Background and Experience
AgileTrailblazers® is a management consultancy firm specializing in guiding medium-to-large scale organizations in their transformation to Continuous Business Value Delivery® through use of lean thinking and agile frameworks. Our principal focus is working to manage organizations through their change curve associated with the move from traditional software product delivery methods towards lean and agile methods. Our approach to agile transformation embodies the change needed to the systems and frameworks for delivering software, but more importantly, the transformation needed to the human and organizational dynamics needed for the change to be self-sustaining and long-lived.
AgileTrailblazers® have been at the forefront of influencing and leading large scale agile transformations in traditionally change-resistant industries, such as financial services and health care. These transformations were always focused on the end results which were achieved – higher quality product delivery, increased throughput of product feature/function, shortened time-to-market, and highly engaged associates. Because we are so passionate about agility, we execute all portions of our transformations in an agile manner – managed and prioritized transformation backlog, iterative transformation achievement focused on highest value, and lean and agile principles-based to set a model for the organization’s target mindset. AgileTrailblazers® have developed the Continuous Business Value Delivery (CBVD)® framework to encapsulate the elements needed to deliver the right product at the right time to your market.
AgileTrailblazers® are involved in the agile community to ensure our staff is highly knowledgeable about the latest trends in lean and agile practices but also actively creating and presenting leading edge practices and concepts back to that community through industry conferences and articles.
Beyond our lean and agile expertise, AgileTrailblazers® staff has an average of 25 years of experience in software delivery, including roles in senior IT and software development leadership. That leadership experience provides the background for ensuring your transformation needs are well assessed, full organizational buy-in to the transformation and the destination are maximized, and your transformation is executed in a results-driven, agile manner.
AgileTrailblazers are passionate about enabling organizations to rapidly realize Continuous Business Value Delivery® through the use of lean and agile principles.
- We are about value creation.
- We believe value creation is maximized by scaling efficiency and productivity to build sustainable organizations.
- We build sustainable organizations by enlisting thought leaders who unlock the human capabilities of initiative, creativity and passion.
- We believe that successful companies continuously innovate leveraging these entrepreneurial capabilities.
Our Leadership Team
Brian Barr, CSM, SPC
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Brian has over 25 years of experience driving other leaders and global teams in the creation of large-scale software solutions with a passion for quality, timeliness, and agile methodologies. He has influenced and led company-wide agile transformations in traditionally change-resistant organizations such as medical and financial services industries. Brian has a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Scaled Agile Framework™ Program Consultant (SPC).
Naeem Hussain, SPC
Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Naeem is a highly successful Management Consultant with phenomenal success integrating strategies, innovations, technologies, and personnel to drive operations and technology. Naeem has over 15 years of experience in IT in healthcare, banking, telecommunication and education industries. Recently Naeem was the Chief Operating Officer at MGRM. Prior to this, Naeem served as the Head of Technology Services at ING DIRECT Bank, one of the largest online bank in the world. Naeem led the implementation of DevOps and corresponding agile technical practices at the bank. At Siemens, Naeem led 100+ resource DevOps teams in a global distributed environment.
Naeem is a Scaled Agile Framework™ Program Consultant (SPC) and he is CSQE from American Society of Quality. He has a Master’s degree in Telecommunication & Computers and has an MBA from the University of Chicago.