Speakers

David J. Anderson - Father of Software Kanban

David Anderson
David Anderson

David J. Anderson leads a management consulting firm focused on improving performance of technology companies. He has many years management experience leading teams on agile software development projects. David was a founder of the agile movement through his involvement in the creation of Feature Driven Development. He was also a founder of the APLN, a non-profit dedicated to improving management and leadership in technology companies. Recently David has been focusing his attention on business agility and enterprise scale agile software transitions through a synergy of the CMMI model for organizational maturity with Agile and Lean methods.

Twitter: @agilemanager

Speaking about: Keynote

Markus Andrezak, Director of Product, My-Hammer AG

Markus Andrezak
Markus Andrezak

Markus Andrezak (Director of Product, My-Hammer AG) has been active in different contexts as Product and Development Manager for high traffic and high revenue web sites. During the last years his main focus has been transitions towards Lean and Kanban product management and development practices across his portfolio. With Arne Roock, he also co-authored 'Replenishment', a free eBook on Kanban.

Blog: Portagile

Twitter: @markusandrezak

Speaking about: Are you sure you are doing project work? and Irrational Rules (Pecha Kucha)

Jim Benson - Father of Personal Kanban, Brickell Key Award Winner 2012

Jim Benson
Jim Benson

My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively. I love ideas, creation, and building opportunities. I love working with teams who are passionate about the future. I love pushing boundaries. I love inclusion. My goal with all technologies is to increase beneficial contact between people and reduce the bureaucratic noise which so often tends to increase costs and destroy creativity.

Twitter: @ourfounder

Speaking about: Status is Waste and Why Limit WIP?

Joshua Bloom - CTO, The Library Corporation/TLC Labs

Joshua Bloom
Joshua Bloom

Jabe is a creative technologist and an international speaker on Lean Product Development. An active member of the Lean, Kanban, and Lean Startup Communities, he has been leading multidisciplinary teams and companies for nearly 20 years. Presently, he is CTO at The Library Corporation, co-founder of TLC’s corporate innovation incubator, TLC Labs and a consulting practitioner. Jabe is an advocate of the importance of ‘Keeping Kanban Weird.’ Most recently, he has been exploring the social mind at work, applying social psychology and experimenting with how the co-evolution of systems and individuals impacts innovation. Find him blogging at tlclabs.co and blog.jabebloom.com

Twitter: @cyetain

Speaking about: In Defense of Ambiguity

 

Pawel Brodzinski - Blogger, Team Leader, Project Manager

Pawel Brodzinski
Pawel Brodzinski

Pawel Brodzinski is an experienced leader and team builder who managed different software teams along his career from tiny groups working on in-house solutions up to big divisions working on multiple complex projects for big corporations. Pawel is a fan of choosing right approach to right problem and doesn't believe in a silver bullet.

He is well-recognized blogger writing about software project management at http://blog.brodzinski.com. Recently he leads a division in VSoft where he has chosen Kanban as main project management approach. Pawel is passionate about leading great teams, fixing broken projects and creating high-quality software

Twitter: @pawelbrodzinski

Speaking about: Beyond WIP Limits and Introducing Introducing Change the other Way around (Lightning Talk)

 

Mike Burrows, Kanban Pioneer in Europe

Mike Burrows
Mike Burrows

Mike has led development teams and larger IT functions for much of his
career, working in aerospace, software tools, finance and energy,
recently as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank and then IT
Director at the energy risk management consultancy Encore
International where he led one of the first Kanban implementations in
Central Europe.
In addition to his programme delivery and portfolio management
responsibilities, Mike has led a number of successful improvement
initiatives.

Twitter: @asplake

Speaking about: Not "Portfolio Kanban", but "Kanban"

 

Dominica DeGrandis - Expert on Kanban for DevOps

Dominica DeGrandis
Dominica DeGrandis

Dominica specializes in Kanban for IT Operations and DevOps. She spent her first 15 years in software engineering deeply embedded in Development teams performing builds, deployments and environment maintenance. She has worked in organizations of all sizes, from the US Army, Boeing, and AT&T to small start-ups. Dominica first worked for David Anderson at Corbis in 2006 where she helped deliver the first implementation of Kanban for software engineering in the US. Adept at leading teams performing Configuration Management and Release Management, Dominica found a passion for improving the way development and operations teams work together. Committed to doing the right thing, Dominica studies sustainability in business and the community, global social matters and corporate social responsibility.

Twitter: @dominicad

Speaking about: Emergent Patterns for Kanban Systems in IT Operations

 

Florian Eisenberg - Agile coach and accredited trainer

Florian Eisenberg
Florian Eisenberg

Florian is an Agile coach and LKU accredited Trainer working for it-agile in Germany. Coming from a software-developer background, he has seen the shortcomings of traditional project management and consequently turned to Agile Development. His main focus lies with Scrum and Kanban, but his interest is beyond this with organizational change, development and the transformation of todays's management into servant leadership.

Twitter: @fjeisenberg

Speaking about: Are you really doing Lean Startup? (Panel Discussion) and How we tried keeping track of changes using a Kanban Board

Håkan Forss, Expert on Toyota Kata, Lean/Agile Coach

Håkan Forss
Håkan Forss

Håkan Forss works for Avega Group in Stockholm as a Lean/Agile Coach. Håkan Forss has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and his main focus today are Lean/Agile coaching, system architecture and development. He has a great passion for applying Lean and Agile values and tools to continuously improving your people, processes and business. Håkan Forss also works on Kanban OSS project http://visualwip.codeplex.com You can find Håkans random thoughts and thinking at http://twitter.com/hakanforss and http://hakanforss.wordpress.com

Twitter: @hakanforss

Speaking about: Kanban Kata and May the Forss be with you! (Lightning Talk)

Torbjörn Gyllebring - Development Mangager, change agent

Torbjörn Gyllebring
Torbjörn Gyllebring

Torbjörn is a developer that grew frustrated with solving the wrong problems and the resulting waste of human potential. He decided to do something about it, thus starting a journey of exploration, discovery and distinctivly non techie things. Having introduced XP & Scrum with varied success he started digging deeper into value & the human side of things, this led him to Lean, System thinking and a constantly growing list of ideas that he's busy collecting & synthesising in an attempt to understand & improve the way work works. In his current role as Development Manager at Cint AB he's using Kanban help evolve processes, coaching teams and occasionally he even gets to write some code.

Twitter: @drunkcod

Speaking about: Faith, Science & Rightshifting

 

Hermanni Hyytiala - Systems Thinker and accredited Kanban Trainer

Hermanni Hyytiälä
Hermanni Hyytiälä

With more than 13 years of experience in IT industry, Hermanni Hyytiälä has profound understanding of various aspects of software development including development, team leadership, management, training, and coaching. For many years, Hermanni has been applying Agile and Lean methods, and more recently been both a practitioner and an advocate of using the Kanban Method and Systems Thinking towards the better design and management of knowledge work. Currently Hermanni works for Reaktor as a Principal Consultant.

Twitter: @hemppah

Speaking about: System Conditions – Why Operational Delivery Is Not Always Enough

Ketil Jensen - Accredited Trainer, Coach, Blogger

Ketil Jensen
Ketil Jensen
Ketil Jensen is the founder and owner of Leverage51, a Norwegian based consulting company. He has over 13 years experience as a software developer and as a Lean/Agile coach and holds a Civil Engineering degree in Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Ketil is one of the first Lean-Kanban University Accredited Trainers worldwide and the first trainer in Norway. He has been practicing Kanban for the last three years and has helped introduce Kanban in two big Norwegian companies. Ketil is also a co-organizer at the Oslo Lean Meetup group and runs the blog Walk the Walk
Twitter: @ketilj
Speaking about: Kanban - The next Step in the Agile Evolution?

David Joyce, Lean Practitioner and Brickell Key Award Winner 2010

David Joyce
David Joyce

David Joyce is a Lean and Agile coach with 12 years technical team management and coaching experience, and 20 years software development experience. In recent years, using Scrum and XP, David has coached both onshore and offshore delivery teams, and has successfully launched an internet video startup from inception to launch. More recently David has coached teams on Agile, Lean, Kanban and Systems Thinking at BBC Worldwide in the UK. David currently works for Thoughtworks as a Principal Consultant. In 2010 he received the Lean SSC Brickell Key award for outstanding achievement and leadership.

Twitter: @dpjoyce

Speaking about: How Kanban helps us Move Beyond Traditional 21st Century Portfolio Management and Elvis was wrong (Lightning Talk) 


Sigi Kaltenecker - Consultant, author, change expert

Siegfried Kaltenecker
Siegfried Kaltenecker

Siegfried is an organizational consultant with 20 years of experience in facilitating, training, and coaching. He co-owns and co-manages Loop Organizational Consultancy GmbH, an open consulting network, specialised in IT business, financial services, and industry. Siegfried has already been involved in many international companies such as Alcatel, bwin, Hewlett Packard, or T-Systems. He is also a Certified Scrum Master and co-editor of PAM - Platform for Agile Management, where many diverse areas of expertise are connected. Recently, Sigi co-authored the book “Kanban in the IT. Creating a culture of continuous improvement” (currently only available in German).

Twitter: @sigikaltenecker

Speaking about: Success and Failure with Kanban


Manuel Küblböck, developer, it-agile

Manuel Küblböck
Manuel Küblböck

Manuel develops software products. He is constantly on the lookout for ways to do this more successfully in a shorter amount of time. He believes that making the feedback cycle from customers to developers ever shorter is the key to do so. In this quest he has used agile and lean practices and methodologies for many years continuously adding new ones to his tool box. He appreciates the Lean Startup method for understanding a business model as a set of assumptions that need to be validated by experiments, rather than a plan that is set in stone.

Twitter: @manuelkublbock

Speaking about: Lean Startup: An Intro and Experience Report

 

Klaus Leopold - Trainer, author, change expert

Klaus Leopold
Klaus Leopold

Klaus is computer scientist with many years of experience in the IT industry. He is co-author of the book "Kanban in der IT" and LKU accredited Kanban trainer and Kanban coach with LEANability (www.LEANability.com). His main interest is painless evolutionary change leadership using the Kanban method. Klaus is cofounder of the Limited WIP Society Austria and the Swiss Limited WIP Society. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.klausleopold.com

Twitter: @klausleopold 

Speaking about: Success and Failure with Kanban

Gaetano Mazzanti - Agile Coach and WIP limits addict

Gaetano Mazzanti
Gaetano Mazzanti

Gaetano‘s background includes a long experience as a manager in the Software and Machinery Industry. He worked in USA and India leading distributed teams in advanced software projects (CAD/CAM, PLM, Industrial Automation, Plant Control and Supervision). He is now coaching and consulting in Italy and abroad helping organizations to change embracing Agile and Lean values and principles.

Twitter: @mgaewsj

Speaking about: Agile in the Bathtub and The colours of Kanban (Lightning Talk)


Steve Medland - Expert on Toyota Kata in manufacturing

Steve Medland
Steve Medland

Steve Medland has spent over 20 years leading, consulting, teaching, and learning operations, lean, and supply chain related practices in industries from metal fabrication and machining to grocery retail. Roles have included Director of Distribution Center Operations, Sales Manager, Purchasing Manager, and Inventory Analyst. In addition to his work in manufacturing, Steve enjoys applying lean principles and other best practices to non-manufacturing processes in the supply chain such as the customer interface, supply management, inventory management, and distribution. He has a keen interest in all things inventory related. Steve also teaches Supply Chain and Operations management at Colorado State University. Steve received his MBA in Supply Chain Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Speaking about: Toyota Kata

 

Marco Melas - Head of Delivery Management at PASRHIP.com

Marco Melas
Marco Melas

Marco is currently working for PARSHIP.com as Head of Delivery Management. Being a pragmatical optimizer for his whole life, he has managed projects since 1999. He is a practitioner of agile and lean methods since 2008. Knowing the strengths and risks of classic PM, he is combining his experience of PM with lean and agile practices ever since, complementing each with common sense. He helped introducing scrum to the product development team, coaches the scrum masters and helps the whole company to evolve. Currently he is introducing and coaching KANBAN to PARSHIPs IT-Operations team. One of his favorites: inspect and adapt.

Twitter: @mmelas74

Speaking about: Ready, set, go! Measuring improvement

 

Meike Mertsch - Developer, Coach and Expert on Personal Kanban

Meike Mertsch
Meike Mertsch

Meike Mertsch works as an agile developer, consultant and coach for it-agile GmbH in Hamburg/Germany. Her main interests are Agile Testing, Kanban, Scrum and Pairprogramming. In her trainings, coaching and while developing, she always wants to improve the teamwork within a team and with other teams for they may work at their best. Meike has translated Jim Benson‘s Book "Personal Kanban" into German.

Twitter: @mmertsch

Speaking about: Personal Kanban (Pecha Kucha)

 

Benjamin Mitchell - Expert on Double Loop Learning

Benjamin Mitchell
Benjamin Mitchell

Benjamin Mitchell works with leading software product development organizations to assist them in becoming more effective at achieving their business goals. He accelerates learning in organizations by helping develop productive communication skills that allow teams to make better quality decisions. Mitchell is a highly-rated international speaker on applying innovative approaches, such as Kanban, to software development. Based in London, he work with clients as a speaker, executive coach or team consultant.

Twitter: @benjaminm

Speaking about: Encouraging double loop learning when adopting Kanban

  and Visible Learning: 5 years’ Experience with Kanban

 

Stephen Parry - Lean Service Thought Leader and Organisational Architect

Stephen Parry
Stephen Parry

Stephen is an organisational architect with a world-class reputation for thought leadership and creating profitable organisations with superior service climates by transforming the way employees, managers and leaders think about their business. He believes that organisations must be designed around the needs of customers through the application of employee creativity, innovation and willing contribution. This was recognised when his transformation work received awards from the European Service Industry for the ‘Best People Development Programme’ and a personal award for ‘Innovation and Creativity’. His approach received the National Business Award for the Best Service Strategy. Stephen is author of "The journey to customer purpose." (Macmillan 2005) 

Twitter: @leanvoives

Speaking about: Keynote


Don Reinertsen - Expert on Lean Product Development

Don Reinertsen
Don Reinertsen

For over 30 years, Don has focused on helping companies find better approaches for managing product development. He got his early management consulting experience at McKinsey & Co., and was later Senior Vice President of Operations at Zimmerman Holdings, a private diversified manufacturing company. He is the coauthor and author of three popular books on product development and taught executive courses on this topic at California Institute of Technology for 15 years.

Twitter: @dreinertsen

Speaking about: Keynote and Pecha Kucha (short talk)

Arne Roock - Kanban Trainer and Brickell Key Award Winner 2012

Arne Roock
Arne Roock

Dr. Arne Roock is working as a Trainer (accredited by LKU) and Coach for Lean and Kanban for it-agile in Germany. He has worked with teams in different contexts like Web Startups, Major Product Companies and international Enterprises. He wrote several papers on Lean/Kanban and translated the book "Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business" into German. He runs the Blog www.software-kanban.de and co-founded the first Limited WIP Society Germany. Most recently the Lean Systems Society awarded him with the Brickell Key Award.

Twitter: @arneroock

Speaking about: Are you sure you are doing project work? and The Art of Leadersheep (Pecha Kucha)

 

Nikolaus Rumm - Agile and Lean Management Coach

Nikolaus Rumm
Nikolaus Rumm

Nikolaus (Business Development, cellent AG) has transformed several IT development businesses from more-or-less functional organizations and traditional management to a lean and agile approach, aligning them with their value flow. Having gone through testing, software development, team leading, project management and line management over the last 15 years he's currently consulting businesses in changing their management paradigms, their way of leadership, their organizational culture and the way that they work together to develop products that matter.

Twitter: @nikolaus_rumm

Speaking about: Attaching Kanban to the Command&Control World of Project Managers

 

Karl Scotland, pioneer and advocate of using Kanban Systems for software development

Karl Scotland
Karl Scotland

Karl Scotland is a versatile software practitioner with over 15 years of experience covering development, project management, team leadership, coaching and training.  For the last 10 years he has been successfully applying Agile methods, and most recently has been a pioneer and advocate of using Kanban Systems for software development.

Currently an Agile Coach with Rally Software in the UK, Karl is a founding member of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium and the Limited WIP Society, and has previously championed Agile and Lean Thinking with the BBC, Yahoo! and EMC Consulting. Karl writes about his latest ideas on his blog at http://availagility.co.uk/

Speaking about: The Performance Index Framework

 

Mattias Skarin - Book author and coach with Crisp

Mattias Skarin
Mattias Skarin

Sun Tzu once said the ultimate responsibility of generalship is manover into a position of success.

How do we do this in software? This is my quest.

I work as a Lean and Kanban coach, building peoples and systems that enables you to cut time to market and improve quality.

During my journey I’ve helped helped several software teams deliver with confidence, scaled Scrum over multiple teams (cutting game cycle time from 24 months to 4) and improved life at operations using Kanban.

I’m an author of the book ”Kanban and Scrum, making the most of both” and regularly train and coach in Lean, Kanban and TDD.

http://blog.crisp.se/mattiasskarin

Speaking about: What would you do? Learning from Charts and Tearing down Walls


Dave Snowden - Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden
Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. 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. 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.

Twitter: @snowded

Speaking about: Keynote

 

Jasper Sonnevelt - Agile coach and accredited trainer

Jasper Sonnevelt
Jasper Sonnevelt

Jasper is an Agile Coach and Accredited Kanban Trainer at VX Company in The Netherlands. He helps team and organizations adopt a Leaner way of working. He has experience working in and around a teams with various levels of Agile maturity in both Scrum and Kanban environments. His focus at the moment is mainly on large organizations.

Twitter: @JasperSonnevelt

Speaking about: Top down or viral speed - what works in your context? (Failure Story)

Doreen Timm - Expert on Lean Startup and UX techniques

Doreen Timm
Doreen Timm

Doreen works as ProductOwner and coaches her customers in similar roles. Her background is in design and product management. When she started to work for it-agile, she discovered her passion for agile software development, especially when combined with Lean Startup and UX techniques.

Twitter: @doreenitent

Speaking about: Lean Startup: An Intro and Experience Report

 

Daniel Vacanti - Managed the world‘s first project implementation of Kanban

Daniel Vacanti
Daniel Vacanti

Daniel Vacanti is a 17-year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent most of the last 12 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work with David Anderson. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded Corporate Kanban, Inc., which provides world-class Lean training and consulting to clients all over the globe--including several Fortune 100 companies. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

Speaking about: Little‘s Flaw

Yuval Yeret, Kanban Coach/Trainer

Yuval Yeret
Yuval Yeret

Yuval is the lead Kanban Coach/Trainer at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company.With over 17 years in technology management both in IT and Product Development, Yuval easily jumps into his clients world. He kickstarted Kanban in Israel by helping significant enterprise product development groups use it to drive towards agility and is focused on pragmatic real-world mashups of Kanban, Scrum and other Agile patterns/approaches based on the context. He's been nominated twice to the Lean Systems Society Brickell Key Award for upcoming world-influencing talent and is a Lean Systems Society Founding Fellow. You can check out his thinking in his popular blog at YuvalYeret.com or in his book "Holy Land Kanban". 

Twitter: @yuvalyeret

Speaking about: Starting with Product Stream Kanban