While at CodeMash in Sandusky Ohio, Carl and Richard moderated a panel discussion on the death of agile. The panel quickly agrees that agile isn't dead at all - it's become so mainstream that it is discussed less and less. A bigger discussion is what exactly agile is - a topic addressed by audience member Jon Kern, who was part of the group that developed the agile manifesto.
Jon Stahl co-founded LeanDog after 18 years of experience providing IT leadership in both Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. His passion is eliminating waste, optimizing the performance of IT teams and helping organizations become Lean and Agile. Jon provides hands-on experience in organizational transformations to Agile and Lean practices. He openly shares his learnings at conferences and meet-ups. His office is a boat that he shares with the Cleveland tech community, hosting 12 Tech meet-ups a month. He helps organize events such as IgniteCleveland, Cleveland Startup Weekend & Cleveland GiveCamp. He received his degrees from Ohio State University.
Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about building collaborative, cross-functional teams; enjoys being out-of-doors; loves punning; and thrives on guiding organizations towards sustainable, adaptive and holistic improvement. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly 10 years before he realized that the "people problem" was the biggest issue facing most businesses that use software development. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find ways of making the business-software universe a better place to work, play and do business. Matt currently resides in Cleveland and keeps especially busy consulting and hiking. He shares his musings on his blog, http://blog.risingtideharbor.com/
Nayan Hajratwala is a Lean/Agile Coach with over 15 years of intensive technical experience. He has a passion for helping software teams increase their productivity and decrease their time-to-market while improving the quality of their product.
Nayan has an extensive hands-on background in Java software development, enterprise architecture, project management methodologies, as well as proven leadership ability.
Mr. Van Vleet holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Ohio University. He joined Pillar in 2005 as Vice President of Fulfillment for the Ohio Valley Region after years of notable accomplishments. Matt has developed a testing practice focused on functional test automation and application performance management. Mr. Van Vleet founded a company, Solstice Software, that wrote Automated Unit and Integration Testing Products and continues to push the envelope of what is possible with test automation. Within Pillar he is one of the key innovators around our approach, Speed To Value, focusing on the critical areas of project management practices, requirements management, and test driven development. Due to Matt’s skills and experience, he has developed Pillar’s Practice Management model that maximizes the impact of productivity by enforcing those proven concepts and training.
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