Rachel Weston Rowell is a member of the Office of the CTO, a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile coach at Rally Software in Boulder, Colorado. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the software development industry working with both in-house IT and product development teams and as a consultant working on software and strategic initiatives. Rachel has held many functional roles within software teams and organizations, including working at the executive level, as an IT Manager and Director, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Tech Writer and QA.
Rachel has expertise in coaching and facilitating at the executive level with senior leaders on the role of leadership in large-scale Agile rollouts. She has also been instrumental in leading the development and delivery of Agile services in alignment with SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) for Rally's customers. She was an early practitioner of scaled agile concepts, including multi-team release planning practices and principles.
Throughout her career, she has worked actively to improve processes in order to create a more collaborative, successful and therefore satisfying working environment. She is passionate about the positive changes Agile methods can enable for organizations, teams, and their customers. Rachel holds a Masters in Linguistics with a specialization in Computational Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of California Berkeley.