Team

Our course designers and instructors are some of the leading thinkers in Lean, Agile, and Visual project management.


They are award-winning authors, speakers, and consultants, highly in demand for their management skills.

Jim Benson (Co-founder and Course Designer)

Jim's background includes managing urban megaprojects like subway systems and freeways, owning a software development company, and creating management systems for companies of all sizes. He is the creator of Personal Kanban as well as the Lean Coffee method and Kaizen Camp. He is keenly interested in building collaborative management systems that recognize that all teams are made of individuals.His management philosophy builds on that belief – when people are treated well, they treat their organizations well. He is the co-founder and lead consultant at Modus Cooperandi.

Follow him on Twitter @Ourfounder.


Tonianne DeMaria Barry (Co-founder and Course Designer)

Tonianne is partner & principal consultant at Modus Cooperandi, co-author of the Shingo Research and Publication Award winning Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, co-founder of Kaizen Camp™ and Modus Institute.

She explores the relationship between performance, motivation, and neuroscience, is passionate about the roles intention, collaboration, value-creation, and happiness play in “the future of work,” and appreciative of the ways in which psychology, Lean, systems thinking, and the work of W. Edwards Deming can facilitate these ends.

Toni enjoys Coltrane, shoots Nikon, butchers the Italian language (much to the embarrassment of her family), is a single malt enthusiast, and is head over heels in love with her adopted home, Seattle.

Follow her on Twitter @Sprezzatura.


Dave Gray (Content Designer)

Dave Gray is the founder of the business design consultancy XPLANE. His primary focus is the complex problem of driving innovation and change in large organizations. Dave has authored two books on design, change and innovation. He also serves as a strategic adviser to a select group of clients. His current project is Boardthing, a collaboration platform for distributed teams. Dave also delivers keynotes and hands-on workshops on topics related to innovation, culture and change.


Troy Magennis (Content Designer)

Troy is an experienced executive who has been involved in many leading software organizations over 20 years. Most recently, he founded Focused Objective to build tools and training for simulating and forecasting software development projects, as described in his books Forecasting and Simulating Software Development Projects and the soon-to-be-released Lean Forecasting. Troy's work has recently been recognized by his peers with the Brickell Key Award, an award given yearly to highlight achievement, leadership and contribution to the Lean community. Troy is a regular speaker and trainer at conferences and workshops on improving Agile and Lean processes.


Nancy White (Content Designer)

Nancy is a leading thinker, writer and practitioner in the field of “online facilitation"–group facilitation for distributed environments. Her expertise includes supporting distributed learning, teams, and communities of practice, technology is just the tip of the iceberg. Organizational capacity and strong processes are the link to success.

Nancy is the co-author of the book Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities.


John von Seggern (Co-founder and Director of Online Education)

John is an expert in online education and community management, including experience as the director of an internationally-known online music school with students all over the world. His graduate work in Hong Kong and California focused on the dynamics of online music communities, and he has spoken on this topic at numerous conferences and events.

John's background in online education, music and technology gives him the ability to manipulate users' minds through a mystical communion with the network. If you are still reading this page you are a victim of his techniques.