Agile Alliance Announces New Board Members

Leading Agile organization adds industry experts to meet growing demand for Agile knowledge, community building and sharing of best practices

 Portland, OR – The Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who explore and apply Agile principles and practices, today announced four new members to its board of directors. The new members will help guide the growth and vision of the Agile Alliance as it continues to meet the growing demand for information and knowledge that leads to successful Agile software development programs.
“We are pleased to add a diverse group of board members who have the experience and industry knowledge needed to build upon the foundation of our organization,” said Phil Brock, managing director of the Agile Alliance. “In addition to helping grow and improve on the success of our Agile conferences, these new board members will bring new and innovative ideas on how the Agile Alliance can better support the Agile development community.”
The new board members will each serve a two-year term. They replace outgoing members Ryan Martens, Willem Van Den Ende, and Mike Griffiths. Johanna Rothman will serve as the appointed chair of the Agile 2009 conference scheduled for Aug. 24-28, 2009 in Chicago.

To help steward and guide the organization’s growth, the Agile Alliance elected four new board members:

Rachel Davies – founder of Agile Experience which is based in the United Kingdom serves as conference sponsorship program chairperson and is an industry thought leader and Agile coach.
Johanna Rothman – publisher of The Pragmatic Manager and recent winner of 2008 Jolt Productivity award for her book Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management.
Tamara Sulaiman, PMP, CST – managing consultant at Applied Scrum, an IT consulting organization and co-originator of the Agile Earned Value Management (EVM), a process recognized for integrating the traditional project management practice of EVM with the Scrum framework.
Paul Culling – based in Canada is director of marketing at VersionOne and board member of Agile Vancouver.
The Agile Alliance continues to increase its membership each year in line with the mounting interest and adoption of Agile processes within the software development industry. One key indicator of the increasing adoption of Agile practices is the continuing demand for Agile knowledge by enterprises looking to reap the benefits of the discipline. In addition, the continuing interest and participation in the annual Agile conferences which offer more than 80 presentations to hundreds of attendees each year.
About The Agile Alliance
The Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization chartered to help spread the adoption and expansion of Agile software development world wide. In addition to its annual international conference on Agile software development, the Agile Alliance provides grant funding for academic research, Agile user-group speakers, and programs to support the community. Individual and corporate memberships, along with the profits from the annual conference, fund these programs like a community foundation. To learn more about the Agile Alliance, visit