Lean-Agile Practice: Principles, Partners & Thought-Leaders
Already a thought leader in Lean-Agile IT space through our work with world-class corporate transformations and local Agile community involvement, Impact Makers has supercharged its investment in talent as well as practice partnerships to be able to offer proven strategies for novices to even the most Agile-savvy of technicians. In addition to the experienced folks below, Impact Makers has several Lean/Kanban and certified Agile Project Managers and Customer Service Managers.
Andy Savage is a Certified Master Scrum Lean/Agile Coach with Impact Makers. He is an entrepreneur with vast experience in creating profitable businesses through organic application of technology to meet customer needs. He has implemented Agile practices at a Fortune 500 company and led development teams through transitions to Agile methods.
Andy has successfully implemented, managed and developed large Agile IT projects incorporating backend, frontend systems including the latest mobile technologies in iOS and Android. Andy comes to Impact Makers after selling his own successful, award-winning software company. He has experience in high availability platforms as well as applying the latest artificial intelligence to hard-to-solve problems.
Daniel Vacanti is a 16 year software industry veteran. He worked with David Anderson on the world’s first implementations of Kanban and was a contributor to and primary reviewer of David’s Kanban book. Daniel specializes in the leading, mentoring, and coaching of teams in lean and agile practices. His emphasis is on the business-appropriate use of technology and process to help companies achieve their specific economic goals. Daniel’s current interest is focused on how variability affects knowledge work and how the proper application of risk management can make organizations more predictable.
Mike Vizdos is an experienced agile coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, speaker and author. He works with clients to transition to more iterative and incremental methodologies (including a project that was one of the largest enterprise agile rollouts to date). He conducts international agile coaching and training sessions, speaks at many users groups and conferences about real-world agile experiences and is the creator of the website www.implementingscrum.com.
Arin is an Agile Coach, trainer and developer in Charlottesville, Virginia. Arin is an experienced IT leader with over 14 years of experience as a developer, project lead, architect, and entrepreneur. Arin is a strong proponent of Agile software development practices and has spoken at many conferences and user groups, including Agile2009, Agile2010, and XP2011. Arin has led Agile process and development coaching engagements with clients, as well as completed in-depth industry analysis and process analysis engagements.
Arin has developed software in most leading languages, including .NET, Ruby on Rails, Grails, Java, and PHP. Arin holds a Masters in Management of IT (MSMIT) from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Kenneth Fritz (CSP) is a professional Agile coach with nearly 10 years of experience practicing, implementing, and coaching Agile methods. Ken also has a deep technical background as a software engineer, with classical systems analysis and design training and experience. He has participated in Agile teams at all levels, as a team member, scrum master, product owner, and coach.
Ken participated in numerous Agile projects as a team member with the Department of Defense, and served on staff at the Pentagon for a major US Army systems implementation. Ken was also responsible for implementing Agile at a major multichannel electronic retailer, which led to measurable increases in project success, revenue, and overall quality, while reducing project timelines and costs. Currently, Ken is working as an Agile coach for the leading supplier of electronic map and traffic data, where he coaches several teams and has been responsible for architecting numerous components of the overall corporate Agile process.
About Impact Makers
Impact Makers is a management and technology consulting company based in Richmond, Virginia. We provide Project Management, Business Process Improvement and Healthcare/Medical Management Strategy and Implementations. We are a for profit company but we have no shareholders and contribute our profits to local, healthcare related charities.