Global Thought Leader on Agile and Business Agility
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community and is also known by many as Dr. Agile. Ahmed combines over seventeen years of software development experience, with research from his Ph.D. in Agile transformation and agility assessment to help leaders and knowledge workers achieve measurable and sustainable organizational agility by being Agile not just doing Agile.
Ahmed is the Head of Development Management at Riot Games, developer of League of Legends (one of the biggest games in the world with 111 million active players), where he leads a team of 80 internal agile delivery leaders.
Dr. Sidky helps guides enterprise agile transformations in Fortune 100 companies as well as small to medium companies, and educates people on the agile mindset and how to create lean, high performing, teams, starting from CEOs to junior developers in companies around the world such as: Verizon Wireless, Caterpillar, Nationwide Insurance, ConAgra, Cisco, Siemens, Blackboard, ITWorx, Riot Games, Oracle, Booz Allen Hamilton, Vodafone, and several agencies in the US Government.
Dr. Sidky is the co-author of a top-rated Agile adoption book Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World. Becoming Agile discusses the cultural realities of deploying Agile and how to deal with the needs of executives, managers, and the development team during migration.
Dr. Sidky is the Executive Director and co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile. Ahmed was selected to be on the steering committee of the PMI-ACP® Certification and the program chair for the Agile 2009 conference.
He is a frequent invited speaker at numerous Agile Conferences around the world and divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing.
Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World
Many people discuss Agile from a theoretical or academic perspective. Becoming Agile takes a different approach and focuses on explaining Agile from a case-study perspective. Agile principles are discussed, explained, and then demonstrated in the context of a case study that flows throughout the speech. The case study is based on a mixture of the author's real-world experiences. Becoming Agile also focuses on the importance of adapting Agile principles to the realities of your environment. In the early days of Agile, there was a general belief that Agile had to be used in all phases of a project, and that it had to be used in its purest form. Over the last few years, reputable Agile authorities have begun questioning this belief: We're finding that the best deployments of Agile are customized to the realities of a given company. Becoming Agile discusses the cultural realities of deploying Agile and how to deal with the needs of executives, managers, and the development team during migration. Dr. Sidky discusses employee motivation and establishing incentives that reward support of Agile techniques.
Emerging Innovations in Agile Software Development
Emerging Innovations in Agile Software Development focuses on the use of agile methodologies to manage, design, develop, test and maintain software projects. Emphasizing research-based solutions for contemporary software development, this publication is designed for use by software developers, researchers, and graduate-level students in software engineering and project management programs.