Hubert Smits is a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence practice. He is an innovative, assertive, and goal-oriented Agile consultant, coach, and trainer with a track record of successfully spearheading enterprise-level Agile and Lean enablement efforts. His work is based on 15 years of experience in the Agile domain, complemented by 20 years of project management, working with dozens of corporations, training & coaching thousands of people in their steps to move from classic waterfall processing to Agile product delivery.
Because complex delivery is where the Agile principles excel, they can be used in the industrial arena where product delivery takes five years or more. Mr. Smits (with his business partner Peter Borsella) has taken the principles and framework of Agile and applied them to industry, manufacturing, and physical products. The core of the Industrial Agile Framework™ is simple: bring all relevant people together in a team, have the team deliver physical product early and often, inspect the product early and often, and steer the team based on these inspections.
Simple – not easy. As a veteran in the Agile world, Mr. Smits has observed a world of Agile consultants who do not take responsibility for ensuring their clients’ success and who are not part of their project. His coaching is a hands-on experience where, as part of a team, he works out problems with the client so everyone gets the most worthwhile experience. This is taken as far as building a concept car with client teams. With coaching, teams learn new practices and embrace new thinking, steps in which they unlearn and get rid of muscle memory, and steps in which they learn to distinguish which old practices are good in the new framework.
Mr. Smits has worked with startups, sometimes for years. He has worked with distributed teams; teams in the US, Europe, Middle East, the Far East, and mixes of all of those countries; as well as single teams. His industrial experience includes electronics (CISCO Voice Technology), banking equipment (ARCA), and chip design & manufacturing (Cobham Semiconductor and Space Solutions). He organized the first Scrum for Industry gathering and co-created the Charter for Product Development in 2016. Mr. Smits holds a Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Scrum Trainer certification. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.