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Scrum Inc. Partners

Scrum Inc. trains, coaches and mentors organizations around the world through its strong partner network. Each partner has worked closely with Scrum Inc. on implementations and is qualified to bring the benefits of Scrum to your organization. Our partners include:

OpenView Venture Partners (Boston, MA)

Scrum Inc. is a Senior Advisor to OpenView.

openview-square-logoAbout: Founded in 2006, our executive team has decades of investing and operating experience. Scrum Inc. and Jeff Sutherland  provides advice to the investment team and coaching in the use of agile development techniques to OpenView’s portfolio companies.


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Scrum Inc. works extensively with Trifork throughout Europe.

Trifork_logoAbout:  Trifork  strongly believes that high quality software and ultra innovative IT-solutions that make the wheels of change turn faster. Their vision is to be at the center of ground-breaking knowledge and bring new and better technology to use when developing solutions for our customers. Through our unique business model Trifork guarantees that we are on top of technology and ahead of competitors.


Wikispeed (Global)

Joe Justice, WIKISPEED's team lead, is a principal consultant with Scrum Inc. Scrum Inc. and Wikispeed work intimately together to evolve both Scrum and eXtreme Manufacturing, an agile framework for designing and manufacturing hardware.

WIKISPEED_logo About: WIKISPEED is a volunteer based green automotive-prototyping company, with a goal to change the world for the better. We’re a collaborative team of skilled individuals who volunteer time to design and build safe, low-cost, ultra-efficient, road-legal vehicles.


Xebia (EU)

Scrum Inc. works extensively with Xebia throughout Europe.

xebia_logoAbout: Xebia, the services part of Xebia Group, is an international IT consultancy organization where craftsmanship and knowledge management are the key success factor. They offer a great place to work for true knowledge workers, with an inspiring work environment and colleagues to learn from. Xebia consists of specialized cells or units, that are coherent and complementary to each other. These units grow organically, based on the passion and initiative of our highly experienced people, resulting in new cells and new frontier business entities.


Bratton & Company (Silicon Valley)

brattonlogo2014Scrum Inc. partners with Bratton Inc. throughout Silicon Valley.

About: Bratton and Company offers expertise in Agile and Lean practices including Agile Coaching, Agile Process Transformation, and Training. Bratton also offers a broad range of software development, technology, and managerial services for contract and interim placements while keeping your workforce flexible to meet changing business demands. Learn more at brattoninc.com.

Andrea Acheson, Agile 42 (Vancouver, BC)

acheson_headshotAndrea Acheson is Managing Director for agile42 North America.  agile42 uses a tailored approach to changing a company to an agile and lean way of working by recognizing that an organization and it’s culture are unique, which implies a unique implementation of any new method like Scrum. agile42’s efficient combination of management consulting, knowledge transfer, team training, coaching on the job and practical tool support will be the basis for an organization’s success as it has been for many other international agile42 customers.


Kent Johnson, Agile Digm (Florida)

Kent co-authored a paper with Scrum Inc. on CMMI and Scrum for Agile 2010.

kentj_headshotAbout: Kent is the Chief Technical Officer of AgileDigm, Incorporated. Kent has successfully worked with executives and staff in industries including aviation, telecommunications, automotive, defense, software product development, healthcare, and medical devices and has developed a one-day course on how CMMI and Scrum can leverage each other in large organizations.


Jean Pierre Berchez (Stuttgart, DEU)

JP had his first contact with that what we call Scrum today since 1995. He was working at EASEL at the same time as Jeff Sutherland PhD invented the forerunner of Scrum at EASEL.

jeffandjp_headshotAbout: JP has more than 20 year experience in software development as a project manager, trainer and coach working together with global acting companies like Cincom, TogetherSoft, MKS, PTC, Sun Microsystems and the USDA.

Beside his work in industry he put emphasis on teach as a lecturer at the Universities of Liechtenstein, Heidenheim and Stuttgart. JP is organizer of the Scrum-Day which is probably the biggest conference regarding Scrum in the German speaking Market or even in Europe

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Ben Clay (Philadelphia, PA)

Ben helps Scrum Inc. staff for global transformations

member_54864932.jpegAbout: Ben is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional who has participated and/or led Enterprise Agile Transformations from various locations throughout the world. He has documented scaling Agile with Scrum as the foundational framework from the team to the portfolio level. Has spoken at multiple Agile events as well as NYC PMI events about Agile and/or Scrum projects.

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Catherine Louis, CLL Group (USA)

Catherine works with Scrum Inc. and teaches courses across the US.

cll_logoAbout: As founder of CLL-Group, Catherine’s focus is on helping organizations transition from traditional (waterfall) project-driven governance to adopting Agile/Scrum in a Lean, continuous flow framework. Her focus is not just on the R&D development teams, rather it is on the end-to-end flow from the “idea” phase at the front-end of development, through to full support of large, multi-customer based established products involving Channel Partners, Supply Management, Operations and Offshore partners.

Kelley Harris, Source Cell (Palo Alto)

Michaelmkh_face_web_small Kelley Harris is an Agile Coach, Trainer, & Developer located in  Palo Alto, CA (Silicon Valley) and Santa Barbara, CA (Silicon Beach) and is the owner of SourceCell.

About: Kelley helps teams develop more value faster, using the best from Agile, Scrum, Lean, Lean Startup, Extreme Programming XP, Design Thinking, and more. He has 20+ years of software development experience, including engineering, architecture, managing, coaching, training, and consulting. See more at sourcecell.com.

Henrik Kniberg, Crisp AB (Sweden)

Henrik is an Agile and Lean Author, Speaker, Consultant and Trainer.

henrik_headshotAbout: Henrik is an Agile & Lean coach based in Stockholm. He enjoys helping companies succeed with both the technical and human sides of so>ware development. During the past two decades Henrik has been CTO of three Swedish IT companies and helped dozens more get started with Agile and Lean software development. During the past two decades Henrik has been CTO of three Swedish IT companies and helped dozens more get started with Agile and Lean software development.


Bob Sarni, iOnAgility (Bloomington, IL)

Bob SarniBob Sarni is an Agile Organizational Change Coach, an Agile Mentor and Coach, and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) at iOnAgility.

About:  Bob uses his 20+ years of experience in project, product, program, and portfolio management to help organizations realize maximum value on their investments by leveraging agile methods and practices for product development. Bob’s expertise is in guiding enterprise transition and implementation of agile’s values and principles. He has experience with small and large teams as well as entire enterprises in the Insurance, Finance, Trading, Telecommunications and Life Sciences sectors. Please see his LinkedIn Profile for more.

Dan LeFebre, DCL Agility (Boston, MA)

Dan provides agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services.

dan_lefebvre_headshotAbout: Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is a Certified Scrum Coach with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.


Jurgen Dittmar (Munich, DEU)

Jurgen DittmarWith a background in psychology, Jurgen likes to focus on the "human factor" and psychological aspects in projects and organizations.

Specialties include: Organisational development and cultural change, improvement of cooperation and communication, implementation of agile and lean principles, transition to agile organisations, executive coaching and management development, Radical Management and Agile Leadership, complexity theory and systemic approaches.

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Mike Beedle, Enterprise Scrum (Chicago, IL)

Mike was one of the 17 signatories of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

mbeedle_partnerspageAbout: Mike Beedle is an entrepreneur that not only has applied Scrum and Agile to start and operate several companies successfully, but has consulted for many large companies on how to scale Agile in the enterprise. He has been using Scrum, patterns and org patterns since 1995, and has applied these techniques to a multitude of projects in different domains.


Gabrielle Benefield, Evolve Beyond  (UK)

Gabrielle teaches courses in London.

gabby_headshotAbout: Evolve's two-day Certified ScrumMaster Class (CSM) is a perfect course for anybody who is currently practicing Scrum or even completely new to it. The course combines a mixture of interactive exercises, practical real-life examples, and lively discussion.


Jim York, FoxHedge (Leesburg, VA)

Jim has worked with Scrum Inc. on numerous Agile roll-outs.

foxhedge_logoAbout: Jim helps organizations build lean and agile enterprises. For over 25 years as a management and IT consultant, Jim has mentored and coached teams and leaders at all levels of the organization. Jim’s interactive training sessions and coaching cultivate the skills and qualities needed to and support the implementation of lean and agile principles and practices.


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A founder of the Pasteur Organizational Patterns Project, Jim is a pioneer in Scrum and Agile methodologies.

cope_headshotAbout: Jim ("Cope") Coplien is the father of Organizational Patterns, is one of the founders of the Software Pattern discipline, a pioneer in practical object-oriented design in the early 1990s and is a widely consulted authority, author, and trainer in the areas of software design and organizational improvements.

Cope is currently a partner in Gertrud & Cope, Mørdrup, Denmark, and in the Scrum Foundation. His work ranges from programming and performance evaluation, to organizational improvement assessments, organizational development, and process improvement, and to consulting on system architecture. Gertrud & Cope work proudly with a network of partners with high-quality offerings.


Pete Deemer, GoodAgile (Singapore)

Pete is the leading trainer in India and is a partner for Scrum Inc.’s clients with divisions in Asia.

deemer_headshotAbout: Pete Deemer, CEO of GoodAgile, is a well-known figure in the Agile community, and has spent the last 20+ years leading teams building products and services at global companies. Pete is the lead author of The Scrum Primer, one of the most widely read introductions to Agile development, as well as The Distributed Scrum Primer, a guide to multi-location Scrum. Pete serves as Chair of the Certification Committee of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance, which provides the globally-recognized Certified ScrumMaster certification.


Chet Hendrikson and Ron Jeffries (USA)

ronchet_headshotsAbout: Ron Jeffries is author of Extreme Programming Adventures in C#, the senior author of Extreme Programming Installed, and was the on-site XP coach for the original Extreme Programming project. Ron has been involved with Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Agile for over ten years, presenting numerous talks and publishing papers on the topic. Ron is the proprietor of www.XProgramming.com, a highly-ranked source of Agile Software Development information. He was one of the creators, and a featured instructor in Object Mentor's popular XP Immersion course.

About: Chet Hendrickson specializes in assisting software organizations become more effective through the use of agile software techniques. A co-author of Extreme Programming Installed, Chet has taught Extreme Programming's values and practices around the world. Contact Chet at hendricksonxp.com

Jens Ostergaard, House of Scrum (Asia/EU)

Jens works with Scrum Inc. at the Scrum Foundation and teaches courses in Europe.

scrum-jens-jeffAbout: Jens Østergaard is an Agile Developer consultant who helps organizations understand the fundamentals of Scrum, argue that organizations should keep Scrum as pure as possible, until they fully understand the mechanism that drive development forward. Having more than 20 years of experience as developer, dba, team manager, project manager and ScrumMaster, primarily in financial organizations, he has worked with all aspects of software development.


Jef Cumps, iLean (Antwerp, BEL)

jefcumps_headshotAbout: Jef Cumps is working as a Scrum trainer and coach for iLean. His main focus is facilitating Scrum transitions within teams and organizations, supporting durable changes towards a culture based on collaboration, trust, results and continuous improvement.

As a trainer, Jef has gained a lot of experience in training various topics such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, communication, people management and effectiveness. Next to his knowledge and experience, his major asset is his coaching attitude getting the most out of people and organizations.

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Joe Little, Kitty Hawk Consulting (New York, NY and Charlotte, NC)

Joe has worked with Scrum Inc and teaches Scrum certification classes in the US.

kittyhawkconsulting_logoAbout:  Our focus is making your projects successful. We have experience in project leadership, especially Agile Project Management, Scrum and XP. Kittyhawk has domain knowledge in several areas, including the securities industry, mortgage, and credit card. Joe has been consulting since 1984 and started the firm in 1991.


Joe Krebs (NY, NY)

Joe_Krebs_headshotAbout: During Joe's career, he has taught thousands of professionals in Scrum, Object-Orientation, Requirements Management (User Stories or Use Cases) or object-oriented programming languages. He has successfully delivered services and training courses in 46 of the 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Germany, Switzerland, UK and France. He has been delivering training courses with both creators of Scrum ; Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.


Sanjiv Augustin & Arlen Bankston, Lithe Speed (USA/EU)

Sanjiv_headshotSanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur, industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant and trainer.As an in-the-trenches practitioner, he has personally managed agile projects varying in size from five to over one hundred people, served as product sponsor for LitheSpeed products, trained thousands of agile practitioners and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams.


arlen_headshotArlen Bankston offers 15 years of agile experience, with a start in XP and subsequent adoption of Scrum, kanban and other methods, and 12 years of presentation and training experience. He was an early leader in blending UX with agile, then lean with agile, and has coached and consulted from the team to the enterprise level at companies of all stripes.  Some clients include National Geographic, Marriott, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association.


Jeff McKenna (Los Altos, CA)

Since the late 1980s Jeff has focused on the process side of development and along with Jeff Sutherland and John Scumniotales at Easel corporation in 1993 created the Scrum methodology of agile software development and started the very first Scrum team.

mckenna_headshotAbout: Jeff McKenna has been involved in software development for over 50 years and has been actively participating in the creation and delivery of agile software development since 1987. He has been involved in all areas of software product development from programming, system design and architecture to project management, testing, sales and marketing.

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Mitch Lacey, Mitch Lacey & Associates (Seattle, WA)

Mitch works with Scrum Inc. and teaches courses across the US and Europe.

mlacey_headshotAbout: Mitch Lacey & Associates is a family run software training, consulting and development firm. The company was founded by Mitch Lacey in 2008 and works with a variety of industry experts including Mike Cohn (US), Jeff Sutherland (US), Jim Newkirk (US), Geoff Watts (UK), Brad Wilson (US) and more. The company specializes in customized training programs built to suit the needs of clients from variety of industries.


Brad Kain, Quoin Inc.  (Boston, MA)

brad-kain_headshotAbout: Brad Kain founded Quoin Inc. with Jean Pierre LeJacq in 1994 and has led the company's expansion through three major business cycles, including the highs and lows of the dot-com era. A proven technologist with a multidisciplinary background in mathematics and computer science, he has successfully delivered a broad range of large-scale projects as a system architect, project lead, and engineering manager.


Scott Downey, Rapid Scrum (Los Angeles, CA)

Scott works with Scrum Inc. in California.

downey_headshotAbout: Scott has been active in the Software Industry for more than 20 years, holding positions at nearly every level of successful organizations from Associate Developer to VP of Engineering and Chief Software Architect. During this experience, it became clear to him that having the very best technology in the world or the most innovative product ever created is entirely useless if an organization cannot execute on the reliable, predictable delivery of it to the market.


Baris Bal, Scrum Turkey (Turkey)

baris_headshotBaris Bal is the founder of ScrumTurkey. Scrum Turkey is a platform that shares knowledge and experience about Agile and Lean Methodologies. Their mission is to promote Agile and Lean Methodologies.


Hubert Smits, SmitsMC (Boulder, CO)

hubert_headshotAbout: Hubert Smits is a Certified Scrum Trainer and experienced agile professional, actively working in the agile field since its early days. Hubert attended the first Lean course on British soil and has helped further Agile principles for over a decade.


Solutions IQ (Bellevue, WA)

With global reach, a large and highly-experienced consulting staff, and decades of success across diverse industries, SolutionsIQ offers the broadest range of Agile services in the industry.

SIQLogoAbout: Our certified Scrum training, team coaching, management consulting, software development, and on-site Agile professionals help businesses get Agile at the individual, team, and enterprise level. SIQ serves a growing client base of companies by providing them the Agile tools and practices they need to successfully innovate in today’s volatile marketplace.


Carsten Ruseng Jakobsen, Systematic A/S, (Denmark)

carsten_systematic_photoAbout: Carsten Ruseng Jakobsen is a Project Manager at Systematic Software Engineering A/S an independent software and systems company focusing on complex and critical IT solutions within information and communication systems. Since September 2005 Carsten has been responsible for implementing Lean and Lean Software Development in Systematic. Carsten has during his 8½ year at Systematic actively contributed to Systematic's journey towards a successful CMMI level 5 appraisal in November 2005 through the projects he has managed. Carsten is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrummaster.