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Jean Tabaka


Agile Fellow, Rally Software Development

Location: Boulder, CO



Certified ScrumMaster



Jean Tabaka is an Agile Coach with Rally Software Development in Boulder Colorado. With over 25 years of experience in the software development industry, she has navigated numerous plan-driven methodologies in a variety of contexts (government, IT, consulting) and in a variety of roles (programmer--remember paper tape?, architect, project manager, methodologist).  Her move to agile software development approaches came in the late 90’s as a result of studying DSDM in the UK.  Since that time, she has become an agile devotee, consulting with teams of all sizes worldwide seeking to derive a continuous flow of value through the adoption of agile principles and practices. She specializes in scaling agile practices, applying lean principles and practices, and building continuous planning and testing into organizations. She also creates a strong collaborative approach in how she guides organizations in adopting agile.  Jean is a Certified ScrumMaster and Practitioner, a Certified Scrum Trainer, and a Certified Professional Facilitator. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of “Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders” published in the Addison-Wesley Agile Software Development Series, 2006. She has presented at numerous conferences and seminars throughout North America, the UK, Europe, and India and has written for various publications and journals on a variety of topics regarding Scrum, Lean, Agile testing and quality, and collaboration in agile teams. You can reach her at



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