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SAFe Consultants & Trainers

Senior Consultant
Marika has broad experience of optimising and developing teams engaged in iterative software development using SCRUM. She is an experienced coach and trainer and has worked at all levels within organisations, aiding in managing change and fostering the adoption of software development best practice. Marika works with individuals, development teams, programs, senior leadership and supporting roles and functions to increase engagement, transparency and communication. Marika is a passionate advocate of iterative development practices with 13 years of experience in Electronics and Software Engineering.
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Chief Scientist, SAFe® Fellow & SPCT
Ian specializes in large-scale agile adoptions and practice-based organizational change. An experienced agile coach he has worked with hundreds of projects to introduce iterative and agile practices, working with development teams ranging from 5 – 150 people. He has also led numerous successful, large-scale transformation projects in fields as diverse as government, telecommunications, finance, and internet start-ups, working with development organization of 5 – 5,000 people. Ian is a certified SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and his vast experience leading large-scale agile transformations provides him with vast experience coaching, training and consulting on the Scaled Agile Framework. His current interests are agile for large projects, agile out-sourcing, and driving sustainable change with agile measurements. He is also the co-author of two influential software development books, "Use Case Modeling" and "Managing Iterative Software Development Projects", and the team lead for the development of the SEMAT kernel.
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Principal Consultant, SPCT
Brian was one of the first trainers outside of the Scaled Agile Academy to qualify as a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) having worked with the framework since its initial inception ten years ago. Brian regularly delivers the SAFe Program Consultant training, co-teaching with Ian Spence and occasionally collaborating with Dean Leffingwell. Brian has been involved in SAFe implementations at numerous companies across Europe including hybris, PZU, Ford, Nordea, NHS Blood + Transplants, Etihad Airlines, Sony Playstation and LV Insurance. Brian is a highly proficient Agile and Scrum coach and trainer with extensive management experience in both corporate and small company situations, backed up with 11 years of software development experience.
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Principal Consultant
Keith de Mendonca joined Ivar Jacobson International in 2015. Keith is a proven leader and software architect with eighteen years of industry experience working in technical roles and holding positions as a software engineer, line manager, chief architect, coach, and VP. Prior to IJI, Keith worked and lived in the UK, Asia and India for companies such as Nokia, Accenture and Symbian primarily focused on writing, designing and delivering embedded software for ‘smartphone’ mobile phone operating systems, and apps. He has a proven track record of designing software, recruiting and managing technical staff, building technical competencies, coaching agile practices, and embracing cultural diversity in onshore & offshore software development centers. Keith has extensive experience with the Scaled Agile Framework working on a global adoption at Nokia with 2000 staff spread across the globe.
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Principal Consultant
Patrick is a Principal Consultant who has worked since 1999 in the Information Management domain providing his expertise on business intelligence, enterprise data warehousing, enterprise application integration, master data management and enterprise content management. He has worked as a consultant and later as an employee at a large enterprise in the healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle sector, based in The Netherlands. He has functional experience in finance, supply chain, sales & marketing, security & authorization and quality & regulations. Patrick has trained, coached and supported a variety of business, IT and vendor stakeholders in how to apply the Lean and Agile principles and practices within their teams and programs. He was actively involved in shifting the paradigm from traditional waterfall thinking to the Lean and Agile mindset. Patrick is a SAFe Program Consultant and Certified Scrum Master.
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Richard is a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Scrum at Scale Practitioner, with over 20 years of experience leading software development and delivery organisations across multiple industry sectors. Coming from a hands-on development and architecture background, Richard held the position of Director of Development for a leading academic publishing company before joining IJI. He is particularly creative in experimenting with new practices to drive organisational effectiveness and has been leading agile adoption in large and complex businesses for more than half of his career.
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Principal Consultant
Mike is a highly motivated qualified SPC (SAFe Program Consultant), experienced Agile transformation coach and Solution Train Engineer with a strong implementation, technical, Agile training (coaching) and managerial background. He has over 20 years experience in the software industry, primarily in the healthcare sector. Over the last five years Mike has built up extensive knowledge in Agile at scale across a complex alliance of companies. He has lead transformations by facilitating the adoption of SAFe and Lean thinking. He has hands on implementation skills in working with Agile at scale across multiple value streams, aligning multiple trains to a single vision and cadence. He is confident and practiced in launching Agile release trains, preparing and running Programme Increment (PI) Planning events, executing PI’s and ensuring that the benefits of the Lean and Agile development techniques are realized. He has a passion for Agile coaching and has a proven track record for training SAFe to deliver transformation.
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Principal Consultant
Lars Broden is a Principal Consultant with Ivar Jacobson International with extensive experience gained over 25 years, previously Rational Software’s European Director of Strategic Services. Excellent communications and leadership skills with genuine, practical experience of making software development processes work. Lars demonstrates essential skills in bridging the gap between Senior Management and the IT Organisations. Lars is a certified SAFe Program Consultant with recent experience of successfully leading a large-scale agile transformation in Scandinavia at Visma Corporation and most recently at SimCorp, Skandia and Länsforsakringar.
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Principal Consultant
Anders is a certified Scrum Master, Kanban Master and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) and an experienced agile coach with more than 25 years in the software and IT consulting industry. He has deep expertise in lean and agile software development processes such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum, Kanban and the Rational Unified Process and has over the last 15 years participated in several large-scale agile transformation programs at companies such as AB Volvo, Boeing/Jeppesen and SEB. He also has many years hands-on experience working as a Scrum Master as well as a Process Consultant/Engineer and Kanban Lead in several release trains and large programs.
Principal Consultant
Roly’s primary role at IJI is helping organizations to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of their delivery teams, programs, portfolios and organizations, especially through the optimized application of lean and agile principles and practices at different levels and scales across the organization. Roly has 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has been actively involved with, and a passionate advocate of, software development methods and tools throughout his career. He is very experienced in a number of disciplines and roles, including business analysis, business change, requirements engineering, software architecture, design, development and testing, team leadership, process engineering, training, coaching and consultancy. He has worked on many diverse applications, from embedded real-time systems to large-scale government and commercial projects and programs, using methods and tools ranging from traditional “waterfall” development methods, through object-oriented analysis and design approaches, to modern iterative, incremental, agile and lean practices.
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