In this episode of AgileNEXT, Kim Brainard, CEO of Radtac,  joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss:

  • Agile in the government sector
  • Agile with non-profit and charity organizations
  • Being a Scrum Gathering co-Chair for SG San Diego


Kim, sometimes referred to as “Unconventional” for her creative tactics to generate transparency and encourage self-development or as the “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy style of coaching that brings out the best in people. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with people of all walks of life on an intimate, intense and individual level.

Kim believes you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame your peers, your family, or circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything and make the best of any situation. She has applied this analogy to her personal and professional, real-life, in-the trenches experiences.

Kim founded Santa Paysitforward, a non-profit committed to giving back to elderly without family and in need. Kim grew up in a single parent household where her Grandmother helped raise her. This special bond inspired Kim to give back to the generation who made us who we are today. She adopted her first Senior in 2009 and as of 2015, Santa Paysitforward adopted 528 Seniors throughout Maryland and Virginia. She contributes the success of Santa Paysitforward to implementing the Scrum framework and agile principles at the organization.

Kim is currently serving as Co-Chair for Scrum Alliance’s Global Gathering 2017. She has over 8 years of Agile experience and 15 years’ experience in IT project planning, implementation, and execution. She is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organizations to drive change, support key business objectives, and maximize value creation across enterprise environments. She has experience in creating a shared vision among the enterprise and build a strong, united leadership to empower organizations to achieve a successful Agile transformation. She is a Certified Scrum Professional and an active participant in the Scrum Alliance Community.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Victor Bonacci, Agile Coach at Bio-Rad Laboratories,  joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss:

  • Agile in Health Care
  • Mob Development
  • Being a Scrum Gathering co-Chair


From Vic:

Agile has changed my life.

I started my career as a filmmaker, then worked a few years as a teacher before moving into software development. I grew into project management roles, but working as an Agile coach, facilitator and trainer is clearly the “sweet spot” where I am most effective, passionate and happy.

I practice mindfulness, try to model Agile values, and work to meet people’s need.


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Ken Fritz,  an Agile and Lean Coach,  joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss:

  • Agile Transformations
  • Agile Coaching
  • Agile and Medicine and other non traditional environments
  • Community and Events


From Ken:

Agile coach with a strong development background. I’ve worked with agile teams in various capacities for about the last 12 years, as a developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, and coach. I’ve worked in a number of different industries, including IT, finance, retail, and government. In addition to my Agile experience, I’ve been developing software for over 20 years.

I hold certifications as a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Professional. I’m also accredited by the Scrum Alliance to lead the Certified Scrum Developer course, and deliver other educational offerings.

In addition to my work in the IT industry, I also serve the community as a paramedic, having worked in the emergency medical services field for over 17 years. I’ve held positions up to and including Fire Captain, but most enjoy my work as a paramedic and Field Training Officer / Preceptor.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Al Shalloway,  an Agile and Lean Coach,  joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss:

  • Scaling Agile
  • SAFe
  • Scrum and the role of Agile Brands
  • Object Oriented design
  • Community


From Al:

As founder of Net Objectives, I am committed to leading the industry in learning how organizations can transition to Enterprise Agility with Lean-Agile methods. I have co-authored the following books: Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design, The Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, and Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design.

Formerly, I was one of a only couple dozen SPC Trainers outside of SAI.
Although I co-founded Lean-Kanban University, I am no longer affiliated with it.

Specialties: Consulting, training and coaching in Lean Software, SAFe, Kanban, Agile, Scrum, Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

In this episode of AgileNEXT, James Gifford,  an Agile and Lean Coach,  joins Daniel and Stephen live at the Scrum Gathering to discuss:

  • Agile Uprising
  • Heart of Agile
  • Agile Tools
  • Community



Pragmatic Agile Coach that enjoys experimenting to get the best results. A believer that there is no silver bullet to Agility. Passionate about creating better working environments knowledge workers.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Zuzi Sochova, Agile & Scrum coach and latest addition to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors,  joins Daniel and Stephen live at the Scrum Gathering to discuss:

  • Scrum Master as Agile Coach
  • Kaizen in Scrum
  • Agile Brands and Scaling
  • Community Involvement


From Zuzi:

Certified Scrum Trainer, CST with ScrumAlliance.

I work as Agile coach, consultant and trainer for both large and small organizations. I’m regular speaker at Agile international conferences. I’m also a founder of the Agile Association (Agilni Asociace, Czech Republic, organizing the Agile Czech community and annual Agile Prague Conference (

Started with Agile and Scrum back in 2005, where I was involved in implementing the Agile methods at Medtronic, USA. From that time, I was responsible for Agile transformation and implementation of Agile and Scrum to many companies and teams.

Over 15 years of commercial experiences in IT, beginning as a software designer/engineer and moving up into project management, program management, and into executive management at a company provides SW services for international customers (USA, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, …) that operating in mission critical and life critical sectors – i.e. air traffic control management systems, extensive healthcare applications, and public safety systems.

Team coaching on processes and communication strategy
Virtual teams and outsourcing experiences
Distributed teams
Transformation of big corporations, LeSS Scaling Scrum Framework
Coaching, Facilitation
Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean processes – check my blog at

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Dave Prior, CST at LeadingAgile,  joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about many awesome topics including:

  • Transitioning from PMI / Traditional PM to Agile
  • How playing in a band is agile
  • Mindfulness practices, social engineering; i.e. meditation, etc.
  • Training Style and Comedic timing
  • Scrum for Girlscouts… 🙂
    • Agile outside of IT
  • Agile Brands and Scaling


Dave Prior is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile. He provides training and consulting for individuals, teams and organizations who are transitioning to Agile. Dave has over 20 years of experience managing IT and Technology projects, programs and portfolios and has been working with Agile methodologies since 1999. Because of his experience working with traditional project management and the challenges he faced in transitioning to Agile, Dave’s work is focused on establishing a better bridge between Agile and the traditional project management worlds. In 2008, during his time as Chair of PMI’s IT & Telecom SIG, Dave began working with the Scrum Alliance to establish programming designed to enable traditional project managers become more aware of and educated about Scrum and Agile. He also participated in the founding of the Malaysian Scrum Chapter in 2010.

Dave is an active volunteer for the Scrum Alliance and he also writes and creates podcasts for Projects at Work and Project

In addition to his work leading technology programs and projects, Dave also has extensive experience training Information Technology leaders and coaching organizations in managing projects using both an Agile and a traditional approach. His work as an educator and speaker has provided him with the opportunity to lecture and teach classes in the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Central America.

Dave is a CST, a PMP and an ACP. He received his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives and works in Oklahoma.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Rob Richman, independent consultant,  joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile and the Agile ecosystem.  Some topics include:

  • Holacracy
  • Agile and culture while working at
  • Culture Hacking
  • AgileNEXT


Keynote Speaker and Culture Architect. Author of the Culture Blueprint.

Robert has spoken to and consulted for Google, Toyota, Whole Foods, Eli Lilly, Tony Robbins, Harvard’s Innovation Lab, the Corporate Executive Board and many others.

Tony Hsieh of asked Robert Richman to turn the Zappos culture and service into a business itself. They created Zappos Insights – the B2B wing of training thousands of companies in culture, engagement, customer service, leadership and innovation. Robert grew the business from a proof of concept to a multi-million dollar company (And it remains the only additional revenue source for besides consumer goods).

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Bill Wagner, Senior Content Developer at Microsoft, joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile and the Agile ecosystem.  Some topics include:

  • Is Agile too process focused today?
  • Using Agile on a massive worldwide open-source project
  • Agile outside of IT
  • Building the open-source nonprofit Humanitarian Toolbox
  • AgileNEXT


From Bill:

My whole career has been in the software industry; I began writing code right out of college, in the ‘80s. What excites me the most about software—what has always fascinated me about technology in general— is what it can do to help people. To that end, I serve today as President of the Humanitarian Toolbox, a 501-c-3 nonprofit leveraging Open Source software to help global relief organizations become more effective.

After working for eight years as an independent consultant, I co-founded a software consulting firm in 1999, SRT Solutions, serving in a hybrid role as CTO and de facto “Development Mentor”. The company earned a fast reputation for developing high quality software, winning numerous industry awards and inclusion, twice, in the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies. I sold the firm in 2013, and am happy to be working again as an independent consultant with a reinvigorated passion for helping companies build and grow high performance development teams, while evangelizing the need to write better code.

I want young developers to embrace the notion of software as a longer-term asset—decisions around technology should be made with cognizance of sustainability; i.e.-pick the platform that justifies a 10-15 year investment—whether in the Cloud, Mobile space, etc.

I continue to serve as a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP; considered a worldwide expert and thought leader on C# programming language. I’m an avid blogger, and I’ve written hundreds of technical articles (MSDN Magazine, .NET Developers Journal, many others), as well as two books, “Effective C#”, a best seller, and “More Effective C#”.