Michael DePaoli has been contributing to the IT community for 26 years and practicing agile and lean approaches to software development since 1996. He gained his experience working in roles from programmer to product manager to CTO in companies like Adobe Systems, American Express, AOL, Deloitte Consulting, NetApp, Sapient and Sprint. Michael has 12 years experience working as an Agile Coach helping companies to plan and manage the execution of agile / lean change initiatives. He is currently helping customers craft Lean-Agile solutions in their organizations as the VP of Agile Solution Architecture at AgileCraft.
Michael’s area of expertise is helping organizations craft holistic agile transformation approaches that not only educate and establish agile and lean values, principles and practices and tools to begin an agile / lean transformation but also to craft a strategy for the change needed to successfully scale and integrate agile within an organization. Michael has keen interest in applying systems thinking with an interdisciplinary studies approach to his work.
To further the practice of Scrum at scale, Mike continues his efforts to incorporate learning from neuroscience and the social sciences to optimize Scrum execution as a human system. When there is understanding, trust and respect in a team environment openness blooms and true collaboration and synergy begins.
He has spoken domestically and internationally at agile and lean conferences (most recently, Agile Development West 2013, Agile 2013 and Agile 2011 in Salt Lake City and Agiles 2011 in Buenos Aires) and shares he his thoughts in his blog “The Agile Horizon”