AgilePalooza Washington Speaker Bios
An industry-leading agile and lean expert, Sanjiv has assisted several leading clients adopt Agile methods over the past decade. He is the author of several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management: A Roadmap for the Perplexed, The Lean-Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery and the book Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005); and the founder and moderator of the Yahoo! Agile Project Management discussion group. Sanjiv is also a founder and advisory board member of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) ’s Agile Forum Steering Committee. As an in-the-trenches practitioner, he has personally managed Agile projects varying in size from five to over one hundred people, trained thousands of agile practitioners via public classes and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams. For more information, see Sanjiv’s website: www.sanjivaugustine.com.
Ian Culling brings more than 20 years of broad information technology experience to the CTO role at VersionOne and he lends tremendous expertise to his areas of responsibility, including software product management, design & development and enterprise information technology. He has significant practical experience with the introduction, scaling and adaptive execution of agile methods, having initially implemented strict XP with a single team in 2000. Since that time, Ian has progressed to lead and coach both small and large organizations in their transition to agile methods. Prior to joining VersionOne, Ian led the adoption of agile methods at Alogent Corporation as VP, Development, leveraging aspects of Scrum for scaling across multiple teams and products. This, combined with select XP developer practices and approach for planning & tracking, resulted in a Scrum-wrapped XP implementation, now a fairly common model within the agile community today.
Bob Payne is the President of Electroglide, Inc, and a leading proponent of Agile Methodologies and Agile Engineering Practices with 25 years of project management, software development, engineering and business experience. As an early adopter of Extreme Programming (XP), he has worked exclusively as an Agile Coach and practitioner since 1999. He has mentored and managed many projects ranging in size from five to over one hundred people. As host of the AgileToolkit podcast he has produced over 60 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. He has been on the organizing committee of the Agile Software Development Conference in 2007 and 2008. He is cofounder of the Washington, DC XP Users Group. Bob is passionate about training development teams in the use of Agile Engineering Practices that allow them to deliver high quality software in an Agile, iterative and incremental manner. With a MSEE in Computer Architectures for Artificial Intelligence and having grown up working in his family restaurant, he brings a unique blend of technical excellence and customer service to bear on his projects and training courses.
Lee Cunningham is an experienced Agile coach and practitioner who is passionate about working with organizations and individual teams to help them consistently deliver high-value, high-quality software. Lee currently is with the VersionOne services group as an Agile coach and product trainer. Over his 12 years in IT, he has played many different traditional roles, including analyst, software engineer, development manager, QA manager, release manager, project manager, and program manager.
Lee's journey into Agile began quite organically, as he implemented common sense practices to empower teams under his leadership while involving the “business” more in the decision-making and the delivery process. Lee is energized by working with people at all organizational levels to help make Agile practices relevant and effective. He typically works with several different groups each month, consulting, training, and coaching.
Paul Culling - Open Space Facilitator
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul is currently on the board of the Agile Alliance and has been on the board of his local user group, Agile Vancouver, for the past four years helping organize monthly Agile events and four successful conferences in the Vancouver area. Paul is a trained innovation games facilitator and experienced in open space facilitation. Paul has worked extensively with Agile community groups at local, regional and international levels and is the founder and editor of the Agile Chronicles newsletter for VersionOne. Paul is a technology marketing professional with 17 years experience in the development and marketing of both packaged and service based offerings. As part of his role as Director of Marketing at VersionOne, Paul also has been working as part of a team using the scrum framework outside of a development environment. Working from Vancouver, BC with the majority of the team in Atlanta, Georgia, Paul also has first-hand experience with distributed Agile practices.