implementation, call center operations, and application development.