I am an entrepreneur, Lean+Agile expert, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. I specialize
in the psychology of product development, and my research over the past couple of decades has
focused on scientifically-proven techniques grounded in Positive Psychology, collaborative growth,
and cross-cultural exploration. It’s taught me that how I introduce Lean+Agile techniques into an
organization can make more of an impact on success than which techniques I introduce.
For much of the last decade I’ve zeroed in on new product development, working closely with startups
and enterprise organizations exploring and defining the question, “What should we build?” I
love working with businesses to teach them how to design customer interviews, usability tests, and
market tests, and it’s not just for startups anymore. When you’re ready to take your Agile practice
to the next level, I can show you how to navigate uncharted waters.
Before moving into management, I started my career as an engineer, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s
Robotics Institute. If you’ve ever planned a trip on the DC subway or bus lines, you’ve probably
used my software. I’ve also designed and managed enterprise systems for the Pentagon, the
FDA, NASA, TD Ameritrade, and many others. I’ve built computers, punched down landlines, built
web pages, designed REST services, and written stored procedures. I can walk the walk and talk
the language at every level within an organization, helping you deliver organizational change in the
terms your team expects to hear.
As founder of the Lean Startup Academy Meetup, I help startups and established businesses design
and conduct field surveys, experiments, and experiences crafted to explore product/market fit. I’m
a speaker and mentor with Lean Startup in the Enterprise, the DC Lean Startup Circle, the Startup
Leadership Program, Lean Startup Machine, and the Conscious Venture Lab.
I am a Certified Scrum Product Owner with the Scrum Alliance.
I am also a trained opera singer, actor, and director. I’ve performed in and directed dozens of
shows, some award-winning and others not, but always loads of fun. I also design theatrical sets,
special effects, and puppets for a traveling theatre company, InterAct Story Theatre, which teaches
kids throughout the world how to learn how to learn, by using the performing arts to engage the
whole child in the learning process.