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Dave West

CEO and Product Owner Scrum.org

Dave West

CEO and Product Owner Scrum.org
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Biography

Dave West’s mission is to help people deliver software just a little bit better. Working with Ken Schwaber and the team at Scrum.org he defines the strategy and manages its execution in pursuit of scrum.org’s mission of ‘improving the profession of software development’. Prior to joining scrum,org he was the Chief Product Officer at Tasktop. In that capacity, he worked with customers and partners to drive Tasktop’s roadmap and market positioning, leading engineering, product management and architecture. As a member of the company’s executive management team, he was also instrumental in growing Tasktop from a services business into a VC backed Product Company with a team of almost 100. As one of the foremost industry experts on software development and deployment, West has helped advance many modern software development processes, including the Unified Process and Agile methods. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, that helped define new software modeling and application development processes. West’s experience includes traditional and object-oriented development for enterprise applications and executive consulting, in which he implemented new development processes and tools for IT organizations in Europe and North America. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational, later adding componentization, SPEMM and support for Agile development. He also managed the development of IBM solutions to support efficiencies in the financial services, product development and government industry sectors. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. After IJI he served as Vice President, Research Director at Forrester Research, where he worked with leading IT organizations and solutions providers to define, drive and advance Agile-based methodology and tool breakthroughs in the enterprise. West holds a B.A. in computing and business from Huddersfield University in the UK and a M.Sc. in computer science from Southbank University (UK).

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Dave West is the product owner at scrum.org. In this capacity, he engages with partners, and the community to drive scrum.org’s strategy and the overall market position of Scrum. Prior to joining Ken Schwaber and the team at Scrum.org, he was the Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture. As a member of the company’s executive management team, he was also instrumental in growing Tasktop from a services business into a VC backed product business with a team of almost 100. As one of the foremost industry experts on software development and deployment, West has helped advance many modern software development processes, including the Unified process and Agile methods. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, that helped define new software modeling and application development processes. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. Then he served as vice president, research director at Forrester Research, where he worked with leading IT organizations and solutions providers to define, drive and advance Agile-based methodology and tool breakthroughs in the enterprise.

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Dave West is the product owner at scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major industry conferences and is a widely published author of articles and research reports, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, that helped define new software modeling and application development processes. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. Then as VP, research director Forrester research where he ran the software development and delivery practice. Prior to joining Scrum.org he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering and architecture. As a member of the company’s executive management team, he was also instrumental in growing Tasktop from a services business into a VC backed product business with a team of almost 100.

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Dave West is the Product Owner and CEO at scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote speaker and is a widely published author of articles, along with his acclaimed book: Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and then worked with Ivar Jacobson running the North American business for IJI. He also managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining Scrum.org, he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop responsible for product management, engineering and architecture.

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