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First Name

Gary

Last Name

Cohen

Username

philaphan

Biography

Biography

Gary Cohen is a software development leader and agile coach specializing in creating and coaching high performance / high agility organizations, building healthy organizational culture, and supporting customer feedback in all aspects of our product development lifecycle.  He is a big believer in continuous improvement and empowering people in the organizations.  Gary is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Practical Agility LLC.

Work Experience

Job Title

Principal Consultant / Owner

Company

Practical Agility LLC

Dates

2021 – Present

Description

I work with cross-functional teams, organizational leadership, and partners / stakeholders to establish vision, align incentives, cultivate new behaviors and practices, and set up quick feedback loops to drive continuous improvement. I focus across the entire value stream to help ensure teams build the right things in a lean and iterative manner and help drive transparency and a healthy recognition of how much we do not know as we continue to learn, adapt, and iterate.

Job Title

Vice President, Product Development and Infrastructure

Company

Castellan Solutions

Dates

5/2018 – 7/2021

Description

Provided leadership, vision, and guidance for the Development and Product teams as one of the principals in carving out Assurance Software (later rebranded to Castellan Solutions) from Sungard Availability Services to a thriving, independent software company and through multiple subsequent acquisitions of external companies.

Drove the development and adoption of an automated testing-first QA strategy providing immediate feedback loops that led to fewer escaped defects and long term growth in feature velocity and deliver of customer value.

Integrated multiple acquisitions based in the US and UK into a shared culture with standardized agile development practices.

Scaled our agile development practices across three products and to teams distributed across the US and UK. Maintained and nurtured a culture of continuous improvement, team empowerment, and a dedication to producing valuable software to our customers.

Achieved our first ISO-27001 certification and directed the formation and operation of our Data Privacy Office to ensure compliance with GDPR regulations and information security best practices.

Job Title

Vice President, Product Strategy and Development

Company

Sungard Availability Services

Dates

6/2012-5/2018

Description

Led the development of the Next Generation of Business Continuity Planning Software, Assurance CM, which has been recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Planning solutions and received industry awards from organizations such as BCI.

Built a top-notch development team who are passionate, collaborate well together, and utilize customer feedback as a significant part of our development process. Driven to create great software, build things the right way, and provide value to our customers.

Focused on building an organizational culture that attracts great people, keeps them engaged and valued, and provides opportunity for growth and accomplishment.