Hubert Smits a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Agile Product Management & 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.
As the lead consultant at Cisco Voice Technology, Mr. Smits designed and implemented the Agile software development lifecycle, replacing multiyear waterfall processes with iterative product development cycles. At Cisco, more than 3,000 participants in product development, including executives, product managers, program managers, and development teams moved into their Scrum roles and processes. His customers and successes include companies such as Oracle, Avaya, BMC Software, AOL, Fender, General Electric Energy, Amdocs, MySpace, and Compete.
Mr. Smits has a track record of working with globally distributed teams, contracting with and coaching teams in India, Argentina, Israel, and Europe. Along with a keen sense of business acumen, he is an exceptional communicator offering strong negotiation, problem resolution, and team-building skills. Mr. Smits enjoys leveraging Agile principles and practices to mobilize teams, establish focus, promote positive organizational change, enhance performance, improve quality, and reduce team turnover. He specializes in working with large product development efforts in organizations that require a gradual organization-wide move to Agile. Mr. Smits is confident in restructuring software development lifecycles, interacting with IT parties, and managing the impact of organizational change on finance, product management, marketing, and sales. In addition to publishing with Cutter and the IEEE, he is a frequent speaker at Agile events and has published articles on planning with distributed teams as well as Agile planning and tracking. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.