About

coach /ˈkōch/ noun, often attributive

Four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with an enclosed body and an elevated seat in front for the driver.

carriage

The key word in the definition is “elevated.” Being Agile elevates your work practices. A carriage is symbolic because it holds and delivers people. Torak holds and delivers concepts, methodologies and new successes. Just like a carriage driving people from point A to point B, our job as coaches is to see you through from start to finish. We use a comprehensive initial assessment to determine where our coaching should begin and set a clear destination of where the coaching should end. Before jumping on the carriage, we set clear expectations; ensuring that you clearly understand the journey you’re embarking upon. The end result is not just satisfaction, but complete delight in having reached all of your original goals.

We have been coaching teams, departments and organizations for more than 10 years with services that focus on Agile methods including Scrum, Kanban, eXtreme Programming and Lean Thinking. We have helped our clients reach their goals all while traveling a path of continuous improvement.

Our founder – Dimitri Ponomareff – actively coaches our clients along with our outstanding team of Agile coaches. We manage and scale your engagement around one Principal Coach who provides the right level of structure and discipline to help your transformation stay on track. This coach works to quickly understand your needs, and provides ongoing alignment with your goals. Your Principal Coach is always at your disposal and helps integrate changes within your culture, processes and leadership style.

Each letter of TORAK has a specific meaning that defines what we do:

Transforming organizations to achieve their goals.
Organizational design for maximum agility.
Results that are measurable and actionable.
Agile as a philosophy to build better products and services.
Kanban as a methodology to continuously improve the way we work.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has!

Margaret Mead

Our Team

Dimitri

Dimitri Ponomareff

President & Agile Coach

20+ years of IT experience as a CIO, VP, director, manager and web developer. Agile coach for 10+ years with a strong focus on Kanban and Lean IT. Passionate leader, public speaker and entrepreneur.

Tom Gilmore

Agile Coach

20+ years of experience in quality assurance, Agile development and automated testing. Focus on helping organizations develop solutions to improve quality, improve DevOps and decrease release time.

Kristen Varona

Agile Coach

20+ years experience of n-tiered software application development spanning windows and web. Process experience as an Agile coach to help organizations transform from Waterfall and RUP to Agile.

Marianne Kunkin

Agile Coach

20+ years of IT experience leading teams in delivering high quality, complex business solutions. 10+ years as an Agile coach and trainer. Passionate about productivity and being part of high-performing teams.

Anthony Oden

Agile Coach

20+ years of experience in technology, collaboration and product development practice. Worldwide deliveries as an enterprise Agile coach applying Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and LeSS across Fortune 500 organizations.

Brian Stanfill

Agile Coach

10+ years in software development. Leader, trainer, veteran, entrepreneur and project manager with a 20 year career with the United States Air Force. Exciting trainer involved in developing and delivering our PMI-ACP course.

Vincent Gerard

Agile Instructional Designer

10+ years of corporate education in Europe and in the USA surfing trends and improving customer experiences by providing the right tools to motivated participants. Using Agile approach to Curriculum development.