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Elizabeth Woodward


CEO, Woodward Innovations, Inc.

Location: Austin, TX/USA


Certified ScrumMaster



Elizabeth Woodward is IBM Rational's Lean and Agile Strategist, and DevOps Methodology Leader. During her 18+ years in delivering software solutions, she has held roles as diverse as senior IT operations administrator, programmer, architect, project manager and transformation consultant for large-scale enterprises and small businesses. As a member of the IBM CHQ Agile Transformation Team, Elizabeth was responsible for enabling more than 65,000 development team members, managers and executives worldwide during the early years of IBM’s Agile adoption. Today, she coaches diverse Agile organizations and teams, including large-scale product development, small-scale project and systems/embedded.  Elizabeth has been a co-leader of the IBM Agile Community since 2007. She co-authored the book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum” endorsed by Ken Schwaber (a creator of Scrum) and has presented numerous conference sessions and courses in the US, Canada, UK, China, Sweden and Switzerland.  Elizabeth is also an avid inventor and innovator with more than 20 patents filed and a special interest in Agile methods for research and innovation. More information:

Work experience

IBM, Agile Transformation Consultant
November 2006 - Present, Austin, TX, United States

I enable our IBM teams and customers world wide with their efforts to become more lean and agile, to address the really hard challenges to agility (scale, metrics, innovation, culture change,...), to make sure that we're delivering solutions that enable our customers to optimize their delivery performance, and to ensure that we absolutely delight our customers and our partners.

* Define strategy, initiatives and ongoing efforts to support IBM’s clients in their lean and agile transformation efforts, performance optimization and delivery of innovative solutions.

* Serve as an ambassador worldwide, meeting with business partners, client executives, teams and other stakeholders to continuously improve their experiences with IBM agile solutions and services.

* Share experiences with others by speaking at conferences, engaging in and hosting community activities, delivering agile education, coaching and mentoring.

* Guide organizations in enterprise-wide transformation


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