Meet Introvert Ken Howard
Ken Howard is President of Improving Enterprises and has been involved in most aspects of software development for over 30 years with such languages as diverse as COBOL, Smalltalk and Java. Over the years, Ken has provided consulting, training and mentoring to companies in 12 countries around the world, helping with adoption of software development best practices. He is also on the computer science faculty at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. Ken’s specialty is helping companies increase productivity through efficient practices and pragmatic organizational dynamics, which was the topic of the Addison-Wesley book that he co-authored titled Individuals and Interactions: an Agile Guide.
According to best-selling author Susan Cain, introverts are often discriminated against in our extrovert-dominated society. Although approximately two thirds of people in the United States are considered extroverts, the majority of IT professionals are introverts.
Many Agile practices, however, tend to favor the extrovert, leaving introverts with a frequent feeling of being yanked outside their comfort zone. Attending meetings, working in an open team room, and interacting with team members throughout the day can leave the introvert feeling exhausted and yearning for a quiet environment to think and be productive.
The introvert may feel it’s necessary to become an extrovert to survive Agile, but not only is this unrealistic – it’s unnecessary. To learn more, download the white paper, presentation slides, or attend a live presentation.