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Mik Kersten
Job title
Lean ALM, Software Lifecycle Integration, Developer Tools, Open Source, API Economy

Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop, creator of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project, and inventor of the task-focused interface. His goal is to create the collaborative infrastructure needed to connect people in the very siloed world of software delivery. At Tasktop, Mik drives the strategic direction of the company, Tasktop's key partnerships, and the culture of customer-focused innovation. Prior to Tasktop, Mik launched a series of tools that changed the way that software developers collaborate. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, he created the first aspect-oriented development tools for AspectJ. He then created the task-focused interface during his PhD thesis and validated it with the release of Mylyn, now downloaded 2 million times per month. Building on the success of Mylyn, Mik created the Tasktop Sync and Dev product lines that helped define the Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) category.

Mik’s ideas on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and focus on the needs of the individual knowledge worker make him a popular keynote speaker, and he has been recognized with awards such as the JavaOne Rock Star and the IBM developerWorks Java top 10 writers of the decade. Mik’s entrepreneurial contributions have been acknowledged by the 2012 Business in Vancouver 40 under 40, and as a World Technology Awards finalist in the IT Software category. His software community involvement builds on his contributions as one of the most prolific committers to Eclipse, as well as serving on the Eclipse Foundation’s Board of Directors and web service standards bodies.


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