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    A Primer on Agile / Scrum Software Development

    Lessons learned through planning, development and maintenance of hundreds of products.… the Scrum Alliance… Mountain Goat Software… they make it sound easy.

    But in reality, “tuning” the Scrum method to deliver great software takes years of experience and lots of mistakes along the way.

    Inside, you’ll learn the basics of Scrum and a few things you only learn with experience.

    Let's get aquainted. Who is this guy anyway and why would you listen to him?

    Michael Manzo

    CodeStringers President & CEO

    My name is Michael Manzo and I'm the CEO of CodeStringers. I've been working in software development for 25 years. But I grew up learning to program, initially in Basic and Pascal on my IBM PC in the early and mid-1980s. I've either worked in or managed most job functions for various software development firms, but I'm a Product Manager at heart. I love understanding users and their needs, and finding innovative ways to help them.

    Lessons Learned

    (Often the Hard Way)

    Up until 2012, I worked for a variety of venture-funded software firms entirely in the telecom space ranging from telecom vendors to B2B and B2C companies.

    My first introduction to Agile and Scrum was my last role prior to CodeStringers, so all-told I’ve been working with agile methods for 15+ years.

    But reality is that my real experience – in which I learned the lessons one only learns by “doing” has come since joining CodeStringers in 2012. Since then and primarily because CodeStringers provides custom software development services (in addition to building our own products), I’ve had the opportunity to oversee the definintion, development and maintenance of dozens of software products for clients ranging from startups to large enterprises.

    That experience has afforded me quite a bit of development methodology wisdom. Earlier on in this experience, I created and “agile primer” presentation that I shared with clients to help their teams better understand and apply the agile method. And on this page, I’ll share what I’ve learned.