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#”.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Dave West, CEO of, joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile and the Agile ecosystem.  Some topics include:

  • Scrum and its evolution
  • Agile Brands
  • Technical Revolution vs Industrial Revolution
  • The value of certification
  • AgileNEXT


Dave West is the product owner at He is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and then worked with Ivar Jacobson running the North American business for IJI. Then managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.


In this episode of AgileNEXT, Dean Leffingwell, joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Scaling Agile and the SAFe methodology he founded.  Some topics include:

  • Lean, Kanban, Scrum, FLOW, and the move toward unbranded Agility
  • The origins of and evolution of SAFe
  • Startups
  • Indiana Jones ride at Disney
  • AgileNEXT



Dean Leffingwell, a forty-year software industry veteran, has spent his career helping software teams achieve their goals. A renowned methodologist, author, multi-entrepreneur, consultant and executive, he has founded multiple software companies, including Scaled Agile, Inc, and Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro, which was purchased by Rational Software (now IBM). He served as Vice President of Rational Software (now IBM) from 1997-2001. Later, as an independent consultant and advisor to Rally Software, he helped numerous distributed, multinational corporations implement Agile methods at scale.

He is the author of Leading SAFe Live Lessons (2014), Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise (2011), Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises (2007) and first and second editions of Managing Software Requirements (1997 and 2001), all from Addison-Wesley.

He is the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework, a public-facing knowledge base of proven best practices that bring the benefits of software agility to the largest software enterprises. He currently serves as both Chief Methodologist and CEO at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he cofounded in 2011.

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Vinod Kumar joins Daniel and Stephen and talks to us about Agile, India, tech and the community. Some topics include:

  • Agile Teams
  • The role of tools
  • The Indian market
  • The Agile Community
  • AgileNEXT



Currently an Architect at Microsoft Technology Center, Bangalore.
Have been Application Developer, Database Administrator, R&D, Release cycles and Project Manager in a wide variety of SDLC.
I am interested in database technologies using Cloud, Big Data, MS-SQL Server, Oracle and others. Interesting in spreading the world of technology to the community and would like to talk the right usage of technology.

Also an community oriented person running the local SQL and .NET Group in Bangalore. Speaker at major conferences like TechEd, Author of books, Blogger and much more.

Competitive analysis with DB, SQL Server, BI, Reporting, ETL, Relational database features, .NET, Sharepoint, Office client Tools (Word, Outlook, PPT, Excel) etc.

Worked with various customers who come to MTC Lab for debugging, performance, security architecture, scalability, deployment, tuning and other performance issues.
Extensive experience in SQL Server optimization and fine-tuning.
Extensive experience in End-to-End architecture design and implementation.
Specialized in Big SQL Implementation, HA, DR, managing VLDB’s
Extensive experience making methodology and helping customers to the latest OS, SQL Server, Big Data and Cloud based solutions.
Some of the areas I help customers are discussions around Consolidation of infrastructure, Application Tuning, Databases, BI, Productivity, Application Platform and Azure based Architecture designs.