Acknowledgements – Agile Productivity Unleashed, 2nd Edition

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

My sincerest thanks to the pioneers and thought leaders of the Agile world, most notably Kent Beck, Martin Fowler, Alistair Cockburn, Jeff Sutherland, Mike Cohn, Ken Schwaber and Jim Highsmith, for their passionate work in developing and refining Agile practices over the past three decades. Particular thanks to Alistair Cockburn,1 Petri Haapio,2 Gabrielle Benefield,3 1105 Media4 and BT5 for kindly allowing me to share their wisdom in this book; to Dale Kleeman at the University of Canberra6 for his guidance in my business process modeling research; and to Artem Marchenko of AgileSoftwareDevelopment.com7 for generously making his tracking tools available for everyone in the Agile community to use.

Thanks also to the small and large organizations worldwide that have allowed their experiences in using Agile approaches to be shared with others, including Nokia Siemens Networks, Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft and BT.Special thanks to Neil Salkind of the Salkind Literary Agency, and Vicki Utting of IT Governance Publishing for their incredible support and sage advice throughout the development of this book. Thanks also to Colin Bentley, Ex-Chief Examiner of PRINCE2, and Liz Gill, Copy Editor, for their helpful comments during the review process, and to Jesica Lindgren for her invaluable assistance and advice.

Many thanks, as well, to the people who taught me the most about the strategies of the business world over the past 24 years, especially Roland Scornavacca, Tony Robey and Peter Walsh; to James Galloway for his insights and collaborative management style; to Rowan Bunning for being an unending source of Agile knowledge; and to the writers and teachers who inspired me, particularly Richard Leonard8 for his amazing ability to encourage writers with his humor and enthusiasm.

Finally, my eternal gratitude to my parents, my US family, my Australian family, and my friends, most especially Susan, Michele, Linda, Janice and Elissa, for being my ongoing sanity check in this world. Most of all, thank you to my husband, David, for 22 years of love and laughter.

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1 Alistair Cockburn’s website: http://alistair.cockburn.us.

2 Reaktor: www.reaktor.fi.

3 Scrum Foundation: http://scrumfoundation.com/.

4 1105 Media: www.1105media.com/.

5 BT: www.BT.com.

6 University of Canberra: www.canberra.edu.au.

7 AgileSoftwareDevelopment.com: www.agilesoftwaredevelopment.com.

8 Richard Leonard’s website: richardleonard.net.