Keynote Speakers

Robert Annis

Annis.Robert.croppedRobert is the Director of Training Services for the Eliassen Group and teaches a wide range of Agile topics and classes, both nationally and globally. His classes include ICAgile Coaching, Introductions to Agile and Management Workshops -- all the way to coaching/mentoring C-level Exec teams.

This exposure gives him a unique viewpoint reflected in his talk “The Maturity of Agile,” where he seeks to enlighten, embolden and engage. Where are we in this Agile evolution? What are the problems and solutions and where is Agile going next? At the core of its nature, Agile refers to feedback loops: Inspect and Adapt and continuous improvement, etc. As we analyze how we work and how successful we are, we must utilize this feedback. This talk not only discusses some of that feedback but acts as a lightning rod: As we make Agile our path, say we are being Agile, versus doing Agile gives us a teachable moment. But we can do Agile more of the time.   @TheAgileShark


 Joshua Kerievsky

Joshua ijoshks the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Extreme Programming/Lean consultancy that radically improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of making software, carefully reviewing and revising methods with the greatest impact and return on investment.

Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results. Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, numerous Agile eLearning courses, and popular articles like Anzeneering, Sufficient Design and Stop Using Story Points. He’s active on Twitter, LinkedIn and the emerging ModernAgile.org community. Joshua recently presented as the keynote for the Agile 2016 Conference sponsored by Agile Alliance in Atlanta this past July. @JoshuaKerievsky

Breakout Speakers

Pranay K. Chanda (@agile4future)

Chanda.PranayWith over twenty years of information technology experience, Pranay Chanda has worked internationally with major Fortune 500 clients. As an Enterprise Agile coach, change agent and thought leader, he’s helped clients along their Agile Transformation journey from ideas to structure. He has formulated OCM strategies and organization design, helped define and integrate DevOps strategy, and led change identification and governance. His efforts have resulted in greater speed, enhance outcome and better quality in the delivery process. Pranay has a post-graduate management degree (MBA) from IIM Bangalore, focusing on Marketing and Strategy. He holds a bachelor's Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication. He specializes in Lean Strategist, Agile Coaching and Transformation Agent, Program and Transition Management, Business Development, Global Delivery, Technology & Vendor SDLC Process and ALM tools Assessments, Delivery Excellence and Governance.

Tana Linback (@CoachLinback)

Linback.Tana.croppedTana is Managing Director & Agile Delivery Manager at beLithe LLC & Blue Pillar, Inc. Her background directing human resource and operational functions while developing company-wide people strategies provided a strong foundation in workplace cultural development before shifting her focus to software and product development. Tana has experience leading successful cultural transformations in agile environments and introducing Agile practices in non-software development business functions. Tana has a BA in Corporate Communications from Purdue University and is a Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resource Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and a Management 3.0 Trainer and Facilitator. Tana is also a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) candidate.

Chris Daily

Daily.ChrisPrincipal Enterprise Agile Coach at beLithe LLC, Sr. Director at Angie's List, and Adjunct Faculty at IUPUI. He has over 30 years experience in software development in start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in executive level positions. The last several years of his career have been focused on coaching organizations and teams through agile transformations in a variety of industries, most recently in at enterprise-scale environment. Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Ball State University, an MBA from the University of Indianapolis and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and a Management 3.0 Trainer and Facilitator. Chris is also a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) candidate.

Howard Deiner (@howarddeiner)

Deiner.Howard As a software consultant for SolutionsIQ, Howard specializes in Agile process and practices. He has a background spanning over forty years in the industry, with extensive experience in commercial software, aerospace, and financial services. Having played most of the roles in software development, he now enjoys giving back to replenish what he's taken.



Allison Pollard



As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.




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