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Ainsley Nies has been an innovator, synthesizer and leader for more than two decades in the people side of information systems work.  As the principal of Acorn Consulting Enterprises, she employs retrospectives in work with groups or organizations who want to perform at their highest level - creating collaborations, planning, managing programs/projects and helping to instill agility.  Ainsley also provides coaching for individuals, one-to-one and through Personal Retrospective Workshops.  Ainsley initiated the Agile and Retrospective SIGs at Hewlett Packard and led the groups until corporate life lost its appeal.  She is on the leadership team of the Bay Area Agile Project Leadership Network, is a co-founder of Agile Open California, Board President of the Computer Technologies Program in Berkeley and Convener of the AAUW Pacifica Branch.

David Chilcott has been designing and building custom business applications since 1989. He’s the lead systems analyst and designer for Outformations, Inc.

His ability to abstract and capture complex system requirements and application flow, combined with his relational database application development experience, ensures that every Outformations solution has a solid, lasting foundation. His technical skills include use case and UML modeling; Unified Process, scrum and other agile/xp development methodologies/practices; application architecture and design; web and desktop application development; and various DBMS systems.

In addition to his background as a system architect, David holds a degree in group dynamics, and has completed formal training in creative problem solving. Using this experience, he leads focused, task-oriented client design sessions. His collaboration and communication skills support effective Agile project management and team facilitation, training, and consulting.

David is the founder of Outformations and a principal. He is a past president of the Bay Area Association of Database Developers, the founder and a board member of the Bay Area Agile Project Leaders Network (BayAPLN) local chapter, and he co-leads the Bay Area Rational User Group (BayRUG), co-hosted by Outformations.

David is a husband, step-father, and grandfather, and is active in healing, diversity, & social justice work.

Chris Sims is a trainer, coach, facilitator, consultant, coder, agile evangelist, and all-around geek. He is the founder of the Technical Management Institute, facilitator of the Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group, chair of the IEEE Technical Management Council of Silicon Valley, and is on the board of BayAPLN, the Bay Area chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network.

In the past, Chris has made a living in roles such as: Engineering Manager, Project Manager, C++ Developer, Band Leader, Bass Player, and Auto Mechanic. Now, he enjoys teaching engineers how to lead people, projects, and teams.

For the really curious, a longer bio can be found here

Steve Bockman is an independent software developer who began his career in 1977 in a utility position, installing software packages for a manufacturer of business computers. Since then he has worked in the fields of speech recognition, terrain analysis, computer graphics, desktop publishing, industrial automation and web applications. He is also the co-founder of the North Bay Agile user group.

Steve’s first exposure to anything Agile occurred around 2000, when a co-worker suggested that they try pair programming. He liked what he saw, but didn’t get involved again until 2005, while participating in a development effort in which changing requirements were part of the ground rules. He has been happily exploring Agile techniques ever since.

César Idrovo is a financial industry technology strategist with twelve years experience in enabling advanced business transformations at large investment and trading banks.

He is now exploring how companies tackle complex and rapidly changing problems at the enterprise level.

He is a keen and active member of the BayAPLN and he blogs at Nonlinear Enterprise.