Speakers 2013

While we are still finalizing speakers for the conference, the following speakers have been confirmed.  More speakers will be added as they are confirmed and session details will be updated as they become available.

Christopher Avery

Website: http://www.christopheravery.com
Twitter: @christopheraver
Session: Your Agile Leadership Gift

Christopher Avery

Christopher is a sought-after, international speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and Ebay. Known for his cutting-edge work to demystify and then develop practical team leadership skills for engineers and other technical professionals, Christopher wrote the popular classic Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. Fortune magazine called it the only book on teamwork you need to read.

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Johanna Rothman

Website: http://www.jrothman.com
Twitter: @johannarothman
Session: Agile Managers: The Essence of Leadership

Johanna RothmanKnown as the “Pragmatic Manager,” Johanna Rothman helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments.  Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current AgileJournal.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of several popular books.  She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and Gantthead.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

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Chet Hendrickson & Ron Jeffries

Website: http://www.agileatlas.org
Twitter: @ronjeffries @chethendrickson
Session: Spread Craftsmanship Throughout Your Team

Ron Jeffries has been developing software longer than most people have been alive. He holds advanced degrees in mathematics and computer science, both earned before negative integers had been invented. His teams have built operating systems, compilers, relational database systems, and a large range of applications. Ron’s software products have produced revenue of over half a billion dollars, and he wonders why he didn’t get any of it.

Chet Hendrickson has a quarter century’s experience in information technology and software development. He has been active in Agile software development since its beginning, and was the team leader on the Chrysler C3 project, the first project to follow all the practices of Extreme Programming. Chet was the first signatory of the Agile Manifesto.

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Chris Shinkle

Website: http://www.sep.com/cmshinkle
Twitter: @chrisshinkle

Chris 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.

Michael (Doc) Norton

Website: http://www.docondev.com/
Twitter: @DocOnDev
Session: The Technical Debt Trap

Michael Norton (Doc) is a software delivery professional working to make the world of software development a better place. Having spent several years as an agile coach, Doc helped teams of all sizes learn and apply the principles of agile software development. Today, as Director of Engineering for Groupon, Doc shares this experience in a uniquely face-paced environment. Doc’s experience covers a wide range of development topics. He declares expertise in no single language or methodology and is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares such expertise. A frequent speaker, Doc is passionate about helping others become better developers, working with teams to improve delivery, and Software Craftsmanship.

Si Alhir

Twitter: @SAlhir
Website: http://salhir.wordpress.com

Si Alhir is a practitioner and coach (transformation, change management, and organizational development) working with SPR/Redpoint Technologies (http://www.redpointtech.com). He has over three decades of experience in transforming organizations/enterprises by synergizing business and technology around proven industry-recognized and organization-tailored principle-based practices. His clients have ranged from start-ups to the Fortune 500. He is the author of three books and two articles in the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering among other publications.

Jeremy Dibble

Jeremy Dibble is a product manager at AutoVIN, a subsidiary of KAR Auctions services where he is actively involved in the creation of a new inspection and condition reporting system for the ADESA auctions. Through his tenure at AutoVIN he has gained experience in mature/new product offerings and different development processes. He is successfully levering the Scrum development process to aid in discovery, improved team dynamics and of course delivering value to the business.

Alston Hodge

Twitter: @AlstonHodge
Session: An Agile Odyssey in Insurance

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 leading and coaching programs and projects in a variety of industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Information Technology, Energy, Government, Healthcare and Hospitality. His extensive experience includes coaching, mentoring, and training scrummasters, product owners and project managers.

Alston currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Application Development and enterprise Agile coach for Farm Credit Mid-America in Louisville, KY.

Joe Astolfi

Website: http://www.quicksolutions.com
Twitter: @joeastolfi
Session: Getting Started: How to Begin Your Agile Adventure

Joe is a Director at Quick Solutions, responsible for the Agile Service Offering and Process Service Lines.  He is also the Vice-Chair and a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association (COHAA).  Joe is passionate about helping others improve their agility to achieve personal success and deliver business value to their organizations.  He openly shares his agile-related experiences and transformation war wounds through networking with other agilists and speaking at national and local agile conferences and events.

Joe has over 20 years of IT experience in leadership positions within agile and traditional organizations.  His expertise include enterprise agile transformation, agile team coaching and adoption, portfolio management, PMO establishment and leadership, project management, organizational change, and staff career development.  Joe is a Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Mike Kelly

Website: http://michaeldkelly.com/
Twitter: @michael_d_kelly
Session: Lessons Learned from Software Testing at Startups

Mike Kelly is a partner at DeveloperTown, a venture development firm. He regularly writes and speaks about topics in software testing, but spends most of his time working with teams to deliver ridiculously high quality solutions faster than they could without rigorous testing practices. Mike is a past director and president for the Association for Software Testing and a co-founder of the Indianapolis Workshops on Software Testing, a series of ongoing meetings on topics in software testing.

Eric Willeke

Website: http://ericwilleke.com/
Twitter: @erwilleke
Session: Agile Portfolio Management

Eric Willeke is a generalist software practitioner with over ten years of experience covering development, leadership, coaching, training and consulting roles. Eric has continually demonstrated an ability to fit lean and agile practices cleanly into organisations across an incredible variety of contexts, amplifying the chances of ongoing adoption.

Eric’s passion for helping teams engage with their work and their customers is evident in his writing at http://ericwilleke.com and his involvement in both the Agile Alliance and Lean Software and Systems series of conferences.

Dan Neumann

Website:  http://www.NeuManagementLLC.com/
Twitter: @Dan_SB
Session: Break Down the Silos: Using Visual Collaboration to Foster Teamwork

Dan Neumann is an experienced agile coach and enthusiast with expertise in both traditional development methodologies and Agile development using Scrum and XP practices. Dan has a record of working in environments that require experience from a range of disciplines and requires coordination of multiple concurrent work streams. Dan seeks to improve the performance of teams and organizations through an inclusive, ongoing process of inspect and adapt, continual improvement as an inherent part of delivery teams’ culture. Dan is a Certified Scrum Professional, Innovation Games Trained Facilitator and the President of the Agile Leadership Network.

Maria Matarelli

Website: http://www.mariamatarelli.com
Twitter: @MariaMatarelli
Session: Break Down the Silos: Using Visual Collaboration to Foster Teamwork

Maria Matarelli is a Certified Professional Coach and works with management teams, executive teams and individual project teams, consulting large enterprise environments in Agile adoption. Maria enjoys traveling to consult organizations and speak at both national and international conferences. Maria is the Founder and President of the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group, an Agile Coach and Trainer with Bevill Edge, and is published as one of the contributing authors in a Business Leadership Book Series. Maria is passionate about inspiring people to enjoy what they do while working toward achieving a state of higher performance.

Angela Harms

Twitter: @angelaharms
Session: Moving From Cooperation to Collaboration

Angela Harms is an agile developer, coach, facilitator, and instigator at LeanDog (on a boat off the coast of Cleveland). She loves beautiful code that emerges from collaboration, and learning new ways to make it work. When she’s not pairing on tests and the code they inspire, you can find her at conferences speaking about the how human connection makes better software, or in open space learning and sharing what she’s learned. She lives with her unschooling family in a community of nerds called MakerHouse in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City.

James Carpenter

LinkedIn Profile
Session: Scaled Agile Release Strategy

James L. Carpenter holds a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and is an agile coach and consultant. He was an early devotee of Agile before it became a term of art, and is a staunch advocate of automated testing and pair programming. Over the years Mr. Carpenter has worked as a developer, scrum master, engineering manager and more recently as an agile coach. He has worked in a variety of industries and organizations including start-ups and fortune 100 companies building world class highly available enterprise solutions.

Jennifer Bleen

Twitter: @jenbleen
Session: Agile Overview

Jennifer Bleen PMP, ACP, PSM is an experienced agile coach, change agent, project manager, business analyst, trainer, and industry consultant. Using her breadth of industry experience, she helps her clients create strategic solutions. She enjoys coaching and mentoring teams and individuals to help them reach their full potential. She actively serves the central Ohio agile and PM communities as co-Founder and President of COHAA, PMICOC Senior Instructor and PMI Agile CoP Chapter Engagement Representative.

Tom Mellor

LinkedIn Profile
Session: Understanding Each Other: Crucial Skills for Teams, Leaders, and Coaches

Tom is a Certified Scrum Trainer and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance. For over 35 years, he has worked with various organizations and hundreds of teams developing products and solving problems. In his recent past, he has developed and affinity for helping people, work groups and teams work better together and communicate effectively. Tom introduced Scrum and agile principles and concepts to a very large company in 2004 and has spent the last several years training and coaching people in collaborative ways. He also has invested considerable time influencing company culture and work environment to jourvey towards becoming more effective and responsive. Tom enjoys time with his wife, Maryann, three young daughters – Lindsey, Kristen and Amanda – and occasionally spoils a good walk with golf, walks the dog, Penny, or rides his recumbent bicycle or Eliptigo, and instructs scuba diving as a PADI instructor.

Aaron Kopel

Twitter: @aakopel
Website: http://www.projectbrilliant.com/

Aaron is a long time agilist with experience ranging from 2 person startups to Fortune 100 companies. He began utilizing agile techniques early in his career while launching the first of several tech startups he has founded. Since then, Aaron has bolstered his first hand expertise with refined agile knowledge and broad industry experience, working with some of the most accomplished agilists in the industry. He has successfully applied his startup mindset to large companies, including several of the Fortune 100, with a primary curiosity for large scale Agile transformations. Aaron’s firm Project Brilliant, LLC serves as a beacon for experimentation at the intersection of Agile and Organizational transformation. Through Project Brilliant, he is the Lead Enterprise Agile Coach for one the world’s largest organization-wide Agile transformations – a Fortune 150 financial services firm based in Virginia.