Meet the Johannesburg Committee (2019) 2018-12-10T21:10:18+00:00
Annalinde Singh
Annalinde Singh
The main thing that excites me in any environment is reminding ourselves that people are people, and not machinery or resources… Emotional beings.
I adore trying things out, new ideas, finding new or better ways of doing things, self-organising teams, and the empowerment of people. I am, instinctively, a connector of and with people. In my experience, a good flow of communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship; in business or any other area of life. I thrive on, communicating and building relationships.
Travis Chou
Travis Chou
My agile journey has been laughter, frustration, and eye-opening realisations. Being a scrum master has its moments (successes / failures) but I would not dream of trading it with anything else!
Agile has changed many people’s way of work and I hope to be part of that journey while sharing learnings along the way. As the saying goes “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.”
Alison Gitelson
Alison Gitelson
I have had four careers and accumulated many years of technical and management experience, in a broad range of businesses.
When I discovered the Agile manifesto I was excited to see its alignment with my own philosophies. I joined the SUGSA community to learn more about how the manifesto was being applied, and discovered a fabulous group of people.
My big hate is to see abilities, time and effort being wasted. I am always looking for the most effective way to achieve great results.
As a consultant, facilitator and coach I use my own strengths and work experience, combined with a deep understanding of human behaviour, to help create the culture and environment that enables people to do their best work so that both the people and the business can thrive.
Alhad Akole
Alhad Akole
Born Agile !! 🙂 (kidding).
I am Firm Believer and driver of “AaaC- Agile As A Culture”.
Got introduced to Agile world through XP programming way back in 2006. Got my hands dirty in Agile execution- XP, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe Transformations, Enterprise Agile coaching. In the journey I’ve been inspired by many Agilist, Experts – Madhur Kathuria, Jezz Humble, Lyssa Adkins, and many more who helped me find the right path in difficult situations.

I have been part of the agile community building in India with group called Agile Practioners Group of India (APGI). We have had great growth going from few to few hundreds now! Actively involved in Agile Community in India – Agile Tour, Discuss Agile Day, Agile India events etc. Have spoken / been a reviewer for different international conferences. Over a journey of 18+ years I am still learning human aspects of the teams.
I love to interact with like-minded Agilists and inspire others towards “Being Agile”.
Through my past experiences I have learned to be a more patient listener, and a good team player. I would like to contribute to and learn from the Agile Community here in SA and build a strong footprint which people will be willing to follow!!

I am here to Inspire and get inspired from lovely, lively Agile Community of SA!

 Chardi Taylor
Chardi Taylor
I am Chardi, Star Wars fanatic, crazy about animals, a proud member of the #SUGSASelfie club and lover of all things Geek-related. I feel like I have truly found “my people” in the agile community. I have had my thinking challenged, and been inspired by the people and the ideas they share in the SUGSA community. Having taken a lot from this community it would be an honour to give back by helping to build it even stronger, looking forward to experimenting with new ideas in 2019 to drive community growth.

I have been very involved in the IIBA-SA as a volunteer, having served on the board for 2 years, and I can bring a lot of the lessons learned from this experience to the SUGSA community.

Want to know more? Come have a chat with me 🙂

Eloise Pelser
Eloise Pelser
Being married to a developer had always been different… That was until the point where I was introduced to Agile and the way of work. The self-organisation and transparency of the teams I worked with inspired me to try out those exact principles at home with our children and they are now true agile champions at the age of 10 and 13. Only then did my husband see the value of what I was practicing… and then I could coach him.

During my years as an agile practitioner I have discovered that ultimately the process is really about the people and helping them work through the small stuff that helps them to become a real team before they can become a high-performance team.

I do my best to practice what I preach, even on a personal level: in almost every situation the first thing that goes through my mind is one of the principles from the agile manifesto. And the time has come for me to give back to the community.