Winnow Management was founded by Peter Borsella, an IT professional with over 25 years of experience in application development and leadership. Peter is also a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI), a Certified Scrum Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance), and a Certified Large-Scale Scrum Practitioner (certified by The LeSS Company). An active and contributing member to both the PMI and the Scrum Alliance, Peter's speaking engagements focus on bridging the gap between traditional Project Management and Agile Project Management. His goal is to help others understand how to get the best return from any project by achieving higher levels of software quality, increased customer satisfaction, and cohesive teams that enjoy increased productivity.
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson has more than 25 years of IT experience as a senior leader and business analysis professional. The last ten years have been dedicated to leading groups through their agile transformations. Lonnie is a Certified Scrum Trainer through the Scrum Alliance and has taught classes and coached organizations around the globe. Lonnie was an early adopter of Scrum with offshore teams and has traveled internationally to aid organizations in their understanding of what it takes to be effective. She’s worked with small start up organizations and fortune 500 companies.
Despite Lonnie’s 25 years in IT, she actually started her career in a corporate training environment. Lonnie is an excellent facilitator with a Communications Degree and, as a former President in the Toastmaster’s organization; she has mentored many other professionals in the area of communications. She has worked in a variety of areas that include corporate trainer, process improvement, business analysis, and IT management. The last seven years she’s been an agile consultant focusing on developing people and organizations so that they can reap the benefits of an agile culture.
Lonnie has coached and trained individuals through workshops, one-on- one, and in small group settings. Lonnie thrives on developing people and organizations and that shines through in her interactive classes and coaching sessions. When not in the classroom Lonnie works to get dogs out of the local shelters and into foster home. Her favorite hash tag is #adoptdontshop
Mike Stuedemann is Founder/Principal Consultant at agilityIRL. In this role, he is responsible for educating his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.
He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.
Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded other Agile consultancies including 3 Plus 1 Consulting and Collaborative Leadership Team. Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.
He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will. When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.
Jim Schiel has over 30 years of experience in software development, R&D management, and Agile Development in highly regulated industries (healthcare, telecommunications). He has been a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) since 2005 and a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) since 2006 and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) since 2008 when the certification was created.
Jim’s professional career started in 1983 as a systems programmer and operator. In 1985, he began working for Shared Medical Systems (purchased by Siemens Medical Solutions in 1999). He managed various development teams ranging in size from 5 to 80 developers where he instituted iterative project management processes and improved product quality, development performance, and customer satisfaction in his product areas. At Siemens, Jim transitioned an organization of 1,200 developers from waterfall and various iterative processes to Agile Development using Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) practices. At the same time, Jim was coached by many of the thought leaders in the Agile space: Bob Martin, Jim Grenning, Mike Cohn, Ken Schwaber, and Esther Derby to name a few.
Jim left Siemens in 2008 to begin working as an Agile coach and trainer and in 2009, founded Artisan Software Consulting. Artisan provides coaching, training, and consulting to organizations attempting large-scale transitions to Agile Development using Scrum, XP, and Kanban-based approaches.
Jim has been doing Agile training for twelve years and has trained more than 5,300 students in more than 300 CSM, CSPO, and CSD classes and in several countries around the world. He currently teaches Certified Scrum Master courses, Certified Scrum Product Owner courses, Certified Scrum Developers courses and provides workshops on advanced Scrum and Agile techniques, agile management, release management, and more. Jim also provides coaching services to organizations looking to plan a transition to agile development or to correct a transition gone wrong.
Jim’s books, Enterprise-Scale Agile Software Development and The ScrumMaster’s Study Guide, published in 2009 and 2011 respectively, cover much of his experiences managing and guiding large-scale transformations as well as helping new Certified ScrumMasters learn how to use Scrum.
Jim has worked with companies and government organizations around the world, including the Project Management Institute, PepsiCo, Tektronix, Siemens, Cisco, Capital One, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the US Army and has helped save millions of dollars in costs by improving development practices and product quality.
James Smith first experienced the power of Scrum during a most dramatic of corporate turnarounds. Holding a very painful client-facing position and tiring of having nothing but bad news to communicate to his clients over and over again, a new job search had begun. Then Scrum took seed. In an incredibly short time, Monday mornings were once again something to look forward to and not to dread. Clients soon began requesting that we slow down our pace; we were overwhelming their IT departments with new features. Life for everyone in the corporation, and for those to whom we come home at night, got much better. Moving into the ScrumMaster role and being part of the many successful releases delivered to our clients has been an extremely gratifying part of the past years. Scrum when properly implemented makes life better for all involved. And at the end of the day, that is a very good thing of which to be a part. He has been honored with the opportunity to bring the spirit and techniques of Scrum with multiple training engagements for organizations like Sony, Boeing, HP, Illumina and the US Department of Defense. James is a Certified ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance), a Certified Large-Scale Scrum Practitioner (certified by the LeSS Company), Six Sigma Certified and holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
More About Winnow Management
We're adept in administering all aspects of project management, as well as providing authentic leadership to create effective teams. Our ability to contribute across a wide range of environments has taken us to companies such as Hilton and Cisco, and outside the United States to countries such as India, China, Israel, and Hungary.
"He [Peter] put forth a superior work effort in our European development office. We needed to fully understand our readiness to implement Scrum. His observations and recommendations were accurate and practical, helping us avoid pitfalls associated with moving to a new development methodology." - Shashi Kapur, CTO, Ygomi, LLC
"We were faced with a large backlog of projects and a development team that was far too small. Peter was able to increase our development staff from 20 to 80 in less than 12 weeks, increasing our productivity dramatically and quickly. He created new hiring procedures, developed an accelerated training program, and implemented a new agile development process (Scrum). As a result, we completed all critical work expectations, created a more positive work environment, and our customers were extremely satisfied." - Larence Park, co-founder and former CEO of WildCard Systems, Inc. (now FIS)
"What I find particularly beneficial about the work we've done with Winnow Management is their ability to bridge the gap between technology and business while taking very practical measures to maximize project ROI. Additionally, we were able to accelerate our response to new business by cutting our project ramp up time by 75%." - Tim Dorsey, The Dorsey Group, LLC
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From classroom training (ranging from 2-hour overview sessions to 2-day Certification Training) to organizational consulting, we can help with all your IT project needs. If you would like to learn more, call us at 954-784-3674, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
...and why Winnow?
Our goal is to help your organization extract the good "grain" while discarding the useless "chaff." There's usually some amount of waste in any software development process accompanied by some amount of customer dissatisfaction and employee discouragement. We can show you how the agile Scrum framework employs a set of principles with less waste. This framework creates an environment where team members can make the best decisions possible to produce the best results possible.
Certified Scrum Master Classes
This two-day Certification session will provide participants with detailed insight into the workings of Scrum and the expectations of a Scrum Master. Just some of the subjects covered include:
The Scrum Framework and Fundamentals
Why Does Scrum Work?
Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Team Member roles
Self-Managed and Cross-functional Teams
Defined vs. Empirical methods
Agile Planning and Estimating
Optimizing Value (ROI)
Additional subjects may be covered based on participant interest and time
A Short Summary of Scrum:
Even projects that have solid, well-defined project plans encounter some degree of change. Shifting market conditions, budget cuts, staff restructuring, or any number of influences will disrupt the best plan. Projects that begin with changing or unclear requirements make it difficult to even establish initial project expectations. Scrum is the agile development process that allows teams to deliver usable product results periodically throughout the life of the project, absorbing change and new requirements as the project proceeds.