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.

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

In this episode of AgileNEXT, Rich Sheridan joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on corporate innovation, corporate culture, and where Agile is headed NEXT.

Some topics include:

  • From getting laid off to building Menlo Innovations
  • Building a corporate culture
    • Bringing babies to work!
  • Open Book Finance
  • Corporate Innovation


Rich’s bio:

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Joy, Inc. author Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science ’80, MS Computer Engineering ’82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the Business Value of Joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn’t invent a new culture, but copied an old one … Edison’s Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford’s recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!

Some call it agile, some call it lean … Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results, business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™.

In this episode of AgileNEXT,  Richard Hundhausen joins Daniel and Stephen to discuss his thoughts on scaling, where Agile is headed NEXT and organizational culture.

Some topics include:

  • Adopting Agile
  • Agile at Scale
    • Scaling a team, not an organization
  • Agile’s compatibility non IT departments
  • Agile “nutrition”


Richard’s Bio:

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient, a company that specializes in Application Lifecycle Management using Visual Studio. He has nearly 30 years of software and database development experience and 19 years of training and presentation experience. Richard is a Microsoft Regional Director, Visual Studio ALM MVP, Professional Scrum Developer and Trainer, and author of “Professional Scrum Developer with Visual Studio 2012” by Microsoft Press.

Specialties: Microsoft Regional Director
Microsoft MVP (Visual Studio ALM)
Professional Scrum Developer
Professional Scrum Trainer