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

Read Niels´ hit white paper “Organize for Complexity” here! His videos: youtube.com/user/NielsPflaegingTV.

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!”

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. 

Bob Fischer

Agile Training Lead

Bob Fischer works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to not only survive but to thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval and intense competition. His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products to existing customer and new markets.

Prior to becoming an organizational agility consultant, Bob was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, which included responsibility for the deployment of Agile to over 400 people, including both coaching at the team and program level as well as working with functional groups not directly involved in Agile such as Finance, HR, and Process Ownership. The cultural change included getting agreement between the Business Unit President, CIO, CFO, and the head of Product Development on a common strategy for deploying Agile. Bob was also an organization-wide catalyst at Fidelity, helping to broaden the deployment of Agile across the larger organization.

Mr. Fischer has over 30 years in IT, with a wide range of roles and responsibilities and is credentialed as a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).

Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic, CEC, MBA, PMP, is recognized as an expert in Agile and Scrum and is one of the roughly 90 Certified Enterprise Coaches in the world. Miljan is a very passionate Agile coach who truly enjoy challenges. As an Agile coach, trainer, and mentor, he’s supported several organizations in their Agile and Lean journeys. Additionally, he teaches Agile Leadership and Process Improvement at University of Southern Maine and Organizational Change at University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is also a frequent speaker having participated in many international conferences and Agile events in Europe and United States.

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.

You can learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.

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 www.kasperowski.com.

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.

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.

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 bj@changewise.biz

Amy Jackson

Amy is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint in Waltham, MA.  With nearly twenty years’ experience in Human Resources, and a passion for working with teams, she began exploring how the mindset and practices of Agile might help “non-technology” teams achieve high performance in order to deliver value to customers faster.  After completing the Emergn Agile Expert Coaching Pathway she started coaching the Vistaprint Talent + Experience team (formerly known as HR) which led to a complete transformation in how they approach their work and deliver against their employee centric strategy.

www.vistaprint.com

Staci Dubovik

Staci is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint in Waltham, MA, having just returned from a year in their European headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. When Vistaprint integrated Experience Designers into Scrum teams in 2014 she was trained in the Emergn Value, Flow, Quality (VFQ) agile education framework. This led to a new role for the Agency as an Agile Coach, driving positive change and facilitating the adoption of agile principles and practices for 140 creative employees on 3 continents. Integrated with HR’s Talent + Experience team, Staci continues to influence the enterprise transformation.

www.vistaprint.com

Jeremy Kriegel

Jeremy Kriegel – UX Lead, Broad Institute

Jeremy has been designing great user experiences (UX) for 20+ years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process. From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant or on an internal team, he has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach. He brings this diversity of experience to bear in adapting UX to agile methodologies, finding the balance appropriate for each business. Currently, Jeremy is the UX Manager for The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which seeks to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease. He is also a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School.

Akhilkumar Patel

Akhilkumar Patel

Manager – Agile & QA, Infostretch

Akhil has more than 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of digital experience and core backend applications using emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, Big Data, Node.Js, event-driven based multi-layer architecture to using visual Basic, Microsoft Access and Foxpro etc. He has deep and advanced understanding of data science and performance engineering for data management systems. Akhil also has hands-on experience in designing and implementing complex IoT architectures. In his role at Infostretch, Akhil helps his clients accelerate their software delivery processes by incorporating DevOps and automation principles.