Linda M. Cook
Linda Cook, a recognized technology leader and Agile Transformation expert, is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With over 21 years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision which allows her to tackle the most complex organizational challenges. She currently leads a Lean/Agile consulting practice for Project Cooks, LLC.
Formerly an Agile Program Leader at PayPal, Linda Cook managed the company’s largest IT initiative with over five hundred staff across fifty-seven teams located in four countries. Prior to holding this position, Linda led several Lean/Agile transformations for large organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, and generated team performance improvements up to 250 percent. She has also managed several large-scale system development efforts and led multiple Agile programs through successful ISO 9001-2008 audits and CMMI appraisals.
Linda is a passionate contributor to Agile non-profit organizations. She is a board member and the treasurer of the Agile Alliance and has played an instrumental role in establishing the Agile Alliance chapter in Brazil. Linda also served on the board of the Agile Leadership Network from 2010 through 2013 and chaired the organization’s national conferences, including Houston, Texas in 2011. Linda frequently speaks at Agile events around the world on topics ranging from the Future of Agile to Agile Release Planning.
Linda is a Certified Trainer for “Training From The Back Of The Room,” and is also certified to teach SoftEd training courses. Linda received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of Notre Dame with a concentration in computer information systems. She has also completed post-graduate courses in transformative leadership at Maryland University of Integrative Health. When not focused on building teams and great software, Linda enjoys country living and raising horses.
Linda Cook is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.