Agile Interview – Steve Nunziata (SAFe SPC, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP)

Agile Interview – Steve Nunziata (SAFe SPC, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP)

Welcome to the Agile Interview Series.  As part of this series, we ask agile practitioners 7 questions, focused around agile and agile related certifications.  Our goal with this series is to give you multiple perspectives from a variety of practitioners within the agile space. How did you get into the agile space? I started my career as a mainframe developer with EDS.  From there, it seemed a natural move to grow into the Project Management domain.  While I was working at the Adidas America account in 2001, I was introduced to Feature Driven Development, although we didn’t really call it that at the time.  We had an objective of introducing small, web enabled applications for customers to self-serve.  We started with just one capability – Order Status – and based on feedback, chose which capabilities would be next.  The UI certainly wasn’t pretty, but getting product to market was critical to enable a positive customer experience.  From there, I progressed into Scrum, Lean, and SAFe, and played numerous roles on Agile teams, which served to deepen my knowledge and awareness of Agile.  I like to think I take a practical approach to Agile implementations, as I have seen it from the ground up at a few different organizations. What is your focus area/area of expertise related to agile? I have spent a good part of my professional career as a Project Manager, and several years leading a Project Management Office (PMO).  I have always found myself at larger companies, which seem to have more challenges in adopting Agile, due to their culture and organizational structures.  I have learned that...
Agile Interview – Tom Sylvester (SPC)

Agile Interview – Tom Sylvester (SPC)

Welcome to the Agile Interview Series.  As part of this series, we ask agile practitioners 7 questions, focused around agile and agile related certifications.  Our goal with this series is to give you multiple perspectives from a variety of practitioners within the agile space. How did you get into the agile space? I was first introduced to agile while pursuing my BA in Computer Science.  We naturally did many of the practices of agile without formally knowing about them.  In some classes, we were more formally introduced to the terms and concepts.  Once I took my first job as a software developer with an organization that was doing traditional project management and software development, I truly began to understand the benefits of working in a more agile fashion. Since then I have had a variety of different roles and have been a big proponent of utilizing lean and agile principles.  There is such a need to help organizations achieve a greater sense of business agility, so I help them achieve that. What is your focus area/area of expertise related to agile? Being an entrepreneur, I naturally gravitate towards whatever need to be done in order to get the job done.  Over the years, this had led to working in a variety of roles, including the following areas: Software development Design and architecture Analysis and story writing Testing and Quality Assurance Project Management Program Management Business case and ROI determinations Currently, I employ backgrounds in each of these areas as needed to support organizations in becoming more agile. What is your view on certifications?  Should people get them or not?...