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Nilesh Thali


Agile (Technical) Coach, SolutionsIQ

Location: Roanoke, TX



Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Registered Education Provider


Groups I belong to

DFW Scrum (Dallas/Fort Worth)


Nilesh Thali

1971: Delivery of initial release

1993: Introduced to C programming and Unix at the ripe old age of 22

1994: Blown away by the concept of OO and C++ at 23

1995: Shipped overseas to Buffalo NY in the quest for a Master's

1998: Entered the workforce

2000: Got introduced to the "iterative and incremental" mantra

2001: Baptized into eXtreme Programming by Object Mentor coaches, became XP practice evangelist

2007: Introduced to Scrum. Started Grooving and Planning

2010: Certified as Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) by

2012: Peace, Love and Agile Alliance @ Gaylord Texan

2012: Moved into Agile Technical Coach position with SolutionsIQ 

2012: CSPO certification

2013: CSM and CSP certification

2014: Agile Coach (workflow and technical) in the Bay Area


Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses


  • Certified Scrum Developer Lab (Technical)

Continuing Education

  • User Story Workshop
  • Retrospectives Workshop

Work experience

SolutionsIQ, Sr Agile Consultant
September 2016 - Present, Kansas City, MO, United States
Technical Coach helping a team automate its disjointed workflow and processes and build the scaffolding for enabling the team members to move towards Continuous Integration. This involves iterating through a test data generation strategy that will reduce cycle times and allow the team to satisfy the customer early and often with a high quality product.

Fidelity Investments, Agile Coach
March 2016 - September 2016, Westlake, TX, United States
Part of a team of coaches partnering with business and IT to move towards "satisfying the customer with early and continuous delivery of valuable software"

SolutionsIQ, Agile Technical Coach
December 2012 - March 2016, Seattle, WA, United States
Agile Technical Coach helping a large client transformation to Agile/Scrum practices. Part of a high-level Coaching Office organization that deals with metadata on how to transition individual teams to the Scrum framework with a common set of best practices. Also serving the ground forces by embedding into teams on a per-sprint basis, assessing the team's technical needs, introducing practices like TDD, pair programming, continuous integration/delivery, unit testing, mocking/stubbing etc. to increase value delivered per sprint.

Sabre, Scrum Master
January 2010 - November 2012, Southlake, TX, United States
Worked with a team of Business Analysts proxying as Product Owners, and the scrum delivery team, guiding them through effective backlog grooming (Sprint pre-planning), Sprint Planning sessions, writing good user stories with acceptance criteria, following the XP engineering practices (TDD, continuous integration with Hudson/TeamCity/Jenkins), and conducting valuable retrospectives to have the team own their improvement from sprint to sprint.

Sabre, Tech Lead/Agile Coach
June 2007 - January 2010, Southlake, TX, United States
Led an offshore team of 7 people in two week iterations, designing and enhancing an inventory management system using a variety of planning tools, starting with xplanner, and ending with Version One. Helped team do effective iteration planning with 2 week iterations, follow SOLID design principles, doing effective customer demos and responding to change effectively.

Sabre, eXtreme Programmer
January 2001 - June 2007, Southlake, TX, United States
programmer and XP technical practices evangelist - helped various teams within Sabre imbibe development practices like TFD (later TDD), unit testing, refactoring, pair programming and continuous integration using Cruise Control and Hudson


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