Founder and Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group
Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is the founder and Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably.
Enterprise Agile Coach
Agile Transition Guide
David is an Agile Transition Guide for organizations wishing to explore and discover their unique path to Lean/Agile software development. Previously a software engineer with 20+ years developing software solutions within a variety of industries. David uses his experience in group dynamics, systems thinking and the power of the Agile philosophy to unleash a team’s full potential. He enjoys mentoring individuals and coaching teams. David believes in empowering the team with self-organization, setting them on the path to achieve the team's purpose and providing them the proper intrinsic motivation to move the team along the productivity curve toward ultra performance. David has experience teaching Scrum and XP practices to multiple groups that evolved into Agile teams delivering quality software and value to customers.
Currently David and Malibu, his dog, are exploring spacetime, multi-dimensional representations of reality, the duality principle, Shape Dynamics, the ordor representation of concenous, and a few esoteric things, while trying to spell a sentence with selling a sail boat that is for sell.
Chief ProvocateurA veteran of facilitating tough conversations, Dawna Jones is madly committed to transforming the contribution of business to the world. Capable of pinpointing the underlying forces working against adoption of new ideas, she has used games in her practice for years and is now exploring VR and augmented reality. Steve Denning put her book, Decision Making for Dummies, on his list of eight noteworthy books for 2014. She hosts the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast, writes for the Huffington Post - Great Workplaces and is the host of Stoos Sparks-a business innovation idea exchange. www.FromINsightToAction.com
Agile Transformation LeaderDeb Pontes is the agile transformation leader at the QuickBase division of INTUIT. Her passion is to “hack” the organizational culture to provide the optimal environment for hyper performing teams to emerge. Deb spent over 20 years across all phases of the software delivery lifecycle. She has repeated success in implementing small and large process improvements at Fidelity Investments, PerkinElmer, and INTUIT.
Deb Pontes is an agile coach with expertise in using OpenSpace to lead lasting organizational change. She has sponsored and facilitated multiple OpenSpace events in corporate settings at PerkinElmer and at Intuit. Deb also facilitated the Open Space at the Boston Business Agility event in June of 2015.
Agile Coach and Trainer
Ellen Grove is an Agile coach & trainer with Agile Partnership, based in Ottawa, Canada. Ellen helps teams and organizations do better work through coaching them in creating the circumstances in which they can work effectively while having fun. Her Agile coaching practice is founded in over 15 years experience leading software testing, development and implementation teams in global enterprises, a passion for exploratory software testing and user-centered design, and a background in community organization. Ellen is a StrategicPlay certified facilitator in Lego Serious Play methods, a Training from the Back of the Room trainer, an Open Space facilitator, and one of the lead organizers of Agile Coach Camp Canada (June 2015) and Play4Agile North America (Sept 2015).
Principal, Grob Technologies
Powered by Teams
Owner, Facilitated Change
Mariya Breyter, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, ACI Agile Coach and Facilitator, is an IT management and project management professional with over eighteen-year experience ranging from government jobs to versatile corporate experience in healthcare, media, and education with a passion in leading enterprise-level agile adoptions and culture changes. She is a passionate agilist and an active member of New York City agile community. Mariya is also a contributor to a number of online resources on agile and project management topics, including her own Agile site. Mariya facilitated a discussion on executive coaching in Agile at Agile Open NYC and presented at multiple Agile conferences in the U.S. She has a combined BA /MA degree in Linguistics and Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computer Linguistics from Moscow State University, followed by post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Her passion is building high performance teams and organizations. At home, Mariya is using stickies to organize her family activities, and the kids use task boards to achieve complete alignment and full transparency.
President, Sapir Consulting US
Agile & Technical Coach and Trainer
Former President of Agile New England
Principal Enterprise Agile Consultant
Senior Program Manager, Technical Operations at Constant Contact
Agile Guide, Trainer, Developer