About the Authors
For 15 years Willem designed cutting-edge learning tools for all ages in the natural sciences—at the Oregon Zoo, OMSI, Tryon Creek State Park, and the Eddy Foundation Land Trust. He was a founding partner of Cascadia Wild!, a founding member of TrackersNW, and a former partner at "Where Are Your Keys?" co-developing the approach that led to the craft of Language Hunting.
Willem believes that languages, traditions, and skills are treasures that communities hold as a whole—only by learning together can we create the rich lives we want for each other.
Willem Larsen is Creative Director of Language Hunters, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Portland, OR.
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A visionary pragmatist, Diana Larsen is Chief Connector at the Agile Fluency™ Project where we hold a vision of a future where: “Every agile software team practices Software Development at a level of fluent proficiency that specifically fits their businesses’ needs.” At AFP, she has turned her considerable skills as an advisor and guide to preparing upcoming agile coaches and consultants for the business challenges that lie ahead.
During her extensive career, Diana has worked with business leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, inspire teams to greatness, and support leader and enterprise agility. Now, she prepares the grounding for other agile leaders to achieve similar results, building on the foundation of the Agile Fluency Suite.
She is author of the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. She co-originated the Agile Fluency™ model and co-authored “The Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” along with numerous other articles and blog posts.
For over 25 years, Diana led the practice area for Agile software development, leading & managing teams, and Agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. FutureWorks Consulting partners worked with organizational leaders to create environments where everyone at every level could say, "I love my work...this is the best job ever!"
Currently, in her spare time, she delivers inspiring conference keynote talks and facilitates productive Open Space Technology events.