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Josh Anderson

With four large-scale agile transformations under his belt, Josh Anderson has seen it all—good agile, bad agile, and other things sometimes referred to as agile. As the VP of product development at Broadvine, Josh is responsible for the company’s agile adoption and all aspects of software engineering. He gives back...Read more

Lincoln Financial Group

Concurrent Sessions

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group. Adam is responsible for leading the implementation of Continuous Testing and Continuous Delivery across Lincoln. Prior to joining LFG, Adam was the senior director of technology for advanced testing and release services for Capital One...Read more

Sanjiv Augustine

Sanjiv Augustine is the president of LitheSpeed, an agile consulting, training, and product development company. With 25+ years in the industry, Sanjiv has managed agile projects from five to more than 100 people, trained thousands of agile practitioners through workshops and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams....Read more

David Bernstein
To Be Agile

David Bernstein is the author of Beyond Legacy Code: Nine Practices to Extend the Life (and Value) of Your Software. It’s an insider’s view of the software industry drawn from his decades of hands-on experience as a software developer, trainer, and consultant to some of the biggest players in the...Read more


A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for...Read more

Tricia Broderick
Agile For All

Passionately focused on the facilitation of high-performance software development environments, Tricia Broderick has more than seventeen years’ experience in software development. Her leadership, training, and coaching helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles to daily delivery of high-quality software and services. As a coach on the...Read more

Jake Calabrese
Agile For All

Jake Calabrese helps organizations deal with the core challenges they experience on their agile journey. He engages with teams and leaders to create an open, inquisitive culture, focusing on improving organizational systems. As a coach, trainer, and facilitator Jake helps people create systems and relationships that gain from conflict (often...Read more

Lisa Calkins

Lisa Calkins is CSO of Exadel, a global software engineering company that offers custom development services to enterprise clients. Lisa brings more than twenty years of experience in software development and consulting. At Exadel Lisa has proven that determination, the creative spirit, and surrounding herself with brilliant people can produce...Read more

Brandon Carlson
Lean TECHniques, Inc.

Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques, Inc., an IT consultancy that helps organizations deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has held positions from development and architecture to management—and he’s still learning. Passionate about elevating the performance of IT as a whole, he has...Read more

Eun Chang

Eun Chang is a lifelong learner, an avid consumer of new technologies, and a data scientist at Microsoft specializing in machine learning. As part of her career at Microsoft, Eun has driven a number of projects focusing on Windows post sales monetization and enterprise device usage. Her research utilizes a...Read more

Daniel Clayton

Daniel Clayton is principal engineer at GoDaddy with twenty years of software development and architecture experience. For the past nine years, he has developed customer fraud detection systems for GoDaddy, and most recently spent time architecting and developing continuous integration and deployment tools. Previously, Daniel worked with a financial company...Read more


Arjun Comar became interested in software at the tender age of nine when his parents got sick of him at home and threw him into a summer class at the local community college. It took many years to satisfy his hunger for learning, and it's become a lifelong passion. For...Read more

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

With more than forty years of experience as an information systems professional at commercial and nonprofit organizations, Lee Copeland has held technical and managerial positions in applications development, software testing, and software process improvement. At TechWell, Lee has developed and taught numerous training courses on software development and testing issues,...Read more

Bill Dickenson
CAST Software

Bill Dickenson is the director of solution delivery at CAST. Previously Bill worked as an independent consultant with Strategy On The Web and as VP of application management services for IBM, bringing decades of experience in application development, maintenance, and integrated operations. He has worked in IT in solution development,...Read more

Moss Drake
Dentist Management Corporation

Moss Drake is a senior software engineer and ScrumMaster with more than twenty-five years of experience designing and building mission-critical software. He currently develops solutions in healthcare and insurance for Dentist Management Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Devoted to improving the software development process, Moss has written about both high- and...Read more

Michael Durrant
Independent Consultant

After working as a software developer for more than twenty years, Michael Durrant found his true passion as an evangelist for quality engineering. He has since worked in several small- to medium-sized startups in the Boston area as a principal quality engineer. A passionate Stack Overflow-er, Michael is in the...Read more

Mathias Eifert
Excella Consulting

A coach and advocate for agility at all organizational levels, Mathias Eifert has more than fifteen years’ experience using lean and agile approaches to improve clients’ processes and build better products. As a consultant to both public and private sector organizations, Mathias helps clients discover the power of shortened feedback...Read more

Neal Ford

Neal Ford is director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. He thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. A speaker at hundreds of...Read more

Cher Fox
Fox Consulting

Cher Fox (@TheDatanista) brings thirty years of experience as a solution architect, developer, tester, and analyst for business intelligence, data warehouse, and software development industries. Her experience includes more than twenty-five years of training corporate users on IT applications and business processes. A board member for the Colorado...Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

CA Technologies

Concurrent Sessions

Julie Gardiner is a pragmatic, practical, and people-driven leader, specializing in testing, agile, and quality. An enthusiastic and passionate speaker, her presentations worldwide come from real-world experiences in her more than twenty-five years in the industry. As product management director at CA Technologies, Julie is able to influence software quality...Read more

Mitch Goldstein

Summa Technologies’ first technical agile coach, Mitch Goldstein has more than thirty years of experience in the software development industry, working with agile principles and teams since they came into common use. A pioneer of object-oriented development, enterprise platforms, and Java user interface development, he has spent years honing his...Read more

Max Griffiths

Now a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, Max Griffiths started as a shell scripter fulfilling his urge to automate everything. Since then, he’s been eating his way around the world working across multiple business sectors and it’s likely he’s worked at a company just like yours. Although the practice has changed...Read more

Max Guernsey
Net Objectives

A senior consultant for Net Objectives, Inc., Max Guernsey, III, is regularly afforded the opportunity to help teams adopt modern technical practices ranging from test-driven development to modern software design techniques. Max is a veteran software developer with nearly twenty years of experience ranging from internal business applications to shrink-wrap...Read more

Michael Hackett
LogiGear Corp

The head of the training, consulting, and publishing division of LogiGear Corporation, Michael Hackett has twenty-five years of experience with software engineering and testing in banking, securities, healthcare, and consumer electronics. He has trained teams in sixteen countries and runs a global consulting practice for organizations wanting to increase quality...Read more

Chris Haddad
Founder and Chief Architect
Karux, LLC

Chris Haddad leads and advises solution architecture teams building DevOps pipelines and implementing agile, feature-driven release strategies. His process has rebuilt collaborative team member interactions, reinvented delivery practices, and refreshed technology at Fortune 500, midsize, and startup organizations. With a developer-first perspective, Chris works with teams to remove experimentation blockers,...Read more

Paul Hammond

Paul Hammond loves nurturing and growing fantastic teams who create delightful and impactful products using effective software engineering techniques. In his past fifteen years as a senior product and technology leader at both eBay and Microsoft, Paul has helped his teams and the greater organizations transform to an agile mindset....Read more

Sarah Harper
Cerner Corporation

Sarah Harper studied computer science in college but her desire to lead led her to take on project management roles. A senior technical project manager in the engineering strategy and operations group at Cerner Corporation, Sarah handles the security program and is an agile champion, teaching and coaching others in...Read more

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state...Read more

Todd Holden
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Leadership Summit Sessions

Todd Holden is the director of IT product development and a key player in the agile transformation of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He helped bring attention to the idea of agile software delivery to the state as a whole. Todd firmly believes that, moving forward, software delivery inside public...Read more

Jeff Howey
Leading Agile

A former business analyst who now works as an enterprise agile coach, Jeff Howey spends a significant amount of time coaching executives to articulate strategy in a way real people can understand. Then business and product owners can describe the problems they need to solve, and business analysts and product...Read more

CTO and Co-founder

Ali Hussain is CTO and co-founder at Flux7, an IT consulting company and Docker partner dedicated to designing cutting-edge, scalable, and distributed systems for innovative businesses. Ali began his career in computer architecture and performance at ARM and Intel, and has brought this perspective to Flux7, leading the company’s research...Read more

David Hussman

Working with companies of all sizes worldwide, David Hussman teaches and coaches the adoption of agile methods as powerful delivery tools. Sometimes he pairs with developers and testers; other times he helps plan and create product roadmaps. David often works with leadership groups to pragmatically use agile methods to foster...Read more

Ebenezer Ikonne
Cox Automotive

Ebenezer Ikonne works for Cox Automotive (a business unit of Cox Enterprises) where he helps teams develop and deliver software solutions that are transforming the automotive industry. Ebenezer has held a wide range of senior leadership positions in software product organizations, services organizations, and startups. A champion of agile and...Read more

Ken Johnston

Ken Johnston is a principal data science manager on the Microsoft core data science team where he and his team focus their research on Windows post sales monetization and device usage in the commercial and education segments. Since joining Microsoft in 1998 Ken’s roles have included GPM for Bing data...Read more

Angie Jones

Angie Jones is a senior automation engineer at Twitter where she advises scrum teams on automation strategies. She has developed automation frameworks for countless software products. As a master inventor, Angie is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than twenty patented inventions in...Read more

Stacy Kirk
QualityWorks Consulting Group, LLC

As a software QA architect, agile coach, coder, and speaker, Stacy Kirk champions quality and process innovation in software development. She has led global IT teams to deliver cutting-edge web, mobile, and enterprise applications in a variety of industries from advertising to security. Stacy founded QualityWorks Consulting Group and ...Read more

Matti Klasson
King Digital Entertainment

A people development lead at King, Matti Klasson has seventeen years of experience in computer engineering and in recent years has worked in agile environments. Matti’s role at King falls somewhere between HR and agile leadership in the engineering organization. He is responsible for ensuring that King’s 500 developers have...Read more

Janelle Klein
Open Mastery

Janelle Klein is a No Fluff Just Stuff speaker; author of Idea Flow; and founder of Open Mastery, an industry collaborative tools foundation focused on data-driven software mastery. She founded Open Mastery to rally the industry to work together and learn to break down the walls of ignorance between managers...Read more

Tanya Kravtsov

Tanya Kravtsov is a director of QA at Audible, helping build a new QA organization to support innovative web product development at scale. Previously, as head of automation and continuous delivery at ROKITT, senior QA manager at Syncsort, and VP at Morgan Stanley, Tanya focused on quality, automation, and DevOps...Read more

John Krewson
Sketch Development Services

John Krewson is the founder and president of Sketch Development Services, a software development studio that provides agile coaching, consulting, and training. His organization delivers software for its customers using agile principles and practices, and helps other organizations with their agile transformations. He recently led the agile transformation for MasterCard...Read more

Mason Leung
Grand Rounds

A backend developer with an interest in infrastructure and operations, Mason Leung is an infrastructure engineer at Grand Roundsa health tech company that enables patients better access to care providers. In his career roles, Mason has experience defining and establishing a DevOps foundation and culture. Mason is passionate about enhancing developer efficiency and...Read more

Philip Lew

After working in various management and technical positions in software development and product management, Philip Lew leads XBOSoft’s direction and strategy as CEO. A speaker at numerous trade and academic conferences, Phil has worked with hundreds of organizations to assess the quality of their software, examine software quality processes, and...Read more

David Litvak

David Litvak is a Ruby and Python evangelist, agile devotee, frustrated sports legend, and developer evangelist at Contentful. He spends most of his days coding and slaying orcs and beasts in his favorite role playing games. For the past eight years, David has worked as a professional developer using Python,...Read more

Chip Loving, SQE Training instructor

A Certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Master with SSM, and Agile Team Facilitator, Chip Loving is a business transformation professional with 15 years’ corporate experience in agile, strategic consulting, executive leadership, and process operations. He is passionate about building high-performing teams and has a proven track record with executives, middle managers, software...Read more

Larry Maccherone
Independent Consultant

An industry-recognized thought leader on lean/agile, analytics, and DevSecOps, Larry Maccherone currently serves as Principal for his namesake consulting firm where he has worked with clients like Comcast, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, USAA, and Intuit. Previously at Rally Software, Larry led the insights product line which enabled better decisions with data,...Read more

Don MacIntyre
Scrum Etc.

Don MacIntyre provides agile consulting, coaching, and training from the C-level to the team level. With extensive experience across many industries from enterprise software to mobile to the IoT, Don has led agile transitions in enterprises of all shapes and sizes. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach and agile leadership...Read more

Scott MacIntyre
Capital One

Concurrent Sessions

A ScrumMaster and Agile Coach at Capital One, Scott MacIntyre is passionate about coaching teams to bring agile beyond “by the book Scrum” and help teams focus on continuous improvement in lieu of the complacency of best practices. Scott has coached teams using Scrum and kanban, and is currently iterating...Read more

Wilson Mar

Wilson Mar has been building and bringing enterprise applications to market on major platforms—from mobile to server clouds—as an architect, developer, performance tester, and manager. His website ( provides concise, in-depth advice on leading technologies. For the last 3 years, Wilson has been refining his training techniques on...Read more

Abraham Marin-Perez
Equal Experts

An associate of Equal Experts, Abraham Marin-Perez has been working in software development for a decade, paying special attention to what maximizes a team's capacity to deliver in the long term. This has led him to study everyday programming habits and techniques that ensure the sustainability of the development process....Read more

Avantika (Avan) Mathur
Electric Cloud

Avantika (Avan) Mathur is the Product Manager for ElectricFlow at Electric Cloud. In her previous role, Avan was the Global Technical Account Manager at Electric Cloud, helping large enterprises across financial services, retail, and embedded accelerate their DevOps adoption. Avan has worked with customers to design complex automation solutions and...Read more

Elise McCallum

A senior developer at ThoughtWorks, Elise McCallum helps companies resolve both technical and organizational challenges. She has dabbled in languages ranging from Java to Puppet to Scheme. Elise has a deep interest in Ops and a strong passion for optimizing the development lifecycle and path to production to make delivering...Read more

Chris McKenzie
Parametric Portfolio Associates

Master software engineer at Parametric Portfolio Associates in Seattle, Chris McKenzie has dedicated his career to the pursuit of technical excellence. With seventeen years of experience writing software, Chris is a trainer and mentor for others, leading an internship program that Parametric uses to funnel gifted beginners into the software...Read more

Ken Mugrage

A technology evangelist for ThoughtWorks, Ken Mugrage is focused on providing education on DevOps and continuous delivery. He began his IT career in the early 1990s as a system administrator for Seattle’s first Internet service provider. Ken went on to form his own web development company in 1994, creating some...Read more

Manoj Pahuja

Test architect at GoDaddy Manoj Pahuja has several years’ experience in test planning, strategy, and automation for web, desktop, and mobile applications. He has worked on building automation frameworks, created and managed test management software, and is an active member of the open source community. Manoj’s experience writing automation in...Read more

Gajan Pathmanathan
Quicken Loans

Gajan Pathmanathan is a quality evangelist, a DevOps enthusiast, and an enabler with nearly fourteen years of experience in designing, developing, and testing software. He is currently the leader of the enterprise quality architecture team at Quicken Loans, where he is responsible for implementing solutions and strategies for continuous quality...Read more

Jeff Patton
Jeff Patton & Associates

Jeff Patton started in software development in the early ’90s as a project leader for a small, software product company where he learned that well-written code and fast delivery are not the secrets to success. What makes the difference is understanding your customer and creating a great product. In 2000...Read more

Bob Payne

Bob Payne is a change agent at LitheSpeed. As an early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, he has worked exclusively as a lean and agile transformation leader since 1999. Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced more than 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders...Read more

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and recognized by Inc. magazine in 2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

Dan Petit

Dan Petit has been deep in the development world for most of his working life, serving as a developer, consultant, architect, and technical leader for a wide-variety of companies in the aerospace, telecommunications, insurance, hospitality, logistics, and service industries. Dan is the director of development operations at ServiceMaster, the leading...Read more

Ken Pugh
Ken Pugh, Inc.

Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken trains, mentors, and testifies on technology topics from object-oriented design to Linux/Unix. He has written several programming...Read more

Kevin Pyles

Kevin Pyles is the senior QA engineer for the mobile web team at Domo Inc., a software company and creator of the Business Cloud. Kevin has been a QA lead or QA manager for more than ten years and has led teams responsible for QA across more than forty concurrent...Read more

Perry Reinert
Independent Consultant

Perry Reinert is an agile and leadership consultant who provides training and coaching to executive and implementation teams. Perry strives to bring new agile techniques and approaches to non-development teams as well (marketing and content creation teams). As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies. A...Read more

Mark Richards
Independent Consultant
Independent Consultant

In the software industry since 1983, Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the author of O’Reilly books on microservices;...Read more

Ryan Ripley
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

Tina Rusnak
First Class Agile, LLC

A student of life, Tina Rusnak has a gift for seeing what others don’t see in themselves. Tina has been helping others learn how to reach their full potential through personal awareness for more than twenty-five years. Currently a practicing master coach, since 2007 she has trained and coached thousands...Read more


Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-three 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,...Read more

Brad Schick

Brad Schick is a software industry veteran with proven team and corporate leadership skills—and a passion for hands-on problem solving and programming. As chief technology officer at Skytap, Brad leads their overall architecture, technical direction, and IP strategy. As vice president of engineering, he runs Skytap’s engineering, quality assurance, and...Read more

Anshul Sharma
Emmi Solutions

With more than ten years of experience in software testing and development, Anshul Sharma is a recognized thought leader in her field and speaks frequently on automation and testing. During her career, she has worn multiple hats in technology as a developer, business analyst, and tester. Anshul has worked with...Read more

TechWell Corp.

TechWell’s CIO, Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global quality and test leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior consultant, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery approaches. He...Read more

Tom Stiehm

Tom Stiehm is a 20 year veteran of the Information Technology industry. He has spent the past 10 years managing, designing and implementing software products and applications using agile software development methods. Prior to Coveros, Tom held a variety of CTO and architect positions at software development companies. Tom is...Read more

Damian Synadinos
Ineffable Solutions

Concurrent Sessions

Damian Synadinos started testing software—on purpose and for money—in 1993. Since then, he has helped “build better software and build software better” using various methods and tools in numerous roles at many companies in diverse industries. In the past ten years, Damian has focused primarily on teaching and leading testers,...Read more

Nir Szilagyi

Senior engineering manager Nir Szilagyi brings more than sixteen years of experience to the risk platform engineering team he leads at PayPal. Previously at eBay, he led the products platform quality engineering team in Israel and US. Nir had been involved in shaping eBay's test automation framework and is leading...Read more

John Terzakis

John Terzakis has more than thirty years of experience developing, writing, and testing software. With Intel for eighteen years, John is a systems engineer specializing in requirements engineering. He works with architects and engineers to help specify, improve, verify, and manage requirements for Intel’s next generation cellular modem products. He...Read more


Chief storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is director of agile practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad agile and testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her...Read more

Melissa Tondi
Disrupt Testing

Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality, board member of the Software Quality Association of Denver, and director of quality engineering at EMS Software, where she assists teams to continuously improve the pursuit of quality...Read more

Francie Van Wirkus
Francie Van Wirkus

A conqueror of mediocrity, Francie Van Wirkus is a certified professional coach in the insurance and financial services industry, with an agile, lean, and sales focus. Her innovative ways of leading and sustaining change are helping lead a large IT transformation effort in a complex organization, where she is a...Read more

Nichole Vanderlaan
Amway Corporation

Concurrent Sessions

Nichole Vanderlaan is an agile program manager whose management and military experiences have led her to play an instrumental role in an agile transformation. Her work varies from removing daily impediments to partnering with executives on improving planning and delivery. Nichole’s efforts as the champion of agile have created visibility...Read more

Derek W. Wade
Kumido Adaptive Strategies

Derek Wade founded Kumido Adaptive Strategies in 2008 to apply principles of cognition and learning to the future of work. He wields the usual tools of agile and lean in unusually scientific and human-centered ways, whether rescuing a troubled Scrum implementation at a nationwide financial enterprise or gelling a fragmented...Read more

James Waletzky

James Waletzky is a partner at Crosslake Technologies, where he performs technical due diligence on software companies, optimizes software engineering systems, and enables development team improvements in time-to-market, productivity, and overall quality. He has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry, including eleven years working on or...Read more

Lynn Winterboer
Winterboer Agile Analytics

Lynn Winterboer (@AgileLynn) coaches and educates DW/BI teams on how to apply agile principles and practices to their work. In various roles within multiple teams, Lynn has focused on agile and business intelligence. She understands the unique set of challenges faced by DW/BI teams who want to benefit...Read more

Steven Woodward
Cloud Perspectives

CEO of Ottawa-based Cloud Perspectives, Steven Woodward is a member of the National Institute of Standards for Technology cloud computing working groups, a co-leader of the Cloud Audit and Cloud Carrier sub-groups, and contributor to the Standards, Reference Architecture, SLAs, Security, Broker, and Services topic areas. Steven fosters collaboration and...Read more

Hasan Yasar
Software Engineering Institute

Concurrent Sessions

Hasan Yasar is the technical manager of the secure lifecycle solutions group at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Hasan leads an engineering group tasked with developing prototype solutions with associated DevOps processes while providing expertise and guidance to SEI's clients. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience as senior security...Read more