Thank you to everyone who is volunteering their time to organize Mile High Agile 2016! 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!

Conference Chairs

Colleen Johnson - Conference Chair
Colleen Johnson  linkedin  twitter

Colleen Johnson is the Enterprise Agile Coach at ImagineX Consulting and is responsible for facilitating the evolution of Lean & Agile practices across the organization. She works closely with the executive team to apply a systems thinking approach to align enterprise level Kanban Systems with the company’s strategic goals & OKRs. Colleen is an advocate for Lean Startup practices and scientific methods of customer-centered discovery. She has been in the software development world over 15 years with experiences ranging from writing test automation scripts to managing teams with on and offshore engineers. She is active in the agile community as the Founder of the AD Coaching Meetup and hosting Open Space at past MHA Conferences.

Dan Wyks - Conference ChairDan Wyks  linkedin  twitter

Dan has been practicing various forms of Agile since 2008, including Scrum and Feature Driven Development on a DoJ software development and maintenance project, Scrum and Kanban at Time Warner Cable, and Kanban at Digabit. He started his career in software development in 1998 as a software tester, quickly transitioned to software developer, and progressed into lead developer, team lead, and project management roles. Dan co-organizes the Agile Denver Kanban SIG and has helped organize Mile High Agile since 2013.

Sponsor Chairs

Dan Wyks


Allison Weiss  linkedin  twitter

I have volunteered with Mile High Agile since the first year. I switched to iterative-team-based delivery models well before there was an agile manifesto (early 90s).  My work with MHA is mainly handling the program and form printing. If you have been to previous MHA events, you have probably seen the value of our retrospectives. Here’s to seeing even more improvements in 2015!

Conference Organizers

Norm Baity  linkedin

An accomplished IT Project & Product Manager and Scrum Master, Norm has significant experience in managing technical projects and agile teams, business unit clients, product owners, software developers, technical writers, and interface designers to design, develop and deliver value added software products and related processes.

jakeJake Calabrese  linkedin  twitter

As an Agile Trainer and Coach, I help organizations improve Agile practices, address cultural challenges, and move teams and leaders to go beyond yesterday’s best practices to tomorrow’s better practices. I believe that integrating ideas from multiple schools of thought is required to succeed in today’s world, and to that end, I draw on my experience with professional coaching, Agile, Scrum, facilitation, lean, Agile leadership, improvisation, and theory of constraints (to name a few) to provide comprehensive guidance.

candyCandy Durfee  linkedin  twitter

Candy is a Release Train Engineer and Agile Coach at DigitalGlobe in Westminster, CO. She is a Certified Scrum Professional and has served teams since 2008 as a Scrum Master, Product Owner and coach. Her background in traditional project management helps translate traditional practices to agile successes. As an active member of Agile Denver since 2011, she served on the Board of Directors from 2013-2015, volunteered for MHA 2012, helped organize MHA 2013 and 2014, and was conference chair of MHA 2015. Mile High Agile is in her blood and she is back again this year to help organize MHA 2016.

chuck-durfee-201507Chuck Durfee  linkedin  twitter

Chuck comes to Agile Denver with a decade of agile practice, modeling and coaching agile for teams, departments, executives and companies. He has helped Agile Denver organize Mile High Agile, monthly meetings, special interest groups, and special events since 2010. He chaired MHA 2014 during his 2-year term on the Agile Denver Board of Directors as its Secretary of the Board (2013-2015). By day, Chuck is a software development manager for SAP hybris, where he manages and coaches three agile teams located in Boulder, Munich, and Montreal. He is also a graduate student at Colorado State University, and he is poised to earn his MBA degree in May 2016 (Go Rams!). To relax, Chuck enjoys hiking, backyard sports and board games like Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders and Power Grid with his wife Candy and seven teen and college-aged children.

Picture of Alan LuAlan Lu

Alan is a Scrum Master at Charles Schwab in Lone Tree, CO, with a passion in engaging team members and driving high performing teams.  He has been part of the planning committee for Agile Denver monthly events since October 2014 and was a volunteer for Mile High Agile 2015.  Alan might not look approachable as a 6’4” Asian, but he is definitely sociable so stop him if you have any questions, ideas, or just want to say hi and talk Agile!

Tony MTony Malinowski  linkedin

Tony has a “well seasoned” career in the Software Development world; serving in roles of Developer; QA/Tester; Project Manager; Product Manager; Dev. Manager; Scrum Master; Coach; and Consultant; He started his formal Agile “knowledgification” in 2002, and has been a very active member of Agile Denver and a variety of its SIGs for close to 10 years, including the MHA organizing committee for the last 3 years. Tony is currently a Scrum Master; Agile Trainer & Advocate at DHI Group Inc.

Christine Mielnicki  linkedin

With expertise in Program Management, Christine has been a valuable volunteer to both Agile Denver and the PMI’s Mile Hi Chapter.

jackieJackie Rospigliosi  linkedin

Jackie Rospigliosi is a Software Engineer with several years of experience in software development and an Executive MBA graduate. She is a Scrum Master Certified professional with passion for Agile. Jackie is an active participant in the Agile community, Project Management and Technology Communities. Volunteer for the Mile High Agile Denver Conference since 2013. Jackie also volunteers her time in other professional groups and the community.

Picture of Wade SchererWade Scherer  linkedin  twitter

Wade is a Scrum Master and Lean / Agile Coach with Wade coaches teams to achieve their potential using agile and lean techniques. Wade has been involved in software development his entire career and eagerly applies his knowledge at the management and team levels to promote agile organizational behavior.

Picture of Manny Segarra 3Manny Segarra 3  linkedin  twitter

Agile Knight, Scrum/Kanban coach, trainer, mentor.
Practicing Lean/Agile since 2007, Founder, Denver ScrumMasters Guild. Serving Agile Denver and Mile High Agile since 2010…
Currently serving as Agile coach at Aetna.

Picture of Frank VegaFrank Vega  linkedin  twitter

Frank Vega has 25+ years IT/IS experience, the last 16 focused on software development in developer, technical team lead, software architect, and director roles, including assisting teams with applying lean-agile processes and practices (Scrum, XP). In late 2007 he began using the Kanban Method with teams and now utilizes this experience to coach others to optimize and evolve their processes and practices using Kanban/pull methods. Frank also works to collaborate with leading global Kanban practitioners, and contributes back to the lean-agile and Kanban communities via national conferences, and local user groups. For more information, see:

alex1Alex Viggio  linkedin  twitter  github_alt

Alex Viggio works at the University of Colorado Boulder; is a member of the Steering Group for the open source VIVO Project at DuraSpace; and is a founder and advisory board member of Agile Denver. Alex’s career in technology spans more than two decades in roles ranging from co-founder to employee to consultant. His professional interests include technical community building, the evolution of collaborative technologies, and software development best practices.


We are building a crew of volunteers to help make MHA 2016 extraordinary. If you are interested in volunteering please email Manny Segarra 3.


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