Meet Our Agile Consultants & Agile Coaches

Our team of agile consultants share a passion for working with software development teams to help them deliver high-quality software. Take advantage of their practical, hands-on experience to accelerate your adoption of VersionOne and make your agile transition a success.

 

VersionOne Coaches

  • Matt Badgley

    Matt Badgley

    SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, CSPO, MIS, Innovation Games Facilitator

    Matt has been coaching teams to leverage lean and agile to help build better software that drives true business value for more than 9 years. He is passionate about applying agile ideas, principles and practices in a pragmatic manner to help teams deliver value and make them successful. Matt has assisted more than 90 organizations with both their agile transformation and VersionOne product adoption. In his personal time, Matt enjoys taking long walks on the beach with his wife, three dogs, a fishing pole and a cooler.

    Favorite Quote

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison

    Areas of Expertise

    Team building, learning, facilitation, enterprise lean agile transformation

  • Susan Evans, VersionOne Agile Coach

    Susan Evans

    SAFe Agilist, CSP, CSM, PMP, PMI-ACP

    Susan has more than 8 years of agile project management experience in software development. Prior to joining the company, she was an internal coach who optimized the usage of the VersionOne platform to help many non-collocated teams thrive in their agile processes. Susan focuses on enhancing team relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, and processes to help create happy teams that deliver high quality. In her personal time, she enjoys golf, water and snow skiing, softball, motorcycle rides, and mud runs with her husband and two children.

    Favorite Quote

    "If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you've always gotten." - Henry Ford

    Areas of Expertise

    Coaching scrum teams, facilitation, team building, VersionOne platform

  • Dave Gunther, VersionOne Agile Coach

    Dave Gunther

    SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, CSPO, CSP, BS

    Dave has more than 20 years of software product development experience including over 8 years practicing and teaching agile methods. He has facilitated multiple organizational agile transformations and coached multiple product delivery teams to a rhythm of continuous improvement and predictability. Dave has helped organizations scale agile without sacrificing agile values, and is passionate about having good tooling in place to support and provide visibility into agile initiatives at scale. Dave is pragmatic about agile and lean methods and is passionate about insuring that people are a priority. In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with family, camping adventures, scuba diving and playing tennis.

    Favorite Quote

    "Keep it simple." - Unknown

    Areas of Expertise

    Agile platform coaching and training, organizational transformation, scaling agile, user experience, product management

  • Jo Hollen, VersionOne Agile Coach

    Jo Hollen

    SAFe Agilist, CSM, CSP

    Jo has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Her career began with training Space Shuttle astronauts. Jo later moved into software engineering management where she introduced agile practices for Mission Control Center applications, including software currently onboard the International Space Station. With a passion for continuous improvement and challenging the status quo, Jo believes that servant leadership and agile principles and values just make sense and welcomes the opportunity to help organizations optimize their effectiveness. In her free time, Jo enjoys gardening, swimming and outings by the water.

    Favorite Quote

    "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." - Chinese Proverb

    Areas of Expertise

    Agile change transformation, agile principles, servant leadership, team building

  • Kelly Key, VersionOne Agile Coach

    Kelly Key

    SAFe Agilist, PSM1, MOL, PSD

    Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry and 19 years working with agile practices. As an agile program manager, ScrumMaster, agile coach, and VersionOne administrator, Kelly has helped create successful products in the desktop, dot com, and mobile space for the airline, hotel, rental car, rail and cruise industries. As a thought leader, he is always looking to refine processes with continuous improvement while stimulating innovation. Other interests include faith, family, football (both American and soccer), and horses.

    Favorite Quote

    "You were born for this..."

    Areas of Expertise

    Servant leadership, coaching, team building, enterprise agile, continuous improvement

  • Elida-Parish Agile Coach

    Elida Parish

    MBA, CSM, PSM, SAFe SA

    Elida is an innovative, customer focused, result oriented coach who is passionate about enabling high performance, in small to large complex cross-functional teams in a sustainable and genuinely fun environment. With over 14 years of combined experience in Technology, Elida has led the delivery of both modern and legacy enterprise systems, with roles as a Senior Systems Developer, Senior Systems Engineer and Project Manager utilizing Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid methodologies. As an Agile Coach she differentiates in the ability to intuitively perceive and resolve team and project issues, risks and impediments, ensure the application of appropriate inspect/adapt feedback loops, and manage complex relationships to nuance the business/technology divide. At BNSF Railway, Elida led the Agile Transformation efforts to establish a thriving agile practice. As a former VersionOne customer, she brings a pragmatic hands-on approach to Agile adoption. Outside of work, Elida enjoys family time, cycling, hiking, and a good book on the balcony of a cruise ship. Elida is also a musician with solo albums to her credit.

    Favorite Quote

    “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it” - Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Areas of Expertise

    Enterprise lean agile transformation, team building, coaching and facilitation, continuous improvement

  • Andy Kuprit

    Andy Krupit

    SAFe Agilist, CSM, CSPO

    Andy has been focused on supporting autonomous, agile teams to iteratively produce innovative products, and foster an environment of continuous improvement thru the use of agile practices and lean principles for more than a decade. Prior to VersionOne, Andy worked as the Manger of Agile Development at CareerBuilder where deployments to production happened daily. During this time, Andy helped create more discipline in the approach to delivery, coaching teams to set reliable customer expectations, and ensure they are working on the right things. Along with coaching, Andy is passionate about learning, creating and engaging with others in the agile community, speaking at various agile conferences and companies sharing experiences. Andy is married, a father of 3 daughters (and 3 dogs), and an avid runner. In addition to the heavy influences from the likes of Mary and Tom Poppendieck, he also credits his experience, passion and commitment while training for races to his success with helping create a more agile organization, where a lot of parallels can be found. In his personal time, Andy enjoys spending time at the ball fields with his girls, being active outdoors with the family.

    Favorite Quote

    “If you don’t know where you are going, it’s easy to iteratively not get there.” – David Hussman

    Areas of Expertise

    Lean practices, Agile Metrics, Software Development, Team Delivery

  • Brian Warden VersionOne Agile Coach

    Brian Warden

    SAFe Agilist, CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP-ACC, ICP-ATF

    Brian has spent over 20 years in software development starting as a Business Analyst and Software Engineer, moving on to Project and Program management and ultimately as an IT Director for a major financial services company. This last role evolved into spending three years as an Enterprise Agile Coach responsible for a 25+ team agile transformation. His primary focus was teaching executives how to change and building programs that supported transforming to incremental, high quality and value focused delivery. Brian is extremely passionate about agile, but is not a zealot and understands that we are always running a business. Personal time is spent in the woods with fly rod or on a mountain bike.

    Favorite Quote

    “Control leads to compliance, autonomy leads to engagement…” Dan Pink – David Hussman

    Areas of Expertise

    Enterprise agile transformation, facilitation, coaching, lean practices

 

Partner Coaches

Our partners often play a key role in our customers’ success in adopting, transitioning and scaling their agile initiatives. VersionOne’s experienced partner network helps to deliver an integrated agile solution, including agile services and software for those seeking to adopt agile.

  • Mike Cottmeyer, Partner Coach

    Mike Cottmeyer

    CSM, PMP, PMI-ACP, DSDM APL Co-Founder and President, LeadingAgile

    As a coach, he is an industry leader in enterprise focused agile training. Mike plays an extremely active role in the agile community as a blogger, published writer, speaker, board member of the PMI Community of Practice, and leader of the Atlanta Scrum Users Group. Mike takes a pragmatic approach to agile practices. He is a proven leader with a diverse set of experiences working with both large and small companies. Mike has a track record of delivery providing agile solutions to IHG, Southern Company, Ericsson, Discovery Channel, Turner Broadcasting, and dozens of other enterprises all over the country.

    Areas of Expertise

    Agile methodologies, agile project management, scrum, software project management

  • Sally Elatta, Partner Coach

    Sally Elatta

    President, Agile Transformation

    As President of Agile Transformation and an Enterprise Agile Coach, Sally has taught thousands of people and coached dozens of medium and fortune 500 companies through their Agile Transformation journey. She is the Agile Expert for the PMI Learning, Education and Development (LEAD) community of practice, hosts a popular ‘Transforming to Agile’ webinar series and blogs on PMI.org. Sally sat on the review committee for the new PMI-ACP exam and frequently speaks at several PMI Chapters and regional and global conferences. She also has published, and continues to do so, learning videos which can be found on www.AgileVideos.com.

  • Damon Poole, Partner Coach

    Damon Poole

    Chief Agilist, Eliassen Group

    Damon is Chief Agilist in Eliassen Group’s Agile practice. His 20 years of experience includes everything from small collocated teams up to 80-team global development organizations. He writes frequently on the topic of Agile development, is the author of the web book Do It Yourself Agile, and is a pioneer in the area of Multistage Continuous Integration and mixing Scrum and Kanban. Damon has spoken at numerous conferences including Agile and Beyond 2010-2012, Agile Business Conference, Q-Con, Agile 2008-2012, and Agile Development Practices and has trained hundreds of people on Agile techniques. Damon was President of Agile New England from 2008-2010 and is also a co-founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev where he created multiple Jolt Award winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.

  • Steve Davis, Partner Coach

    Steve Davis

    SPC, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP

    Steve Davis is the founder and chief executive officer of Davisbase Consulting. An information technology professional for more than 20 years, he has hands-on experience with all aspects of the application development life-cycle utilizing a myriad of methodologies. He has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 50 companies to startups. His extensive background includes PMO development, project management, quality assurance, team development and business analysis, as well as agile implementation, coaching and training. He has worked with over 300 agile teams and, as a coach, led teams that deployed and supported technology solutions to over 50 eCommerce and retail customers.

    Steve has learned that people and results are what matter most and applies that line of thinking with the teams which whom he works. He has participated in the development and deployment of large enterprise systems such as SAP, SharePoint and Oracle, as well as custom-built solutions in healthcare, financial services, insurance, eCommerce, retail, construction and other industries. He has demonstrated his ability to coach teams at a very detailed level, while communicating effectively and building trust with senior executives.