Ahmad K. Shuja, www.shuja.info, is an accomplished IT manager and professional who has worked at some of the major financial services (Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., and others) and management consulting organizations (Ernst & Young Inc. / Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Inc., and others) around the globe. He has a proven track record of successfully enabling organizations to build and manage high-quality, software-intensive products and services efficiently and effectively. Ahmad provides advisory and consulting services in IT strategy and planning, IT Service Management (ITSM) and governance, program and project management (PMO) transformation and operations, software engineering processes and agile software development (RUP, XP, SCRUM, and others), enterprise architecture, and business process management. In addition, he offers training and mentoring services across a wide range of IT disciplines.
Ahmad holds the degrees Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan School of Management), Master of Science in Computation (Mathematics and Software Engineering) from the University of Oxford, and Master of Information Systems from the University of Toronto. He also holds numerous professional certifications, including Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP), Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Certificate in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Manager (ITIL Master Certification), and Certified RUP Specialist, to name a few. Ahmad can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jochen (Joe) Krebs, www.jochenkrebs.com, is an active member of both the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. He also is a member of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and spearheads the local chapter in New York City. He is an IBM Certified Specialist — Rational Unified Process and an IBM Certified Solution Designer — Rational Unified Process 7.0. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP®). Joe frequently publishes articles with a focus on project management and requirements engineering, and he speaks at conferences and companies. He received his MSc in Computing for Commerce and Industry from the Open University and teaches regularly at New York University (NYU). In his current role, he is responsible for successful adoption of agile development practices in a large investment bank in New York City and provides agile mentoring services through www.incrementor.com. He is currently working on his new book, Agile Portfolio Management, to be released in 2008.
Prior to taking on his current responsibilities, Joe co-developed the latest RUP certification examination and authored content for RUP using the Rational Method Composer. In addition, he contributed to the OpenUP project within the Eclipse foundation.
Throughout his career, Joe has taught more than 1,000 professionals in the USA and Europe. The topics have included project management, requirements engineering, object-oriented analysis and design, Smalltalk, Java™, agile development processes, and the RUP.