In this episode of AgileNEXT, Aaron Bjork joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on the agile transformation he lived through at Microsoft, software development, corporate culture, and where Agile is headed NEXT. Some topics include:

  • Agile transformations
  • An Agile organization
  • Agile outside of IT



Aaron Bjork is a Principal Group Program Manager working on Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. He is responsible for work item tracking, reporting, collaboration, and all agile experiences. Prior to joining Team Foundation Server in 2008, Aaron worked as a software engineer and development lead in Visual Studio. Aaron is passionate about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions and has a strong desire to see teams improve their software engineering practices. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington. Aaron is an avid golfer, a hobby farmer, and loves spending time with his wife and three kids.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Zach Supalla joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on agile for hardware, small batch manufacturing,  corporate culture, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • Using Agile to build hardware
  • Agile hiring techniques
  • Small batch manufacturing
  • Silicon Valley Startups



Zach Supalla is founder and CEO of Particle (formerly Spark IO), a start-up that’s making it easier to build internet-connected hardware (Internet of Things). He has raised more than $1MM on Kickstarter and has been featured on CNN and in WSJ, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Mashable, and more. Particle was listed as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in the Internet of Things.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Steve Denning, joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on “The Agile Organization”, innovation at big companies, adding customer value, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • The Agile Organization
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Focusing on the Customer vs Shareholder Value



Steve Denning, organizational storyteller extraordinaire, is the author of several books on management, leadership, innovation and organizational storytelling, including The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management (2010), The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling (Jossey-Bass 2nd ed. 2011), and The Secret Language of Leadership (Jossey-Bass 2010). Steve’s article, “Telling Tales” was published by Harvard Business Review in May 2004.

Steve writes a column on about radical management, leadership, innovation and business storytelling:
Steve is a member of the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance.
Steve is the former program director of knowledge management at the World Bank.


In November 2000, Steve was named as one of the world’s ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos).

In June 2006, Steve was recognized as an All-Star Speaker by the International Association of Business Communicators.

In December 2007, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by the Financial Times in its list of “Best Business Books of 2007”.

In January 2008, The Secret Language of Leadership was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as the best book on leadership in 2007.

In 2010, The Leader’s Guide To Radical Management was selected by 800_CEO-READ, the book distributor, as one of the best five books on management in 2010.


Financial Times: “If business leaders do not immediately grasp the vital insights offered by this book, both they and their organizations are doomed.”– Financial Times, August 29, 2007.

Chip Heath: “Steve Denning is the Warren Buffett of business communication. He sees things others don’t and is able to explain them so the rest of us can understand.” –Chip Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Stanford University

Specialties:Leadership, innovation and business narrative.
Using story to inspire even difficult audiences with enduring enthusiasm for change.
Using story to generate high-performance groups, i.e. groups that are not only exceptionally productive, but also deeply meaningful for the participants.




In this episode of AgileNEXT, Sara Ford joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss her thoughts on agile at big companies, innovation, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:



From Sara:

I love combining agile (XP) methodologies with community management to provide the best user experience possible for my products. I wake up every morning day dreaming about tech writing, blogging, building sample “how do I” apps, and to one day win a “best presentation” award at a conference.

When I left Microsoft in 2010 (although I rejoined in 2012 at the Silicon Valley campus to work on Office for iPad), I was considered one of Microsoft’s key losses ranked #28.

For my Masters in Human Factors (UX) at San Jose State, I built the first Kinect application to study Motor Learning methodologies in Kinesiology.

In my spare time, I’ve started playing with iOS development in swift. Check out my non-CodePlex code at

Specialties: user experience, product management, agile development, online community management, open source development, customer service, public speaking, technical writing, book author, software testing