Earl Soukup

Mr. Soukup holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Juris Doctor in Law, certificates for software development, project management, functional management, systems engineering, and Agile and Lean including being a Certified Scrum Master. He was a development and test engineer, manager, and project manager for both hardware and software. Also he developed and taught courses in mathematics, electronics, ethics, Lean, and Agile. He is an accomplished analyst.

List of CrossTalk articles:

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 ...

Which Agile Method is the Best? (May/Jun 2017)

Agile methods are considered to be a light form of project management because there are fewer and less complex prescribed practices than those in traditional project management. The “Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK) is often used as the master guide for managing a traditional project. In fact, when adapted ...

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 ...