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Meet the Community Founders

Donna Fitzgerald

Executive Director at NimblePM 

Previously: Research VP at Gartner

Driven to provide practical advice to produce the results organizations need

Mrs. Fitzgerald has experienced how popular solutions approaches led to projects getting stuck and got such projects back on track.  

Mrs. Fitzgerald is a seasoned Program and Portfolio Management (PPM) expert and a strategy execution expert. She spent 10 years at Gartner helping clients solve such problems as how to effectively execute strategy, how to convert the IT Project Management Office into an agile powerhouse, how to set up and run a strategic Enterprise Project Management Office, and how to move the portfolio from a list of projects into an effective executive decision-making tool. Prior to Gartner, Mrs. Fitzgerald ran an agile software development organization, was a product manager at two software companies, co-founded a program management consulting company and was a Silicon Valley-trained CFO.

Eugen Oetringer

Business-Agile Coach | Senior Analyst and Strategist at ComDyS 

Driven to Find Simple Solutions to Complex Challenges

Through his education in mathematics and the culture of the once prospering IT-services company EDS, Eugen Oetringer learned to find and solve fundamental root causes of tough problems. He became the main inventor and has operational experiences with what is now called Guided Self-Organisation: As much freedom as possible; as much direction as needed. Implemented for 30.000 employees, it changed the culture without a culture change project and enabled agile decision making across organizations. When implemented, it was ahead of its time. Today, these experiences point to functionality needs to make transformation projects to Business-Agile executable and durable.  

Beyond EDS, he was granted a patent in brain-based artificial intelligence. For mental matters, such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism, he proposed traffic jams in the brain as the missing link between causes and symptoms. He argues that brain architecture, extraordinary treatment results and the difficulty of finding research having applied techniques, such as the alternative route proposals to avoid traffic jams on the road, point straight to this being the case.