Richard Knaster

Updated at: Sept. 14, 2021, 9:13 a.m.

Richard Knaster is the Vice President and Chief Scientist for Value Stream Management at He has more than 30 years of experience in software and systems development and IT. Before joining, Richard was a SAFe methodologist, and principal consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc. Prior to that Richard worked at IBM, where his career spanned from product line management (PPM domain) and professional services to chief methodologist, Agile and Lean. He has been leading large-scale Agile transformations for well over 15 years and is passionate about helping organizations create a better work environment to deliver value, improve quality and flow, and be more engaging and fun. Richard has written 5 books on SAFe and recently published an ebook on Value Stream Management.

Richard is a certified IBM Thought Leader and an Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist. He is also a certified SPC, PSM, Agile Certified Practitioner, PMP, and a contributor to the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and PMI Portfolio/Program Management standards.

Richard has a B.Sc. from University of Buffalo (Information Technology) and from State University of New York at Buffalo (Business Admin & Information Systems)

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