AgileIndy is proud to introduce its lineup of speakers for the 2017 conference. We invite you to browse our list of experts.

Keynote Speakers

.Robert Annis

Robert is the Director of Training Services for the Eliassen Group and teaches a wide range of Agile topics and classes nationally and globally. He teaches many classes such as ICAgile Coaching classes, Introductions to Agile and Management Workshops, all the way to coaching/mentoring C-level Exec teams. This exposure gives him a unique viewpoint on the maturity of Agile today and how it is evolving.



Joshua Kerievsky

Joshua is 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 Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software and other industries know about achieving awesome results. Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, award-winning book Jolt Cola. He has authored 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 community.



Breakout Session 1 Speakers

Neem Serra

Neem Serra is a Ruby and iOS software developer for Asynchrony in St. Louis, Missouri. As the lead of the Google Women Techmakers group, she started the St. Louis Techies Project to highlight the diversity of technical people in her city. She teaches and mentors at a variety of non-profit organizations, and she loves to bake, read comics, and host craft nights.



Sherry Hall

Sherry Hall, CSP, is a servant leader transcending both technology and business as a change agent. She often consults with executives from Fortune 200 companies. Her experience includes work that spans many industries including health care, pharmaceutical, supply-chain, financial services, insurance, and technology operations. She is a Scrum Master/Agile Coach at Availity in Nashville, Tennessee.


Rob Phillips

Rob is a Principal Solutions Architect at AgileCraft with 25+ years of IT experience. Trained as an Industrial Engineer with an MBA from Georgia Tech, Rob began his career at IBM and learned Agile delivery at ChoicePoint in R&D for authentication and biometrics businesses. Rob went on to work at Equifax, where he led Agile Portfolio Management for Core Software Engineering group.



Jeff Lopez-Stuit

Jeff Lopez-Stuit works at Apple Brook Consulting and is a Certified Enterprise Coach who has trained and coached individuals and enterprises all over the world to “improve their ability to improve.” He guides clients to exploit the fundamentals of Agile, leave inadequate structures of the past behind, and establish a space that enables continuous delivery of astonishing value for all.



Breakout Session 2 Speakers

Ryan Ripley

A Professional Scrum Trainer with, Ryan Ripley has experience as a software developer, manager, director, and ScrumMaster. Ryan is committed to helping teams break the cycle of bad Scrum so they can deliver valuable software that delights their customers.



Derek Wade

Derek W. Wade founded Kumido Adaptive Strategies in 2008 to apply principles of cognition and learning to the future of work. He is an industry-recognized speaker, coach, and educator, appearing at forums including Lean-Kanban, Science of Team Science, and the Agile Alliance.



Prashant Hegde

Prashant Hegde is a passionate tester. He leads the QA team in Razorthink software and ensures that the products he works on meet the highest standards despite tight schedules and deadlines. Prashant enjoys writing and has published articles for leading software testing magazines. He also writes in his blog about best practices in software testing. In his spare time, Prashant is a gamer, a biker, and an author. You can read his blog posts at



Barry Forrest

As a Principal Consultant with Improving in Dallas, Barry is a web developer, Scrum Master, and Agilest. Barry loves helping make work life better for teams and leaving things in a better state than when he was introduced to the situation. Barry is also an award-winning homebrewer and an avid amateur photographer.



Breakout Session 3 Speakers

Tana Linback

Tana is Managing Director & Agile Delivery Manager at beLithe LLC & Blue Pillar, Inc. As a human resource and operational functions director, she received a strong foundation for developing company-wide people strategies. This gave her a unique perspective when she shifted her focus to software and product development. Since then, she has successfully led cultural transformations in Agile environments as well as introduced 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

Chris Daily is Managing Director of beLIthe, LLC, and has accumulated more than 30 years of executive level experience in software development. He’s directly influenced various levels of start-ups such as Thrive HD Healthcare, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer, in addition to numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Experian, Alltel, Fidelity National, and Angie’s List, where he last served as a Senior Director. He’s most recently dedicated his focus to guiding teams through Agile transformations and processes in a variety of industries. Since 2011, he’s passionately empowered businesses and organizations to solve problems effectively and efficiently using Agile principles and frameworks. As a current candidate for the Professional Scrum Trainer designation, he holds the following certifications: • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) • Professional Scrum Master (PSM III) • Professional Product Owner (PSPO) • Certified Management 3.0 Facilitator • Work From Anywhere Facilitator



Robb Pieper

Robb is CEO/Principal Consultant at Responsive Advisors and has taught and coached thousands of people on Agile frameworks and methodologies. He’s worked at all levels, from the team to the C-Suite, as a champion of modern management, nimble thinking, and the benefits of business agility. Robb has developed a strong ability to communicate difficult-to-grasp ideas in his long career in software development and client-facing roles. He’s a charismatic public speaker, inspiring business leaders and knowledge workers with new ideas on how to improve. He specializes in executive and management training/coaching, but is also passionate about building solid relationships and teams, keeping first things first, and mistake-proofing processes. His industry experience in applying Agility includes Industrial automation, web development, financial services, insurance, print, big data, business intelligence, data warehousing, and hardware/software products.



Steve Davidson

Steve is the Senior Manager of the IT PMO office at Ascena Retail Group, Inc. He’s experienced in full lifecycle application design and development (Waterfall and Agile Methodologies). Steven has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies. He is certified in ITIL v3, a Certified Scrum Master and Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant, and has been working in varying Agile roles for over 12 years.


Susan Evans

Agile is tough, and Susan thrives on coaching teams who are getting bumps and scrapes along the way by mending their wounds and encouraging them to continue on. As a Senior Agile Coach and Product Consultant, she has the chance to share her knowledge and experience with the goal of steering clients away from failure and closer to success.



Rita Emmons

With over 15 years of experience, Rita Emmons has worked on a myriad of projects, as a Business Analyst, Product Owner and Quality Analyst, and in a broad range of industries including aviation, insurance, healthcare, and retail. Transitioning into a Scrum Master role invigorated her passion for empowering teams to successfully deliver quality software. As a trainer for Cardinal Solutions, Rita has the opportunity to work with Analysts in a variety of industries to bridge the gap between traditional and Agile roles and skill sets. Her commitment to Lean Agile principles has proven valuable in her role as an Agile Transformation Coach, a role in which she works with large organizations to realize the benefits and value of Agility at scale. When Rita’s not working, she’ a Board Member on Agile Cincinnati, a regional Agile user group. She was on the team of organizers that planned and executed the inaugural AgileCincy2016 Conference. As a Junior Achievement Instructor, Rita shares her enthusiasm and life experience with children, teaching them the value of setting goals, building relationships, and shooting for the stars!


Breakout Session 4 Speakers

Chris Shinkle

Chris Shinkle is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007. As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas helping SEP engineers and clients delivery better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural members of Indiana’s Techpoint Tech 25.



John Riley

John is a Scrum Master and Agile Coach in the IT organization’s Agile Practice at Safelite Auto Glass in Columbus, Ohio. He holds certifications for all Scrum roles. His career has also focused on applying techniques in Lean Manufacturing and Application Lifecycle Management for process improvement as an Enterprise Architect. John is passionate about mentoring by example to help development teams become high performing through continuous improvement.


Jeremy Willets

Jeremy Willets is a Senior Agile Coach at Hyland, creator of OnBase, in Westlake, Ohio. He started as a technical writer on a Scrum team at Hyland in 2008, before transitioning to a full-time Agile role in 2012. He’s passionate about bringing Agile to all facets of his organization. He enjoys spending time with his family, making music, and drinking the finest craft beer the world has to offer!



Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh Shah is Director of Agile Transformation at IntraEdge Inc., as well as a public speaker, trainer, and coach. He helps organizations transition to the Agile way of working, employs Lean Product Development approaches, and instills a Lean Startup mindset. His latest passion is Culture Hacking via continuous experimentation, which promotes innovative thinking, extends openness, and brings design thinking into teams.


Billie Schuttpelz

Billie is a “force of nature,” breaking up the boulders blocking transformation, and building bridges between technical people and business partners. She applies the perspective gained in a 20-year career, including engagements in five countries, to provide dynamic creativity and positive energy to everything she does. Billie’s ability to make the impossible seem possible is what powers Agile transformations. Her passion for life shines through, so plan a hallway chat today!



Breakout Session 5 Speakers

Patrick Bogan

Patrick started out writing COBOL and soon became proficient at creating 100-page requirement documents and beautiful project plans. While CIO at Fuzion Analytics, he needed to deliver value faster and discovered Agile. He has since been part of two agile transformations and now seeks agility beyond just IT.



Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel is the CEO of Project Brilliant and the only Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC) in the Midwest–1 of only 40 in the world. Aaron focuses on helping leaders optimize their organizations for increased customer value and adaptability.



Pranay K. Chanda

Mr. Chanda is a Senior Agile Coach within the Agile practice of Cognizant Technology Solutions. He has over twenty years of information technology experience with proven expertise in global delivery and Lean Agile practice development for major Fortune 500 clients. He is a seasoned change agent and thought leader helping clients along their Agile transformation journey from ideation to execution focused on sustainable Agile frameworks. He has consulted with and coached clients on scaled Agile practices as well as Enterprise Portfolio planning and delivery using value streams. He has designed Agile organization structures using programs and teams, and enhanced outcome and quality in the delivery workflow to adjust evolving business needs.

Pranay has a post-graduate management degree (MBA) from IIM Bangalore India, having chosen courses predominantly in Marketing and Strategy. He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication. He is a SAFe 4.0 Program Consultant, PMI PMP and PMI ACP certified. He specializes in Lean IT Transformation, Agile Coaching and Transformation Agent, Lean IT Portfolio Management, Business Development, Global IT Delivery Excellence and Governance.



Howard Deiner

As a software consultant for SolutionsIQ, Howard Deiner 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.



John Yorke

John is an Agile Coach with WWT Asynchrony Labs and has almost 20 years experience in software delivery. Working on a variety of products from mobile telecoms to air traffic control, he has helped both private organizations and government departments navigate Agile transformations by coaching how to build Agile teams and on Agile product delivery techniques. John is active in the online Agile community and maintains a blog on Agile-related topics.



Diana Williams

Diana Williams is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with DMI. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, providing enterprise level Agile coaching. She is a passionate learner and teacher. Diana oversaw systems that had several billions of dollars’ flow through them. Her teams have recognized significant productivity gains, improved quality, and better predictability. Diana is a rising star in the Agile space. She is empathic with her teams and stakeholders, helping them achieve things they did not realize were possible. She has received numerous praise from her clients and teams.
When Diana is not coaching teams or leading projects, she is very family focused. She especially loves spending time with her grandchildren. As a mother and grandmother, she is an advocate for women working in technology.