Lean/Agile Process and Architecture Coach
Jim (“Cope”) Coplien is the father of Organizational Patterns, is one of the founders of the Software Pattern discipline, a pioneer in practical object-oriented design in the early 1990s and is a widely consulted authority, author, and trainer in the areas of software design and organizational improvements.
Cope is currently a partner in Gertrud & Cope, Mørdrup, Denmark. His work ranges from hands-on software development to organizational improvement assessments, organizational development, process improvement, and to consulting on system architecture. Gertrud & Cope work proudly with a network of partners with high-quality offerings.
As one of the founders and proponents of Agile software development, one of Cope’s passions is to work with the inventors of Scrum to facilitate its evolution as formalized in the Scrum Guide. He also is actively leading the work in Lean Architecture in conjunction the Scrum community. Most recently he has been working with Trygve Reenskaug to take the DCI architecture forward. He is certified as a CSP, CSM, CSPO, CST, a DeBono creativity facilitator, and an Innovation Games facilitator.
Cope does extensive consulting in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, with a special focus on the Nordic countries. He is a frequently-sought conference speaker at venues such as JaOO, Better Software, JavaZone, ROOTS, Expo-C, the ACCU Conference, SPLASH, Øresund Agile, and the patterns conferences. He regularly gives international seminars on Lean Architecture, Scrum fine-tuning, patterns, and Agile software development and project management practice.
He is also a researcher formerly affiliated with the University of Manchester, and is a past holder of the Vloebergh Endowed Chair at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has also held affiliations with Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and is a past professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His current research lies in DCI, in the areas of design theory based on broken symmetries in design structures, and in “entropic patterns” of product portfolio management.