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.

Thiagi served as the editor of ISPI's Performance & Instruction for more than 10 years. He has written a monthly GameLetter for 15 years; it currently appears as the GameBlog on his website.
Thiagi has twice been elected the president of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), 27 years apart (in 1979 and 2006). He has also been the five-time president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).
As a global nomad, Thiagi has lived in three different countries and has conducted training workshops in 21 others. Earlier in his life, he has been a high-school science teacher, street corner magician, researcher, editor of a professional journal, keynote speaker, college professor, USAID project director, and writer.

Agile Coach

I've been involved in software development since 1991 in various capacities including programming, analysis, team and project leadership, and have spent many of those years figuring out how people can improve when collaborating on software projects. I teach, coach, and facilitate Agile and Lean methodologies.  I want to help people connect well and effectively with each other so I can move on to the next organization that needs me.  I use a variety of tools to help with that. Clean Language, Systemic Modelling and Satir communication models are all part my toolbox.
I want to make changes last in people's lives. So hire me if you're having communication problems in your organization or if you need business or life coaching. 
I was born in Geneva, and spent several years in Africa and Europe during my youth. I speak German, French, and Chinese and can help bridge the cultural divides. My goal is to help make a difference that is significant and long lasting for you!

Enterprise Agile Coach

Currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint, David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
David is a past president of Agile New England. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics a startup that was acquired by JM Family Enterprises. Other previous senior management positions include Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.

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 Provocateur

A 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.

Agile Transformation Leader

Deb 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).


Agile Coach

Jason Tice is an agile coach & consultant at Asynchrony specializing in the use of serious games to create environments conducive to whole-team learning, collaboration and complex problem solving.  More recently, Jason has explored the application of gamification techniques to improve portfolio management and employee performance reviews seeking to improve the quality of information captured while fostering trust, respect, and higher engagement of the people needed to support such activities.  Jason enjoys helping teams and team members identify their limitations, determine ways to improve, safely test new ideas, and ultimately overcome their limitations.  Jason volunteers to help plan the annual Agile Games conference held in Boston, MA, is a frequent host on the ThisAgileLife podcast, and helps to organize multiple agile user groups and events in the greater St. Louis, MO area.

Principal, Grob Technologies

After spending many years as an Agile ScrumMaster and coach I have rekindled my love for designing and developing hardware and software projects.  My latest work in progress is an experiment in sensory substitution by using gyros to control a grid of vibrational motors.  Hopefully, this will cure human orientation ailments, and help language learning.

Agile Coach

JP Beaudry is an experienced engineering leader and Agile coach. In 20 years of experience in high technology, he has transformed organizations small and large to successfully use the Agile mindset to deliver higher customer value faster. JP is currently director of technology with Cimpress where he leads the Lean and Agile transformation for the billion-dollar Vistaprint line of business. Prior to Cimpress, JP was leading various engineering organizations at Cisco Systems. In 2013, his business unit won the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award on the strength and depth of its Agile practice which extended to multi-national teams, customers, other business units as well as vendors and outsourcers. JP is a VFQ expert coach, CSM and blogger.

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Laura M. Powers is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with over 25 years of engineering and management experience ranging from aircraft engine design, diapers, and electrics cars, to software systems at Hewlett Packard,, and eBay. Laura is passionate about the magic, mayhem, and extraordinary value produced by high performing teams.
She is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistc Programming (NLP), a Certified Trainer of NLP, and is a Certified Trainer for Training from the Back of the Room. She hold a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Owner, Facilitated Change


Lisa is an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a former board member of the Greater Monadnock Region Chapter of the Project Management Institute.  In 2013, Lisa was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship.  An MBA graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Lisa moved to New Hampshire and started Facilitated Change in 2003 after twelve years at Hewlett-Packard.
She currently teaches at the Masters level for the Harvard University Extension School. She taught previously in the Bard College MBA (2012-2014) and at Marlboro College Graduate School (2004 – 2012).  Lisa is an experienced meeting facilitator and workshop leader, and has been a featured speaker for many groups, including Project World Boston, PMI Keene NH, PMI-SNEC, the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, the Peterborough and Keene NH Chambers of Commerce, and the American Society for Quality – NH Chapter.  Lisa is a member of Toastmasters and a member of the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society. You can find her calling contra dances every Monday night in Nelson, NH.

Agile Coach

Read about Mariya's experiences at Agile Games 2016

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.


Agile Coach


Michael de la Maza, PhD is an agile coach and trainer. He has coached or trained at Carbonite, edX, EMC, Intuit, Paypal, Philips, Symantec, and Verizon Wireless. He is co-author of Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server 2010 and holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

President, Sapir Consulting US

Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting, is a management consultant, Agile coach, speaker and author. He has been helping organizations overcome business challenges and deliver value, for over 16 years. Michael is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business. Michael has authored best-sellers on Influencing, Agile, Teams, and Leadership.
Michael's experience includes significant know-how in the telecoms, hi-tech, banking, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building.
Michael's professional background is analytical and technical; however, he has a keen interest in human interactions and behaviors. He holds two engineering degrees from the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology: a Bachelor of civil engineering and Masters of Industrial engineering. He has balanced his technical side with the extensive study and practice of Gestalt Therapy and "Instrumental Enrichment," a philosophy of mediated learning. In his consulting and training engagements, Michael integrates the engineering technical world with interpersonal dynamics, delivering unique and meaningful solutions.

Agile & Technical Coach and Trainer

Mike Bowler is an Agile and technical, coach and trainer who has been writing code for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Agile community for the last fifteen. He blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers.
He's also a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator and uses LEGO® extensively when teaching Agile concepts.

Former President of Agile New England

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. Beginning in 1998 she has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and coached clients in the art of Agile technical and management leadership. A contributor to Agile Times and Cutter IT Journal, she also served on IEEE 1648 Agile Customers committee. She speaks at numerous software conferences worldwide, and is past president of Greater Boston’s premier Agile user group, Agile New England. Nancy is founder and President of Lean-Agile Partners, Inc.

Agile Coach

I began my Agile journey at HERE a few years ago. While I'm primarily an administrative assistant to a large software development team, I spend a large portion of my time coaching smaller Agile teams to improve communication skills and engagement. I've brought a lot of my knowledge as a theatre director (from my "spare" time) to the office, and it has provided new avenues for team building.

Agile Consultant

Paul has over 19 years of software industry experience and has been involved with Agile for over 9 years and is the founder of Work Agile Consulting.  He has led onsite Agile transformations for teams in the US, Canada, Asia, India, and Europe.  He is a speaker on "Why We Play" as well as the host for Agile Games Day San Francisco and Agile Games Day San Diego.  As a certified Agile Coach and Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator, Paul works closely with companies to ensure teams don’t just adopt Agile practices, but incorporate the Agile Mindset into everything they do in both fun and interesting ways.

Agile Trainer and Coach

Richard Kasperowski is a cofounder of the Greatness Guild, a signatory of the Manifesto for Greatness, and the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results, using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard teaches the class Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Follow him on Twitter at @rkasper, read more about him at, and email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Agile Coach

Sean Barrett is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint in Waltham, MA. With twenty years of experience in technology, from startups to Financial giants, his Agile journey began in the Lean and Kanban space. While completing Emergn’s Expert Coaching Pathway, he quickly grew his awareness of and passion for the interconnected worlds of Agile, Lean, Organizational Agility and Lean Startup. At Vistaprint Sean collaborates with a deeply committed team of Agilists to help the enterprise navigate an end to end transformation of their culture, mindset and practices. We are shifting our focus away from maximizing utilization, hitting promised dates, and delivering in big batches, to increasing quality through fast feedback, accelerating our time to market, and ensuring we’re concentrating on our highest value opportunities to delight our customers.

Principal Enterprise Agile Consultant

Steve Martin is a Principal Enterprise Agile Consultant at SolutionsIQ with over 20 years’ experience helping companies deliver exceptional results. He consults with coaches and trains companies to apply Agile and Lean Startup concepts enabling them to scale Agile across their enterprise.
Steve has worked in many industries (Healthcare IT, Finance, Biotechnology, Hospitality) and partners with organizations at all levels ranging from those in the Executive Suite to Management to Product Development Teams.  You can follow his latest blogs and white papers published on LinkedIn.

Agile Coach and Consultant

Coaching and training teams on Agile/Lean/Lean Startup, founder

Senior Program Manager, Technical Operations at Constant Contact


Agile Guide, Trainer, Developer

Woody Zuill & his team at Hunter were the originators of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development.  Over the last 15+ years he has worked as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Trainer, and Extreme Programmer.
He believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we can realize the Agile promise of Responding to Change, and that we must constantly "Inspect and Adapt".
Twitter: @WoodyZuill

Holy Land Agile Coach

Yuval is a senior enterprise agility coach at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company based out of Israel with presence in India (see He led several strategic long-term lean/agile initiatives in large enterprises and is one of the leading Kanban Practitioners and Trainers focused on the enterprise product development world. Yuval is a big believer in pragmatic, best-of-breed solution design, taking the best from each approach, avoiding Dogma, therefore it is not a surprise to find him among the leadership of the pragmatic and evolutionary Kanban movement. He recently received the Brickell Key Award for Lean Kanban community excellence, driving Kanban adoption in Israel. He published “Holy Land Kanban” based on his thinking and writing at