Agile Leadership Academy Mentors

Program Founders & Facilitators


sanjiv augustine

Sanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur, industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant and trainer.  With 25 years in the industry, Sanjiv has served as a trusted advisor over the past 15 years to executives and management at leading firms including:  Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, General Dynamics, HCA Healthcare, The Motley Fool, National Geographic, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart and Samsung.   He is the author of the book Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005), Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart (2015), and several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management and The Lean-Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery.   He is the Chair of the Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum and the founder and moderator of the Lean Startup in the Enterprise Meetup.  Sanjiv was also a founder and advisory board member of the Agile Leadership Network (ALN), and a founder member of the Project Management Institute’s Agile Community of Practice.


arlen bankston

Arlen Bankston is an established leader in the application and evolution of Agile software development processes such as Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming, as well as process management methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster Trainer and Certified Scrum Product Owner. He has sixteen years of experience, beginning in product design, where he leveraged principles of information architecture, interaction design and usability to develop innovative products that met customers’ expressed and unspoken needs.   Arlen has led Agile and Lean deployment and managed process improvement projects at clients such as Marriott, Capital One, Neustar, CCP Games, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. Arlen led novel work to combine Lean Six Sigma process improvement methods with Agile execution to dramatically improve both the speed and quality of business results, as well as early integration of interaction design and usability practices into Agile methodologies, presenting and training frequently at both industry conferences and to Fortune 100 clients.  


Bob Payne

Bob Payne is a leading practitioner and thought leader in the use of Lean and Agile methods for organizational transformation. As an early adopter of Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum and most recently SAFe, he has worked exclusively as an Lean+Agile transformation leader since 1999. He is the founder and Chair of the AgileDC conference and is involved and speaks in industry conferences worldwide. As host of the Agile Toolkit podcast Bob has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. With years of Lean+Agile experience, a MSEE in Computer Architectures for Artificial Intelligence and having grown up working in his family restaurant, he brings a unique blend of technical excellence and customer service to bear on his projects and training.


roland cuellar

Roland Cuellar has focused exclusively on agile software development and lean business process improvement for the last 12 years.  During that time, he hse worked with Capital One, CNBC, Westinghouse Nuclear Power, Nationwide Insurance, US Citizenship and Immigration, the US Courts, and many many other clients on enterprise agile adoption.  He has also worked with a number of start-ups and early-stage ventures to help accelerate delivery.  He has spoken at numerous conferences and have published a number of articles on the subjects of agile, portfolio management, quality, and kanban.    He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Houston and an MBA from UCLA.