Experience That Matters

Rally's coaches are among the best in the world. Widely regarded as leaders in Agile and Lean practices, our coaches have the experience and know-how your organization needs to turn Agile theory into successful Agile practices, tailored to your business and goals. Our experience includes:

 

  • Launching 1,000+ teams and guiding enterprise-wide Agile adoption
  • Facilitating big room planning (release planning) sessions with customers on a weekly basis
  • Regularly contributing to software publications and speaking at industry and Agile conferences, such as The Lean Software and Systems Consortium, and The Agile Development Conference, and Agile 2015
  • The largest and most experienced team of SAFe® Program Consultants (SPC) and SAFe Trainers (SPCT), world-wide

Rally's coaches have extensive experience guiding organizations like yours through the successful adoption of Agile principles and best practices, and we partner with leading Agile coaches and trainers.

Agile Fellow, Certified Scrum Trainer, Certified Professional Facilitator, Author: “Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Product Leaders”

“Which kind of agile are you, the Jean agile or the Dean (Leffingwell of SAFe®) agile?” As an agile fellow and professional facilitator, Jean offers a different, complementary perspective to the detailed process side of agile methodologies. She thrives on partnering with leaders and executives who want their organizations to be humane places to work—where people shine in their collaboration, effectiveness and productivity. Tapping into her rare background in technology (software programming) and facilitation, Jean loves combining her analytical brain and creative brain to solve problems. Her unique viewpoint and style are key to turning large, chaotic planning meetings into productive and inspiring events. Most of all, she treasures the moments when she can empower collaborative, transparent leadership to help people feel heard and valued—not judged. Read Jean’s blogs. Share with Jean on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Transformation Consultant and Services Director (West), SAFe® Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Trainer, Certified Scrum Coach

Skip spent 25 years in software development in a variety of positions, but now—as a mentor and consultant—he guides organizations in creating the behaviors, capabilities and mindset to cultivate their true potential. He provides thought leadership, training and coaching to new and experienced teams who want to learn about agile methods. His special focus lies in helping companies achieve organizational agility beyond development teams, using techniques and models like SAFe, Lean Startup, Lean UX and Leadership Agility. Skip is also a frequent speaker at process-improvement-related and project management conferences and events. You can follow him on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Director of Services, Transformation Consultant, SAFe® Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Scrum Master

Chris’s biggest strengths—his ability to quickly understand a customer’s environment and challenges, and his ability to win over a room of people—are intrinsically linked. Because to win people over, Chris listens to their questions and comments, so he can truly help them understand the why of potential changes instead of just the what. A fan of hackathons, design thinking and automated testing, Chris also develops custom extensions for CA Agile Central to help better integrate the tool with the customer’s environment. And he brings his experiences as a developer and test automation engineer to help teams improve their processes, supporting tools and infrastructure. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Transformation Consultant

Gerald is an Transformation Consultant with Rally Software in Austin, TX. His years of experience in software development, business analysis and technical pre-sales provide him with unique insight as to the development, operational and cultural challenges faced when adopting Lean / Agile methodologies. He has enabled the adoption of Lean / Agile values, principles, and practices at the team level, and as part of more complex organizational transformations.

Gerald’s passion and commitment is to help individuals and organizations use Lean / Agile as a way to invoke beneficial and sustainable change that enables their growth and success. He specializes in Agile at scale, focusing on building well balanced content (Initiatives, Features and Stories) as well as developing and maturing the roles involved in content management and content authority.

Senior Director of Professional Services, North America

For Ben, the fun is in helping organizations build better businesses and business models. He has run large programs and participated in big transformations, but his passion is still rooted in finding the essence of  great software. As the leader of the services organization, Ben creates a thriving environment for CA Agile consultants and coaches to teach agile techniques and help clients achieve business agility. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Transformation Consultant & Services Lead

Ken Clyne is a Transformation Consultant and Services Lead.  Now in his 6th year as a Rally coach, Ken is back in the UK supporting the EMEA region after many years in the U.S.  Ken's passion is coaching Rally's large customers through their transformation to business agility; a challenge that is always fun and never easy.

Ken is comfortable in front of large or small audiences. He is an advocate of Scrum, SAFe, and Kanban but likes his Agile mixed in with a healthy dose of Lean and humility. Ken's biggest influencers are his customers and colleagues but he also finds much inspiration from the work of Reinertsen, Senge, and the Heath Brothers.

Agile Coach

Chris Farrell is an Agile Coach with Rally Software in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His passion is helping organizations, teams, and people unleash their potential. Since discovering Agile in 2004 he has been an Agile developer, Trainer, ScrumMaster, and Agile/Lean Coach. He has extensive experience with Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, and Lean.

Chris is an empathetic change agent who motivates through action and leads by example. He is a skilled facilitator, trainer, mentor, and coach. He has a strong desire to help others discover the power of Agile.

Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master & Certified Scrum Product Owner

Yvonne Kish is an agile coach with Rally Software in Raleigh, NC.  She helps organizations around the world bring higher quality products to market faster, run leaner, boost profits, and enhance their business value while delighting customers.  Leveraging her Agile subject matter knowledge with deep QA, project management, training, and consulting expertise, Yvonne leads start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in translating their product vision into market-ready reality by designing tailored solutions for optimal ROI.

After graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in Computer Science, Yvonne excelled in diverse software engineering roles that laid the foundation for the strong information technology mastery that she brings to all her projects. As an early, passionate adopter of Agile methodologies, she is widely respected for her collaborative, relationship building approach and her genuine interest in the success of her team, and ultimately her client’s unique mission.

When not traveling to exotic locales that have included Bora Bora, Rwanda, Australia, and New Zealand, Yvonne enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and gourmet cooking.

Director of Agile University, CSM, SPC, PMI-ACP

Ann has over 20 years of experience in IT and software development in a variety of roles including programmer analyst, business systems analyst, technical lead, project manager, development manager, and PMO manager.

Ann was introduced to Agile in 2003 when she was asked to manage a group of developers who were early adopters of eXtreme Programming within a Fortune 500 company. Curiosity about Agile soon turned to enthusiasm and then a vision for scaling the practices and spreading the principles across the organization. Ann eventually asked to transition out of her management role in order to give full attention to defining and rolling out a new IT-wide solution delivery life cycle, with Agile at its core.   Since joining Rally as a coach in 2009, Ann has helped numerous organizations of all sizes and across several industries in making significant progress on their own path to business agility.

Ann is a SAFe Program Consultant, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified ScrumMaster, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also certified in Project Management and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Portland State University.

Enterprise Agile Coach and Transformation Consultant, Certified Scrum Practitioner, Certified SAFe® Program Consultant

Anyone who thinks the way we develop products is “just fine” should prepare to be challenged by Kathryn. She coaches people all over the world—from small research teams working on Horizon 3 product inventions to large-scale product development teams—helping them see how to develop products more nimbly and with more resilience. Kathryn has been practicing agile techniques for more than 12 years and has worked at companies as diverse as Accenture and Hewlett-Packard. An accomplished public speaker, Kathryn presents at a wide variety of agile and Lean conferences and events. She’s done service work in Guatemala and moved her family to Singapore before settling in the San Francisco Bay area. Kathryn believes she truly has the best job ever. Learn more about her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Practitioner, PMP

Christen is an Agile Coach with Rally Software in Denver, CO. After seeing a need for better software at United Airlines reservations, she left to begin her IT career in 1996 as a Business Analyst with Airline Tariff Publishing Company and continued to grow her career in Systems Analysis, Project Management and Program Management at AOL.

She was so convinced, after getting her CSM in 2006, that agile was that “special sauce” for building great teams, that she voluntarily began offering a simple Scrum class to anyone in the company that wanted to learn. This caught the attention of Technology leaders, and she was asked to integrate agile techniques and practices into the traditional waterfall SDLC model across the globe at AOL. This transition led to their interest in full adoption of agile in 2007 and a large re-investment in training and coaching in 2011.

Christen has over decades of experience in a variety of roles and environments and is passionate about using Agile methods to help guide teams in the implementation of quality products and deliverables that would stand out as successful examples to other teams and encourage Agile practices at an organizational level. She brings a unique combination of coaching at the team, manager and executive levels to reinforce their roles and how they are each responsible for the success of Agile.

When Christen is not coaching on the road, she is hiking with her Kuvasz near Denver, traveling internationally with friends or working on her motorcycle skills at a nearby track on her GSXR750.

Agile Coach

Tamara Nation is an Agile Coach at Rally Software, where she pursues her passion for enabling individuals to learn, grow, and thrive using Agile and Lean principles and processes. She has helped launch dozens of teams with their Agile and Rally tool adoptions and considers distributed teams to be her specialty.

Tamara has spent 18 years working in a variety of roles on software development teams large and small. She started her career as an ADA programmer for unmanned aircraft. Other notable work experiences include being the solo production Oracle DBA for a team of 50, building a software support team from scratch, and leading Web development teams for Fortune 100 companies. It was her experience as a technical project manager that led her to discover Scrum in 2008. Frustrated with delays and a lack of real results, she began to add Scrum best practices to her project and was amazed as it transformed her team completely. At Rally, Tamara has grown as a facilitator and a coach and is always looking forward to meeting her next Rally customer.

Agile Coach

Tom is an Agile Coach with Rally Software where he enjoys using his background and experiences with Agile to help new teams start their Agile journey. Tom started his career with Rally as an Engagement Manager, where he worked with many of Rally’s largest customers on their Agile transformations.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics and worked in information technology development and services across industries such as Healthcare, Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Insurance.  He is currently a Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Master, and Product Owner.

One of his greatest passions is serving as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT-Basic, which he's done for over twenty-five years. As Fire Chief of the Divide Fire Protection District in Divide, Colorado, Tom has the opportunity to bring Agile and Lean thinking and practices into the fire and emergency medical services.

Services Practice Lead, Agile Fellow, SAFe® Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Trainer

“A firebrand of wisdom, tempered by practical application …”—that’s how colleagues describe Ronica, our services practice lead, who has more than 15 years of experience in agile practices. Ronica evangelizes all things collaborative, creative, agile and Lean with incomparable energy and passion. Her current mission is to equip CA agile transformation consultants and agile coaches to build learning organizations that honor the individual, give everyone the chance to do what they do best, and harness the power of teams to amplify great work and produce great stuff (including software). Based in Boulder, Colorado, Ronica speaks and writes regularly on agile topics and on our ability to support agile transformation and agile organizations. She also teaches certified Scrum and SAFe courses. Get to know her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Agile Coach

Todd Sheridan has been building and leading teams across many different industries–from interactive agencies and tech startups to universities and healthcare–since 2001. He has spent the last 8 years as a ScrumMaster and Agile Coach, with a focus on scaling the success of Agile teams to the enterprise.

Transformation Consultant, SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer, Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner

Jim’s current passion is helping clients build an agile center of excellence so they can become self-reliant in their agile transformations. A self-proclaimed “non purist” when it comes to agile practices, Jim is always looking for what works in clients’ unique situations. He has more than 30 years of experience as a software engineer and loves bringing the laser focus and adaptability of startup methods to customers’ agile transformations and development programs. It means the world to Jim when clients are off and running successfully with agile methods they’ve cultivated through his consulting engagements. Learn more about Jim on LinkedIn.

Agile Coach

Steven Voyles is an Agile Coach for Rally Software based in Memphis, TN. He works to help organizations and their teams to quickly and frequently bring high quality software to market so that they can stay competitive. The best way to do this is to focus on value delivery, continuous improvement, and elimination of waste. Steven believes the most productive teams are collaborative groups of individuals empowered to take responsibility for their work who feel respected and valued. By helping organizations build these kinds of teams and coach them to a sustainable and predictable state of flow Steven hopes to be part of changing the way that we get work done so that more of our time is spent providing value to the organization and fulfillment to the individual while allowing people to go home and sleep well at night.

Steven has played numerous roles on the teams he’s worked with including developer, project manager, business analyst, and agile coach. He is an agile evangelist and founder of the Memphis Agile Practitioner’s Group.

Agile Fellow, Certified Scrum Trainer, SAFe® Program Consultant

More than 15 years of immersion in different coaching engagements across various industries gives Rachel plenty of experience to pull from in helping companies find the right agile path. Her passion is to work with executives and senior leadership to create thriving agile environments where teams can do their best work to solve the world’s toughest problems. Personally and professionally, Rachel loves witnessing people’s individual shifts from agile doubters to agile champions. As a regular performer in an improv comedy group, she has learned how to say “Yes, and ...” to any situation. Rachel’s positivity makes the challenge of an agile transformation an enjoyable—and empowering—experience. See more about Rachel on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter.

Transformation Services Director and SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer

Eric’s personal vision statement, “Helping everybody on a project sleep better at night,” speaks volumes about his passion for continuous improvement and unlocking human potential. As a transformation consultant, he leads customers’ large-scale change efforts—working side by side with people at all levels of the company to get work done by breaking down complex concepts into manageable pieces. You’ll find Eric advising executives, facilitating organizational design workshops, identifying and mitigating adoption risks, mentoring internal coaches and consultants, teaching SAFe and Kanban classes, and speaking at conferences worldwide. Find more about Eric on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

Rally Coach

LongDa originally comes from a systems engineering background. His interest in software development stems from working in data warehousing, data quality, and data mining for a large airline. Following his work in data, he moved to a Project Management Office where he became familiar with various types of SDLC's and other software methodologies. After seeing both the business and the technology involved creating software products, he became interested in Agile in all it's incarnations, and also how culture (company cultures and ethnic cultures) affects the adoption and progression of Agile. LongDa has certifications in Scrum and SAFe. He currently coaches in general methodology and also Rally product specific questions.

Some of LongDa's hobbies include riding motorcycles, riding mountain bikes, and olympic fencing.

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