-- Leading Agile organization adds diverse new board member to address increasing demand for Agile knowledge and best practices around the world
PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Agile Alliance, (www.agilealliance.org [http://www.agilealliance.com/]) a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of Agile software development principles and practices, today announced the addition of a new board member and officers for the coming year. Juan Banda from Bolivia, was elected as a new Agile Alliance board member. Existing board members now serving as officers include Rebecca Parsons from ThoughtWorks, Ola Ellnestam from Agical, and Linda Cook from PayPal.
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"The latest Agile Alliance board is comprised of some of the world's foremost experts in software development, and each is poised to meet our organization's goal to make the software industry more productive, humane and sustainable on an international stage," said Phil Brock, managing director of Agile Alliance. "As we look ahead to the next year we will continue our work to extend the benefits of Agile practices to more organizations and individuals that are passionate about improving the productivity and efficiency of software development and delivery."
To help guide the organization's growth, the Agile Alliance membership elected one new member to its board of directors, along with three members to leadership positions, including:
-- Juan Banda, Agile Alliance Board Member - Banda is an Agile developer,
project manager, professor, coach, and trainer living in Bolivia. His
background is in outsourcing and currently he works in the oil industry.
This background has helped to connect him with professionals from
different disciplines and countries while working effectively in
distributed teams. Mr. Banda will also serve on the nominations
committee during the board year.
-- Rebecca Parsons, Chair of the Agile Alliance Board - Parsons is CTO of
ThoughtWorks. She has more than 20 years' application development
experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent
internet services. Parsons has published in both language and artificial
intelligence publications, served on numerous program committees, and
reviews for several journals. She has extensive experience leading in
the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the
integration of disparate systems.
-- Ola Ellnestam, Secretary of the Agile Alliance Board - Ellnestam became
engaged in the Agile community in 2000 after reading Extreme Programming
Explained. Fueled with this information, he began his Agile journey
which later led him to start a company specializing in XP and Scrum. In
2005, Ellnestam helped started Agical [http://agical.se/], one of
Sweden's most prominent Agile coaching companies. As an expert in
software development, he coaches both developers and leaders to learn
Agile practices and methods. He also is one of the driving forces behind
'Agile Sweden [http://www.agilesweden.com/]', Sweden's biggest Agile
network. In addition, Ellnestam will be the continuing director of the
Agile Alliance Conference Sponsorship Program.
-- Linda Cook, Treasurer of the Agile Alliance Board - Cook is a well-known
Agilist, and board member of both the Agile Alliance and the Agile
Leadership Network. Her primary areas of focus include: servant
leadership, mentorship, types of individuals appropriate for the
profession, and the differences between being an external coach versus
being an internal employee in the coach role. Cook has more than 20
years' experience in the IT industry, having held positions from
developer, forms designer, data modeler, analyst, tester and methodology
lead. She has worked in a variety of industries, including financial
systems, insurance, education, research, manufacturing and IT