Mike Cohn

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Mike Cohn, 2013

Mike Cohn is one of the contributors to the invention of the Scrum software development methodology.[1] He is one of the founders of the Scrum Alliance [2] He is the owner of Mountain Goat Software, a company that provides training on Scrum and Agile software development techniques.

He began his career in the early 1980s as a Programmer in APL and BASIC before moving on to C++ and Java and running development groups.[3] Cohn ran his first Scrum project in 1995 and has been a vocal proponent of Scrum ever since.

He has served as Vice President of Development at four different companies that successfully employed agile concepts and strategies and been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from start-up to Fortune 40.

Cohn is the author of Agile Estimating and Planning, User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development and Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum, as well as books on Java and C++ programming[4] and articles for Better Software, IEEE Computer, Software Test and Quality Engineering, Agile Times, Cutter IT Journal, and the C++ Users' Journal. He is also the editor of the Addison-Wesley Mike Cohn Signature Series of books. Cohn was a Keynote Speaker on ADAPTing to Agile for Continued Success at the Agile 2010 Presented by the Agile Alliance.[5] In 2012, Cohn was named #1 in The Top 20 Most Influential Agile People.[6]

Cohn is an avid proponent of stand-up meeting, particularly emphasizing actual standing during them.[7] Teams are encouraged to come up with their own rules for improving these meetings, for example fining people who are late to them. A 2011 survey of tech employees from around the world found that 78% held daily stand-up-meetings.[8]

Cohn is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance, Inc. and on its Board of Directors.[9] As a Certified Scrum Trainer and a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. As a trainer helped popularize Planning poker, a version of which his company provides as a free online planning tool called PlanningPoker.com.

His work as a consultant includes environments from aerospace to banking to video game development with clients such as Electronic Arts, Qualcomm, and Capital One and many other notable organizations.[10]


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