Niels Pflaeging

Niels is a passionate advocate for a “new breed“ of leadership and profound change in organizations. He is founder of the BetaCodex Network, and co-founder of Studio Red42, based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Prior to the BetaCodex Network, Niels was for five years a director with the prestigious Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Niels´ second book, Leading with flexible Targets. Beyond Budgeting in Practice was awarded the Financial Times Germany Best Business Book award, in 2006. Both this book and his two latest ones, entitled Organize for Complexity and Complexitools were lauded by critics and readers and became bestsellers. As a consultant, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change projects for organizations both in Europe and the Americas, since 2006. Niels also teaches at several European academic institutions.

»When Pflaeging shakes the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands.« Financial Times Germany

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Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen is co-author of Liftoff 2nd ed.: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and co-originator of the Agile Fluency(TM) Model.

Diana delivers inspiring conference keynote talks and facilitates productive Open Space Technology events. As a volunteer, she contributes as a leader with Agile Alliance, Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and the Agile Open Initiative.

As a founding member and general manager of the Agile Fluency Project, Diana delivers ways to chart a course for teams, create alignment with management, and secure organizational support for continuous learning and improvement. As a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, she leads the practice area for Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. FutureWorks Consulting contributes to the growth of workplaces where people say, “I love my work; this is the best job ever!”

Richard Knaster

Author, SAFe Fellow, and Principal Consultant

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in software and systems development, in roles ranging from developer to executive, and has been leading large-scale Agile transformations for well over 15 years. Richard actively works on advancing SAFe’s Lean-Agile methods as a SAFe Fellow and methodologist. As a principal consultant, he is passionate about helping organizations create a better environment to deliver value, improve quality and flow, and be more engaging and fun. Richard is also co-author of SAFe Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Software and System Engineering and the SAFe Reference Guide.


Jenny Tarwater

Jenny is an agile coach and trainer. She is a 23-year veteran of software development teams, primarily as a project manager. Her mission is to lead others to surpass goals, contribute positively in collaborative environments, and explore undiscovered opportunities and solutions through continuous learning and game play. Her hobbies include purchasing sharpies and post-it notes in bulk. 

Daniel Mezick

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.

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Max Saperstone

Technical Test Automation Manager

Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Test Engineer for over a decade, with a focus on Test Automation within the CI/CD process. He specializes in open source tools, including the Selenium Tool Suite, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. Max has lead several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focusing on web-based software to operate over several applications for Kronos Federal. He also headed a project with Delta Dental, developing an automated testing structure to run Cucumber tests over multiple test interfaces and environments, while also developing a system to keep test data ‘ageless.’ He currently heads up the development of Selenified, an open sourced testing framework to allow testing of multiple interfaces, custom reporting, and minimal test upkeep.

After completing an implementation of the Active Authentication for android devices, he has gotten deep in the mobile testing world, working with open source tools such as Robotium, Selendroid, and Appium, and he most recently became an ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester. His recent efforts have been around DevOps work, architecting and building out pipelines, with an effort on integrating test automation in at multiple levels.

In addition to working heavily under the testing umbrella, Max is also an experienced Agile developer, and he is well versed in Agile processes and practices. He is an ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP). Max has spoken at multiple conferences including StarCanada, StarEast, Mobile Dev and Test, and AgileDC, and is currently an instructor for the Mobile Application Testing course.

Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

As an Agile Coach, Pradeepa is a self-proclaimed “Agile Passionista” who strongly believes in agile values & principles to help organizations delight their customers. Pradeepa helps teams and leaders in understanding & aligning with their organizational vision and supports in their transformation journey.

As an Fertility Coach, Pradeepa works with people going through infertility and help them get unstuck. She provides a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about their current struggles and coach them to get unstuck and move forward with their lives.

Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski is a speaker, trainer, coach, and author focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard’s newsletter at

Dr. Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock, an Agile Coach, helps companies and organizations get things done visibly and early by applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. Dave has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Dave is is an expert on organizational change and agile product delivery and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada. A firm believer in continuous learning, Dave holds an MBA and a PhD. Dave moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Europe, and leads agile42 in North America.

Julee Bellomo Everett

Julee Everett is an innovation and agility consultant and professional trainer. She helps businesses improve their innovation skills and learn how to apply agility to business strategy and problems. Julee specializes in Product and Portfolio Management, Design Sprints, and Product Discovery workshops. She is the founder of the ProductCamp Gulf Coast and the Tampa Bay Product Owner group.

Julee is a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and at She specializes in utilizing agile outside of software, such as HR, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Recruiting. She recently collaborated on a new book by Femi Olajiga – Lean Agile Marketing: How to Become Agile and Deliver Marketing Success. You can see more at

Allison Pollard

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Brian Haggard

Brian is an avid agile developer, video game jammer, and homeschool father of 8. He has worked in several shops and programming languages and been part of multiple agile transitions. Known online as his alter ego “Tolk”, Brian hails from the internet but has developed a keen interest in interpersonal relationships as Agile software engineering and MMOs have proven that teams are required to succeed. Currently working as a Principal Agile Engineer for Emerson’s Residential Retail group, Brian helps develop product offerings around the award winning Sensi™ Wi-Fi Thermostat. At Emerson, Brian’s primary role is in software engineering but he also serves as an Agile Advocate and Retrospective Facilitator. Prior to Emerson Brian worked on Centurylink Cloud’s Object Storage platform. These two roles have given him a lot of exposure to cloud computing and the Internet of Things. At home, Brian has eight children ranging in ages from 3 to 19, though his wife would tell you he is the oldest of all the kids in the house. They have a lot of technology fueled fun playing with the latest smart home devices, sequencing Christmas lights to music, exploring virtual reality on the HTC, or good old fashioned LAN gaming on their home network.

Bob Sarni

Bob Sarni is the Founder and Principal at iOnAgility, LLC with over 25 years of deep experience in organizational effectiveness, product design and development, portfolio management, and project and program management. He utilizes this experience to help organizations realize maximum value on their investments by leveraging agile thinking and practices for product development. Bob’s expertise is in guiding enterprise transition and implementation of agile values, principles and practices. Bob is also forward thinking on helping companies improve business performance through creating effective collaborative environments. He has extensive experience with small and large teams as well as entire enterprises in the Insurance, Finance, Trading, Aerospace, Electrical Power Distribution and Generation, Telecommunications and Life Sciences sectors.

Jason Tice

Jason Tice serves as the Vice President of Business Innovation at World Wide Technology and in this role, leads an international team of innovation consultants that use collaborative methods and open space practices to identify and achieve strategic outcomes. As part of World Wide Technology, a leading global IT solutions and supply chain provider, Jason guides the delivery and facilitation of innovation services for Global 100 clients that establish a shared understanding of vision, goals, and road-maps for complex IT deployments, IT transformation & modernization as well as digital business & product strategy. Jason is a frequent presenter and organizer of agile industry events, including annual Agile Alliance conferences, the Agile Games conference, Agile Coach Camp, Agile and Beyond, AgileDC and is a regular host on the “This Agile Life” podcast.

Michael Jesse

Michael Jesse

Michael Jesse is a Senior Consultant with Improving in Dallas. With more than 20 years experience in software development and infrastructure, he works with teams to work toward a common vision and embrace agile and DevOps practices to deliver awesome results. Michael is heavily involved in the community and believes in sharing opportunities for others to grow professionally. An organizer of the Dallas Techfest conference and leader of the DFW Scrum: Agile Dev Team user group, Michael is also passionate about health and fitness.

Sivakumar Anna

Senior Director of Enterprise QA

As a Senior Director of Enterprise QA at Infostretch Corporation, Sivakumar Anna has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing QA strategies for Fortune 500 companies. In nine years with Infostretch, Mr. Anna has been instrumental in leading strategic enterprise engagements, which have resulted in significant value for clients such as Kaiser Permanente, The Body Shop, and Before joining Infostretch, Anna excelled as a technical project manager for both eBay and Cognizant, and also served as a QA/automation strategy consultant for Wells Fargo.

Faye Thompson

Agile Coach/Scrum Master

With more than twenty years of project delivery experience, Faye Thompson is a consultant coach and scrum master. With a focus on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, Faye has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, automotive and aviation industries. Passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, she helps workgroups transform themselves into highly engaged and energized teams. Faye enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Central Ohio Agile Association and as President of the Women in STEMM Alumni Society of The Ohio State University.  She spends her free time volunteering as an emergency medical responder and public affairs coordinator for the American Red Cross, and hanging out with her husband and two dogs.

Bill Joiner

Bill Joiner is lead author of the award-winning book Leadership Agility. He co-designed the Leadership Agility 360, an online tool that’s especially relevant for managers in organizations that are Agile or aspire to be. Bill is a frequent speaker at Agile conferences, was part of an Agile Alliance think tank on the future of Agile, and served on the design team that created the leadership track for the International Consortium for Agile.

Bill is the CEO of ChangeWise, a consulting firm with extensive experience partnering with leaders to transform leadership culture, design and implement organizational changes, develop high-performing teams, and highly agile leaders.

Bill has published numerous articles, including “Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile” and “Creating a Culture of Agile Leaders.” He earned his BA and MBA at Southern Methodist University and his doctorate in leadership and organization development at Harvard University. He can be reached at