After returning to the United States from Prague, Czech Republic, my family and I were ready for a new adventure. The crucible of the past four years building a fledgling company into a successful multi-million dollar enterprise prepared me for the next step in my career, starting my own company. I wanted to make a company that would allow me to help others and use the broad wealth of expertise and experience I possessed. For those reasons I created an Agile coaching firm called Agile Heroes.
Agile Heroes provides on-site Agile / Scrum coaching for small businesses to enterprise-scale software development operations. The company also serves short to long term software development contracts. Some of the core principles of the company were to live out the Agile manifesto and Scrum values, thereby inspiring others how to do the same. Moreover, we wanted to apply Agile / Scrum by example, which meant regular and effective software development.
Pulling from my lengthy experience in the training / simulation industry, I quickly assembled a team of talented individuals to join me. This distributed team ascribes to the same ideals – to make a company that does good by serving others, to be a light in the world, to have fun and be fun. We then set out to make those principles a reality.
I would like to say that we have done just that. Our client list is steadily growing and we have done some enjoyable projects. For instance, one of our customers was Warhorse Studios, located in Prague, Czech Republic. I personally went on-site for weeks at a time to establish Scrum for their team of 70+ developers. Their development of the video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance was not progressing at the desired pace and there was significant disconnect between development teams. I transitioned them to 2 week sprints using a strictly paper based approach to foster a greater “all-in” commitment from each team member. For their own description of my services, please see their YouTube blog (you can skip to 3:20).