Associates

Rob Myers

Technical Coach and Trainer

Rob Myers
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.

Cathy Simpson

Certified Scrum Trainer & Agile Coach

Cathy SimpsonCathy 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.

Cathy Simpson started her career in New York developing software at an investment bank. Then she was bitten by the dotcom bug and worked for several startups in Silicon Alley. Each time she was part of a small, self-organizing team creating exciting new technology like the first video streaming website.

When the dotcom bubble burst, Cathy found herself a project manager on large waterfall projects doing status reports, updating ms-project plans and going to endless meetings. The high performing teams and collaborative working style she loved seemed to be gone. She became subversive, using the people-centered approaches from her dotcom days to make things happen and enable her teams to produce better products, despite the process.

Fast forward to 2009 when Cathy took the Certified Scrum Master workshop. The light bulb went on and she realized that there was language to describe her working style. It was called agile and scrum. Cathy became a scrum master and worked at Visa for several years before becoming an agile coach at the GAP. In 2014 she joined Agile Learning Labs as an agile coach and scrum trainer. Besides training people in scrum, Cathy is passionate about mentoring women and girls in STEM, training counselors at summer camp, and a good glass of red wine.

Michele Sliger

Certified Scrum Trainer

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

Certified Scrum Trainer

Michael James
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

Agile Coach

Margeaux BucherMargeaux 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

Agile Coach

Rob Oliver
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.