Most Valuable Agile Player in the UK

Wow, what an accolade! I can’t actually believe I won this award at the UK’s first ever Agile Awards this week. In my mind, there are plenty of other people who are probably more deserving than me, but naturally I am really flattered by the recognition.

I’d like to thank my new sponsor – tinyPM – since their support, and the support of others before them, is one of the things that spurs me on when it’s difficult to find time to keep blogging. If you haven’t already had a quick look at their product, take a look at their web site.

I’d also like to thank my wife and children for putting up with my obsession, which has obviously taken a lot of effort at times!

But most of all, I’d like to thank you - my readers. Without you, my blog would not be the success that it now is, and I thank you sincerely for coming back and telling your friends. I hope you have all found something useful here to help you with your own adoption of agile development methods. And if you have, here’s another plea from me to you to link to this blog from your own blog or web site, so in future it can be found more easily by others.

That’s it – emotional acceptance speech over.

Here are the other very deserving award winners.

Kelly.

5 Responses to “Most Valuable Agile Player in the UK”

  1. kev says:

    Really well done and well deserved. I love your blog and have learned so much from the great discussions and experiences shared here, it's people like you that help give this way of succeeding a chance to grow.

  2. Kelly Waters says:

    Thanks Kev, much appreciated!

    Kelly.

  3. Derek Morrison says:

    Nice one Kelly – from it’s inception your blog has been a tremendous help to developers, product manager & project managers who are either new to agile or just want to use it as a trusted source of reference.

    Derek

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Kelly.
    You deserve it.
    Your blog is very simple and easy to understand for new Agile guys.
    Thanks for your efforts.
    Ahmed.

  5. Les Oliver says:

    Kelly – a good night all round with some excllent presentations at the Agile Business Conference too!
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