AgileCamp Silicon Valley
November 6, 2017
Santa Clara Convention Center 
5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 

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Ron Lichty

Ron Lichty Consulting
Interim VP Engineering and Advisory
Ron Lichty has been alternating between consulting with and managing software development and product organizations for over 25 years at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A | Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, and Check Point, using various forms of iterative and incremental development, in the last two decades using scrum, XP, kanban and other agile approaches. His career has spanned system software, entertainment, shrinkwrap products, ecommerce, interface development, embedded devices, professional services and IT. Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc., he has trained teams in scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall and iterative methodologies to agile, and coached teams already using agile to make their software development "hum". 

Ron's 450-page book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, was published by Addison Wesley in 2012, and was released in 2017 as video training, LiveLessons: Managing Software People and Teams,  http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net. In his continued search for effective best practices, Ron also co-authors the annual Study of Product Team Performance,  http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html.

Ron has repeatedly been brought in as a “VP of Fix-It” to solve problems like painfully slow product development, past-due estimates with no delivery in sight, snafus from geographically dispersed teams, scalability stymied by sluggish data integration, productivity bridled by uncertainty, an "order-taking mentality" from teams that should be proactive, and R&D teams unable to break out of research into development and delivery. As VP engineering at Charles Schwab, leading technology and culture change, he created and led an initiative to transform application development from any-language-goes to a single, cost-effective platform company-wide.

Earlier, Ron directed development of the Macintosh desktop at Apple Computer, screen savers at Berkeley Systems, and online animated virtual worlds at Fujitsu. As a programmer, he coded compiler code generators, won patents for compression and security algorithms, wrote two widely used programming texts, and developed the computer animation demo that Apple used to launch and sell a next-generation line of PCs.

He is co-chair of the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community and previously co-chaired SVForum's Emerging Technology and Software Architecture SIGs and eBig's Software Development Best Practices SIG.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, November 6