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Susan Evans

About Susan Evans

Susan Evans is an agile consultant at VersionOne. Susan has more than eight years of agile project management experience in software development. Prior to joining the company, she was an internal coach who optimized the usage of the VersionOne platform to help many non-collocated teams thrive in their agile processes. Susan focuses on enhancing team relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, and processes to help create happy teams that deliver high quality. In her personal time, she enjoys golf, water and snow skiing, softball, motorcycle rides, and mud runs with her husband and two children.

The ‘Game’ of Agile Compared to Football: Draft Day

More than 30 years ago Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka wrote an article titled ‘The New New Product Development Game,’ which compares product development to rugby. This year’s NFL draft inspired me to make a similar analogy to American football. … Continue reading

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How the Words You Use Affect Your Team

Words have a huge impact on team members, affecting their work and ultimately your project, yet we often don’t put much thought into the words we use every day. Check out some of the positive and negative connotations of traditional … Continue reading

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Why Agile Won’t Make You More Productive

According to the 9th annual State of Agile™ survey, more organizations are adopting agile in order to improve productivity: “Consistent with last year, most respondents adopted agile practices to accelerate product delivery (59%) or enhance their ability to manage changing … Continue reading

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My Life as an External Agile Coach (Part 3 of 3)

Here’s the last article in a three-part series from Susan Evans. As we ring in the New Year, this post describes a day in Susan’s life as a Product and Agile Consultant for VersionOne with various client engagements, travel and … Continue reading

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My Time to Evolve as an Agile Coach (Part 2 of 3)

This article is the second in a series about Susan Evans’ journey from an internal agile coach to an external agile coach. In this part, Susan will cover how she used the agile principle of reflecting on effectiveness and adjusting accordingly … Continue reading

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99 Problems But a Coach Ain’t One (Part 1 of 3)

This article is the first of a three-part series that provides insight into what it’s like to walk a mile in an agile coach’s shoes. Susan’s journey starts as an internal coach and then evolves to her current role as … Continue reading

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Lots of carryover? Try swarming

Scrum teams are made up of individuals with cross functional skills that commit to completing the sprint backlog as a team. Instead of a traditional Project Manager assigning tasks, the team decides how they are going to get the work … Continue reading

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