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Dana Pylayeva
Agile Coach, Founder of Big Apple Scrum Day Conference at HBC Digital.
New York, NY/USA


Dana Pylayeva has started her career in IT as a developer on a typical waterfall project. While attending a conference back in 2004, she caught an Agile fever and realized that there was a better way to implement software projects.

Since that early exposure, she carries out her passion for Agile development through variety of projects and roles, customizing Agile implementations to co-located as well as distributed teams, operational environments, off-shore vendor management etc.

Agile Coach, an application architect, DBA Manager, Scrum Master, Agile adoption facilitator – she brings enthusiasm and pursuit of continuous improvement into anything she does. Her experience in development as well as operation sides helps her to relate well to everyone in the IT organization. Her interest in DevOps culture and experience in Gamification all come together in her book “Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Game”.

Dana is passionate about collaboration and helping the teams improve. She is a certified Training from the Back of the Room trainer, Open Space and Retrospectives facilitator, the founder of Big Apple Scrum Day conference, international speaker and an active member of global agile community.