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Being Agile in the Face of Hurricane Sandy

An author that we consistently feature on this site recently documented his experiences during Hurricane Sandy. While certainly not anywhere close to the trials faced by those along the coast of New Jersey or New York, his account of the storm is done in the same manner as the rest of his invaluable posts ““ with Agile in mind. As Brian Lucas puts it himself: Even those who did not experience significant loss or damage were subjected to a disturbing previously unknown fear.   We were inundated with information about Sandy, for a considerable time, prior to her striking.   This gave warning and allowed some of us to prepare. Many also began to imagine the worse and become apprehensive about the reality of a large tropical storm making an uncharacteristic landfall on the northeast coast of the United States.   How this relates to agile, can be seen in the 14 points I have included in the footnotes.   I put these in the footnotes, so as not to interrupt the flow of the story itself.   The points allow those interested, to understand how I feel agile thinking and behavior can and should pervade all aspects of our life and work. Told as earnestly as if the reader were in his living room and listening to him recount the experience, Lucas adeptly includes the principles of Agile process and mindset as he and his friends prepare for whatever Sandy may bring to them. Being an Agile practitioner, Lucas plans ahead, shifts priorities, and allows for new data and situations to guide him into reactionary or preemptive actions to mitigate risks or address issues. Well worth the read, this blog post demonstrates that Agile methodology doesn't necessarily need to stay in the office.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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