Read Widely and Always be Willing to Learn from Others with Scott Ambler

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Scott Ambler

Scott Ambler works with organisations around the world to help them to improve their software processes.  He provides training, coaching and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organisational level. He is also the founder of the Agile Modelling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methods and co-founder of Disciplined Agile (DA).

In this episode, Phil and Scott Ambler discuss why Scott got interested in agile and continues to develop it. How he helps large organisations to change the way they work by leveraging the experiences of other organisations. They talk about how to effectively test the architecture of a system, at an early stage, and why it must be done.


Scott Ambler


Scott Ambler and Associates – Check out Scott’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Read widely. You need to be constantly consuming information from a wide range of sources.
2) Continually expand your skillset and take every opportunity to learn from others. And always question what you do. Develop several core specialities. But, be sure to look beyond them. Work to understand the challenges of the business you work for and always be willing to pick up new skills.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Many years ago, Scott ended up working with a strong team who were handicapped by having to use technology that basically did not work. The different parts of the system could not talk to each other and the database could not handle negative numbers. Worse, these fundamental flaws could not be fixed. Months later, it all crashed and burned. The experience taught Scott the benefits of testing early. You have to prove the architecture as soon as possible.

Career Highlight

Scott really enjoys seeing software and systems he has worked on being used when he walks down the street. He also loves the fact he is still in touch with some of the teams he worked with, in the past. Working with great people has been something he feels has been a highlight of his career.

The Future

The complexity and variety of the work you do as an IT professional is what helps to make things so interesting. Given the fact that the world is in a constant state of flux, Scott believes there will always be interesting challenges to tackle.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

At university, Scott decided to take computer science because he had enjoyed programming since high school. So, a career in IT was a natural progression for him.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Read often.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Focus on one technology.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Scott says he would probably follow a similar path. But, he would want to work on a legacy system. He explains why that is, in the podcast.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Scott wants to dive deeper into understanding why certain approaches work and others don’t. He wants to be able to answer these fundamental questions.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being a good writer.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Being curious and always striving to learn something new.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Scott loves cycling. He also collects Atari 8 consoles and old computers.

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