Thank you to everyone who is volunteering their time to organize Mile High Agile 2019! This is a 100% volunteer-based conference which together with our generous sponsors, helps us to keep the registration cost low. Be sure to say hello!
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 led 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.
Candy Durfee has been a Mile High Agile conference organizer since 2012. She is a previous board member for Agile Denver, and continues to be an active member of the Agile community. She was a co-chair of MHA 2015 when the conference moved to its current venue at the Hyatt. She loves volunteering alongside her favorite human, Chuck. Whether at home or work, Candy is passionate about helping people and organizations learn, improve, and achieve excellence.
Teddy Carroll, CSP-SM, CSP-PO is an Agile Coach and Facilitator who, despite being a highly opinionated fellow, has been called “Mr. Switzerland” by co-workers and colleagues for his ability to remain neutral in both conflict and conversation. He is passionate about software user experiences and designing human-friendly work environments using Agile and Lean principles. He is also passionate about drumming; aikido; photography; quality, distilled, brown liquids; and BBQ, not always in that order. He lives by the motto: Sincerity is everything. Once
you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
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 multiple Agile teams as their servant leader, coach and teacher and assists them in delivering value to the customer. He is an active member of the Agile Denver community as a participant, facilitator, and presenter at its SIG meetings. In 2018 he was a Mile High conference speaker.
Chuck Durfee, program lead
Chuck Durfee is a long-time agilist and volunteer
for the Agile Denver organization. He is a former Agile Denver board member, and he has helped put on the Mile High Agile conference since it began. This year, he is excited to lead the program team. For work, he manages five teams of developers at Vertafore here in downtown Denver. Chuck is married, with 7 college-age children. When he’s not at work, he can be found hiking or playing board games with family and friends.
Colleen Johnson, co-track chair for standing on the edge
Daniel Lynn, co-track chair for building your technical chops
Christen McLemore, co-track chair for standing on the edge
Steve Ropa, co-track chair for building your technical chops
Meg Ward, track chair for managing your career
Meg Ward manages a team of engineers for Ibotta and is a political nerd, feminist, homebrewer, roller derby bad@$$, 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 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?).
Sarah Welch, track chair for envisioning your product
Lynn Winterboer, track chair for stepping into agile