Who are we?

Calba's team of highly experienced agile coaches, Scrum Masters and digital practitioners includes:

Stephen McAinsh

Stephen is an agile coach with over 20 years’ industry experience in process improvement, change management and agile transformations.

He started his career as a software engineer in 1980s with Hewlett-Packard who were pioneering new manufacturing techniques, many of which we term as agile or lean today. He then moved into process improvement and change management, working with organisations across Europe, Japan and US. Since 2008 his focus has been on agile transformations working at all levels including executives, senior management and development teams.

Stephen lives in Edinburgh, is the founder of Calba, and hosts Lean Agile Edinburgh.

Irwin Fletcher

Irwin is an IT process specialist with 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including Finance, Telecoms, Automotive, Health and Government. He has led process transformations with both SMEs and multi-nationals across Japan, USA and Europe.
Irwin is a seasoned trainer and communicator having presented at many international conferences and is experienced in developing on-line video training and webinars to support transformations.
Additionally, as a qualified NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and executive coach, Irwin often brings these skills to bear in ensuring successful transformation projects.

Alan Airth

Alan was a pioneer of agile in the UK and a founder member and director of the DSDM Consortium. He has over 26 years’ IT experience and over 18 years’ experience of adopting agile in a wide range of sectors worldwide.

He specialises in agile transformations, coaching, workshop facilitation, training, and is passionate about driving delivery, innovation and benefit through the pragmatic implementation of agile.

Alan is also the founder of the Global Facilitation Network and has presented at conferences in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia on agile and facilitation.

Ryan Pritchard

Ryan has a successful track record as a behavioural change performance coach and strategic leadership consultant. He has worked extensively with leaders and management teams within global organisations. His work is centred around assisting leaders to make performance improvements required to deliver on their objectives through changes in key behaviours.

Prior to establishing himself as a coach, Ryan was a General Manager for an international company in Norway and has held Director-level roles in the UK.

Ray Edgar

Ray is a passionate and energetic agile coach, mentor and driver of change. He has particular experience with large enterprise-level transformations and scaling agile.

With over 30 years’ industry experience, he is commercially aware and confident working at all levels in an organisation. He has over 10 years’ experience as an agile coach, recently with large financial and public sector organisations. He achieves successful outcomes through generating a shared understanding of local challenges and driving specific transformation improvements and mindset changes. Ray has experience with various frameworks and methods including Scrum, Kanban, XP, SAFe and DAD. He is a Certfied Scrum Master, ICAgile Coach and SAFe Agilist.

Chrissie Auton

Chrissie is a highly experienced and talented coach with a proven track record of delivering and embedding long-term change within transformation programmes.

She has a wealth of knowledge and experience of agile and lean methodologies from her many years’ experience in the field. She takes an agnostic and pragmatic approach in supporting her clients and creating lasting change. When looking at agile or business change, Chrissie holds the fundamental belief that it is people not process that create change: people in an open trusting environment supported by a committed and dedicated coach. This is reflected in her coaching style that has been described as; pragmatic, dedicated and supportive.

Andy Hall

Currently working in the financial services sector, Andy works at a team/project level to help teams deliver, typically as their coach or in a delivery manager/scrum master role. He has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry across a number of sectors with a highly successful track record.

When Andy is working with teams, he places a high importance on ensuring that strong technical practices are adopted and a healthy and happy team culture is developed. He takes a pragmatic approach to using agile frameworks and has hands-on technical experience with XP practices, automated testing, continuous integration and delivery. He is a Certified Scrum Master and PMI Project Management Professional.

Pratik Mitra

Pratik is a highly competent Agile Coach with experience of delivering successful organisation-wide agile transformations across IT and business functions. He achieves this using an appropriate mix of hands-on examples, knowledge transfer, formal training and one-to-one coaching at all levels – project, programme and senior executives and management.</> Pratik is also an experienced IT manager with excellent stakeholder and interpersonal skills. He has delivered high profile programmes in complex environments, involving 3rd party vendors and offshore teams.

Mike Ritchie

Mike helps teams hands-on with technical best practice and capability to give sustainable improvements in agile software delivery.

He helps teams to understand and apply test-driven development, XP, pair programming, simple design, collaborative requirements discovery, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and other technical best practice. Mike has three decades experience across industry sectors spanning finance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, logistics, embedded and medical systems. He's worked with every type of organisation from small startups to Wall Street giants, and everything in between.

Joe Wright

Joe helps teams deliver software that's well designed, fully tested and released early.

As an accomplished developer, Joe coaches teams to adopt agile engineering practices with a focus on XP, clean code, pairing, BDD, TDD and continuous delivery. He is adept to change roles between coach, developer, architect or tester to demonstrate where the challenges are and work with teams to solve them.

Joe is an experienced trainer and known for technical speaking on subjects such as "deliberate practice", which teams can use to continually improve their skills and delivery.

Chris McDermott

Chris is a highly experienced agile coach and developer.

Since being first introduced to XP, he has been passionate about agile development and in particular the application of technical practices. He has helped teams adopt a number of practices including XP, TDD, BDD, Kanban, Scrum, CI and pair programming.

As a developer, he has experience over a wide range of technologies, frameworks and languages including Java, .NET, SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Cucumber and JBehave. Chris frequently introduces Kanban techniques to help teams visualise their flow and focus on continuous improvement.

He is also frequent speaker at international conferences and the organiser of Lean Agile Scotland.

Seb Rose

Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1987, Seb’s career has spanned the complete technical spectrum with companies both large and small.

Over the past 6 years, Seb has focused on helping teams adopt and refine their agile practices. In particular, ensuring teams are fluent in core technical practices such as Unit Testing, Test Driven Development (TDD), Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Specification by Example.

He speaks regularly at international conferences, is a contributing author to O’Reilly’s “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”, and a core member of the open source Cucumber project.