As Development VP, Rich Sheridan transformed his organization by adopting radical co-location and XP practices. Rich will share the history of this transformation including the tactics he used in selling this idea to his peers, his CEO, the Directors, and ultimately his team members. Rich now runs a software design and development company that was built from the ground up with an Agile culture and Agile processes. As the CEO of this company, Rich routinely has to sell customer executives on why they will realize business value from practices such as unit testing and paired-programming.
When we adopted agile we were not looking to reinvent our human resource policies, but our organization changed in fundamental ways that we did not predict. Peers routinely provide feedback to each other on performance. Team members schedule their own reviews. Everyone on the team has an opportunity to work with clients. Vacation schedules are submitted without regard to project delivery dates. We have programmers who job share, and mothers bring their infants to work.