About the Authors

August 14th, 2010

IBM Scrum Community

A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum is a book developed through the collaboration of the IBM Agile Community. The IBM Agile Community consists of over 1084 members across IBM’s seven business units, all IBM Software Group brands (Rational, Information Management, Lotus, Tivoli, and WebSphere) and 30 different countries.

List of contributors

Photo of Elizabeth Woodward Elizabeth Woodward is a Senior Software Consultant with IBM Quality Software Engineering under the office of Innovation and Technology. She has served as the project manager or development leader on more than 100 globally-distributed projects for IBM and other enterprise corporations. Elizabeth has successfully consulted with software development companies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of their development processes, while fostering innovation and sustainable pace. Elizabeth teaches Agile methods within IBM and co-leads the IBM Scrum Community.
Photo of Matt Ganis Dr. Matthew Ganis is an IBM STSM and ibm.com site architect. Matt is the co-creator of the Agile@IBM community and was an early adopter of agile within IBM. Matt currently teaches Disciplined Agile Development and has published numerous articles/papers on the use of Agile methods within ibm.com – both within its traditional Web Development and the development/support of their Second Life Island. Matt has been the co-chair and chair of the Academy of Technology’s Agile Conferences for the past two years and is a Certified Scrum Master and Practitioner. Externally Matt serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of AGILE AND EXTREME SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT and is a steering committee member of New York City’s APLN chapter.
Photo of Steffan Surdek Steffan Surdek is a User Experience Lead and Agile Champion in IBM. He has worked in the software development industry for over fifteen years as a software developer, architect, project manager, and team leader. Steffan has managed and coordinated large-scale projects with teams distributed in as many as five countries–India, Egypt, Israel, China and Canada. He coaches distributed Agile teams, is a leader in IBM’s Scrum Community, and teaches Disciplined Agile Development workshops. He is an active member of the Montreal Agile community and has written on Agile methods and globally distributed development for developerWorks and Dr Dobbs Journal.