Mitch Lacey is an agile practitioner and trainer. Mitch has been managing projects for over fifteen years and is credited with many plan-driven and agile projects. He is the author of “The Scrum Field Guide”, a book targeting teams adopting Agile and Scrum practices.
Mitch honed his agile skills at Microsoft Corporation, where he successfully released core enterprise services for Windows Live. Mitch’s first agile team at Microsoft was coached by Ward Cunningham, Jim Newkirk & David Anderson. While at Microsoft, he transitioned from Program Manager to Agile Coach, working hand-in-hand with groups throughout their transition to Agile practices. After Microsoft, Mitch was the Agile Practice Manager at Ascentium Corporation where he practiced agility on the projects he ran every day while coaching customers on agile practices and lessons on agile adoption worldwide.
As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum courses, agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, blogs and white papers. He has published many papers including “Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing”, “Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field”, “The Impacts of Poor Estimating – & How to Fix It”, a variety of papers for Microsoft and “Immersive Interviewing – Building Great Agile Software Teams”.
He has presented at Agile Alliance Agile 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 conferences, the 2008 Better Software Conference and the 2008 – 2013 SQE Agile Development Practices conferences. He has managed tracks for the Agile conference since 2008 and was the conference chair for Agile2012 and Agile2014.
Mitch has served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance (2011-2012) and the Scrum Alliance (2010-2011, 2014).