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New Chapter

Just yesterday I was complaining about my first day as a technical advisor for a contract source selection committee.  What can I say?  The PMO asked me to do it and it’s important that it gets done correctly.  But being asked to sit in a room for the next 6 weeks, with no access to Internet or phone was going to be very painful.  I understand that I can’t be connected 100% of the time.  I understand there needs to be balance and I can’t tweet what is going on in my life 24×7.  But using modern forms of communications makes me feel informed and connected.  If I have a question about something, I feel I can reach out to half a dozen people in a moments notice to get an answer.

So, as I began my second day with the committee, I just sat there for about 10 minutes and stared at the binder sitting on the table in front of me.  How the hell was I going to survive this?

Well, I have an answer.  I got an offer to go work with someone else.  Long story short, I was offered a position with LitheSpeed and I accepted.  LitheSpeed offers premium Agile software development training, team coaching & management consulting services. They blend Agile methods like Scrum and XP with Lean process expertise to speed value delivery and drive enterprise evolution.

I’m very excited about my future with them.

I’ve been working with a federal PMO managing a multi-year, multi-phased, multi-million dollar program for a few years now.  I don’t think anyone in the PMO knew what Agile was before I arrived.  Rest assured, I’m not turning my back on my project management roots.  I’m still very much a supporter of PMI and the PMP.  But even PMI couldn’t ignore Agile forever.  It’s time for me to help others to speed value delivery and drive enterprise evolution.  It’s time for me to turn the page and start a new chapter.

Drawing by Pictofigo

HT: LitheSpeed

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

13 Responses to “New Chapter”

  1. May 12, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Dude that’s fabulous news! Congratulations my friend! You’ll still be blogging though, right?

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Geoff, actually, “blogging” was included in my offer letter. Yes, I will most definitely still be blogging.

      • May 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

        Okay good cuz I would have trouble without the faintly-cynical-yet-smart-and-heartwarming tone I’ve come to expect with my morning coffee! 🙂

  2. May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Just as Bob Seger told us: There I gooooooooo! Turn the page. Best of luck on the new endeavour, the cream rises again.

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Thank you, Dan!

  3. May 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations. Great timing 🙂 Looking forward to following your new adventure.

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Pam, thank you so much. I’m very excited to work with Lithespeed. It’s funny how people say the grass is always greener on the other side? Well, I just realized yesterday that there were leaves on the trees. It’s been that long since I stopped and appreciated the green.

  4. May 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm


    Congratulations! Best wishes for continued success. Interesting timing, after 3.5 yrs at Lenovo I will be moving on to Red Hat in the next week. As you can imagine, their open source world is heavy Agile.

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks! Robert, that is awesome news about Red Hat. I am very happy for you and look forward to reading of your new adventures.

  5. Anonymous
    May 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Congrats, sir! LitheSpeed is lucky to have you. Will this improve your commute?

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Andy! I don’t know the specifics of my first engagement but I know that it’s “local” to the DC area. Knowing a customer will benefit will make a commute worth it.

  6. Nimmue Monterd
    May 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

     Well! Congratultions!!!!!! 😀

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you, thank you! 🙂

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