About Agile Montreal

 

Montreal Agile Community

Founded in 2011, the Montreal Agile Community, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to fostering and supporting the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences related to agility in a broader sense in the greater Montreal area.

Its creation was mainly motivated by the following three aspects:

  • The need for a space for sharing experience and information about agility, its principles and practices;
  • The wish to disseminate information on agility to the greatest number of professional communities in the Montréal region who could benefit from it;
  • The need to create a living network, a real community that by its existence and activities would accelerate the adoption of agile principles within companies and other organizations in the region as much for their own good as of that of their employees.

The community has given itself the mission of:

  • Promote agility in Montreal by becoming the hub of information on its application in all areas where it is relevant;
  • Develop a better understanding of different agile practices;
  • Promote and support the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences among members;
  • Monitor and discuss the evolution of agile best practices;
  • Encourage the participation of members and experts in the field as speakers;
  • Support local events that share community principles, values and goals.

The community aims as customers; practitioners, coaches and mentors as well as managers of organizations, among others, who aim to continuously improve their way of doing things and who are open to new ideas to the benefit of everyone involved.

 

A brief history of agility in Montreal

  • 2002: Creation of the "Agile Users Group" of Montreal sponsored by the Pyxis. Organization of monthly conferences on agility in the premises of the CRIM on Sherbrooke Street.
  • 2008:Organization of the first Agile Tour in Montreal under the umbrella of the Agile Users Group
  • 2011: Foundation of the Montreal Agile Community as a non-profit organization
  • 2011: First Agile Tour organized by the community (located at UQAM)
  • 2015: Agile Tour moves to the Montreal Convention Center
  • 2017: First "Spark the Change" event in Montreal led by community members and supported by the community.
  • 2018: First "DevOps Days" event in Montreal led by a local company and supported by the community.



The governance of the community

The strategies and orientations of the community are established collegially by a volunteer board of directors composed of 9 members elected for a 2-year term. Half of the members are elected each year to preserve the organizational memory of the group and facilitate transitions in the various roles.

The current composition of the Board of Directors is shown below.

Martin Goyette, President, member of the board since 2011
Martin Goyette, President, member of the board since 2011

Martin is an accompaniment professional who has served and advised the field of information technologies for more than a decade (telecommunications, transport, banking, union, health, insurance). As President of the Montreal Agile Community, Martin is highly involved in promoting his passion and beliefs. Martin graduated from ÉTS in Software Engineering (BA) and obtained his Master's degree in Engineering, Information Technology. Since 2008, he has devoted himself to Lean and agility and has obtained several professional recognitions certifying his experience.

Maël Rieussec, Vice-President, Board member since February 2014
Maël Rieussec, Vice-President, Board member since February 2014

Maël has been an information technology professional for fifteen years, and has worked in various business sectors, such as: Telecommunications, Rail Transport, Air Transport, Mobility, Retail, Multimedia, Mobile Payment, Lotteries Online, Quality Assurance, etc; First as a Developer, then as a Scrum Master. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science Management in 2001 at UQAM. Signatory of the manifesto Agile in 2009 and Scrum Master Certified since 2011, he is involved in his professional life at AXON Integration & Development to promote the principles and values ​​Agile and Lean. Arriving at AXON in 2008, he participates in the transition of the company towards Agility. With this experience and his leadership skills, he successfully leads the projects entrusted to him.

Pascal Roy, Treasurer, Member of the board since 2011
Pascal Roy, Treasurer, Member of the board since 2011

Pascal has been working in the software engineering field since 1989. With a background in engineering, he has worked in many industries. He had the chance to participate in the early stages of the Agile movement as a consultant and coach in the late 90s. Pascal has worked with Bob Martin (Robert C. Martin), Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries, Ward Cunningham and James Grenning. , Alistair Cockburn, Dave Thomas and other big names behind the Agile movement. This allowed him to gain a unique experience in Quebec in terms of agile process implementation.

Georges Dagenais,  Member of the board since 2013
Georges Dagenais, Member of the board since 2013

Georges has been working in software development since 1989. He holds a certificate in computer science and a master's degree in software engineering, and was trained in agility at Scott Ambler's school in the early 2000s. Montreal Agile User Group since about 2005 and as an IT manager, he implements the concepts of agility within the teams he has been working with for several years.

Frédéric Moreau, Secretary, Member of the board since 2017
Frédéric Moreau, Secretary, Member of the board since 2017

Frédéric increases the performance of individuals and businesses through collaborative workshops, training, conferences and tailor-made support in innovation, leadership and strategy. Prior to founding his consulting business, he worked for more than 15 years in business consulting, and transformed companies for 10 years in executive positions in marketing and corporate management. He has been an Agile Profile® certified trainer since 2014, and the agile process planner for strategic planning.

Vincent Bouchard, Member of the Board since February 2018
Vincent Bouchard, Member of the Board since February 2018

Vincent Bouchard is a business consultant working in the field of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics. He works primarily in the banking sector where he helps define business needs and supports development teams. A graduate of McGill in Finance, he also joins his financial expertise with his knowledge of data sciences to evaluate investments in new initiatives.

The Agile methodology is at the heart of the execution of its projects and a key element of their success. In February 2018, he joined the Board of Agile Montreal to promote agility and innovation in the community.

Andra Postovaru, Member of the Board since February 2019
Andra Postovaru, Member of the Board since February 2019

Andra is a project manager, leading a team of 30 cross-functional members working in software development.  Her experience in software dates back to 2012, when she got her start in human resources at a local start-up.  Having participated in multiple transitions from waterfall to Agile, Andra has experienced firsthand the benefits and challenges of a shift to agility.

Passionate about serving her team, she sought to get involved in Agile Montreal’s community because it’s an excellent forum for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.  Andra earned a bachelor's degree from York University in Toronto, graduating with Honours. She joined the board of Agile Montreal in February of 2019 to better represent women and anglophones in the Agile community in Montreal.

Linda Linise, Member of the Board since February 2019
Linda Linise, Member of the Board since February 2019

Linda has been a manager in the IT field for about ten years. She has worked in various sectors of activity (energy, transport, telecommunications, banking and insurance). After discovering the agile manifesto and experiencing her principles, she passes and obtains her Scrum Master certification in 2011.

Passionate about agility and its values, she devotes herself to the repositioning of the human (employee, colleague, customer, ...) at the center of projects and organizations in which she intervenes. She joins the Board of Agile Montreal to help promote agility and its values in the community.

Rafi Hagopian, Member of the Board since February 2019
Rafi Hagopian, Member of the Board since February 2019

Working in the IT field for about ten years, Rafi is currently product owner of a software system serving the road transport sector.

A Polytechnique de Montréal graduate with a PSPO I certification, he meets the needs of his users by incorporating agility, technical experience and market knowledge. His passion for agility and continuous improvement motivates him to continually enrich his knowledge, then put it to the test by implanting it in his workplace, or sharing it with his peers in agile community activities in Montreal.

As a board member, Rafi aims to improve knowledge sharing in the community and extend the reach of the agile mind into new networks.