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Joe Schofield

Joe Schofield is a sought international speaker, an active agile transition coach, and is widely published in an array of media. He is President Emeritus of the International Function Point Users Group. Joe retired from Sandia National Laboratories as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff after a 31-year career. During twelve of those years he served as the SEPG Chair for an organization of about 400 personnel that was awarded a SW-CMM® Level 3 in 2005. He continued as the migration lead to CMMI® Level 4 until his departure. Joe has facilitated over 100 teams in the areas of software specification, team building and organizational planning as a lean six sigma black belt while also employing business process reengineering. He is a Certified Agile Expert and Scrum Master, an active CMMI Institute-certified Instructor for the Introduction to the CMMI®, a Certified Software Quality Analyst, a Certified Function Point Specialist, and a Certified Software Measurement Specialist. Joe is a frequent presenter in software measurement forums, including the Software Best Practices Webinar Series. Joe has taught over 100 college courses since 1990, almost all of these at the graduate level. He was a licensed girl’s mid-school basketball coach for 21 seasons--the last five undefeated, over a span of 50 games. He has over 80 published books, papers, conference presentations and keynotes—including contributions to the books The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement (2012), IT Measurement, Certified Function Point Specialist Exam Guide, and The Economics of Software Quality. Joe completed his Master’s degree in MIS at the University of Arizona in 1980. By “others” he is known as a husband, father, and grandfather.

November, 2016

  • 1 November

    Persistent (and Ignored) Impediments to Agile Success

    It’s not a well-kept secret. It’s not a costly investment. It won’t harm the environment. It doesn’t require a particular toolset. But it is often divisive and triggers repercussions. Nonetheless, it could differentiate those who thrive from those who dive in their industries. What is it? “It” is the set of interrelated and interdependent components in organizations that have sustained success in their use of agile approaches for both business innovation and software development. But …

August, 2015

  • 3 August

    Inflate Gate: Mastering Overestimation for Agile Software Projects

    The 2015 Super Bowl game was clouded by accusations of “cheating” on the part of the New England Patriots. The team was being investigated for underinflating the air pressure in footballs used in an earlier game. The “Wells Report” detailed psi measures, temperature, measurement devices (gauges), and statistical analysis. [0] Fan and public reactions ranged from outrage to ambivalence. The outraged were astounded that a team or its players might escape retribution for letting a …