Scaled Agile appoints new President and COO

Scaled Agile, a leader in scaled Lean-Agile best practices, has strengthened its senior management team with the addition of a former Rally Software Executive.

Source: Scaled Agile

Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI), provider of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), the world’s most comprehensive framework for adopting Lean-Agile best practices across an enterprise, today announced the addition of Chris James as President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

In this position, James will guide day-to-day management of Scaled Agile, Inc., building consistency, efficiency, and ensuring company-wide alignment with SAI’s commitment to customer success through the adoption of Lean-Agile best practices.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome Chris James as President and COO at this critical growth juncture for our company," said Dean Leffingwell, SAI’s co-founder, Chief Methodologist and CEO. "With his deep-rooted industry experience and extensive knowledge of Agile development and IT training and education, he is uniquely qualified to drive operational excellence as we build and extend Scaled Agile’s world-class, customer-focused organization."

Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in IT and software development training and education, including international operations and expertise. Previously, as VP of Customer Success at Rally Software, Chris provided leadership for rapid growth of transformation consulting services, Agile University, Customer Success programs, and partner and technical services. Prior to joining Rally, Chris was a Vice President at Oracle University, where he lead the successful integration of Sun Learning Services following the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. His earlier role at Sun Microsystems was Senior Director and Chief Learning Officer for Americas, and later Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

"I’m delighted to be joining such a dedicated and passionate team," said James. "Dean Leffingwell and Scaled Agile’s commitment to Lean-Agile principles has forever changed best practices for the software development industry. As we look to the future, I believe there are tremendous opportunities to deliver even more value as we develop strategies to help our customers manage successfully at scale, and realize our full potential as a growing global company."

About Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI):

Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, privately-held SAI’s mission is to help software-dependent companies achieve better outcomes, increase employee engagement, and improve businesseconomics through adoption of Lean-Agile principles and practices based on the Scaled Agile Framework. A 2014 winner of the Red Herring North America Top 100 Award, and 2015 Edison Award Nominee, SAI supports tens of thousands of practitioners of the Framework through training, certification, consulting services, and a global partner network that reaches over 35 countries and 350 cities.