Curtis Schlak


With the purchase of his family’s first computer, a Timex-Sinclair 1000, young Curtis Schlak at the age of 10 discovered that he enjoyed computer programming as an avocation. It wasn’t until after a five-year enlistment in the US Army that he changed programming to his vocation. Adhering to the “lead by example” motto of military life, Curtis threw himself into gaining as much experience, knowledge, and wisdom about his craft. Over the past 20 years, he has led teams ranging in size from intimate to egregious. He has participated in and led product development, consultations, and agile adoptions. He has first-hand experiences in implementing Extreme Programming, Scrum, the Unified Process, adaptations of the Toyota Production System, and Feature-Driven Development.