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I have been working in the software industry for more than twenty years and for the past ten years I have been a fervent advocate of high quality software, test-first development, lean practices and agile methodologies.
I worked as a developer, architect, business analyst, manager and agile coach, and two years ago the unthinkable happened. I became an owner. I decided to build my own product for lean project management called SmartView and doing so presented a set of challenges that I never encountered before.
I used to put always methodology first and never budge before a deadline. Now that the money was my own and the timelines seem more daunting I had to grab Agile by the horns and make decisions and sacrifices in order to stay on budget and hit the desired dates.
My journey gave me a new perspective on what is key to succeed and what agile means to owners and decision makers.
Let me share with you what I learned so far that can help you reach your goals, how to fight the fear of never releasing; and make sure that Agile works for you and not the other way around.