2019 AgileIndy Conference - April 26, 2019 - Indianapolis Marriott Downtown


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Our 2019 Conference Speakers

Morning Keynote Speaker Arie Van Bennekum!

Arie Van Bennekum

Arie is a pragmatist who accommodates his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. He is not afraid to enter untrained paths and take risks. He has done this since his first days in health care, later in the armed forces, and he continues to do so today. This has led to his special position as co-author of the Agile Manifesto. In the course of his Agile years Arie has become an expert in the field of business transformations towards Agile on the basis of strategic objectives and link this to very concrete objectives. He focuses on delivering value, bringing efficiency and creating support among stakeholders, through role and chain clarity based on the business model and the work packages.

The intellectual property IATM (www.integratedagile.com) is basis for this. Arie strongly believes in leading on the basis of exemplary behavior and from that perspective is also constantly working on creating / strengthening an Agile (customer-oriented) culture within Wemanity. Moreover, within Wemanity’s culture, there is a strong focus on continuous development of professionals and organization, optimal performance based on knowledge sharing and feedback and clear task and division of roles, for an optimal value delivery to Wemanity’s customers. In addition to the practical guidance of Agile transformations, Arie is a much sought-after speaker at international congresses, gives client awareness sessions and lectures at universities.

The dissemination of this Agile culture and way of working brings Arie in the strategic focus areas. Improving and connecting comes to the fore in every Agile process, as well as creating a performance and development culture. Strategic clarity is expressed in translating the strategy into specific workflows. Investment space is obtained by delivering more effectively, more efficiently and more customer-oriented. Examples of this are business cases of Delta, Cegeka DSA, Bosch, can also be found on the website.

An example of innovation is Sodexo, where Wemanity together with WeDigitalGarden “entity from the Wenation ecosystem” have set up a digital factory (emphasis on innovative design and applications). Arie is responsible for the Agile integration of the customer and the factory.

Among other areas, Arie has over 30 years of experience in implementing Agile / Lean. One of his latest ICT developments are innovative projects such as Sodexo, involving optimization of business processes completely intertwined in Agile/Lean, creating value. He has experience in public mobility and infrastructure sectors such as Delta Retail, Province of Northern Brabrant, Tax administration and many others.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker Maria Matarelli!

Maria Matarelli

Maria Matarelli is an international business consultant, experienced Agile Coach, and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) who consults and trains companies on reaching true agility. Maria travels to consult organizations and speak at industry conferences with locations from Shanghai to Singapore and Thailand to Nova Scotia. While looking for ways to continue to expand Agile outside IT, Maria and her team have been applying Agile to the Marketing realm with incredible results, which led to Maria co-founding the Agile Marketing Academy and Personal Agility Institute. Maria is also the Founder and President of Formula Ink, an international consulting company and is passionate about working with people and organizations to inspire agility.


Ryan Ripley

A professional Scrum trainer with Scrum.org, Ryan Ripley has experience as a developer, manager, director, and Scrum Master in the Fortune 500. He hosts “Agile for Humans,” the top agile podcast on iTunes, and lives in Indiana with his wife, Kristin, and three children. He blogs at ryanripley.com and is on Twitter @ryanripley.



Allen Bennett

Allen Bennett is an enterprise agile coach helping Lincoln Financial Group. He recently finished supporting a major agile adoption for financial services company. He spent some time as an agile coach at General Motors and PNC Financial. He has over 25 years as a software development manager and process improvement leader. He has Certified Scrum Professional, PMI-ACP, Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner.


Jon Fazzaro

Jon Fazzaro took this whole nerd thing pro over a decade and a half ago, and has been slinging code with Aptera since 2008. He holds an MCSD, a PSM, a PSD, a PSPO, and is a BMF besides. These days, he may or may not be unhealthily consumed with building sustainable software, and with building teams that build sustainable software. Whatever you do, don’t follow @jonfazzaro on Twitter.



Joel Tosi

Joel is helping organizations evolve through learning.


Andrew Gosnell

Andrew Gosnell is Sr Financial Manager Global FPA for Wyndham Destinations where he administers benefit tracking for 8 Agile Value Streams. Andrew’s experience with Agile goes back to 2017 at which time IT made the transformation from Waterfall to Agile. Prior to Wyndham, Andrew held various roles in FP&A at both Sensient Technologies and General Motors Corporation including an international stint in The Netherlands. He has a Six Sigma Green Belt and extensive background in master data management, financial modeling, profit analysis, and budgeting/forecasts.


Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen is a leadership theory nerd who has translated her love of all things people into a career in project management. She thrives on corralling the chaos, being irrationally optimistic and doing the seemingly impossible (like turning undisputed failure into wild success).


Joe Jacob

Joe Jacob is a Senior Agile Coach with Centene’s Agile Center for Excellence. He carries over 30 years of diverse experience in Information Technology across eight different industries. Joe has been coaching agile teams and company leadership for ten years. Joe partners with product development and business leadership to drive the creation of value through alignment of strategy and execution. His approach is focused on creating an environment based on trust, collaboration, and a relentless drive to improve.


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.



Panel Discussion


Prathima Bhima

Prathima Bhima, IT/Enterprise Coach Prathima is a highly driven delivery-oriented and customer-focused Agile Transformation Architect. She’s passionate about continuous improvement, need for automation and effectively translating business requirements to IT. Prathima has worked with many IT teams on complex, cross-functional, matrix-managed, multi-million dollar projects. She’s an expert in managing waterfall, agile, and “agile-fall” teams and processes, vendor and offshore team management and successfully implementing industry best practices. She has worked in a breadth of industries and has depth of experience across multiple languages, test methodologies, databases, environments, and cultures.


Will Krambeer

Mr. Krambeer has been a student and practitioner of lean-agile teams since the late ’80s. Getting his start in lean manufacturing, he continued to apply concepts to application development in early ’00s. Adopting scrum in mid ’00s, Mr. Krambeer has been a scrum master and product owner for pharma, insurance, telecommunications, and automotive financing industries. Most recently he has transformed traditional and non-traditional organizations as an Enterprise Agile Coach.


Kimberlee McGill

Kimberlee McGill is a long time Agile practitioner, she believes Agilest should be in the business of people, not processes. This belief has driven her affair with complex human behavioral systems and models. It gives on-going insights around what it means to be human and how that understanding can lead to amazing teams and empowering cultures.


Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard is 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.


Barry Forrest

Barry Forrest is a web developer, Scrum Master, and agilist. 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.


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



Dennis Petrillo

Dennis Petrillo is a Solutions Architect with Chef Software helping organizations understand and adopt modern software delivery practices and solutions to gain competitive advantage in today’s digital economy. Prior to Chef Software, Dennis served as a ScrumMaster, a Solutions Architect with Rally Software, and more recently, an Agile Transformation Coach with Captech Consulting. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) with Scaled Agile.


Alston Hodge

Alston Hodge is a Certified Enterprise Coach with proven experience in a variety of industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Information Technology, Energy, Government, Healthcare and Hospitality. His extensive experience includes 15 years of enterprise and team-level coaching and training for executives, senior leaders, scrum masters, and product owners. Alston currently serve as a Senior Agile coach at SolutionsIQ, a group within Accenture.


Mark Hill

Mark Hill has been disrupting perfectly good drives towards implementing agile by instead pushing agility, in both fortune 500 and start-up companies since 2008. And while he has been asked to write a book, Mark is instead a prolific LinkedIn poster of non-self glorifying ideas about the human gravity of transformation.


Michael Dowden

Michael Dowden is an Entrepreneur, Product Architect, and Google Developer Expert. For more than 20 years he has been writing code and geeking out over cool technology. He is passionate about keeping things simple and focusing on what provides real value to the end user. Michael enjoys speaking at conferences and helping other developers grow in their career. In 2015 he wrote Programming Languages ABC++ to share programming languages with children.


Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann has more than a decade of experience with agility. Administrator of many assessments with many lessons learned. Experienced conference speaker both regionally and nationally. Host of the podcast Agile Coaches’ Corner.


Doug Janning

Doug Janning has experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of software development from the mainframe batch days through microservice based web development. With 6+ years as a scrum master / agile coach he has worked with dozens of teams on their agile journey. He is currently Technology Product Manager for Kroger working on their Core Platform team to enable CI/CD and Cloud Deployment.


Marcy Elhamidi

Marcy Elhamidi is an Agile Coach, now at Crowe, LLC and a former AgileIndy Board Member/Chair of the 2017 Conference, who is ecstatic to be back to present and share with “her people” — the people at AgileIndy, who make her feel more at home than anywhere else in the world.


Rita Breen

Rita Breen is a practiced Agile coach with over ten years of experience and a passion for people. Presently operating as a senior coach for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Federal Employee Program in Indianapolis, she is certified as a SAFe Program Consultant, Certified Scrum Master (SCM), and Certified Scrum Practitioner. She has found the most fulfillment over the course of her career when assisting organizations with their Agile Transformation, focusing on transparency, relentless improvement, and collaboration.


Michael Krug

Michael Krug (CSM, Safe 4.0 ICP-ACC) is a practicing Scrum Master and Agile Coach. His passion is for helping teams maximize their own return on their Agile investment which, in turn, benefits the businesses they deliver value to.


Brian Sjoberg

Brian Sjoberg hails from sunny Florida where he earned his Computer Engineering degree from the University of South Florida. Go Bulls!! He is a former eXtreme Programming (XP) Java developer, turned Project Manager, turned Program Manager, turned Agile/Lean Coach. He has been living on the front lines of implementing Scrum, Kanban, and engineering best practices for the past 10 years with multiple teams. He has coached both in the commercial and government space. He is fueled with a passion to help individuals, teams, and organizations frequently deliver high quality products at a sustainable pace that customers LOVE!! He loves to help the local community connect, share, and learn by organizing the DC Scrum User Group. And loves sharing what he has learned during his professional journey and has presented at the national and local level on many topics related to Agility.


Chris Daily


Quincy Jordan

Quincy Jordan is a seasoned consultant with over twenty years of consulting experience that has spanned Agile, Lean Start-up, Six Sigma, and Waterfall in domains from IT, Aviation, Finance to Real Estate. He has worked with some of the world’s top companies to transform their organizations into successful Agile eco-systems. There is a passion for seeing others excel in their discipline that drives Quincy to go over and beyond for others. He has a knack for bringing unique insight to clients and drawing the intangibles that matter to the surface of very complex situations to derive simple solutions.


Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball is a former USAF Officer who has been a practicing independent Strategic Consultant for 15 years, serving the greater Indianapolis area for over 10 years. His scalable and tailored value-driven solutions blend the best of Traditional and Agile methods – all stemming from the unique journeys Chris takes with his clients


Kat Daugherty

Kat Daugherty is a practicing Enterprise Transformation Agile Coach at Slalom Portland, with 2k+ LinkedIn followers and a cornucopia of speaking, training, publishing and facilitation learning and accomplishments. She’s passionate about mentoring, reconfirming our biases, empathy-centric leadership, and personal branding. “Kathey Daugherty” is Kat’s inner critic who often wonders if she is really as good as those she views as more accomplished, more intelligent, smarter or better than she is at agile, speaking, and life in general.


Joseph Mack

Joe Mack is an enterprise technology transformation coach and architect focused on Cloud and DevOps transformations. He has led 50+ organizations and teams, ranging in size from 5 to over 150, in both military and civilian organizations, in peacetime and forward-deployed scenarios. His favorite thing to do at work is build and lead technical teams to victory. Joe has planned, architected, led and implemented transformational technology projects for small companies and household names alike. His expertise in leadership and multiple technical disciplines, coupled with his willingness to share his stories, has made him a speaker at conferences, private corporate events, and more informal settings like user groups and Meetups. Joe spends his free time as a chauffeur for his kids, chef for his dogs, playing/watching sports, and expanding his technical knowledge.