Derek Huether

VP, ALM Platforms

Derek is LeadingAgile’s Application Lifecycle Management guru. With 25+ years of experience, he is dedicated to helping organizations achieve better business outcomes through the systemic application of pragmatic Lean and Agile practices. He is committed to engaging in a way that respects where each organization is today, while laying the foundation for where they will need to be in the future. He takes the hand waving and voodoo out of Agile at scale, while providing disciplined coaching, strategic consulting, and project and portfolio management services.

Derek has been with LeadingAgile since 2012 where he started out as an Enterprise Transformation Consultant. In the beginning, he was primarily focused on the transition patterns and intermediate states necessary to pragmatically lead organizations through an Agile transformation event.  Since then, Derek’s leadership has provided him with opportunities to advance within the company to the role of Vice President. He is now the VP of ALM Platforms and is responsible for defining and executing implementation strategies that optimize the customer experience with tools at scale. He is an expert in ALM platforms such as: VersionOne, CA Agile Central, Atlassian JIRA, Microsoft VSTS, and Agile Craft.

In addition to being an essential asset to the LeadingAgile team, Derek is the founder and organizer of Agile Baltimore, an organization that is dedicated to promoting Lean, Agile, start-ups, and technology in the Baltimore area. Agile Baltimore has monthly meet-ups and hosts an annual Un-conference based on the premise that the value of conferences is derived from the conversations and exchange of ideas that take place between speaker sessions. The Un-conference is a modified open-space conference which does not require months of agenda planning. He has led workshop and speaking sessions at events such as the Washington DC Symposium, PMI Global Congress, AgileDC, Heart of Agile, and the annual Agile Conference put on by the Agile Alliance. A published author, Derek wrote Zombie Project Management in 2011. In it, he identified project management anti-patterns through the lens of a layperson.

To this day, Derek continuously pours in to the Agile community by being an active speaker, blogger, author, and social media presence: all while helping large enterprise organizations achieve their desired business outcomes.

Recent Posts from Derek

Enterprise Agile PPM Tools


Why do companies use Agile PPM tools? Organizations have a wide variety of motivations for using agile project portfolio management (PPM) tools. One key reason can simply be the desire […]

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Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE) Metric


What is Process Cycle Efficiency? Process Cycle Efficiency, also known as “Flow Efficiency” or “Value Add Ratio,” is a measurement of the amount of value-add time in any process, relative […]

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Know Your Metrics


Know your metrics and the behaviors they drive Everyone at your company should understand which metrics drive the business, and what behaviors they encourage. That’s what Joe Nigro, CEO of energy […]

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Get Clarity


I believe the number one reason for failure or waste is a lack of clarity or understanding. If you get clarity on something, it gives you the freedom to decide […]

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E-Shaped Staff


Because organizations rely on an ever increasing number of technologies, we often wind up with an increased number of specialists on staff.  When departments over-specialize, they develop silos and increase the number of […]

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