THE ALLIANCE

Agile Alliance Board of Directors

Heidi Musser

Heidi Musser, Chair (USA)

As a Senior Executive, Heidi has spent over 30 years leading and advising businesses on designing new operating & engagement models to drive digital transformation and achieve enterprise Agility. Her 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, her Agile experience spans multiple decades and multiple industries. An active member of the Agile community, she is a co-creator of the Alliance’s Agile pilot Webinar Series on Business Agility and presented ‘The Agile Mindset and Enterprise Agility’ in May. She has been a member of Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption Program since 2014. Additionally, she Co-Chaired Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum in 2013 and 2014. Today she advises organizations on embracing the Agile mindset and Agile core principles to achieve enterprise Agility.

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Brian Button, Treasurer (USA)

Brian Button is the Vice President of Engineering for Acertus in St. Louis. His organization is responsible for the online presence of Acertus as well as the internal advanced technology projects.

Prior to that, Brian began his career 30 years ago as a hardcore C/C++ dev on SunOS, building and delivering solutions in many languages and operating systems. He has worked in embedded systems, navigation software, mission control applications for NASA, and other interesting areas during his career. Eventually moving into Agile consulting and coaching, Brian traveled the Western world helping organizations learn better ways of developing software. He was instrumental in introducing Agile and Extreme Programming to St. Louis and has been an active leader in the Agile and Extreme Programming conferences and community in the US since the early 2000s.

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Craig Smith, Secretary (Australia)

Craig Smith, Agile Coach and Director at Unbound DNA, has been active in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been an Agile practitioner, coach, and trainer for over 10 years. Craig helps organize the Agile Brisbane Meetup Group is the director of YOW! Conferences. He has presented at numerous Australian and international conferences, is an Agile Editor for InfoQ, and co-hosts a podcast called “The Agile Revolution”.

Angie Doyle

Angie Doyle (South Africa)

I don’t think I have ever minded change… Over the course of my career, I have shifted from working face-to-face with customers (Business Operations), to articulating what customers need (Business Analysis and Process Engineering), to working with teams delivering the solution (Product Development and Product Ownership), to evolving ways to deliver the solution (Agile software development at a team level), to improving collaboration of many teams working together (Business and Enterprise Agility).

I help create delivery focused environments where:
• Exceptional performers are the new normal
• Individuals and teams share accountability for achieving goals
• There are high levels of team morale and trust
• Conflict is a creative, constructive force in the team
• There is clarity on roles and who does what
• There is a strong customer-centric focus

My specialisations include: High-performance team coaching | Agile/ Lean/ Kanban training, mentoring and coaching | Facilitation | Visual thinking | Product discovery and development | Team and product kick-offs | Business Analysis and Process Engineering.

Ellen Grove Agile Alliance

Ellen Grove (Canada)

Ellen is an Agile coach, trainer, and organizational change agent with Agile Partnership. Based in Ottawa Canada, she works with organizations of all sizes around the globe to help them put Agile thinking and being into action. Open Space and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY are Ellen’s favorite facilitation approaches for getting people to talk with each other about the things that matter so that they can do great work together. She is a serial organizer of Agile events locally and internationally, and she presents frequently at Agile conferences in Canada and abroad sharing ways to use playful approaches to do serious work.

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Apeksha Patel (India)

An eXtreme programmer at heart and a Systems Thinker at mind, Apeksha is the first woman CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) in India and the first Accredited Kanban Trainer in India. She is the co-founder of two Agile companies and is a community leader in one of the largest Agile communities in India, Agility Thinking spoken and chaired conferences. With more than 17 years of experiences in different domains, today Apeksha works as a Chief Product Officer at Leanpitch.

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Kemmy Raji (Canada)

Kemmy has been active in the IT industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles within the software development lifecycle. She has been a Scrum Master, an Agile Coach, a mentor, and an Agile trainer. She helps organize local Agile conferences and Meetups in Canada, and she has been an Agile20XX track reviewer for the past two years.

Jose Diaz

José Diaz (Germany)

José Diaz has been in the IT Industry for more than 30 years working as a Developer, Tester, and Consultant. He set up the first conference on Agile Testing back in 2008 and has been running Agile Testing Conferences in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Agile Testing Days (ATD) supports the Agile Testing Community worldwide and paves the way for new speakers and talented professionals offering them the chance to speak.

Song Bac Toh

Song Bac Toh (Singapore)

Song Bac Toh has been in the technology business for over 20 years, starting as a software engineer and later transitioning to product and business management. He also had project and program management responsibility for a good part of this journey. Song’s first exposure to Agile was from working at a company where Agile culture and DevOps processes reigned. That experience still shapes his view of Agile – he believes Agile is about delivering results rather than using catchphrases in corporate literature.

As an experienced business executive, who has run Agile software development, and been involved in a number of Agile business transformations, Song believes in the power of Agile transformation, and in bringing Agile to a diverse, global community.

Teresa Foster, Agile Alliance Managing Director

Teresa Foster, CAE, Managing Director (United States)

Teresa Foster is a certified association executive with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in association management, including time spent at national, regional, and local organizations. While most of her experience is in executive leadership, her skill set includes internal and external communications, corporate sponsorship, and financial management. She also has extensive experience in human resources, contract negotiations, and program development.

Teresa’s passion is helping companies reach their potential. She is a visionary who loves solving problems, and she believes that success lies in the mix of an organized structure, along with consistency and a team atmosphere.