Cathy Simpson is a certified scrum trainer and agile coach, with a passion for transforming the world of work to be more productive, creative and fun.
Cathy combines a warm energetic style with insights learned in the trenches at companies ranging from large financial institutions to small start-ups. This enables her to effectively connect with individuals, teams and managers in order to facilitate transformation.
In her career, Cathy has worn a number of hats, including software developer, technology manager, scrum master, project and program manager, consultant, agile coach, scrum trainer and camp counselor.
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Michele Sliger is the co-author of The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility. She has extensive experience in agile software development, having transitioned to scrum and XP practices in 2000 after starting her career following the traditional waterfall approach. A self-described “bridge builder,” her passion lies in helping those in traditional software development environments cross the bridge to agility. In keeping with this vision, she helped to establish the Project Management Institute’s Agile Community of Practice, was a member of the PMI Steering Committee for the creation of the PMI-ACP credential, and was a member of the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance.
Michele consults with businesses ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, helping teams with their agile adoption, and helping organizations prepare for the changes that agile adoption brings. A frequent conference speaker and one of the Scrum Alliance’s Spotlight bloggers, Michele is a strong advocate of agile principles and value-driven development practices.
She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®). A former adjunct graduate professor at the University of Colorado, Sliger holds an undergraduate MIS degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA. When not working, she volunteers as a teen mentor in the Humane Education program at the Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter founded in 1910.
Margeaux Bucher is a Certified Scrum Professional, agile coach, and a natural servant leader. She has guided organizations through agile transformation as both an internal change agent as well as an outside consultant.
Margeaux has made a great study of the dynamics of communication and leadership, and has been trained in Graphic Recording Facilitation. She considers the customization of agile games to meet the specific educational needs of the client and the moment, to be one of the most invigorating and fun parts of her work. In her downtime you might find her oil painting, snowboarding or searching for the next sci-fi novel to consume.
Rob Oliver is an agile coach endeavoring to make the world of software development a better place for teams and leaders alike. Rob has had a long-time interest in leadership and team effectiveness, starting with graduate research and then work in management development. In 2009 he had a life-altering experience taking a Certified Scrum Master workshop taught by Jeff McKenna and Chris Sims and became an ardent agile evangelist. He has been continuously improving software delivery at companies ranging from small startups to large organizations including Pacific Bell/AT&T and Google. For fun, Rob has spent years managing Playa Info, a large service-oriented department at Burning Man. He is also an avid music collector and enjoys dancing to the beat with his family.
“[After Llewellyn’s coaching] I have NEVER seen our team work so well together, so much knowledge transfer and productive work!”
— Tim Falleur, Healthesystems
Llewellyn Falco is an agile technical coach who specializes in teaching teams how to slay their legacy code dragons. His style is akin to a personal trainer: working with the teams to create healthy and lasting technical habits.
He is the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests, co-author of the Mob Programming Guidebook, and co-founder of Teaching Kids Programming. As an internationally renowned speaker, he has presented over 200 conference sessions since 2009.
Check out his Practical Refactoring talk to see him in action.