Steve is a developer, facilitator, mentor, and change agent. Since his introduction to the
technical concepts and core values of Extreme Programming in 2007, Steve has been
transforming organizations, growing self-organizing teams, and empowering
individuals. Steve continues to evolve how he writes software, how he works with
teams and organizations to deliberately master techniques, learning about new
promising ways to write high quality software, introspecting on ways to improve himself,
or just embracing change as a way of life.
Steve has had the opportunity to work across a wide range of industries including
telcom, finance, insurance, advertising, shipping, retail, travel, games, mobile, and
more. He has led and coordinated the transformation of a 13 team bi-continent
department from lowest performing in the company to a team known for delivering highquality
features at a cadence that the rest of the enterprise could not match. On time
and on budget, Steve moved a long-established company with sensitive data to the
cloud, a challenge that five previous teams had failed with. In that process he was able
to create a dynamic high-performing group of 60+ people that lead the rest of the
enterprise into the cloud. For a number of different engagements and employers, Steve
has transformed the hiring process from esoteric questions and a whiteboard, to metric
driven near real-world work scenarios that simulate, as close as possible, how a person
would work as a team within an organization.
He has talked at companies, conferences, and groups around the world on topics such
as XP, collaborative programming techniques, how to create/adopt a culture of learning,
object-oriented design, deliberate practice, transforming hiring practices, and Fluid
Scaling Technologies. Steve is committed to supporting the software community and
actively does so by leading, growing and organizing the 3,900+ member Seattle Code
Crafters monthly meetup. He has organized and led four Global Day of CodeRetreats,
both locally and world-wide. You can almost always find him at Agile Open Northwest,
every year and certainly monthly at the Seattle Code Crafters meetup.
Sustainable pace and work-life balance are core to Steve’s world. He balances his
professional career with spending time with his partner, two sons, two cats and two
neighbor dogs. When not hammering, digging, or sawing something he will be found
communing with nature through hiking/backpacking, cycling (mtn and road), whitewater
kayaking, rock climbing, or even just sitting on the patio birding.