Silvana Wasitova [first met Joshua online, in Scrum Indonesian Googlegroup, and finally over lunch in Jakarta ]: What I like about Joshua is his vision, passion and resourcefullness in spreading the message of benefits of Scrum in Indonesia, and South-East Asia in general.
Joshua Partogi graduated in Computer Science in 2006 from the Gajah Mada University in Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, then worked as Java developer in Australia from 2008 to 2011. Along the way, he discovered Scrum. On November 19, 2009 Joshua started the Scrum Indonesia” Google Group, that as of April 2012 has 341 members. Joshua also started the Scrum Alliance groups Scrum Indonesia User Group and Agile South East Asia User Group as well as the Facebook page “Scrum Indonesia”
What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?
That is a good question. I would say that my father who has influenced me about strategic thinking and servant leadership. I would also say that my wife is a big influence on me because she has taught me to be a more outgoing person and to not deal only with computers too much.
If you would not have been in IT, what would have become of you?
What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?
My biggest challenge would be to increase the awareness of Scrum in Indonesia especially in the government sector. I would like more Indonesians to know that Scrum can bring business value to their business. If the majority of Indonesian companies are using Scrum, I would imagine that it would increase the nation’s income.
What drives you?
Seeing smiles in people’s faces after Scrum is implemented in their organisation.
What is your biggest achievement?
Influenced many Indonesian large enterprises to adopt scrum and fostering scrum community in a place where many people were sceptical about scrum
What is the last book you have read?
What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?
What do you think are the drawbacks of Scrum? That is a good question since many people have been asking me this question. I think the drawback of Scrum is that it is so different from what most people already know. It is difficult for people to get used to it even though it is relatively simple.
Who do you think I should ask next?
Both are top-notch Scrummers who are very persistent pushing Scrum in their organizations and are big believers of Scrum. I am a big fan of theirs.
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