The Team

Ron Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson

Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson begin working with Agile Software Development in 1996 and have been helping others with it since 1998. Their 25 years of combined Agile experience and 60 plus years of software development experience is unique among CSM course providers.

Ron is an author of the Agile Manifesto, the document that helps provide the conceptual underpinning for Agile methods such as Scrum and Extreme Programming. He was also the onsite coach on the very first XP project, starting in 1996. Chet was the Manifesto's first signatory. Chet is one of the authors of Extreme Programming Installed (Addison Weslet 2000), a connected collection of essays, presented in the order the practices would actually be implemented during a project.

In Extreme Programming Adventures in C#, Ron detailed the agile approach he and Chet took as they taught themslelves C# by writing an XML editor. This book gives a 'warts and all' look at the work practices of two of the world's foremost Agile practitioners.

Together and separately, Ron and Chet help teams succeed using Scrum's team practices and XP's software development practices.

Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan

Jeff Morgan has been an evangelist for the Agile Software Development movement since early 2002 and is a frequent speaker at conferences and technical events. He has been an agile coach since 2004 and has taught numerous courses on Test-Driven Development and Acceptance Test-Driven Development. In 2005 he founded the company that is now called LeanDog with a mission to help development teams transition to Agile and Lean methods through on-site coaching and training.

He is passionate about the Cleveland IT community and his company currently sponsors numerous technology group meetings each month in downtown Cleveland. His company also sponsors GiveCamps and Ignite events.

Michael "Doc" Norton

Michael Norton is an Agile Activist and Coach with LeanDog Software Studios where he provides coaching, mentoring, training, and delivery in Agile/XP/Lean software development techniques. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in software development and has been a promoter and practitioner of Agile since 1999.

Michael is a promoter of Software Craftsmanship, a topic he speaks on at corporations, conferences, and technical events. Michael is active in the management of several user groups including Cleveland Ruby Brigade, Cleveland Agile User Group, and the Chicago Clojure Group.

David Nicolette

An information technology professional since 1977, he has served in a variety of roles including programmer, technical analyst, software designer, solution architect, technical writer, trainer, sales support, manager, business analyst, workshop facilitator and consultant. Presently, his main interest is the application of Agile methods to enterprise IT, fostering organizational culture change to enable excellence through Agile best practices, and collaboration with enthusiastic professionals in a multicultural work environment.