Diana Larsen

Deeply in tune with how work teams adapt, develop, and perform, Diana Larsen works with organizations worldwide to design high-performance work systems, improve project team effectiveness, and support leaders and enterprises in their transitions to Agile methods. Ms. Larsen is cofounder of FutureWorks Consulting LLC and is considered an authority in Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile adoption. Drawing on her 20-plus years working with technical professionals, she coaches managers on their role in a changing workplace and leads system-wide groups in collaborative thinking and planning for Agile adoptions.

Ms. Larsen is coauthor of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning, and co-originator of the breakthrough Your Path through Agile Fluency model. She has produced several Cutter Executive Updates, including: "Teamwork Required: Managing Agile Application Delivery in a Matrix Organization," "Team Collaboration for Executive Leadership," Using the Retrospective for Positive Change" and more.

A respected contributor to her professional community, Ms. Larsen served for eight years as Director and Chair of the Agile Alliance board; currently serves as board member for Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and Language Hunters; and is an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. She tweets dianaOfPortland and @FutureWks and can be reached at consulting@cutter.com.