Dick Carlson

  

Founder and Managing Partner, Agile & Lean Education Associates (ALEA)

Location: Orange County, CA

714-350-9946

Biography

Dick Carlson is a well-known transformational leader and expert Agile coach guiding organizations and projects to achieve optimum ROI, high productivity, quality improvements, and increased customer satisfaction through training, coaching and mentoring.

His company, Agile & Lean Education Associates (ALEA), offers and provides a complete complement of services related to Agile and Lean software development and rapid system delivery for teams, executives, senior management, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and custormers, and organizational training, project team coaching, and organization coaching tailored to enterprise needs.

Dick has demonstrated experience in championing teams and organizations in delivering high quality products using Scrum; Provides complete and comprehensive training for Agile teams, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners; Conducts executive- and senior-level training on Agile benefits and values; Conducts Agile training for project and program managers; Provides Agile coaching assistance during and after project planning; Teaches teams how to establish close collaboration with Product Owners, users, and stakeholders; works closely with project teams, partners and stakeholders during project planning to assist in the creation of an initial product backlog, product roadmap, release planning, and ensures that core Agile team members possessmrequisite skill sets, and are identified and available.

Work experience

Agile & Lean Education Associates (ALEA), Trainer, coach, mentor, consultant
July 2013 - Present, Garden Grove, CA, United States
At ALEA, I am the founder and managing partner and work as a consultant by providing complete and comprehensive training for individuals, project teams, management, and support personnel related to Agile and Lean software, systems development, and rapid system delivery. Coaching people, teams, and organizational leaders and management is an integral part of the training experience, flowed by an appropriate amount of mentoring. I have at least two decades of demonstrated experience championing teams and organizations in the development and delivery of high quality products using Agile, Lean, and Scrum principles. I conduct Agile-based, Lean-based, and Scrum-based training specifically designed for project teams, facilitators / Scrum Masters, Product Managers / Product Owners, Project Management, customers, users, executive and senior management, and other stakeholders. I offer team-level and organizational-level coaching assistance during project planning and throughout project execution. I teach team members the values of close collaboration with Product Owners, users, and stakeholders, mentor Product Owners, team members, and key stakeholders during project planning to ensure the creation of a product vision, a product roadmap, an initial product backlog, assist in release planning, and make sure that core project team members are identified and available. While at the Boeing Company for 9 years, I taught Agile, Lean, and Scrum principles based on my many years of practical experience. I successfully developed and actively conducted comprehensive training courses for Scrum Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, project/program managers, executives, senior management and others who were seriously interested in learning about how to implement and deploy Agile, Lean, and Scrum on their software development, systems development, product line, and IR&D projects. I have used my extensive software and systems engineering background (more than 4 decades) that includes practical knowledge and hands-on experience to show how to implement Agile, Lean, and Scrum principles in the software engineering, IT, and systems engineering domains within aerospace, academia, and the Department of Defense. I have developed and actively conducted comprehensive training courses for Scrum Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, project/program managers, customers, executives, senior management and others interested in learning how to implement and deploy Agile, Lean, and Scrum. I have been an active Agile transformational leader for many small and large projects, and frequently share my experiences of successful Agile, Lean, and Scrum implementations at conferences, workshops, and symposia, and regularly advise executives and organizational leaders on the cost, quality, and schedule benefits of using those initiatives and techniques. I have actively coached teams for more than 20 years on Agile and Lean Project Management fundamentals, and follow up with mentoring activities to ensure successful project implementations. I have led numerous organizations, programs, and projects ranging in size from 6 to more than 2,000 engineers that ranged in costs from less than $50,000 to more than $1.4 billion.