The Full Agile Puzzle

Janis Rizzuto

Janis is an award-winning journalist and editor who has covered many industries beyond project management, including health care, financial services, higher education and retail sales.


Topics: Agile, Scrum

It’s time for Agile to get beyond the “small team in a single room with a whiteboard” and address the “full puzzle” — value creation across the enterprise. Here, Scott Ambler discusses the community’s challenges moving forward, including scaling to the enterprise, certification ethics and software development bias.

Editor’s Note: This is one in an ongoing series of interviews with thought leaders in the agile community.

Looking to learn from someone with a consummate résumé in the agile space? Look no further than Scott Ambler. Ambler is chief methodologist for Agile and Lean with IBM Rational, working with customers around the world to help them understand and adopt software processes that are right for them. He is the founder of the methodologies for Agile Modeling, Agile Data, Agile Unified Process and Enterprise Unified Process, and the creator of the Agile Scaling Model. His latest work is around Disciplined Agile Delivery, which he describes as “people first, learning oriented and enterprise aware.”

A prolific author, Ambler has received awards for several of his 19 books, and he is currently a senior contributing editor for Dr. Dobb’s Journal. In the electronic publishing world, he has a blog on the IBM site, Agility@Scale, and a personal website with deep resources on agile methods and trends.

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