The winner of this match-up is the Godfather of Agile in Australia, Nigel Dalton. Nigel is cited as essentially starting Agile Australia, is an active blogger, and even started a consultancy to help promote Lean thinking.
While Linda Rising is a far more accomplished author (most notably her work in Pattern Approach), and is an internationally recognized lecturer, our Practice felt like she was more a student of Agile, where Nigel was more a Practitioner and Contributor to the international growth in Australia.
In a classic case of “old school” vs. “new school” the winner of this match-up is Maria Almeida. Michael George is most famously credited with co-creating the Lean Six Sigma framework in 2002, an accomplished and well respected framework, accompanied by the book he co-authored ‘Lean Six Sigma: Combining Six Sigma with Lean Speed’.
While Maria has not created a framework herself, she edged out Michael in the Influencer, Academics, and Agile Community categories. Maria is an avid contributor in the social media realm, and is well known for her 2 articles ‘How To Be A Great Product Owner’ and ‘9 Steps To Successfully Launch Your Product’. For her recent and continuous contributions and publications, Maria pulls out the victory in this round.
This was the most polarizing debate of the first round, and certainly the closest vote we had – with Michael Keeling taking the ‘Community’ category by a 3-2 vote. With that said, Chris McMahon is a QA stud. He is one of the founding fathers of SeleNess, witch combines FitNesse and Selenium to create a “scenario library” to help with scenario creation, and started his own conference dedicated to QA best practices.
While SeleNess is no longer being used, we would like to acknowledge Chris for his contributions to the QA space. Michael Keeling wins this round, for his contributions to the conference circuit (also a 2-time winner of the SATURN Best Presentation Award), as well his steady delivery of published material in ’09, ’10, and ’11. This was the classic QA vs. DEV debate, with Michael Keeling pulling out the slightest of victories. Fun debate!
Dan Gielan drew a tough match up in the first round, but still managed to split the vote on frameworks. Gielan is credited with introducing RAD in the 70s, and took on Jeffries – an original signer of the manifesto – and co-creator of XP. Jeffries contributions to XP books helped him take the Academics category, and general name recognition and blogging helped Ron win the round. As a wildcard category, we also noted Ron’s passion for microbrewing, which would have given him the tiebreaker vote.