Ron Lichty

Ron Lichty has been transforming chaos to clarity and making software development “hum” for most of his 20-plus years consulting with and managing software development and product organizations. From first-level manager to VP of Engineering and VP of Products, he has been brought in to solve problems like painfully slow product development, past-due estimates with no delivery in sight, challenges arising from geographically dispersed teams, productivity bridled by uncertainty, and an "order-taking mentality" from teams that should be eagerly proactive. Ron has repeatedly demonstrated that small tweaks can result in dramatic impacts to throughput, quality and customer focus. He has led products and development for companies of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500. His practice includes creating roadmaps everyone can follow, building communication with every part of the organization, leading agile transformations, and motivating and inspiring software development teams.

Ron is a mentor, a coach and a team-builder. His book "Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams" was published by Addison Wesley in September 2012. He co-chairs the Emerging Technology SIG for SVForum, co-chaired the east bay's Software Development Best Practices SIG, and a decade ago co-founded SVForum's Software Architecture and Modeling SIG. In March, he plans to skied a ninth cross-country ski marathon with Team in Training; his eight TNT ski teams have raised almost 1 1/2 million dollars for curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and supporting patients and their families.