Diana Larsen is the author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams, and Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. For more than 20 years she has worked with leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, and support leadership and enterprise agility.
Diana is Co-Founder of FutureWorks Consulting LLC and Agile Fluency™ Project and an active speaker and contributor to her professional community, Diana has contributed in leadership roles to the Agile Alliance, the Organization Design Forum, and the Agile Open Initiative.
Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, CIGNA, SIEMENS Healthcare, Pitney Bowes, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises.
His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012. THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield and Harold Shinsato. Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting.
You can learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.
Tim 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 37 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 his experiences and ideas on the Agile Otter blog and the Industrial Logic company blog.
One of the most challenging and trouble-prone aspects of agile product development is discovering the right product requirements to deliver at the right time, for the right customer, and refining them for delivery. This session will share a fast-paced introduction of a common sense, tested approach for defining and refining user stories—or any other method you use to represent backlog items. This enables backlog items to get “ready” to get to “done”.
You will learn how refining backlog items using Structured Conversations with the 7 Product Dimensions enables you to slice backlog items while deeply enhancing teams’ domain knowledge. You will identify its usefulness for initial, multi-team and single team product backlog refinement. We’ll explore how the concept of refinement—making backlog items “ready”—is a corollary to “done”. You’ll participate in an exercise to identify ready criteria for your team’s refinement. Join us to see how Structured Conversations in facilitated sessions contributes to backlog refinement and making your backlog items “ready” to get to “done”.
Jon is an Agile Coach & trainer who pioneered the use of Open Space Agility, Enterprise Scrum, and Kanban to support organizations transforming their culture, practices, and self-limiting mind-sets. Jon is a co-author of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners.
In alliance with with multinational conglomerates such as Canon, EMC, TiVo/Rovi, and Adobe, Jon incorporates Applied Improv, Systemic Coaching, and Lean Agile principles into experiential learning with teams and executive leadership.
Jon has founded and facilitates agile meetup groups, coach camps and public learning events all structured with Open Space Technology, to deliver breakthrough, unprecedented results to participants.
John is a team player, he changes, delivers, coaches, mentors, trains and leads. He has a sophisticated approach for business change in relation to Lean-Agile and/or Digital. He rolled out Scrum, Kanban, and The Lean Startup in organizations, small and huge, where the culture at first glance was incompatible with Lean-Agile. As he leads a change team, he plays his part to stretch boundaries, generate “pull”, & avoid “anti-bodies”.
He leads by example / from backstage, with all the Lean-Agile methods, Agile scaling approaches & business change techniques. He speaks publicly to experts because he is passionate about it. He's firmly heading more and more in the Digital Transformation direction, yet sticking to my Lean-Agile, Business Change, and delivery roots.
Brendan Wovchko is a technology entrepreneur and community organizer based in Nashville. He draws from a rich set of experiences as a founder, executive, and consultant. His clients have included Huffington Post, Big Commerce, Emma, HCA, Big Machine Records, Walden Media, and Dave Ramsey. On the behalf of his clients, he has led large-scale initiatives for Avon, National Guard, and US Department of Commerce, among many others. He has led teams in Nashville, Manhattan, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, London, Sydney, Istanbul, Stockholm, and Hyderabad.
Today Mr. Wovchko and his team at HUGE I/O help leaders and their teams redefine the instrumentation they use to operate their technology organizations with Lean and Agile. He is an accredited Kanban trainer, experienced Kanban coach and a long-time Scrum coach and trainer. He is also a certified strategic interventionist.
Mr. Wovchko is the co-founder of Hack Tennessee, a rapidly growing community of 1,300+ software engineers and IxD professionals. Hack Tennessee is the largest maker event in the southeast and one of the largest events of its kind globally. He has partnered with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) to produce Hack for the Community and the Mayor's Office of Innovation in co-founding The National Day for Civic Hacking in Nashville. He also serves on the Board of Directors of TEDx Nashville and mentors at Nashville Software School and Jumpstart Foundry.
Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir) (http://www.linkedin.com/in/salhir) is an Entrepreneur, Author, Enterprise Business & Technology Transformation Coach, Trainer, Consultant, and Practitioner working with Individuals, Teams, and Organizations with a focus on Business Agility and Antifragility. With an insatiable curiosity about human dynamics and human nature, he is a catalyst with over four decades of proven experience in provoking clients to sustainably achieve impactful outcomes towards their meaningful intentions. His clients have ranged from start-ups to the Fortune 500. He is recognized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb with a Mini-certificate in Real World Risk (Risk Taking not Risk Management, and Decision-making under Uncertainty) credited by the Real World Risk Institute LLC. He is Certified in Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ), a Certified CQ/Change Intelligence Professional (Change Leader), and a CultureSync Approved Tribal Leader as well as co-creator of Conscious Agility, and author of The Antifragility Edge (http://www.antifragilityedge.com).
With over 8 years of Agile experience--15 years in IT project planning, implementation, and execution--Kim currently serves as Co-Chair for Scrum Alliance's Global Gathering 2017. Kim believes you create your own reality, and therefore do anything, by the way you think and act. You cannot blame your peers, family, or circumstances; you are not your circumstances and you are your possibilities. Kim uses her “unconventional” and creative tactics to generate transparency and encourage self-development. She is considered a “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy style of coaching that brings out the best in people. She fuses real-life stories, in-the trenches experiences, and conversational techniques to connect with people of all walks of life on an intimate, intense and individual level. She’s experienced in creating a shared vision among an enterprise and building a strong, united leadership to empower organizations to achieve a successful Agile transformation.
She is a Certified Scrum Professional and an active participant in the Scrum Alliance Community. She is founder of Santa Paysitforward, a non-profit organization where she’s applied Agile principles, and which gives back to elderly who are without family and in need. She was inspired to do so from her experience in a single parent household where her Grandmother helped raise her. She adopted her first Senior in 2009. As of 2015, Santa Paysitforward aids 528 Seniors throughout Maryland and Virginia.
Stephanie is a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer, Scrum Master, and Co-Active Coach. She is one of Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Curriculum Stewards, working with the trainer community and Ken Schwaber to carry forward the course vision. She has over ten years experience delivering IT solutions, and creating and delivering training to professionals. During the past decade, Stephanie has focused on a career grounded by Agile values and principles, creating a minimalist lifestyle, and experiencing the world. She is passionate about helping others discover a path to fulfilling, joyful lives.
Becky Hartman is an enthusiastic and passionate agile coach with nearly twenty years of combined experience in both traditional and Agile methodologies with applied experience in a variety of domains.
She holds several certifications pertaining to Agile and Project Management, including PMI-ACP, PMP, CSM, CSPO, CSP and PSM I. She specializes in engaging teams in transformations to agile practices through training, facilitating, and coaching to support them in transforming the way they view and execute work. Becky is also known for her active volunteering in both the local and national Agile communities and will be joining the board of directors for Agile Alliance effective 2018.
Becky recently participated in a collaborative project between Project Management Institute and Agile Alliance to create The Agile Practice Guide. This guide bridges the gap between the two communities as another means of transition from traditional project management to an agile process.
Becky is currently a Senior Agile Coach at AgileThought in the beautiful Tampa Bay Area.
Driving passion for ownership, easing transparency and applying creative solutions during organizational transition are Stacy’s passions. As a national leader in organizational agility, Stacy Martin is excited to share emergent ideas, experiences, tools and references that will ignite your passion to drive thoughtful transformation at all levels. Stacy’s career started in lean manufacturing and evolved to IT solution sales and delivery, leveraging integrative thinking and business agility. She can now be found using the synergy between disciplines to successfully deliver high-value solutions for Fortune 500 companies nationally. Reach out to Stacy at Scrum.org and CardinalSolutions.com to explore the next new idea.
Jess Long is an Enterprise Agile Coach at Barclaycard US based in Wilmington, DE. She is also a writer, speaker and mother with a passion for driving meaningful stories across multiple iterations in all facets of life. Transforming Corporate America and living to tell about it is no small feat. She keeps some level of sanity by finding humor in otherwise absurd situations. In the warmer weather, she can be found on the beach with her 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old identical twin boys or kayaking along the shoreline. During the colder days, you will find her skiing out of bounds, composing music on the piano or blasting The Beatles around a fire pit while putting down marshmallows like there’s no tomorrow.
Savannah is a passionate Agile Coach with 10+ years of experience working with high-performing teams. Savannah has worked with variety of clients on building strong Agile teams as well as how to bring business and technology together to collaborate, communicate, and innovate. Throughout her career, Savannah has worked as a business analyst, project manager, ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach with Fortune 100 companies across the healthcare, retail, insurance, and financial sectors. She possesses a plethora of experience with implementing solutions that meet critical business needs. Experienced in managing various deliverable from Project Inception through Release. Proficient in ensuring business goals are met throughout the project life-cycle. Savannah is well-versed with Agile (Scrum, Kanban, Scrumbun, XP) & traditional Waterfall methodologies. Savannah's current certifications include CEST, CAL1, CSP, CSM, CSPO, CBAC, CSSC, CAMS, SA.
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Kim teaches, coaches and works with teams to conquer big things by breaking them into small pieces. She has always focused on delivering the right things for her customers in the simplest way. She has experience in the credit, health care, pharmacy and industrial sectors. She started her journey of process improvement with Lean in 2000 and Scrum in 2008. While away from work, you can find Kim on her next outdoor adventure skiing, backpacking/hiking, paragliding, scuba diving or maybe something else.
Agile is tough and I thrive on coaching teams who are getting bumps and scraps along the way by mending their wounds and encouraging them to continue on. I've experienced agile failing fast but I've also experienced lots of inspecting and adapting that lead to success. As a consultant, I have the chance to share my knowledge and experience with the goal of steering clients away from failure and closer to success.
Chris has worked with SEP for over 12 years in roles ranging from software engineer to recruiter to development manager. He has experience customizing and fitting process models to many different domains including aerospace, defense, medical, consumer electronics, and automotive. He has used Agile and Lean methods to lead large complex projects, most notably, a military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance system and an FDA regulated remote patient monitoring system. He introduced FDD to SEP in 2004, and then continued to evolve the internal processes and approaches over the following years. In 2007, SEP began to adopt Kanban processes under Chris' guidance, as he trained and mentored engineers across the company. Currently, more than 10 different projects are using pull-based approaches.