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Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins is an experienced Agile Coach, who came to agile as a project leader with more than fifteen years of project management success. Even with all that experience, she was not prepared for the power and simplicity of agile done well. As a large-scale program manager and director of Project Management Offices turned agile coach and trainer, she has lived it herself. This makes her uniquely able to help others translate their existing world to the agile world. A professional co-active coach, Lyssa holds triple certifications: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB).

  Half-day Tutorial - Becoming an Agile Coach: Practical and Provocative Techniques Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Instill Scrum Values to Build High-Performance Teams 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:45 p.m.
Keynote Presentation - Navigating Conflict on Agile Teams: Why "Resolving" Conflict Won't Work Thursday, November 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Sanjiv Augustine 
LitheSpeed, LLC

President of LitheSpeed and an industry-leading agile expert, Sanjiv Augustine has for more than ten years assisted leading clients—Nationwide Insurance, Capital One, CNBC, T. Rowe Price and StreamSage—adopt agile methods. He is the author of several publications including The Lean-Agile PMO and the book Managing Agile Projects. Sanjiv is founder of the Yahoo! Agile Project Management group, co-founder of the Agile Project Leadership Network, and member of the Project Management Institute Agile Community of Practice. As an in-the-trenches practitioner, he has personally managed agile projects varying in size from five to more than one hundred people, trained thousands of agile practitioners via public classes and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams.

  Concurrent Session - Small is Beautiful: Business Agility Through Adaptive Governance Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Robert Begg

Robert Begg is a senior agile coach with IBM's SWG Agile Center of Competency, working with teams from across IBM's many locations and brands to help them discover how to adopt agile and lean practices. Prior to joining the Agile Center of Competency, Robert worked for 18 years on the DB2 product, writing user documentation, developing and testing code, leading as a technical manager and a senior development manager.

  Summit Session - Leading Agile in a Large Enterprise: Overcoming the "Horror" of Self-Managed Teams Friday, November 13, 2009 1:45 p.m.

Bryan Campbell
BMC Software Inc.

Bryan Campbell (www.bryancampbell.com) is an IT Leader with 20 years of IT experience and more than a decade in software development.  As the Senior Program Manager at BMC Software Inc., Bryan is actively engaged in applying, mentoring and teaching Agile and Lean techniques on large scale projects.  Previously, as the Vice-President of Delivery Services for Valtech Technologies Inc., an Agile and Lean Transformation consulting company, he was responsible for directing more than 150 consultants applying agile and lean software development techniques. Bryan has extensive experience managing software development projects using Scrum, XP, agile and iterative development techniques in a variety of industries.  He is based in Houston, Texas and is the author of several articles on software.

  Summit Session - Maturing Your Organization’s Agile Adoption Friday, November 13, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Alistair Cockburn
Humans and Technology, Inc.

Alistair Cockburn, one of the founders of the agile movement, was voted one of the "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" in 2007. He calls himself a "project witchdoctor" because people still don't understand how improving trust and communication improves project outcomes. Known for his lively presentations and interactive workshops, Alistair is internationally renowned for his expertise on project management, agile development, use cases, and teaching. Two of his books, Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game and Writing Effective Use Cases, have won Jolt and Jolt Productivity awards. His blog, poems, articles, and talks are available online at http://alistair.cockburn.us.

  Full-day Tutorial - Running Successful Agile Projects: The Crystal Clear Approach Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Writing Effective Use Cases in the Agile Age Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation - Agile: Resetting and Restarting Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Mike Cohn
Mountain Goat Software

A Certified Scrum trainer, Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, a process and project management consultancy and training firm. He is the author of newly published Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum, Agile Estimating and Planning and User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, as well as books on Java and C++ programming. With more than twenty years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes—from startup to Fortune 40. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, Mike is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance. He can be reached at [email protected]

  Half-day Tutorial - Getting Agile with Scrum Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - ADAPTing to Agile: A Guide to Transitioning Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Prioritizing Your Product Backlog Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Agile Estimating and Planning Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - User Stories for Agile Requirements Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

Rod Coffin
Improving Enterprises

A principal consultant at Improving Enterprises, which provides training, consulting, and outsourcing services, Rod Coffin has more than ten years of professional software development experience across a wide variety of industries, technologies, and roles. He has coached and mentored several teams on agile software development and is equally passionate about the organizational and technical sides of effective software development. Rod is a frequent speaker at software conferences and has written a number of articles on a range of software development topics including agility, enterprise software development, and semantics.

  Concurrent Session - Focused Continuous Testing Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Lee Copeland
Software Quality Engineering

Lee Copeland has more than thirty-five years of experience as a consultant, instructor, author, and information systems professional. He has held a number of technical and managerial positions with commercial and non-profit organizations in the areas of applications development, software testing, and software development process improvement. Lee frequently speaks at software conferences both in the US and internationally and currently serves as Program Chair for the Better Software Conference & EXPO, the STAR testing conferences, and Software Quality Engineering’s Agile Development Practices conference. Lee is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, a compendium of the most effective methods of test case design.

  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Mike Cottmeyer

Mike Cottmeyer is a product consultant and agile evangelist for VersionOne. He has a background in traditional project management but has worked primarily with agile methodologies for the past four years. Prior to joining VersionOne, Mike was a senior project manager for CheckFree Corporation where he managed a portfolio of projects for their online banking and bill payment business unit. A certified PMP Project Manager and a Certified ScrumMaster, Mike co-created the DSDM Agile Project Leader certification and holds Foundation, Practitioner, and Examiner level certificates. He was recently named an honorary member of the DSDM consortium.

  Concurrent Session - The Agile PMP: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Lisa Crispin
Ultimate Software

Lisa Crispin is an agile testing coach and practitioner. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009). She specializes in showing testers and agile teams how testers can add value and how to guide development with business-facing tests. Her mission is to bring agile joy to the software testing world and testing joy to the agile development world. Lisa joined her first agile team in 2000, having enjoyed many years working as a programmer, analyst, tester, and QA director. Since 2003, she’s been a tester on a Scrum/XP team at ePlan Services, Inc. She frequently leads tutorials and workshops on agile testing at conferences in North America and Europe. Lisa regularly contributes articles about agile testing to publications such as Better Software magazine, IEEE Software, and Methods and Tools. Lisa also co-authored Testing Extreme Programming (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2002) with Tip House. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com.

  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Test Planning - The Agile Way Monday, November 9, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Seven Key Factors for Agile Testing Success Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:00 a.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Dale Emery
Independent Consultant 

Dale Emery has worked in the software industry since 1980 as a developer, manager, process steward, trainer, and consultant.  He helps clients improve by applying the agile principles of alignment on shared goals, focus on business value, early and frequent delivery, collaboration, communication, feedback, and visibility.

  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Transitioning to Agile: Tester Successes (and Horror Stories) Monday, November 9, 2009 10:30 a.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Writing Adaptable Automated Tests Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:30 a.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Gwyn Fisher

As Chief Technology Officer, Gwyn Fisher guides Klocwork's technical direction and strategy. With twenty years of global technology experience, he brings a valuable combination of vision, experience, and direct insight into the software developer's perspective. With a background in formal grammars and computational linguistics, Gwyn spent much of his career working in the search and natural language domains, holding senior executive positions with companies like Hummingbird, Fulcrum Technologies, PC DOCS and LumaPath. Gwyn focuses on his original passion, compiler theory, and applies his experience and knowledge of the developer mindset to move static source code analysis to the next level. 

  Concurrent Session - Source Code Analysis in the Agile World Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Robert Galen
Independent Consultant

Robert Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner, and Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methods and practices. He is President and Principal Consultant for RGCG, LLC. Bob has held director, manager, and contributor level positions in both software development and quality assurance organizations. He has over twenty-five years of experience working in a wide variety of domains at companies, including Bayer, Bowe–Bell & Howell Mail Processing, ChannelAdvisor, EMC, Lucent, Unisys, and Thomson. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified ScrumMaster Practicing (CSP) since 2004, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance & Scrum Alliance. In 2005, he published Software Endgames – Eliminating Defects, Controlling Change and the Countdown to On-Time Delivery. Contact Bob directly at www.rgalen.com for more information.

  Concurrent Session - Sixteen Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams Thursday, November 12, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Hillel Glazer
Entinex, Inc.

Hillel Glazer has been working in process improvement since his first job out of college. He is an SEI Visiting Scientist and one of the few CMMI® High Maturity Lead Appraisers and CMMI® Instructors working with agile teams. Hillel is the lead author on the SEI's first-ever official publication addressing agile development. His diverse experience base—aerospace/defense and systems engineering, large and small consulting practices, Federal agencies, dot-com operations, and financial systems—is probably what gave him the necessary perspective to pioneer how to bring CMMI® and agile together. He lives in Baltimore with his fabulous wife and four amazing children.

  Concurrent Session - CMMI® or Agile: Why Not Embrace Both? Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Agile Testers and Teams. Based in Calgary, she specializes in helping teams build quality systems, and her greatest passion is promoting agile quality processes.  She has helped to introduce agile development practices into companies as tester or coach and has successfully transitioned several traditional test teams into the agile world. Her focus is working with business users and testers to understand their role in agile projects. She has partnered with developers on her agile teams to implement successful test automation solutions. Janet is a frequent speaker at agile and testing software conferences in North America, including Agile 200x, XP/Agile Universe, PNSQC, and STAR testing conferences. She’s a major contributor to the North American agile testing community.

  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Do You Do Agile Testing? Monday, November 9, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Test Planning - The Agile Way Monday, November 9, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session - Dealing with Defects: The Agile Way Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Joachim Herschmann
Micro Focus

Joachim Herschmann is the Director of Product Management for Borland Software and is responsible for overseeing the evolution of Borland's Lifecycle Quality Management (LQM) suite of products and solutions. Previous roles at Borland include solutions marketing manager LQM for the EMEA region. Joachim came to Borland in April 2006 through the acquisition of Segue, a leading testing solution provider. While at Segue, Joachim spent several years as technical account manager and technical consultant in the area of software testing and quality assurance. Joachim has more than fifteen years of IT-Business experience—more than half in the consulting and testing business.

  Concurrent Session - Going Agile: How it Affects People, Teams, and Processes Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Jim Highsmith
Cutter Consortium

The president of Information Architects, Inc. and director of the Cutter Consortium’s agile consulting practice, Jim Highsmith has more than thirty years of experience as an IT manager, product manager, project manager, consultant, and software developer. He is the author of Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, Agile Software Development Ecosystems, and Adaptive Software Development: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Complex Systems, winner of the prestigious Jolt Award. Jim is co-author of both the Agile Manifesto and the Declaration of Interdependence for project leaders, founding member of the Agile Alliance, and cofounder and first president of the Agile Project Leadership Network. Jim has consulted with IT and product development organizations and software companies on five continents.

  Full-day Tutorial - Advanced Agile Project Management Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation - Beyond Scope, Schedule, and Cost: Rethinking Performance Measures for Agile Development Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:45 a.m.

Andy Hunt
The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC

In the industry since the early 1980s, Andy Hunt is one of the seventeen founders of the Agile Alliance, which launched the Agile Manifesto and the agile movement. Andy is a programmer, consultant, author, publisher, and co-founder of the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He co-authored the best-selling book The Pragmatic Programmer and six others, including the award-winning Practices of an Agile Developer and the recent Pragmatic Thinking & Learning. At conferences and private corporations throughout the US and Europe, Andy is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from software development to management and cognition. When not working, Andy is an active musician composing, recording, and playing trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano.

  Half-day Tutorial - Pragmatic Thinking and Learning Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Debug Your Mind Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

David Hussman

David Hussman has years of experience coaching and leading a wide variety of software communities—digital audio, digital biometrics, medical, government, legal, security, industrial, financial, retail, and education to name a few. David now teaches and coaches the growth of agility in project communities worldwide. He is co-author of Produce It and contributor to several books including Managing Agile Projects and Agile in the Large and various other publications. David leads DevJam, a group of mentors and practitioners who focus on using agile methods to help people and companies improve their software production skills. DevJam (www.devjam.com) provides seasoned coaches, teachers, and leaders who strive to pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better and cooler products.

  Half-day Tutorial - Agile Product Planning: Building Strong Backlogs Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Tuning and Improving Your Agility: Getting More Done Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Coaching Agility and Producing Value Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Joshua Kerievsky
Industrial Logic, Inc.

Joshua Kerievsky leads Industrial Logic, a fourteen-year-old company that guides organizations in successful agile transitions. He has more than twenty years of experience in the software field, is an expert and early pioneer in agile management and Extreme Programming, and is a prolific author of eLearning albums that help companies around the world “scale agility faster.” Joshua's 2004 bestselling book, Refactoring to Patterns, won a Jolt Cola award. His pioneering work in agile processes has helped popularize readiness assessments, storytest-driven development, and agile chartering.  

  Half-day Tutorial - Agile Chartering: Inspiring, Aligning, and Evaluating Project Communities Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Blending Kanban and Extreme Programming Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Presentation - Agile Brushstrokes: The Art of Choosing an Agile Transition Style
 Thursday, November 12, 8:35 a.m.

Kirk Knoernschild
Burton Group

A software developer currently working as an analyst for Burton Group, Kirk Knoernschild has more than fifteen years of software development experience during which he has filled most roles on the software development team. Kirk is an open source contributor, has authored Java Design: Objects, UML, and Process and numerous articles, and is a frequent conference speaker. He has trained and mentored thousands of software professionals on topics including Java/J2EE, modeling, software architecture and design, component-based development, service-oriented architecture, and software process. Kirk enjoys hacking in a variety of languages.

  Concurrent Session - Agile Architecture: Patterns and Technology Thursday, November 12, 2009, 2:45 p.m.

Ed Kraay

A Certified Scrum Practitioner, coach, and consultant with six years of experience mentoring software teams to high performance, Ed Kraay brings a pragmatic approach to agile adoption with experience across a wide variety of verticals—telecommunications, startups, professional services, e-commerce, and gaming firms. He has led complex, large scale Scrum implementations across multiple teams and companies. From one-on-one coaching to large group facilitation, Ed guides software teams and leaders to achieve strategic results and have more fun in the process. Ed is the founder of the Agile Philanthropy: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and a member of the Bay Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). Reach him at [email protected].

  Concurrent Session - Growing Pains: Why Scaling Scrum and XP Hurts—and What You Can Do Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 2:45 p.m.

Mitch Lacey
Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc.

Mitch Lacey has managed numerous plan-driven and agile projects over the past twelve years. At Microsoft Corporation, Mitch honed his agile skills, successfully releasing core enterprise services for Windows Live, and transitioned from program manager to Agile Coach, helping others in their transition to agile practices. He later became the Agile Practice Manager at Ascentium Corporation where he coached customers on agile practices and adoption worldwide. As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Certified ScrumMaster courses, agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, and his writings, including Scrum: A Survival Guide, to be published in early 2010.

  Half-day Tutorial - Practicing ScrumBut: Ensuring Project Failures Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Principled Agility: The Principles Behind the Practice Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

Tiffany Lentz

An author, mentor, coach and trainer of agile methodologies, processes, and practices, Tiffany Lentz is a senior consultant and project manager with ThoughtWorks, a global IT services firm focused on end-to-end software delivery. She has worked extensively for large clients in the US, Canada, and China, helping them transform their organizations to incorporate agile practices and enhance their efficiency and delivery processes. She is the author of the Iteration Management chapter in the ThoughtWorks anthology book and believes that the iteration manager’s job is to build a well-oiled delivery machine.

  Concurrent Session - Iteration Management: Unclogging Your Development Process Thursday, November 12, 2009, 2:45 p.m.

Robbie Mac Iver
The Mac Iver Group

Through practical, sensible, and effective project leadership, Robbie Mac Iver improves teams and processes to achieve visible, predictable results. Because he is well versed in the values and principles of agile practices as well as more traditional project management methods, Robbie is very effective in transitioning traditional teams and organizations to agile practices. He is also a co-founder of the Houston chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).

  Summit Session - Maturing Your Organization’s Agile Adoption Friday, November 13, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Michael Mah
QSM Associates

As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc. based in Massachusetts, Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based IT think-tank, and served as past editor of the IT Metrics Strategies publication. With over twenty-five years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected worldwide across engineering and business applications. His current book-in-progress examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure. In addition to his background in physics and electrical engineering, he is a mediator specializing in dispute resolution for technology projects. Michael lives in the mountains of western Massachusetts with his two children. He can be reached at www.qsma.com

  Full-day Tutorial - Agile Release Planning, Metrics, and Retrospectives Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Rightsizing Your Project in a Down Economy Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Antony Marcano

Antony Marcano has thirteen years of industry experience specializing in software testing, the last nine of which as a practitioner on agile projects. Now, more often as a coach and trainer, Antony helps teams evolve their skills and abilities to attain the benefits offered by agile practices. Antony’s specialties include user stories, acceptance test-driven development, and test-driven development.

Antony Marcano 
  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Driving-Development with Business-Facing Tests: A Behavior Driven Approach Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Chris Matts
Calyon UK

Chris Matts, a program manager at Caylon in the UK, has a strong background in business analysis and development. He uses “real options” and agile project management techniques—lean, theory of constraints, business value—to optimize the delivery of business value while managing project risks. Chris has coached business and project teams in agile management, agile analysis, and investment banking for many years. He has a Masters degree in Mathematical Trading and Finance and a Masters Degree in Microelectronics and Software Engineering.

  Summit Session - Collaborative Leadership Management Friday, November 13, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Rob Myers
Agile Institute

For more than ten years Rob Myers has consulted in numerous successful agile, Scrum, and extreme programming (XP) projects. During his more than twenty years in various software development roles, he has enjoyed consulting for leading companies in the aerospace, government, medical, software, and financial sectors. The lead instructor of the Agile Institute and a founding member the Agile Cooperative, Rob teaches a variety of courses, including Realistic Test-Driven Development and Realistic Agile Testing with Fit. Every course is a blend of highly technical experience coupled with techniques for preserving sanity in the workplace.  Rob also performs short- and long-term coaching to encourage, solidify, and improve the team’s agile practices.

  Half-day Tutorial - Techniques for Measuring Team Velocity Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Realistic Test-Driven Development: Paying and Preventing Technical Debt Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Andy Palmer
Independent Consultant

Andy Palmer is a software craftsman, coach, consultant and developer and has worked in technology for 10 years on high-availability systems for the mobile telecommunications industry and as a coach with a prestigious Agile consultancy. As a passionate programmer he is continuously developing his craft, writing code in Java, Perl, Ruby as well as some more obscure proprietary languages. As an Agile coach Andy has substantial experience in helping teams write cleaner, well crafted, easy to read and maintain code. Andy shares his insights via his blog and, as much as possible, in the code that he writes.

  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Driving-Development with Business-Facing Tests: A Behavior Driven Approach Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:30 a.m.  SOLD OUT

Jeff Patton
Independent Consultant

Jeff Patton has designed and built software for the past fifteen years on a wide variety of products from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialized in the application of user experience design practice to improve Agile requirements, planning, and ultimately the products delivered. Jeff currently works as an independent consultant, agile process coach, product design process coach, and instructor.  Current articles, essays, and presentations on variety of topics in Agile product development can be found at www.AgileProductDesign.com and in Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear.  Jeff is founder and list moderator of the agile-usability Yahoo discussion group, a columnist with StickyMinds.com and IEEE Software, a Certified Scrum Trainer, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development.
Website - including writing, past presentations, and blog: www.agileproductdesign.com

  Half-day Tutorial - User-Centered Agile Software Development Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - The Scrum Product Owner Demystified Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Pragmatic Personas: Putting the User in User Stories Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Sandi Parkes 
University of Utah

Dr. Sandi Parkes is the Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education and a professor in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah. She has worked as an organizational consultant and trainer in the areas of teamwork, organizational change, strategic planning, leadership, learning transfer, time management, creativity, management, and conflict resolution. Sandi co-edited Classic Readings in Organizational Behavior and Classics in Public Administration.

  Summit Session -  Leadership for Changing Environments Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:45 a.m.

Pollyanna Pixton

An international collaborative leadership expert, Pollyanna Pixton developed the models for collaboration and collaborative leadership through her thirty-five years of working inside and consulting with corporations and organizations. She helps companies create workplaces where talent and innovation are unleashed—making them more productive, efficient, and profitable. Pollyanna is a founding partner of Accelinnova, president of Evolutionary Systems, director of the Institute for Collaborative Leadership, and co-author of the book Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Transformation. She co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and has chaired several Agile Leadership Summits across the country. Contact Pollyanna at [email protected].

  Half-day Tutorial - Leading Successful Projects in Challenging Environments Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
APLN Leadership Summit - Program Chair Thursday, Novemeber 12 and Friday, November 13, 2009

Ken Pugh 
Net Objectives

A fellow consultant with Net Objectives, Ken Pugh has more than one-third of a century of experience in software development—from gathering requirements for stock market analysis to testing real-time radar systems. Ken consults, trains, testifies, and mentors from London to Sydney on agile processes and technology topics ranging from object-oriented design and test-driven development to Linux/Unix. He has written several programming books, including the Jolt Award winner, Prefactoring, and Interface Oriented Design. When not computing, Ken enjoys snowboarding, windsurfing, biking, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Ken can be reached at [email protected].

  Concurrent Session - Determining Business Value Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Dan Rawsthorne
Danube Technologies

A software developer for more than twenty-five years, Dan Rawsthorne is an accomplished manager, mentor, coach, trainer, consultant, and architect. His experience runs the gamut – from e-commerce to databases to military avionics and air traffic control. Dan is an agent of change, helping organizations transform themselves through liberal applications of common sense and agile techniques. His formal training causes him to look for underlying problems rather than focusing on surface symptoms; his military background helps him understand the importance of teamwork and empowerment; and his common sense tells him that change must happen in small manageable bites. Dan is currently co-writing Advanced Topics in Scrum, due out in 2009.

  Half-day Tutorial - Release Planning: A Strategy for Success Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Storyotypes: The Patterns Within the Stories Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Jared Richardson
Agile Coach

Jared Richardson, co-author of Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects and Career 2.0: Take Control of Your Life has been in the industry for more than fifteen years as a consultant, developer, tester, and manager. He works with teams of all sizes about software process, test automation, and sustainable software creation.

Jared Richardson
  Agile Testing Workshop Session - Key Factors for Successful Agile Test Automation Monday, November 9, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Keeping the Quality in Agile: Identifying and Repaying Technical Debt Tuesday, November 10, 2009 1:00 p.m.|
Agile Testing Workshop Session - Agile Testing Challenges and Next Steps Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Linda Rising
Independent Consultant

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, and the change process, Linda is the author of Design Patterns in Communications, The Pattern Almanac 2000: A Patterns Handbook, and co-author with Mary Lynn Manns of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas. Find more information about Linda at www.lindarising.org.

  Half-day Tutorial - Fearless Change: Introducing New Ideas Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - The Power of Retrospectives Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Rob Sabourin

Rob Sabourin has more than twenty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.

  Concurrent Session - Critical Incidents While Testing in Scrum Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Petra Skapa
Valtech Paris

Petra Skapa is a leading practitioner of agile transformation programs, with broad international experience helping companies transition to an agile model. She has worked as a developer, iteration manager, project manager, coach, and Chief Agilist with companies ranging from Fortune 100 to boutique consultancies, across numerous industries. Petra believes that iteration manager is a crucial role in agile transformations and lies at the heart of successful iterative development.

  Concurrent Session - Iteration Management: Unclogging Your Development Process Thursday, November 12, 2009, 2:45 p.m.

Alan Shalloway
Net Objectives

Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost forty years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader, a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide, a trainer, and a coach in the areas of lean software development, the lean-agile connection, Scrum, agile architecture, and using design patterns in agile environments. Alan is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design and Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility.

  Full-day Tutorial - Principles and Practices of Lean Agile Development Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Kanban: A True Integration of Lean and Agile Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Chris Shinkle
Software Engineering Professionals

Chris Shinkle is a Development Manager at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP). SEP provides software services in a variety of industries including products for business, data, and safety critical applications. Chris has worked with SEP for more than twelve years in roles ranging from software engineer to recruiter to development manager. He has experience customizing and fitting process models to many different domains including aerospace, defense, medical, consumer electronics, and automotive. He has used agile and lean methods to lead large complex projects, most notably, a military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance system, and an FDA regulated remote patient monitoring system.

  Concurrent Session - Embracing Kanban: An Experience Report Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:45 p.m.

Michele Sliger
Sliger Consulting

The co-author of The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility, Michele Sliger 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. Michele consults with businesses from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, helping teams with their agile adoption and helping organizations prepare for the changes that agile brings. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Michele can be reached at [email protected].

  Half-day Tutorial - The Bridge to Agility for Traditional Project Managers Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Organizational Values: A Key to Agile Success Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:45 p.m.

Gregg Sporar
Smart Bear Software

Gregg Sporar has been a software developer for more than twenty years, working on projects ranging from control software for a burglar alarm to 3D graphical user interfaces. His interests include development tools and processes, user interfaces, and performance profiling. Gregg has worked on teams that range from mostly agile to hideously rigid and is currently senior product manager at Smart Bear Software. He has published several articles, contributed to a couple of books, and has spoken at software developer conferences around the world.

  Concurrent Session - Peer Code Review: An Agile Process Thursday, November 12, 2009 2009 12:45 p.m.

James Sutton

James Sutton helps software/systems projects improve their performance by applying Lean and systems-engineering methods and processes. His book, Lean Software Strategies, won the Shingo Prize, called "the Nobel Prize of Manufacturing" by Business Week. James is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), with additional certifications in Lean, QFD, TRIZ, and negotiation. James is a founding member of the Open-DO Initiative—in which companies like Boeing, Airbus, and Thales share infrastructure for regulated development—and the Lean Software and Systems Consortium, which provides resources to help software developers improve project performance and better integrate with the enterprise.

  Concurrent Session - Applying Lean Production to Software Development: A Worldview Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Jean Tabaka
Rally Software Development

An agile fellow with Rally Software Development, Jean Tabaka has more than twenty-five years of experience in IT. After studying DSDM in the late 1990s, she became an agile devotee, working with organizations worldwide to deliver more value faster through the adoption of agile principles and practices. Specializing in scaling agile practices, guiding leadership shifts, applying lean, and building continuous planning practices, Jean uses a collaborative approach in helping organizations adopt agile. A Certified ScrumMaster Trainer and a Certified Professional Facilitator, Jean is the author of Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders. You can reach her at [email protected]

  Full-day Tutorial -  Writing Great User Stories Monday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - Better Decisions Through Collaboration Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial - The Beginner's Mind: Keeping Your Agile Adoption Fresh Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m.

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