2014 Conference

Keynote Speakers

Ellen Gottesdiener

Websites: http://www.ebgconsulting.com/ http://www.discovertodeliver.com/
Twitter: @ellengott
Session: Innovate and Invigorate Your Agile Discovery Practices
Tutorial: Agile Requirements: Creative, Collaborative, and Colorful Discovery

Ellen Gottesdiener, Founder and Principal with EBG Consulting, is an internationally recognized leader in the collaborative convergence of requirements + product management + project management. Ellen coaches and trains individuals and teams, and she facilitates discovery and planning workshops across diverse industries.
Ellen writes widely, and gives keynotes and presentations worldwide. Her most recent book, co-authored with Mary Gorman, is Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. Ellen is author of two other acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.

David Hussman

Website: http://www.devjam.com/
Twitter: @davidhussman
Session: Lessons in Gravity: What's Holding You Down?

David HussmanDavid Hussman teaches and coaches agility in companies of all sizes all over the world. For more than 10 years, David has evolved the successful adoption and use of agile methods in medical, retail, legal, education, health care, control systems, digital audio, financial and more. Sometimes he is pairing with developers and testers, while other times he is helping product manager create product roadmaps. David believes in helping companies design processes that help them instead of simply teaching them a process to follow. Along with working side by side with design and delivery teams, David works with leader and executives to promote the use of agile methods to attack the real challenges of their specific industry.

Session Speakers

Jonathan Rasmusson

Website: http://agilewarrior.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @jrasmusson
Session: The Automated Tester

Jonathan RasmussonJonathan Rasmusson is the author of The Agile Samurai. An experienced entrepreneur with an aversion for titles, Jonathan has consulted internationally, helping others find better ways to work and play while building software. When not coaching his sons’ hockey teams or cycling to work in the throes of a Canadian winter, Jonathan can be found sharing his experiences on Agile and life at his blog, The Agile Warrior.

Stephen Vance

Website: http://www.vance.com/
Twitter: @StephenRVance
Session: Secrets of Agile Estimation: Myths, Math, and Methods
Tutorial: Introduction to Test-Driven Development

Stephen VanceStephen Vance, has served in most roles in the software product development process across a wide range of industries and technologies. For the last several years, he has focused on coaching teams in Lean and Agile approaches to development and testing as a practitioner, manager and consultant. He is currently an independent Agile coach consulting to Zipcar. He has consulted, trained, and presented internationally and is the author of Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns, available through Addison-Wesley.

Ron Lichty

Website: http://www.ronlichty.com/
Twitter: @RonLichty
Session: If We’re Agile, Why Do We Need Managers?

Ron LichtyRon Lichty has been alternating between consulting with and managing software development and product organizations for over 20 years, the last 14 of those in the era of Agile.

Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc. (www.RonLichty.com), he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall and iterative methodologies to agile, and coached teams already using agile to make their software development "hum".

Ron's most recent book is Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams - http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net. Published by Addison Wesley, it has been compared by reviewers to software development classics, The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware.

Ron has repeatedly been brought in as an acting CTO and interim vice president of engineering to solve development team challenges. He has led products and development across a wide range of domains for companies of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500, including Charles Schwab, Fujitsu, Razorfish, Stanford, and Apple, and has been an adviser to a half-dozen start-ups.

Mark Notess

Website: http://www.learningux.com/
Twitter: @mnotess
Session: Owning the Product by Owning the User Experience

Mark NotessMark Notess is a product owner, development manager and user experience specialist at Indiana University Bloomington Library Technologies. His primary responsibility since joining IU in 2001 has been user experience and management of digital media software development and services, including the Variations Digital Music Library and the Avalon Media System. Both systems are open source and in use at multiple institutions.

Before joining IU, Mark was a director of user experience at a higher-education startup and prior to that worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard on e-learning portals, user interface tools, and user-centered design. Mark speaks and consults on online learning and user experience topics. He holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology as well as masters degrees in both computer science and education, and he has taught graduate courses in human-computer interaction. He serves on the boards of ACM's eLearn Magazine and the journal, Future Learning.

Mark is also principal at Very There Consulting, a user research and experience design consultancy with a focus on technology in higher education.

Chris Shinkle

Website: http://www.sep.com/
Twitter: @chrisshinkle
Session: Enterprise Lean Startup: How organizations are acting more like a startup

Chris ShinkleChris Shinkle is the Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). Since 1997, Chris has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement.

He introduced and led SEP’s adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance systems and an FDA-regulated remote patient monitoring system.

He continues to leverage industry leading techniques to train SEP engineers and coach clients across a variety of domains.

Chris speaks at industry conferences across the United States promoting Lean and Kanban productivity. Chris’s dedication to and understanding of Lean software systems led to his induction as an inaugural member of Lean Systems Society Fellowship.

Patrick Bogan

Website: http://www.fuzionanalytics.com/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickbogan/
Session: Case Study: We Don't Know Anything About Agile, but Let's Give it a Try!

Patrick BoganPatrick Bogan is CIO of Fuzion Analytics in Carmel, IN. He is responsible for the continued planning and implementation of information technology and product development initiatives by providing strategy, leadership and vision to Fuzion Analytics’ product suite and clients. Patrick initiated the use of Agile techniques for a specific development project and is now leading the effort to introduce agility throughout the organization. Before joining Fuzion, Patrick spent his career consulting for dozens of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies developing strategies, delivering results and creating successful outcomes.

Jason Tanner

Website: http://www.appliedframeworks.com/
Twitter: @appliedframewks
Session: Framework-Driven Product Management

Jason TannerJason Tanner is the CEO of Applied Frameworks, a product management consulting firm. Jason's passion is coaching people to develop products that customers love. He mentors, teaches, facilitates and sometimes does the work to identify and apply the optimal frameworks for a situation. Lately he's been focused on very large scale Agile adoption and overcoming all of the obstacles thousands of people encounter when their world of work shifts. Jason's experience spans product management and marketing, business planning, partner management, project management and leadership. He believes that his attraction to Agile is based on 9 1/2 years of service as a Marine officer. Jason received an engineering degree from Cornell and a MBA from Duke. When he's not working, he likes to watch his two kids play sports, exercise, read and execute the continuous improvement backlog managed by his wife, the chief product owner at his house.

Mark Wavle

Website: http://www.cardinalsolutions.com/
Twitter: @wavle
Session: Cultivating Agile Requirements

Mark WavleMark Wavle is a Scrum Master (PSM II), Business Analyst (CBAP), and trainer with Cardinal Solutions Group who is passionate about enabling the development of quality, valuable solutions. He has 10 years of experience as a Business Analyst in the manufacturing, service, and healthcare industries.

Five years ago, Mark joined an Agile project as a member of a Scrum team, later taking on Scrum Master activities. He has found the approach empowering and energizing, and is now consulting with other Scrum teams, coaching them through their transformation.

Outside of work, Mark loves making music, learning, and enjoying time with his wife and two young, energetic boys.

Rebecca Scott

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rscottcbap/
Twitter: @RScott_CBAP
Session: Cultivating Grassroots Innovation in an Agile Environment

Rebecca ScottRebecca Scott has been a business analyst for over ten years. She has been recognized for innovation initiatives, having won two innovation challenges and global recognition for a new social innovation project within the Education market. She has experience working in environments with various development metodologies, but recognizes the unique advantage that Agile environments have in cultivating innovation within an organization. Rebecca earned her IIBA CBAP designation in July of 2013.

Earl Everett

Website: http://www.agilevelocity.com/
Twitter: @scrummeister
Session: Retrospective Tips, Tricks, and Traps

Earl EverettEarl Everett is a Senior Agile Coach for Agile Velocity in Austin, TX. He's been a director, manager, developer, and tester; his first professional software experience was in 1971, and his first agile experience was in 1974, when he began a 20+ year avocation playing rugby, a complex-adaptive system game played between two cross-functional teams. His first hands-on software experience with Agile was in 2002, which demonstrated many of its benefits, and a few of its pit-falls. He has rolled out Scrum and/or Kanban in five companies, rebooted agile practices in two, and all have achieved a hyper-productive state.

Earl is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Practitioner. He majored in Physics, as Departmental majors had free time on a DEC VAX 11/34, with a very well-appointed 16K of RAM, enabling it to support up to 4 users at the same time.

John Krewson

Website: http://versionone.com/
Twitter: @johnkrewson
Session: The Show Must Go On: Agile Leadership Lessons Learned from a Life in the Theatre

John KrewsonJohn’s 15 years’ experience in software development has fostered a passion for continuous improvement. Based in St. Louis, MO, John has led software development teams in the marketing services and payments space since 1998, and is currently an Agile Coach with VersionOne. Since he still hasn’t found a silver bullet to eliminate all the complexities of software development, John will continue to challenge organizations to improve their delivery of customer value through the application of Agile principles and practices. In a prior life, John was a professional actor who, among other credits, appeared on Saturday Night Live. When he’s not working, you can find John watching his two boys play little league baseball.

Alston Hodge

Website: http://e-farmcredit.com/
Twitter: @AlstonHodge
Session: Agile Cross-Pollination: Growing Agile Adoption at Farm Credit Mid-America

Alston HodgeAlston Hodge is a Certified Scrum Coach and Project Management Professional with 25 years of diverse management experience in multi-million dollar program and project implementation. He has proven experience in completing programs and projects in a variety of industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Information Technology, Energy, Government, Healthcare and Hospitality. His extensive experience includes coaching, managing, mentoring, and training scrummasters, product owners and project managers.

Alston currently serve as the Assistant Vice President of Application Development and enterprise Agile coach for Farm Credit Mid-America in Louisville, KY. He also serves as the facilitator for the monthly meetings of the Louisville Agile Forum.

Si Alhir

Websites: http://salhir.wordpress.com/ http://www.redpointtech.com/
Twitter: @SAlhir
Session: Antifragility: Beyond Agility

Si AlhirSi Alhir is a Coach, Trainer, Consultant, and Practitioner working with Individuals, Collectives/Communities/Teams, and Enterprises/Organizations.

He is a catalyst with over three decades of proven experience in appreciating and leveraging all aspects of human dynamics/nature to catalyze individuals, teams, and the whole enterprise to sustainably achieve impactful results towards meaningful intentions --- bridging the chasm between strategy, leadership, & culture -and- business agility and antifragility -through- humanization/transformation and achieving a people-centric advantage where a healthy and thriving enterprise is founded on a functional culture (vs dysfunctional) while being efficiently creative and effectively innovative. His clients have ranged from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

He is also a Principal working with Redpoint, co-creator of Conscious Agility, Creating WE Institute (CWI) Member & Associate (CWI Chicago / Chicago Team), Certified CQ/Change Intelligence Professional (Change Leader), CultureSync Approved Tribal Leader, Certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt (MBB), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Prj Mgt Prof (PMP), IT Prj Mgt Certified Prof (IT Project+), and e-Business Certified Prof (e-Biz+). He is the author of three books and two articles in the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering among other publications. And he commonly speaks at professional events.

Stephen Wagner

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenwagneragile
Twitter: @AgileSWagner
Session: Emotional Intelligence for Agile Teams

Stephen WagnerStephen Wagner is currently a consultant with Cardinal Solutions Group in Cincinnati as a Scrum Master and Project Manager. He has been part of the Agile Cincinnati Leadership team since 2011. Stephen worked for 14 years with P&G's IT organization. While at P&G, he was a member of P&G Agile Community of Practice and managed numerous projects and initiatives. Stephen is an Attorney and practiced for 10 years in Boston before making a career switch to IT during the Y2K era. During off hours, Stephen enjoys guitar playing, photography, backpacking and trying to keep up with his two teenagers.

Joe Astolfi and Terry Wiegmann

Website: http://www.quicksolutions.com/
Twitter: @joeastolfi @twieg
Session: Coaching for Success - Practical Solutions for Building a High-Performance Organization

Joe Astolfi and Terry WiegmannJoe Astolfi is a Director and the Agile Service Offering Lead with Quick Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. As an Enterprise Agile Coach, he spends his time working with others to be great leaders and improve their agility. Joe's goal is to help create humane, sustainable ecosystems delivering exceptional business value.

Terry Wiegmann is a Director and the QA Service Offering Lead with Quick Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. She inherited her passion for exploring and learning from her great-great grandfather who was part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Terryís software experience spans commercial software product and backoffice application development across public and private sectors using a variety of methods, and she is passionate about helping teams celebrate learning and working with agility, efficiency and joy.

Dan Rice

Twitter: @AgileDanRice
Session: Mid-Range Planning in Agile with SAFe

Dan Rice is a scrum master and agile evangelist currently working for a major grocery retailer. He has practiced various forms of iterative and agile development, extreme programming practices and agile project management thru out his 20 year IT career. Over the last 5+ years he has stood up, coached and helped to improve several project teams some of which were headed for failure before agile. Dan is passionate about the agile craft, regularly participating in agile events in the community and has a desire to see companies succeed with agile at scale.