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Forget the Justice League and Avengers, we will have our own superhero alliance of agile thought leaders at AgileCincy2018. We will have keynote presentations from Bob Galen, Robert Annis, and James Shore. Each of these speakers are international presenters/keynotes and some of the most influential voices in the agile movement today.
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The AgileCincy 2018 agenda includes 19 varied breakout sessions. The session formats will vary to include collaborative, presentation, and interactive styles while the topics will range across beginner to advanced topics. Some sessions will be extended to allow for more depth in specific topics. You’ll not want to miss these superheroes of agile.

Our Speakers

Bob Galen

Keynote and Extended Session
Cary, North Carolina

Bob Galen has been a champion of agile methods since the late 90’s. He’s been a pointy-headed leader, a round-headed coach, and sometimes both at once. Along his journey, he’s written 3 agile books, coached many organizations, teams and coaches, and been lucky enough to see agile work (really work) in the real-world.

Keynote: You just might be an agile leader, if…
Channeling his best Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Galen shares some pattern and anti-pattern snippets that surround the leadership shift to more agile tactics and the mindset that many leaders struggle with. Oh, and by the way, we’re ALL leaders in agile contexts!

Extended: Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams
Borrowing from his experience and lean software development methods, join Bob Galen in this interactive and collaborative workshop as he examines essential patterns—the behaviors and characteristics of mature agile teams so that you can model them within your own teams.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Bob Galen

Robert Annis

Keynote and Extended Session
London, United Kingdom

2017’s AgileIndy keynote is also author of the MACO framework and proud brand ambassador to the marine conservation charity, Project AWARE. When not writing mildly interesting bio’s for speaking events he can be found coaching organizations globally from Poland to Massachusetts.

Keynote: Diversity in Agile: Enabling Everyone
All the way from London, Robert Annis happily returns! Challenged by the organizers to deliver a bigger and better keynote than AgileIndy 2017 means we’re going to push the envelope further than just the human world of Agile! Be intrigued…be disappointed perhaps…but be there!

Extended: The Meaning of Agile Leadership
In this extended session I’m hoping to delve into the meaning of leadership and I don’t mean some fancy language that isn’t relevant. I mean a real discussion and exercise on how YOU lead teams and organisations. I mean to change you today. Are you game, superhero?

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Robert Annis

James Shore

Keynote Presentation
Portland, Oregon

James Shore has been leading and teaching agile teams for nearly 20 years. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of The Art of Agile Development, and co-creator of the Agile Fluency™ Model.

Keynote: Secrets of Fluency
What does it take to become truly fluent at agile development? Is it technical excellence? Team interactions? Servant leadership? Or something else entirely? Join James Shore in a deep dive into agile proficiencies and what takes to master them.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

James Shore

Brendan Wovchko

Extended Session
Nashville, Tennessee

Brendan began using Kanban in 2011 and has since become one of the most sought-after Kanban trainers in the U.S.. Brendan is known for his obsession with finding the simplest way to teach Kanban. Today, he focuses on mentoring his growing team of trainers at HUGE IO in Nashville.

Extended: Overcoming Delay with Kanban
Delay is the most powerful force in business and no one knows how to leverage it—so it silently takes control. This session will teach you how to identify the types of delay which invisibly steal time and erode opportunity, and offers a proven plan to take back the potential of your team.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Brendan Wovchko

Daniel Mezick

Extended Session
Guilford, Connecticut

Coaching Agile & organizational change for over 12 years, Daniel Mezick is also an author and a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He is the originator of the OpenSpace Agility method and the author of THE CULTURE GAME: TOOLS FOR THE AGILE MANAGER. Learn more & reach him at DanielMezick.com

Extended: Engage to Win - How to Engage Every Employee in Your Agile Transformation
Successful Agile at scale displays HIGHER levels of employee engagement! Failed Agile programs don’t.

An engagement model gets you there. An Engagement Model adds an engagement PLAN to your framework.

In this session, you learn about how to use OpenSpace Agility to get real & LASTING success in scaling Agile across your enterprise.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Daniel Mezick

Stacia Viscardi

Extended Session
New York City, New York

Stacia Viscardi is a Business Agility Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. She founded AgileEvolution in 2006 to help other companies across the globe leverage agile values and principles for greater business agility. Outside of work she enjoys learning dressage.

Extended: Nasty Impediments - Unclogging the pipe for personal, team, and business agility
A business is only as fast and agile as its slowest feedback loop. Impediments clog feedback loops just like cholesterol clogs veins. Join Stacia as she will help you identify, plan a strategy for, and remove impediments at any level.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Stacia Viscardi

Si Alhir

Breakout Session
United States

Si Alhir: Business Agility & Digital Transformation Leader/Coach/Consultant partnering with Individuals, Teams, & Enterprises in integrating Strategy, Leadership, Culture, & Execution to achieve Business Outcomes & Growth in a Disruptive World. http://bit.ly/LI-SA

Breakout: Business Agility & Digital Transformation
“Classical Transformation” is dead! In a Digital Economy, all Transformation is Digital Transformation. Orgs must become Ecosystems in Continuous Transformation with Change Agents catalyzing change. We’ll explore What & How!

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Si Alhir

Darren Terrell

Breakout Session
Muncie, Indiana / St. Augustine, Florida

Bio: Darren Terrell is the VP of Enterprise Agile Coaching at Project Brilliant. He helps organizations and their leadership make the transformation to higher agility. Darren coaches across the enterprise, including teams and technical practices. He is a board member of AgileIndy and Agile Cincinnati.

Breakout: Lean Coffee @ #AgileCincy2018
Do you have a difficult situation? Have questions about agility overall or a specific practice? Have things gone off the tracks and you need help? Have an idea that you would like to share with others? We'll use the lean coffee method of agenda-free, democratic conversation: bring your topics and ideas for discussion and engage in conversations about Agile, people, and the ways we work together! Join the experts of AgileCincy, lead by Darren Terrell, in this very popular and engaging format.

Darren Terrell

Dr. Charles Suscheck

Breakout Session
Hamilton, Ohio

Dr. Charles Suscheck has over 25 years of experience in technology. He is a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer is one of the first Cucumber.io approved trainers in the USA. He has numerous articles, has taught thousands of students, and is an entertaining conference speaker.

Breakout: The secret sauce of backlog refinement-BDD
An effective method of refining product backlogs is Behavior Driven Development (BDD). BDD consists of techniques to discover story details through structured examples. See how BDD is not primarily test automation but a business collaboration technique for backlog refinement.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Dr. Charles Suscheck

Doug Janning

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Doug has experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of software development from the mainframe batch days through microservice based web development. With 5+ years as a scrum master / agile coach he has worked with dozens of teams on their agile journey.

Breakout: Be more agile with Continuous Integration and Deployment
You’ve got your agile team humming, delivering useable code every 2 weeks. But there’s no benefit until that code is running. Sure you could deploy every 2 weeks, but why wait for the end of a sprint? Agile wants fast feedback. Get it with Continuous Delivery!

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Doug Janning

John Coleman

Breakout Session
London, United Kingdom

John Coleman is a Professional Scrum Trainer & Professional Scrum with Kanban trainer via Scrum.org, a LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer via less.works, and a member of the #MarshallGoldsmithLead60 group. John teaches & mentors execs, consultants and agility chefs on true agility.

Breakout: Leadership for agility & adaptiveness
Leading with agility in the 21st century… Leaders look towards colleagues. Colleagues look towards leaders. Isn’t standardized copy, paste & adapt an obvious answer? Isn’t best practice an obvious answer? What can’t we do? What can we do? What must we do? How can we do it?

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

John Coleman

Kim Brainard

Breakout Session
Washington D.C.

Kim is the founder of Agile Brain, a training and consultant company whose training portfolio provides an array of courses that focus on brain based learning. We want to train others based on how they learn, not how we learn. Agile Brain's ultimate purpose is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individuals so that they can increase their performance.

Breakout: Breaking Barriers to Unity
How can we build an environment where everyone's voice is heard? Who’s really onshore and offshore, aren’t we all really on a shore? People practicing Agile want to be heard no matter if you’re gender, race, or age. This workshop will explore the topic of equality and present useful models for considering potential team conflicts.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Kim Brainard

Kim McGill

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

As a long-time Agile practitioner, I believe Agilest should be in the business of people, not processes. This belief has driven my fascination with complex human behavioral systems and models. It gives me ongoing insights around what it means to be human and how that understanding can lead to amazing teams and empowering cultures.

Breakout: Dealing with Team Dysfunction w/o Going to Jail
Turns out killing people is frowned on by most orgs. but how else do you deal with a deeply dysfunctional team? Come and find out as we use behavioral science to avoid jail time and provide a better way forward.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Kim McGill

Mark Wavle

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark is an experienced Agile coach and Professional Scrum Trainer for Cardinal Solutions. He has created and delivered training and presentations at companies, industry groups, meetups, and regional conferences along with the international Agile 2014 convention.

Breakout: Facilitation Fitness - Get Your Collaboration in Shape
Solving complex problems requires creativity and teamwork. What shape do our collaborative conversations take? What approaches and techniques do we need to strengthen? Through workouts and discussion, we'll flex our skills and practice our facilitation.

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Mark Wavle

Melissa Boggs

Breakout Session
Denver, Colorado

Boggs is an Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer. A vocal supporter of all things authentic and human-centric, she is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) who has been embracing agile principles and practices for over 10 years.

Breakout: Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol
Together, explore the dangers of exhaustion as a status symbol -- for our organizational culture, our teams, and ourselves. Are we building fast things, or the right things? Are we making time to dream up big, new ideas and/or to build a cohesive team around our mission?

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Melissa Boggs

Peter Kananen

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Peter is VP of Project Delivery at Gaslight. He tracks the happiness of teams and clients, always trying to provide just enough support and guidance to keep things headed in the right direction by applying our proven Agile approach.

Breakout: Lost in a Maze of Maps? Here's a Map to Find Your Way Out!
Are you lost in a maze of maps? How does your Story Map relate to your User Journey Map? What about your Product Roadmap, Outcome Map, and Empathy Map? It turns out we might just need a map to understand which map to use, and when to use it!

Peter Kananen

Katie Pohlman

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Katie Pohlman is a UX designer, front-end developer, and may be a little obsessed with her goldendoodle, Josie. Her focus is on building experiences that solve users’ problems without getting in the way. At Gaslight, she helps to create web apps that do just that.

Breakout: Lost in a Maze of Maps? Here's a Map to Find Your Way Out!
Are you lost in a maze of maps? How does your Story Map relate to your User Journey Map? What about your Product Roadmap, Outcome Map, and Empathy Map? It turns out we might just need a map to understand which map to use, and when to use it!

Peter Kananen

Ram Santhanam

Breakout Session
Chicago, Illinois

Ram Santhanam: Agile Practitioner, Trainer, Coach and DevOps Consultant leading Enterprise Transformation within Discover www.linkedin.com/in/raamsanthanam

Breakout: An Illustration of Story Mapping and MVP
Launching large initiatives would often require understanding the entire steps for providing value to customers. Let us explore a simple mapping technique for identifying a minimum viable product and determining features and stories.
Co-presenter: Si Alhir

Ram Santhanam

Sam O’Brien

Breakout Session
Dayton, Ohio

Sam O’Brien is an Agile Coach, CSM, SAFe Agilist and Retro Facilitator who has worked with Fortune 20 clients to $100M companies in the US and internationally with teams in all stages of Agile maturity. Her experience spans all Agile methods and implementation approaches. Her passion for Agile is contagious.

Breakout: Helping Your Teams Soar to New Heights
Managers & leaders often struggle to keep their teams engaged & motivated. We’ll investigate methods of engaging even the most unenthusiastic team members. We’ll discuss team dynamics, self-organization, motivators, warning signs & team distractors. Let’s discover ways to help our teams soar!

To learn more or have a discussion, visit the post on LinkedIn.

Sam O’Brien

Tom Boulet

Breakout Session
Louisville, Kentucky

Tom has been a developer with IBM for 15 years and an Agile Coach 8 years with IBM and now as an independent consultant. He current coaches teams and product management in large Agile transformations. He has taught Test Driven Development, BDD, Agile principles, Lean, Kanban, Scrum, DevOps practices, and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Breakout: DevOps in the Scaled Agile Enterprise
DevOps means different things to different people. One thing it does not mean is just another name for an ops team who deploys code. It’s seamlessly integrating development with release, from concept to delivery, is continuous delivery. We’ll look at the steps an organization at scale to move to a truly seamless, integrated pipeline.

Tom Boulet

Frank Forte

Breakout Session
Cincinnati, Ohio

Chief Forte helps the uninitiated understand the richness of similarities between the stealthy world of submarines and how organizations can use this model to become more agile. The same level of leadership is needed in large agile initiatives that exists in submarines.

Breakout: Leadership: A Deeper Dive
Frank started his career serving on nuclear powered submarines. For over 30 years, He has managed software projects and programs around the world for clients such as the U.S. military and NASA. Today, Frank focuses on using agile principles to help transform organizations.

Frank Forte

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7 May

Sharonville Convention Center

11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA

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