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.

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 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 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 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.


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


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.

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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.

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

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 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.