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Steve Adolph

WSA Consulting

An agile coach with WSA Consulting, Inc., Steve Adolph partners with Scaled Agile and Rally Software where he pursues his passion for helping organizations get the job done. He has been creating and managing software development projects long enough to remember Fortran and OS/MVT JCL. Steve’s professional career includes many exciting and critical projects—designing call processing software for digital telephone exchanges, design and development of leading edge network management systems, railway signaling, and telecom billing. He has diverse experience in job roles ranging from developer to chief engineer to CTO. Steve is coauthor of the popular book, Patterns for Effective Use Cases.

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
The Role of the Agile Business Analyst

The business analyst (BA) role seems conspicuously absent from most agile methods. Does agile make the BA role obsolete? Certainly not! But how does a BA exploit the short cycle times and collaborative nature of agile methods? Drawing from the principles of lean product development flow, Steve Adolph introduces five principles for the agile BA—Open the Channels, Chart the Flow, Generate Flow, Lean Out the Flow, and Bridge the Flow. As a communicator, the BA must Open the Channels and Chart the Flow to align all stakeholders.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 3:45pm
Agile Implementation
I Thought YOU Were Flying the Plane: Preventing Projects from Falling Out of the Sky

One of the most cherished concepts of the Agile Manifesto is valuing individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Within this idea is the implicit assumption that individuals innately know how to interact. Dramatic lessons from aviation suggest otherwise. During the mid-1960s the frequent crashes of perfectly good aircraft alarmed the world’s airlines. Investigators discovered nothing lacking in the pilot’s “stick and rudder” skills; these accidents were the result of the flight crew’s inability to work as a team.