THE ALLIANCE

Candidate Statements

2021-2023 Board Term

Candidate Statements & Voting

The Agile Alliance Board Nominations Committee has submitted a list of proposed candidates and candidate statements for consideration by Agile Alliance members.  Votes are cast on this slate of candidates, per the bylaws of Agile Alliance.  Board members are volunteers, and serve a three-year term.

These nominees will appear in an email ballot which will be sent to all Agile Alliance members. Voting will continue through Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 3 PM EDT. Results will be shared at the Annual Agile Alliance Member meeting.

The member meeting will be held virtually during the month of July , 2020.  Members will be notified in advance of the exact date and time.

If you are not a member, you can become one here.

Apeksha Patel (India)

“Change is the only constant, and agility is responding effectively to the change that drives sustainability”

I started my career more than 17 years back as a Developer and got an opportunity to use eXtreme Programming. And that changed the game! As I continued my journey, I explored other Agile frameworks and practices like Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc. across different types of working models, cultures and countries. Today I am the first woman CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) in India, first Accredited Kanban Trainer in India and ORSC practitioner and NLP coach. I am Co-Founder of two Agile Solutions companies and a Community Leader of one of the largest Agile Communities in India Agility Thinking. I have volunteered as reviewer, Chaired and spoken at multiple Agile conferences across the world and today I work as a Chief Product Officer. Working in different roles of a Developer, a Coach and an entrepreneur has given me a whole new perspective – At the crux of building valuable products that customers love, it is important to have a humane approach to sustainability. Agile values, principles and practices are that philosophy which act as a guiding light.

We today talk about agility as the way of work. But Agility needs to be beyond the way of work. It needs to be the way of life. With lifestyle diseases, need to reinvent education system, global warming becoming a threat year by year, Australian bushfire causing huge ecological damage and novel diseases engulfing life and economy, it is evident that we are navigating the VUCA world and we need to live by design and not by default. United Nations coming up with 17 sustainable development goals is big indication of need of agility in day to day life. I believe its time the agility has made it beyond corporate world and make its impact on the way we live. To that effect, I conceptualized and lead Social Scrum and Product Thinking Labs, social initiatives to use Agility and Product Thinking to solve social problems.

Bringing clarity, creating awareness, providing people a platform and exposure to a bigger, diverse and global community will create a huge impact on how we solve problems. Agile Alliance is already working on initiatives that are close to my heart and I am passionate about. As an Agile Alliance Board Member, I look forward to bringing in the perspective of the second most populous country of the world on the current reality, the challenges, the need of agile values, principles and practices to create awareness and overcome these constraints and impact the way of work and life at a global level.

Heidi Musser (USA)

As a senior Executive, I have spent over 30 years leading and advising businesses on designing new operating & engagement models to drive digital transformation and achieve enterprise agility.  My passion is ‘managing the soft side of technology’© – through the adoption of fundamentally different ways of working, thinking and being.

A courageous leader and change agent, my Agile experience spans multiple decades and multiple industries.  An active member of the Agile community, I am a co-creator of the Alliance’s Agile pilot Webinar Series on Business Agility and presented ‘The Agile Mindset and Enterprise Agility’ in May.  I have been a member of the Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption Program since 2014.  Additionally, I Co-Chaired the Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum in 2013 and 2014.  Today, I advise organizations on embracing the Agile mindset and Agile core principles to achieve enterprise Agility.

As a Board member since 2018, I have built on the foundation the Agile Alliance has created since 2001 with a focus on uncovering even better ways of doing things to ensure the broadening and deepening of Agile methods throughout the world.   I have had the privilege of serving on the Nominations Committee, the Strategy & Structure Committee, and am currently the Treasurer and member of the Board’s Executive Committee.

The challenges the we face today are changing our thinking about the next normal and making it work.  That will require courageous examination of what to stop, start and accelerate.  This is not so much a question of expanding the scope of Agile beyond software development as it is embracing the Agile mindset and Agile’s core values & principles in all aspects of enterprise sustainability.  In this spirit, I will continue to dedicate my energies to enhancing communications and interactions with the broader business leadership community to ensure optimized and sustained Agile adoptions.  It’s been nearly 20 years since the Agile Manifesto was written.  Today, Agile is more relevant than ever.  #WeAreAllInThisTogether

Kemmy Raji (Canada)

My educational background is in management though I have been active in the IT industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles within the software development lifecycle. I have been an Agile practitioner for over 10 years as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach. In addition, I am a mentor and an agile trainer.

I enjoy building and fostering the agile community, and this has taken me around the world such as teaming with others to organise scrum gatherings. And also, I have embarked upon founding a meetup and mentoring program in Ontario.

In Canada, I help organize local conferences and Meetups, such as the Regional Scrum Gathering Canada, Agile Mississauga Meetup, and the Coaches Gathering.  In addition, I have been an Agile 20XX track reviewer for the past 2 years.

One of the things I am passionate about is diversity and inclusiveness and am so glad that Agile Alliance is championing this cause in its values and ethics and also, by having an initiative that enhances the diversity of speakers at the agile conference. It is a small step and in the right direction. As an Agile Alliance board member, I look forward to continuing and advancing this work.