Since July 2014 Bill has been working with New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on the SMART project. SMART is the first major software application developed in-house by DSNY. Bill was hired as a ScrumMaster, but Bill’s mandate wasn’t just delivering one application. It was helping the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) learn a new way of doing business. Now, nearly two years down the path, Bill will share how it’s been going, what’s left to do, and some things that have and have not worked in moving forward.
Specific topics will include:
What is an Agile Organization?
What has to change in a traditional organization?
An Agile Maturity Model
Tips for dealing with developers
Tips for dealing with testers
Tips for dealing with customers
Tips for dealing with higher-level management
Working in a hybrid organization while the conversion to Agile progresses
Schedule minimal training. After all, you’re changing everything you do.
Bill Rinko-Gay is a Scrum Coach for the City of New York’s Department of Sanitation, currently helping DSNY with its largest enterprise development project to-date, the Sanitation Management Analysis and Resource Tracking (SMART) system. SMART is being developed using Agile methods with Scrum and Kanban along with some traditional methodologies. Bill joined the project in July of 2014. After the first roll-out the team re-architected to resolve some of the issues found in the first iteration and is preparing to roll out SMART 2.0 with the new architecture, a new reporting system, and some other key features requested by our customer.
Bill has been involved in Software Test and Quality Assurance since 1982 when he began testing command and control software for orbiting satellites for the US Air Force. Frustrated with the lack of structure in the testing community, Bill began working on a more comprehensive approach to Software Quality Assurance. Since leaving the DOD Bill has worked on projects in the defense, computer manufacturing, publishing, computer security, financial, state, and local government vertical markets. Bill has experience in development teams ranging in size from three to sixty and is in his fourth decade in the field. Bill is still evaluating techniques to allow teams to produce better quality with greater efficiency with a good work-life balance. Bill currently teaches a two-day course in Agile testing. Bill currently holds PMP and Certified ScrumMaster certifications.
Bill has spoken several times at QAAM meetings on testing and Agile topics and is the QAAM Speaker of the year for 2013.
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