Here's who we are

Ben Fuchs

 

Ben Fuchs

Ben has more than 20 years experience working internationally as a psychologist, consultant and conflict management specialist with private and public sector organisations. His pragmatic approach to the complex realities of organisational culture and politics have helped him to be effective in a wide range of environments. He has designed and led programmes in Central America and Northern Ireland, bringing together former combatants and community leaders, in a process of dialogue and reconciliation, to build social cohesion in the wake of violent conflict.

As a co-founder of CATeams, Ben's passion is in going beyond business and politics as usual, helping organisations to become more successful through maximizing the potential of their leadership and teams. A continuous learner, he draws inspiration for his work from sources in social complexity science, social psychology, behavioural economics, neuroscience, linguistics and ethics.

Joseph Pelrine

 

Joseph Pelrine

Joseph Pelrine is both computer and social complexity scientist, C*O of MetaProg, a company devoted to increasing the quality of software and its development process, and is Europe's senior certified ScrumMaster Practitioner and Trainer as well as one of Europe's leading experts on eXtreme Programming. He has had a successful career as software developer, project manager and consultant, and has spoken about it at such diverse places as IBM, OOPSLA and the Chaos Computer Club. His work focus is on field of social complexity science and its application to Agile processes.

Ben and Joseph are both certified practitioners and members of the Cognitive Edge (formerly Cynefin) network.

David Harvey

 

David Harvey

David has over twenty years experience in software – as a developer, team lead, manager, technical architect, CTO, coach and trainer. In the 1990s he helped numerous organizations adopt best practices in object-oriented design and implementation: in investment banks in the 2000s he was responsible for defining, designing and implementing large-scale infrastructure for complex and changing businesses. From 2004 to 2008 he was CTO of Sibelius Software, bringing two significant versions of the world's leading music notation program to market. David combines his technical expertise and extensive knowledge of the software business with his well-developed people skills - managing, mentoring and nurturing people and teams to deliver successful high-quality products. He's been active in introducing new thinking into software practice, through sessions at conferences, in his work in teams and organizations and in the UK's software community, and through his chairmanship of the British Computer Society's specialist group on advancing software practice.



Associates

Rachel Davies

 

Rachel Davies


Rachel Davies provides expert coaching to teams in agile software development techniques, including test-driven development, heartbeat retrospectives, and planning with user stories. She is passionate about agile software development because it increases the chance of successful projects in the face of complex problems. In the last year she has delivered agile coaching at: Associated Northcliffe Digital, BBC, CODA, Five, Lloyds TSB, Mars, News International, NOKIA, Screwfix, Sky. Rachel is internationally recognized in the agile community as a frequent presenter at industry conferences worldwide, and is a past chair of Agile Alliance. Rachel has a new book out on Agile Coaching - find out more at http://pragprog.com/titles/sdcoach/agile-coaching

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Steve Freeman

 

Steve Freeman

Steve helps teams deliver software using Agile techniques, his experience includes coaching, technical leadership, and training. A pioneer of Agile software development in the UK, he has built applications for banks, ISPs, financial data providers, and specialist software companies. He has coached and trained in Europe, America, and Asia. Steve is a regular presenter and organizer at the core international industry conferences, was conference chair for the first London XpDay and was the keynote speaker at XpDay Manhattan in 2007. Steve also taught an advanced MSc course for the Computer Science department at University College London, one of the top-rated departments in the UK.