Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2016 – known as GOAT 2016 is organized by Agile Ottawa community, a group of passionate Agile and Lean practitioners in the Ottawa Gatineau region.
Our events are made possible through the dedicated volunteers who work their magic behind the scenes. The key 2016 team members are in alphabetical order…
Dag is a passionate professional who can combine his diverse background in the skilled trades, fine arts, and technology to get things done.
Dag is also an organizer of the Agile Ottawa Meetup, and enjoys applying agile practices in the workplace.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in communications, Marie-Christine is a buzz manager using many Anglicisms. She is an ardent fan of building relationships. She has 20 years of street-smart marketing and advertising experience for national and international companies (GE, Quebecor World, Cadbury, Royal Canadian Mint, Hyundai, Nestlé, Pepsi, Lancôme, Robert Mondavi Wines, Crayola, Disney…).
She aims to spread the Agile message and promote Pyxis… via coaching, events, new products and training. Being curious and generous, MC sees and discovers with her eyes with a very “out-of-the-box” practice that allows her to play on the Pyxis field and to dream. The sky is her limit and it guides her to successes and best roads… in order to achieve and reach for the stars.
Natasha is a creative engineer who imagination knows no bounds. She has a M.Eng. in Technology Innovation Management. She is passionate about technology and works with her clients through Virtual EyeSee, to make their projects a success. Her skills range from a Product Owner to Product Manager, Technical Marketing to Trainer. She is an engaging guest speaker at various conferences.
She is passionate about Agile and it’s practices and sees it uses beyond just technology development. Her personal project is Zeely Adventures which she took from a mere idea to the app store.
She is very active in her community volunteering as a soccer coach and passionate about getting people to use alternative modes of transportation and live healthy lives. Pedal Play, a mobile bike rodeo is here latest project.
Simon is a Software Engineer, Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer from Ottawa. He earned an Electrical engineering degree with a minor in Software engineering as a sidekick of his babyfoot championship league and tournaments, that he organized at the university pub.
People often get motivated working with Simon, maybe because of his outstanding enthusiasm or maybe his 6000 km hiking journey in the woods demonstrated it’s ok to dream big.
If not working closely with a client, organizing a monthly Agile Ottawa Event or organizing the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour, you can find Simon rock climbing or hiking with his little munchkins and lovely wife, deep in a forest or on top of a mountain somewhere in North America.
Simon’s professional world was flipped upside down when a Scrum Master join his waterfall team back in 2005. He was a miserable programmer in a dark cubicle suffering from other’s tantrum when he would fix their code. Being a Scrum team member for 5 years taught Simon the true potential of a high performance team. Since then, Simon helps his clients experience how it feels to be part of a Professional Scrum Team and how it feels when the Agile Mindset is understood deeply across the organization. Simon is an energetic change agent.
It should be of no surprise to see that the same young man who previously braved the coldest Canadian temperatures while teaching snowboard instructors has now become a recognized Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer later in life.
Steffan is an organizational developer and trainer at Pyxis Technologies. As a coach, he strives to create engaged teams led by inspiring and empowering leaders for the sake of making the software development workplace fun again. Mr. Surdek has worked in IT for over 20 years in collaboration with many distributed teams around the world.
He speaks at many conferences and user groups about leadership and agility with distributed teams. Mr. Surdek is coauthor of the book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum”, written in collaboration with the IBM Scrum Community. He blogs about life and agility at Surdek Solutions and about authentic leadership at Provoking Leadership.
He can be reached at steffan@.
Steve is a seasoned software developer and a reformed executive and project manager with deep experience leading projects in a variety of industries. He leverages his technical background as an Agile Coach, guiding and supporting development teams to deliver solutions that bring “value added” results. Steve is a strong advocate of Lean & Agile software development principles and practices, applying the concepts of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and continuous delivery to release early and often. He is an experienced team facilitator trained via the Agile Coaching Institute (ACI). Steve participates in Agile conferences, meetups, and events (e.g. Agile Coach Camp, Play4Agile North America, Agile Ottawa Meetups, etc.), and has mentored and coached developers, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners while successfully delivering products to market.
Aside from his professional life, Steve can be found on other high-performing teams as a competitive Dragon Boat paddler. He is the current president of his condominium’s Board of Directors, and works for the NHL as an Off-Ice Official during Senator’s home games. As a self-professed “beer snob”, Steve has also been known to reward himself with the occasional craft beer after a good day at the office or on the water.
As a newcomer to Canada, Victoria brings her global experience and connections from the US, China and Europe not just in agile communities but also businesses and government. As Head of Global Communications in NTORSA, a non-profit organization in China, her mission is to bridge China with global leading experts in innovation and technology.
We also appreciate the following contributors to GOAT 2016 in alphabetical order:
Bill Bourne, Glenn Waters, Jigish Parghi.