About

Agile Ottawa is a group, in the Ottawa Gatineau region, who are passionate about Agile and Lean practices.

Our events are made possible through the dedicated volunteers who work their magic behind the scenes. The 2016 team are in alphabetical order…

Simon Bourk
Simon is a Software Engineer, Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer from Ottawa. He earned an Electrical engineering degree with a minor in Software engineering as a sidekick of his babyfoot championship league and tournaments, that he organized at the university pub.

People often get motivated working with Simon, maybe because of his outstanding enthusiasm or maybe his 6000 km hiking journey in the woods demonstrated it’s ok to dream big.

If not working closely with a client, organizing a monthly Agile Ottawa Event or organizing the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour, you can find Simon rock climbing or hiking with his little munchkins and lovely wife, deep in a forest or on top of a mountain somewhere in North America.

Simon’s professional world was flipped upside down when a Scrum Master join his waterfall team back in 2005. He was a miserable programmer in a dark cubicle suffering from other’s tantrum when he would fix their code. Being a Scrum team member for 5 years taught Simon the true potential of a high performance team. Since then, Simon helps his clients experience how it feels to be part of a Professional Scrum Team and how it feels when the Agile Mindset is understood deeply across the organization. Simon is an energetic change agent.
It should be of no surprise to see the same young man, who was braving the coldest Canadian temperatures teaching the snowboard instructors has now become a recognized Agile Coach and Professional Scrum Trainer later in life.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonbourk

Steffan Surdek

Steffan is an organizational developer and trainer at Pyxis Technologies. As a coach, he strives to create engaged teams led by inspiring and empowering leaders for the sake of making the software development workplace fun again. Mr. Surdek has worked in IT for over 20 years in collaboration with many distributed teams around the world.

He speaks at many conferences and user groups about leadership and agility with distributed teams. Mr. Surdek is coauthor of the book “A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum”, written in collaboration with the IBM Scrum Community. He blogs about life and agility at Surdek Solutions (www.surdek.ca) and about authentic leadership at Provoking Leadership (www.provokingleadership.com).

He can be reached at steffan@surdek.ca.

Victoria Xu
As a newcomer to Canada, Victoria brings her global experience and connections from the US, China and Europe not just in agile communities but also businesses and government.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-xu-965655a