Global Scrum Gathering℠ New York

North American Gathering Team

A committee of passionate agile practitioners has come together to form the #SGNYC20 North American Gathering Team (NAGT). Together, they create and plan an impactful program that includes high-quality learning experiences to complement exclusive opportunities and innovative elements that make the Gathering a world-class, not-to-be-missed event.

Dana Pylayeva is an independent Agile/DevOps coach, facilitator, and speaker with over 18 years of diverse experience in software development, IT operations. She designs and delivers experiential workshops for organizations around the world and is the author of several publications including: “Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Game"; “Fear in Workplace”; and “Self-selection Game.” She is a certified Training from the Back of the Room instructor, Open Space facilitator, CSP®, CSM®, CSPO®, Certified LeSS Practitioner and the founder of Big Apple Scrum Day conference in NYC.


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Dana Pylayeva

Julianne Jones is a Scrum practitioner, facilitator, instructor and speaker with over 14 years of experience working with Scrum. Based in Toronto she advises and coaches organizations wanting to make the transition from waterfall-to-Scrum.

Julianne developed her expertise in Scrum as an in-the-trenches Scrum Master serving Scrum teams and stakeholders. She has further evolved her Scrum practices by serving a Product Owner to multiple learning organizations developing training products. A results-driven servant leader, Julianne focuses on building the success of others and believes in the power of highly talented people working energetically together in highly-disciplined self-organizing environments.

Julianne Jones is a strong transformational executive who builds world-class teams that consistently delivery extraordinary business outcomes quickly, efficiently, frequently and reliably. Julianne has lead both projects and programs using Agile methods (Scrum and Kanban), worked with clients to help them adopt Agile methods within their organization since 2004.

Julianne holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster (CSP-SM), Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner (CSP-PO), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).


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Chris Diller is a 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, ScrumMaster 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 ScrumMasters. 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 Minneapolis, MN area.


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David Wight has been practicing, promoting and enabling the delivery of high quality technology solutions for many years in diverse roles including engineer, manager, ScrumMaster, coach, director, entrepreneur, teacher and consultant. He recognized the potential of agile when he first saw it over 20 years ago and quickly became an enthusiastic practitioner and evangelist. He has led agile teams, established agile practices in traditionally "non-agile" domains, and helped executives improve their organization's ability to consistently deliver value to customers.


Besides being a Certified ScrumMaster®, licensed PE and Baldridge examiner, he holds certifications in multiple disciplines including 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 subcommittees and serving as co-chair in 2017. He currently serves on the board of Agile Austin, the Scrum Alliance North American Gathering Team, and the committee that created and maintains the Software Professional Engineer exam for NCEES.


He 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 deliver better solutions by identifying and addressing systemic issues. David lives in Austin, Texas 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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Kemmy Raji is a passionate agile coach, facilitator, and mentor with nearly 15 years of combined experience in both traditional methodologies and agile approaches. She has applied these skills and expertise in various domains.


She holds several certifications in coaching, agile and project management, including PMI-ACP, PMP, ICP-ACC, CSMr, CSPO®, and CSP® in addition to her educational qualifications. She is currently an agile Coach for agile42.


Kemmy is known for her active volunteering in the agile community both in her city of residence, Toronto, and outside Canada. She is dedicated to making a difference in the workplace by inspiring teams’ passion for their work and coaching them to explore their hidden gems.


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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 ScrumMaster. This varied experience has taught her to frame problems from different perspectives and drive change through empathy. As an agile coach, Reese 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 program chairing for Agile Austin. 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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Steve Ostermiller is an author, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and aspiring agile coach with Platinum Edge. He is also founder and director of Utah Agile, a professional community committed to increasing agility for Utah businesses, technology and individuals. Steve is co-author of Agile Project Management For Dummies, and technical editor of Scrum For Dummies and Pearson’s Agile Foundations Complete Video Course. He has worked with executive leadership, service delivery and scrum teams in finance, healthcare, media, entertainment, defense, energy, government, logistics, e-commerce, manufacturing, IT operations, ERP, PMO, startups and nonprofits. As father of five, Steve's also interested in how agile principles apply in personal and family life...especially in planning the next family vacation.


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