Agile Alliance Board of Directors

Agile Alliance is announcing board candidates for 2018 to 2021.

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“This is an exciting time for Agile Alliance as we continue to grow at a rapid rate. We are committed to advancing the breadth and depth of Agile adoptions globally. I am delighted to work with the board as we continue to nurture those who explore and apply Agile principles and practices in order to make the development of software solutions more productive, humane and sustainable.”

~ Phil Brock, Managing Director


This photo of the 2017 board of directors was taken at a face-to-face meeting in Texas in May, 2017.  

From left to right:

Phil Brock (Managing Director, USA), Ellen Grove (Canada), Declan Whelan (Canada), Stephanie Davis (USA), Paul Hammond (Chair, England), Linda Cook (Executive Committee Member-at-Large, USA), Rebecca Parsons (Secretary, USA), Juan Banda (Bolivia),  Craig Smith (Australia), Victor Hugo Germano (Treasurer, Brazil)



Paul Hammond, Chair

Paul is a 20+ year veteran of the software industry, and an 10+ year convert to agile principles and practices for delivering software. He recently joined eBay to lead their European Product Development team, after nearly 15 years at Microsoft in the MSN and Skype product teams.

As a senior Engineering Leader, Paul's passion is growing and leading large geographically dispersed agile development teams. Together, Paul and his teams have shipped large-scale web, mobile and communications products that are enjoyed by hundreds of millions of users worldwide. He has also spearheaded agile adoption and long-term transformation of both his own and other product teams within Microsoft, and has coached and mentored colleagues and teams at other external organizations.

Paul has been involved with the Agile20XX Conference since 2007, and he had the privilege of being the Agile2015 Conference Chair.

Paul lives near London, England, and relaxes by being a geek, watching the Red Sox, taking photos, playing musical instruments of various types and hanging out with his family.


Victor Hugo Germano, Treasurer

I am a Brazilian entrepreneur, working with Agile since 2004.

From coding dojos in Brazil, back in 2005, to running my own company, I've been working with agile teams and helping the Brazilian community grow from small user groups to National Conferences with over 1000 participants.

Today, as an Agile Coach, I help teams and companies take advantage of Agile processes and values to better deliver products. I'm also on the frontline of selling Agile Projects, which has gave me a lot of insights on how to build contracts to support this different way of working.

As a Entrepreneur, I'm cofounder of Lambda3. Our vision is to improve the Software Development Discipline wherever we act, sharing our vision of quality and care for our profession. We aspire to create a company were participation, responsibility e transparency are keys to success, and we are willing to create a democratic workplace so that our peers thrive.


Rebecca Parsons, Secretary

Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer. She has more years of application development experience than she cares to admit, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. She has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems.

Before coming to ThoughtWorks she worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida where she taught courses in compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, theory of computation, machine learning and computational biology. She also worked as Director’s Post Doctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology and non-linear dynamical systems.

Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Rice University and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.


Linda Cook, Executive Committee Member-at-Large

Linda Cook, a recognized technology leader and Agile Transformation expert, is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With over 21 years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision which allows her to tackle the most complex organizational challenges. She currently leads a Lean/Agile consulting practice for Project Cooks, LLC.

Formerly an Agile Program Leader at PayPal, Linda managed the company’s largest IT initiative with over five hundred staff across fifty-seven teams located in four countries. Prior to holding this position, Linda led several Lean/Agile transformations for large organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, and generated team performance improvements up to 250 percent. She has also managed several large-scale system development efforts and led multiple Agile programs through successful ISO 9001-2008 audits and CMMI appraisals.

Linda is a passionate contributor to Agile non-profit organizations. She is a board member and the treasurer of Agile Alliance and has played an instrumental role in establishing Agile Alliance Brazil. Linda also served on the board of the Agile Leadership Network from 2010 through 2013 and chaired the organization’s national conferences, including Houston, Texas in 2011. Linda frequently speaks at Agile events around the world on topics ranging from the Future of Agile to Agile Release Planning.

Linda received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of Notre Dame with a concentration in computer information systems. She has also completed post-graduate courses in transformative leadership at Maryland University of Integrative Health. When not focused on building teams and great software, Linda enjoys country living and raising horses.

Currently based in Maryland, USA.


Phil Brock, Managing Director

Phil’s background includes nearly 20 years in the software industry. He managed operations at Instantiations, a software tool and consulting company, from 1997 to 2001. He subsequently worked for five years as an independent small business consultant. He has been with Agile Alliance since 2006 and assumed the role of managing director in 2008. During Phil's tenure the organization has grown exponentially and now has more than 35,000 members and subscribers worldwide.


Ellen Grove

Ellen Grove is an Agile coach, trainer, and organizational change agent with Agile Partnership. Based in Ottawa Canada, Ellen 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 her favourite facilitation approaches for getting people to talk with each other about the things that matter so that they can do great work together. Ellen 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.


Juan Banda

Juan Banda is a trainer, coach, speaker, blogger, martial artist and out of the box thinker. Since Juan got exposed to Scrum in early 2007, he committed himself to continue learning and applying Scrum in the teams and organizations where he worked. His path put him in the roles of Scrum Master, Agile Trainer, Product Owner, and Agile Coach. Juan now holds all of the requirements of the Scrum Alliance and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in addition to the PMP ™ & PMI-ACP certifications he has through the Project Management Institute (PMI) organization.

After earning his Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Illinois at Chicago, Juan worked as a full time professor, consultant, developer and manager. During his tenure with the University, he led teams of more than fifty developers and also served as the Head of the Engineering Department.

Juan is also a community enthusiast and dedicated to the Scrum movement in his home country of Bolivia. He has organized Scrum Bolivia Day 2012, Scrum Bolivia Day 2013, and the Regional Scrum Gathering Bolivia 2014. In August 2013 Juan was elected to serve as a member of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors.


Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis is Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership at Cox Target Media. Cox Target Media is a Cox Enterprises company and provider of the Valpak and brands which respectively reach 40,000,000 households and 5,000,000 visitors each month. In this role, she is responsible for championing agility across the enterprise, leading the Agile PMO, managing the portfolio, and overseeing Digital Product Leadership. She leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Project Manager and she supports the Digital Product Leadership team in the execution of digital product strategy to increase revenue and improve margins. Stephanie has been with Cox Target Media for 11 years as Director of Agile Leadership, Director of Project Management, and originally Project Manager.

Stephanie is a career project leader with over 19 years’ experience, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services, and has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since early in her career. She also maintains credentials for Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol in England.

Stephanie serves and supports Agile around the world as an elected board member to Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization with global membership, committed to advancing Agile development principles and practices. In addition, she serves her local community as an organizer for Tampa Bay Agile and Agile Open Florida and by serving on the board of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF).

Stephanie blogs at and tweets at @iamagile.


Declan Whelan

Declan is an agile coach and consultant at Leanintuit. His current focus is on helping individuals, teams and organizations improve their value delivery systems. Software organizations are complex systems with many interconnected elements involving leadership, organizational design, architecture, technical craftsmanship, teams and processes. Declan works with organizations to identify the future they want and helps them build experiments to move their organizations in the direction of positive change.


Craig Smith

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 contributes to the Agile community as a a member of the board of directors of the Agile Alliance, organiser of the Agile Brisbane Meetup Group as well as the director of YOW! Conferences. He has presented at numerous Australian and international conferences and is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ and co-hosts an Agile podcast called The Agile Revolution.