Mike is an experienced Agile Coach with strong emphasis on both process and technical practices. He works with teams writing software and helps them do that better.
Mike became interested in Agile in 2000 and founded XP Toronto that year to get like minded people together to discuss better ways to ship software. In 2003, after completing the Certified Scrum Master designation (CSM), he co-founded Scrum Toronto to focus on that methodology. More recently, in 2012, Mike co-founded Agile Toronto East to better serve the Agile community through Durham Region.
Many Agile coaches seem to focus only on the process skills behind Agile. In addition to that, Mike is also very strong with the technical skills such as Test Driven Development (TDD), refactoring, pair programming, continuous delivery and others. He regularly coaches teams on the use of these skills using languages such as Java, Ruby and C#.
Mike has demonstrated strong leadership skills by running a development shop in the insurance industry, founding two companies and also organizing and running various user groups such as Agile Toronto East, XP Toronto, The Durham IT Association and Scouts Canada.
He has a wide range of industry experience including life insurance, medical, automotive, banking, alarm systems and loyalty programs.
Mike is an experienced speaker, having given many highly rated presentations at international conferences and local user groups.
Recommendations for Mike as well as more details can be found at LinkedIn.
Mike is available to help your team. Ask him how he can help by emailing mbowler@GargoyleSoftware.com or calling his cell at (905) 409-7052.