Speaker Bios


Uncle Bob

Robert C. (Uncle Bob) Martin 


Robert C. Martin, aka Uncle Bob, has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. In the last 40 years, he has worked in various capacities on literally hundreds of software projects. In 2001, he initiated the meeting of the group that created Agile Software Development from Extreme Programming techniques and served as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance. He is also a leading member of the Worldwide Software Craftsmanship Movement - Clean Code.

He has authored “landmark” books on Agile Programming, Extreme Programming, UML, Object-Oriented Programming, C++ Programming and most recently Clean Code and Clean Coder. He has published dozens of articles in various trade journals. He has written, directed and produced numerous “Code Casts” videos for software professionals. Bob is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. Mr. Martin is the founder, CEO, and president of Uncle Bob Consulting, LLC and Object Mentor Incorporated.

Mainstage & Breakout

baxterWilliam BaxterWilliam Baxter helps companies build high-performance product cultures. He trains and coaches teams and management in agile & lean practices to foster strong customer focus and continuous learning.

An unusually broad background in mathematics, programming, management, and entrepreneurship allows William to help clients build trust, servant leadership, and customer-focused teams. Nothing satisfies him more than seeing a client become more effective and self-sustaining in delivering customer value.

William holds a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley, has several startups under his belt, and earned a black belt in Shoto-Kai karate. He is the VP of Agile Transformations at Agile Velocity in Austin TX.
bennettAllen BennettAllen Bennett is Agile Coach at PNC Financial he has been training and coaching agile teams for six years following over 20 years as a successful Software Engineering Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a major defense contractor where he led the transformation to Integrated Product Teams.
dailyChris DailyChris Daily 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. 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.
greenleafDaniel GreenLeafDaniel is a Lean and Agile Coach whose primary focus is delivering business value. He began his career in business sales and moved into IT a decade ago. Leveraging his understanding of both business and IT he helps organizations improve their processes and collaboration to maximize efficiency and customer satisfaction. He helps organize many of the Lean and Agile events in central Ohio including The Path to Agility, Lean Into Agile, Lean Lunchbox, and COHAA events.
hajratwalaNayan HajratwalaNayan Hajratwala is the owner of Chikli Consulting. A Lean/Agile Coach with over 15 years of hands-on experience delivering software, he has significant programming experience and is a deep technologist always exploring new languages and ideas. His specialties include training software teams to increase their productivity and decrease their time-to-market while improving the quality of their product.

Nayan has been involved in the organizing committees for the Agile 2009-2016 conferences and is a speaker at many user groups and conferences in the Midwest. He is also on the Board of Directors for Southeast Michigan's Agile & Beyond conference.
horowitzDavid Horowitz David is the CEO and Co-founder of Retrium, a company that makes retrospectives easy and effective for all teams, everywhere. Previously a software developer turned tech lead, then a project manager turned agile coach, David has over a decade of experience building software in startups and large, complex organizations alike. In addition to his Master's Degree in Technology Management from The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, he is the father of two little ones!
kopelAaron KopelAaron is a true Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer with experience across various industries and company sizes ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 firms including Salesforce, Bloomberg, Capital One, Eli Lilly, Firestone, Wolters Kluwer, and many more. Aaron is the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) in Indiana and one of only three CECs within 500+ miles of Indianapolis, and is a pending candidate for CST (Certified Scrum Trainer).

He is the founder of Project Brilliant LLC, an Indianapolis-based management consulting firm specializing in Agile transformation and the application of Lean and Agile principles to entire organizations. His passion for innovation led him to found two startup companies, which provided his entry into to the world of Agile. As a coach and advisor, Aaron is passionate about helping individuals, teams, managers, leaders, and executives realize their vision of organizational Agility. He led Capital One's most recent Agile transformation, leading a group of 40 Agile Coaches in the establishment of more than 700 Agile teams across 12 SBUs.

Aaron loves to travel, having visited 45 countries and counting, and resides in Carmel, IN with his wife and their 2 children.
KrewsonJohn KrewsonJohn Krewson (@johnkrewson) is the founder of Sketch Development Services, which provides Agile coaching and custom software development services. As a coach, he relies on real-world experience rather than regurgitated dogma. His communication skills, patience, and Agile experience blend into a unique style that is both approachable and entertaining. 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. Read John's blog at ItemsOnTheLeft.com.
LinbackTana LinbackTana Linback's 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 implementing Scrum 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.
morseCindy MorseCindy Morse, VP of Engineering Operations at Salesforce Marketing Cloud, leads a team that brings together many operational functions for the technology teams - Config Management, QE Automation, Release Management, Delivery Program Management, Infrastructure Project Management, User Assistance Documentation and Enablement. The team's mission is to provide innovative, on-time solutions and services to their customers (internal and external) using programmatic, repeatable approaches to ensure accurate, consistent results.

In order to achieve the goals of her team and the larger organization she is leading the transformation to Agile for the Marketing Cloud to enhance visibility, predictability and prioritization across the technology and product teams.
neumannDan NeumannDan Neumann is an Agile Coach with AgileThought. In his role as Agile Coach, Dan advises companies on ways to capture value by emphasizing people, interactions, customer collaboration, and responding to change. He has trained and consulted with both national and global companies. Dan also speaks and conducts workshops at regional and national conferences. Dan is co-author of the book “Patterns of Agile Journeys” available on LeanPub at https://leanpub.com/agilejourneys.
In addition to agile coaching, Dan is the owner of The Branch coworking space in South Bend, Indiana. Dan is also a co-founder of Hack Michiana, a Code for America Brigade.
OttingerTim OttingerTim is a long-time programmer (since 1979), reviewer, speaker, writer. He has been active in many of the big changes in software over the past 36 years (including Design Patterns, Object-Oriented Design, and Agile software development).
In addition to his contributions in "Clean Code" and "Agile In A Flash", Tim's articles appeared in the C++ Journal, Pragmatic Bookshelf, InfoQ, CIO, and SmartBear.
Tim is one of the crew of experts at Industrial Logic, a premier agile consultancy, eLearning vendor, and thought leader. Here he joins with other industry experts to help people develop the skills that will make them awesome.
Tim muses about of his experiences and ideas on the Agile Otter blog and the Industrial Logic company blog.
PollardAllison PollardAllison Pollard is an Agile Coach and Principal Consultant for Improving. Her passion is helping teams deliver better results by coaching individuals to embrace change and develop their agile instincts. She has over seven years of experience in applying agile methods to improve delivery and strengthen relationships between business and IT. Allison is also an organizer of the DFW Scrum user group.
RiceDan RiceDan Rice is an Agile process enablement expert that works with Rally software as a trusted advisor and customer advocate to ensure the successful adoption of Agile and Lean processes and tooling. He has stood up, coached and helped many teams produce better and faster results. Dan has worked and consulted with both public and private companies to translate business strategy into IT execution in effective ways in several industries including Software, Aviation, Telecommunications, Finance, Insurance, and Retail. He has a passion for helping organizations apply Agile and Lean Methodologies at scale to improve software development processes and deliver business value sooner.
ripleyRyan RipleyRyan Ripley has worked on agile teams for the past 10 years in development, scrum master and management roles. He’s worked at various fortune 500 companies in the medical device, whole sale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSPO I, PSD I, CSM and CSPO agile certifications. Ryan lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and two sons. He blogs at ryanripley.com and hosts the Agile for Humans podcast. You can also follow Ryan on twitter: @ryanripley
reiserMichael RieserMichael Rieser is an Agile Coach, Developer and Mentor with a deep technical background and understanding of software development practices. He advises and mentors analysts, testers, developers, project managers, directors, and VPs on the current best practices in Software Development. He firmly believes that best practices are primarily governed by Agile values and principles, incorporate thinking from Lean Manufacturing, and are at their core iterative and incremental.
SaboeDave SaboeDave Saboe is a Program Business Analyst, Agile Coach, author, and podcaster. He is passionate about helping project teams and Business Analysts improve their skills and achieve top performance. Dave has been in the Business Analysis and Project Management field for two decades and has managed teams of Business Analysts. He recently helped a large financial institution transition to an agile delivery model to deliver value to customers faster. Dave earned his Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Project Management Professional (PMP®) designations and is a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) and Agile Coach.
schlairAmitai SchlairAmitai Schlair (@schmonz) helps software teams deliver more effectively by learning to grow together. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at Agile in 3 Minutes, writes variable-length articles at schmonz.com, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, and ikiwiki. Amitai's ideas, prose, music, and puns have manifested at Agile Roots, Agile for Humans, CodeMash, Self.conference, pkgsrcCon, Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, NYCBUG, the International Rachmaninoff Conference, and the Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest.
shinkleChris ShinkleChris Shinkle has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) since 1997.

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

As SEP’s Director of Innovation, he continues to leverage industry-leading techniques training SEP engineers and coaching clients across a variety of domains. Chris speaks at industry conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean and Kanban productivity. Chris was an inaugural member of the Lean Systems Society Fellowship and Indiana Techpoint’s Tech 25. His dedication to the community was recognized in 2013 when he was named a Lean Kanban North America Brickell Key Award Nominee.
silpalaMarkus SilpalaMarkus Silpala has been riding the Agile train since about 2005, serving as developer, then coach, and since then generally some blend of the two. He has a great passion for building great software, for building great software teams, and for continuously iterating on the steady improvement of both.

In addition to enjoying his work, his family and his cats, Markus also delights in occupying crossroads—whether between dev and ops; business and community; or even technology and interpersonal counseling.
thompsonFaye ThompsonFaye Thompson, JD, PSMI is a Senior Agile Consultant with CareWorks Tech, with over 19 years of project delivery experience. With a focus on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising and automotive industries. She is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, and has helped several workgroups transform into highly engaged and energized teams. In her free time, she enjoys serving on the board of the Central Ohio Agile Association, volunteering as an instructor and emergency medical responder for the American Red Cross, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Version 2Diane Zajac-WoodieDiane Zajac-Woodie (@agilesquirrel) spent more than six years redefining the role of the Business Analyst as more than a requirements dictator. Through open & honest conversations, she guided her business partners toward creative solutions that actually solved problems & eliminated waste. She shared this same approach with her technical teams, facilitating communication, cooperation & continuous learning to ensure success.

Now a coach, her passion is to free those that are mired in the status quo even if she has to pull them out one at a time. As a frequent presenter, Diane enjoys teaching and connecting with others who share her passion for improvement. She co-chaired the Collaboration, Culture & Teams track for Agile 2014 and again for Agile 2015. For Agile 2016, she is the Program Chair for the Process at Scale program. Her alter ego makes her thoughts transparent on her blog, http://agilesquirrel.blogspot.com/.