About

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 agilepdxcoordinating@googlegroups.com.

Our current committee members are: Nora Beyerle, Michael Kelly, Matt Inman Cochrane, Brittany Newhouse, Kris Dobelstein, and Neal Peterson.

Committee Bios and Contact Info

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANora 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 .

Matthew Inman CochraneMatthew Inman Cochrane 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 .

Britt_ProfileBrittany 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

Kris Dobelstein’s background is in product developmentNEF_3569_smaller.jpg with an emphasis in complex embedded electronic systems using highly interactive user interfaces. He’s been afforded broad latitude to observe and experiment with different project management techniques. In his quest to maximize product relevancy, reduce development timelines, and safeguard human dignity, he has leveraged Agile principles, values, and frameworks to help create some really neat products. He blogs about Agile and other thoughts at Agile Hardware Northwest and lives in Clackamas County with his family.

Neal Peterson is a Lean addict and Agile disciple who hails from North Portland, sailing profile.pngOR these days. He’s a business process designer/Lean coach that tries to help companies make sense out of their business processes. He seeks to make their processes efficient and effective by applying the tools of TQM, Lean, Six Sigma and thinking Agile – sometimes resorting to “Kindergarten” facilitation methods if it’ll get the job done. His favorite book title is “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steven Krug. In his spare time, he loves to fly kites, garden, sail boats, and road bike long distances. 

Kelly Austin is a Scrum Master and Agile Project Manager. She believes that empathy is the essential link between her current life practicing human-centered management with self-organizing agile development teams and her previous life teaching literature to serious, wide-eyed university students. She loves re-reading Dante, and she dreams of eating bread and cheese in Spain. She is grateful every d*** day that her dog, Maisie, is the most constant (and cutest) companion.

Event Hosts

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.

Westside Cafe

This event is held the fourth Friday of each month at the Nike Evergreen Cafe.

LorieGordonLorie 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.

PaulaHannan_Scrum_MasterPaula 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.

Mob Programming

This event is held the second Tuesday of each month at Cayuse.

Jeff Patterson is a Software Quality Engineer at Jama Software, language agnostic, Jeff Patterson.pngquality evangelist, and non-traditional CS grad. He has facilitated Global Day of Code Retreat, founded a peer group to support Community College CS students transferring to University, and is often heard saying, “Software is made of people!”.

Virtual Pub Lunch

This event is held online via Zoom the second Friday of each month.

Michaela HufflesMichaela 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 HendersonScott 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.

Lean Coffee in the North

An event aimed at getting people in the North and NE areas of Portland and Vancouver together to facilitate discussions (although it’s not exclusive to people living in those areas).

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Neal Peterson is a Lean addict and Agile disciple who hails from North Portland, OR these days. He’s a business process designer/Lean coach that tries to help companies make sense out of their business processes. He seeks to make their processes efficient and effective by applying the tools of TQM, Lean, Six Sigma and thinking Agile – sometimes resorting to “Kindergarten” facilitation methods if it’ll get the job done. His favorite book title is “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steven Krug. In his spare time, he loves to fly kites, garden, sail boats, and road bike long distances.

Agile PM Online Roundtable

This event is held online via Zoom the second Thursday morning of each month. This is geared towards Agile Project Managers, Agile Facilitators, and Scrum Masters to gather online once a month and discuss all things project, program, and portfolio related.

David Whitlock moved to Portland at the turn of the century to hack on the Java Virtual DavidWhitlockHeadShotColor.jpgMachine. He enjoyed the challenge of working with complex software systems, but quickly discovered that the complexity of working with people offers an even more exciting challenge. David has been a student of Agile and Lean principles and practices for many years and looks forward to engaging others in conversations to help understand what we know, what matters, and what we do next. By night, he is an adjunct lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Portland State University. David likes watching things grown whether they are Teams, companies, his students, his family, or the vegetables in his garden.

Brian Kronstad began his career as a software engineer on manufacturing systems Brian_Kronstad.jpgwhere he was first exposed to total quality management and iterative development methodologies. Over his 30-year career in IT, he has used both Traditional and Agile methods to deliver solutions and is an advocate for bringing value-driven approaches to enterprises. He is fascinated by team dynamics, change management as it applies to people and organizations and successful Agile implementations. When not working, Brian spends time with family, (sea) kayaking, playing music and checking out coffee shops.

AgilePDX Social Media Team

Galen Doucette comes to Agile practice with a background in both traditional project management and the discipline of philosophy. He believes that context matters and that the active discovery of changing context helps create flourishing teams. Starting by emphasizing self-awareness, he helps organizations uncover assumptions, identify opportunities, and actualize growth. Whether a Military Police station, a Buddhist retreat center, or a mobile app, he sees delivering a project as an act of translation. He tweets at @gdoucettepdx

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