AgilePDX has been a volunteer-run operation for over 15 years. Like so many organically evolved organizations, it is not possible for us to list everyone who has helped grow, steer, and just plain make AgilePDX happen over the years. Yet, we are grateful for all of them and their effort! Here you will find the names, bios, and contact information for those who are currently serving on the Coordinating Committee. You can contact the entire committee at once (which we recommend) by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current committee members are:
Jean Richardson, Nora Beyerle, Michael Kelly, and Matt Inman Cochrane.
Committee Bios and Contact Info
Jean Richardson (@JeanAtAzureGate) began her Agile journey in the late 90’s by attending a talk given by Ward Cunningham about Extreme Programming. Light dawned slowly, but it came as inexorably as sunrise. She has been serving on the AgilePDX Coordinating Committee since 2011. She is the founder and principal consultant of Azure Gate Consulting, LLC, the creator of the Pervasive Leadership model, and the author of The Preservation of the Agile Heart: From Mindset to Consciousness.
Nora Beyerle has held roles as a project manager, Scrum Master, team lead and manager. But her favorite role is Scrum Master. She likes to get in with a team and help them sing their own song while building a strong core of leadership and technical practices to keep them safe and sound. Nora is known for her voracious curiosity about all things agile as well as her irrepressible, enthusiastic servant leadership. She first learned about agile in a banking software environment and has gone on to practice her craft in data analytics and logistics environments. Ask her about her favorite podcasts! Nora knows Agile can change the world. She tweets at @SunhiltB .
Michael Kelly is a veteran of numerous software development campaigns. He’s built software for power companies and banks, for the trucking industry and education, for internet start-ups and established companies, for his own companies and for others. Throughout, he has worked hard to master the craft of writing software and delve into the mysteries of Agile. Currently, he is working on a series of blog posts on software development as wilderness adventuring (https://survival.intuitious.com/). He tweets at @mseankelly.
Matt is a Software Engineer who has been attentive to Agile practice since day one of his tech career. AgilePDX helped him find his footing in Portland, so he is proud to give back to the community on this committee. If asked, he will talk in great detail of the impacts and incentives of Agile practice on individual engineers and teams. He is eager to see Portland agilists and their organizations thrive on effective application of Agile principles and thinking. He tweets at @iMatt611 .
Brittany Newhouse found Agile in searching for a more effective way to deliver technical projects while working as a DNA Analyst at a large agricultural testing lab. True to the spirit of her “Let’s just try and it see what happens!” attitude, she found success through numerous applications of Agile methodologies in non-Agile environments. After experiencing the benefits of using Scrum and Agile to deliver projects and products for a variety of non-software based industries, she is now a practicing Scrum Master for a data analytics team. As a PNW native, you’ll find her reading with her cat on rainy weekends and baking treats for her team. Please feel free to add her as a friend on Goodreads so you can swap book recommendations. She intermittently tweets at @britseybee
AgilePDX events are firmly anchored and gracefully hosted and facilitated by our event hosts. You can learn about the events listed below at https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/ . Event hosts love it when first-time attendees reach out and introduce themselves. You can reach them through the Meetup event page or reach out to them at an event.
This event is held the fourth Friday of each month at the Nike Evergreen Cafe.
Lorie Gordon focuses on coaching and practicing scrum within a team-oriented framework as a dedicated Scrum Master. Her recent introduction to SAFe is teaching her a formal enterprise level planning method that is partially implemented in teams she works with. She volunteers with AgilePDX and attends local gatherings including AONW, ProductCamp, and PNSQC. She Tweets at @CricketGordon.
Paula Hannan wants to live in a world where teams work together to create something they just couldn’t have done on their own. She works as an agile team coach, cares a lot about getting stuff out the door and moonlights in SQL. When she’s not helping with AgilePDX, you can find her singing in a choir, playing the flute or getting muddy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She tweets occasionally at @doodleno1.
Downtown Pub Lunch
This event is held the first Friday of each month at McMenamin’s Ringler’s Pub.
Eric Dencer is a US Navy veteran, a technologist, an (aspiring) photographer, and is a lifelong learner. Eric discovered agile in the early 00’s as he transitioned from Operations Engineering to Analysis and Project Management. He is passionate about helping teams become exceptional. He enjoys a good conversation about iterative value delivery and how it can make working better and more rewarding.
This event is held the second Tuesday of each month at Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center.
Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter’s Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.
Virtual Pub Lunch
This event is held online via Zoom the second Friday of each month.
Michaela Hutfles is a sideways E-shaped person (rather than T) with three major depths: agile development, earth-building and performing arts of all flavors. For a salary, she coaches agile thinking and self-management to software developers and keeps teams focused on continuous improvement, growth mindset, and general meta-cognition. She’s building a tiny house on the Olympic Peninsula using clay, straw, and sand. She dreams of someday starting a tiny arts foundation called Dionysus Giving. Because it amuses her, Michaela often claims to raise champion naked mole rats.
Scott Henderson dials in from Portland, Oregon (most days) and wishes he was as cool as @Michaela. Unrepentant dopamine addict. Walks, talks. Bikes, hikes. Kayaks, coffee and conversation. I coax companies to stop self harm, recognize context and treat people kindly while seeking good to amplify in the world.