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Roger Abelenda is a Software Engineer with more than 18 years of experience in development with a special focus in developing high traffic and resilient applications. In his career, he has played different roles as developer, architect and technical director. Roger is currently the CTO at Abstracta, a software quality-focused...Read more

Sai Chaithra Allala
PhD in Computer Science at FIU

Sai Chaithra Allala received her Doctorate in Computer Science. Her research areas of interest include software engineering, software testing, natural language processing, and computer science education. Currently, her research focuses on model-driven engineering and natural language processing to automate the generation of test cases from user requirements.Read more

Derek Ashmore
Application Transformation Principal
Asperitas Consulting

Derek Ashmore is the Application Transformation Practice Lead at Asperitas Consulting. He helps companies leverage AWS and Azure cloud platforms to gain a competitive advantage with a focus on DevSecOps, infrastructure code, cloud computing, containerization, making applications cloud-native, and migrating applications to the cloud. Derek routinely speaks at technical conferences...Read more

VP of Cloud and DevTestSecOps
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Cloud and DevTestSecOps at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. Before joining Epam, Adam served as the VP of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group where Adam was responsible introducing and leading the...Read more

Senior Customer Engineer

Concurrent Sessions

Chris Ayers is a Senior Customer Engineer on the Fast Track for Azure team at Microsoft. He is a Co-Lead for the DevOps Category inside the Fast Track Team. Previously, Chris lead an Azure Practice and a DevOps Practice, and was a Consultant and Architect. He has a focus in...Read more

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC

Arlen Bankston was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. Arlen was one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers,...Read more

Lee Barnes
Chief Quality Officer
Forte Group

Lee Barnes has over 25 years of experience in the Software Quality Assurance and Testing field. He has been involved in the implementation of test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. Most recently, Lee has been involved with bringing quality practices...Read more

Director of Technology

Mustufa Batterywala is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Gathr, a zero-code platform for data at scale, offering a unified experience to build ML-powered “data to outcome” applications – spanning data collection, transformation, insights, predictions, and recommendations. Mustufa has spent the last almost 20 years in Software Product Development, R&D,...Read more

VP, Agile & Quality
Zenergy Technologies, Inc.

Shaun Bradshaw is Vice President of Agile & Quality of Zenergy Technologies, a modern software delivery solutions firm with multiple industry experts under one roof. With more than 25 years in the IT industry, Shaun is a recognized expert, coach, and thought leader in QA and test process improvement, metrics,...Read more

Dojo Coach
Edward Jones

Jess Brock is a dynamic Agile coach, technologist, and author who has been involved in developing tech products since the mid-2000s. She has also served as a full-stack developer, scrum master, product owner, people leader, instructor, and entrepreneur. Jess attributes her diverse career experience as one of her greatest strengths...Read more

Principal & Founder
Ignite Insight + Innovation

Tricia Broderick, co-author of Lead without Blame, is a leadership and organizational advisor. With over twenty-five years of experience, her transformational leadership ignites the growth of leaders and resilient high-performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia boldly role models putting people first. She aims to create inclusive connections and collaborations...Read more

Senior Manager, Software Engineering
Discover Financial

Marianna Chasnik is a technology leader and lifelong problem solver with expertise and passion in leading engineering teams. Throughout her career, she has focused on application development and delivery. After years of working for telecommunication companies developing cellular modems, it came time for her to try something new. Marianna joined...Read more

Sr. Principal Agile Program Manager
Discover Financial Services

Robert Clawson is a talented, energetic, and insightful coach focused on helping teams align on their best way of working to build trust and accountability. He has spent more than a decade in the IT field with a primary focus on agile transformations and frameworks, product development, and software quality.Read more


Since he got his first computer at age thirteen, Kaushal Dalvi has been interested in systems and software performance. He spent days researching performance characteristics of different motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and disks to configure and overclock them in order to squeeze the maximum frames per second out of the...Read more

Professor of Agile

David Fogel has referred to himself as an Agile enthusiast since 2008. Threaded in Dave’s two decades in IT, he has been a Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer, Technical Trainer, Criminal Investigator, Nuclear Biological Chemical Safety Officer, Scrum Master, Book Club founder, House Concert Host, Boardgame Geek, SciFi Geek, Process Geek, and...Read more

AppSec Consultant and Trainer

Dalton Forbes brings his years of experience as a security analyst and manager within the US government to the Coveros AppSec team. He has experience in using change management strategies, vulnerability discoveries, and risk management to uncover deficiencies within systems, business logic, or processes. He follows the general Pareto principle...Read more

Agile Coach

Magdalena Gasser has worked in various industries, empowering her teams to work in a high-performance, self-organized way. As a servant leader, she coaches and supports her product teams to deliver value incrementally. She aims to increase individual and overall team performance. Her strength and passion reside in helping teams become...Read more

NSWC Dahlgren Division

Jonathan Graham has been in the thick of agile development efforts for the better part of 16 years, working through all different roles on the agile teams. His experience as a developer, tester, automation engineer, product owner, scrum master, and chief scrum master for large-scale projects has provided many opportunities...Read more

Steven Granese
Partner and Founder
Compass Productivity

For the last 20+ years, Steven has been a leader in the Tampa Bay technology scene. Most recently, he served as the Managing Director of Transformation & Innovation at the software consultancy AgileThought. After helping to sell the firm in 2019 and take it public in 2021, he founded Compass...Read more

Priyanka Halder
Director of Quality Engineering
Oscar Health

Priyanka Halder has more than 15 years of experience in Quality Engineering leadership working in various multi-billion dollar companies like Oscar Health, GoodRx Inc, Sony Network Entertainment, Dell R&D, Accenture, and Truecar. She currently leads the Quality Engineering + DevOps team at Oscar Health – the one and only full-stack...Read more

Nathan Hamiel
Kudelski Security

Nathan Hamiel is Senior Director of Research at Kudelski Security, where he leads the fundamental and applied research team. Part of the Innovation group, his team focuses on privacy, advanced cryptography, emerging technologies, and special projects. Nathan is focused on emerging and disruptive technologies and his research includes new approaches...Read more

Senior Enterprise Advocate

Christopher Harrison has a lifetime of experience upskilling developers from all walks of life and skill sets. He is a web developer at heart, with interests ranging from DevOps to Python to TypeScript to databases. He has regularly worked side-by-side with development teams to help them find the right solution....Read more

Manager, Agile Transformation
QualityWorks Consulting Group

Sheyinka Harry is an Agile Coach and the Manager of Agile Transformation at QualityWorks Consulting Group. Over the last five years, she has worked with product development teams across the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean to help streamline and optimize their software delivery process and build products that their...Read more


In his more than a decade as an engineer at Bloomberg, Ryan Hoban has worked on multiple teams in Trading Systems and Fixed Income Pricing. He now works on the company’s Secrets Infrastructure team. He is also the co-chair of Bloomberg’s Automated Testing Guild. As a Guild Leader, he has...Read more

Staff Engineer DevOps
Northrop Grumman

Jennifer Hwe is a Lead DevSecOps Engineer for Northrop Grumman and has been working in the industry for over 16 years. She has been a part of many teams such as development, quality assurance, operations and site reliability engineering as a DevSecOps engineer for a wide variety of companies (finance,...Read more

DevSecOps Architect
Dell Technologies

Marc Jimenez is a DevSecOps Architect at Dell Technologies. He has been in the Technology industry for over 18 years in a wide range of roles from SAN Integration Engineer to Software Engineer to DevSecOps and Site Reliability Engineer. Some of his responsibilities have varied from Scrum Master, Technical Team...Read more

Senior Consultant

Shanthi Karpurapu has more than 13 years of experience leading, designing, and developing test automation solutions for various platforms across health care, banking, and manufacturing industries using Agile and
Waterfall methodologies. She has vast experience building reusable and extendable automation frameworks for web applications, REST, and SOAP services with...Read more


Carlos Kidman is a Director of Engineering at Qualiti but was formerly an Engineering Manager at Adobe. He is also an instructor at Test Automation University with courses around architecture, design, containerization, and Machine Learning. He is the founder of QA at the Point, which is the Testing and Quality...Read more

VP of Product-Service Systems
EPAM Systems

Tariq King is the Vice President of Product-Service Systems at EPAM, where he manages a portfolio that lies at the intersection of software products and services, and supports the business through technology consulting. Tariq has over 15 years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as...Read more

Business Agility Lead

Dr. Joël Krapf has been facilitating and leading transformations for 10+ years. As Business Agility Lead at Accenture Switzerland, he enables organizations to deliver business value better and sooner. Previously, he was Head Lean Portfolio and Agile Transformation at Migros, the largest employer in Switzerland. Joël has published various books...Read more

Natalia Kuzmina
Head of Agile Practices
S&P Global Ratings

Natalia Kuzmina, PhD is a Head of Agile Practices at S&P Global Ratings division focusing on successfully leading large-scale Agile Transformations, Enterprise Agile coaching, mentoring, and teaching. Being a passionate Agilist, Technologist, and a creative problem-solver, Natalia promotes sustainable development with the people first culture. ...Read more

Phil LaFrance

Phil LaFrance is a software engineer very experienced in working in super fast-paced and agile environments where ambiguity is common and the need to be constantly learning is a requirement. Some of his favorite challenges are tackling difficult tasks that require learning and thought to solve. Prior to joining Coveros,...Read more


Catherine Louis is a Certified Scrum TrainerTM, independent Agile coach, and co-founder of the #PoDojo, who lives in North Carolina. With over 20 years of experience in complex product development in both software & hardware, Catherine has previously led Agile transition efforts in top telecommunications firms and worked with North...Read more

Eran Medan
Chief Technology Officer

Concurrent Sessions

Eran Medan serves as the Chief Technology Officer at, a real-time application security startup. Previously, he was a Senior Software Development Manager at Amazon Web Services, where he led the team behind the AWS Jam service. Eran holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute...Read more


Harshad Mehta is an accomplished professional with a diverse set of core consulting skills including functional leadership, delivery/program management, quality assurance and analytics. Harshad brings over 18 years of experience in the IT services industry with cross domain experience in Human Capital Management, Insurance, Banking and Financials, Energy Utilities, Pharmaceutical,...Read more

NSWC Dahlgren Division

Angela Mejeur has 20 years of software development and testing experience. She has led multiple joint government-industry software teams to include leading a team of over 40 software developers during a global pandemic. During this time, she transitioned her team from stove-piped individual teams to a matrixed agile organization supporting...Read more

Misra Apurva

Apurva Misra is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Truckstop and also working on helping companies to integrate GenAI in their processes. She has a Master’s from the University of Waterloo, where her research was at the intersection of driving and machine learning. Apurva also has a keen interest in...Read more

Director of CGI Federal Agile CoE

Teri Musick is the Director of the CGI Federal Emerging Technology Practice Agile Practice and Center of Excellence, an Agile Coach/Mentor and a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with more than 18 years of experience in technology-based programs and projects in the US Federal Government, and telecommunication sectors. Her career started...Read more

Director of Software Engineering
Capital One

Bharat Nagpal is a Director and Senior Technologist at Capital One. During his tenure at the company, Bharat has led multiple technology transformation initiatives, from Cloud Migration to Financial Products Re-platforming. Currently, Bharat is leading the modernization of a credit card platform. Bharat is well known for creating high performing...Read more

Dev Tools, Inc.

Chris Navrides is the CEO of Dev Tools AI where they bring the latest AI advancements to the entire developer & test pipeline. Previously he was the VP of engineer at, which is built the first AI based mobile & web testing solution. Before that, Chris worked at Google...Read more

Architect | Automation | DevOps
Dell Technologies

With passion of lifelong learning, Prashant Patil has been leading his life by setting examples, adapting to situations and solving technical challenges. He completed his Master's from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and started working at AT&T as a Performance Test Engineer after graduation. His keen eye for detail, efforts toward streamlining...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Enterprise Agile Coach

Dana Pylayeva is a DevOps culture coach, ICF Credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach(CEC), trainer, international speaker, author of several books and business games. Her games (“Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate”, “Fear in the Workplace” and others) are all based on stories from the trenches. She draws...Read more

Consulting Agile Coach
Northrop Grumman

Ray Renner is an Consulting Agile Coach and Technical Fellow Emeritus at Northrop Grumman Space Systems with over 30 years of experience in software engineering and systems development. His experience has covered all aspects of software and systems engineering, including architecture, requirements, design and development, software processes, and technical leadership....Read more

Dionny Santiago
Engineering Manager

Dionny Santiago is an Engineering Manager at Indeed and has 12+ years of industry experience working as an SW/QA/ML engineer, software/test architect, and engineering manager. Dionny completed his master's thesis on exploring the intersection between AI and test automation and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in this problem space. One...Read more

Prateek Singh
Head of Learning and Development

Prateek Singh has been leading and working on agile teams for the past two decades. Starting with XP, then Scrum, and now working primarily with Kanban system, Prateek has gained a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding agile techniques, practices, and implementation principles. Prateek has been a Director of Business...Read more

Agile Coach
Passionate Agilist

Concurrent Sessions

Shari Soroka is a SAFe® Program Consultant, Agile Transformation Coach, and SAFe® Trainer. She is enabled to train and certify learners in Lean Portfolio Management, Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager, SAFe® Scrum Master, SAFe® for Teams, Leading SAFe®, and SAFe® for Government. Previously with and international...Read more

Director Application Development
Discover Financial

Corry Stanley is a software engineering leader with more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career, she has focused on delivery and operations within application development and infrastructure aspects of technology. Beginning her career as an auditor for a Big 4 accounting firm and transitioning to...Read more


Tom Stiehm 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, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Kevin Surace

Kevin is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, and futurist and a leading inventor in the QA automation space. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, Planet Forward Innovator of the...Read more

Platform Engineering Practice Lead

Wilson Tarleton is the global leader for Protiviti’s Platform Engineering Team within the Technology Service and Modern Delivery practice specializing in DevOps tooling, optimization, Internal Development Platforms (IDP), and abstraction layer automation. Wilson leads the Protiviti partnership with Progress Chef, specializing in Infrastructure as Code, Compliance as Code, and application...Read more

Mary Thorn
Vice President of IT Strategy and Transformation
S&P Global Ratings

During her more than 20 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...Read more

Disrupt Testing

Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the Director of Quality at Guild Education and a Principal Consultant at Disrupt Testing, where she assists companies to continuously improve the pursuit of quality software—from design to delivery and everything in between. In her...Read more

Jonathon Wright photo
Chief Technology Evangelist

Jonathon Wright is a strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist. He specializes in emerging technologies, innovation, and automation and has more than 25 years of international commercial experience within global organizations. He is the Chief Technologist and heads up Product Engineering (R&D) for Keysight Eggplant. Jonathon combines his extensive...Read more