Dick Carlson

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Dick Carlson has an extensive engineering background that includes many years of practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the implementation and deployment of Agile, Lean, and Scrum values and principles in communications-electronics, and software and systems engineering within the aerospace, DoD, IT, and industry domains. He has developed and actively conducted comprehensive training courses for Scrum Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, project/program managers, customers, executives, organizational leaders, and others interested in learning how to implement and deploy Agile, Lean, and Scrum. Mr. Carlson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, and is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and Certified Scrum Product Owner.

<p>Agile &amp; Lean Education Associates (ALEA)
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</p><p>Phone: 714-350-9946
</p><p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:dcarlson@iascar.us">dcarlson@iascar.us</a></p>

Combining Agile Practices with CMMI Process Areas: A Case Study (Jul/Aug 2017)

Introduction.This case study details how a large enterprise-level program used Agile methods, including Scrum, and implemented the capability maturity model integration (CMMI) at the same time. The purpose of the program was to modify a large commercial software application to replace an existing and obsolete enterprise-level data management system. The ...

Debunking Agile Myths (May/Jun 2017)

It is often interesting and sometimes amusing how often people believe “facts” that are not true. Misinformation, confusion, and a lack of practical experience create challenging barriers to the acceptance and application of Agile and Lean, to software and systems engineering techniques. Since the Agile Manifesto for Software Development was ...

Why is Sprint Zero a Critical Activity (Mar/Apr 2017)

Introduction. There is nothing new about project preparation. It doesn’t matter how it is conducted, as long as the organization and the project team take some actions to ensure a majority of key obstacles are removed or mitigated. Have you seen projects halted — or worse, canceled — when progress ...

Scrum is Simple! (Jan/Feb 2017)

Abstract. Scrum implementation requires a significant cultural shift from traditional project management methods. Scrum roles are different from traditional roles and frequently cause confusion in engineering and business communities. Scrum terms are alien to most, and a radical change from the “status quo” is not only difficult but also initially ...

From the Trenches: Improving the Scrum Daily Standup Meeting (Nov/Dec 2016)

Abstract Among the most important work sessions in “scrum” is the scrum daily standup meeting. This meeting, which must be held every working day in order to be effective, is critical for team members to communicate their work commitments to each other. The most significant reasons why daily standup meetings ...

Agile Surveillance Points: An Alternative to Milestone Reviews (Sep/Oct 2014)

Abstract. Since the advent of applying Agile [1] practices on DoD projects, specifically Scrum [2] practices, the burning question asked by many has been, “How does Agile integrate with Waterfall [3] milestones?” Agile development is by definition incremental, meaning major functionality is completed and demonstrated to the customer, users, and ...