Mary Poppendieck OwnerPoppendieck.LLCMary Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both a product champion and department manager. Mary considered retirement 1998, but instead found herself managing a government software project where she first encountered the word "waterfall." When Mary compared her experience in successful software and product development to the prevailing opinions about how to manage software projects, she decided the time had come for a new paradigm. She wrote the aw
Cory Foy OwnerCory Foy LLCCory is a passionate technical leader and coach with over 15 years experience managing, leading and transforming organizations around the globe. His transition work has impacted organizations such as Wolters Kluwer, Invensys, DirecTV, Blue Cross / Blue Shield and many others through his company Cory Foy, LLC. Cory also spends a significant amount of time in the software development realm, consulting with companies such as Disney, Beats by Dre, MIT, as well as serving as the CTO of Pretty Kool Apps, an education startup serving severely disabled children and their therapists with innovative tab
Kenji Hiranabe Founder, CEOChange Vision, IncAgile practitioner and book writer, translator in Japan. I think of software development as a form of collaborative game, and am always searching for better ways to make it more productive, collaborative, and fun. 2008 Gordon Pask Award Recipient for contributions to Agile practice. Founder, CEO of Change Vision, Inc Japanese (co-)translator of many Agile books including: Lean Software Dev
Aaron Sanders Agile CoachCoaching people to enjoy working in collaborative, learning environments excites Aaron. Especially in pursuit of building lovable products. People ask him to train, consult, mentor and facilitate teams to better use a set of Agile discovery and development concepts, tools, methods and practices. The whole set gets absorbed through interactive training, applied in context. And it usually takes more practice for it all to sink in. Coaching allows Aaron to sense an impactful situation, helping people to integrate the set of Agile concepts, tools, methods and practices that much faster. Aaron’s e
Aaron Skonnard CEOPluralsight
Alan Dayley Agile CoachBigVisible Solutions
Zhon Johansen Technical Practices ConsultantIndependentAs a coach and facilitator, Zhon Johansen is interested in inspiring individuals, teams and companies to greatness. Zhon has been writing software for over 17 years. For the past 13 years, all of Zhon’s code has been written using TDD. In addition to delivering well tested code, he has studied, practiced, taught, and influenced companies to adopt Extreme Programming since 1999.
Jim Cooper Software CraftsmanPluralsight
Amy Dredge Software CraftsmanPluralsight
Andrea Zuill Children's Book Artist and Illustrator, and Fine Artist
Brian Garstka Senior UxD EngineerAmirsysI have 14yrs experience in application programming, web development, graphic design and user experience design. My varied experience...from bottom rung minion to manager to owner....daily informs decisions I currently make regarding user experience and the process surrounding it. I'm not only a computer geek but I love playing music, and am professionally trained in classic French cuisine. I feel these two peripheral hobbies inform my daily tasks just as much as my experience and training in software, and web development.
Tim Collinson Technical and Agile ConsultantCutter ConsortiumTim Collinson is a Technical and Agile consultant with the Cutter Consortium as well as with companies around the world. He actively works with his clients to transition their technical and business organizations into Agile practices that help their existing teams and environments to succeed. Tim really enjoys training and mentoring teams on Agile methods such as test driven development, "DevOps", continuous integration and deployment, and moving away from Big Design Up Front (BDUF). His recent experience ranges from "in the trenches" software development all the way to consulting at the Execu
Steve Davis Founder and CEODavisbase ConsultingSteve Davis is an information technology professional for more than 24 years, he has hands-on experience with all aspects of the application development life-cycle utilizing a myriad of methodologies. He has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 50 companies to startups. His extensive background includes strategic planning, PMO development, project management, quality assurance, team development and business analysis, incorporating Agile methods in all of these activities during the past 14 years. He has worked with over 300 agile teams and, as a coach, led organizational transf
Israel Gat Director of Agile Product & Project Management PracticeCutter ConsortiumDr. Israel Gat is a Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director of the Agile Product & Project Management practice. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50% improvement in team productivity. Among other accolades for leading this transition, Dr. Gat was presented with an Innovator of the Year Award from Application Development Trends in 2006.
John Heintz President, Gist LabsSenior Consultant, Cutter ConsortiumJohn Heintz first learned about Deming, Toyota, and Lean during the late 80s while in high school in Michigan. John believes that Lean management is focused on the process of learning/improving while American management is too much focused on short-term results. John Heintz is the president of Gist Labs. He is a holistic product technology leader always seeking solutions with greater leverage and deeper simplicity. John started developing professionally in 1995, adopted Scrum in 1999, XP in 2000, and founded Gist Labs in 2008. John is a developer of code, leader of teams, Agile/Kanban coach, p
Jen Stone IT Operations ConsultantJen Stone is an independent IT Operations consultant. Jen has seen that when organizations begin to adopt Agile and DevOps concepts, the resulting shifts in methodologies can disrupt an ops team’s ability to keep systems stable, secure and performant. Jen focuses on helping ops teams modify their infrastructure, processes, communication paths and cadences to adapt to changes occurring in other parts of the organization. Jen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Morgan PresidentAgile ExecutivesBrian Morgan is President of Agile Executives, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating business executives and those that interact with them on the business value and principles of Agile Methodologies. Visit Agile Executives and network with us on linkedin.com (search for Agile Executives). Along with his involvement with Agile Executives, Brian is currently a Director of Software Engineering for Harman International. He has managed multiple global teams and mission-critical projects using Agile
David Adsit Software CraftsmanPluralsightSince his first introduction Apple II BASIC in the 4th grade, David Adsit enjoyed programming, but when he was introduced to TDD, his passion for code was really ignited. In the years since, he has worked to help build teams that build well tested software. Though many developers prefer to working on green field projects, David finds pleasure in helping a team rescue a ball of mud. As an active member of the local .NET, Ruby, and Software Craftsmanship communities, he has spoken at local Code Camps and user groups about strategies for introducing testing into legacy code. Currently, he works f
David Spann Executive Coach, Vistage InternationalPresident, Agile Adaptive ManagementMr. Spann is the Vistage Chairman and coach for two Chief Executive advisory boards in the Boise, Idaho area. With his consulting firm Agile Adaptive Management, he has helped companies like Fidelity, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Backcountry.com, Aquent, Utah Technology Council, Mountain America Credit Union and others become more agile, adaptive, and profitable. Mr. Spann was instrumental in launching the Agile Software Development movement during his stint as the MBA Director at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has written extensively on Agile Leadership behaviors and role expectations for such publications as the Cutter Consortium, Software Development Magazine and Business Process Management Institute. His current practice focuses on coaching team leaders and executives around the eight role expectations of a Collaborative Leader, developing team agility, and designing adaptive organizational structures.
Diana Larsen PartnerFutureWorks ConsultingDiana Larsen, founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana works with organizations around the world to design work systems, improve project performance, and support Agile leaders and enterprises. Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, and develop, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and
Willem Larsen PresidentLanguage HuntersFor almost 20 years Willem Larsen has innovated learning tools for teams and communities, in diverse fields such as second language acquisition, music, and the natural sciences. He is currently Creative Director of Language Hunters, a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR. He's author of the Language Hunter's Kit, and co-author of Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. Find Willem on twitter, @cascadiawillem. Willem has presented Language Hunting at many innovative and Agile gatherings such as AgilePDX, Agile 2011 in Salt Lake, PLoP 2011, Agile G
Jade Meskill Cofounder, GangplankChief Revolutionary Officer, Integrum TechnologiesJade is passionate about transforming organizations of all sizes to recognize and embrace the latent power of their greatest resource — people. His success is built upon a foundation of maintaining trust, understanding the needs of individuals, and enabling teams to succeed on their own terms. Jade offers clients his deep knowledge of Agile methodologies, team and individual behaviors, facilitation, organizational management, as well as a breadth of knowledge in technical best practices and disciplined software development.
Jeff Patton Chief TroublemakerJeff Patton & AssociatesJeff Patton has designed and developed software for the past 12 years on a wide variety of projects from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialized in the application of user centered design techniques to improve Agile requirements, planning, and products. Some of his recent writing on the subject can be found at www.AgileProductDesign.com and Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. His forthcoming book to be released in Addison-Wesley’s Agile Devel
Jonathan House Agile EvangelistMyriad GeneticsAt the tender age of 14 Jonathan engaged in his very first “software for hire” contract, for his father who needed a TRS-80 Basic program converted into an Apple II floating point Basic program. This was immediately followed by his first experience dealing with an impossible customer, and being grounded for a month. Over a career of darn near three decades Jonathan has been at various times a software tester, business analyst, clueless user, project manager, product manager, architect, programmer, and pointy haired boss. Watching the same mistakes made over and over again in the indust
Jesse Dowdle Director of EngineeringAtTaskAs Manager of Development at AtTask, Jesse Dowdle guides the engineering efforts of several teams in the U.S. and overseas. His diverse background includes prior work in curriculum development and video game design. Successful engineering at a face-paced startup requires constant research in emerging technologies. Jesse drives thought leadership on Continuous Integration, Automated Web Testing, and Process Enhancements to help AtTask ship software at lightning speed. Jesse is a native of Utah, where he enjoys fast cars in the summer and snowboarding in winter.
John Esser Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile DevelopmentAncestry.comJohn is currently the Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile Development at Ancestry.com. John is the architect of Ancestry's cultural transformation to agile/lean software development practices and the adoption of continuous delivery. As Director of Engineering Productivity, John and his team provide tools, processes, and practices that accelerate the development and delivery of value to the customer. John is a 25 year veteran of the software industry and is passionate about creating world-class development organizations.
John Ryan Senior Director of Customer ServiceMyriad Genetics
Mat Kent Software EngineerExtend HealthMat has been working as a software developer for roughly seven years. He attended UVU where he planned to go into IT, but during his first semester he was required to take a beginner's programming class. He was hooked! Mat has taken a special interest in software development process and is an agile enthusiast. He tries very hard not to be a "zealot" but has, at times, been a bit overzealous and burned some bridges. Outside of work, Mat enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his wife and three sons.
Keith Sparkjoy Culture CoachPluralsightAs a cofounder of Pluralsight, Keith spent his early years at the company building systems. Later he moved into a leadership role, leading a team of developers, operations, and support. Most recently Keith has been studying the principles of lean software development, which ultimately led him to the teachings of Dr. Edwards Deming. Deming's work has had a transformational effect on the entire company at Pluralsight, leading to what some would view as very radical changes: autonomous teams, a non-commissioned sales force, a long term outlook and constancy of purpose.
Lisa Crispin TesterPivotal Labs
Nathan Feltch Senior QA EngineerDomo
Llewellyn Falco OwnerSpun Laboratories
Woody Zuill Agile CoachWoody Zuill has been programming computers for 30+ years, and works as an Agile Coach and Application Development Manager for Hunter Industries, a manufacturer of high quality and innovative irrigation products, and his team is the originators of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development. Woody is considered one of the founders of the "#NoEstimates" discussion on Twitter. Over the last 15+ years he has worked as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Trainer, and Extreme Programmer. He believes that code must be simple, clean, and maintainable so that we
Pat Maddox Lover of dogs, code, music, foodpatmaddox.comPat got into Rails pretty much from the get-go, not long after it was made publicly available for programmers to use. Since then he's worked on a dozen or so production Rails apps, and written countless toy and experimental apps. These days he helps build the technology at goldstar.com. Pat is a member of the RSpec core team and is working on a book on BDD and RSpec. His motto is CLEAN CODE FOR LIFE. His website is patmaddox.com.
- Lory J. Maddox, MSN, MBA, RN is a Senior Clinical Consultant for a new service line, Teleservices, within Intermountain Healthcare and a doctoral student at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. This is her second “start- up” in healthcare. She was instrumental in developing an acute and chronic pain management program for an Anesthesia based Pain Program in Norfolk, Virginia. Passionate about her family, education and healthcare, she has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and as an Assistant Professor of Nursing in Western Colorado. Her research focus is leveraging technolo
Margot Dear Senior Product Design Director, Customer ExperienceCitrixMargot Dear is a Senior Design Director in the Customer Experience team at Citrix. She is responsible for leading a team of designers and researchers who support the Citrix SaaS division who work on products like GoToMeeting, GoToTraining and GoToWebinar. She has been at Citrix for just over two years and is based in their office in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to Citrix, Margot lived and worked in London for 12 years. During her time spent in England, she Managed User Experience teams for organizations like The Royal Mail, Complinet Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. Margot has a Masters
Matt Ryan Software Engineering LeadJive Communications
Naoto Nishimura Senior ConsultantESM IncI've been Consulting, Coaching, Training of "Agile"(Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban...) to 20+ companies in Japan. I am an author and translator of books, community organizer, public speaker, committee member of several events and more. I want to say something good to people through these activities.
Niel Nickolaisen CTOOC TannerNiel Nickolaisen is the CIO at OC Tanner. He has held technology executive and operations executive positions; typically in turnaround roles. His strategic and tactical alignment model significantly improves returns on technology and business initiatives. He has a passion for helping others deliver on what he calls the dual role of enterprise IT: 1) Enable strategy and 2) Achieve operational excellence. He holds a MS in Engineering from MIT, a BS in Physics from Utah State University, and an MBA from Utah State University. He writes an enterprise CIO column for SearchCIO and is a contri
Peri Cope ScrumMasterJive Communications
Pollyanna Pixton PrincipalAccelinnovaPollyanna developed the models for Collaboration and Collaborative Leadership for over 35 years. She was primarily responsible for leading the development of the Swiss electronic stock exchange. She led the development of control systems for electrical power plants and the merging of the technologies and data systems of large financial institutions.
Rob Myers Principal Instructor & CoachAgile InstituteRob Myers has been training and coaching organizations in Agile, Scrum, and Extreme Programming topics since 1998, leveraging 28 years of professional experience on software development teams. He has recently worked with both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, helping them with cultural change, essential practices, and continuous improvement. His courses are always a blend of fun and practical hands-on labs, Sharon Bowman’s “Training From the Back of the Room” techniques, and first-person stories from both successful and not-so-successful Agile implementations.
Suma Kumar Agile Coach and TrainerInfosys LtdSuma is an Agile Coach and Competency Development Anchor at Infosys, Bangalore. She has managed and anchored all competency developmental activities for a unit of 8000+ people. She has two years experience coaching teams to transition to Agile/Scrum, and 16 years in the IT industry, specializing in C++/RTOS and SIP/VOIP.
Todd Little VP Product DevelopmentIHS
Tsuyoshi Ushio Principal ConsultantSimpleArchitectTsuyoshi Ushio started his career in the Nippon Electric Company, a major electric firm in Japan, as a software developer. In 2002, he led one of the very first custom-made agile project in Japan. Since then he's always been searching for better ways of software development for a customer. He's been a software development consultant that teaches agile principles and practices for bigger enterprises for the last 10 years. He's used these skills for customers, Agile coaching, project management, Business Modeling/Analysis, programming and DevOps. He loves to research and invent some new metho
Yoshifumi Tsuda Senior Software EngineerCitrixI've been working as a software engineer for 20+ years at Japan. I've been involved in many software development projects and domains and experienced many roles so far. Especially I've worked at Microsoft for 5+ years and learnt how large scale software project should be driven. I wrote a technical book with that experience. This book contains my studies about Toyota Kanban that I will share with you at the event. Practical Iterative Software Development (sorry for Japanese book) My translations: