Montreal Agile Community
The Montreal Agile Community was founded in 2011 and is dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences related to agility in the greater Montreal area.
The community was created in order to:
- Provide a space for sharing experiences and knowledge about agility, its principles and practices.
- Disseminate information about agility to the other professional communities who could benefit from the adoption of agile principles.
- Create a living network, a community, that would accelerate the adoption of Agile principles within companies and other organizations who would benefit from them, for their own gain as well as for the benefit of their employees.
The mission of the Montreal Agile Community is to:
- Be a hub of information about agility and its relevant applications;
- Develop a better understanding of different Agile practices amongst its members;
- 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 the community's principles, values and goals.
The community's client base is comprised of practitioners, coaches, mentors and managers who are focused on continuous improvement and who are open to new ideas.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Mehdi Kdioui, Member of the Board since June 2020
Mehdi Kdioui, holder of an MBA in technology and innovation management and an Executive MBA from Paris Dauphine. His vision, his ability to reach ambitious goals and his strong sense of innovation are assets that allow him to work to catalyze teams towards efficient solutions oriented towards business priorities and product quality.
Currently, he works as a leader in agile transformation within a Quebec financial institution. Previously, he had to support various IT and business teams in the agile transformation office, act as a strategic coach and as a contributor to the development and establishment of the TI University. Mehdi participated in the implementation of Agile and Devops practices and methodologies. He was also responsible for the technological advancements in the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credit claims.
André Shojaie, Member of the Board since June 2020
Member of the Chartered Administrators Order of Quebec and transformational leader, Andre is Chief of Agile practices at the City of Montreal and Agile trainer. He has over fifteen years of experience in the public and private sector in contexts of enterprise transformations in Europe and Canada (regulatory, methodological framework, digital).
His passion is to help individuals and teams improve their ability to deliver value to stakeholders.
Solenne Caron, Member of the Board since June 2020
Solenne has been evolving in Information Technology for ten years, mainly in the fields of banking and insurance. She discovered Agility in 2013 through a project for which she played the role of Product Owner. Solenne is now Scrum master since 2017.
Eager to learn, she has been active and a volunteer in the Agile community of Montreal for several years.
Mélanie Ruest, Member of the Board since June 2020
President of Empath Coaching, Mélanie is an inspirational and passionate mobilizer of the people behind the machine. It supports any individual, leader, team or organization in their transformation. Agile and especially Agile at scale (SAFe), she has worked in this field for several years where she held positions of Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Release Train Engineer. Transformational leader, she is very adept at creating an atmosphere of cooperation thus helping teams to gain Agile maturity. Endowed with an unusual intellectual curiosity, she continues to deepen her knowledge and skills in order to support individuals to develop their full potential. A certification as a practitioner in neurolinguistic programming will soon be added to her career. His raison d'être as an Agile coach is to help people realize their potential and open the way for them to achieve their goals. She keeps in mind to add value to each of her meetings and each of her interactions.