The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thanks to everyone that submitted their talks.
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2018 4:01pm MST
Notifications to Presenters: February 26, 2018
Acceptance Deadline: March 9, 2018 – Accepted presenters must confirm by this date.
2018 Speaker Bios
Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, Belly, and JaTango, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.
A Pluralsight Author, Clean Coders contributor, frequent blogger, international keynote speaker and coach, in his spare time, Doc has been working on his latest book, Escape Velocity: Better Metrics for Agile Teams. You can find his book on LeanPub at www.leanpub.com/EscapeVelocity
A visionary pragmatist, Diana Larsen is Chief Relationship Builder at the Agile FluencyTM Project. She leads the practice area for Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. Diana is author of the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning and co-originator of the Agile FluencyTM model.
For more than 20 years Diana has worked with leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, and support team, leader, and enterprise agility.
Keynote speaker and doer of many things, Jen Krieger is Chief Agile Architect at Red Hat. Most of her 20+ year career has been in software development holding many roles throughout the waterfall and agile lifecycles. At Red Hat, she lead a department-wide adoption of DevOps methodologies focusing on CI/CD best practices. Most recently, she worked with the Project Atomic & OpenShift teams, the company’s two leading products, to help establish strong working relationships while the organization scaled rapidly. Now, Jen is guiding teams across the entire company into agility in a way that respects and supports Red Hat’s commitment to open source.
Don works as a QA, Agile Coach, and Facilitator to help teams and individuals improve.
- Strive to ensure respectful communication between all parties always
- Work with Developers, Product Owners, Customers, and Stakeholder to ensure everyone is in sync on expectations
- Encourage teams to tighten up feedback loops, especially with Stakeholders
- Push teams to examine processes and experiment with incremental improvements
Is co-owner of Agile For All. He trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science.
Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room.
Alex Yakyma brings unique, extensive, and field-based experience to the topic of implementing Lean and Agile at scale. Alex is the founder of Org Mindset (http://orgmindset.com), a company whose mission is to help organizations grow the right mindset and evolve effective, context-specific implementation of Agile and Lean. Throughout his career he has served as an engineering and program manager in multi-cultural, highly distributed environments. As a methodologist, trainer and consultant, he has led numerous rollouts of Lean and Agile at scale, involving teams in North America, Europe and Asia, and has trained over a thousand coaches and change agents whose key role is to help their organizations achieve higher productivity and quality through the adoption of scalable, agile methods.
Andrea is the President and Lead Trainer for AgileSherpas, a training, education, and consulting company designed to help marketing teams transform the way they manage their work. She is a sought-after international speaker on the intersections of Agility and marketing, having appeared recently at SXSW, Content Marketing World, MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, MarTech San Francisco, and The Business Agility Conference to name a few. Her most recent book, Death of a Marketer, chronicles marketingâ€™s troubled path and the steps it must take to claim a more Agile future.
Sometimes she does triathlons, and her favorite salad is wine.
Andy McKnight, has over 20 years experience in an agile environment from his 12 years as a United States Marine, to co-founding an enterprise performance management software company, and leading agile adoptions and transformations within Fortune 500 companies, and in multiple organizations and industries.
Andy’s expertise centers on how managers, directors and executives within all functions of an organization can adopt a lean-agile mindset, demonstrate servant leadership, and apply a relentless focus on value delivery and improvement. His pragmatic approach to implementing an agile culture and framework that helps to achieve an organization’s goals and provides them a pathway to agile maturity is Andy’s hallmark.
Andy McKnight is a SAFe Program Consultant able to train SAFe Agilist, SAFe Practitioner, SAFe Scrum Master, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master and SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager Certifications; Professional Scrum Master; and Professional Scrum Product Owner. He has an MBA in Global Strategy from the University of Maryland.
Andy is an experienced and pragmatic agile practitioner that takes teams beyond getting agile to embracing agile.
His chief weapons are well-asked questions, insightful retrospectives and an ability to withstand awkward silences. And if all else fails, beer.
Certifications for those who care about such things:
- ICAgile Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC)
- Agile Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF)
- Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
- Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
- Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
Brad Swanson is Vice President and Chief Lean-ologist at Kelsus Inc., a custom software development firm. He started his software career at age 10 on the Apple IIe and has built complex software, managed software development, and coached software organizations for 23 years. Brad is also a former President of Agile Denver, a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) with expertise in XP, Scrum, Lean and Kanban.
Bret Thayer has been a classroom teacher since 1995 in Cherry Creek and Jefferson County Schools and a CSM since 2015. He has incorporated Agile principles in his classroom practices and is excited to get the word out about how Agile can transform traditional learning and teaching practices. He has presented Agile in the Classroom to students and teachers in Denver and Jefferson County Schools and presented Agile to teachers all across the state at Innovative Education Colorado technology conference in Keystone (2017). He has also presented at Denver Agile MeetUP (2017).
As a transformation consultant, I’ve been working with over 38 companies across the globe and the most typical sources of conflict are with how people communicate. Managers and leaders can have a huge impact on the how change is accepted and they often forget to focus on the people and how they are experiencing the changes. My work has moved from technical coaching on agile practices to coaching leaders on communication styles. I’ll relate the SCARF method that David Rock wrote about in 2009 and relate it to the practices that are core to the agile principles with examples on how to adopt new ways of communicating to foster high performing teams.
I’ve been involved with software development, delivery, and support since 1977, in a variety of roles. I’m a pragmatist interested in learning about practical ways to get things done. Why should you listen to me? I’ve been doing this work long enough I’ve probably already made the mistake that’s lying in wait for you next week. You might want a heads-up. I want to hear about your mistakes, too, before it’s too late.
Dave works to align technology decisions among teams and build engaging applications that facilitate collaboration. He is currently a Senior Principal Engineer with the FreshTracks.io team at CA Technologies in Boulder, CO.
In his spare time he seeks out the steepest mountain bike trails he can find in CO and beyond.
Erika Lenz’s experience working with project teams spans multiple industries and disciplines, including software product development, consulting, health care, data analysis, UX, journalism, higher education, marketing, and scientific research. This breadth allows her to collaborate with and coach a variety of people, fields of expertise, and contexts. She is deeply interested in the human dynamics behind high-performing teams.
Erika is currently co-chair of Mile High Agile, Denver’s volunteer-run, regional conference. She has presented locally at Agile Denver meetup and internal workshops.
Jenny Wanger is a senior product manager for SpotHero, a top-ranking app that helps people park easier. Her years of product management experience prior to that include running the developer experience team at Arity, a startup founded by Allstate in downtown Chicago, and consulting for companies large and small as the owner of Avenir Design. A researcher at heart, she only feels properly dressed when there’s a pack of post-it notes in her pocket. Find her studying user experience on the streets of Chicago or as a guest blogger at Mind the Product.
Kalpesh Shah is a Culture Hacker, Public speaker and a Enterprise Agile Coach working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams. He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.
A mechanical engineer turned software product manager, Kari strongly believes in data-driven and user-centric design. Originally from Vancouver, she has been lucky to have been employed in 3 different countries and a number of industries. She is passionate about process and has brought her desire for continued improvement to the worlds of gaming, fintech and now voice technologies. In her spare time she loves to snowboard and play soccer.
Lieschen Gargano Quilling is an agilest and facilitator extraordinaire. In her current role as Scrum Master for CA Agile Central, she is focused on change management and building powerful teams. She has a Master’s degree in conflict resolution and a background in large-scale change and conflict management. Away from the office, Lieschen sits on the Boulder County Planning Commission, takes full advantage of having a chef husband, and loves playing with her young daughter and border collie.
Mark Davidson, PMP, SPC4, CSM. Mark is a leader known for coaching, mentoring and growing people so they can build highly effective organizations and deliver projects/programs successfully. He is driven by business priorities and value creation in everything he does. He does this by bringing his focused delivery experiences and applying them to clients’ business problems. Mark has been leading projects and programs for nearly 30 years. For the last 15 years, he has been successfully delivering projects and programs while transforming organizations implementing Agile. Mark’s experiences include business consulting, IT consulting, product development, and application development.
Mark’s passions are the growth of people, the creation of business value with technology, and the development of technology experts into business experts. He is actively involved in the Agile community as a presenter and speaker. At Proactive Digital Insights, Mark’s role is to cultivate new business relationships and facilitate delivery of projects.
Mark is a long-time agile software development proponent. He managed a team transition to Extreme Programming in 2003. Test-driven development and continuous integration were used to create a data management solution for mechanical engineering. He managed multiple teams in Scrum from 2007 to 2017. He now works for CloudBees, Inc. as a Technical Evangelist.
Mark is deeply committed to continuous integration and is continuing his learning about continuous delivery and DevOps. He’s been an active Jenkins user for many years and has been one of the maintainers of the Jenkins git plugin since 2014.
Meg Ward is a political nerd, feminist, homebrewer, roller derby bad ass, software dev and manager with 18 years experience in everything from C++ on HPUX to C# and beyond. She believes experience is the best teacher but a lesson from someone who’s been there can be almost as good, and also that the book is generally better than the movie.
When not chasing cats, children, jammers, or rare beers, she can be found reading, cross-stitching profane and/or nerdy patterns, binge-watching The Crown, and brewing weird new beers (sour pumpkin gose, anyone?).
Michele Sliger is the co-author of The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility. She has extensive experience in agile software development, having transitioned to Scrum and XP practices in 2000 after starting her career following the traditional waterfall approach. A self-described bridge builder, her passion lies in helping those in traditional software development environments cross the bridge to agility. In keeping with this vision, she helped to establish the Project Management Institute’s Agile Community of Practice, and was a member of the PMI Agile Certification Steering Committee which created the PMI-ACP certification program. She served on the PMI-ACP Advisory Board as well as the University of Washington’s Advisory Board for its Certificate in Agile Development program. She has also served as a board member of the Scrum Alliance.
Sliger is the owner of Sliger Consulting Inc., where she consults with businesses ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, helping teams with their agile adoption, and helping organizations prepare for the changes that agile adoption brings. A frequent conference speaker and regular contributor to software industry publications, Sliger is a strong advocate of agile principles and value-driven development practices.
She holds Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), PMP and PMI-ACP credentials. A former adjunct graduate professor at the University of Colorado, Sliger holds an undergraduate MIS degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA. When not working, she volunteers as a teen mentor in the Humane Education program at the Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter founded in 1910. You can learn more about Sliger’s work by visiting www.sligerconsulting.com. You can learn more about the Dumb Friends League by visiting www.ddfl.org.
A husband, father of four, and currently the Founding Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of technical excellence in the software development community, Mike is a founder and organizer of Software Craftsmanship Atlanta, a founding member of the Utah Software Craftsmanship group and a former organizer of the Agile Roots conference. He has worked at several companies including Pluralsight, Ancestry.com, Microsoft, and Caselle. Find out more about Mike on his blog (http://blog.softwareontheside.com/) and on Twitter at @mdclement.
LeadingAgile founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, is passionate about solving the challenges associated with agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, his company is dedicated to providing large-scale agile transformation services to help pragmatically, incrementally, and safely introduce Agile methods. He spends most of his time leading and growing LeadingAgile, doing sales and business development, and providing strategic coaching for clients.
Prateek Singh has been leading and working on agile teams for 12+ years. Starting with XP, then Scrum and now working in a Kanban system, Prateek has gained a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding agile techniques, practices and implementation principles. Prateek is currently a Process Improvement Principal at Ultimate Software conducting training and coaching for teams regarding Kanban and Lean principles. Prateek has played the role of Software Engineer, Scrum Master and Manager of Software Engineering in his career. Prateek is currently a Principal Agile Coach at Ultimate Software.
As practice development lead for agile services at CA (formerly Rally), I coach the coaches. I help design and bring to market the services that will help our client companies become better workplaces and corporate citizens. I try to push the boundaries of “lean” and â€œagileâ€ to touch more people and places. I facilitate groups of people to have great interactions and outcomes.
p.s. My mentor was Jean Tabaka. She is the reason I bring my whole self to work, and get to do this amazing work. As she liked to quote: “Do what you love, in service to those who love what you do.” I do what I love all over the world, but I’m based in Boulder, Colorado, which means I also hike, bike, ski, climb.
Business is not my only team sport, so I also love rugby, hockey, baseball, football (both kinds).
My name is Tomo Watanabe. My 23-year career has been spent on Project Management, Program Management, Scrum Mastering, and Coaching in high tech and financial companies. Currently, I serve as a Sr. Scrum Master and co-host of a Community of Agile Practice at Charles Schwab. Striving to work myself out of a job by making the teams truly self-organizing, I lead 3 Agile teams as a servant leader and coach while assisting them in delivering values effectively and improving continuously. At the Community of Agile Practice gatherings and 1-on-1 meetings with Scrum Master colleagues, I share my servant leadership techniques and lead thought-provoking conversations. Since moving to Denver in 2013, I have been an active member of the Agile Denver community as a participant, facilitator, and presenter at its SIG meetings. I am considered to be a great listener and helper by many in and outside my current work.
Henry has more than 40 years of engineering and executive experience in product development. In the last 10 years, Henry has been an Agile Coach and Trainer. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach in addition to other human systems certifications and education. He has led multi-location international teams comprised of hundreds of people, as well as working within start-ups. He has a passion for balancing the human experience with practical needs, bringing solution-oriented systems thinking to many situations. Henry is a strong advocate of the Lean/Agile Philosophy and Scrum Values as a foundation to developing organizations that create both results and humanity at work; dare we say FUN.
William Kammersell is a Sr. Product Owner at CA Technologies and loves building tools that help Teams realize their full potential using agile methods. He’s previously worn multiple agile hats, including Developer, Scrum Master, Product Manager, and Agile Coach. When he’s not a PI Planning hype man, he loves cooking, geocaching, and fixing whatever the kids have broken around the house.
Christine leads a small transformation team and global coaching team responsible for the CA Technologies internal agile transformation. She and her teams support leaders at all levels as they strive to adopt lean-agile mindset and practices, find the courage to work more transparently, as they practice having difficult strategy conversations more collaboratively, and strive to bring their whole selves to work.
Christine’s expertise includes executive and senior leadership coaching, especially around the cultural change needed for customer-centric business operating systems (such as Agile, DevOps), and strategic collaborative facilitation including visual ROI and decision making. Christine is an active member of the Colorado Startup Community, as a volunteer on the Startup Colorado board, on the advisory board for The Food Corridor and as a board member for Community Funded, two amazing Colorado startups.
Cathy is a Sr Scrum Master and Agile Coach. Cathy is recognized for her successful servant leadership and communication with all levels of the organization. With Product Owners backing, she and the team have realized the productivity the Agile Team can bring to the business.
Cathy has utilized the flexibility of Agile to stay in sync with the needs of the business.
Ray is a Program Manager that delivers software upgrades, customer outage resolution and process design and implementation. Ray’s agile team worked with KanBan.
Ray is able to tackle any project given to him, if he didn’t have information he would research and ask SMEs until he learns what he needs to succeed.
Daniel has been developing software for nearly two decades and has been working in agile teams for the last 10 years. More recently, he has worked with agile42 coaching teams on the adoption of agile practices both in code and across the organization, but his passion is still in writing great software and helping others do the same.
In addition to writing software and coaching, Daniel maintains a podcast of short 5-minute topics of agile problems that impact the team at technicallyagile.com.
Doug started his project management and Agile journey almost 20 year ago. Since that time he has worked in a variety of industries leading projects and with an focus on managing and transporting big data. Having contracted for 10 years with Fortune 100 companies, Doug brings the insight into how work gets done in many places and companies. For the past three years Doug has been leading the creation of an Agile Community of Practice at IHS Markit. Doug works at building high preforming non-collocated, global scrum teams, and providing coaching and training across the organizational silos breaking down barriers to Agile implementations in the process.
Jeff Langr has spent more than half a 35-year career successfully building and delivering software using agile methods and techniques. He’s also helped countless other development teams do the same by coaching and training through his company, [Langr Software Solutions, Inc.](http://langrsoft.com) In addition to being a contributor to Uncle Bob’s book Clean Code, Jeff is the author of five books on software development:
- Modern C++ Programming With Test-Driven Development
- Pragmatic Unit Testing
- Agile in a Flash (with Tim Ottinger)
- Agile Java
- Essential Java Style
He is also on the technical advisory board for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Jeff also has written an extensive number of blog entries and articles over the years. Jeff has lived down the road in Colorado Springs for over 20 years.
As a ScrumMaster of 10 years who has served teams of 5 – 15; full-time employees, contractors and mixed; fully co-located, fully distributed, and mixed; of all levels of skill and maturity, on all types of products from legacy mainframe to transitional initiatives to brand new web apps, I have encountered all kinds of issues and come through smiling! I took Training from the Back of the Room from Sharon Bowman last April and, using her techniques, created a 1 ½ day workshop for my teams at Schwab to learn our domain (using a “Secret Agent” theme). I’ve led it three times to rave reviews and have been asked to create another intermediate class in the coming year. I have coordinated and facilitated all kinds and sizes of meetings – from regularly leading forums of 10-40 to facilitating brainstorming and large room planning sessions of 50+ to giving a 60 minute presentation at the Global Scrum Gathering in Orlando in April 2016 on Scrum Values in an Outsourcing Model to a group of 100+. I’m an active ScrumMaster to two teams and am proud to say that my teams actually look forward to our retrospectives (and still talk about some of them!).
I’ve been a member of Agile Denver for three years and this will be my third time attending (and volunteering) for Mile High Agile. I’m a dynamic and fun speaker who likes to inject humor and creativity at every turn. Lots of members of AD know me, although I believe only a few have heard me speak (Alan Lu, Kim Knuth . . .) Please also check my linkedIn bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scrumgoddess/
Wayde is an Agile Coach at Asynchrony Labs. He has a passion for developing Great Team Players using the same techniques as Improv Theater Teams. Wayde has over 20 years as a software developer, concentrating on Java since 1999. He is an XP practitioner and former ScrumMaster of the 2nd team to achieve Gold level certification at AT&T in 2012. Wayde is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP 1.1, 1.2, 6) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). His Hobbies are cycling, chess and improv.
Rich has been involved with Agile teams for ten years and has several years of experience as a hands-on Agile Coach and ScrumMaster. He has worked with both co-located and distributed, global teams that have practiced Scrum and Scrumban. Rich has extensive experience creating and delivering Agile training to all levels of organizations. He has 18 years of experience working with software teams in both the private and public sector and prior that that experience, he worked at various colleges and universities as an instructor and/or researcher. Presentation experience: During his time as a postdoctoral researcher, Rich delivered several talks at technical conferences in the areas of engineering and applied physics. Additionally, he has over ten years of full- or part-time teaching experience in a wide range of subjects including electrical and computer engineering, physics, and mathematics at several colleges and universities, including the University of California Berkeley & Davis.
Jeff has been working on or with Agile teams since 2005. He is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to backend services. He has worked in a variety of fields as a software engineer and worked his way to team lead and Scrum Master of multiple teams. He Currently serves as a Sr. Scrum Master at IHS Markit, where he lead three Agile teams as their servant leader, coach and teacher and assists them in delivering value to the customer. He is an highly active member of the Agile Denver community as a participant, facilitator, leader, and presenter at its SIG meetings.
A transformational leader who brings 25 years of cross-industry consulting experience in governance and business process to scale and accelerate growth. I love to partner with leaders to make their agile transformation successful. From a process and organizational perspective, I leverage concepts from Scaled Agile, Lean, and Six Sigma frameworks to help your teams find success with scrum, Kanban and product development. My breadth in industry and company size experience allows me to scale from a single team start-up to the enterprise. I am an SPC4 and have been leveraging the scaled framework since 2012. I have an MBA from the University of Washington, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas. I connect with great agilists as an organizer for Mile High Agile and member of Agile Denver. I love the support and opportunities to grow professionally and personally as an agile coach and transformation leader.
John Yorke, I am an Agile Coach at Asynchrony Labs, I present training workshops at least once a month. In the last month I have taught on subjects ranging from engagement (the Public Good), to story writing, story mapping to WiP limits. I am the founder and organizer of a local MeetUp on Product Ownership which has over 100 members. I am the head of a Product Ownership Chapter at Asynchrony Labs, with a mandate to train and educate people on the benefits of Product Ownership to your team. I spent over 20 years as a developer, Project manager and department manager and Scrum Master before turning to Agile Coaching and I post regularly at my blog www.yorkesoftware.com
I am a Coach and Consultant in the Agile space, helping large and small organizations navigate their enterprise Agile adoptions and transformations. I am a professional coach, specializing in integral coaching.
I am a faculty member with Agile Coaching Institute (ACI) where I co-lead workshops for Facilitation and Agile Coaching, including the week-long Bootcamp. I lead Leadership Development Programs, and I have extensive training in Systemic Coaching. I bring all of these skills to bear in my interactions as a teacher, facilitator and enterprise agile coach, as well as with my private coaching clients. I’m an experienced and certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner for colocated, distributed, and offshore teams. I have coached and trained many hundreds of people, and worked with dozens of teams in Scrum and Kanban. I am a practiced facilitator for successful team events involving 3-300 people.
I am a heart-based, pragmatic, outside-the-box thinker, with demonstrated initiative, integrity, and commitment to building consensus and excellence. I thrive investigating new challenges!
I am passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations discover how to maximize value from applying Agile principles. As an Agile Coach I seek clarity around; purpose, sharing the vision, and the personal values needed to align towards achievement, innovation, and sustainability.
I am also a pragmatist who understands, through experience, this is a journey for both the organization and each individual. How can Agile methods and mindset work in the existing container? What do we need to work on to change the environment to support greater agility? And ultimately, understand this is all about you. How are you showing up, what change is also needed in you? Because, here is the rub, trying to change others is futile but we have full control over changing ourselves.
My work life experience stretches across a variety of backgrounds beginning in retail, moving toward manufacturing and engineering, a stint in self-employment, many years in the hospitality industry, and finally software development. As an Agile Coach I have long term practice in telecommunications, health-care, travel & leisure, and insurance. I am also a trained and practicing Co-Active Coach.
I have over 18 years of experience in the software industry and have been working in various roles such as a leader in quality and a Scrum Master Agile practices with a background in Economics.
I have been a Scrum Master for 4 years across various industries and companies. I started my Agile journey with Rally Software and currently am working for a large financial company as a Senior Scrum Master where I have been teaching Agile principles and guiding teams using scrum and Kanban. I am extremely passionate about Agile and love spreading my Agile knowledge to the greater community. I am a CSP, CSPO and CSM, certified by Scrum Alliance, and a SAFe Agilist certified by Scaled Agile Framework. I am excited to be a joining Mile High Agile for my third year.