AgilePalooza June 10th 2011 Speaker Bios
David is a strong leader, technologist and process engineer with over 20 years experience in applying lean processes to manage portfolios, projects, people, process, and technology for competitive advantage. He has helped numerous teams apply agile project management and engineering methods as a practioner and coach. He is a frequent speaker at user groups and blogs on the subject. David’s career has spanned both the public and private sector. He built an electronic commerce startup from the group up, and also managed large scale, mission critical technology projects as a VP at JP Morgan Chase. He is frequently engaged in both strategic board level, and hands on implementation (analysis, design, coding) activities, keeping his agile coaching and training skills sharp and relevant. He is on the Board of Directors at the Center for Program Transformation (CPT) and Ocean 20 Technologies Group. With the CPT, David prepared Senate testimony on IT Oversight and contributed to federal legislation. In the 1990’s David was a key member of the Software Program Managers Network (SPMN) where he identified proven software best practices, conveyed them to managers of large-scale DoD system acquisition programs.
Diana Larsen sparks the creation of workplaces where productive teams display resilience in times of change and focus on frequent delivery of high value software their customers want and use. Drawing on fifteen+ years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana takes a pragmatic approach to consulting with leaders and teams to promote work process designs where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish.
Diana leads system-wide groups in collaborative thinking and planning, as well as guiding teams through project kick-offs, chartering and retrospectives. She coaches managers and leaders on their role in a changing workplace and presents workshops on agile adoption, self-organizing team development, team leadership &anp; management, organizational change, and leading retrospectives.
Current officer and former (2007-2010) chair of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! and posts at her blog, "Partnerships & Possibilities" http://www.futureworksconsulting.com/blog. Diana discovers solutions and possibilities where others find only barriers and obstacles.
John Rudd was formerly a partner in a financial consulting and investment banking firm where he led the firm’s financial practice including advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, and interim management. He has filled multiple interim executive roles including CEO, president, CFO, and chief restructuring officer. Earlier in his career, Rudd was CFO of a West Coast oil company and a commodity lender for ING. John received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of Southern California.
As Eliassen Group’s Chief Agilist, Johnny is focused on helping enterprises achieve greater value delivered to its customers through coaching and consulting with teams to guide them to pragmatically and truly adopt Agile methods in their product development operations. Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Johnny created and built his own Agile coaching and consulting firm working with clients to create high performance teams based on his 25+ years of product development experience. Previously, he was also the VP of Product Engineering and Chief Agile Evangelist at GlobalLogic, a multinational off-shore development company where he created and led the center of excellence within GlobalLogic to establish Agile as a standard development process to be used in their various client engagements across the world. Johnny also held senior management and product development positions at Netezza, CMGI, AOL, InterLeaf, and Honeywell.
Burkhard Duemler, R&D Manager of Siemens Healthcare manages several globally distributed R&D teams (US, Romania, India) developing an enterprise-wide information system using agile development methods.
Steve Paro is currently an Agile and Product Consultant for VersionOne Software. He comes to the Agile life cycle management tool company having most recently been an independent agile coach and trainer, working with clients nationwide to improve their understanding and application of agile principles and techniques. He has worked with dozens of scrum teams, helping organizations realize significant improvements in quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. As a trainer, Steve has trained hundreds of IT and development professionals on agile project management, requirements definition, process adoption and team best practices.
Prior to consulting, Steve had spent many years at a leading enterprise supply chain execution software company. During this time, he experienced almost all facets of the development lifecycle through his various roles as Implementation Consultant, Project Manager, Architect, Director and Vice President of Product Development. As Director, he oversaw development for multiple product lines, with development teams in North and South America. Steve was instrumental in evolving the organizations agile practice by leading major training and team based reorganization initiatives.
Passionate and pragmatic, Steve is extremely excited to utilize his experience to help other organizations succeed in leveraging Agile to develop their people into highly effective, motivated, and productive teams. Steve is a Certified Scrum Master.