President – Yasser Farra
Yasser Farra is a strong believer in collaborative, iterative development that delivers the highest customer value at the lowest possible cost. He is currently Director of Engineering at BancVue, a financial services company that provides innovative products, marketing, and data-driven consulting to community financial institutions across the U.S. He was previously Director of Engineering at All Web Leads, where he spearheaded the implementation of innovative Agile techniques that improved quality, resource allocation and productivity on the engineering team responsible for building real-time systems that deliver high quality leads to top insurance producers. Prior to that, he was Director of Enterprise Systems at XO Group (The Knot) where he was responsible for the applications and systems used for managing the relationship with local advertisers on the company’s web sites. Yasser has over 20 years of experience leading technology teams to deliver enterprise software products, with the last 6 years focused on Agile leadership.
Yasser got to Austin as fast as he could and promptly received his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. As a father of three soccer-playing girls, he can be often found patrolling the sidelines at area soccer fields.
Vice President – Jason Morillo
Since 2000, Jason Morillo has held various roles around business analysis, QA, management, and Scrum inside of building large insurance & financial administration systems. Having experienced and led successful agile implementations while also simply enduring and surviving challenging adoptions, Jason finds himself a pragmatic Agilist and believes that building a culture of agility starts at the team level. Currently, he is a practicing ScrumMaster and Agile Coach at Sapling Learning, an education technology company.
An MIS graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, Jason is also a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Professional under Scrum Alliance. He is also a Certified Tester under ISTQB. When not in the office or at Agile Austin events, you’ll find Jason hanging out with the wife & two kiddos, at UT Football games, or paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake.
Program Chair – Colin Turner
When Colin moved from Ops to QA in early 2009, he joined Agile Austin, and, in that first meeting, back at the Microsoft building, pushed a note to the guy to his left, reading “What’s Kanban?” Since then, Colin has rolled out Kanban at three companies as a Six Sigma Green Belt and Agilist, filling the roles of scrum master, development manager, and business analyst. He revived the QA SIG with Ben Rogers in late 2010, starting a chain-reaction of SIG creation, and still co-chairs that SIG. Now, at every AgileAustin monthly meeting, Colin finds himself describing to a new attendee how AgileAustin has been a cornerstone of his career, and how amazing it is to have found a field of endeavor where the workers themselves invest so much time in thinking critically about the science of how they work. Colin is currently principal consultant at New Iron Group, where he develops careers, matching great opportunities to great people.
Treasurer – Paul Prachyl
Paul Prachyl has been a member of the Austin tech scene since the 80’s. During that time, Paul has worked for the Texas Legislature, local entrepreneurs, and fortune 100 companies focusing on the importance of creating a culture that enables great teams. Paul has a passion for people and technology and a keen understanding of the unique artistry associated with software development. Paul’s experience, though trial and error, has helped shape his approach to leadership and commitment to the local tech community. Paul’s background includes roles in software development, systems engineering, strategic planning, and leadership; serving as Director of software development, CTO, consultant, coach, and counselor.
As a member of Agile Austin since 2009, Paul has experienced the value of sharing ideas and experiences with Austin’s vibrant software community. As a way of giving back, Paul has been an active member of Agile Austin’s conference planning teams, serving as a committee member in 2012, as 2014 conference co-chair, and a 2015 conference committee member.
When not at work, you can probably find Paul in a kayak on Town Lake.
Education Chair – Ned Horvath
Dr Horvath received his bachelors’ degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Princeton University, all in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. His early research was in the complexity of algorithms, particularly related to sorting and optimal scheduling.
In an industrial career spanning more than three decades, Dr Horvath was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, where among other projects he was a design engineer for the Tuxedo OLTP system and AT&T’s commercial email system. He has led software development teams at Sun Microsystems and several startup and emerging growth companies, including multidisciplinary international development teams. Among the resulting products are optimization products for major airlines, key elements of the standards-based Defense Messaging System for the US Department of Defense, the market-leading QuickMail system for Macintosh-based computers, the market leading ichat internet messaging products, and Oracle’s Java System Directory (LDAP) product suite, and several mobile applications.
Dr Horvath has served on the faculties of Massey University (New Zealand), The Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M International University, The Cooper Union, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Nova Southeastern University.
Technology Chair – David Croley
David Croley is a Principle Consultant at Agile Velocity. With over 20 years of professional software development experience working for both large and small companies, he has a broad technical background.
Prior to joining Agile Velocity, David was Director of Libreeze Engineering at RenewData where he worked on projects involving eDiscovery, Search Indexing, and Language Analysis. He earned both Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
Born and raised in Texas, he has lived in Austin for nearly 30 years. Thus, he tends to give directions based on where places “used to be”. He’s also an avid cyclist and rides most weekends when he is not spending time with his family enjoying all that Austin has to offer.
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