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Christina Ambers
Thomson Reuters

Concurrent Sessions

Christina Ambers is a ScrumMaster and agile coach with twelve years of experience in software development and team transformations. Christina works mainly as an agile coach. She leads distributed teams through an agile dojo every six weeks, focusing on agile principles and values. In addition, she leads her office location’s...Read more

Derek Ashmore
Principal Cloud Architect
Asperitas Consulting

Derek Ashmore is a senior technology expert with over thirty years of experience in a wide variety of technologies and industries. Derek is currently a principal cloud architect at Asperitas Consulting. Derek is currently focusing on microservice architectures, cloud computing, and migrating applications to the cloud. Derek's approach allows companies...Read more

Sanjiv Augustine
Founder and CEO
LitheSpeed LLC

Sanjiv Augustine is the founder, president, and CEO of LitheSpeed LLC and an entrepreneur, industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer. With nearly thirty years in the industry, Sanjiv has served as a trusted adviser to executives and management at leading firms, including Capital One, The...Read more

Nilanjana Banerjee

Nilanjana Banerjee has sixteen years of diverse experience in managing and delivering complex IT multitiered and geographically diverse projects for telecom, financial, airlines, real estate, retail, and customers. She started her career as a quality engineer at Cognizant Technology Solutions and evolved with quality engineering, agile and DevOps over the course...Read more

Arlen Bankston

Arlen Bankston is an established leader in the application and evolution of Agile software development processes such as Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming, as well as process management methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster® Trainer and Certified Scrum Product...Read more

Amit Bansal

As a senior consultant with Improving, an agile software consulting company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Amit Bansal assists teams in making a successful transition to cloud technologies. He is a sports fanatic and believes in living life to its fullest. Amit recently went skiing for the first time in his...Read more

Dan Barker
RSA Security

Dan Barker spent twelve years in the military as a fighter jet mechanic before transitioning to a career in technology as a software engineer and then a manager. He was the chief architect at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, leading their technical and cultural transformation. He's now leading RSA...Read more

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions

Lee Barnes has over twenty-five years of experience in the software quality assurance and testing field. He has successfully implemented test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. He is a recognized thought leader in his field and speaks regularly at industry...Read more

Helen J Beal

Helen Beal helps people practice DevOps principles in real-world organizations for Ranger4. She describes herself as a “DevOpsologist,” as her main role in her working life is to study the inputs and outputs of the thinking systems that make up DevOps and what value outcomes they deliver that we can...Read more

Melissa Benua

Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in between. She's created and run high-availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now for mParticle's enormous data platform. Melissa discovered her love of massively...Read more

Jennifer Bonine
Co-Founder & CEO
PinkLion AI

Jennifer Bonine is a well-known speaker, teacher, and trainer at both national and international conferences. She has keynoted numerous Testing, Agile, and Development conferences. Jennifer’s belief is that we should do what we are passionate about and believes in living your passion. To this end, Jennifer co-founded and is the...Read more

Cory Bryan
Taiju Consulting LLC

Concurrent Sessions

Cory Bryan is a creative enthusiast, agile evangelist, and product nerd. He loves seeing products created that help make everyone involved become more awesome. This is done by working in the trenches and as a coach with organizations to discover ways to maximize customer and business value with both agile...Read more

Technical Manager

Glenn Buckholz leads DevSecOps efforts at Coveros. Using his almost twenty years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers by leveraging advanced automated techniques to drive organizational change. From Chef to Docker to Kubernetes, Glenn has experience implementing technologies across the federal and commercial space to aid in...Read more

Developer Advocate for Open Source

Blaine Carter is the Oracle developer advocate for open source. He applies his exploratory eye and tinkering inclinations to the intersection of open source and Oracle Database. He helps database developers improve their workflow using open source tools and promotes the use of open source inside and outside of Oracle....Read more

Suresh Chellapilla
Capital One

Concurrent Sessions

Suresh Chellapilla is a senior manager and agile program lead at Capital One and has over twenty years of software development experience, fourteen of which have been spent in an agile environment.Read more

Jim Collins
CUNA Mutual Group

Jim Collins is a certified SAFe Scaled Agilist, Professional ScrumMaster, and Project Management Professional. A Navy veteran, Jim has more than thirty years of experience in the defense, gaming (lottery), and financial industries. Jim has spent the last twenty years in various management roles in IT, with the last few...Read more

Senior Software Consultant

Cassandra is a senior consultant at Coveros. Her development experience includes Java, Ruby, Python, and even Haskell. Over the past five years, Cassandra has been deeply involved in the DevOps process, assisting organizations with both its adoption and implementation. She has been increasingly involved in software correctness, including coaching development...Read more

Kimberly Davis
ASRC Federal

As an agile solutions architect, Kimberly Davis supports her company, ASRC Federal, in leading large Scaled Agile transformations for government agencies across their corporate enterprise. This effort also includes proposal support, client meeting support on enterprise agility offerings, Scaled Agile certification trainings, powering an agile CoP and enabling the Agile...Read more

Lee Eason
Executive Director of DevOps
IHS Markit

Concurrent Sessions

As the CTO of SoftPro, the number one provider of mortgage title and closing software in the US, Lee Eason is serious about high-performing teams. After finishing his undergraduate program in History Education, Lee pursued a career as a self taught technologist. Over the past 19 years he has enjoyed...Read more

Barry Forrest
Improving in Dallas

As a principal consultant with Improving in Dallas, Barry Forrest is a web developer, ScrumMaster, and agilist. Barry loves helping make work life better for teams and leaving things in a better state than when he was introduced to the situation. Barry is also an award-winning homebrewer and an avid...Read more

Robin Foster

As a DevOps engineer, Robin Foster helps agile teams develop sustainable delivery processes. He is a consultant at Coveros Inc., a company that uses agile methodology to help clients increase their software reliability and accelerate their delivery speed. Robin's experience prior to Coveros includes technology education and DevOps in educational...Read more

Bob Galen
Principal Agile Coach

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & 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 methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility...Read more

Jeff Gallimore

Jeff Gallimore is a Partner and Co-founder at Excella, a 300-ish-person IT consulting firm based in Arlington, VA. Jeff started his career as a developer and DBA then turned to the dark side by going into management. Now he lives vicariously through other engineers and reminisces about the good ol’...Read more

Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover is the director of delivery engineering at Netflix. He and his team are behind Spinnaker, the continuous delivery platform that is facilitating Netflix's rapid global expansion. Before joining Netflix, he served as the CTO of App47, where he led the development of a SaaS mobile application management platform....Read more

Gene Gotimer
Principal Consultant
Coveros, Inc.

Gene Gotimer is a proven senior software architect with many years of experience in web-based enterprise application design, most recently using Java. He is skilled in agile software development as well as legacy development methodologies and designing and developing secure, high-quality software. He has extensive experience establishing and using development...Read more

Owen Gotimer

Concurrent Sessions

Bonus Sessions

Owen Gotimer, community manager at TechWell, spends most of his time dreaming up ways to bring people together. After graduating from the esteemed S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (Go Cuse!), where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism, Owen attended the...Read more

Steven Granese
Vice President, Transform Practice

Steven Granese has been building innovative teams and solutions for his entire nineteen-year career in the technology industry. His expertise lies in transforming organizations to deliver their desired business outcomes by adopting an agile way of working. He holds multiple agile certifications (CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP) and is an avid speaker...Read more

Brittany Greenfield
Wabbi Inc

An MIT MBA and Duke undergrad with more than a decade of experience as a strategy leader for enterprise technology companies, Brittany combined her passions for business process innovation that she gained while at companies such as NetSuite and Kronos with infrastructure technologies, which she got from Cisco and Cybereason,...Read more

Jim Grunder
Agile Practices Lead

Concurrent Sessions

Jim has spent his professional career focused on learning, understanding, and attempting to create great value from the definition of the customer. He has a deep belief that waste is the enemy of value and we should do all we can to eliminate it. Over the past decade he has...Read more

Principal Consultant

Tim Guay is experienced in introducing agile, DevOps, and lean practices into organizations, as well as providing agile and lean training and coaching, He has delivered agile and DevOps training and coaching to a wide range of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations and governments. He is an ICAgile...Read more

Manager for Validation and Delivery
Designer Brands

Thomas is presently serving as Manager for Validation and Delivery at Designer Brands. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed testing, metrics &...Read more

Guy Herbert

Guy Herbert has worked for over twenty-five years in IT and technology across the telecommunications, finance, pharmaceutical, and software industries, managing risk, compliance, audit, and technical delivery teams. Guy has been thinking of better ways for Atlassian to manage IT risk and compliance since September 2013. Atlassian is an Australian...Read more


Brian Hicks is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster® and has experience implementing agile processes, leading...Read more

Michelle Hodges
Red Ventures

Michelle Hodges is an engineer at Slalom Build and is the president of Women Leaders in Tech, a nonprofit organization she founded to shift perspectives on gender biases in tech. After managing operations at a fast-growing IT startup, Michelle fell in love with the tech industry and delved deep into learning...Read more

Nine Incredible Speakers
Lightning Keynotes

Lightning keynote speakers coming to Agile + DevOps East! Prominent speakers include Lisa Maurer, Mark Kilby, Michelle Hodges, Dana Pylayeva, Melissa Benua, Jennifer Bonine, Christina Ambers, Blaine Carter, and Alissa Lydon—all hosted by program chair Gene Gotimer.

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Ryan Kenney

Ryan Kenney is an experienced agile dev turned DevOps engineer who has worked on both large scale Agile development projects for commercial clients and public sector innovative research and development projects. His technical skills range from fullstack development to setting up and administering DevOps pipelines with technologies like SonarQube, Jenkins,...Read more

Jagdish Karira
Ciber Global, LLC

Jagdish Karira leads an agile and DevOps transformation services practice at one of the leading consulting companies. Jagdish is innovative, result-oriented, and pragmatic, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe DevOps Practitioner (SDP 4.6), and ICAgile Practitioner. He has led business and IT transformations for...Read more

Dave Karow

Dave Karow is an energetic and animated speaker known for demystifying technology and democratizing access to tools. Dave was fortunate to grow up watching Silicon Valley evolve from chips to software to internet services all around him, affording him a unique perspective on the long arc of technology evolution. Dave...Read more


Byron Katz has been in love with computers since his father bought the family a Commodore 64. A degreed architect, he found his way back to software development in 2010, and his career has included roles as a quality assurance lead, a full-stack developer, consultant, and sales engineer. Byron has...Read more

Mark Kilby
Agile Coach

Mark Kilby has been hooked on agile since he read Kent Beck’s article on XP in IEEE Software in 1998 and his XP Explained book shortly thereafter. Now, with over two decades of experience in agile principles and practices, he's cultivated more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams. Mark's...Read more

Eran Kinsbruner
Chief Evangelist, Author

Eran Kinsbruner is the chief evangelist and author at Perfecto, a Perforce company. He authored two books, The Digital Quality Handbook and Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals. Eran is also a monthly columnist at and The Enterprisers Project. Eran is a software engineering professional with nearly twenty years of...Read more

Bala Lakshminarayan
Leading Financial Services Company

Bala Lakshminarayan has been working in IT for over thirty years in various roles such as a developer, QA engineer, product owner, manager, and director. Bala has been an agilist for the past eight years and is very passionate about all things agile. Having worked as a Director/Agile Leader in...Read more

Catherine Louis

Catherine Louis is a Certified Scrum Trainer, independent agile coach, and founder of and Catherine has over twenty years of experience in complex product development. Her focus is on product discovery and delivery using design thinking, agile methods, agile R&D, and managing organizational agile transitions, fostering change to...Read more

Leslie Lowman
Enterprise Scrum Master

After starting her career as a college instructor, Leslie Lowman moved into software development and subsequently found her calling with agile and Scrum. From that point forward, even through more development, she utilized and shared the agile mindset. Eventually, through nothing short of fate, Leslie shifted her career to being...Read more

Alissa Lydon
Sauce Labs

Alissa Lydon is a product marketing manager at Sauce Labs. During her four years at Sauce, she has worked with companies of all sizes in their journey to automation and continuous testing. From educating potential customers about the benefits of test automation to organizing educational events for QA and development...Read more

Larry Maccherone
Senior Director

Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on lean, agile, analytics, and DevSecOps. He currently leads the DevSecOps transformation at Comcast. Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software, which enabled better decisions with data, leveraged big data techniques to conduct groundbreaking research, and offered the first-ever agile...Read more

Reha Malik Gill
Fannie Mae

Reha Malik Gill is an experienced agile practitioner with seven years of agile experience and about eleven years of overall IT experience. She started her journey initially as a Sybase DBA, which she realized early on was not her domain, and changed gears into business analysis, project management, and, eventually,...Read more

Lisa Maurer
State Farm

Lisa Maurer is an agile coach within State Farm’s Enterprise Technology Continuous Delivery Dojo. She works with teams and leadership in a dedicated location to make incremental, ongoing improvements to become self-organizing and self-managing in their agile implementation. Lisa specializes in cultural transformation through participatory, human-centered approaches to change and...Read more

Mihail Mikulaninec

Mihail Mikulaninec is a physicist that evolved from a developer at a medical company to an automation QA engineer. He has worked with various businesses (fintech, medicine, design, printing) and tech stacks (C++, C#, Ruby, Python, React, Java). Mihail is passionate about microservices architecture and CI/CD with a focus on...Read more

Sean Miller
Capital One

Concurrent Sessions

Sean Miller has been working in the financial services industry for eight years and has worn many different hats, from technology operations to software development. From humble beginnings as a desktop support engineer, he quickly transitioned to a business systems analyst, then software engineer, and finally an agile delivery lead...Read more

Bharat Nagpal
Capital One

Bharat Nagpal is a senior technology manager and agile transformation leader at Capital One, Chicago. During his tenure at the company, he has led engineering teams that work on the migration of applications from data center to the cloud. Bharat is also responsible for advancing agile transformation by leading a...Read more

Dan Neumann
Sr Agile Coach

Dan Neumann is an Agile Coach at AgileThought and co-owner of The Branch coworking space. In his role as Agile Coach, Dan advises companies on ways to capture value by emphasizing people, interactions, customer collaboration, and responding to change. He has trained and consulted with both national and global companies....Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Jaimee Newberry worked in the web interaction, design, and development industry from 1998 to 2013, with emphasis on empathetic and behavioral psychology-applied interface design for web, mobile web, and iOS applications. Currently, she is the cofounder and CEO of Picture This Clothing, which started as a passion project launched by a...Read more

Testing Strategist and Evangelist
Technology Strategy Research

Concurrent Sessions

Gerie Owen is Testing Strategist and Evangelist at Technology Strategy Research. She is a Certified Scrum Master, Conference Presenter and Author on technology and testing topics. She enjoys mentoring new QA Leads and brings a cohesive team approach to testing. Gerie is the author of many articles on technology including Agile...Read more

Amanda  Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group

Amanda Palovcsik is a Certified Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master, and certified Scaled Agilist. With more than 15 years of project management experience in the broadcast, medical, and financial industries, including an overlap of seven years on Scrum and SAFe implementations in parallel to waterfall, Amanda has a diverse background...Read more

Bob Payne
SVP Agile Transformation

An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a lean and agile transformation leader since 1999. He hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced more than 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and agile practitioners. His consulting and training style...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a consulting company that helps organizations accelerate delivery using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in agile and DevOps engineering while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

Jeff Pierce
Coveros, Inc.

Jeff Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering management, specializing in program, project, and software quality assurance management. Jeff is also experienced in building technical teams that are rapidly able to implement solutions and deliver business value. More recently, Jeff has focused on Agile project management...Read more

Allison Pollard
Agile Coach

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 ScrumMasters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud...Read more

Dana Pylayeva
Principal Coach & Founder
Agile Play Consulting LLC

Dana Pylayeva is an agile and DevOps coach and trainer with eighteen years of experience in IT. She works with teams and organizations in the US, Canada, Ireland, Japan, and Russia and speaks internationally about DevOps, agile, and psychological safety. Dana is the author of Introduction to DevOps with LEGO,...Read more

Ryan Ripley
Agile Coach
Independent Consultant

For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO...Read more

Linda Rising
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee. Linda has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching as well as work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. She is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile...Read more

Dr. Jeremias Rößler has a PhD in Computer Science fromSaarland University and more than 10 years of experience as a software developer and tester — is the founder and CEO of retest, a German-based-startup that brings AI to test automation. His refreshingly unusual approach to test automation (difference testing)...Read more

Principle Consultant
AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob 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,...Read more

Rohit Salecha

Rohit is a technology enthusiast with eight years of experience in hacking anything that runs on binaries and is on the ground. He also delivers one of the best-selling classes by NotSoSecure, “Application Security for Developers.” He has trained and spoken at premier security conferences like Blackhat and Nullcon. He...Read more

Danilo Sato

Danilo Sato is a polyglot principal consultant with more than fifteen years of experience as an architect, data engineer, developer, and agile coach. Balancing strategy with execution, Danilo helps clients refine their technology strategy while adopting practices to reduce the time between having an idea, implementing it, and running it...Read more


Coveros' Executive Vice President of Training Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery approaches....Read more

Tom Stiehm
Coveros, Inc.

Tom Steihm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently he has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Matty Stratton
DevOps Advocate

Matty Stratton is a DevOps advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back when he drove, his license plate actually said...Read more

Mary Thorn
Agile Practices Lead

During her more than twenty years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile...Read more

Julie Tsai

Julie Tsai is an Infosec leader and DevSecOps specialist who's had senior leadership roles with Walmart eCommerce and Box, as well as heading up security (and/or infrastructure) for several startups. She has 21 years experience in Silicon Valley technology companies ranging from seven-person startups to Fortune 1. She spent 15...Read more

Peter Varhol
Technology Strategy Research

Concurrent Sessions

Peter Varhol is a software strategist and evangelist who closely observes the testing industry and uses his knowledge and experience to identify new technologies and help companies respond to those trends. His diverse technical background enables him to seamlessly integrate new technologies into his practices and provides him with a...Read more

Sally Vassalotti
GrayHair Software

As scrum master, agile coach and project manager with over 15 years of experience, Sally Vassalotti guides teams to implement and practice agile principles. Sally is passionate about helping teams improve in order to deliver value to clients and customers. Sally’s certifications include PMP-ACP, CSM, CSP and Pragmatic Marketing(PMC -...Read more

Pierre Vincent
Infrastructure & Reliability Manager

Originally from a software development background, the rise of DevOps drove Pierre Vincent to become more involved in how systems actually run in the real world and how he could make a difference helping others care about the applications they release to production. Pierre is currently an infrastructure and reliability...Read more

Tori Wieldt
New Relic

Tori Wieldt is a developer evangelist and senior solutions marketing manager at New Relic. She previously served as a developer advocate where she was responsible for empowering and educating New Relic users. She is a regular contributor to the New Relic blog and participates in New Relic User Groups and...Read more

Scott Weiner

Scott Weiner is a trusted adviser and agile strategist passionate about developing high-performance teams and supporting better executive decisions through strategic planning and effective coaching. He has educated and lectured many thousands of software engineers, managers, and executives over a twenty-five-year career in technology, project management, organizational theory, and leadership;...Read more

Jeff Williams
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Contrast Security

Jeff Williams brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Contrast Security. He recently authored the DZone DevSecOps, IAST, and RASP refcards and speaks frequently at conferences including JavaOne (Java Rockstar), BlackHat, QCon, RSA, OWASP, Velocity, and PivotalOne. Jeff is also a...Read more

Jen Wright
GrayHair Software

Jen Wright is an experienced product manager certified in Pragmatic Marketing (PMC-II) and CSPO with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. She has seven years of experience in product management using agile methodologies and has been managing and leading teams for over fifteen years. Jen is...Read more

Julie Wyman
Agile Coach / Managing Consultant

Julie Wyman is an agile coach with Excella Consulting. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with eight years of experience in areas including agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver...Read more

Chris Wysopal
CTO and Co-Founder

DevSecOps Summit Sessions

As the CTO and Co-Founder of Vercode, Chris Wysopalis responsible for the company’s software security analysis capabilities. In 2008, Chris was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's and one of the 100 most influential people in IT by eWeek. One of the original vulnerability researchers, he has testified on Capitol...Read more

Derek Zell

Concurrent Sessions

Derek Zell has been in the QA field for the past twenty years in every role imaginable, from QA analyst to test automation consultant to leading QA and DevOps teams. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups and has built and managed teams from one to forty-five testers....Read more