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Professional Knowledge Sharer
Xebia Academy

Evelien Acun-Roos is currently a Professional Knowledge Sharer with Xebia Academy. Her agile journey started at Essent in 2010 and since then she has helped many teams at different organizations to become more agile (ING, Rabobank, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, APG, Philips, VodafoneZiggo, Unilever). Evelien is certified to teach classes...Read more

Adil Aslam
Application Engineer
Royal Cyber

Adil Aslam has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry as an Application Engineer. His responsibilities include software design, development, and technical team leadership and has worked with companies of all sizes to ensure the delivery of high-quality software. He is deeply committed to staying current with...Read more

Enterprise Agile Coach

Dorothy Aubut is a thought leader and change agent passionate about partnering with executives and organizations to deliver maximum business value, reduce waste, and continuously improve products, efficiencies, and peoples’ abilities to adapt. Unlocking people and team's potential to maximize their own performance. She has over 20 years’ experience in...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

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

Melissa Boggs
Melissa Boggs Speaking & Consulting

“It starts with you, because when you embrace your own uniqueness, so will your team. When you demonstrate self-confidence, self-worth, and your strengths, they will feel the permission to do the same. When you tell your stories, so will they. At this intersection of strength, vulnerability, and uniqueness, that’s where...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

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

Lead Agile Software Engineer

It's been an interesting ride! Kara Burgan spent a decade working on Avionics and ESM systems at LM Federal Systems-Owego. Then kids came and she decided to take 15 year hiatus. During this time, she performed a lot of volunteer work with the PTA, Girl Scouts, and other organizations. Returning...Read more

Brandon Carlson
IT Nerd
Lean TECHniques

A self-proclaimed nerd, Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques Inc., an IT consultancy that helps teams deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has been blessed with experiences to remind him how much more there is to learn. Passionate about elevating the performance of...Read more

Director of CX Enablement

Charlotte Chang is a Experience Director with nearly 20 years of experience in technology and product strategy. She enjoys working with executives, managers, and teams to create Systems of Compassion that provide a sustainable, humane, inclusive experience for all contributors throughout product development. Recently, her experience has focused on...Read more

Principal Consultant

Júlio de Lima is a principal QA engineer with ten years of experience in software testing. He's currently pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computational engineering with a focus on AI at Mackenzie University. Júlio has worked in all levels of testing: unit, system, and API integration (REST and SOAP), UI...Read more

Chief Architect

Michael Feathers is the Chief Architect of Globant and the Founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design. Prior to forming R7K, Michael was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a consultant with Object Mentor International. Over the past 25 years he...Read more

Péter Földházi
Quality Architect
EPAM Systems

Peter Földházi was first involved with QA as a beta tester of DOTA in 2006. Since joining EPAM in 2012, he moved towards test automation, and is currently working in the USA as a Quality Architect. He has experience in designing and developing solutions for mobile, web and desktop applications within...Read more

Senior DevOps Manager

Concurrent Sessions

Jessica Fritsch has over 16 years of experience in IT and development, and 12 years of experience in management across smaller mom and pop software companies, global corporate conglomerates, and most recently a start up. She has both her Microsoft DevOps Engineer Expert certification and the Certified ScrumMaster title. She...Read more

Founder & CEO

Eden Full Goh is the Founder and CEO of Mobot, a physical testing infrastructure in the cloud for mobile apps powered by supervised, mechanical robots. At Mobot, Eden works directly with mobile-first companies to support their mobile testing strategy and implementation of physical testing automation. Previously, Eden built products that...Read more

Bob Galen
Principal Agile Coach
Zenergy Technologies
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 Director of Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading business agility transformation company. He...Read more
Trainer and Scrum Master

With a background in theater, Rozemarijn Geelen specializes in behavior. With the right communication skills it is more fun and impactful to work together. Rozemarijn helps you to put the right focus on reading non-verbal behavior, applying non-verbal behavior in the right context and use improvisation and communication structures to...Read more

Director, Senior Agile Coach/Trainer

John Halberstadt is Lithespeed’s Director of Agile Consulting, as well as an Enterprise Agile Consultant, Coach and Instructor, leveraging more than two decades of executive leadership experience as a CIO, CTO and Vice President of Technology, transforming enterprises’ ability to deliver value through agile and lean approaches. Halberstadt has led...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

Lead Software Engineer

John Jenkins has been in the software testing trenches for over 15 years, creating testing solutions for both front-end and back-end testing challenges. With around 10 years experience working with Selenium type solutions, and close to five years working with API and backend automation, he has begun focusing his efforts...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

Senior Cloud Security Advocate

Concurrent Sessions

Joylynn Kirui is an infosec evangelist who believes in empowering developers and users on security best practices. She has vast experience in web and mobile app security testing and DevSecOps. She is among the Top 50 Women in Cyber Security Africa 2020 finalists, a finalist in Woman Hacker of the...Read more

Senior Engineering Manager
Olo, Inc.

Brian Kitchener first got his start in software quality assurance in 2001, and has spent his career focused around building and scaling reliable test automation. He's worked as a technical contributor, manager, as well as a consultant for numerous companies. He's built a number of test automation frameworks and custom...Read more

Executive Director

Concurrent Sessions

Paul Klinker is currently the Executive Director at ManTech and a software architect focusing on cloud native development, DevSecOps, design and development, and application integration. Paul works in the Innovation and Capability Office focusing on R&D to bring innovations to our customers. Prior to ManTech he has worked for Northrop...Read more

Jariatu Mansaray
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Black Tech Columbus


Jariatu Mansaray is a people-focused Product coach at Industrial Logic with a passion for empowering teams and driving results. She specializes in process operations and change facilitation among dynamic organizations. As a co-founder and the Executive Director of Black Tech Columbus, she is focused on creating community and job and career...Read more

Grafana k6

Concurrent Sessions

Leandro Melendez is a performance testing advocate with K6-Grafana helping everyone to ramp up on their performance practices. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and over 10 in the performance testing practice where he served multiple S&P500 customers all over the USA, Mexico,...Read more

Agile Coach II

Concurrent Sessions

Kimberley Miller has worked as an Agile Coach in the agile industry for over 10 years. Kimberley's industry experience ranges from education, to sports, marketing software, and now audio. Kimberley's greatest passion is in working with non-R&D teams to adopt agile practices in order to improve the company experience for...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

Lead Developer Advocate
Akamai Technologies

Talia Nassi is a Lead Developer Advocate at Akamai Technologies and international keynote speaker who delivers content on building in the cloud, the software development lifecycle, testing in production, and Linode. She enjoys helping developers understand how to build efficient applications in the cloud seamlessly and at scale. She speaks...Read more

Tapabrata “Topo” Pal
Vice President of Architecture
Fidelity Investments

Tapabrata “Topo” Pal is a thought leader, keynote speaker, evangelist in the areas of DevSecOps, Continuous Delivery, Cloud Computing, Open Source Adoption and Digital Transformation. Topo is currently a Vice President of Architecture at Fidelity Investments. Prior to joining Fidelity, Topo spent 10 years at Capital One where he was...Read more

Sr. Director, Head of HR and Legal Tech

Amitav Parida is a Sr. Director, Head of HR and Legal Tech at JLL with decades of experience in technology consulting, agile transformation and building high-performing teams. In his prior roles, Amitav has helped advance the tech roadmaps of a number of global financial clients in Europe, Asia and North...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

Jeff Pierce
Managing Consultant

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

Senior Manager, Principal QA Engineer
Dun & Bradstreet

Daniel Reale is a Senior Manager, Principal Quality Assurance Engineer at Dun & Bradstreet, who specializes in the design, development, and delivery of digital health services. He has over 12 years experience in quality assurance. His career has taken him through projects in various industries ranging from healthcare, aviation, telecom,...Read more

Senior Cloud Application Architect
Revenu Québec

Hamida Rebai is currently a Senior Cloud Application Architect Software architect at Revenu Québec and worked in many sectors in her career including telecommunications, automotive, finance, and banking. Awarded by Microsoft as Most Valuable Professional in Developer Technologies, Azure Certified, Microsoft Certified Trainer, author, speaker, contributing code to projects and...Read more

DevOps Engineer

Michael Rollins has over 12 years experience providing highly automated DevOps solutions to a wide range of industries. He has focused on designing and building automation for all aspects of infrastructure provisioning as well as the entire build, test and release process for code driven deployments that have drastically improved...Read more

Director of Software Quality Assurance

Shelley Rueger has over 25 years of experience in software testing and quality and has led organizations in companies both large and small in many industries. She has been able to improve quality by implementing industry best practices and by working closing with those in development, product, and support teams...Read more

Adam Sandman

Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology,...Read more

Agile Coach
Agile Private Investments, LLC

Dr. Tawanna Sargent is currently an Agile Coach with Agile Private Investments, LLC. She started her IT career as a Helpdesk Analyst and this role increased her tech awareness in infrastructure, networking, application migrations, computer science, and information systems. While working at an IT Firm in 2009, agile was introduced...Read more

Manager, Advisory – Quality Engineering
Deepak has an extensive experience in the area of Quality engineering, Agile, DevOps implementation and automation solutions. He differentiates with his diverse experience in testing for cloud transformation projects, implementing CI/CD pipelines, leveraging the latest cloud technologies to create value, solve hard problems and reduce cost.
He has experience working in...Read more
Deanna Stanley
Principal Software Engineer and Group Lead

Deanna Stanley has had a diverse career in software engineering, starting with developing protocols for the first internet telecommunications equipment to the present where she helps government organizations adopt agile and DevSecOps processes. She has been the only female engineer in her company and is very happy to see the...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

Alejandra Thomas
Developer Advocate

Alejandra Thomas is an Industrial and Systems Engineer turned Software Developer, passionate about empowering individuals and organizations through technology. After being introduced to Kubernetes as a Software Engineer, she’s now working as a Developer Advocate for Testkube, looking to ease companies’ transition into the cloud and improve the way teams...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

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Solutions Engineer

Tanvi Tyagi has a DevOps background for over 5 years. She is heavily interested in emerging technologies and customer-centric solutions. You can often catch her talking about how to utilize new to ship better software faster and how a simple mindset shift can move mountains when it comes to improving...Read more

Senior Manager, Product Engineering

Jason Yip is a Senior Manager, Product Engineering at Grainger. He has been an agile coach, consultant, and practitioner since he first encountered extreme programming in 1999. Jason was previously a Staff Agile Coach at Spotify and a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks.Read more

Director of QA Engineering
FORT Robotics

Lisette Zounon is a passionate quality engineering leader with over 17 years of experience helping people and companies improve the quality of their applications, with solid tools, a simple process, and a smart team. She strongly believes that industry best practices including implementing agile methodologies and DevOps practices are invaluable....Read more