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Lyssa Adkins
Agile Coaching Institute

Lyssa Adkins Since 2004 Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum to hundreds of students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to many apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams they help. Prior to agile, Lyssa had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers, yet nothing prepared her for the power of agile done simply and well. Lyssa authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.

Half-day Tutorial: Starting Up Great Agile Teams—or Resetting Existing Ones   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Bob Aiello
CM Crossroads

Bob Aiello Editor-in-chief of CM Crossroads and author of Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World, Bob Aiello is a consultant and software engineer specializing in software process improvement, including software configuration and release management. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a technical manager at top New York City financial services firms, where he held company-wide responsibility for configuration management. He is vice chair of the IEEE 828 Standards Working Group on CM Planning and a member of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) Management Board. Contact Bob at [email protected], via Linkedin, or visit

Half-day Tutorial: Configuration Management Best Practices   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Chuck Allison
Utah Valley University

Chuck Allison Before becoming a professor of computer science at Utah Valley University, Chuck Allison developed software for more than twenty years. He was a contributing editor for Better Software magazine and editor of The C++ Source, an online journal. He spent most of the 1990s as an active member of the C++ Standards Committee and is author of Thinking In C++, Volume 2 (with Bruce Eckel). Chuck offers onsite training in C++, Python, and Design Patterns. Whenever he finds a little down time, Chuck plays classical guitar or bikes the country roads of central Utah. Contact him at [email protected].

Half-day Tutorial: Going Back to the Well: Principles of Software Design   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Coding for Keeps: How to Write a Good Function   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Sanjiv Augustine

Sanjiv Augustine An industry-leading agile and lean expert, Sanjiv Augustine has assisted several leading clients adopt agile methods during the past decade. He is the author of several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management: A Roadmap for the Perplexed, The Lean-Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery, and the book Managing Agile Projects. The founder and moderator of the Yahoo! Agile Project Management discussion group, Sanjiv is also a founder and advisory board member of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) ’s Agile Forum Steering Committee. As an in-the-trenches practitioner, he has personally managed agile projects varying in size from five to more than hundred people, trained thousands of agile practitioners via public classes and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams.

Training: Certified ScrumMaster Training   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Christopher Avery
Partnerworks, Inc.

Christopher Avery Christopher Avery's applied research helps thousands of leaders worldwide to grow faster, overcome challenges, and achieve their potential while energizing, engaging, and equipping their teams and organizations. His approach derives from nineteen years of field studies on the front lines of IT learning how personal and shared responsibility operate in our minds and relationships. A popular speaker, blogger, and advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and change, Christopher wrote Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who thinks they must put up with bad teams. He is a senior consultant with the Cutter Consortium, co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network, and is a Visiting Scholar at Capella University. Visit or reach him at [email protected].

Concurrent Session: Teamwork Is an Individual Skill   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Arlen Bankston 

Arlen Bankston Arlen Bankston is an established leader in the application and evolution of process management methodologies such as lean, Six Sigma and BPM, as well as agile software development processes such as Extreme Programming (XP) and Scrum. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ScrumMaster Trainer. He also has twelve years of experience in product design, leveraging principles of information architecture, interaction design and usability to develop innovative products that meet customers' expressed and unspoken needs. Arlen has led agile and lean deployment and managed process improvement projects at clients such as Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. Arlen's recent work has centered on combining Lean Six Sigma process improvement methods with agile execution to dramatically improve both the speed and quality of business results. He has also led the integration of interaction design and usability practices into agile methodologies, presenting and training frequently at both industry conferences and to Fortune 100 clients.

Training: Product Owner Certification   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

 Joy Beatty
Seilevel, Inc. 

Joy Beatty Joy Beatty is vice president of Blue Ocean Services at Seilevel, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based professional services company, focused exclusively on requirements. Joy is responsible for developing new methodologies to help improve requirements elicitation and modeling approaches for Seilevel customers. She works with customers to build business analysis centers of excellence, provide training, and work on projects as a requirements architect to plan the requirements efforts. Joy has provided training to more than 600 business analysts. She writes about Seilevel studies and methodologies in whitepapers and blogs that can be found at

Workshop: Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Geoff Bellman
GMB Associates, Ltd.

Geoff Bellman Geoff Bellman worked inside major corporations for fourteen years before starting his own consulting firm in 1977. He has written six books about organizations, change, leadership, and teams including Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge and his most recent book, Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results—the focus of this keynote. Geoff consults with corporations, government agencies, and community organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about Geoff at or contact him at [email protected].

Keynote: Building Great Teams   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Thomas Bento
Certified Compliance Solutions

Thomas Bento A regulatory consultant at Certified Compliance Solutions (CCS), Inc., Thomas Bento provides consulting and support services in the areas of V&V, safety risk analysis, audits, training, development, and testing services to meet international and domestic requirements of the FDA regulations, ISO, and EU. He has supported a large number of Fortune 500 device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in the design and development of software used in a finished device as well as guidance in the areas of 510(k), IDE, IND, PMA submissions, and optimization of current design methods and recommendations for continual improvement in accordance with GxP.

Concurrent Session: Risk-based Development with Standards-compliant Software   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Jennifer Bonine
Up Ur Game Learning Solutions

Jennifer Bonine Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. She has held director level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In her most recent engagement for one of the world’s largest technology companies, she served as the Strategic Quality and Process Improvement Executive. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to build several global teams from the ground up while managing the required organizational change. She currently serves as the Managing Partner and VP of Global Delivery for Up Ur Game Learning Solutions, a global people development company that offers F2F and virtual models for team and personal development.

Half-day Tutorial: What’s Your Leadership IQ?   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Understanding and Managing Change   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Dawn Cannan
42 Lines

Dawn CannanDawn Cannan is a software test evangelist who, for the past ten years, has been working to integrate testers as members of software development teams and improve the working relationships among testers, developers, and everyone else. She has experience at both small and large companies, both co-located and distributed, spearheading test teams and improving their test infrastructure and strategy. When not speaking at conferences and user groups, she spends her time working in the open source community on the .NET version of Selenesse, a plug-in making it possible to create Selenium tests in FitNesse. She writes actively, publishing articles and posting to her blog at
                     Workshop: Agile Testing Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Rick Craig
Software Quality Engineering

Rick Craig A consultant, lecturer, author, and test manager, Rick Craig has led numerous teams of testers on both large and small projects. In his twenty-five years of consulting worldwide, Rick has advised and supported a diverse group of organizations on many testing and test management issues. From large insurance providers and telecommunications companies to smaller software services companies, he has mentored senior software managers and helped test teams improve their effectiveness. Rick is co-author of Systematic Software Testing and is a frequent speaker at testing conferences, including every STAR conference since its inception. Rick is a retired Marine Colonel.

Half-day Tutorial: Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Selena Delesie
Delesie Solutions

Selena Delesie A consulting software tester and agile coach who runs her own company, Selena Delesie has more than ten years of experience testing, managing, and coaching in software, testing, and agile practices for a broad range of leading-edge technologies. Selena facilitates the evolution of good teams and organizations into great ones using individualized and team-based coaching and interactive training experiences. She is co-founder and host for the Waterloo Workshops on Software Testing, and an active speaker, participant, and leader in numerous industry-related associations and conferences. Links to Selena's published works, blog, websites, and contact information can be found at

Concurrent Session: Focusing Testing on Business Needs   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

George Dinwiddie
iDIA Computing, LLC

George DinwiddieWith thirty years of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology, George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. Providing coaching, mentoring, and training, George helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face. Capable across the broad range from process improvements to engineering skills, he currently has special interests in team-building, collaboration between business and technical, acceptance test driven development, developer and tester skill-building, and agile process transformation. Find George’s blog at; his company, iDIA Computing, LLC, at; or email him at [email protected].
                      Workshop: Agile Testing Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Dale Emery

Dale Emery For thirty years Dale Emery has worked in the software industry as a developer, manager, process steward, trainer, and consultant in both IT organizations and software product development companies. He helps people apply the agile values of communication, feedback, simplicity, courage, and respect to all areas of software development. Dale's combination of deep technical expertise and extensive organizational development experience makes him particularly effective in working with software teams. In 2007 he received the Ward Cunningham Gentle Voice of Reason Award, which the Agile Alliance created to recognize Dale's unique contributions to the agile community. Dale holds two patents for his software designs.

Workshop: Agile Testing Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Mike Ennis

MikeEnnis A senior manager with Accenture’s Global Testing Practice, Mike Ennis specializes in test assessments, creating and managing testing centers of excellence, and implementing process improvement initiatives for clients. Mike is a quality management expert with more than nineteen years of industry experience specializing in quality assessments, risk analysis, development, and testing in distributed systems environments. As a quality consultant, he has worked with several Fortune 100 companies such as IBM, Compaq, BMC Software, and Intuit testing a variety of applications in industries ranging from financial services and pharmaceuticals to energy and telecommunications. Mike is a popular speaker at testing conferences including STAREAST, STARWEST, and Better Software Conference.

Concurrent Session: Defect Prevention: A Tester’s Role   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Tim Fong
Done Partners

Tim Fong Tim Fong helps lead companies with complex, distributed software organizations into PMO-based effectiveness. He works with both the business and engineering sides to help develop the strategy and execution for successful delivery of projects with high value to multiple stakeholders. Common scenarios he has encountered include augmenting the PMO plan for a healthcare company with multiple business units needing to prioritize and streamline hundreds of development projects, identifying the areas for higher innovation and steps for better execution in a large semiconductor company with a significant software component, and clarifying the metrics and enabling a dashboard for a SaaS company managing off-shore development. You can reach Tim at [email protected].

Concurrent Session: Essential Attributes of Software Development Metrics   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Martin Fowler

Martin Fowler Martin Fowler is an author, speaker, consultant, and general loud-mouth on software development. He concentrates on designing enterprise software, looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with good design. Martin has pioneered object-oriented technology, refactoring, patterns, agile methodologies, domain modeling, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Extreme Programming. He's the Chief Scientist at ThoughtWorks, a really rather good system delivery and consulting firm, and has written five books on software development: Analysis Patterns, UML Distilled (now in its 3rd edition), Refactoring, Planning Extreme Programming (with Kent Beck), and Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture. He write articles regularly on his site at

Full-day Tutorial: Continuous Delivery with a Rapid Deployment Pipeline   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. 

Bob Galen

Bob Galen Bob Galen is the director of R&D at iContact and president of RGCG, LLC., a North Carolina-based firm specializing in strategy development, coaching, and training teams making the shift to Scrum and other agile practices. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified ScrumMaster Practicing (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In 2009, Bob published Scrum Product Ownership—Balancing Value from the Inside Out. You can reach Bob at [email protected] or

Half-day Tutorial: Releasing Large-scale Agile Projects   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Essential Patterns of Mature Agile Teams   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Hillel Glazer

Hillel Glazer Hillel Glazer is the world's leading authority on introducing lean and agile concepts into the regulated world. Specifically, he's the “AgileCMMI guy” (, the SEI's go-to authority on agile, co-author of their only paper on the topic, and contributor of the agile content in the new CMMI v1.3. Hillel has helped companies of all sizes and locations successfully blend agile with CMMI and achieve performance benefits, not just artifacts and ratings. His upcoming book, High Performance Operations: Turning Compliance into Competitive Advantage, lays out exactly how he does it. Entinex, Hillel’s Baltimore-based company, has a global reach that focuses on generating powerful results for high performance organizations motivated to be lean, agile, and achieve world-class levels of operational excellence.

Half-day Tutorial: CMMI® Crash Course for Traditional and Agile Development Lifecycles   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Cassio Goldschmidt
Symantec Corporation

Cassio Goldschmidt Senior manager of the product security team at Symantec Corporation, Cassio Goldschmidt leads efforts to ensure the secure development of software products. His responsibilities include managing Symantec’s secure software development process, training, threat modeling, penetration testing, and vulnerability management. During his eight years at Symantec, he has helped to architect, design, and develop several top selling product releases. Cassio is known for his involvement with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. He represents Symantec on the SAFECode technical committee and (ISC)² in the development of the CSSLP certification.

Concurrent Session: Implementing a Security-focused Development Lifecycle   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Ellen Gottesdiener 
EBG Consulting 

Ellen Gottesdiener EBG Consulting, Inc. principal consultant and founder Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized facilitator, trainer, speaker, and expert on requirements development, product chartering, retrospectives, and collaborative workshops. As an agile coach and trainer with a passion for agile requirements, Ellen works with large, complex products and helps elicit just enough requirements to achieve iteration and product goals. Author of two acclaimed books, Ellen delivers training, facilitation, and consulting services globally; speaks at industry conferences; writes articles and tweets; and is an IIBA (BABOK™) expert reviewer and contributor. Her free eNewsletter “Success with Requirements” offers practical guidance and news, and her website ( provides a variety of useful practitioner resources.

Workshop: Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Don Gray
Independent Consultant

Don Gray Seeking to answer "What is the earliest meaningful indicator of a project's status?" has led Don Gray to focus on such diverse topics as communication, personality types, team styles, systems thinking, and human systems dynamics. Don's varied interests and client experience—from small startups to Fortune 50 organizations—provide a platform for helping clients as they transition to agile development practices. Working primarily as an agile coach, Don conducts workshops on accelerating agile practices, retrospectives, and personality type. An occasional writer for Better Software magazine and, he helped create and co-hosts the AYE Conference. Don's blog can be found at

Half-day Tutorial: Dysfunctional Agile Team Patterns   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Payson Hall
Catalysis Group, Inc.

Payson Hall A systems engineer and project management consultant, Payson Hall is a founding member of Catalysis Group, Inc. Formally trained as a software engineer and computer scientist, he has worked and consulted on a variety of hardware and software systems integration projects in both the public and private sectors throughout North America and Europe during his thirty-year professional career. Payson has been a writer and featured speaker on topics of systems integration, project management, and risk management. His rare combination of IT project management experience and communication skills has made him a valued member of many project review and project oversight teams.

Full-day Tutorial: Integrating Risk Management into Project Planning   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Consultants’ Skills You Can Use Today   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Reading the Tea Leaves: Predicting a Project’s Future   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Debra Hansen
QA InfoTech

Debra Hansen Debra Hansen is the CEO of QA InfoTech, Inc., a leading software quality assurance company that provides independent, unbiased software quality assurance services to companies including those among the Fortune 500. Prior to joining QA InfoTech, Debra worked for thirteen years at Quark Inc., a leading provider of publishing software and solutions. She worked in quality assurance and software project management roles, and ultimately became CFO. As CFO, and later as senior vice president of Global Sales and Services, she directed internal and external enterprise-level technology projects. You can reach Debra at [email protected] and via the corporate website at

Concurrent Session: Projects and Politics: Working with Executives   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Bob Hartman
Agile for All, LLC

Bob Hartman Bob Hartman’s logic-based approach to development and quality was honed early in his now more than thirty-year software development career. He has acquired wide-ranging industry knowledge by working in many roles including software developer, tester, product manager, project manager, development manager, and executive. During the past ten years, Bob has grown from being an early adopter of agile to his current status as a Certified Scrum Trainer and Coach. He remembers the pain of long waterfall development cycles and understands the human and business interactions necessary to achieve success regardless of development methodology. Bob’s holistic view of development can help any team achieve success.

Half-day Tutorial: Collaborate through Innovation Games®   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Julian Harty

Julian Harty Julian Harty was hired by eBay in August 2010 to help revamp testing across the organization, to significantly improve the effectiveness and relevance of testing. Since then he's learned plenty about testing techniques that work, some that don’t, and ways that automation can help. In the process, Julian started writing and sharing material with others who were interested in testing mobile software. That work has been shared at workshops and tutorials around the world, and the test automation techniques ended up being published as a book and now online. Julian is an active contributor to several open-source testing and development projects.

Concurrent Session: Mobile App Development: Choices and Decisions   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. She has more than eleven years of experience in manual, functional, and performance testing of software systems on both Windows and UNIX platforms, and more than nine years of technical training experience, including course development and training management. Her career has included technical positions at companies like Xerox, IBM Rational Software, SoftBridge Microsystems, Ipswitch, Inc., John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, and New England Medical Center. She is a contributing author of the book Quality Web Systems: Performance, Security & Usability. Dawn holds a BSBA in MIS from Northeastern University.
Training: Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level Training   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Donald (Mark) Haynes
Ajilon Consulting

Donald Haynes Mark Haynes is a software engineering specialist with more than twenty-five years of experience implementing software solutions. Mark has in-depth expertise in quality assurance, software development, project management, development methodologies, metrics, and software estimating. He has led development and QA teams both locally, remotely, and off-shore on web, client server, and mainframe platforms. Mark has worked in the insurance, banking, financial, telecommunications, and automotive industries and has performed roles of development, infrastructure support, audit, training, and process improvement. Mark has been a speaker for numerous industry-related groups and conferences. Currently, Mark is a test manager for a retail banking application.

Concurrent Session: Evaluating the Quality of Requirements   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Jez Humble

Jez Humble A principal consultant with ThoughtWorks Studios and author of Continuous Delivery, Jez Humble got into IT in 2000—just in time for the .com bust. Since then, he has worked as a developer, system administrator, trainer, consultant, and manager with a variety of platforms and technologies in many domains. Since 2004, he has worked for ThoughtWorks in Beijing, Bangalore, London, and San Francisco. He focuses on helping organizations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably by implementing effective engineering practices in the field of agile delivery. He serves as product manager for Go, ThoughtWorks Studios’ agile release management platform. You can find out more at

Full-day Tutorial: Continuous Delivery with a Rapid Deployment Pipeline   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Andy Hunt
The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC

Andy Hunt In the industry since the early 1980s, Andy Hunt is one of the seventeen founders of the Agile Alliance, which launched the Agile Manifesto and the agile movement. Andy is a programmer, consultant, author, publisher, and co-founder of the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He co-authored the best-selling book The Pragmatic Programmer and six others, including the award-winning Practices of an Agile Developer and the recent Pragmatic Thinking & Learning. At conferences and private corporations throughout the US and Europe, Andy is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from software development to management and cognition. When not working, Andy is an active musician composing, recording, and playing trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano.

Half-day Tutorial: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

David Hussman

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 innovation and a competitive business advantage. Prior to working as a full-time coach, he spent years building software in a variety of domains: audio, biometrics, medical, financial, retail, and education. David now leads DevJam, a company composed of agile collaborators. As mentors and practitioners, DevJam focuses on agility as a tool to help people and companies improve their software production skills. For more information, visit

Half-day Tutorial: Tuning and Improving Your Agility   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Agile Project Design: Building Strong Backlogs   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Agile Estimation and Planning: Scrum, Kanban, and Beyond   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Andy Kaufman
Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development, Inc.

Andy Kaufman Andy Kaufman works with people around the world who are struggling with how to lead teams and deliver projects. He helps professionals get focused, take action, and deliver results. His keynotes, workshops, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, and achieve the results they desire while maintaining a balanced life. Andy is the author of three books: Navigating the Winds of Change: Staying on Course in Business & in Life, Shining the Light on The Secret, and an e-book entitled How to Organize Your Inbox & Get Rid of E-Mail Clutter. He is the host of The People and Projects Podcast. You can learn more about Andy at

Full-day Tutorial: The Leadership Tutorial: Improving Your Ability to Stand and Deliver   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Mitch Lacey
Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc.

Mitch Lacey Mitch Lacey has managed numerous plan-driven and agile projects over the past fifteen years. At Microsoft Corporation, Mitch honed his agile skills, successfully releasing core enterprise services for Windows Live, and transitioned from program manager to Agile Coach, helping others transition to agile practices. He became the Agile Practice Manager at Ascentium Corporation where he coached customers on agile practices and adoption worldwide. As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Certified ScrumMaster courses, agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, and his writings, including his new book Scrum: A Survival Guide.

Half-day Tutorial: Understanding Scrum: An Experiential Workshop   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Ed Laczynski

Ed Laczynski Ed Laczynski is vice president of Cloud Strategy and Architecture at Datapipe, a leading provider of managed IT and hosting services. He is responsible for driving Datapipe’s cloud computing strategy and the architecture of new cloud platforms and integrations. Ed brings more than ten years of digital technology leadership experience to Datapipe. A frequent speaker and author, Ed is recognized throughout the industry for his thought leadership, vision, and experience helping organizations succeed with cloud computing.

Concurrent Session: Cloud Computing: Everything I Wanted to Know But Was Afraid to Ask   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Tim Lister
Atlantic Systems Guild

Tim Lister A software consultant at the Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc. based in New York City, Tim Lister divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Tim is a co-author with his Guild partners of Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. He is co-author with Tom DeMarco of Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects, the Jolt Award winner as General Computing Book of the Year for 2003-2004, and Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, now available in fourteen languages. Tim is currently a member of the Cutter IT Trends Council, the IEEE, and the ACM. He is in his twenty-fourth year as a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, arbitrating disputes involving software and software services.

Half-day Tutorial: Getting the Requirements Right—The First Time   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Michael Mah
QSM Associates

Michael Mah As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc., Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a US-based IT think-tank. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected worldwide. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams and its role in project success or failure. A mediator specializing in dispute resolution for technology projects, Michael can be reached at

Full-day Tutorial: Agile Benchmarking and Release Estimation: Building Your Metrics Database   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote: Geography Matters: What Data Tells Us About Offshoring, Co-locating, and the Flat World   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:45 p.m.

John McConda
Moser Consulting

John McConda A career tester, John McConda has been seeking to improve his own skills and his teams' effectiveness since starting out in Chicago testing FDA-regulated software. Now a senior consultant for Moser, John is consulting for a U.S Government contractor, getting his hands dirty with test automation, exploratory testing, and performance testing. John also enjoys teaching online courses for the Association for Software Testing and co-founded WREST, the Workshop on Regulated Software Testing. His article, "Busted: Five Myths of Testing Regulated Software," was recently published in Better Software magazine. His non-testing hobbies include writing songs, writing about songs (, and podcasting (Talking Donkeys Podcast). He can be reached at [email protected].

Concurrent Session: Questioning Best Practices: The Story of One Test Team’s Transformation   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Bonus Session: The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (WREST)   Friday, June 10, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Kent McDonald
Knowledge Bridge Partners

Kent McDonald Kent J. McDonald specializes in successfully applying pragmatic approaches to strategic planning and coaching business analysts and project managers.  His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis and planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non profit, and automotive. Kent also writes a column for about value based leadership. Kent co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and chaired the Central Iowa Business Analyst Development Day 2009. Kent has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Kent State University. He is co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility, a book  that brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help organizations deliver business value and build competitive advantage.

Workshop: Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. 

Paul McMahon
PEM Systems

Paul McMahon Paul McMahon, principal, PEM Systems (,, helps large and small organizations as they move toward increased agility and process maturity. He has taught software engineering at Binghamton University, conducted process and management workshops, and published more than thirty-five articles. Paul has helped multiple organizations improve performance using the CMMI® and lean/agile techniques together. He is the author of multiple books including Integrating CMMI® and Agile Development: Case Studies and Proven Techniques for Faster Performance Improvement. Paul has twenty-four years of engineering and management experience and has been consulting independently since 1997. A certified ScrumMaster, Paul can be reached at [email protected].

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Concurrent Session: Improving Your CMMI® Organization through Lean and Agile Techniques   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Terry Morrish

Terry Morrish Terry Morrish has played various roles in software development during his more than twelve years of consulting and managing quality assurance teams. In his current role of Director of Quality Engineering at Synacor, he guides overall quality for agile teams supporting more than forty-five portals and millions of users a day including serving up integrations such as TV Everywhere. Terry is involved in nGen, a hub for digital media and business development in Southern Ontario. He is an established mentor to current university students and a coach in the community. In his spare time, Terry is an avid curler, writes a blog, and dabbles in mobile app development. Contact Terry at [email protected].

Concurrent Session: Sleep Better at Night: A Release Confidence Metric   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Rob Myers
Agile Institute

Rob Myers During his more than twenty years in various software development roles, Rob Myers has enjoyed consulting for leading companies in the aerospace, government, medical, software, and financial sectors. For the past ten years he has consulted on numerous successful agile, Scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP) projects. The lead instructor of the Agile Institute and a founding member the Agile Cooperative, Rob teaches a variety of courses, including Essential Test-Driven Development and Essential Agile Testing. Every course is a blend of highly technical experience coupled with techniques for preserving sanity in the workplace. Rob also performs short- and long-term coaching to encourage, solidify, and improve the team’s agile practices.

Half-day Tutorial: Essential Test-driven Development   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeff Payne Jeff Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a consulting company that uses agile methods to accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software. Prior to Coveros, Jeff was co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Cigital, Inc., a market leader in application security and software quality solutions. A recognized software expert, he speaks to companies nationwide about the business risks of software failure. Jeff has been a keynote and featured speaker at CIO and business technology conferences and testifies before Congress on issues of national importance, including intellectual property rights, cyberterrorism, and software quality.

Bonus Session: Making Agile Work: An Introduction to Agile Development Practices   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Full-day Tutorial: Quality Assurance: Moving Your Organization Beyond Testing   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Full-day Tutorial: Agile Project Risk Management: A Systematic Approach   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Pollyanna Pixton

Pollyanna Pixton An international leadership expert, Pollyanna Pixton developed the models for collaboration and collaborative leadership through her thirty-eight years of working inside and consulting with many organizations. She helps companies create workplaces where talent and innovation are unleashed—making them more productive, efficient, and profitable. Pollyanna is a founding partner of Accelinnova, president of Evolutionary Systems, and director of the Institute for Collaborative Leadership. She speaks and writes on topics of creating cultures of trust, leading collaboration, and business ethics. Her models are found in her book, Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility. She co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and has chaired Leadership Summits in the US and England. Contact her at [email protected].

Half-day Tutorial: Collaborating with Non-Collaborators   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Ken Pugh
Net Objectives

Ken Pugh A fellow consultant with Net Objectives, Ken Pugh ([email protected]) helps companies transform into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in communication (particularly effectively communicating requirements), delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken also trains, mentors, and testifies on technology topics ranging from object-oriented design to Linux/Unix. He has written several programming books, including the 2006 Jolt Award winner Prefactoring and his latest book Lean-Agile Acceptance Test Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration. Ken has helped clients from London to Boston to Sydney to Beijing to Hyderabad. When not computing, he enjoys snowboarding, windsurfing, biking, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Workshop: Agile Testing Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Prefactoring: Extreme Abstraction, Extreme Separation, and Extreme Readability   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Linda Rising
Independent Consultant

Linda Rising Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, and the change process, Linda is the author of Design Patterns in Communications, The Pattern Almanac 2000: A Patterns Handbook, and Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas (with Mary Lynn Manns). Find more information about Linda at

Keynote: Deception and Estimating: How We Fool Ourselves   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Workshop: Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.  
Concurrent Session: Carrots and Sticks: What Incentives Really Work?   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:15 a.m.

Johanna Rothman
Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

Johanna Rothman Out of necessity, Johanna Rothman started managing her project portfolio in 1986. She began managing projects long before we had software tools to discover critical paths. Her most recent program management was managing the 2009 Agile Conference. Johanna is the author of Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects; the 2008 Jolt-award winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management; Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management; and Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People. She writes columns on “extreme project management” for, and writes two blogs on her website, She is the project-manager-for-life for the Amplifying Your Effectiveness conference.

Training: Agile Architecture Workshop   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Agile Program Management for Agile and Non-agile Projects   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Faltering Projects: Getting Them Back on Track   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Rob Sabourin

Rob Sabourin Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than twenty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A well-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, management, and internationalization. Rob wrote I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book; works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principle consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Rob at [email protected].

Training: Agile Testing Practices   Sunday, June 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Alan Shalloway
Net Objectives

Alan Shalloway Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost forty years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader, a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide, a trainer, and a coach in the areas of lean software development, the lean-agile connection, Scrum, agile architecture, and using design patterns in agile environments. Alan is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design and Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility.

Half-day Tutorial: Scaling Agile with the Lessons of Lean Product Development Flow   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Half-day Tutorial: Design Patterns Explained: From Analysis through Implementation   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Avoiding Over and Under Design  Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Alim Sharif
Ultimate Software Group

Alim Sharif Alim Sharif is part of a team that is transforming one of the largest physical SaaS environments in the world to a completely virtual-based cloud environment. In addition, in an agile environment at Ultimate Software, Alim initiated early performance test processes where he is responsible for identifying and resolving performance, reliability, stability, and scalability issues of the company’s Unified Human Capital Management SaaS Solutions for Global Businesses. Alim has worked as a database administrator, project manager, network engineer, IT data center manager, test automation engineer/architect, SQA manager, and performance test engineer. He has developed and implemented performance test processes, procedures, and tools that resulted in huge gains in team productivity.

Concurrent Session: Performance Testing in Cloud-based Environments   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Chris Shinkle
Software Engineering Professionals

Chris Shinkle Chris Shinkle is a thought leader and Development Manager at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), which builds systems for regulated, safety-critical, and high-cost-of-failure environments. With his expertise as a software developer, project manager, and coach, Chris has adapted process models to domains including aerospace, defense, medical, consumer electronics, and automotive. He introduced and led SEP’s agile adoption in 2004 as well as the adoption of lean and Kanban in 2007. Chris has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance systems, and an FDA-regulated remote patient monitoring system. Chris continues to leverage lean and Kanban techniques in the projects he leads, the training of SEP engineers, and the coaching of clients building software applications.

Half-day Tutorial: From Zero to Hero: Getting Started with Kanban   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Ahmed Sidky
Santeon Group

Ahmed Sidky In addition to being co-author of a top rated agile adoption book, Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World, Ahmed Sidky is the Executive VP at Santeon Group responsible for software delivery and agile services. He has gained popularity and respect in the agile community as a proponent of a pragmatic approach for organizations attempting to adopt agile. Ahmed is often called Dr. Agile because of his free online agile readiness assessment tool, Doctor Agile. A frequent speaker at national and international agile conferences, Ahmed helps guide both small and large organizations during their transition to agile software development and enjoys coaching and educating agile teams worldwide. You can reach Ahmed at [email protected].

Half-day Tutorial: Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World   Monday, June 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Michael Spayd
Agile Coaching Institute

Michael Spayd Michael Spayd helps clients change, facilitating dramatic improvement in results and satisfaction through cutting edge coaching and organization development technologies. An organizational change coach and consultant for twenty years, Michael has worked with Fortune 500, small businesses, and non-profits. For the past ten years, he has specialized in agile and lean teams and associated enterprise transformation efforts, working with more than fifty teams. Michael is trained as a Team and Organizational Coach, has training in Co-Active leadership, executive coaching, and organizational behavior. He is a Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Half-day Tutorial: Starting Up Great Agile Teams—or Resetting Existing Ones   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Prashant Suri
QA InfoTech

Prashant Suri A lead for Software Engineering at QA InfoTech, Prashant Suri has proven expertise in design and construction of web-based applications on various Java/J2EE technologies. Prashant has developed test harnesses and frameworks for leveraging automation capabilities and for meeting challenging client requirements. In his current role, he provides end-to-end performance tuning solutions utilizing capabilities of cloud computing. An avid trainer, Prashant published a whitepaper at QAI’s STC conference (2010). He can be reached at [email protected].

Concurrent Session: Virtual Private Clouds: A Secure Approach for Testing in the Cloud   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Filip Szymanski

Filip Szymanski Director of Products at HP Software & Solutions, Filip Szymanski is responsible for the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) product line, which he helped to launch. His team is responsible for current and future ALM releases, and focuses on requirements, development, and quality assurance. Filip works closely with Fortune 500 customers and leaders in the user community, setting product direction with innovative capabilities. Before joining HP through the Mercury Interactive acquisition, Filip served as a senior product manager for Quality Center. In his early days at Mercury Interactive, Filip focused on performance testing and tuning as part of the SaaS hosting group, introducing the first remote load testing capability in the market to enable realistic load tests on the web.

Concurrent Session: Quality Requirements: Succeeding with Waterfall Releases   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Jean Tabaka
Rally Software Development

Jean Tabaka An Agile Fellow with Rally Software Development, Jean Tabaka has more than thirty years of experience in software development. In the late 1990s, she became an agile devotee, working with organizations worldwide to deliver more value faster through the adoption of agile principles and practices. Now specializing in scaling agile practices, guiding leadership shifts, applying lean and Kanban, and building continuous planning practices, Jean uses a collaborative approach to help organizations adopt emergent practices. A Certified ScrumMaster Trainer, Jean is the author of Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders. You can find some of Jean’s current writings and follow her on twitter @jeantabaka.

Half-day Tutorial: Writing Great User Stories   Monday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.

Doug Talbott
Bedarra Research Labs 

Doug Talboot Doug Talbott is a product design consultant with Bedarra Research Labs (BRL) specializing in end-user requirements, user interface design, advanced visualization solutions for complex systems, and requirements verification. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in producing and managing the development of award-winning content, design patents, visual design, user experience design, and instructional design for organizations such as IBM, Nortel Networks, Carleton University, and the Department of National Defense. He holds numerous design patents. Most notably, he is a co-inventor of the visual language for iLog’s Telecom Graphics Objects (TGO) product—the de facto visual standard in telecommunications management user interfaces.
Workshop: Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop   Monday, June 6–Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

John Terzakis

John Terzakis John Terzakis has more than twenty-five years of experience in developing, writing, and testing software. With Intel for twelve years, John is a staff Engineer working with software planning and development teams on enhancing product requirements in order to reduce planning and development times, to reduce defects, and to improve product quality. He is a certified Intel instructor for Requirements Engineering courses. His prior experience includes director and manager roles with Shiva, Racal InterLan, and Dataproducts, and member of the technical staff at Bell Labs.

Concurrent Session: Specifying Effective Non-functional Requirements   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Joel Tosi
Red Hat

Joel Tosi Joel Tosi is a solutions architect with Red Hat where he helps customers remove complexities from their systems and move toward a more open and scalable topology. He is doing what he can to help erase the history of J2EE being anything but agile including speaking at Java User Groups focusing on how to be productive and even agile in an EE environment. Joel enjoys using his experiences as a developer, manager, architect, and agile coach to help people work more effectively on products about which they are passionate. Joel occasionally blogs at

Concurrent Session: Understanding and Using Code Metrics   Thursday, June 9, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Karl Wiegers
Process Impact

Karl Wiegers Karl Wiegers, PhD, is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software process consulting and education company in Portland, Oregon. His interests include requirements engineering, project management, process improvement, peer reviews, risk management, and metrics. Previously, Karl spent eighteen years at Eastman Kodak Company as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader. He has provided services to more than one-hundred organizations. Karl has authored Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools, Software Requirements, More About Software Requirements, Peer Reviews in Software, and Creating a Software Engineering Culture. You can reach Karl at or

Full-day Tutorial: Project Management Best Practices   Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote: Cosmic Truths about Software Quality   Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12:45 p.m.

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock 
Wirfs-Brock Associates

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock Rebecca Wirfs-Brock is an internationally recognized leader in the development of practical design methodologies. She invented the set of development practices known as responsibility-driven design. Among her widely used innovations are use case conversations and object role stereotypes. Wirfs-Brock has written, lectured, and presented tutorials on object design, adaptive architecture styles, and management topics. She is lead author of Designing Object-Oriented Software and Object Design: Roles, Responsibilities and Collaborations. She served four years as IEEE Software's editor of the Design column and is a past board member of the Agile Alliance. She frequently helps product engineering, IT, and startup organizations with the technical bits as well as with effective teamwork and agile development practices. She consults, speaks, and writes on practical techniques for thinking about, designing, discussing, implementing, and describing software. Rebecca blogs about software design and agile practices at The Responsible Designer. You can find her design columns, papers, and presentations at

Training: Agile Architecture Workshop   Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

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