Discuss. Discover. Learn.

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave
Des Moines IA, 50309

Open Space and mixer to follow at the venue



Brandon Carlson

A self-proclaimed nerd, Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques, Inc., an IT consultancy that helps teams deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has been blessed with nearly 20 years of experience to remind him how much more there is to learn. Passionate about elevating the performance of the IT industry, he has helped numerous organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies improve their product development and delivery systems. Brandon’s current interests include behavioral psychology and professionalism in the world of software development. He can be reached on Twitter and pretty much everywhere else on the web as “bcarlso”.

Jason Kline

Jason has over 20 years experience working in the technology industry, and specializes in helping companies continuously deliver value quickly by using Lean|Agile techniques. Currently an Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer at SolutionsIQ, Jason splits his time between instructing classes, coaching Scrum and Kanban teams, and helping organizations transform. Prior to SolutionsIQ, Jason held engineering and Agile transformational leadership roles at Salesforce, Good Technology, and Nokia.

Jeffrey Davidson

Jodi Jones

Jodi Jones is an agile software delivery consultant and coach for Source Allies. She enjoys working with software development teams, and focuses on improving delivery using agile techniques.

She is a change enthusiast with a passion to make organizations and the community a great place to work for technology professionals. Jodi co-founded both the Des Moines Charity Hackathon and the Des Moines Agile conference, as well as organized internal company hackathons.

When not collaborating with her team, you will probably find her running on local trails or racing in her next marathon.

Kent McDonald

Kent J. McDonald uncovers better ways of delivering value by doing it and helping others do it. His 20 years of experience include work in business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, nonprofit, and automotive. He is active in the business analysis and agile software development communities helping people share stories about what does and does not work. He shares those stories at beyondrequirements.com in addition to presenting at and helping organize several local and international conferences.

Kent is author of Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset, and co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility.

Joshua Carson

Julie Chickering

Julie Urban

Julie has over 30 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 all aspects of development and delivery, agile methodologies, coaching, and collaborative leadership. She is committed to diversity with a focus on supporting Women in Technology and encouraging girls to embrace STEM. Currently at Veritas in role of Agile Transformation Coach, Scrum Master, and practitioner in the Agile Practice Group.

Keith Dahlby

Llewelyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco is an independent agile coach. He is a PluralSight author, international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( www.approvaltests.com ). He spends most of his time programming in Java and C# specializing in improving legacy code. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program ( www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ).

Matt Heusser

As the Managing Director of Excelon Development, Matt Heusser, consults, trains, and does software delivery while helping others do it. Probably best known for his writing, Matt is the lead editor of "How to Reduce The Cost of Software Testing" (Taylor and Francis, 2011), editor for Stickyminds.com, and recipient of the 2015 Most Popular Online Contributor to Agile at the Agile Awards. A 2014 recipient of the Most Influential Agile Test Professional Person Award (MAITPP) in Potsdam, Germany, Matt also served as the lead organizer of theSoftware Testing World Cup. He is a former of the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and creator ofLean Software Testing family of methods.

Melissa Perri

Nivia Henry

Scott Sehlhorst

Tim Gifford

Tim Ottinger


Jason Kline

10 Surefire ways to kill your Agile Transformation

No one sets out to fail when they embark upon an Agile transformational journey. Far too often however, the same failure patterns are visible, especially to practitioners who work with many organizations. In this interactive session, we will discuss the top ten most common anti-patterns that threaten the success of enterprise Agility. We will also generate insights about the root causes - why these patterns emerge over and over again. Following our session, you'll have the knowledge you'll need to diagnose these patterns, and some strategies for avoiding these ten mistakes you shouldn’t make.

Julie Urban

How Our Leaders Transformed to Lead Agile (or How I Learned to Shut Up…)

One of the major success factors in an agile transformation is helping teams take ownership: the teams own the solution. This requires Leaders learning how and when to step back (and when to step up.)

The Veritas NetBackup organization has tried agile transformations three times in the last seven years with the first two not succeeding and the third one going much better. The key difference has been the transformation of the Leaders to help teams take ownership as opposed to focusing only on the scrum artifacts and ceremonies. Moving from managers to Leaders is not an easy task. How did these Leaders learn? What did they learn? Join us to hear about NetBackup’s transformation story and some of the concepts and techniques that made the difference such as learning to be an enabler, how to ask questions and not give answers, and other tools.

Llewelyn Falco

Knowing what bad code looks like

You don’t need to be a mechanic to know something is wrong with your car. And you don’t need to be a programmer to know if something is wrong with the code.

This session will focus on training you to have a ‘sense of smell’ for bad code. So you can increase the serendipity in your explorations by having insights into which sections of code are particularly error prone.

Let’s take a look at how quickly we can instill some design sense into fresh minds using Sparrow Decks. Sparrow decks are a rapid succession of 50-100 examples in a 3 minute burst. They allow the pattern recognition portion of the brain to spring in gear and do what it does best.

Matt Heusser

Agile-Test Evolution: Changing Test Strategy Over Time

After years of consulting and conferring with teams from Activate to Zappos, Matt Heusser has seen more that how teams test - he has seen how test strategy changes over time to support more ambitious development approaches.

That vantage point gave Matt the opportunity to put together a playbook - a guide to the recurring patterns of success, and failure, that he has for teams on the page of continuous improvement. Teams that moved from heavily documented process to light, to executable examples and exploration, and, for some, one-piece flow and continuous delivery tend to experiment with technique — some techniques seem to work, and others, not so much.

Come benefit from the experience of others as we discuss a move to a fluency model for Agile-Testing, with real examples. Take home ways your team might evolve … and perhaps a few things to avoid.