Best Agile Articles 2019
Our goal in publishing this book was to cull through the many articles that are published every year to bring you a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume.
Cherie Silas and Michael De La Maza
About Our Co-Editors
Cherie Silas, ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Cherie Silas is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC), who has been coaching, leading, training, and mentoring people for most of her career. She has a strong desire to help people arrive at the place they define as success in both personal and professional life. Her goal is to invest the experience and talents she has gathered through years of learning,
often times the hard way, into people whom she hopes will become greater than she can ever dream to be. She has a deep background in organizational management with a proven track record of people development.
Cherie’s life mission that drives every interaction with every individual she encounters is simply this: To leave you better than I found you with each encounter.
Cherie Silas, ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Michael de la Maza, PhD, CEC
Michael de la Maza, PhD, CEC
Our Volunteers - Who Made This Happen
Alex is a Technologist, Professional Coach, and Trainer. He delivers business competitive advantage to his customers by growing and nurturing great agile development organizations.At Tandem Coaching Academy where we keep Agile non-denominational, Alex works with Agilists of all walks, bringing agile and professional coaching closer together.Alex holds the International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation. He is also a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.
Allison Pollard helps organizations create Agility by building trust between business & IT, leaders & teams, and within teams. As Technical Director for Improving, she is a curator of agile frameworks and change methods who coaches leaders and teams to improve work relationships and enable better delivery. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.
Andrew has been practicing and teaching Scrum for about 15 years. He trains and coaches Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Teams, and Executives.He helps teams and organizations to deliver twice the value in half the time. He hosts Meetups and volunteers in agile/coaching communities.Andrew is the first LST (Licensed Scrum Trainer) trained and certified by Jeff Sutherland Scrum Inc. in the Greater China area. He works and lives in VA and Taiwan.
As an Enterprise Agile Coach, Christie specializes in helping Leadership with their most challenging Business and Organizational needs. She helps them to expose and understand the hidden strengths and weaknesses that exist within their culture and partners with them to build environments of trust which paves the way to accelerate high-performing teams. She holds multiple Agile and Coaching certifications and when not coaching she volunteers her time in service of others in the Agile Community.
Christine Thompson is an Agile Coach, a Team Coach and an Individual Coach. She is committed to helping you to become the best version of yourself. As an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach, an NLP Master Coach and being ORSC Trained, she works with teams to promote an Agile mindset, and a set of behaviours resulting from that mindset, which allows them to focus on delivering value whilst being responsive to change.
Gary is a self-proclaimed “learning instigator.” He has worked with agile approaches since 2009 and his major engagements have been with United Health Group, Target, 3M, Best Buy, Thrivent Financial, & TCF Bank. He works with all levels of an organization to ensure that transformation efforts are aligned. Gary is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and has 13 additional certifications. Gary has an M.Ed. in HR Development.
Gitta is an Enterprise Lean Agile Coach, using Agile practices for Digital Transformation in diverse industries. Her specialty is in practical and lean technology implementation with focus on business agility and market competitiveness. She is equally at home with various delivery methodologies, and her passion as a servant leader is to bring out the best in people and their talent.Gitta earned her Agile certifications from Chicago State University, PMI, Scaled Agile Inc., and Scrum Alliance.
James has spent the past 15 years in software development in various roles from Software Developer, Project Manager, and now serving his organization in the role of an Agile Coach & Scrum Master. His goal is to help organizations understand different frameworks and processes that can lead to successful outcomes. James believes that by encouraging teams to continue learning, challenging our current processes and empowering people to make a difference is how we succeed and deliver true value.
Joseph Jones is an agile change agent and has his CSM, SA, ICP-ATF and ICP- BAF certifications. He’s an advocate of the growth mindset, practicing agile approaches and coaching. He’s active in the agile/coaching community and a member of several meetup groups such as Agile NOVA, Tandem Coaching Academy, Agile Coaching Circles and Tri-State Agile Coaching to name a few. He has an MFA from The George Washington University in Visual Communication.
Madhavi Ledalla is a transformational enthusiast with technology background, she works with leadership and teams to guide them through transformation. Her practices include training and coaching in varied agile frameworks including Scrum, Kanban and other Scaling frameworks. She played multiple roles of Scrum Master, Coach, Project Manager and a Technologist. . Madhavi is author of the book -” Retrospectives for Everyone”. She shares powerful metaphors for doing retrospectives in this book.
Matt Kirilov has a well-rounded set of skills that deepen in both the coaching, teaming (team development), and group psychodynamics/systems modeling competencies. He is passionate about partnering with organizational systems and coaching them to explore and reach their goals. Matt is the organizer or co-organizer of several Agile and professional coaching meetups in Omaha (U.S.) and in Bulgaria. He leads the OmahAgile and Leancoln initiative, and is an ICF-ACC accredited coach.
Paulo Dias (CSP-SM, CSP-PO) is a passionate agile practitioner on the journey to become a CTC/CEC by the Scrum Alliance and an ACC/PCC by the International Coach Federation. He has 24 years’ experience in Software Development having started his career as a software engineer in 1995. In the last 11 years, Paulo has been working on a variety of different roles as Enterprise and Business Agility Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Mentor. As a coach, Paulo has been partnering with clients at all levels.
Raj is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and is actively pursuing the Certified Team Coach qualification from the Scrum Alliance. For over 15 years, Raj has supported large enterprises in transforming the delivery of complex enterprise solutions from traditional project management to Agile. Recently Raj has been supporting non-technical teams to adopt Agile values. Raj is passionate about developing high-performing teams based on commitment, accountability, communication, trust, and fun.
Ted Wallace is currently an Agile Coach at Principal Financial Group. He has completed Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Physiology and is a certified ScrumMaster Professional (CSM, CSPO, CSP) and a registered corporate coach (RCC) with thousands hours of coaching sessions completed. His talented wife, Danielle, is from the Netherlands. They have three amazing children, Jace, Kyran, and Myka.
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