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. She was honored by the World Agility Forum in 2020 with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Her web site is: lindarising.org
Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.
He holds positions extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. He has held similar positions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Canberra University, the University of Warwick and The University of Surrey. He held the position of senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore during a sabbatical period in Nanyang.
His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management aware for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO. In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.
He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign. Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.
His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.
The Centre for Applied Complexity was established to look at whole of citizen engagement in government and is running active programmes in Wales and elsewhere in areas such as social inclusion, self-organising communities and nudge economics together with a broad range of programmes in health. The Centre will establish Wales as a centre of excellence for the integration of academic and practitioner work in creating a science based approach to understanding society.
Brian Marick was a programmer in the '80s, a testing consultant in the '90s, an Agile consultant in the '00s, a programmer again in the ‘10s, and is not committing to anything until the ’20s settle down. He was one of the authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and is the author of four books. Most of what he does these days is in https://github.com/marick/
Gai is an International public speaker in the fields of leadership, excellence and goal achieving.
Mentor to professionals and entrepreneurs. Giving legal and financial consulting as an accountant and lawyer in the business sector.
Founder of *180⁰ Sport* – a social organization aimed at empowering and advancing people with disabilities through sports.
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Joe applied agile to automotive manufacturing in 2006, founding Team WIKISPEED, and set 4 world records. WIKISPEED became the first automotive manufacturer to accept Bitcoin in 2012, and was featured on the cover of Bitcoin Magazine issue #3. Joe Justice joined Tesla in 2020, where Joe operated Agile@Tesla from the company headquarters. In 2021 Joe published "Scrum Master, The Agile Training Seminar for Business Performance" in English, Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Joe Justice is a TED.com speaker, guest lecturer at both MIT and Oxford University in England, featured in Forbes 5 times to date including as owner of a "Company to watch" by Forbes Billionaire Club, cited in more than 8 business paperbacks and hardcovers, the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary for his work creating the disciplines Extreme Manufacturing, Scrum@Hardware, and The Justice Method. Joe consults globally on agile hardware and company restructuring.
Joe has designed and built 14 race and road-legal cars, some designed and built in as short as 27 minutes. Joe has also built some small houses, and some robots. Joe's method of cross-training CAD, CAM, CFD, FEA, procurement, Machine Shop, Composites Shop, Test, and user testing has earned global recognition as the WIKISPEED method.
Joe has worked with all 3 of the largest military and defense contractors, autonomous and smart road technologies, ultra-lightweight structures, AI labs, guest lectured at UC Berkeley, MIT, on behalf of Carnegie Melon, CU Denver, The University of Washington, spoken at Google, Microsoft, Zynga, Lockheed Martin, HP Labs, The Royal Bank of Canada, Pictet bank, and others. Joe's work has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, CNN Money, the Discovery Channel, and others
Tom Gilb has been consulting on management problems, for top management since 1962. As a result he has developed and refined his own powerful methods for management planning. He has worked for many of these years with his son Kai Gilb.
These methods are jointly called ‘Planguage’ – a Planning Language. They are unique in helping managers to think quantitatively about the qualitative aspects of their decisions. For example how to quantify ‘engineering productivity’, or general product quality?
Most of the consultancy work is done at the CTO level. Most of it is for technical multinationals, and some financial groups. Most of the work is for planning organizational improvement in productivity and quality (for 10,000 engineers for example). The rest is about big projects (like 1,000 engineers, $100 million).
Tom does not profile himself as a management consultant. In fact he works at the grass roots of advanced engineering, systems, software, aircraft, IT, telecoms, electronics.
This often leads to meeting top managers who appreciate his methods, and become clients. There is a well-documented successful spread of his methods at HP, IBM (CMM 4) and Intel (20,000 engineers trained there in his methods). Other interesting famous method-user organizations are Boeing, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Philips, Ericsson, Nokia, Tata Consultancy, Microsoft, Equinor and many others, smaller and less famous.
Tom has been invited to lecture at dozens of universities worldwide (including Berkeley, Stanford, London School of Economics, Imperial College).
He has previously published nine paper books. The 2005 book is ‘Competitive Engineering’.
He has spent 2 years (2014-2015) working on his new book ‘Value Planning’, especially for top managers. Published initially on LeanPub 2016.
In 2018-2021 He produced about 20+ books digitally. Most at Leanpub, or Gilb.com
In 2020, long course length videos were made by Oslo Software Architecture (OSWA), based on the SEA Systems Enterprise Architecture book https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb508f8y_d0PqRZKPCVVVxQ,
And many long videos about the books were made by BCS SPA SG such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaBhijqVWYA for the Sustainability Planning book.
BCS made: Value Requirements video 22 April 2020, 3 hours
and many other of my book videos are below this one on that site.
In 2012 he was made Honorary Fellow of the British Computer Society.
More information, and many publications, at gilb.com.
He lives in Norway and London, and is both Norwegian (as of December 2015) and US Citizen (1940).
Ken Rubin is an agile thought leader and the author of Amazon’s #1 worldwide best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. Ken founded Innolution where he helps organizations achieve outstanding returns through the application of agile principles. Trained as a computer scientist and forged into a business executive at IBM and ten early-stage technology companies, Ken’s distinctive strength is his ability to successfully apply an agile mindset from the boardroom to the individual team. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 30,000 people on six continents in agile as well as object-oriented technology. He has also coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel investor and mentor to numerous exciting startups. Ken was also the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a non-profit organization that has certified over one million agile practitioners.
Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP. He one of the 2019 AWS Serverless Heroes, the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
As a consultant, Gojko has helped companies around the world improve their software delivery, from some of the largest financial institutions to small innovative startups. Gojko specialises in agile and lean quality improvement, in particular impact mapping, agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development.
Frederik is an agile coach, facilitator and trainer. He is Certified Team and Enterprise Coach at Scrum Alliance.
On the topic of Personal Agility he is a recognized practitioner by the Personal Agility Institute.
Frederik works at a company iLean in Belgium.
Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is a team and enterprise agile coach; known for his passion, creativity and innovation; His Masters in Engineering and, training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. Michael inspires people and teams to change, experientially and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit.
The author of twelve books on influence, consumer experience, and Lean Agile project management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organizations in diverse industries.
Peter is a passionate technologist who helps organizations align with their customer's needs. He has hands-on experience in leading teams through adopting DevOps practices, cloud migration, and many other complex change initiatives. He brings a knowledge of the strategic execution needed for success at the different levels of an organization. Peter currently spends his time helping organizations break down barriers and create clarity and purpose by providing expert coaching and consulting. Peter is active in the community, spending his time writing and speaking about how to align security and compliance, data practices, and technology delivery with value streams and flow.
Jeff Kosciejew is an Agile Coach, Management Consultant, and Trainer. He's worked with leaders at all levels of both large and small organizations across a wide variety of industries.
Jeff has contributed to the Agile community in Canada with his involvement in a number of community events, conferences, and MeetUps. He holds a variety of certifications, but finds his experience much more valuable. He finds it amusing to write about himself in the third person.
Program Management practitioner, consultant, active member of the Agile and Project Management professional community in Lithuania. One of the Founders of the “Agile Lithuania” (http://www.agile.lt/) association, directly contributed to Agile legalizing in Lithuanian public sector. Areas of expertise: · IT Management: Organizational topology, Enterprise Architecture, Projects Management and Operational processes · IT Procurement and Vendor management · Agile methodologies, including Scaled Agile · E-Government Ecosystem and Public Procurement · Other industries: Insurance, Telecommunications, Postal Services, Logistics, Smart Energy, Retail. Speaker at multiple Agile Lietuva events in the past.
Paulius is a digital nomad and Agile Coach at Nomad8. All different roles aside, Paulius has been helping teams and people in startup and corporate environments to thrive and achieve whatever needs to be achieved. He is a co-founder of Randomretros.com where people can find a collection of fun and engaging retrospective formats.
Bob Willis is a pragmatic agilist with over 30 years software development experience in the UK, Europe, US and everywhere in between! He has been tasting his way through the many flavours of Agile for the last 16 years, helping people and organizations find out what works best in their context. Bob is an Accredited Kanban Trainer, Scrum Trainer and Scrum@Scale Trainer with Scrum Inc., and a SAFe Program Consultant. Bob is a regular speaker and very pleased to be involved with Agile Tour Vilnius again this year!
A thought leader with over 25 years of experience in multiple technology industries and disciplines. His primary focus is on increasing value through coaching, teaching or in a collaborative environment by using the following guiding principles in all initiatives: quality, efficiency and effectiveness. A problem lover that helps organizations determine the root cause of their issues and identify the right solution for them. Unlike others that will treat symptoms where frustrations are alleviated for a short time only to rise again when issues resurface, He goes in deep with surgical precision to find the true cause and help create a lasting solution for everyoneMBAUsing agile behaviours for over 20 yearsCSMCertified APH Coach, Assessor, Trainer with AgileCxOBlogs on berriaultandassociates.comPublished Root Cause Analysis: True QA on Leanpub
Doc is a software delivery professional working to make the world of software development a better place. His experience covers a wide range of development topics. Doc declares expertise in no single language or methodology and is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares such expertise.
Author of Escape Velocity (https://www.docondev.com/escape-velocity) and a frequent and well-rated international speaker, Doc is passionate about helping others become better developers, working with teams to improve delivery, and building great organizations. In his role at OnBelay, Doc is provided opportunities to realize his passion every day.
Peter started his career as a software developer at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington (USA). He is co-founder of the Personal Agility Institute and the World Agility Forum.
He recently completed his first book, Ten Agile Contracts: Getting Beyond Fixed-Price, Fixed-Scope (based on his frequently cited article published on AgileSoftwareDevelopment.com in 2009). Together with CST Maria Matarelli, he is writing his second book Personal Agility: Six Questions to Change Your Life.
Peter has been active in the Swiss IT community for over 20 years. He was a board member of the Swiss Open System User Group, co-founder of the SwissICT Lean Agile Scrum (“LAS”) Group, initiated the Agile Breakfast format and organized the first LAS conferences in Zurich.
“Agility starts in the head. That applies to individuals as well as to the largest organizations. Change is easy if you want to do it. Once people realize what Agility is really about, they always want to go there!”
Peter’s friendly and pragmatic approach has enabled large and small organizations to achieve successful Agile transitions.
Peter lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland and supports corporate clients and partners all over the world.
Thomas van Zuijlen is a passionate workshop facilitator and a freelance professional Scrum Master from the Netherlands. He’s worked with distributed teams non-stop since 2017. Thomas believes the world of work will be saved by self-organisation, empiricism and facilitation. His weekly newsletter on all matters agile is called The Backlog.
Gražvydas has been working with Agile for more than 7 years. The journey started when he founded his own Start-up and used Agile as a way to run the business. He also had his own consulting company, training and lecturing others on how to adopt Agile.
In his career, Gražvydas worked as an external Lean / Agile consultant, internal consultant in big corporations, spend a number of years in the financial sector helping this industry to become better at using Agile. Currently, he is an Agile Coach of MobilePay, also helping and training various other companies.
Jim York, Executive and Team Coach; Co-owner FoxHedge Ltd. For over 30 years, Jim has helped individuals, teams, organizations and customers achieve their goals. He holds both Certified Agile Coach® credentials (Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Team Coach) and the Certified Scrum Trainer® credential, one of only a small number of individuals worldwide to hold all three top level certifications from the Scrum Alliance. Jim is also a licensed facilitator for the Agile Fluency® Suite, a Certified LeSS Practitioner, and an Innovation Games® Facilitator. In 2007, he cofounded FoxHedge Ltd (http://foxhedgeltd.com) with his wife, Melissa York
Obvious solutions are not so obvious when it comes to implementation. It takes quite a few attempts to finally find the right answer for the specific team. However, even very distinct cases do reveal certain patterns over time.
I've been lucky to work with teams and organizations coming from different industries and contexts. Some of them are just starting and taking first steps towards a more agile way of work, and some are rather mature agile organizations that need someone to reassess their habits and reinforce for swift value delivery.
Currently together with fellow agilists at agilecoach.lt I am helping teams and businesses to choose the best next step in their agile journeys.
Oana is an Agile Business and Leadership and Coach at Enterprise level who likes to call herself an Agile DJ as she mixes whatever practices, from facilitation for creative thinking, to product development and design thinking , from neurosciences to systemic and leadership coaching to create a holistic vue on value delivered that make people proud of their outcome
I am a psychologist (BA/MSc), accredited coach (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), and hobbyist researcher with over 5 years of experience in the tech field, working mainly as an IT recruiter and HR consultant. Since 2018, I have been doing psychological research on the psychology of (agile) software developers, specifically factors that contribute to the well-being of software developers and their teams. This Autumn, I will start working as a lecturer and researcher at Mykolas Romeris University. Right now, I am mainly offering psychological counseling and coaching sesions to individuals, focusing especially on people with a tech or managerial background (from software to product people). Therefore, I tend to notice first hand the positive as well as the negative consequences of working in an Agile or highly dynamic environments. So, I would like to share my research and practice-driven insights on how we should prevent people from suffering negative psychological and organizational consequences.
Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/godliauskas/ - LinkedIn profile https://www.qoorio.app/o/godliauskas - Qoorio profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/godliauskas/detail/recent-activity/posts/ - blog https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Povilas-Godliauskas/research - research portfolio
João Proença comes from Lisbon, Portugal, and is Quality Owner in R&D for OutSystems, a company that provides one of the leading low-code development platforms in the world. He has assumed various roles throughout his career in the past 13 years, including quality assurance, development, customer support and marketing. Finding innovative solutions for difficult problems is what drives him the most, so he is always eager to talk about how professionals are overcoming testing challenges around the world. Outside of IT, João is passionate about songwriting, movies and football. You’ll see him tweet about all of these topics using the @jrosaproenca handle.
Michael Kutz has been working in professional software development for more than 10 years now. He loves to write working software, and he hates fixing bugs. Hence, he developed a strong focus on test automation, continuous delivery/deployment and agile principles.
Since 2014 Michael works at digital as a software engineer and since 2018 as quality engineer. As such his main objective is to support development teams in QA and test automation to empower them to write awesome bug-free software fast.
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Originally a traveller and a teacher of Sanskrit and Buddhism. A husband, father, painter, photographer, gardener, storyteller, writer, train-the-trainer, workshop facilitator. An unconventional educationalist, working a/o with outsider art (art brut), forum theatre, conceptual art, and other forms of art-based learning. A designer of learner experiences. Francis builds communities, inspired by the Agile Movement and uses Scrum in education. He is the author of Resourceful Exformation, (a book on learner experience design and facilitation).
==== Charles-Louis de Maere ====
Bringing people together is something that lives on through my workshops and training. Whether they take place online or on-premise, I facilitate workshops and learning experiences that focus on high participation, on learning by doing and verifying that the concepts are integrated. I use Live Online Learning Activities to ensure people get a chance to practice their understanding of the new concepts.
What better way is there to give meaning to what we say than to draw to make our thoughts explicit? When we add visual information to what we’re saying, suddenly our intention becomes much more precise, and we can begin to work on shared understanding. This is why I love bringing people in contact with the power of Visual Thinking, of getting back to our roots and using pen and paper to bring people closer together.
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