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graduate: Faculty

Ainsley Nies, MS. PMP
Title:
Adjunct Professor, Project Management
Department:
Business
Campus:
San Francisco
  • 415-442-6500

Ainsley has a BA in Criminology, an MS in Educational Psychology and more than 20 years at Hewlett Packard as a software developer, business process consultant and project manager before launching on her own. While at HP she initiated and led the Retrospective and Agile Special Interest Groups. Ainsley is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrummaster (CSM).

 

Ainsley's consulting work is focused on development of sustainable environments for learning and continuous improvement, and includes methods such as chartering, retrospectives, Open Space Technology, and World Café. She speaks at conferences, facilitates public workshops and teaches a variety of Agile Management courses.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Agile Project Management

EDUCATION

  • BA (Criminology), U.C. Berkeley

  • MS (Educational Psychology), Cal State Hayward

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) PMI Credential

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Acorn Consulting, Owner and Principle

Hewlett Packard, Business process consultant, software developer, project manager (former)

Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University 2012 - Present

Instructor, U.C. Berkeley Extension

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author with Diana Larsen of "Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects" (Onyx Neon Press, 2011).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Director of the Agile Alliance Agile Open Program

  • Practice Team Lead, PMI Agile Community of Practice

  • Co-founder, Agile Open California Conferences

  • Committee Member, Bay Area, Agile Leadership Network

  • President, Pacifica Branch AAUW

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Golden Gate University, 2013