Chet Hendrickson, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach
Chet Hendrickson is the first signatory to the Agile Manifesto and has been involved with Agile Software Development since 1996, when as a member of Chrysler’s C3 project he helped develop Extreme Programming. In 2000, Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, and Chet wrote Extreme Programming Installed. It detailed XP’s core practices, how to do them, and how they work together to help teams be successful. Since 2002, Chet has been an independent consultant, coach, and trainer. In 2009, he was asked by the Scrum Alliance to help develop the Certified Scrum Developer program. Chet and Ron Jeffries taught the first CSD course and continue to offer them in the United States and Europe. He has been a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2009. Chet and Ron Jeffries often work together and are popular conference speakers, bringing an interesting mix of humor and deep knowledge, and the odd cat picture.
Rick Waters, Business Agility Coach
Certified Scaled Software Coach (CSSC), Certified Scrum Master, Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Agile Marketing Specialist, Certified Agile Tester, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Scrum Professional, Kanban Management Professional
Rick is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with software development experience dating back to 1971. Many of the projects Rick has been engaged with, early in his career, used XP practices and/or elements of Scrum, and almost always incorporated several, if not all, of the Agile Principles and Values.
Rick has worked with clients at many levels, to train and coach on Agile Practices, assess teams for existing Agile maturity, and to train and mentor future Agile leaders-but he prefers to work with Scrum Teams and Programs.
Rick focuses his efforts on Scrum and Kanban teams using XP practices-assisting with their implementation of Agile processes, team dynamics, and professional development of ScrumMasters and Product Owners.
Steve Bennett, PMP Certified Trainer
Steve is an accomplished manager with extensive educational and commercial experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in eCommerce from the University of Oklahoma.
He obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2008. He was the Vice President of Education for the Kentuckiana chapter of the Project Management Institute (KIPMI) from 2011-13. Steve has experience planning, leading, executing and deploying enterprise projects and change acceleration initiatives. He has extensive experience and certifications in ITIL, Lean, Six Sigma, Agile/Scrum, Total Quality Management (TQM), and ISO standards.
Steve is an accomplished speaker, trainer, and facilitator. He has conducted PMP Certification and Six Sigma training courses in a multiple industries. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor for project management topics at the University of Louisville and DeVry University. Students who have attended his training courses describe him as informative, kind, contemplative, and thorough. “Steve has the ability to explain complex topics and technical concepts using industry examples, analogies, and language I can understand.”