PORTLAND, Oregon, November 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Agile Alliance, (www.agilealliance.org) a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of Agile software development principles and practices, today announced six new members to the Agile Alliance. In addition, three board members, Diana Larsen, Todd Little and Tamara Sulaiman, have been appointed as officers of the organization.

The commitment of all Agile board members, past, future and present, are the driving force in providing value to our membership and the Agile community around the world, said Phil Brock, managing director of the Agile Alliance. The talent and expertise of these new board members brings new ideas and perspectives that will help advance our organization and the Agile development community throughout the US and abroad.

The new board members will each serve a two-year term and replace Jennitta Andrea, Luke Hohmann and Johanna Rothman. In addition, Jim Newkirk will serve as the conference chair for Agile 2010, http://agile2010.agilealliance.org/ , scheduled for Aug. 9-13, 2010 in Nashville.

To help guide the organization's growth the Agile Alliance membership elected six new board members:

-- Cesar Idrovo - Idrovo is a consultant at Tacit Knowledge. He also serves as a board member of the Agile Project Leadership Network.

-- Henrich Kniberg - Kniberg is an Agile and lean coach. He is the author of, Scrum and XP from the Trenches - How we do Scrum (http://www.crisp.se/henrik.kniberg/ScrumAndXpFromTheTrenches.html). He brings more than 15 years of experience as a CTO of many leading Swedish IT companies.

-- Diana Larsen - In addition, to being reelected to the board, Larsen will also serve as chair of the organization. Larsen consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish. With more than fifteen years of experience working with technical professionals, Larsen brings focus to the human side of organizations, teams and projects. Larsen co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (http://www.amazon.com/Agile-Retrospectives-Making-Teams-Great/dp/0977616649)! She publishes articles and writes occasional blog posts at Partnership and Possibilities (http://www.futureworksconsulting.com/blog). Current chair of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors, she co-founded the Agile Open Northwest conference and the international Retrospective Facilitators Gathering.

-- Laurent Bossavit - Bossavit is an independent consultant focused on Extreme Programming and Project Retrospectives. In addition, to being involved in the Agile Alliance, Bossavit also had led preparations for XP Days France.

-- JD Rainsburger - is a Canadian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada) software development consultant and technology writer, best known for his contributions to Agile software development (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_development), for which he was awarded the highest honor from the agile community, the Gordon Pask Award in 2005 He is the founder of XPDay North America (http://www.xpday.info/). He is also well known for his book, JUnit Recipes : Practical Methods for Programmer Testing.

-- Esther Derby - is well known for her work in helping teams grow to new levels of productivity. She helps teams and organizations make the transition to Scrum, and coaches technical people who are making the transition to management. Esther is recognized as one of the world's leaders in retrospectives, and is co-author (with Diana Larsen) of the book Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.

In addition, the Agile Alliance named two existing board members to executive committee positions:

-- Todd Little - treasurer, is a senior development manager at Landmark. In addition he is a partner at Accelinova and past-president of the Agile Project Leadership Network.

-- Tamara Sulaiman, PMP, CST - secretary, managing consultant at Applied (http://www.solutionsiq.com/) Scrum, an IT consulting organization and co-originator of the Agile Earned Value Management (EVM), a process recognized for integrating the traditional project management practice of EVM with the Scrum framework.

The remaining Agile Alliance Board members include, Paul Culling, Rachel Davies, Jim Newkirk, and Phil Brock.

The Agile Alliance continues to increase its membership each year in line with the growing interest and adoption of Agile processes for software development. One key indicator of the increasing adoption of Agile practices is the continuing demand for Agile knowledge by enterprises looking to reap the benefits of the discipline. The Agile Alliance helps meet this demand by publishing content, conducting regional and international educational events and by hosting the industry's foremost event, the Agile Conference, which brings together development experts from around the globe.

About the Agile Alliance

The Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development, as outlined in the (http://www.agilemanifesto.org/). With nearly 6,000 members located around the globe, the Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. The Agile Alliance organizes the annual Agile Conference, the industry's leading event that attracts practitioners, academia, business and vendor-partner community members from around the globe. The Agile2010 conference http://agile2010.agilealliance.org/ is set for August 9-13 in Nashville. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.agilealliance.org/

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