Agile Team

Meet Some of Our Agile Coaches

Summa coaches help your teams put their agile skills to work on the job

In any agile transformation, training gives people a grounding in the theory and practice of agile approaches.  But adopting agile is not a once-and-done affair. Equally important is on-the-job coaching and mentoring to apply training principles to real world situations. Summa provides the right coaching for the right levels within the organization, to assist wherever challenges arise.

  • Strategic level coaches to help guide enterprise wide initiatives and establish an agile transformation office
  • Agile process coaches to work at the department and team level
  • Technical Scrum/XP coaches to help development teams with IT software development best practices, test-driven development (TDD), pair programing, continuous integration, and DevOps





Christopher Ruch

Agile Practice Director

“Agile’s fundamental goal is maximizing the innovation and productivity of an organization. Agile coaching is about helping leaders realize and achieve the true potential of the people on their teams.”  

As Summa’s Agile Practice Director, Chris develops agile transformation and organizational change management strategy, provides executive level coaching, and manages partnerships. Chris has worked with leading financial services, healthcare and manufacturing companies, as well as nonprofits and institutions of higher education. 



Expertise Highlights:

  • Lead coach for a CIO-sponsored agile transformation in at one of nation's leading financial institution, resulting in a successful enterprise wide agile adoption
  • Establishing and coaching PMO’s and Agile Transformation Offices for companies ranging from IT startups to large financial institutions
  • Leading the efforts for a software development organization to achieve CMMI level 3 compliance as part of a post-merger/acquisition integration
  • Participated in the development of the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam   

Read Chris's blog posts




Phil Van Sickel

Senior Agile Coach / SAFe Program Consultant

“Agile done right will touch the entire value stream from inception to delivery and post-delivery. The goal of an agile transformation is becoming agile, not doing agile.”

With experience spanning both Agile IT and Lean Manufacturing, Phil helps companies apply agile at scale concepts to optimize their end-to-end product development processes. Phil has worked with businesses from small start-up to multi-national enterprises in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services sectors.



Expertise Highlights:

  • Leading multiple successful Scaled Agile Framework implementations
  • Experience as an executive leader and CIO, with more that 30 years in the technology industry
  • Lean manufacturing and business process automation

 Read Phil's blog posts



Michelle Gilboy

Agile Coach / SAFe Program Consultant

There’s no substitute for motivated team members working side-by-side with the business to produce working software.  People and the quality of their interactions make the difference between the good and the great teams and how they deliver astonishing results to their customers and business. Period.”

Michelle is a software and product development professional with over 18 years of diverse process, project and leadership experience. She’s passionate about delivering high-quality solutions using agile/lean principles and practices that empower people, and she promotes the continuous growth and development of both. Michelle is a hands-on change agent, and she’s committed to delivering value and business operations that really make a difference.   


Expertise Highlights:

  • Coached teams and leaders to transform their strategic direction into valuable results
  • Provided transformational agile coaching with a nationally known information management company, as well as an agile assessment, coaching and training across the organization from the CIO to the team level   
  • Experienced Product Owner, Scrum Master, Software Development Manager in agile environments using Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban
  • Co-organizer of the largest community of agile practitioners in Pennsylvania (
Michelle is also an engaging facilitator, speaker and trainer on Agile related topics including:
  • “Retrospect THIS!” – Pittsburgh TechFest Conference, June 2013
  • “Run! And other strategies for handling and using Conflict” – PittAgile Meetup, September 2015

 Read Michelle's blog posts



Gary Greenwood

Agile Coach / SAFe Program Consultant

High-functioning teams don’t happen by accident. They become successful by solving problems in a pragmatic, structured and empirical way. Even those teams can only be successful when management is engaged and committed.”

Gary is an energetic, approachable facilitator with over ten years of progressive experience leading teams in developing commercial software applications in the Healthcare and Financial Services industries. Innovative and technically strong, Gary blends his expertise in agile methodologies, product management and software development with his ability to practically adapt these concepts to help take organizations to the next level.



Expertise Highlights:

  • Rich background as a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Developer
  • Facilitated workshops for executives and teams of all sizes
  • Lots of experience providing custom-tailored development plans and one-on-one coaching for individuals new to agile leadership roles
  • Guided teams in multiple industries to define key performance indicators for products and teams

 Read Gary's blog posts



Rob Lingle

Agile Coach / SAFe Program Consultant

When you fully entrust talented teams of people with the vision and dreams of the organization, amazing things begin to happen.”

With over a decade of diverse experience in software engineering, team leadership, organizational change and agile transformation, Rob is well-equipped to partner with leaders and teams to help usher in organizational agility. Rob’s breadth of experience enables him to coach teams and leaders towards the practical application of agile/lean values and principles in their own context. Transformation is about leadership and people, both of which are focal points of Rob’s passion and drive.



Expertise Highlights:

  • Leadership role in the agile transformation efforts at one of the largest independent software companies, as well as one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S.
  • Scaling agile delivery teams and redefining the engagement model with shared services teams
  • Implementing scrum/XP/kanban with legacy application teams
  • Agile Leadership Coaching / Servant Leadership Coaching
  • Lean Product Development
  • Led development effort of network compliance for Durbin legislation at the fifth largest bank in the U.S.
  • Led merger of 100+ financial institutions’ ATM/Debit processing

 Read Rob's blog posts



Mitch Goldstein

Technical Agile Coach

"Agile is not a methodology. It is an attitude and a way of life that focuses on delivering high quality through any value stream. Quality always comes through when teamwork, self-organization and self-determination are allowed to flourish."

Senior Technical Consultant Mitch Goldstein is Summa's first Technical Agile Coach as well as a certified SAFe Program Consultant, combining centuries of technical experience and a great love for all things lean and agile. Mitch has been a featured speaker at technical conferences in the US and Europe as well as a published author and technical journalist. 
Expertise Highlights
  • Summa's first Technical Agile Coach, combining enterprise architecture and DevOps expertise with Agile coaching and instructional experience
  • Early adopter of Agile, Lean and XP practices
  • Expert in user story creation, development and elaboration
  • Co-designer, NASDAQ Level II workstation architecture
  • Author of "Hardcore JFC: Conquering the Swing Architecture", Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Associate Editor, Java Report/Application Development Trends

Featured speaker on Java and object-oriented programming and Agile topics including:

  • "Finding the Seams: Making User Stories Smaller" - Agile Dev West, 2017
  • "Co-location: it's not you, it's me. Coping with the realities of global teams." - Agile 2017 (Agile Alliance)

Read Rob's blog posts

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