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Beautiful Teams by Jennifer Greene, Andrew Stellman

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Chapter 26. Getting Past Obstacles

Scott Ambler

Jenny: We're interested in talking to you about your experience, and how you came to know about how teams work together.

Scott: Right now I'm the practice leader for agile development for IBM Software Group. For the most part, I help customers become more agile and more effective at what they're doing. I also work with IBM itself. A lot of that is helping people to work together more effectively, often in teams. I've written a few books, and done a lot of work in the agile community. I'm the guy behind Agile Modeling, the Agile Data Method, and the Enterprise Unified Process.

As far as my background in teaming, it's a lot of hard-earned experience, I guess. Software is developed in teams, for the most part. As a result, you either learn the easy or the hard way—and I guess for me it was the hard way—about how to work in teams.

Jenny: Getting companies to adopt the kinds of practices and techniques you talk about means convincing a lot of people ...

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