Agile & Technical Coach and Trainer
President, Sapir Consulting US
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 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.
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.
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Holy Land Agile Coach
Former President of Agile New England
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.