Global Scrum Gathering® Austin 2019

Meet the Gathering Team for the 2019 Austin Global Scrum Gathering

Scrum Alliance® Gatherings offer you the chance to come together to share your passion and knowledge about Scrum and Agile practices. The semi-annual Global Gatherings feature presentations from experts in the field, networking events, and opportunities to share experiences amongst the Agile Community.

A committee of Agile practitioners come together to form the North American Gathering Team (NAGT) to create and plan impactful experiences that speak through high-quality learning experiences, exclusive opportunities, and innovative event elements that make the Global Scrum Gatheringā„  as a must attend, world-class event.

Meet the team:



Michael Collier is a Software Developer at Commerce Bank of Kansas City with close to 20 years of experience spanning many different industries delivering value to his customers. He has been involved with Commerce Bank’s Agile transformation since 2013 as an Agile Developer Coach and trainer.

He has been a volunteer with Scrum Alliance® on Gathering review teams since 2013. Working with many talented volunteers reviewing presentation abstracts to provide quality Global Scrum Gatherings. Michael was conference presenter on Agile development practices at SGFLA. He’s also member of the NAGT for our Minneapolis Gathering. Michael’s passion is helping teams deliver customer value. He conducts internal trainings focusing on Agile development practices, XP, and Lean combined with TDD – BDD –ATDD.

Michael currently holds the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster (CSP®-SM), Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®), Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner (CSP®-PO) and Certified Scrum Developer® (CSD®) certifications.

In his off time, he enjoys entertaining as a member of an internationally-known pirate themed musical group. Follow Michael on Twitter: @mwctlc (Pappy McBeard) and #AgilePirate.

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Chris Diller is a CSP®-SM, CSP®-PO, and practicing Agile Coach at Target. He's been involved in developing software since 2006 in various roles including as an embedded software developer, project leader, Scrum Master and Agile Coach. He’s found a "home" with Scrum and Agile since 2013.

Chris has a passion for delivering working software early and often while coaching his development teams to adopt practices like XP, CI/CD, etc., all to delight customers. He enjoys working with Product Owners to help them focus on customer outcomes instead of team output, and to truly embrace owning a product. He also seeks out opportunities to be a champion of Scrum and Agile values within his organization as well as mentoring other Scrum Masters. Chris currently holds the CSP®-SM, CSP®-PO, CSM®, and CSPO® certifications. He works toward continuously improving his own skills by attending local user groups, reading books and blogs from industry experts, and attending webinars whenever possible.

Chris enjoys sailing, golfing, bowling, cheering for the Packers and, most of all, spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and lives in the Twin Cities.

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Erika Flora, CSP®-SM, CSP®-PO is an experienced Strategic Advisor, instructor, and Agile Coach across a variety of industries and sectors. She started her career as a Microbiologist, then Project Manager. She’s always had a passion for improving how companies manage work, deliver great products and services, and better serve their customers. In 2006, Erika founded BEYOND20, an IT consulting, training, and software development company based on Scrum and other “best practice” frameworks. She works with global organizations as an IT Service Management and Agile/Scrum consultant, instructor, and coach. Over the years, she’s led several successful enterprise software implementation projects and helped organizations find success with their IT transformation efforts. Erika holds a master’s Degree in microbiology from the University of Florida and served as an adjunct professor of Project Management for San Diego State University (SDSU). She is a skilled blogger, presenter, and the author of, “Demystifying Agile, Scrum, and IT Service Management.” She is an avid supporter of women in technology, and BEYOND20 is a frequent sponsor of STEM events. When she’s not at work or on social media (@erikaflora), you may find her performing with her indie improv troupe, “Swoonface.”

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Dhaval Panchal is experienced Executive and Agile Coach. He is ScrumAlliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with 15+ years of Agile experience working in the development and management of products and services in the software industry. He has experience working with startups to Fortune 100 companies, with clients in the telecommunications, business process engineering, shipping, e-discovery, legal, gaming, health insurance, and oil and gas industries.

As an agile coach, Dhaval brings results oriented, people centric perspective. He is often described as creative simplifier who is able to navigate clients through variety of challenging contexts. Dhaval helps his clients to focus on signals over noise, exposes trade-offs that client organizations have to make in the “real world”. Dhaval has presented at various Agile industry conferences and is sought after by leadership teams to make sense of complex organizational situations.

Dhaval Panchal delivers world class Agile Coaching and training services. He works with CTOs and heads of software development, engineering, DevOps, data & project management to:

  • Transform legacy waterfall approaches into effective Agile processes- Scale Agile efforts to full enterprise level

  • Train key team members to maximize Agile adoption

  • Adopt practices to ensure sustainable momentum & long term success He can be reached on Twitter at @dhavalpanchal.

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Reese Schmit is an Agile Coach at Agile Velocity. Over the past 15 years, she’s done just about every job in the software industry, from User Experience Designer to Product Manager, QA Engineer to Scrum Master. This varied experience has taught her to frame problems from different perspectives and drive change through empathy. As an Agile Coach, she has worked to help organizations increase customer value, transparency, and collaboration, and to motivate teams to continuously improve.

When she’s not coaching, Reese is working as the Program Chair on the Agile Austin Board or helping run the Agile Austin Coaching SIG. Otherwise, she’s either chasing her tiny human girl or two canine boys around, hanging with her amazing husband, brewing beer, or, if by some miracle she gets to sit down, knitting.

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Anu Smalley is the President and Founder of Capala Consulting Group, LLC where she specializes in Executive coaching and Agile Transformations. She is also an Enterprise Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer®-providing education and coaching, consulting services to clients across the United States. An IT professional with over 25 years of industry experience, Anu holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Osmania University in India and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Anu has extensive experience with large scale agile transformations, integral to the success of the likes of Capital One through her training and coaching expertise. She has specialized in leadership coaching and large group facilitation. Anu has established internal agile coaching Centers of Excellence for several clients to allow self-sustained coaching of their agile transformations. She has developed a coaching program specifically designed for evolving organizational leaders. Anu speaks frequently at conferences both nationally and internationally on Product Ownership and Group Facilitation Techniques.

Anu is passionate about coaching and training others, dedicated to helping to achieve professional and personal success. She is also committed to improving the agile community through severalactivities. She is an active member of the larger Scrum and Agile community and enjoys giving back via volunteering at various conferences. She is also a Program Advisor to the Scrum Alliance Events group as they plan, organize and coordinate various conferences, retreats and meetups around the world.

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David Wight has been practicing and promoting the development of high quality software for years in diverse roles, including engineer, programmer, CS professor, director of development, executive and consultant. He immediately recognized the potential of Agile when he first saw it in 2000. He quickly became an enthusiastic practitioner and evangelist. David has led Agile teams, established Agile practices and introduced Agile into traditionally “non-Agile” domains, such as medical devices and safety-critical systems.

Besides being a Certified ScrumMaster®, licensed PE and Baldridge examiner, he holds an alphabet soup of certifications, such as PSEM, CSDP from IEEE, CSQE, CMQ/OE and CQA from ASQ, and PMP from PMI. David has been active as a member, volunteer and/or officer in Agile Austin, Scrum Alliance®, IEEE Computer Society, ASQ and others. He has been a volunteer teacher at Agile Austin U and Veterans4Quality, and a long-time organizer of the Keep Austin Agile (KAA) Conference, leading volunteer and operations subcommittees and serving as co-chair in 2017. He currently serves on the committee that created and maintains the Software Professional Engineer exam for NCEES.

David recently left his position as Vice President of Quality for a Texas based Consulting Group and founded Calaveras Group, which assists Agile startups and transformations, and helps organizations identify and address the root causes of systemic quality issues. He lives in Austin and does what he can to keep Austin weird. He loves traveling to unique places all over the world to experience and photograph incredible landscapes, diverse cultures and remarkable wildlife.

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