Formed in 2014 by co-founders Dick Carlson and Earle Soukup, ALEA maintains a strong focus on providing clients and organizations with training that includes the essentials of Lean design and construction, and how Agile has applied Lean techniques into software and product development.
Dick and Earle are highly skilled practitioners each with more than 25 years of practical Agile and Lean experience that spans the aerospace, defense, logistics, finance, IT, real estate, and manufacturing domains.
ALEA teaches Agile and Lean from A to Z using experienced-based courseware that combines Agile development approaches with Lean principles and strategic techniques for an improved ROI.
ALEA’s coaching assistance extends to essentially all roles throughout the enterprise to guide successful execution.
Dick Carlson has an extensive background in the communications-electronics engineering, software engineering, and systems engineering. He has more than two decades of practical knowledge and experience in the implementation of Agile, Lean, and Scrum principles and practices within communications-electronics engineering, software engineering, and systems engineering within the aerospace, DoD, IT, and industry domains. Dick has developed and actively conducted comprehensive training courses for Scrum Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, project/program managers, customers, executives, and others interested in learning how to use Agile, Lean, and Scrum.
Dick has been an Agile transformation leader for many small and large projects, and frequently shares his experiences of Agile implementation at conferences, workshops, and symposia. He regularly teaches the benefits of Agile to executives and management and actively coaches teams on Scrum and Lean-Agile Project Management fundamentals.
Dick has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and Certified Scrum Product Owner, and is certified in Lean-Agile Project Management.
Mr. Soukup has experience in engineering, law, and finance. He worked for NASA, General Electric, North American Aviation, Rockwell International, Control Data, and Boeing. He developed both hardware and software. Focusing on software he became a functional manager and a project manager. His experience resulted in his involvement with various, new-business proposals.
In 1987, Mr. Soukup began practicing various methods that ultimately were declared to be parts of Agile—paired programming, continuous testing and integration, short daily meetings, and evolving requirements.
Mr. Soukup has experience with teaching such subjects as electrical engineering, mathematics, law, ethics, project management, and Lean and Agile processes. He has been an author or co-author for papers in several of these areas.
Mr. Soukup has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1979. Also, Mr. Soukup is familiar with and has applied Agile and Lean methods to project management. He holds a Project Management Certificate from the University of California at Irvine, and he is a Certified Scrum Master.