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Danube Technologies Strengthens Enterprise Scrum Training Offerings With Addition of Jim Schiel
Jul 16, 2008 (12:07 PM EDT)


BELLEVUE, Wash., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Danube Technologies, Inc., ( http://www.danube.com ) the leader in software and training for the Scrum method of agile software development, today announced that Jim Schiel has joined the company as a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). The addition of Schiel brings the number of Danube CSTs to five, out of a select group of just 54 worldwide, helping to meet growing demand for training by large enterprise customers as they standardize agile development practices using the Scrum method.

"Large organizations are moving from pilot agile projects to enterprise-wide deployments and using Scrum to scale these initiatives in a cohesive manner that will yield value to both developer and business stakeholders," said Katie Playfair, director of client services for Danube. "Having Jim join our ScrumCORE(TM) team is of tremendous value to our customers, based on his experience building one of the largest and most successful enterprise Scrum installations in the world. While some people talk about enterprise Scrum, Jim has been doing it for years."

Schiel joins Danube after 22 years with Siemens, where he worked initially as a developer, then as a manager for 16 years, eventually playing an instrumental role in creating one of the largest Scrum installations in the world. As a business process engineer at Siemens, he helped identify, document, and implement best practices for enterprise Scrum. As a result, he witnessed Scrum organically spread throughout the organization to include 97 Scrum teams across five projects, working from distributed sites around the world, in the last four years.

Danube and its ScrumCORE(TM) training team, which consists of five CSTs, lead the industry in Scrum training and coaching. ScrumCORE training is delivered by respected industry thought leaders with deep, hands-on experience guiding organizations through Scrum transformations. Its course offerings include: Certified ScrumMaster Courses; Introduction to Agile and Scrum Courses; Certified and Uncertified Product Owner Courses; and ScrumWorks Implementation and Use Courses. In addition to North America, Danube training services are offered throughout Europe and Asia.

"I love the challenge of sitting down with a team, working together to solve problems, and seeing the results," Schiel says. "Given my passion for coaching and training, I'm very excited to help organizations scale Scrum programs and to share the experiences I gained within a very large enterprise software development environment."

About Danube Technologies

Founded in 2000, Danube provides software and training exclusively focused on the Scrum method of agile software development. The company's ScrumWorks(R) Pro and ScrumWorks Basic products are licensed to more than 85,000 software professionals worldwide, making it the most widely used software in the industry for managing Scrum projects. Danube complements its software offering with a comprehensive schedule of ScrumCORE(TM) training courses, which are taught globally by Danube's five Certified Scrum Trainers. The company's on-site software delivery model makes it the leading choice for enterprises of all types, including large corporate and government organizations, which require the utmost in security, compliance, ease-of-use and customization. Danube's customers include Adobe, Amazon.com, AMD, F5, General Electric, HP, Intel, Intuit, Kofax, LexisNexis, Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle, QVC, Siemens, and Sun Microsystems. Danube is self-funded and has achieved steady organic growth as Scrum has emerged as the preferred agile method for developers and executives. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. and has a sales office in Portland, Ore. Please visit http://www.danube.com or call (503) 248-0800 for more information on Danube.

Danube Press Contact: Christie Denniston Catapult PR-IR Office: 303.581.7760, ext. 13 Cell: 303-827-5164 cdenniston@catapultpr-ir.com

CONTACT: Christie Denniston of Catapult PR-IR, +1-303-581-7760, ext. 13, cdenniston@catapultpr-ir.comCell, +1-303-827-5164, , for DanubeTechnologies, Inc.

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