VersionOne to Host New York Agile Community at AgilePalooza

VersionOne, recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile management tools, today announced that it is bringing its popular AgilePalooza event to New York on October 12, continuing its support for the agile community.

A leading agile development community event series, AgilePalooza brings together internationally recognized agile coaches and trainers with local software professionals for an intense, one-day event focused on advancing agile methods. Through workshops and collaborative sessions, attendees are given the opportunity to sharpen their understanding of agile practices, as well as participate in an engaging Open Space session to improve their understanding of the agile mindset and the necessary cultural change. The keynote presentation, “Agile Teams, from Good to Great,” will be delivered by David Bulkin, agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer at LitheSpeed.

About the Event

Who: Attendees will benefit from several educational sessions and workshops delivered by recognized and experienced agile experts, including:

David Bulkin

David is a well-known agile trainer, consultant, coach, speaker and writer with 25+ years software product development experience, and over a decade of agile experience across the entire value stream from product ideation to development. David has assisted over 50 teams and hundreds of individuals with the transition from predictive, plan-driven management to agile methods. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, David delivers Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Product Owner Training, Requirements Workshop, Team Workshop and other courses. David frequently presents at conferences including Agile 20xx, Scrum Gathering and AgilePalooza while blogging for LitheSpeed and serving as an agile editor at InfoQ. Read more about David’s experience here:

Alex Adamopoulos

Alex is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in global services organizations. He has extensive international experience with a deep understanding of culture, work and life ethics especially in relation to establishing alignment and crossing cultural barriers. Over the years, Alex has brought know-how and practical business experience to companies that want to excel and compete globally. With a focus on performance measurement, business value and bottom-line profitability, Alex has successfully applied working models and practices to accelerate the solutions and strategies of companies to drive results.

Satish Thatte

Satish Thatte, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in a variety of technology areas and management positions. His industry experience covers large, multinational companies (Texas Instruments, Bellcore and LG Electronics), as well as entrepreneurial companies and start-ups. He has extensive experience customizing and adapting agile software development methods in a number of companies to deliver client-specific IT services, as well as commercial software products. Dr. Thatte was the founder and CEO of New Synergy Group where he offered customized training, workshops, coaching and consulting services for software project management and product management. He serves as Agile / Lean coach and Product Consultant at VersionOne. Dr. Thatte is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the ACM.

Brian Wills

Brian Wills is a member of the Advanced Solutions Group for Cognizant Technology Services, the second-largest outsourcing company in the world. Brian has more than 25 years of coaching and development experience covering $400M worth of programs using agile, iterative, and waterfall approaches to large-scale application development and infrastructure projects. He specializes in agile coaching, mobility/tablet computing, and social networking programs using traditional and global delivery (onsite/offshore) models. Brian has demonstrated expertise in building high-performance teams and communicating across multiple levels of the enterprise, including CxO level, in the retail, financial services, media and entertainment, food processing and manufacturing, government, airline, travel, insurance, Internet, healthcare, defense, and manufacturing industries.

Stacia Viscardi

Stacia Viscardi has been teaching, coaching and mentoring agile teams for the past decade.  She helps people put on the “possibility glasses” in order to see and eventually realize modern knowledge work environments in which technical professionals are energized and excited about the products they are building. She has worked with companies like Cisco Systems, Martha Stewart Living, Primavera, DoubleClick, Google, Pitney Bowes, Washington Post and many others. Co-author of the Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility, Stacia has taught agile in 17 countries and is active in the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Trainer and trusted community advisor.

What: For $99 ($79 with the discount code MA-SAVE20 at checkout), attendees receive a full day of agile learning, lunch and the opportunity to participate in a beginner or advanced track. The beginner track is for those who are interested in agile fundamentals and engineering practices, while the advanced track is for those already working with agile who would like more insight into planning and managing multiple teams and projects.

Additionally, AgilePalooza’s innovative all-afternoon Open Space session provides attendees with great opportunities for learning through open dialogue with agile trainers and peers. For a full description of topics at this AgilePalooza please visit

Who:  AgilePaloozas are ideal for team members of a practicing agile team or those considering a move to agile, including software project managers, program managers, PMO, developers, testers, business analysts, directors of development, IT, technology vice presidents, and CIOs.

Where: New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street at Albany Street, New York, NY 10006; (212) 385-4900.

When: Friday, October 12, 2012; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT

More: For more information on AgilePalooza New York, or to register, please visit:

About VersionOne

VersionOne is recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile project management tools. By simplifying the planning and tracking of agile projects, we help teams deliver better software faster. Since 2002, companies such as Adobe, Boeing, bwin, Intuit, Lilly, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, Oppenheimer, Qualcomm, Sabre and Siemens have turned to VersionOne. Today more than 50,000 teams from around the globe use VersionOne. Agile Made Easier @