We kicked off 2016 by announcing two new organizers for the Dallas DFW Scrum meetups: Steve Fraser and Pradeepa Narayanaswamy. Both Steve and Pradeepa have been regular attendees at our meetups and were interested in getting more involved. I realized that I’d been organizing events for four years, and the new year presented a great opportunity to inject the group with new energy and ideas.
As a Senior Consultant with Improving, Steve Fraser has experience in all the Scrum Roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Developer. He enjoys discovering, applying and sharing new techniques to produce customer value with elegant design, practical architecture, and wicked code. Steve is passionate about sharing his talents in software development, including automated testing at all levels from user journeys through unit testing and using specification by example to build living product documentation.
An agile coach and Professional Scrum Trainer, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy is a self-proclaimed “Agile Passionista” who strongly believes in agile values and principles. In her current role, Pradeepa works as a trainer, agile coach, and mentor to several teams and helps them succeed in delighting customers. She works with leadership teams in their transformation journeys using agile values and principles. A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Pradeepa is passionate about and specializes in agile testing.
I am thrilled to have Steve and Pradeepa involved in coordinating topics and speakers for the group and appreciate the support they’ve provided over the last four months. You have probably seen them take over front of the room introductions each month, and I am excited to see how they continue to grow as leaders in our community.