#Agile Physicist

As my project work starts to get less intensive, my interest to catch up on Agile topics has certainly been more focused. Since my latest project involves me working with Agile Data Warehousing, that certainly is an interest. (I will have more posts related to some learning coming up shortly.) Other than Agile Data Warehousing and Agile Data Modeling,I find myself been drawn more towards Agile Insights and Project Experiences though. I find that I am wanting to learn less about the theory and more about the how the projects actually worked and how Agile needed to be customized.

Now the theory is very important and every physicist needs to know the basics of Mathematics and Algebra before they can apply that knowledge to real world Physics problems. But I find that I am less interested in reviewing the Agile Mathematics and more interested in the Agile Physics. What happens when we introduce friction? How about wind resistance? How about different densities and pressures?

I think that is where Agile gets fascinating. How have different project customized Agile and how did it work? Sometimes people view this customization in a negative way. They say we have bastardized Agile. That we have sullied the Agile principles. I disagree. I believe we are applying Agile Principles to understand and provide solutions to the real world problems when the realities of those problems are encountered. It is much easier to determine how to build a bridge when you don’t have to account for gravity downward and the flow of flood waters against the foundation of the bridge all while taking the distinct soil conditions into account.

I don’t think accounting for those factors sullies the principles of the Mathematics that underpins the design. It just acknowledges that understanding the Mathematical theory is a requirement but not and end-state. How we implement that theory and how it allows us to understand the real world is the real interesting part. In a way, Agile Mathematics and Agile Physics are two separate disciplines.

I wonder if I can get Agile Physicist on my business card?

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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