Thursday, July 5, 2007

Moving On

To my readers,

When starting this blog back in February, I had no idea where life would take me. In late February, I attended a 2-day class on Lean Software Development. While I had read the Poppendieck books and had made the connection between Lean and Agile, I was eager to get more perspective.

I attended the course at Net Objectives headquarters in Bellevue, Washington (a short 3 hour drive away). Alan Shalloway, the CEO, conducted the course. I had found out about Net Objectives through their podcast called Lean Agile Straight Talk. I already knew the podcasts were very good, but the class exceeded all expectations. Not only was Alan very inspiring and knowledgeable on the topic, but I felt right at home with the material and soaking in every bit of knowledge from Alan. While there, Alan and the rest of the staff that I got to meet left a big impression with me.

Several weeks later, I got an email from Net Objectives wanting to do a blogging project with me. They had been impressed with Leaning towards Agility and wanted to collaborate together on something. It was at that time that I expressed my interest in seeing if there was a longer term engagement available. While there wasn't anything available at the beginning, we kept the conversation going while building a relationship.

I am happy to announce that I will be joining Net Objectives in mid August, as one of their Senior Consultants. Initially, I will be an Agile Mentor/Coach for their clients and then hope to expand into other areas of the organization. As part of that, I am retiring this blog and you will see me soon on the Net Objectives Thoughts blog.

I know it was a short time, but I appreciate the support I received by you. I am not going away by any means and you can expect me to be even a greater force in the Lean and Agile community in the months to come. Thanks!