- Mary Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both a product champion and department manager.
Mary considered retirement 1998, but instead found herself managing a government software project where she first encountered the word "waterfall." When Mary compared her experience in successful software and product development to the prevailing opinions about how to manage software projects, she decided the time had come for a new paradigm. She wrote the aw
Kenji Hiranabe Founder, CEOChange Vision, IncAgile practitioner and book writer, translator in Japan.
I think of software development as a form of collaborative game, and am always searching for better ways to make it more productive, collaborative, and fun.
2008 Gordon Pask Award Recipient for contributions to Agile practice.
Founder, CEO of Change Vision, Inc
Japanese (Co-)translator of the books including "Multi-Paradigm Design"(Jim Coplien), "Lean Software Development"(Mary/Tom Poppendieck),
David Spann Executive Coach, Vistage InternationalPresident, Agile Adaptive ManagementMr. Spann is the Vistage Chairman and coach for two Chief Executive advisory boards in the Boise, Idaho area. With his consulting firm Agile Adaptive Management, he has helped companies like Fidelity, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Backcountry.com, Aquent, Utah Technology Council, Mountain America Credit Union and others become more agile, adaptive, and profitable.
Mr. Spann was instrumental in launching the Agile Software Development movement during his stint as the MBA Director at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has written extensively on Agile Leadership behaviors and role expectations for such publications as the Cutter Consortium, Software Development Magazine and Business Process Management Institute. His current practice focuses on coaching team leaders and executives around the eight role expectations of a Collaborative Leader, developing team agility, and designing adaptive organizational structures.
Israel Gat Director of Agile Product & Project Management PracticeCutter ConsortiumDr. Israel Gat is a Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director of the Agile Product & Project Management practice. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50% improvement in team productivity. Among other accolades for leading this transition, Dr. Gat was presented with an Innovator of the Year Award from Application Development Trends in 2006.