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The Agile Awards 2016 is a global online celebration of Agile achievement

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Person Who Has Done the Most to Promote Agile
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Matthew Heusser
Company: Excelon Development

The Managing Director at Excelon Development and co-author of Save Our Scrum, Matt Heusser is probably best known for his writing - which includes recent articles for on agility, kanban, and site visits at Etsy, Royal Carribean, and Zappos. You can read a partial list of Matt's publications at It was in Save Our Scrum, that Matt co-authored with Markus Gaertner, though, that Matt's work really shines. The central premise of Save Our Scrum is that as Scrum has grown, it has become watered-down - essentially turned into Stories, Sprints, and Standup meetings. The elements of scrum as misinterpreted as command and control; standup meetings become status events, the sprint goal becomes a deathmarch. Launched on Leanpub, Save Our Scrum provides examples of that hard part - helping teams move from command and control to self-organizing. Along the way it provides nuggets from real experience, with actionable advice. The theory part is easy, so Matt and Markus rolled up their sleeves to write something about change management - the hard part. Matt also delivers SOS as a workshop, where the audience proposes ideas and votes, which he has given a half-dozen times. Read reviews of that presentation here ( - Scroll down) Before Save Our Scrum, Matt was the editor for a collection of essays called "How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing"; the contributors to that book have moved on to write their own books, to keynote conferences and serve on boards of non-profits. The Lessons from "How to Reduce" directly contributed to the development of the Lean Software Testing Course. A frequent conference speaker, Matt has historically presented at Non-Agile events about agile software, only recently moving to present at Agile Testing Days (2012+) and the Agile Conference (2013+), where he has been a track chair three times, given four regular presentations plus an invited talk in 2016. A former member of the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing, Matt is the lead instructor of the Lean Software Delivery course, lead organizer for the Workshop on Technical Debt, and 3 time track chair at the Agile Conference. His 2016 conference tutorials include a session on Agile Leadership at Agile Testing Days, on strategy at the KWSQA Conference, and an invited talk on whole team quality at the Agile Conference, the world's largest Agile Software Event.

Nicholas Carr
Company: Barclays Capital

Nick Carr’s journey started in October 2015 when he came across the benefits of Agile. Nick realised the value and embraced Agile with passion. The 1st Agile Awareness session did not go very well. The team was enthusiastic but the content was heavy and the team didn’t appreciate the value of agile delivery in CRES space. Nick, however, did not give up. He helped the team to break annual objectives into quarters and then for first quarter those objectives were broken down by months. In the follow up session Nick took the objectives for January and facilitated the CRES Regional Leadership Team to break them into work packages for each business unit so that they could be achieved within their monthly sprints. Weekly stand-ups were introduced to keep the team focused on the monthly deliverables. Nick also launched an agile academy to train and coach individuals on agile principles and practices. The first sprint ended with team members over estimating the amount of work that could be achieved in one sprint; this dramatically improved in the following sprints. By the second sprint Nick was receiving positive feedback: enhanced collaboration, greater transparency and faster decision making which showed improvements from 4 weeks to 1 week with overall productivity going up 20%. To support continuous improvement: • Nick organized a full suite of in-house agile trainings on a regular basis for AVPs, VPs, stakeholders and executive sponsors. • Nick brought these roles together to provide a forum for Agile practitioners to interact and to share experiences. • Nick also put in place a Global CRES Agile Center of Excellence to assist with the transformation. • Custom tailored Agile training sessions were put in place to support the roll-out of 50+ team members and a number of other contracting partner stakeholders across 10 program and delivery teams. CRES are now promoting, transferring and deploying agile practices into supply partners, client groups and even CRES functions within other banks. Through Nick’s support, CRES is now better positioned to ensure adherence to and adoption of industry Agile practices across their portfolio. CRES has significantly increased its efficiency and the quality of the products and services it delivers to its customers, thus increasing the alignment between its business and services strategies. CRES leadership team feels they are experiencing excellent benefits from the Agile Transformation. The journey continues and Nick is living the story. Check out the video with Nick Carr story:

Rickard Jones
Company: Barclays

James Scrimshire
Company: Adaptagility

James's agile journey dates back to 2007, where his 'guerrilla' agile movement was the catalyst for agile transformation at Companies House. Almost ten years on, James still stays in touch with the people involved, providing advice and support on a well-established agile revolution. James speaks at conferences in the UK, Europe and the US. Always keen to share, James (in partnership with Craig Strong) kicked off the South Wales Agile Group. Now run by a local community of agile enthusiasts, he continues to contribute to the event as an attendee and speaker. He has worked with a variety of organisations, from civil service to finance, to household names such as Twitter and NowTV. In every organisation, he is passionate about sharing and creating with those he works with. In 2015, James created Wales’ first agile conference, Agile Cymru. The event is held in Cardiff and attracts a regular 200 attendees. Providing a unique stance on keynote speakers and a creative, sharing space to explore the latest ideas, James placed agile firmly on the map in Wales. Such is his belief in the principles of agile, in 2017, Agile Cymru will be organised and run by the local agile community.

Daniel Gullo
Company: Apple Brook Consulting

Here are some of my accomplishments and things I have been working on this year in 2016: March 2016 - Produced event: Scrum Coaching Retreat - San Diego Event promoting and advancing the field of coaching within an Agile context. June 2016 - Podcast Launch: AgileNEXT - The NEXT Generation Agile Talk Show Online talkshow which interviews industry experts, luminaries, and many others about where Agile is headed NEXT??? June 2016 - Entrepreneurial Spirit - The Key Ingredient To Success With Agile Scrum Gathering Bangalore Talk highlighting the fact that EVERYONE should possess an mindset and attitude matching that of an entrepreneur, regardless of who they are in the organization. August 2016 - Book Release: Real World Agility - Practical Guidance for Agile Practitioners “This book gives you the answers that a wise mentor would have give you, if you had one. Daniel Gullo shares his insights on the principal questions that everyone coming to the world of Agile will inevitably encounter." - Steve Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management November 2016 - Veteran Outreach I have developed a plan to help fellow veterans (I was in the US Navy during Desert Storm) take advantage of Agile training so that they may re-acclimate themselves to civilian life and work in the corporate world. The plan will begin execution in November. January 2016 to December 2016 - Ongoing FREE coaching and mentoring to hundreds of my students beyond the classroom and others whom I have met at events, online, etc. My key focus in promoting Agile this year are my book that was published by Addison Wesley (Pearson Technical Group) and my talkshow, which was launched in June and is going strong with an episode releasing every Thursday.

Simon Powers
Company: Adventures with Agile

I am founder of AWA. We run free events in London, San Fransisco, New York, Czech Republic, Sydney, and other locations around the globe. We use these free events to promote the agile mindset, and spread agile as far as we can. We film every event and make this available for free through youtube. I host a large support network of coaches from many organisations to further provide help and support for agile adoptions and we ask these coaches create more material for the community each month. All material is freely available. I also run the consultancy, where we have 1 day in every fortnight forwarding agile thinking and providing more support to wider community. All of this is done for the vision of making people's working lives better and at my own expense. I also speak at many conferences, universities, and organisations globally on the latest topics and problems area to spread agile. I have probably reached many 10s of thousands of people with some sort of agile information. check for more details.