Agile + DevOps West 2019 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

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Kimberly Andrikaitis

Kimberly Andrikaitis is a ScrumMaster, Agile Coach and self proclaimed "Agile Dork". She's bounced around IT for over 20+ years, starting off as a graphic designer which propelled her into testing, business analysis and product ownership, with a stint in podcasting. She's worked for large corporations (IBM, Deutsche Bank, Credit...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Jason Arbon is the CEO at where his mission is to test all the worlds apps. Google’s AI investment arm lead’s latest funding round. Jason previously worked on several large-scale products: web search at Google and Bing, the web browsers Chrome and Internet Explorer,...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

Training Class

Concurrent Sessions

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

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


From the largest companies to the very smallest, Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—in her career. She cut her teeth while building running high-availability, high-quality services while working on Microsoft’s Bing and Cortana, and honed her skills for rapid iteration and...Read more

Melissa Boggs
Chief ScrumMaster
Scrum Alliance

Melissa Boggs is the Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance. Together with the Chief Product Owner and the exceptional staff, Melissa seeks to fulfill the Scrum Alliance's vision of transforming the world of work. Since 2001, Melissa has embraced experiences in leadership, business, and product development. Her experience with applying,...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

Kim Brainard
Agile Brain Group

Kim Brainard trains and coaches teams to embrace collaboration and discover new ways of thinking and create greater outcomes. She works with organizations to change the way they change as innovation requires breaking down the old rules of thought and create new ones. She draws on a diverse background in...Read more

Technical Manager

Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from...Read more

David Bujard
Blackstone Federal

David Bujard has served as a development team lead, scrum master, and enterprise coach in over two decades in IT, including over 18 years contracting at the Department of Homeland Security and its legacy components. David works as an agile coach and Senior Strategist at Blackstone Federal. At DHS, David...Read more

Timothy Cochran

Tim Cochran currently works for ThoughtWorks NYC, and has been full stack developer and architect for over 15 years. Working on everything from large distributed enterprise projects to small NGO visualization apps. He recently has been helping companies with digital transformation, moving towards continuous delivery and building a DevOps culture. He...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

Mike Cottmeyer
CEO & Co-Founder

LeadingAgile founder and CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in larger, more complex enterprises. To that end, Mike formed LeadingAgile in 2010 and serves as its resident champion of core agile values and principles. He and his team are dedicated to providing large-scale Agile...Read more

Alan Crouch
Director of DevSecOps

Alan Crouch is a Managing Consultant with Coveros, Inc., which helps companies build better applications using agile, DevOps, and security best practices. Alan works with C-level and senior management at private companies and federal agencies to transform and adopt a more Agile/DevSecOps practices when building and deploying mission-critical software. He...Read more

Michell DeCarlo
SVP, Technology Enterprise Delivery Practices
Lincoln Financial

Michelle DeCarlo is Senior Vice President, Technology Enterprise Delivery Practices for Lincoln Financial Group. She is responsible for transformational and delivery management functions within Technology including the Agile and DevOps, Digital Portfolio Management, Continuous Improvement, Quality Engineering and Release Management practices, Strategic Partners and the CIO’s Technology Management Office. Michelle...Read more

Ashwin Desai
VP Quality

Ashwin Desai has over 25+ years experience in software quality and is an experienced leader focused on leading and improving teams to deliver high quality at speed. He has experience in the eCommerce(, Sterling Commerce, IBM) and healthcare (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Health Plan) verticals and has worked as...Read more

Bill DeVoe
Principal Enterprise Agile Coach
Artemis Agile Consulting

Bill DeVoe has been in IT for almost 30 years and has spent 20 years of that as an agile practitioner, trainer, and coach. He has a diverse background and has introduced and adapted agile processes with everything from Fortune 10 companies to small startups. He knows what it's like...Read more

Lee Eason
Executive Director of DevOps
IHS Markit
As the Executive Director of DevOps at IHS Markit, 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 18 years he has enjoyed being a coder, a development leader, and a change agent...Read more
Mathias Eifert
Lean/Agile Coach and Managing Consultant

Mathias Eifert is a Lean-Agile pragmatist and coach at Excella with twenty years of public and private sector consulting experience. He has helped clients to improve their teams, systems, and products by implementing Lean and Agile concepts in a variety of roles, including as an Agile Coach, Solutions Architect, and...Read more

Catherine Fleres

Catherine Fleres is an Agile Coach who has worked at Spotify since January 2017. She specializes in coaching teams and leaders to help them build better products faster, and create a safe environment conducive to value delivery. Catherine started her agile journey by working as a consultant for Cisco, then...Read more

Bob Foster
Technical Manager

Bob Foster is a technical manager with over twenty years of experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery, including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code. He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software...Read more

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

President and senior consultant of Intellectica Systems Inc., Conrad Fujimoto is an information technology professional with thirty-five years of experience in the education, government, financial, and utility sectors. An accomplished educator and author of several courses, Conrad delivers courses in software testing, relational database technology, data modeling, application programming, business...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

Amanda Geary

Amanda Geary started her career as a research analyst at 4th Wave, a technology consulting firm specializing in research on trends in the IT and communication industry. She then moved on to Freddie Mac and worked with development & testing to analyze market needs and implement product offerings and enhancements...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

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

Principal Automation Architect

As a Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion of providing technology solutions to testing and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker and writer, Paul has spoken at both local and national conferences and...Read more

Victoria Guido
Operations Manager
Blackstone Federal

An operations manager at Blackstone Federal, Victoria Guido lives to inspire change, compassion, and curiosity in upcoming leaders in technology. She leads several local technology and management communities in her hometown of Washington, DC, including DevOps DC, Women Who Code, DC Atlassian User Group, and the Project Management Institute. With...Read more

Shareen Gurley
Capital One

Shareen Gurley is an experienced Delivery lead and Agile Coach at Capital One. She has a track record of enabling development teams to deliver outstanding software with the shortest lead times by using strong lean and agile principles. Her passion is in working with leaders and teams to create a...Read more

Stan Guzik
CTO & Innovation Officer
(S&P) Global Platts

Stan Guzik is a global technology executive at S&P Global. He is seasoned at establishing transformational technology strategy and vision to software development, infrastructure, DevOps and leading global teams of more than nine hundred while maintaining hands-on software engineering skills. He pairs executive management with deep software engineering skills to...Read more

Cheryl Hammond
Delivery Lead, Agile Practice Leadership Enablement
Pivotal Labs

Cheryl Hammond, aka @bsktcase, has a couple decades' experience as a software leader in the private and public sectors. She ran her team's successful adoption of Scrumban for a mission-critical regulatory compliance project under multi-agency state and federal government oversight; mentored former COBOL devs into true-believing, unit-testing XP...Read more

Nathen Harvey
Developer Advocate

Nathen Harvey has been active in the DevOps community for almost a decade, putting the practices of DevOps to work and helping others learn and implement those practices. As a cloud developer advocate at Google, he helps the community understand and apply DevOps and SRE principles and practices in the...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

Allen Holub
Developer Advocate
Independent Consultant

Allen Holub is one of the countries foremost software architects and Agile-transformation consultants. He specializes in lean/agile-friendly process and implementation technology (like microservices). He provides in-house training, consulting, and organizational assessment and improvement services internationally, and regularly presents at conferences all over the world. He excels at building highly functional...Read more

Anne Hungate
Daring Systems

Anne Hungate is an IT executive with more than twenty years' experience. Experimenting with both engineering practices and organizational design, Anne determined that people and trust are the keys to better software, while facts and data link IT results to business value. Anne is the president of Daring Systems, a...Read more

Nine Incredible Speakers
Lightning Keynotes

Lightning keynote speakers coming to Agile + DevOps West! Prominent speakers include Rich Mills, Laura Keaton, Larry Maccherone, Catherine Fleres, Melissa Benua, Courtney Wilkinson, Kimberly Andrikaitis, Rob Sabourin, and Nabila Safdar—all hosted by program chair Gene Gotimer.

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Laura Janusek
Modern Teacher

Laura Janusek is Chief Product Officer and founding team member at Modern Teacher, a company that provides technology-enabled solutions to support K12 school districts across the U.S. In this role, Laura manages the development and quality assurance team and oversees the development lifecycle, from ideation through live releases and enhancements....Read more

Angie Jones
Senior Developer Advocate

Angie Jones is a Senior Developer Advocate who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, as well as writing tutorials and blogs on As a Master Inventor, Angie is known for her...Read more

Laura Keaton
Keaton Consulting

Laura Keaton has 20 years of experience in software test automation and all things SQA. She has been a code jockey, trainer, team lead and engagement manager for hundreds of projects across most industry verticals. Her niche is in to end to end project delivery for functional test automation, test...Read more

Charles Kennedy
AVP, Executive Program Manager

Concurrent Sessions

Charles Kennedy is an Associate Vice President and Executive Program Manager for Nationwide Insurance. He has led large, complex programs delivering digital capabilities for the Digital Enablement business and Nationwide Financial. He is currently leading a multi- year year $570M+ program for the Personal Lines insurance business implementing a new...Read more

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 administrating DevOps pipelines with technologies like SonarQube, Jenkins,...Read more

Jeff Langr
President and Owner
Langr Software Solutions, Inc.

Jeff Langr has spent more than half his thirty-five-year career successfully building and delivering software using agile methods and techniques. He’s also helped countless other development teams do the same by coaching and training through his company, Langr Software Solutions Inc. In addition to being a contributor to Uncle Bob’s...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

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

Erin McManus
Agile Coach

Erin McManus is an enthusiastic, results-driven leader with extensive experience working in digital teams and managing the delivery of digital products. She is a passionate agile practitioner and has been lucky to have been surrounded by some very cluey agilists in her career in Melbourne, Australia and now here in...Read more

Todd Miller
Itero Group

Todd MIller is an experienced Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Developer. With a strong background in .NET, software development, systems and enterprise architecture, business process re-engineering, and technical management of large projects, Todd has the technical expertise to not only drive teams to be more effective but to deliver excellent...Read more

Richard Mills

Richard Mills has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering with a concentration on pragmatic software process and tools. Rich has a specific focus in Agile development methods and is passionate about DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery. As the Solution Lead for DevOps at Coveros, Rich is...Read more

Chris Murman
Agile Coach
SolutionsIQ an Accenture Company

Chris Murman's first job out out of college was the weekend sports anchor at an NBC affiliate. If he had only known what was in store! Interestingly enough, he still loves telling the stories of others every day. Each interaction is an opportunity to learn what made you unique and...Read more

Centric Consulting

Joseph Ours has spent over two decades leading, coaching, speaking, and living the IT industry. Using his real-life, in-the-trenches experience, his view is radically different than most, a view focused on value individuals bring to an organization. He is the author of popular articles, such as, “Why You Need Women...Read more

Sandy Park

Sandy Park is a co-founder of, an emerging startup in exploratory mobile testing located in the bay area and Seoul. She recently automated Facebook's fiber connectivity projects while partnering with MNOs in EMEA and APAC. Prior to that, she was a Director of mobile partnerships in Samsung USA. She...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

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

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

Nablia Safdar
Project Manager
Do it Best Corp.

Nabila Sattar Safdar served biotech, software, retail, non-profit and academic teams over the past thirteen years. Driven by the passion for continuous learning, Nabila is always exploring new ways to better serve teams. Her primary focus is on strengthening relationships to optimize value. Currently she is filling the Scrum Master...Read more

Director of Test and Automation

Training Class

Concurrent Sessions

Max Saperstone has been working as a software and test engineer for over a decade, with a focus on test automation within the CI/CD process. He specializes in open source tools, including the Selenium tool suite, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. Max has led several test automation efforts, including developing...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

Alan Shalloway
Net Objectives

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost 50 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, SAFe, portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. Al...Read more

Katy Sherman
Director of Software Engineering
Premier Inc.

Concurrent Sessions

Katy Sherman is director of software engineering at Premier Inc. She worked in several different agile environments with several companies, first as a developer and later as a manager. She has seen agile working and knows its benefits, but she has also seen its failures, things that did not work,...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

Chris Stemen
Senior Strategist
Blackstone Federal

Christopher Stemen’s Agile roots started over a decade ago in support of federal contracts using Lean supply chain improvements to get military equipment repaired and back in action. Inspired by Lean thinking, he migrated to the west coast where he focused on how to establish Agile as a culture, specifically...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

Raj Subramanian
Developer Evangelist

Raj Subramanian is a former developer who moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for, that provides stable self-healing AI based test automation to enterprises such as Netapp, Swisscom,Wix and Autodesk. He also provides mobile training and consulting for different clients....Read more

Greg Sypolt
Director of Quality Engineering
Gannett | USA Today Network

Greg Sypolt, a director of quality engineering at Gannett | USA Today Network, has a blend of developer, quality, and DevOps mindsets, allowing him to bridge the gaps among all team members to achieve the desired outcomes. Greg helps shape the organization’s approach to testing, tools, processes, and continuous integration,...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

Sneha Viswalingam
Zoll Lifevest

Sneha Viswalingam's passion for ‘All things Automation’ began when he started his career right after graduate school in the fancy field of automation in the bay area. Her experience revolves around developing end-to-end automation testing frameworks for web-based and Mobile applications. She enjoys focusing on making automation famous wherever she...Read more

Anders Wallgren
VP Technical Strategy

Anders Wallgren is VP Technical Strategy at CloudBees. Anders has over 25 years’ experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining CloudBees, he held executive positions at Electric Cloud, Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse; and management positions at Macromedia, Common Ground Software, and Verity, where he played critical technical leadership...Read more

Troy Walsh

Troy Walsh is the national quality assurance & testing practice lead and co DevOps lead for Magenic Technologies. He started his career in the DevOps space as a Release developer, creating custom build, deployment and installation solutions for Epic Systems. Following Epic, he transitioned to consulting where he developed a...Read more

Brian Watson
Agile Coach
Sketch Development Services

Brian Watson has more than 22 years of experience in software development and 18 years practicing agile. He is currently an agile coach primarily focused on agile transformation coaching and teaching. Brian has supported enterprise clients across multiple industries including: government, insurance, utilities, consulting services, financial services and manufacturing. He...Read more

Matt Weinstock
Director, Global SQA
Align Technology

Matthew Weinstock is the director of Global SQA at Align Technology. A developer turned tester, Matt has held various roles in his SQA career, from manual tester to automation engineer to leading global quality teams in large public enterprises, and everything in between. Matt has always been passionate about agile...Read more

Courtney Wilkinson
Quicken Loans

Courtney Wilkinson is an Agile Coach at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, which is based in Detroit, Michigan. She is a SAFe Program Consultant and a Certified Scrum Professional. Courtney has been an advocate of all things Agile and Lean for the last 11 years working as an...Read more

Narasima Yalamala
Master Software Engineer
Capital One

Narasimha Yalamala is an experienced Lead Developer / Master Software Engineer at Capital One responsible for full stack development including application development and cloud infrastructure development on AWS using automated scripts such as Chef, Jenkins, Docker, and Kubernetes. He is a certified AWS developer and architect associate with sound knowledge...Read more