Greg is the VP of Engineering at CDS Global, and has previously held senior technical and executive positions for companies such as AT&T, Best Buy, Dish Network, Lockheed Martin and Verizon and led multiple startups as a VP of Engineering or CTO. Over the course of his career, he has led the delivery of over a billion dollars in enterprise programs and projects for leadership companies around the globe and brings a very broad base of experience and industry success. Greg holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Park University and an MS degree in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he also served as an adjunct faculty member.
Nivia is a technologist with over 15 years of experience in leadership, strategy and execution.
Her career path has included nearly every role in tech; but her true passion is inspiring people to do their best work. Today, Nivia plies her trade as Head of Ad Experience Tech at Spotify.
Nivia gives back to the tech community by speaking at, and chairing, tech conferences. Her hobbies include: reading; being a cat-mom; and traveling with her awesome husband Andre.
You can find her on Twitter as @lanooba or on LinkedIn.
Heidi coaches and influences fast-growing companies using practical, people-focused techniques. Her approach is based on experience at highly successful startups. The first was ExpertCity, Inc. (acquired by CitrixOnline) where she was on the development teams that invented GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar. Heidi helped the company scale from 15 employees to 800. Then she was Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc. makers of workflow software for property management and law verticals. There, she built a coaching group that supported dynamic, cross-functional teams as the company scaled from 10 people to 650. She is currently at Procore Technologies - a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. At Procore, Heidi is in R&D leadership, coaching and consulting on software development and reteaming best practices as this company scales globally.
Heidi challenges the notion that you need to keep your teams “the same” in order to be successful. Heidi’s book on Dynamic Reteaming has case studies from several well-known companies that change up their team compositions in order to meet market demands or to encourage continual learning or fulfillment of team members. Find out more about Heidi at heidihelfand.com or on twitter @heidihelfand
Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee. Linda has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching as well as work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. She is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. Linda is the author of numerous articles and five books. Her web site is: www.lindarising.org
His 30+ year career has been dedicated to building great teams, communities, and products. Through his leadership, he has directly built and transformed a number of successful worldwide organizations and over the past decade has been coaching other leaders to do the same with their own teams. He is recognized as an industry leader in large scale adoptions of Agile, Lean, and complex systems; and he has delivered over 20 keynotes and talks sharing his knowledge across the globe. Before forming nuAgility, Ray was a senior engineering director/engineer at Intel Corporation where he helped deliver a number of cutting edge semiconductor products.
Julie has over 35 years in Enterprise Software and is an experienced leader of high tech development teams, a former Director of Engineering, and a joint inventor on 5 patents. She is knowledgeable in most aspects of development and delivery, agile methodologies, coaching, and collaborative leadership. She is committed to supporting diversity of all kinds with a focus on supporting Women in Technology and encouraging girls to embrace STEM. Currently at Veritas in role of Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and practitioner in the Agile Practice Group. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-urban/
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. Passionate about elevating IT performance, over the past twenty years he has helped numerous organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies improve their product development and delivery systems. Brandon's interests include behavioral psychology and software development professionalism. He can be reached on Twitter and just about everywhere as ‘bcarlso’ and at email@example.com.
Michael Feathers is the founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design. Michael is also the author of the book Working Effectively with Legacy Code
Vanathy is a passionate product leader who has worked in the retail industry for the last 13+ years. Currently, she is solving customer journeys within the Merchandising Organization at Walmart where she is responsible for building product teams and roadmaps that focus on Product Pricing for all US stores. Prior to this experience, she has experience in leading, building and shipping several complex products.
As the founder of KupeTalks, Kupe’s main objective is to help you connect, collaborate, and be ready for the future. For the past 20 years Kupe has been helping teams and organizations achieve business value with an improvisational advantage.
Kupe is a keynote speaker, coach and a trained improv actor. His big assignment at the moment is leading an agile transformation. Some think Broccoli & Cheetos is an odd combination, but you will be delighted with Kupe’s combination of laughter and learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone! So, drop what you’re doing and connect with him on LinkedIn now. Why are you still reading this…connect with Kupe?!
Maggie is a passionate UX Designer with a Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from Iowa State University. Her background includes interface design as well as work in VR/AR and product design. Her interests and dedication include being a UX champion while fostering great teams, communities, and products. Currently, she is working as a UX Consultant at Source Allies, Inc. where she is responsible for enhancing the user experience alongside her team. You can find her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariangelyigpe/
Key lessons learned on your leadership and life journey. This includes learning trust (of yourself and your teams), being your authentic self, learning to see opportunities, and understanding and evolving your unique value. What’s your story?
There is an art and science to building your network. In this session, we'll experience techniques to help you better connect with others. Learn how to lead, engage and influence with confidence while developing relationships inside and outside of your team to get results.
You’ll learn two questions to tap into others preferred communication style, equipping you to interact effectively and leverage your relationships with ease.
Reteaming is inevitable, especially when your company is hiring like crazy and doubling in size. Your teams grow and split. Twenty people arrive in one day. You acquire a company and need to blend. You have multiple offices and are distributed. With time, you can get better at morphing structurally and refocusing people and work. The question is, how can we best include and support the humans with all of this organizational change? I’ll share 5 recommendations.
Is Scrum, TDD, planning poker, Kanban, Nexus, or any of the countless methods and frameworks the key to successful organizational adoption of Agile? Or is it the enablement provided by company leadership and coaches that makes the most significant impact? Perhaps it is something else--maybe it all has to do with novelty. In this talk, Ray Arell will share with you what he has learned from helping to launch more than three thousand Agile teams across hundreds of organizations. This will include covering the successes and mistakes when trying to adopt Agile within Fortune 100 companies and how novelty plays a crucial role in creating high engagement.
In this session we will focus on two fundamental challenges faced by many product managers and executives. The first one is how to create and maintain the advocacy you need for agile programs to survive and thrive within your organization, and here we will focus on the c-suite and key stakeholders, and how to shift conversations and decision making to value, outcomes, and customer focus. The second challenge is how to identify the right opportunities to drive agile methods, principles and practices into the rest of your organization. Here we look at enterprise focus, decision velocity, communication, collaboration and collective intelligence as we empower self-managing teams to solve complex problems, reduce waste and lead times, and leverage feedback cycles to stay on top of industry changes, customer interactions, and internal insights and strategy. Each topic and subtopic will consist of a quick description of best practices, specific examples of success and failure from the author’s experience, and an opportunity for you to jump in. Bring your toughest questions and business case challenges and we will practice agile together in real time!
Walmart could be overwhelmingly massive. In this talk, I am going to talk about "How focusing on agility and applying basic agile principles works in shipping products for 1000+ internal customers" from my experience.
Research has identified what Linda likes to call "an agile mindset," an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning, a belief that we can all improve over time, that our abilities are not fixed but evolve with effort. What's surprising about this research is the impact of our mindset on creativity and innovation, estimation, and collaboration in and out of the workplace. Linda will share what we know so far about this mindset and offer some practical suggestions to help all of us become even more agile.
Learn about the importance and integration of UX practices in Agile teams. By learning how to integrate UX into modern Agile teams, you help interdisciplinary teams contribute and collaborate during your sprints, produce quality products and establish a high functioning team fit for today’s agile world.
Do you have a large organization that is trying to transform to agile? Searching for a framework or having trouble applying one? Come hear about a new framework that magically solves your problems…or not. Ok, instead come hear about our ‘third time’s the charm’ successful agile transformation and how we think about mindset, governance, scaling agile, and the lessons along the way.
Scaling models offering to systematize and spread agile have become the de facto approach to agile adoption; creating a multimillion dollar industry. In fact, 30% of organizations have reported using SAFe and 5% using Spotify, to introduce agile at scale in their organizations.
While these models can be helpful in establishing baseline understanding across cohorts; they are rife with misrepresentation and confusion. Using my direct experience as a former agile transformation consultant and current (and happy) Spotify engineering executive, let's dissect the more popular models; dispel their myths; and refocus on what it really takes to succeed at scale.
There are many different views of organizations. Often we see the diagrams that show teams, products, and goals. But, beneath all of these is the technical picture - the view of the various systems and assets that the organization grows, tends and works with day to day.
In this session, Michael Feathers will describe techniques for producing unified views which help us create a feedback loops between our systems and our people, growing both to higher levels of capability.