About this Case Study
My name is Nikola Bogdanov. I live in Bulgaria and started my career as a software engineer. I've had the chance to experience almost all roles in an agile organisation, working for large and small companies, product and service oriented, distributed and co-located, new and old ones.
I was outsourced several times as a developer in different organisations. I've worked with companies like SAP, VM Ware, Cisco Systems, HP, IBM and others. During this time, I took my first, varied steps in agile. I've been in classic scrum, kanban and xp teams, but also have worked following old-school waterfall and RUP.
I've seen many companies doing agile without knowing it - and some saying they do agile, when in reality they are totally fixed and plan-based.
I've had many different roles: agile coach, scrum master, scrum team member, product owner, team lead and manager, technical trainer and organisational continuous improvement team member. I've worked with developers and business people, customers and C-level people.
I've always tried to follow the agile mindset, to help the people, teams and organisations transform and adopt agile, to achieve a continuous 'inspect and adapt' culture. During this journey I have made many mistakes and have learned a lot. I'm currently writing my PhD thesis, part of which is summarising all my good and bad lessons as series of case studies, which I'd like to present in this session. I'll discuss the outcomes, the patterns and conclusions I have extracted from my case studies, focusing mainly on the failures and mistakes.
About the Speaker
Nikola is as an agile enthusiast with deep interests in people, team and organisational facilitation and coaching. He has worked as an agile coach, scrum master and agile leader in the last 4 years - and likes it a lot!
Nikola has more than 10 years' experience in IT, having had many different roles from software engineer to organisational agile coach. You can often see him discussing different aspects of agile and lean at conferences, training courses and public lectures. He's also a lecturer in agile and lean at Sofia University, where he is about to finish his PhD.