Agile Alliance Announces 2013-2014 Board Of Directors

Industry experts will guide the leading organization for independent knowledge and community events for Agile software development

Aug 21, 2013, 10:45 ET from Agile Alliance

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Agile Alliance, (, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of Agile software development principles and practices, today announced its board of directors for 2013-2014. Juan Banda (Bolivia) joins as a new board member, while Rebecca Parsons (USA), Shane Hastie (New Zealand), Ola Ellnestam (Sweden) and Jim Newkirk (USA) were re-elected to the Alliance board. The board was elected by Agile Alliance membership at the recent Agile2013 conference in Nashville, Tenn., where more than 1,750 Agilists from more than 40 countries gathered to share experiences, learn and advance Agile software development practices.

The new and re-elected executive members join returning Agile Alliance board members: Linda M. Cook (USA), Samuel Crescencio (Brazil), Paul Culling (Canada), Pat Reed (USA), Declan Whelan (Canada) and managing director Phil Brock (USA).

"Agile Alliance is extremely fortunate to have a board of directors that is comprised of both industry experts and passionate community members who are dedicated to the advancement of the Agile practices," said Phil Brock, managing director for Agile Alliance. "The addition of Juan Banda supports our goal to expand the reach of the Alliance beyond the U.S., and our ongoing work to support Agile software practices throughout Latin America."

Juan Banda has more than 12 years of information technology and Agile software development experience. A native and resident of Bolivia, he is recognized for his Agile leadership as a professor, practitioner, coach, speaker and writer. Throughout his career Banda has applied Agile principles to help organizations develop quality software faster. Most recently he served as an Agile coach for Innovision and Infoarch, both of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Prior, he served as Chair and Professor, Computer Science, Electrical and Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad del Valle, La Paz, Bolivia. Banda chaired the Scrum Bolivia Day conference in 2012, and speaks at dozens of industry conferences, including Agiles 2012 in Argentina, Scrum Gathering Buenos Aires 2012, Scrum Gathering Las Vegas and Agile2013 in Nashville. He holds a Master's degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Agile Alliance plays an increasingly important role in fostering Agile development success around the globe," said Banda. "I am very pleased to join such a committed and passionate team as we promote the guiding principles of collaboration, innovation and excellence in software development and delivery."

Agile Alliance is the industry's trusted source for Agile software development knowledge and resources. It helps foster Agile adoption and success by publishing useful and practical content, conducting regional and international educational events, and by hosting the industry's foremost annual event, the Agile Conference, which brings together software development experts from around the globe.

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About Agile Alliance
Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development, as outlined in Agile Manifesto ( With nearly 6,000 members located around the globe, Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. Agile Alliance organizes the annual North American Agile Conference, the industry's leading event that attracts practitioners, academia, business and vendor-partner community members from around the globe. The Agile2014 Conference is scheduled for July 28Aug. 1 in Orlando. For more information about the organization, visit (

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