In this episode of AgileNEXT, Tanya Maslach joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss her experiences building products at a super fast paced Silicon Valley startup. Some topics include:

  • Software development best practices
  • Using Agile in Startups
  • Women in Tech



Experienced product leader with expertise in consumer digital products and experiences.
Has a bias for doing what’s necessary, when it’s necessary, with humor, humility and hustle; deep-diver for meaning in and all kinds of data.

Disciplined systems and outcomes thinker. Searches for insights that make the invisible, visible. Builds teams that collaborate effectively to ensure high levels of execution and team energy.

Former founder/chief product officer (digital health and fitness); trained biologist and researcher, University educator, and industrial/organization psychologist.

Speaker or panelist:
Conscious Capitalism, Bay area: Women in Tech
Beyond20 (DevOps/ITSM): Keynote, New ways to lead your technical team
Coinbase (fireside chat) : Building and leading diverse teams
Triathlon America (panelist): Marketing to women
ATHENA San Diego (Fireside chat with CEO): Being a female entrepreneur in tech
espnW Summit (panelist): Building engaged communities online
American Society of Chemical Engineers (panelist)
Project Management Int’l, San Diego Chapter (keynote): Leading with EQ

Peninsula College Fund (Mentor): 2016-2020 to young female scholar.
TEDxSanFrancisco: Social Media/Web team lead.

Published or featured in:

Wall Street Journal (career section)
Womens Running (Feature)
Competitor Group (
Chief Learning Officer (published) (mentioned in 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch in San Diego)
espnW (published).

Professional interests: digital health, personalized medicine, reputation capital, leadership, IoT, marketplaces, interactive design

Fun stuff: Competitive triathlete, cyclist, collegiate swimmer, voracious reader and avid noodler.


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Steve Smith joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on his experiences as a consultant and entrepreneur and his experiences with Agile over the past decade and a half . Some topics include:

  • Software development best practices
  • Scaling Agile
  • Using Agile with remote teams
  • Agile lessons learned from being in the Military



Experienced software developer, architect, speaker, trainer, author, and entrepreneur.

Developing web-based software using primarily Microsoft technologies since 1997. Operated, one of the largest independent ASP/ASP.NET sites, from 1998-2012. Founded and later sold Lake Quincy Media, the largest Microsoft developer online advertising network. Founded and later sold NimblePros, an agile consulting studio well-known for expertise as well as their Software Craftsmanship wall calendars.

Author of several books on ASP.NET and Programming, most recently a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Author of several software development training courses for Pluralsight, including Principles of Object Oriented Design and many of their Design Patterns courses.

Microsoft Regional Director (Heartland District – Ohio), Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider. Professional conference speaker since 2001.

Army Combat Engineer Officer and veteran – spent most of 2004 in Iraq leading a platoon of engineers. Honorably discharged as a Captain in 2005.

BS in Computer Science Engineering in 1997. MBA in 2002.

Specialties: .NET Programming, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Internet Marketing and Advertising, IT Training and Consulting, Online Community Building.


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Peter Green joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on his experiences as going through an Agile transformation, being a consultant, ISV, and now being part of Agile for All. Some topics include:

  • How Peter got into Agile
  • How Agile is Like Jazz
  • Agile transformations
  • Coaching
  • Sound engineering



From Peter:

As a Certified Scrum Trainer, I’m passionate about helping organizations get deeply engaged with their customers and with each other to deliver great products in today’s rapidly changing business world. As the Agile Transformation Leader at Adobe Systems, I helped the company make the critical business transition from perpetual desktop products to the subscription-based Creative Cloud. I now serve as an Agile Trainer and Coach for Agile For All, which is dedicated to helping technology companies embrace agile approaches in their organizations.

My original training as a trumpeter player composer at Arizona State University, and my 13-years at Adobe began when I took a “day job” at Syntrillium Software, makers of Cool Edit Pro. Syntrillium was purchased by Adobe a few years after I joined, and I moved from testing into Program Management at Adobe. In this role I learned about Scrum, a framework for building great products, from its creator Jeff Sutherland. I became a Certified Scrum Master from Ken Schwaber, Scrum’s co-founder, and began to serve in that role for both Adobe’s audio products.

Agile helped us dramatically improve our products, and other Adobe teams became interested in applying Scrum. At the same time, I was promoted to Group Program Manager for the Creative Suite, which brings together 14 of Adobe’s creative products, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, into an integrated experience for creative professionals.

Creative Cloud is one of the largest commercial software products in the world, and to successfully guide the division through this major transformation, I spread the knowledge of how we had adopted Agile techniques. To this end, I facilitated and eventually co-trained with Ken Schwaber for several internal Adobe classes. After the Creative Suite shipped, I began training and coaching Adobe teams in using an Agile approach full time, training and coaching hundreds of teams at the company before the opportunity arose to join to Agile For All.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Steve Porter joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on his experiences as a consultant, ISV, and now being part of Some topics include:

  • Scaling
  • The human side of Agile
  • Cadences
  • Agile outside of IT
  • Star Wars and Agile



From Steve:

In my decade and a half working in IT, I’ve handled most application development roles including developer, project manager, scrum master and product owner. I understand the numerous elements that result in successful delivery and the pitfalls that can lead to a project going sideways.

I was an early proponent of agile application lifecycle management (ALM) practices because it was clear to me how software engineering teams could use it to deliver projects more quickly and efficiently.

I am currently employed by and works directly with Ken Schwaber on his mission to improve the professional software development. I travel the world as a mentor, trainer and coach to help organizations make improvements to their delivery capabilities through the implementation of proven Agile and Lean practices.