Arlen Bankston has been actively involved in the application and evolution of Agile software development processes such as Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming for over a decade and a half. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and was an early adopter in the application of broader lean principles to agile methods to deepen theoretical understanding and drive organizational change. He was one of the earliest Certified ScrumMaster Trainers, and specializes in the role of the Product Owner, given an early career in product design and management. There, he leveraged principles of information architecture, interaction design and usability to develop innovative products that met customers’ expressed and unspoken needs.
Arlen has led Agile and Lean deployment and managed process improvement projects at hundreds of clients in highly diverse industries, such as Marriott, Capital One, Neustar, CCP Games, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. His agile career began when he started exploring and speaking about the integration of interaction design and usability practices into Agile methodologies, and since he’s a regular speaker, trainer and organizer of at conferences around the world. He loves the depth, broad applicability and never-ending evolution of these methods, and it has kept him passionate about it all of these years.