Rob Myers has over 30 years of professional experience in software development, and has been coaching teams on Test Driven Development (TDD), scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP) practices since 1998. He has been delivering agile-related courses since 2002. His courses are always a blend of fun and practical hands-on labs, Training From the Back of the Room learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful and not-so-successful agile implementations.
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.
Michael James is a certified scrum trainer who has helped countless organizations around the world improve their agile practices. Michael is also a software process mentor and team coach with skills in product ownership, scrum mastery, and development team engineering practices such as: test driven development, refactoring, continuous integration, and pair programming. He is a recovering “software architect” with programming experience back to the late 1970s. Michael has been featured in DZone, SDTimes, Gantthead, and Better Software Magazine.
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.