Marty B.

Location:

Baltimore, MD

Member since:

June 10, 2012

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What do you hope to learn, or contribute, to Baltimore Lean Startup Circle?

I can contribute my knowledge of agile practices. I know how to transition or enhance teams to "being agile" as opposed to "doing agile." I understand the operational and emotional challenges that being agile entails. Additionally, I've been through the founding and failing of a startup and have used the same excuses that Eric defines as common in his book, "I know we didn't do as well as we wanted but I sure learned a lot." Ugh, it killed me when I read that. I hope to learn how to apply the Lean Startup techniques in the companies I coach. The concepts seem so basic that it's hard that I've missed them all these years. I believe it's one thing to understand them and it's a whole other thing to apply these techniques.

What field do you work in? What is your expertise?

I'm and Enterprise Agile Coach planning to move more towards a Lean Startup Evanglist! I’ve converted teams from 5 to 100 making the move to agile practices. I’ve helped start-ups to large public corporations. I’ve been the architect and senior developer on a number of projects building component based, service oriented products delivered as hosted and on premise using XP practices such as pair programming, Test Driven Development (TDD), and Behavior Driven Development (BDD). I’ve held titles of Founder, CTO, Director, Architect, Developer, ScrumMaster and my current and favorite position Enterprise Agile Coach.

What is your prior experience, if any, with Lean Startup methods?

I have a lot of experience in helping and converting software teams to be agile. I help them convert to building minimally marketable features. I've taken teams of 5 to 100 through the conversion to agile project management and development practices. I have to admit until starting to read "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries I have left the prioritization and definition of features entirely up to the business and marketing folks. I would help them organize their backlog but based on their "unvalidated" view of the market.

Introduction

I'm an Enterprise Agile Coach with over 25 years of software management and technical experience in agile and traditional development methodologies. The most recent 10 years being spent exclusively being agile.


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