Chad Littlefield

TEDx Speaker, Author & Creator of We! Connect Cards

Connection before Content

Google's internal quest to build the perfect team found that the #1 indicator of high-performing, innovative teams is the presence of trust and psychological safety that are developed through social connections. Here's the thing. Our meetings, events, emails, and work conversations so often focus solely on content - with little to no attention to the critical aspect of connection.

In this fun, interactive keynote experience, Chad Littlefield, TEDx speaker and bestselling author, will share practical tools on how to foster a culture of "connection before content" that helps make engagement easy - online and off. We'll also experience some "connection activities" that can easily and quickly be used to spark meaningful connection. You will walk away from this session with concrete, actionable tools to "create connection before content" worth remembering both inside and outside of work.

About Chad

Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of We and Me, Inc. ( - an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Forbes calls Chad a "global expert on asking questions that build team trust and connection." He is a TEDx speaker, bestselling author of Ask Powerful Questions, and creator of We! Connect Cards™, which are now being used to create conversations that matter in over 80 countries around the world.

Chad lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wonderful wife and son, Kate and Otto.

View Chad's full bio here.

Johanna Rothman

Author, Management Coach & Founder, Rothman Consulting Group

Lead Your Remote Team to Success: Focus on Principles and Outcomes

Up until the pandemic, many people offered advice to agile teams who wanted to include remote people: "Don't do that!" However, we've all been dispersed since March. And, many of us aren't going "back" to work for months. Some companies aren't even planning a return date-and some have given up their buildings. Remote is now a fact of life. That means the common advice, "Don't do that!" doesn't help distributed agile teams.

However, many distributed agile teams have problems using agile approaches-because these teams focus on practices. Instead, consider how you can apply the eight principles for your successful distributed team. Aside from the principles, you'll learn the few metrics you need (not velocity!) and how you might optimize your remote team's agility to deliver the outcomes your business needs.

About Johanna

Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can then decide how to adapt their product development.

With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

See all her books, blog, and other resources at and

Certification Coaches

Damon Poole

Agile Coach; Founder, Nexxle

IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)

This remote certification course consists of 4 half-day sessions from Nov 3–6

The intense interactive experience in this workshop was hand crafted by Damon Poole and Gillian Lee, co-authors of the upcoming book "Professional Coaching for Agilists" by Pearson. In addition, this workshop has been designed to utilize the knowledge of the participants in order for participants and instructors to learn from each other.

To provide a similar experience to an in-person workshop there will be Q&A, open discussion on specific topics, breakout rooms, individual and group activities, sharing experiences within your breakout room and with the full class, and the use of Zoom and Mural.

Two thirds of the workshop is spent in fun group activities and games in zoom breakout rooms with 2-5 people depending on the activity. We encourage you to have interesting materials on hand for use in some of the activities such as colored markers, Legos, pipe-cleaners, or whatever works for you.

The focus of the workshop is applying the skills of Professional Coaching within an Agile environment. What you will learn is framework agnostic; applicable for coaching in any Agile-oriented environment whether people are using Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, or any other Agile-oriented set of practices.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of Professional Coaching
  • The differences between Coaching, Facilitating, Mentoring, and Teaching
  • Dozens of Agile and Coaching games, activities, and techniques
  • The "Coaching Triggers" framework
  • New ways of providing feedback
For more information on this course, click here.


Anyone working in an Agile environment that is interested in applying Professional Coaching skills. All of the skills in the workshop are useful for anyone looking to increase their organization’s level of Agility or to become even more effective when working within an Agile environment.


A working knowledge of Agile and at least one Agile methodology is required. Recent experience on an Agile team is highly recommended.


Each participant will receive the ICAgile ICP-ACC, Certified Professional: Agile Coaching.

About Damon

Damon has coached and trained thousands of people at companies such as EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He speaks frequently at Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Agile Arizona, Kentucky Fried Agile, Agile and Beyond, Agile Toronto, and others. As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He created Eliassen's Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey. This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community. Today he is an independent coach and focuses on providing Agile Coach workshops.

Lee Henson

CEO & President, AgileDad

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM)

This remote certification course consists of 4 half-day sessions from Nov 3–6

As a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), you've been introduced to Scrum values, practices, and applications. You now understand how to provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. Becoming Agile is a lifelong journey. Incorporating Scrum values and Agile principles into your world of work takes diligence, patience, and a commitment to continuous improvement. To further enhance your knowledge and skills, the next step is achieving an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM®) certification from Scrum Alliance®. Our advanced offering is ideal for a Certified ScrumMaster who has one or more years of work experience in that role.

A focus on implementation — The A-CSM program is designed to build on your foundational knowledge with enhanced skills for the implementation of Scrum and Agile techniques within your company and teams. Distinguish yourself in the global marketplace! The new A-CSM certification provides an opportunity to take the next step and stand out among the global Scrum community.

Learn To:

  • Facilitate dialogue between the Product Owner, team members, customers, stakeholders, and executives.
  • Respond confidently when encountering resistance to change, lack of engagement, low motivation, and unavailability of key people.
  • Increase developer engagement to encourage greater accountability, commitment, and buy-in.
  • Extend the impact of Scrum throughout the organization.
  • Scale Scrum and Agile beyond a single team.
  • Leverage your learning to gain recognition and status as the local Agile expert in your company.

This experience includes:

  • A complete 2-day classroom session eligible for 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs
  • A two-year membership to the Scrum Alliance
  • Eligibility to take the online test and online testing fees are all included as part of this session
  • A complete guide/workbook with extensive reference materials and exercises
  • Qualification to be eligible for the level-3 Certified ScrumMaster Professional Course


  • Hold a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification with the Scrum Alliance.
  • Accept the A-CSM License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile.
  • Validate at least 12 months of work experience specific to the role of Scrum Master (within the past five years).

For more information, see the Scrum Alliance description for Advanced Certified ScrumMaster.

About Lee

Lee's 15 years of experience spans a broad array of roles and responsibilities. He is currently one of just over 220 Certified Scrum Trainers worldwide. He is also a SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant, Project Management Professional, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and a Certified Lean Agile Professional. His client list includes over 44 Fortune 100 companies.

Lee is a graduate of the Disney Management Institute and has served as Chairperson for the Scrum Alliance Certification Advisory Board. He is a published author, awarded public speaker and the inventor of Rapid Release Planning. Lee also hosts The Daily Standup Agile Podcast. He is continually looking for ways to uplift organizations, teams, and individuals in an effort to advance the Agile & Scrum community.

Peter Green

Co-founder, Agile Coach and Trainer, Humanizing Work

Leading Organizational Transformation (CAL-E & CAL-O)

This remote certification course consists of 3 half-day sessions from Nov 3–5

The CAL: Leading Organizational Transformation class will increase your leadership effectiveness, help you understand how to lead change at any level, and inspire you to humanize your workplace at the individual, team, and organizational levels. CAL is a great choice for executives, managers, coaches & consultants. The common thread among CAL students is the desire to enhance their workplace (and/or clients' workplace) with Agile values, principles, and practices. Participants in CAL will receive their Certified Agile Leadership® Essentials (CAL-E) and Organization (CAL-O) credentials. The CAL program is a practice-based program that develops Agile leadership competency and maturity.

Course Topics & Learning Objectives:

Merge Agile approaches into your leadership style. Whether your organization applies Agile at the team level or you're just getting your feet wet with an Agile framework, this Certified Agile Leadership® course will help you improve your ability to:

  • Understand Agile as a management approach and the role leaders play in creating organizational agility.
  • Describe next-generation Agile organizations across a wide variety of industries, well beyond common software examples like Spotify.
  • Envision the next major step forward in your organization's agility.
  • Describe the three jobs of Agile Leaders, and how those roles need to be balanced across human and system elements.
  • Understand how to lead change in a complex environment, viewing resistance as a resource and approaching change as a series of well-design experiments.
  • Shift from a Reactive to a Creative stance in your personal leadership.

For more information on this CAL course provided by the Scrum Alliance click here.

Note: pre-work is required for this course.
Note: Project Management Professionals can receive 18 PDUs for this CAL course.

About Peter

Peter helps leaders discover how to create the outcomes they care about the most. He draws on a unique combination of deep empathy and keen insight developed by an almost stubborn insistence on staying actively involved in seemingly disconnected fields, including the creative arts, business, psychology, leadership, organizational design, and philosophy. Peter majored in music composition at Arizona State University. He is an in-demand trumpet player and recording engineer.

At Adobe Systems, Peter led an Agile transformation that enabled the shift to a subscription business model. Peter spent five years with Agile For All, helping to grow the business from a focus on team level agility to an expanded approach for leaders at all levels. He co-developed the Certified Agile Leadership program for the Scrum Alliance. He has trained, coached, and advised dozens of organizations to create outcomes that range from executive leadership development programs, to creating vision and strategy, to creating a culture of innovation, to clarifying and validating customer segments and needs, to reinventing business models and products, to creating high performing, Agile teams.

Peter is a Certified Scrum Trainer, a graduate of the ORSC coaching system, a certified Leadership Agility and Leadership Circle coach, a certified Innovation Games practitioner, and the co-founder of the Humanizing Work company. He is an avid reader and idea-combiner. He is a firm believer in the power of range and a growth mindset. He spends his working hours dedicated to nudging the world of work towards a more human-centric, meaningful, and prosperous future. He spends his other waking hours enjoying time with his wife and five kids, running, hiking, playing golf, and making music and visual arts. Admired at all stakeholder levels - from executives to product teams - for his hands-on Agile training, Peter works with diverse clients to help them thrive, personally and professionally, in complexity.

Richard Lawrence

Co-founder, Agile Trainer and Coach, Humanizing Work

Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO)

This remote certification course consists of 3 half-day sessions from Nov 3–5

What if you could feel confident that your product backlog holds just the right details at the right time?

  • You have clarity and alignment on what the most important work is.
  • Your team has the information they need to create solutions that thrill your customers.
  • Your stakeholders trust your roadmaps that show your team’s trajectory for the next three, six, or even 12 months.
  • You end your day feeling calm and prepared instead of stressed out that you’ve missed something important.

The best Product Owners know how to make that happen every day. And you can learn their secrets in Humanizing Work’s Certified Scrum Product Owner® workshop.

By the end of this highly-interactive virtual workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Define great Product Ownership and illustrate that definition with examples from your own experience
  • Explain the Scrum Framework with emphasis on the Product Owner’s role in it
  • Explain why things are predictable sometimes and not others - and how to tell the difference in advance and what to do about it
  • Describe how to structure work for a project or product to benefit from change
  • Discover and align your team around your customers’ real needs so you can focus on what’s most valuable
  • Craft a compelling, vivid Product Vision statement
  • Use Feature Mining to find a first slice of a big idea (such as a project, a new product, or even a new business idea) - a first slice that will produce early value, learning and/or risk mitigation
  • Write clear, valuable user stories
  • Slice features and big user stories into small stories so that your team can deliver every Sprint
  • Structure a product backlog to have just the right amount of detail at the right time-not too early or too late
  • Forecast a release (date/scope) over a product backlog and account for risk and change

And you'll earn the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner designation and be eligible to continue on to Advanced CSPO. Learn more about the course.

About Richard

Long-time co-owner of Agile For All and now co-founder of Humanizing Work, Richard's superpower is bringing together seemingly unrelated fields and ideas to create new possibilities. Drawing on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, design, and political science, Richard trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems.

Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. His book Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber was published by Addison-Wesley in 2019 (for more information, visit

Rob Myers

Principal Instructor and Coach, Agile for All

Certified Scrum Developer® (CSD)

This remote certification course consists of 4 half-day sessions from Nov 3–6

Taking this class will provide you with the Technical Requirement towards your Certified Scrum Developer® (CSD) credentials. This class immerses you in the software development practices & skills necessary to deliver high-quality software incrementally, while still retaining maintainability and extensibility.

Course Topics & Learning Objectives:

  • Immersive, hands-on experience with a variety of individual practices; and how they improve team communication, product quality, and maintainability. Includes:
    • Continuous Integration
    • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
    • Refactoring
    • Pair Programming
    • Others, depending on attendee interests, including complementary practices such as Continuous Delivery, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), and Mob Programming.
  • A clear understanding of why our industry needs these professional development & engineering practices.
  • A clear understanding of why these particular practices are well-suited for Agile frameworks such as Scrum & Kanban.
  • Techniques for teams and individuals to realistically stick to these practices in a disciplined way.

For more information on this CSD course taught by the Agile Arizona training partner Agile for All, click here.

For important CSD certification information provided by the Scrum Alliance, click here.

Note: Whether or not you complete all CSD certification requirements, you can receive 21 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance.

About Rob

Rob has 35 years of professional experience in software development roles, and has been training and coaching organizations in Agile engineering practices since 1998. His courses blend fun, practical, hands-on coding labs, "Training From the Back of the Room” advanced learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful and not-so-successful Agile implementations.

Rob is also writing a book, Essential Test-Driven Development, for Addison-Wesley, due out in 2021.

Steve Spearman

Trainer and Agile Coach, Agile For All

Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)

This remote certification course consists of 4 half-day sessions from Nov 3–6

Taking this class (and passing the test) will provide you with the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) credentials. As a CSM, you'll be prepared to help Scrum Teams perform at their highest level. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions. Through the certification process, you will learn the Scrum framework and gain an understanding of team roles, events, artifacts and rules.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Scrum framework to others
  • Explain the difference between the Scrum framework and other processes and systems
  • Be a successful Scrum Master for a Scrum team
  • Help a Scrum team plan successfully
  • Create a personal plan for the future

For more information on this CSM course as taught by the Agile Arizona training partner Agile for All, click here.
For the CSM certification information provided by the Scrum Alliance, click here.

Note: Project Management Professionals can get 14 PDUs for this CSM course.

About Steve

Steve Spearman is a Trainer and Agile coach with over 30 years of experience in corporate software development settings. In his last corporate role, he was the sponsor for his business unit's transition to Scrum. Steve is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) with great passion for Scrum but who is pragmatic enough to engage with you at different levels of transformational maturity. Steve's varied experience as an engineer, architect, project manager and leader at Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and Cisco systems helps him relate to your real world transformational challenges. Steve's other certifications include:

  • Certified SAFe Program Consultant® (CSP)
  • Certified LeSS Practitioner
  • Certified Project Management Professional® (PMP)
  • Certified Agile Project Management® (ACP)

Workshop Speakers

Allison Pollard

Agile Coach & Principal Consultant, Improving

Zeenat Fadwani

Agile Transformation Coach & Managing Partner, Lean Agile Solution

Enrolling the organization in bigger change through servant leadership

Oftentimes as agile coaches we want to jump in and start effecting change with teams, and we may see small wins with day-to-day improvements. But what does it mean to effect change at the organizational level? Coaching change across a larger group of people requires more planning and communication to gain buy-in. How do we organize change in a way that reinforces the agile mindset we’re striving for?

In this interactive workshop, Allison and Zeenat explore how we as agile coaches can better understand the problems that exist within our organizations and create a transformation plan to get the business agility our organizations need. Join Allison and Zeenat to learn what to ask and what to observe, practice using tools and techniques to create your transformation plan, and discover how to get buy-in for organizational change.

About Allison

Allison Pollard helps organizations create Agility by building trust between business & IT, leaders & teams, and within teams.

As Technical Director for Improving, she is a curator of agile frameworks and change methods who coaches leaders and teams to improve work relationships and enable better delivery. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

About Zeenat

Zeenat Fadwani is currently a Managing Partner with Lean Agile Solution. As a former IT executive, Zeenat is uniquely equipped to work across the value chain from one team up to the largest enterprises needing transformation. She was at the forefront of the Scaled Agile transformation at AmerisourceBergen (a Fortune 10 company) and implemented a SAFe Agile Release Train for the entire department.

Her multi-disciplinary approach, passion for excellence, and ability to bring Business and IT together makes Zeenat a recognizable expert in business agility. With her clients, she brings fun to engage teams while changing mindsets with focus on flow of value.

Catherine Louis

Enterprise Agile Coach, CLL Group

Mike Vizdos

Trainer & Owner, Vizdos Enterprises

The Pandemic Pivot: Preparing for the Roaring Twenties

Welcome to the end of 2020.

You’ve probably noticed that if you are still trying to delight customers in the same way you were six months ago, it may not be working effectively.

Covid-19 has impacted businesses large and small. Jobs have been lost, and organizations have been shuttered (with some “old” jobs never to return again). However, many organizations that have acted, sensed, and responded creatively and rapidly have made their pivot and are not only surviving, but thriving.

Together let’s figure out how to pivot and create the roaring twenties of the 21st century!

Everyone knows someone who needs help during these pandemic times - could be a neighbor who used to run a Yoga studio which has been shut down, or a business around the corner that isn’t doing so well, or perhaps even your own business (or idea).

Your Assignment: Bring a current business problem you’d like to solve. You will benefit from the “group thought” in having a team help you with the solution! If you don't have a problem, no worries, you’ll be helping your teammate solve their problem.

During the workshop, you will

  • run through case studies of successful pandemic pivots with Catherine Louis and Michael Vizdos
    • Full disclosure: You will see a variety of sectors in the case study examples including: medtech, fintech and the service industry (including adult entertainment)
    • You will then tease out the necessary elements of a pivot with the outcome of helping you get started on creating your own pandemic pivot
  • select one of your business problems to work on in a small group
  • use Design Thinking concepts, we'll dive deep into the specific problem space
  • be introduced to making landing pages and mobile apps USING NO CODE
  • experience creating high performing teams to prove out your idea using Scrum
    • participate, iterate and reflect with like minded product people.

What you’ll learn:

  • Elements that make a pivot
  • Design Thinking to fully understand the problem space
  • Nocodery tools for making landing pages or mobile apps using NO CODE
  • Using Scrum to iterate and improve working as a team
  • How to systematically act, sense, and respond to move into the roaring twenties!

About Catherine

Catherine's mission is to advance your company beyond merely inspecting and adapting at the team level towards achieving big business results by delighting your customers. She wants to help you put a positive "ding" in your customer's world. She is an enterprise Agile coach and trainer, running since 2008. Besides focusing on product development, Catherine is kept busy as a search dog handler working with NC emergency management to help locate missing people.

About Mike

Mike is the founder of (home of the pig and chicken cartoons), Certified Scrum Trainer, and Scrum Master in Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been in the industry for almost thirty years and founded his own company in 2006; you can learn more about him at Mike is passionable about helping people "Focus. #deliver."

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore

Expanding Your Leadership IQ in the Age of AI

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ in the age of AI? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? Have you ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them now with new technologies like AI, Blockchain, IOT, and Voice?

Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Integrating AI into your testing activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy, and it just takes some understanding and a little effort. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world testing problems without having a Ph.D. in computer science.

Jennifer will share a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software testing today. Get some hands-on experience using AI with a testing focus with no coding skills required. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can improve competencies that are not in your core set of strengths, and describes techniques for leveraging and building on your strengths. These tools can help you become a more effective and valued testing leader in your organization. Exercises help you gain an understanding of yourself and strive for balanced leadership through recognition of both your strengths and your development opportunities.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription technology bundles, leveraging an intelligent platform to recommend actions and changes in the software development lifecycle. The company exceeds expectations of integration, testing, delivery, and management with a groundbreaking business model that is fully engaged in the sustainable development goals (“SDGs”) cultivated by the United Nations.

Respected as a gifted speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Jennifer Bonine addresses the AI industry nationally and internationally, most recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos and for CNNMoney Switzerland. She has held executive level positions leading teams for Oracle and Target and is a founding board member of the United States bid for the World Expo 2027. Jennifer is a 2020 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree, a founding sponsor and member of IVOW AI's Women in History Data Ideation Challenge, and an executive board member of Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way foundation. She is a member of Million Dollar Women, is a member and mentor for TeamWomen, and is a council member of DreamTank, an organization designed to champion young entrepreneurs. Recently named one of the Top 30 Leaders to Watch in 2020 by Silicon Review, Jennifer Bonine was featured at the UN’s AI for Good summit. Jennifer is also developing a series of books to educate children about the power of AI and machine learning

Jesse Fewell

Author & Principal Coach, Fewell Innovation

Untapped Agility

A companion workshop to the book "Untapped Agility, 7 Leadership Moves to take your transformation to the next level"

As coaches, we get pretty frustrated with poor agile practices. We have even formalized anti-patterns with "ScrumBut", #AgileFail , or the handy "that's not agile".

Moreover, when teams and executives get impatient for the results we promised, many of us simply say "well, you're just doing it wrong".

But what if successful transformation comes, only after failing through several barriers? What if some people can begin iterating, only after they see a complete specification? What if some managers are able to let go, only after they first dictate daily assignments? What if some orgs can embrace feature teams, only after they first do WaterScrumFall?

During this workshop we will expand on seven research-backed patterns that challenge your understanding of how to achieve agility. Namely,

  • those anti-patterns are the result of logical and reasonable choices,
  • they produce meaningful outcomes, AND
  • the next level of agility is just around the corner with simple steps.

You will leave the workshop putting these methods into action, while using your real-life scenarios.

About Jesse

Jesse Fewell is an author, coach, and trainer who helps senior leaders from Boston to Beijing transform their organizations to achieve more innovation, collaboration, and business agility. A management pioneer, he founded and grew the original Agile Community of Practice within the Project Management Institute (PMI), has served on leadership subcommittees for the Scrum Alliance, and written publications reaching over a half million readers in eleven languages. Jesse has taught, keynoted, or coached thousands of leaders and practitioners across thirteen countries on 5 continents. His industry contributions earned him a 2013 IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award.

Judy Rees

Author, Trainer & Coach, Rees McCann Partnership

Facilitating Engaging Agile Meetings, Online

Are you an Agile coach, scrum master or consultant who needs to inspire passive, disengaged participants in online meetings to become active collaborators?

Do you want to spark the kinds of open dialogue that uncover barriers to real-world action and help to overcome them - when most participants are in different locations?

Then this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to:

  • Structure engaging and memorable online Agile meetings - including planning, retrospectives, and review meetings - that excite participants including team members, managers and external stakeholders
  • Persuade your participants to stop spectating and to turn up prepared to participate, with their video cameras on
  • Choose and use technology to create a seamless experience for everyone involved
  • Skip the ‘tumbleweed moments’ and get people talking - but nobody talking too much.
  • Avoid wasting experimentation time on rookie errors and cut straight to solutions that deliver reliably.

In this four-hour online workshop you won’t be bored! And, you won’t be able to participate while driving or otherwise multi-tasking. Expect a lively and highly-engaging learning experience.


"Judy Rees is at the top of her game and possibly the leading thinker on facilitating remote meetings effectively. I recommend her and her work in a heartbeat"
— Paul Crick - Management Consultant, UK

About Judy

The workshop will be led by Judy Rees, creator of the Web Events That Connect model and ICAgile’s Remote Agile Learning Facilitator course.

Judy was named as a "Top 100 influencer in Remote Working" in 2020 by Onalytica. She was an early adopter of remote facilitation as she trained international groups on high-level communication skills for leaders. In those days people assumed that in-the-room classes were essential but Judy ran her courses live online using basic video tools… and the students loved it! She’s stayed on the leading edge of live online training, facilitation and consultancy ever since.

Ken Rickard

Agile Coach, Insight - Digital Innovation

Shifting management out of the Industrial Age, one practice at a time

Many organizations still manage people like it's 1979, the year the US had the most manufacturing jobs on record. The idea that people are mindless workers who press machine buttons all day long might not be true in reality these days, but our management practices sure haven't changed much since then.

Many managers are promoted into management because they're the subject matter expert or they've been there longer than others, but they're rarely promoted because they have special people skills, and often new managers are not provided training on people skills.

Can Industrial Age management practices foster Creative Age worker success? Are there practices and techniques that can help build people skills for management? Who's responsible for management in today's workforce?

Let's discuss our past and present management challenges and run some exercises to "unlearn" our Industrial Age management behaviors.

This workshop includes modules and exercises from Management 3.0 taught by a licensed facilitator.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn and discuss the difference between various management styles and how complexity thinking can help us make sense of it all
  • Learn how to energize people and empower teams so that they can be happy
  • Learn how to align constraints so that consensus and purpose are present
  • Learn how to develop competency and grow structure
  • Learn helpful practices you can take back to your workplace

About Ken

Ken draws from his 21 years of working with his peers and leadership to deliver valuable customer outcomes while focusing on continuous improvement. He has spent time in roles such as Developer, Architect, Manager, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Kanban Coach, and Agile Coach.

In his role as National Agile Coach at Insight Digital Innovation, Ken travels the country leading people, teams, and organizations in their improvement journeys. He specializes in working with organizational leaders who seek to better understand the role of management in the world of digital innovation and with teams of people who want to work in creative ways.

He has worked in the public sector, higher education, finance, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, beverage, CPG, and healthcare industries.

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Teams

Building Great Teams: Culture and Core Protocols

Your team can be ten times better. The Core Protocols are one way to make your team great.

Your team can be ten times better.

What does that mean? That means your professional team can accomplish 10x more work, do it with 10x more quality, 10x faster, or with 10x less resources. Your family can be 10x happier. Your school can be 10x more effective at helping people learn. Your community group can be 10x better at making life better for the people it serves. Even you yourself can be 10x more effective at getting what you want.

In other words, you can be great. Your team can be great.


Can you say these things about your teams?:

  • My projects are completed effortlessly on schedule and in budget every time.
  • Every team I've ever been on has shared a vision.
  • In meetings, we only ever do what will get results.
  • No one blames "management" or anyone else, if they don't get what they want.
  • Everybody shares their best ideas right away.
  • Ideas are immediately unanimously approved, improved, or rejected by the team.
  • Action on approved ideas begins immediately.
  • Conflict is always resolved swiftly and productively.
The Core Protocols are one way to make teams that have these characteristics.

Some of the things you'll learn:

  • Results-oriented behaviors
  • How to enter a state of shared vision with a team and stay there
  • How to create trust on a team
  • How to stay rational and healthy
  • How to make team decisions effectively
  • How to move quickly and with high quality towards the team's goals

About Richard

Richard Kasperowski is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach focused on high-performance teams. Richard is the author of the new book, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations, as well as The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard's newsletter at

Tricia Broderick

Principal, Trainer & Coach, Agile For All

Embrace and Resolve Conflict

Is there anyone not experiencing significant conflict in 2020? Specifically when it comes to high performing teams, conflict is inevitable and important. The very essence of gaining the best value outcomes is a result of leveraging wisdom of various perspectives and experiences. Those variances will generate conflict; but this is only a negative if we are unequipped with the knowledge and tools to resolve conflict. Join this workshop to explore what makes conflict become drama, unlock insight to aid yourself and others in conflict resolution and practice on how you will approach conflict next time. Oh and don’t worry, even virtually, this will be highly interactive, supportive yet challenging.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain healthy conflict versus drama (definitions, benefits, cons, role switches)
  • Assess personal blocks in conflict
  • Unlock information to aid in conflict resolution
  • Practice preparing and delivering the conflict resolution approach

About Tricia

Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in software development and is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance environments. Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles to feasible, daily delivery of quality software and services. Tricia openly shares stories from her firsthand experience to inspire people to reach new heights through continuous reflection and growth. As a principle in the Agile For All team, she is dedicated to making a difference in the workplace. She is an exceptional leader and speaker.

Session Speakers

Aanu Gopald

Happy? Sad? Angry? How to decode and increase positive emotion

We all lose control, and there can be many contributing factors. To manage our emotions, we first need to know what triggers us from maintaining control. Research shows that the ability to accurately perceive and understand our emotions and those around us is a core component of emotional intelligence (Davies, Stankov & Roberts, 1998). Accurately identifying our emotion and “reading” other people’s emotions plays a crucial role in social interaction, as it facilitates appropriate responding, bonding and helps increase team well-being and resilience.

In this interactive workshop, you will engage in collaborative discussion and activities that will enable you to explore how to use different tools to decode, evoke complex emotions and increase the experience of positive emotions with your team such as music and drawing for emotional clarity.

About Aanu

Aanu Gopald is a personal and business transformational coach, systemic coach, speaker, trainer and a philanthropist, advocating for expansion of agile methods across the world. She is the founder of Africa Agility, an NGO using Agile methods for social good in West Africa. As the first black African Scrum Alliance Certified Team and Enterprise Coach, she organized the Agile Africa Alliance, a virtual community of 1,000 agile practitioners. A champion of equity and inclusion, she also launched the Women in Agile chapters for both Nigeria and Dallas Fort Worth, USA. By trade, she works as an organizational coach for leadership teams at places like Toyota, Capital One, TD Bank, and the UK Government

Allison Pollard


Zeenat Fadwani

Partnering Up – Giving Leaders the Limelight of Transformation

As agile coaches, we feel the frustrations with teams and leaders, we see the pain points in the organization, and we want to lead people to a more lean-agile future. Moreover, agile coaches may put the weight of the entire transformation on their own shoulders. At times, our own egos can get in the way of our effectiveness by limiting our ability to partner with others and share the limelight.

What would it mean to share the burden of transformation—and the limelight—with leaders?
How can an agile coach enable them to be the face of the change and motivate others to think and work differently?

In this interactive session, learn a model on how to connect with leaders. Join Allison and Zeenat to hear their experiences, practice in a scenario-based activity, and walk away with practical tips on how to implement this model in your organization.

About Allison

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

About Zeenat

Zeenat Fadwani is currently a Managing Partner with Lean Agile Solution. As a former IT executive, Zeenat is uniquely equipped to work across the value chain from one team up to the largest enterprises needing transformation. She was at the forefront of the Scaled Agile transformation at AmerisourceBergen (a Fortune 10 company) and implemented a SAFe Agile Release Train for the entire department.

Her multi-disciplinary approach, passion for excellence, and ability to bring Business and IT together makes Zeenat a recognizable expert in business agility. With her clients, she brings fun to engage teams while changing mindsets with focus on flow of value.

Amber Vanderburg

The Innovation Ninja

Organizations must be innovative to be competitive, valuable, and relevant. If you’re like many organizations today, you might be wondering how our season of widespread isolation will affect the product and service innovation in your organization. Limits can encourage and inspire creativity, but there’s also proactive steps that you can take to unlock creative genius in individuals and in teams.

In this interactive, engaging, inspiring, and fun chat, I’ll explore creative processes and the theory/ history behind creative masterpieces. I’ll share predictions and trends about an imagination revolution and the future of innovation.

I’ll examine and share practical ways to flex creative muscles. Participants will actively engage in various types of creative exercises utilizing auditory, tacit, visual, and imagination in a unique and captivating virtual session. I’ll challenge the innovative mind in activities to unlock the creative genius in work and life.

Session Outline: Warm Up Creative Exercise; Imagination Revolution; The Theory of Creative Processes; The Creative Mindset at Home; Auditory Innovation Exercise; How to Practice Creativity at Home Exercise; Exposure Based Creativity Exercise (1); Exposure Based Creativity Exercise (2); Experiences Based Creativity Activity (1); Experiences Based Creativity Activity (2); Relationships Based Creativity Exercise; Final Remarks and Encouragement of Remote Innovation; Final Innovation Challenge

About Amber

Amber Vanderburg is a multi award winning international businessperson, keynote speaker, and founder of The Pathwayz Group. Amber is passionate about equipping teams to improve performance. In 2016, she was the only female, only American, and only blonde Academy elite football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy/Paris Saint Germain Academy in Bangalore, India. She worked with an international team of coaches to transform the organizational design, training development, and corporate culture to cultivate a higher-performing team. Today, Amber and The Pathwayz Group work with international teams that struggle with co worker tension, inefficient processes, and unmet performance expectations in an action focused approach to guide teams in the path to becoming more effective, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

Amitai Schleier

Two Midwesterners Politely Invite You To Explore Coding

Wonder what it's like to do what programmers do? Maybe people have tried to explain it, but didn't put it in terms that computed for you. Or maybe you would like to become more technical, but the mere thought of trying to code has felt intimidating. Today is a new day!

Faye's a non-programmer from Ohio, Amitai's a sometimes-programmer from Illinois, and with your help, we'll solve a problem by thinking and coding together. If you want to, you can take a brief turn at the keyboard; if not, no biggie. When we're done, we think you'll have a new kind of feeling about code and coding. You might even want to pursue it further.

About Amitai

Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) is a software development coach, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, and award-winning bad poet. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at Agile in 3 Minutes, writes variable-length articles at, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, ikiwiki, and qmail. Amitai’s ideas, prose, music, and puns have manifested at Agile Roots, Agile for Humans, CodeMash, Self.conference, pkgsrcCon, Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, NYCBUG, the International Rachmaninoff Conference, and the Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest.

Andy Grosman

How to have a Successful Long distance Relationship: Teambuilding when you're not "all there"

We have all heard that Agile requires co-location. This session will answer the "yeah, but..." question that comes with distributed teams and provide participants ways to engage team members that not in one place . We will review best ways to start a team, plan out your work, build strong teams and handle all the different aspects of Agile for distributed teams. The latest technologies and some old-school low tech methods will be discussed. Expect a fun and engaging talk with immediately usable techniques and resources

About Andy

Andy has been launching and leading Agile teams for the past 12 years. Started in sales and marketing and communications. Special consulting/coaching expertise in IT, Training, Financial Services, and Healthcare. His style is informative but interactive. Toastmasters International member and member of several Agile user groups. Andy has a special focus on using Agile with remote teams and maximizing technology for Agile. Andy has presented at multiple conferences, symposiums, and forums.

Anne Steiner

From Project to Product: Unlocking Product Agility

Adherence to time, budget, and scope has been the gold standard measure of project success since the beginning of time. Most times we are exhilarated if we can get even two of those. Now, as the digital world shifts from thinking in fixed-time period projects to ongoing product efforts (with associated teams, markets, and horizons), adherence to time, budget and scope has little to do with the actual success of an initiative.

In this talk, Anne Steiner, Vice President of Product Agility at Cprime, covers the challenges and advantages companies and teams unlock when they apply product thinking over project thinking. We’ll explore topics like team formation, budgeting and planning, and reducing cycle times in order to fuel continuous product learning. You’ll be challenged to think beyond traditional project management norms and to elevate the delivery of value as the gold standard for success.

About Anne

Anne Steiner is the Vice President of Product Agility at Cprime. Anne and her team help companies of all shapes and sizes transform from traditional, project-thinking to being product-driven organizations that emphasize technical agility and continuous learning. In her role, she sets up cross-team discovery cadences, scales product thinking in large organizations, and teaches and mentors stakeholders in leadership and product roles.

Anne has more than 20 years’ experience in tech, working as a developer, product manager, coach, and executive. She excels at helping people in product and delivery roles act as a single team, working together for the benefit of the customer.

Arlen Bankston

Effective Agile Estimation from Every Angle

Why do we estimate? It sounds like a simple question, but it is one with many different answers, each with its own unique antipatterns and techniques to address them. Learn how to estimate the right way whether you’re trying to select projects within a portfolio, set release dates, prioritize according to potential ROI, forecast future deliveries for scenario planning, manage to team capacity or balance personal load. You’ll even see a few ways to estimate without estimating…

These techniques are all ones that have been applied in real client situations over the presenter’s 20-year career in the agile space, across both public and private sectors, in small teams and massive projects alike. Most apply whether the projects involve software development or not, and attendees will learn not just how the techniques work, but why. So the next time you need to estimate you’ll be able to write your own script that fits the specific situation and avoids common mistakes.

Learning Outcomes:
• Apply over a dozen estimation techniques suited to different situations
• Forecast the future with as much confidence and realism as possible
• Counteract organizational and cultural antipatterns that can make estimates do more harm than good

About Arlen

Arlen Bankston is a co-founder at LitheSpeed. He was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. An active trainer and training content designer for over 20 years, he continues to coach, speak, train and mentor to stay at the edge of ever-advancing lean and agile practices. Arlen was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and soon began exploring Lean, Six Sigma, BPM and other process management and systems thinking approaches to ensure that organizations took a holistic perspective beyond just the software. He became a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt while leading a Lean-Agile practice for six years, and has been a successful entrepreneur helping to lead LitheSpeed for fourteen years since.

Today, Arlen has worked across virtually every industry and enjoys a reputation as a thought leader and a dynamic, entertaining and practical presenter. He has trained and mentored thousands of ScrumMasters, Product Owners, team members and executives, designing the Agile Leadership Academy to address the leadership and structural challenges that still plague many otherwise successful companies. He has led Agile and Lean deployments at clients such as Marriott, NBC Universal, CNBC, NGA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Armed Forces Benefits Association.

Ashley Guttormson


Don Kopstain

Agile Planning: Powered by OKRs

A regular planning cycle is the cornerstone of any healthy product development organization. Your organization likely has multiple development teams, each with their own roadmaps and goals. How do you measure success? How do you ensure organizational alignment? How do you navigate change along the way?

In 2020, we navigated an upgrade to a completely new product platform for our thousands of customers. This initiative is enabled by a robust quarterly planning process within our R&D organization of 30+ development teams. This process ensures we are developing the right things to deliver the right outcomes for our customers.

By the end of the session, you will learn about our successes and lessons learned using a quarterly planning cycle to enable our goals. You will have a practical framework for implementing similar practices into your organization, including utilizing Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) to measure success, tools for alignment among multiple development teams, and change management techniques when a pivot is needed.

About Ashley

Ashley Guttormson started her career at Workiva nearly seven years ago as a Customer Success Manager. After working in Customer Success for 4 years, Ashley yearned to understand what it takes to deliver the software her customers raved about and thus, made the move to Delivery Management. Ashley is passionate about helping Workiva’s development teams understand the customer perspective while delivering high-quality software efficiently.

About Don

Don Kopstain has worked as a Scrum Master and Delivery Manager for over five years and has worked at Workiva for the past year. He is passionate about building empowered teams and delivering high-value solutions to customers. In his time in Tech, Don has spent most of his time working with product teams but has recently switched to working with teams that provide the infrastructure that powers Workiva’s platform.

Ashley McDonald

Positive Disruptions - How Strong Leadership can Transform Urgency & Uncertainty into Team Unity

Two Thousand Twenty – 2020. When considering those numbers, what comes to mind? Besides Covid-19, you likely thought of things such as: disruption, uncertainty, chaos, and lack of toilet paper. While the toilet paper issue has thankfully resolved itself, it remains ironic to think that “20/20” has always previously been referenced to indicate complete clarity and perfect vision.

During this presentation, Ashley will show how the implementation of consistent leadership, even in times of unprecedented disruption, can transform chaos into unifying opportunities.
As Director of Product at Phoenix’s STChealth, a public health software company that produces much of the country’s most widely used disease surveillance and vaccine management systems, Ashley has had to draw on these principles during this unprecedented year that has included product discussions with the CDC, WHO, and White House Covid Task Force officials.

Join us for this session and learn how drawing on basics from the agile framework and Product best practices can help instill an unyielding leadership vision, which is especially crucial during times of urgency an uncertainty.

About Ashley

Ashley McDonald is the Director of Product at STChealth and leads a highly productive team of Product professions in architecting the future of innovative, proactive Public Health monitoring & management platforms. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ashley has coordinated with the CDC and White House task force to plan Covid-19 testing & vaccine management product plans for a network that incorporates 11 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., 31,000+ pharmacies and over half-a-million consumers.

Ashley has a passion for leading teams of successful people that in-turn guide successful development teams and strongly believes that providing a vision with clarity is the most important key to overcoming challenges & accomplishing goals.

Away from work, Ashley is a PAC Founder for Pragmatic Institute, has an endless interest in quality Product & Leadership resources, and is a life-long passionate fan of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, and SEC & Big IX college sports.

Bryan Stallings & Samantha Denning

Kicking Up Your Conflict Competence

What happens for you when conflict flares up? Are you defensive and argumentative? Do you distance, avoid or ignore it? Maybe you concede, shrink and disengage? Let’s face it: our agile ways of working present a myriad of human interactions that each have the potential for conflict. Our ability to thrive requires that we become more conflict competent.

We explore conflict in a way that helps you understand how conflict shows up in your life experience, and what happens for you as you attempt to navigate conflict. We introduce the Conflict Autopsy, which is a canvas for self-reflection about a conflict situation. You will collaborate in small breakout groups to begin this inner work so that the conflict becomes something “out here in front of you that you can address” rather than a triggering set of memories and emotions. Through the increased self-awareness you have the opportunity to become more present to your experience and the conflict, and find yourself in a better position to respond and act in congruence with your personal values and goals.

About Bryan & Samantha

Bryan is a leader in co-creating adaptive, people-centered organizations. With a disarming personality and interpersonal skills that blend candor and diplomacy, he builds deep and strategic relationships with clients. The longest tenured agile coach at SolutionsIQ, Bryan led in that organization for fourteen years. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), faculty for the Agile Coaching Institute, a certified Co-Active coach and ORSC-trained coach.

Samantha is an executive coach, conflict resolution specialist and mediator. She believes that the quality of our relationships dictates the quality of our lives. Clients count on her as a trusted resource to gain the tools and strategies needed to embrace the inevitable conflicts presented by work and life. Samantha is a certified Co-Active coach and CSPO.

Christopher 'Cp' Richardson

Emergency! Stress Alarm!

Ever felt like you have no control over anything that’s happening around you? We’ve all experienced this especially when it comes to stressful situations within the workplace. As you continue on your professional journey, you’ll run into situations where you have very limited ability to influence. Fun fact, you have more options than pulling your hair out. Join this session to understand what makes these kinds of situations stressful, why it’s hard but necessary to manage stress, and techniques for practicing good self-care. Expect to assess and manage a stressful situation using the CHART Method adapted from the public safety industry.

Learning Objectives:
-Define what self-care is and why it is important to practice it
-Being able to recognize when you’re barely able to tread water
-Identify symptoms that arise from not practicing self-care
-Provide technique anyone can use as a starter guide for practicing good self-care

Opening: Scenario run-through - 5 minutes
My moment of hitting the wall - story sharing:
Complaint – What was that moment where you knew you hit your breaking point?
History – What was happening prior to that moment? Do you have a past history of this happening?
Assessment – Taking a full view, what were all of the other impacts, consequences, secondary reactions from this event?
RX (Prescribe Tool) – What did you do to improve your condition based on your assessment?
OuTcome – What happened when you re-engaged with your team/organization after treatment?
We all have stress - so let’s explore how to manage it better: Introduction

What is Self-Care? - 8 minutes
What it is (such as, taking stock/internal retrospective)
What it isn’t (such as, Shrugging it off)
What are some common misconceptions (Such as, it’s not for me/not useful)

Why is it Important? - 8 minutes
Better Interactions (such as, Effective communication of emotions)
Better Performance (such as Recognizing the best decision)
Physical Benefit (such as Mental & Physical well-being)

Scenario run-through #2 - 30 minutes
- Explain & Follow the CHART (source:
- Logistics
Think about a recent stressful situation they’ve encountered that they had no control over
In breakout rooms, session participants will talk through their scenarios and lessons they’ve learned while managing the stress
Similar to the walkthrough have participants complete a CHART and share their scenario
Regroup have a few participants shared their scenario and their CHART

OPTIONAL: Good habits to practice? - 12 minutes
Classic suggestions
-Personal journal
Personal suggestions
-Words of affirmation
Session suggestions

Wrap-Up - ~9 minutes
What are some potential applications and what question would you add to the chart?

About Christopher

Chris has spent the last five years in software development and risk management focusing on providing teams with the knowledge and tools to become the best version of themselves. From being a software developer doing the work to being a program manager leading the progress, Chris ensures people have what they need to be successful. Chris uses his past experience as a firefighter to metaphorically put out fires as well as inspire others to fight through the flames that are challenges in their professional environments.

Damon Poole

The Agile Manifesto as an Agile Framework

The Agile Manifesto is a simple document, weighing in at 264 words. Many frameworks have sprung from it, but why not use the Agile Manifesto itself as a framework? This presentation will show how to apply the Agile Manifesto as an Agile framework, starting from wherever you are today, including traditional development. By regularly reflecting and adding practices to become more effective, you may end up at Kanban, Scrum, or any of the branded scaling frameworks. Or, you may end up with a unique framework that's exactly right for your team or organization. We'll present a number of examples of how this approach has been used successfully. We'll also show how this approach is an expression of the concepts and values of Professional Coaching applied to Agile adoption.

About Damon

Damon has coached at dozens of organizations and trained thousands of people across a wide variety of industries and company sizes including EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He's delivered over a hundred sessions at meetups and conferences including Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Kentucky Fried Agile, Atlassian Summit, Agile and Beyond, and Agile Toronto.
As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He created Eliassen's Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey.
This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community. What can you and Damon learn from each other?

Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave

I have an idea and I need to know if there are customers willing to pay for it

Often times we get these great ideas and believe that they will change the world. They may come while in the shower or talking a walk to clear your mind. The reality is your ideas are hypothesis and not well understood.
We will discuss Design Thinking and Design Sprints as a practice to help you validate your hypothesis. This become more important as you work with larger companies and there is competition for scarce resources.

At the conclusion of this workshop you will be able to:
• Use new Design Thinking skills to define a customer problem that is worth solving
• Use techniques to capture insights from customer conversations
• Share the Story

About Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave Cornelius is a Servant Leader at He is an entrepreneur, coach and trainer, and serves his community. His mantra is Helping People Achieve Awesomeness. Dave has helped Fortune 500 to Fortune 50 companies deliver over one billion dollars in customer value throughout his career using software and technology platforms. He is also an advisor at Tech Launch Arizona, a University of Arizona initiative focused on commercializing UA-created technologies and innovations. Dr. Cornelius is the founder of 5 Saturdays Agile Education, a program that enables high school students to pursue a career in technology and business.

He is the author of the books: 1) Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?, 2) Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and agility way, 3) Prayers to my Abba Father God, and 4) Deliver Value. You may listen to his podcast “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify as well as on (

Dean Chanter

Demystify Work in Progress Limits

Have you ever wondered what a work in progress (WIP) limit is? Maybe you have heard of WIP Limits but you have no idea how to use them. Ok, so you know HOW to use WIP limits BUT you have no idea WHAT the magic number is. In this session, you will "see" the answer to all of these questions about WIP Limits and more. To make sure we completely demystify WIP Limits, we will also review the metrics of a simulated team. We will look at what happens with no WIP Limits and then applying various WIP LImits.

About Dean

Using Data to Unlock Business Agility

Eric Willeke

Better execution through strategy

Success requires extreme alignment, an intense clarity of the intent and reasoning behind what truly matters for the organization, shared by everybody with a part to play in that success.
Failure to achieve this alignment exists in every organization I’ve encountered. The cost of poor alignment is staggering, leading to wasted efforts and duplicated work on a huge scale. The cost of forcing alignment through top-down techniques is equally wasteful, denying human potential, disempowering your workforce, and adding friction to every action performed in the enterprise. The strategies required to excel require bringing together many disparate perspectives drawn from your many functional silos and organizations, followed by well-aligned activity by hundreds or thousands of practitioners in every part of your company.
This talk addresses the core challenge head on: Senior leadership lacks the tools and approaches to effectively articulate the strategies they conceive, frequently failing to achieve clarity within their own leadership team, much less across their entire organization. We help senior leaders and their influencers explore the common symptoms resulting from poor articulation, discuss the application of one OKR-based approach to creating effective strategic clarity across many siloes, and explore how the resulting strategies are then deployed with alignment into typical agile implementations using the Scaled Agile Framework as an example. Groups applying these techniques have seen an immediate increase in the ability to coordinate across functions, as well as dramatically improved energy focused on the key tactics to advance the core company strategies.

About Eric

I help leaders make a difference. I mentor and train the executives that sponsor and lead agile transformations to generate clarity of vision, lead change effectively, and deliver the agility their organizations need to thrive.

Agile change comes under many names: Agile, Digital, DevOps, Product Transformation, Workforce transformation, SAFe adoption, Lean initiative… and many others. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s all a big ball of yarn that needs to be addressed together, and trying to focus on just one leads to poor, incomplete results that don’t sustain beyond the current initiative. Unravelling this ball of yarn is full of risk and complexity, and I focus on helping executives in two key areas: shaping and setting up their transformation office, and navigating the hard changes to portfolio management.

My experience in leading and architecting multiple agile transformations, as a coach and facilitator, as a SAFe Fellow, SPCT and Principal Contributor to the SAFe Framework, and my technology background as an architect have proven remarkably effective in helping transformation executives avoid the pitfalls faced by every agile transformation, ensuring sustainable impact from your investments into agility while avoiding large wastes of time and money from going down the wrong paths.

Faye Hall


Tony Register

Frostbite from middle management

Thawing out the Frozen middle has always been an industry challenge and yet so critical to the success of any agile transformation. It's a common frustration of agile coaches to work in an organization where they are met with resistant leaders.

Very often we approach leaders with a mentor hat or a teaching hat providing information we want them to have.

This session outlines an example of a professional coaching arc that puts the agency on the client (leader) to serve their coaching needs first. It elevates servant leadership within us as agile coaches, focusing on establishing a relationship and trust while co creating a coaching agreement. The coaching arc highlights a bias for action on the leaders part and the responsibility of a coach to enable them to be successful.

What would it look like if we fully showed up for the people that we have the most angst in any transformation? We use use this coaching arc to create awareness of our own biases and and offer concepts and techniques to engage leaders in an inclusive way that honors their journey in an agile transformation.

About Faye

Faye is currently engaged as a leader of agile coaches at Wells Fargo, supporting the enterprise agile transformation effort while reaffirming her belief that wine calories do not count after dark.

Faye’s journey in the agile space started after immigrating from the U.K in 2001 for a technology role at a large financial institution. Having spent a better part of her career becoming a thought leader in the coaching space Faye has been focused on building high-performing coaching, product and delivery teams by challenging leaderships idea of ‘team’ and elevating the role teams play in delivering value to our customers.
Best known by business partners for her gifted ability to impart nuggets of wisdom through creating crafty analogies.

Her exposure to agile combined with her personal growth and development in the coaching space has transformed the way she embodies the servant leadership mindset.

About Tony

Anthony Register ( is a purpose driven enthusiast for the Agile mindset of “becoming Agile” through behavioral change complemented with process change. Anthony engages technology teams, field operations, business operations, and HR teams anchoring on the core Agile values and principles. Business and people agility.

Anthony has been trained in the coaching practice of Presence Based Coaching that has greatly transformed how he now shows up for others. Anthony is an active participant and facilitator within the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as he continues his personal transformation as a professional coach. ICF provides a coaching platform for invoking a "thought-provoking and creative process inspiring people to maximize their personal and professional potential."

On a lighter note, Anthony is a professional coach by day and a youth baseball coach by nights and weekends. He enjoys riding his mountain bikes, but sometimes fails to miss trees, jumps, and ravines!

Glenda Dilts


Rob Loy

Teaching an Agile Mindset

Do you cringe when recent college graduates join your projects? Do you spend more time with a new team member explaining what a retrospective is versus actually doing one?

Teaching the basic ideas of an Agile operation takes precious time that we rarely have as project managers. Grand Canyon University wants to share its approach to teaching an Agile mindset starting at the K-12 level with a video game project. Using agile tools, the students move a project through a "Trello" board concept from idea to completion.

Next, hear about the work GCU has done to embed Agile tools and concepts into their programs. Our students run their individual, team, and yearlong capstone projects using Agile and have the artifacts to share in their interviews.

At the end of the presentation, you will be encouraged to provide feedback and help shape the lessons and projects for the next iteration of the courses and programs, which will make your life easier when the college graduate team member on-boards. What's better than giving back?

About Glenda

Glenda started project management in construction, working with a cellular telephone company building 40 new cell towers per year. She has also managed projects for government agencies, non-profits and small businesses.
Glenda has also been teaching project management at multiple universities for 20+ years and thinks that project management skills are life skills that are beneficial for everyone.

About Rob

Since his first role in IT in 1999 and then as an IT manager and director, Robert understood the need to be agile in planning and implementation. While working full-time for companies including Pegasus Solution, Henkel, and Avnet he polished his project management skills and passed his PMP for the first time in 2018. When asked to take over as an adjunct for a CIS class at Scottsdale Community College in 2003, he jumped at the chance to give back. Now at Grand Canyon University he is helping prepare the next generation of IT and project management team members.

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore

Connect to Your Customers with Design Thinking

Customers are the ultimate measure of product quality. Their loyalty to your product or brand is key in building and maintaining market share. This is why Jennifer Bonine believes that understanding customer needs and being the voice of the customer is critical for us in the quality profession. Join Jennifer as she shows how to empathize with your customers and provide a solution that puts them first. Design thinking is a human-centered process for creative problem-solving that focuses on the people you're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and processes. Learn how the design thinking methodology, along with the usage of data and analytics, can transform the results of your agile teams. Learn about how to tap into the "gut brain"!

About Jennifer

Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription technology bundles, leveraging an intelligent platform to recommend actions and changes in the software development lifecycle. The company exceeds expectations of integration, testing, delivery, and management with a groundbreaking business model that is fully engaged in the sustainable development goals (“SDGs”) cultivated by the United Nations.

Respected as a gifted speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Jennifer Bonine addresses the AI industry nationally and internationally, most recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos and for CNNMoney Switzerland. She has held executive level positions leading teams for Oracle and Target and is a founding board member of the United States bid for the World Expo 2027. Jennifer is a 2020 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree, a founding sponsor and member of IVOW AI's Women in History Data Ideation Challenge, and an executive board member of Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way foundation. She is a member of Million Dollar Women, is a member and mentor for TeamWomen, and is a council member of DreamTank, an organization designed to champion young entrepreneurs. Recently named one of the Top 30 Leaders to Watch in 2020 by Silicon Review, Jennifer Bonine was featured at the UN’s AI for Good summit. Jennifer is also developing a series of books to educate children about the power of AI and machine learning

Jesse Fewell

Untapped Agility - 3 Leadership Moves to Transform Your Transformation

Agile transformations are supposed to make organizations modern, competitive, and relevant. But in the well-intentioned effort to move into the future, change leaders find themselves frustrated by pushback, limited impact, poor practices, and unfair criticism. What is going on?

This breakthrough presentation cuts through the “quick fix” hype of agile theory and explains a recurring transformational pattern that unpacks what holds organizations back: The BOOST is the initial gains from logical first steps; the BARRIER is the unavoidable roadblock that must come next; the ReBOUND is the way forward to further gains by leaning against the concept of the original boost. With these counter-intuitive rebounds in mind, this energetic talk explores three leadership moves that can be used to unblock stalled agile transformations.

No, your transformation is not a failure. It turns out the buy- in, the talent, the alignment, and the growth you need to break through are already in front of you; it’s all simply hidden under the surface. Undiscovered. Unutilized. Untapped

About Jesse

Jesse Fewell is an author, coach, and trainer who helps senior leaders from Boston to Bangalore transform their organizations world-wide.

As a project management pioneer, he founded and grew the original PMI Agile Community of Practice to 18,000 members and 40 volunteers leaders, co-created the PMI-ACP® agile certification, and co-authored the Agile Practice Guide®, translated into eleven languages.

A global entrepreneur, he has distilled his remote leadership experiences in the handbook “Can You Hear Me Now: Working with Global, Distributed, Virtual Teams”.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he is a dual-certified coach (Certified Enterprise Coach® and Leadership Circle Profile®) and an accredited instructor with four distinct agile certification bodies (Scrum Alliance, SAFe, ICAgile, Conteneo).

Judy Rees


Steve McCann

Larger Web Events That Still Connect

Judy Rees and Steve McCann have been helping to make large and high-profile online events participative and engaging since before the lockdown. And in recent months they’ve learned more than ever, supporting international organisations’ seminars, conferences and forums to move fully online - without losing the synchronicity of the “hallway track”.

In this interactive session you'll hear directly from Judy and Steve about what’s worked and why. You’ll have a chance to get your own questions answered.

You won’t be bored! By the same token you won’t be able to participate while driving or operating machinery. To join in, you need to call from a quiet place with a good internet connection, a webcam and a headset.

You’ll discover:
- What a truly engaging online event looks, sounds and feels like
- The essential ingredients of web events that connect
- How this kind of format might be used in your own work
- What you might want to learn to become a more confident online facilitator

About Judy

Judy Rees helps great-in-the-room trainers, coaches, and facilitators develop the skills to lead high-quality sessions, remotely.

She also works directly with teams to help them work better together, irrespective of distance.

For the last three years, she’s been the host of one of the world’s first online-video unconferences, Metaphorum, which connects 150 people around the world in a 13-hour live-learning marathon.

In her previous career as a media executive, she also managed large remote teams for many years.

The co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors And Opening Minds, she is a regular keynote speaker at Agile and other events around the world.

About Steve

Steve now designs and delivers online events for clients, and trains online team building. His tessellation is about connecting people and ideas to make rich collaborations.
In 2003 he established and lead a risk management consultancy, Safer Edge, specialising in NGO and Educational establishments. Clients included both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Oxfam, Save the Children, NRC and many more. He sold it to the management team in 2019.
After graduating in Literature in 1987 he served as an Army Officer for 5 years, before working for the UN in the former Yugoslavia until 1995. From then until 2003 he was a project manager and then management consultant.
He enjoys long course triathlon and is a fundraiser in Team Hatch for a children's hospital in London, GOSH.

Kemmy Raji

Embracing conflict without the drama

Do you often have your teams been well-intentioned, but gotten stuck in patterns that didn’t generate the desired results? Do you often find yourself or a team member not taking part in conversation because they want to avoid conflict?

From a very young age, I avoided conflict partly because of the environment I grew up in and also because I am a people-pleaser. After a while, the Ostrich syndrome I developed started to get in the way as I begin to work within teams.

Conflict can be healthy. Learn how to separate conflict from the ‘drama’ that something comes along with.

Attend this session to understand the Drama triangle and its roles within a conflict. I will also be sharing the tools and techniques I use and teach my teams to embrace conflict without the drama.

- Learn how to recognize the roles in the Drama triangle
- Knowledge of the tools to counter the Drama
- Under the Antecedent conditions of Conflict
- Learn of my journey to drama- free conflict

About Kemmy

Kemmy Raji is an Agile Coach and Trainer. She has been practicing Agile for over 10 years and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), PMI Certified Project Manager, and a professional Coach with the CTI

She is an agile consultant with expertise in a variety of environments and industries. She brings depth and balance of business management and perspectives to her clients with a focus on how to achieve visibility and quality through the proper adoption of Agile and Lean techniques.

Kemmy is involved within the agile community, volunteering her time to mentor people, organize events, and she also blogs at

Ken Rickard

The Wait of Scaling Agile

Many organizations have been assembled over time to operate as inflexible structures built to manage risk. Yet remaining competitive in the digital age requires a nimble, scalable response to marketplace change.

Can the weight of maintaining large projects and people structures truly enable a nimble response to change? Is there value in waiting to scale, or in descaling first before considering large scale Agile adoptions?

Together, let's investigate why scaling too soon often places extra weight on top of traditional organizations and why descaling is at the core of an organization's ability to react to marketplace change.

Learning Outcomes:

- Identify why scaling has become popular and the hidden challenges of scaling
- Discuss the value of descaling before scaling
- Articulate why effective delivery practices are foundational to effective scaling approaches
- Apply scaling techniques to example scenarios as part of a group exercise

About Ken

Ken draws from his 21 years of working with peers and leadership to deliver valuable outcomes. His past 10 years have been spent learning as a Developer, Leadership, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Kanban Coach, and Agile Coach.

Ken travels the country leading people, teams, and organizations in their improvement journeys. He specializes in working with organizational leaders who seek to change and with data and analytics teams who want to work in Agile ways. He has worked in the public sector, higher education, finance, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, beverage, CPG, and healthcare industries.

Kim Brainard

Reboot virtual collaboration with Liberating Structures

Welcome to 2020, where individuals are spacing their interaction and face to face is a thing of the past.

Have you experienced how our bad habits of face-to-face meetings have been adopted to our online world and have become even worse?

Have you attended any painful virtual meetings and find yourself rolling your eyes or maybe you're the one multitasking and lose track of what's going on?

Do you find it hard to get participants engaged or it's the same people contributing meeting after meeting?

If you answered yes to any of the above, join me for a hands-on experience where you will discover and practice how to use Liberating Structures to successfully create online meetings and workshops that really unleash people’s ideas and creativity! Liberating Structures are used to structure everyday interactions whether they are one-on-one conversations, change initiatives, and interactions with clients.

Participants will work with Liberating Structures and learn how to improve virtual collaboration and get a feel for the kind of experience you can offer your organization while working virtually.

About Kim

Kim, sometimes referred to as “Unconventional” for her creative tactics to generate transparency and encourage self-development or as the “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy style of coaching that brings out the best in people. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with people of all walks of life on an intimate, intense and individual level. Kim is the Founder of Agile Brain Group, a Consulting, Training, and Agile Talent organization. Kim is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Kim is committed to helping clients implement the right Agile practices that best suit their specific needs. Kim forms a partnership with clients to tackle challenges companies face when transitioning to Agile. Kim provides clients with a seamless coach, learn, and sustain model using Agile techniques, principles and values, drawing from frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean Thinking, Scaling Scrum, sociology, and psychology.When she isn’t coaching, training, or speaking nationally or internationally, you can catch Kim playing with her three pups, Twiggy, Kota, and Truman.

Krissyn Sumare

Blueprint Education Team

Marina O'Connell

Blueprint Education-All In!

The Blueprint Education Team offers an overview of the current state of the "Agile in Education" movement and their journey to becoming a fully agile educational organization. The conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a "lean coffee" style learning session. Participants are delivered a menu of “Agile in Education” topics to choose from and then allowed to enter breakout rooms for items that they are most interested in learning more about. This session is perfect for agilists that are ready to explore opportunities to volunteer, advocate, or simply learn how their expertise and network can help propel the movement that is changing the face of education. The topics will include themes such as:

- How agile yields to low teacher turnover and prevents teacher burnout
- How agile educators are thriving not just surviving during the COVID 19 pandemic
- The birth of The Agile Compass (The Agile in Education "Manifesto")
- How agile leads students to discover value, independence and purpose
- How student reviews and retros lead to greater student engagement
- How the concept of incremental delivery is applied in the classroom
- Agile transformation from a school district's perspective

Attendees will be encouraged to collaboratively contribute to discussions, question current ideals, and make predictions about the matters presented based on their experience and skills with agile. The topics of interest will be prioritized, time boxed, and then deeper explored.

About Krissyn and the Blueprint Education Team

Our team has presented at a few conferences regarding the implementation of the Agile philosophy and Scrum framework in education. We bring a unique approach to "getting work done" and positively impacting students' lives. There is a growing movement in some educational spheres in adopting these methods to educate our students. Because the world is ever-changing, an educational model must be used that addresses the progress and innovation of the world in which students are preparing for. As leaders in this approach, we want to share a different way to work with students and prepare them for the future.

About Marina

I am an educator of almost 20 years, a mom/wife/human, concert-goer (pre-Covid), avid reader of everything, traveler, and proud Agilist! I was born in Ukraine, grew up in Los Angeles, and have spent the last 25 years in beautiful Arizona. My passion is to work with adolescents, especially those underrepresented and overlooked, to find their way, to learn so much and grow, to thrive in their lives, and to realize their dreams and beyond.

Larry Cummings

Tips for Coaching Your Teams Through Your Agile Transformation

Agile Transformation take a long time to implement. How you handle the change management (setting expectations, training staff and rolling out new processes) during the transformation can have a dramatic effect on the benefits you realize from your agile transformation.

In this talk, Larry focuses on the people and teams in agile transformations. While all organizations are different, there are common personas that you continually run across. Identifying these and having strategies to incorporate them into agile transformations is key to success.

Larry also goes into detail on how you can agile waterfall, but you can’t waterfall agile. A common shortcoming in agile transformation is undermining the benefits your agile transformation is delivering by requiring you Agile teams to function in both a waterfall and agile methodological basis at the same time. Larry details why this doesn’t work and strategies to shift the approach of your teams from this path.

Finally, Larry wraps up the session with an overview of what to expect and how to handle challenges in the initial adoption phase of your agile transformation.

About Larry

I work at Isōs Technology as Lead Solutions Engineer. In this I role help product development teams get the most out of the Atlassian platform through discovery and training workshops. I love this role because it combines two of my passions: (1) product development and (2) collaboration.
Prior to becoming an early adopter of Agile in 2001, I had been managing software projects with highly complex “waterfall” methodologies. I readily welcomed the leaner power of, at that time, index cards and what would eventually become Scrum.
Using my understanding of how teams creatively and effectively deliver products to market, I’ve been helping teams optimize delivery for a very long time.

Lee Henson

Agile Dad

Failure is an Option...

One famous quote well known in the Agile Community is Fail Early and Fail Often. This was intended to help people recognize that out of failure comes innovation. The issue is that each time we fail, we are punished for that failure. Join V. Lee Henson as he takes you on an insightful & personal journey of how failure can shape who we are and pave a way to true success!

About Lee

AgileDad was founded by V. Lee Henson who serves as Founder, President, & CEO. Lee’s 15 years of working agile experience spans a broad array of roles and responsibilities. He is currently one of just over 200 Certified Scrum Trainers worldwide and has certified well over ten thousand ScrumMasters and Product Owners. He is also a Project Management Professional, SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and a Certified Lean Agile Professional. He has worked with hundreds of teams to assist them in successful implementation of thousands of projects. His client list includes over 44 of the Fortune 100 companies.

When not coaching or training, Lee enjoys hosting The Daily Standup Podcast, (recently awarded as the fastest growing business podcast by Apple Podcasts), doing motivational, inspirational, and keynote speaking sessions at various conferences, churches, and universities. He has been recognized multiple times for excellence in public speaking and does all he can to help others get the most out of both work and home life. He is a graduate of the Disney Management Institute and has served as Chairperson for the Scrum Alliance Certification Advisory Board.

Linda Rising

How to talk to the elephant

In speaking about better ways of thinking and problem-solving, Linda has introduced Jonathan Haidt's model for the brain. He proposes that the rational, conscious mind is like the rider of an elephant (the emotional, unconscious mind) who directs the animal to follow a path. In Fearless Change, the pattern Easier Path recommends making life easier to encourage reluctant individuals to adopt a new idea. Linda suggests that in conversations with others who see the world differently, we
"talk to the elephant" instead of the "rider." That is, don't use logic or facts, but appeal to the emotional brain of the resistor as well as making the path more attractive. There is always the question: What's the best way to talk to the elephant? This talk will provide some answers. Listeners will learn the best elephant-speak based on the latest research in cognitive neuroscience.

About Linda

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:

Lizzy Morris

Your Agile Lady

How To Skinny Dip through Change Without Getting Caught

Lizzy takes you through the challenges of change with all your clothes still on. Lizzy helps you become comfortable with the idea of your own personal nakedness. Lizzy equips you with simple ways to undress yourself and gets right down to your birthday suit. Who knew Scrum needed a XXX rating.

Lizzy will share why getting back to your birthday suit is so important. Lizzy's passion for helping people intentionally begin the journey of change has led her to discover the personal ecosystem of evolutionary self-development.

Lizzy will share the personal experiences of her naked moments and will invite you to dig deep. Lizzy states is impossible to achieve true personal agility if you remain fully dressed at all times. While you dress up for the world, aiming to fulfill the so-called qualifications of corporate acknowledgment. Lizzy explains how we over accessorize with masks. Seemingly achieving success by fitting in but always doing so wearing clothes are not true to our own authentic identity.

Lizzy will provide topics for participants to work through in small groups to challenge them to get naked. Each subject will demand deep transparency and inspection and then the personal acknowledgment that it's time to get into an uncomfortable place.

Through empathy and humor Lizzy will guide the audience to a place where they will all say they are ready to skinny dip through change.

About Lizzy

Lizzy Morris is a passionate Scrum trainer who believes in applying the Scrum Framework to everyday living.
As an accomplished transformation consultant and certified life coach whose experience spans over 20 years, her information delivery is always packed with inspiration and sprinkled with humor. She injects the chemistry of engagement into a virtual space that fosters a fun environment ripe for learning. Lizzy is the trainer, speaker you never forget.

Luke Hohmann

Creating Epic Wins through Participatory Budgeting

An Epic Win is a great victory—a victory so awesome that it wasn’t believed possible until completed. Avid video game players use the term to describe great victories among friends, but you don't have to be a gamer to experience an Epic Win.

Just an #agile person using Participatory Budgeting.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which a group of stakeholders collaboratively decide how to allocate a shared budget. PB overcomes many of the epic #fails of traditional budgeting: Zombie projects, ROLie, and Apathetic Agile.

In this interactive session I will show how you can use PB to create epic wins. I will provide:

1. An overview of PB (what it is, an overview of how it works)
2. Examples of epic wins from companies using PB
3. A vision for how we can expand PB into epic wins for schools

About Luke

A serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized expert in Agile Software development and collaborative techniques, Luke is presently Founder and CEO of Tilliden, Inc. Our mission is to create financially literate children capable of transforming their communities as they become financially independent adults. Our unique go-to-market strategy leverages Participatory Budgeting to create money-smart youth, empowering them to take action by funding the improvements they choose to their own and other schools in their communities. We want to get $1K into 1M schools globally and watch what happens when youth control $1B in capital.

My last company, Conteneo, was an enterprise collaboration software company that helped large enterprises such as BMW, eBay, Cisco, Google, Daimler, RELX, Transamerica, United Technologies, Emerson, and BP administer more than $3B using Participatory Budgeting techniques.

I am the co-founder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that helps citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations collaboratively solve problems that are unsolvable without civic engagement. EVEF has been a leader in the Participatory Budgeting movement, helping citizens prioritize hundreds of millions of dollars through Budget Games. In partnership with The Kettering Foundation (, Conteneo created Common Ground for Action, the first scalable platform for deliberative decision-making.

The author of four books, numerous articles and cited as an inventor on more than a dozen patents, I am an internationally recognized expert in Agile Software Development. I co-organized the first Agile conference in 2003, have served on the Board of the Agile Alliance and in partnership with the Scrum Alliance produced the "Collaboration at Scale", the world's largest monthly webinar devoted to helping organizations with 10 or more Scrum teams in 2 or more locations scale agility.

Mark Wavle

Awareness to Act: Unlock Your Influence

As Agilists, we strive to help people and teams improve their effectiveness and interactions but we often find ourselves without objective data, jumping to conclusions and operating out of assumptions. Blinded by our own perspectives, we end up using ineffective approaches to address the least impactful issues. Ultimately, our efforts do not resonate, the mindsets of those around us do not shift, and we are left wondering why our impact isn't bigger.

Whether you're trying to figure out how to help your team improve, just starting with a new team, or mentoring a Scrum Master, the keys to unlocking your influence are increased awareness, unbiased analysis, and intentional action. We will learn about and apply the Awareness to Act Canvas and the set of skills it prompts you to use, pausing your own viewpoints, slowing down your thinking, and broadening your awareness. You'll be able to build a backlog of targeted, impactful actions, and then use the canvas to see the impact on the team's performance. With some focused and intentional effort, you can increase your awareness to enlarge your influence.

Learning Outcomes
• Identify challenges you face with awareness and how they affect your influence
• Learn how to separate observation from analysis
• Practice turning awareness and analysis into a backlog of focused actions

About Mark

Mark Wavle is an experienced Agile practitioner, coach, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), and National Lead for Agile at Insight Digital Innovation. He spent 10 years as a Business Analyst before joining his first Scrum team. In the 12 years since, he has been a Development Team member, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile Coach, and trainer for Scrum and Kanban teams in both small and scaled environments. He is passionate about helping leaders, teams, and individuals improve their work and the valuable products they produce through professional coaching and highly engaging education. As a sought-out speaker and trainer, Mark has created and delivered high-impact training and presentations at companies, industry groups, and conferences in the United States and Europe.

Mauricio Robles

3 Key Catalyzers to keep your Agile Implementation going

You have been working on an Agile implementation for a while, however, everytime you look the other way you feel that things start rolling back little by little. If you are wondering how to build ownership and accountability from the teams that you are working with, this session is what you are looking for.

In this interactive talk, I share my experience in building sustainability in an Agile transformation through three catalyzers. When the teams focus on them, they build the tools to hold each other accountable in keeping the metrics, the feedback and the goals relevant and use this information to their own growth.

By the end of the session you leave with a method that provides three areas of focus to your Agile Roadmap and a facilitation technique that you can use with your teams to discover the metrics that will guide the progress for each one of the catalyzers.

About Mauricio

Mauricio Robles is focused on Agile Coaching, developing and training teams in Software Development, Customer Service, Financial Operacion and Accounting. Mauricio gathers over 20 years of Project Management experience which later lead to the IT Industry and Finance. Currently he is working at World Fuel Services, coaching teams through the implementation of Agile practices in locations such as Costa Rica, Mexico and several cities in the United States.

Mauricio also works as a volunteer of the Scrum Alliance in the Coaching Advisory Team which has the mission to provide Agile Coaches around the world with tools and events to support their growth such as the Agile Coaching Retreat Live Online.

Mauricio is the cofounder of the new Slack workspace for the Latin Agile Coaching community called “Círculos de Agile Coaching” which holds regular MeetUp events.

Michael Vizdos

11 Tips for a Successful Scrum Implementation

Scrum is a simple framework. Let's talk about reality of Implementing Scrum in a complex world.

Michael shows you how to get started Implementing Scrum (or re-started) and discusses 11 tips for a successful Scrum implementation; this can be for a single team or using a scaled framework in a large enterprise. He shares real world experiences working with many teams from around the world and creates a space for you to discuss this topic with other attendees.

You walk away from this session with a customized plan to use when Implementing Scrum within your organization.

About Michael

Michael Vizdos (and team) delivers consulting, training, and mentoring services through his company, Vizdos Enterprises, LLC.

He is the creator of, a CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) with the Scrum Alliance, and has been in the industry for almost thirty years; Michael is an early agile pioneer and co-authored a book with Scott Ambler.

​Michael speaks regularly at local user groups -- such as Agile Richmond and Scrum RVA -- and delivers workshops (and keynotes) at industry conferences internationally (including virtual and remote sessions).

​He is the "Scrum Master in Residence" at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) and an agile coach for Blueprint Education; you can learn more about his journey collaborating with schools at and join other agile practitioners and passionate educators from around the world at


Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining an Adaptive Enterprise

Leading change in large organizations is different. Leading an agile transformation in a global fortune 100 company is different than teaching Scrum to a group of developers. It’s different than teaching SAFe to a larger, more complex product organization. The scale and complexity is huge. The number of stakeholders is mind-numbing. Aligning interests across the organization is almost impossible.
Making change at this level of scale and complexity, with this number of powerful stakeholders, and aligning them toward a common objective, is difficult… but it isn’t impossible. It requires a fundamentally different approach to how we think about process and methodology, how we think about transitioning to this new way of working, and how we make sure the changes are effective now and into the future.

To begin unpacking this, we need to explore the differences between what we call a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability.

The System of Delivery makes sure we have the right process for the right parts of the organization. The System of Transformation makes sure that we are making the changes necessary to help each part of the organization be successful… in an objective and measurable way. The System of Sustainability makes sure we are addressing how each part organization itself is positioned to inspect and adapt into the future such that the enterprise sees value now and into the future.

This talk will explore the key attributes of a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability. We will explore the critical success factors of each, why they are necessary, and how they individually and collectively work together to help an organization build momentum , become a more effective delivery organization, and sustain momentum going forward.

About Mike

Mike is a thought leader and industry disruptor in the field of enterprise-focused Agile Transformation. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry working for companies like IBM, EDS, John H. Harland, and Fiserv. Mike launched his consulting career while working for VersionOne before starting his own company, LeadingAgile, in 2010. Since then, as the CEO of LeadingAgile, Mike has been speaking around the globe. He’s done keynote presentations for the Federal Reserve, Agile Indy and has been an invited speaker—on Agile Transformation—at the annual Agile conference, hosted by the Agile Alliance, on several occasions.

Peter Green

Management in Agile

Management doesn't go away in an agile organization, and organizations don't have to shift to a fully self-managed system to get all of the benefits of agility.

Management in every organization has three jobs, and each job can be viewed through two lenses. Examining management through these six focus areas helps us learn where our strengths and weaknesses are and how we can get better results personally, as teams, and as an organization.

About Peter

Peter Green spends his work hours helping individuals and organizations Humanize Work. He is a leadership development coach, agile organization researcher and consultant, and a Certified Scrum Trainer. Most of his work centers around helping executive teams transform their organizations based on principles for how humans work well individually and collectively.

He spent 12 years at Adobe, where he led the Agile transformation, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes many of the Creative Cloud and Document Cloud product team as well as dozens of internal IT and platform technology teams and groups such as marketing and globalization. His work was a major factor enabling Adobe to successfully transition to a subscription business model. He has since worked with dozens of organizations from Fortune 10 companies through startups to help them Humanize their Work.

Richard Kasperowski

Product Inception Canvas: How to Build the Right Thing

Want an easy tool to help you start building great products that people love?

That’s exactly what the Product Inception Canvas is: a practical worksheet to help you, your business people, your stakeholders, and other people on your team to discover exactly what to do next as you build and extend your product.

The Product Inception Canvas facilitates alignment among business people, product development teams, and stakeholders. We begin by identifying, discussing, and aligning on our company vision and product vision: Who are we? Why do we exist? How will the world be different and better because of the work we are doing? Next, we identify stakeholders and bring them to life as user personas: Who cares about the work we are doing? Who are they, really, including all their details? Finally, we put it all together into a product backlog—an ordered to-do list of everything we want to be true about our product in the future: What are the wants and needs of our stakeholders? What problems will we solve for them? Which problems should we solve first to maximize their joy?

Attendees leave with actionable next steps to improve their current product or to begin building a new product. They will know how to use the canvas with their teams and stakeholders to gain deeper insights into their mission and purpose and to maximize the value of the product they deliver. They will be able to build great products that people love.

About Richard

Richard Kasperowski is an author, teacher, speaker, and coach focused on team building and high-performance teams. Richard is the author of two books: High-Performance Teams: The Foundations and The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness, as well as the forthcoming book High-Performance Teams: Core Protocols for Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence. He leads clients in building and maintaining high-performance teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the course Agile Software Development at Harvard University, and he co-teaches the Spark! fellowship at Boston University. Learn more and subscribe to Richard’s newsletter at

Richard Lawrence

Why Choose This Pain?

Business strategy inevitably involves tradeoffs. Choosing to optimize for one thing means choosing to sub-optimize for something else.

Things go better when you know what tradeoffs you’re making. Agile brings all kinds of great benefits for organizations, teams, and individuals. But what tradeoffs do you make by choosing an agile approach to your work, why are those tradeoffs worth it, and how do you make the most of them?

About Richard

Richard’s superpower is bringing together seemingly unrelated fields and ideas to create new possibilities. Drawing on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, design, and political science, Richard trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems.

Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. His book, Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber, was published by Addison-Wesley in 2019 (for more information, visit

When he’s not working with clients, you’ll often find Richard cooking, playing music, practicing Muay Thai, or flying down a mountain on his mountain bike.

Rob Myers

Your Core Four Essential Development Skills

What is holding your teams back from delivering timely, quality software; and within a sane--even enjoyable--work environment? Rob describes the problem as "The Agilist's Dilemma," and the solution has been part of "Agile" all along. Rob diagrams the "Core Four" (Diligent refactoring, TDD and/or BDD, Continuous Integration, and Pair- and/or Mob- Programming), then we explore some of the dynamics amongst them. Rob is at his best when challenged with questions and skepticism; so we break out into small groups for a bit, then return to the big-top Zoom room to explore your biggest concerns.

About Rob

Rob Myers has been practicing, coaching, and teaching Agile engineering practices since 1998. Before that, he was a "traditional" programmer (1986-1998), so he knows how painful that can be. His courses blend fun, practical hands-on coding labs, "Training From the Back of the Room” advanced learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful & not-so-successful Agile implementations. Rob is also writing Essential Test-Driven Development for Addison-Wesley, estimated publication date: 2021.

Sean McKeever

Ideas to Product Value: A New Product Framework

In this session, we’ll discuss a new product framework that can help your company implement a scalable process to move from ideas to product value to launch and beyond. This framework encompasses the key components of modern product management with great discovery and delivery at the heart of the process. Furthermore, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to lead the launch of product value ensuring that your full organization not only understands the new value, but can also effectively tell the story of why it matters to your customers.

About Sean

Sean has worked in product management for 21 years with a variety of technology companies in both the K-16 education and B2B SaaS markets. He notably spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, which is where he learned the power of dual-track agile methods. His work there involved frequent interactions with prolific Product Management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, which accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies. Most recently, Sean led the product team Integrate to create an empowered product practice which supports the growth of their B2B demand marketing SaaS solution.

Stephen Kuenzli

Mission Impossible: DevSecOps

Even with the best intentions and efforts, breaches happen and may seem impossible to prevent -- especially when you’re delivering 10 changes to production every month, week, or day.

In this talk, Stephen & John lead the group in uncovering the major problems teams experience when integrating information security into continuous delivery processes (spoiler: it’s not ‘human error’) and the common solutions to those problems you can apply with your teams.

Learn terms like threat model, risk assessment, software supply chain, and why they matter. Identify the differences in best practice between traditional data centers and the Cloud. This *will* affect your plan.

We'll synthesize all this and show how Cloud teams integrate security into delivery processes to create feedback loops that manage risks effectively.

About Stephen

Stephen learned, used, and built many software and infrastructure tools to deliver better systems over the past 20 years. He loves working through challenging design problems and building solutions that are safe and enjoyable for customers, users, and stakeholders.

Steve Spearman

Only adopt SCRUM if you want to fail

SCRUM has become so popular that it seems everyone is doing it or has tried it!

Many organizations attempt to “do Scrum” – believing that Scrum will fix their various problems in how they deliver their products. As someone who has taught Scrum to thousands of people, I have some bad news for you – it doesn’t fix most of your problems. The majority of companies that adopt Scrum end up disappointed and often abandon it.

Don’t get me wrong – Scrum is an incredibly powerful framework – but it leaves you to do most all the heavy lifting in changing things.

Using a variety of interactive breakouts, let’s explore why Scrum is essentially designed to make you fail faster. Together, let’s come up with some approaches and practices that might smooth that rough transformation journey for you.

About Steve

Steve Spearman is a member of Agile for All, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and an Agile coach,. Steve has over 30 years of experience in corporate software development as a software developer, architect, project manager, scrum master and in multiple management positions. For the last 10 years, Steve has been providing Agile-focused training and coaching to companies ranging from late-stage startups to large corporations.
Steve has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Computer Science. A few of his more interesting certifications include: Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), PMI-ACP, PMP and (former) SAFe SPC. Steve lives in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife Donna - but also has a casita in southern Arizona! He’s an avid traveler and Scuba diver.

Sweta Mistry

Mastering your art, shape by shape

When you attend a conference and see a visual artist whip up a masterpiece during a keynote or session that captures everything in one engaging snapshot - have you ever thought “I could never draw like that!” or wondered “how did they do that?”

Well, until recently that was me. But, in learning this skill, I’ve learned that it comes down to a few basic elements, lots of practice and letting go!

There’s also proven science behind why we find visualization like this so appealing. It’s a great way to turn complex ideas into a quick, universal and simple communication method.

Attend this hands-on session to learn key elements of visualization, as we practice tips and techniques so you too can "master your art" with confidence!
Bring your favorite drawing tools - pencils/markers and something to draw on.

About Sweta

Sweta Mistry is an Organizational & Agile Transformation Coach and Trainer in NYC. She has 21+ years of professional experience in industries including manufacturing, retail, education, non-profit, marketing, fin-tech and media. Her journey from a developer to a coach resulted from her focused interest in human behaviors, psychology, and humanizing processes.

Toby V. Rao

Agile Transformation: People + Culture over everything else

The truth is that Agile Transformation is an extremely complex journey, and despite the best strategic plans, a very large number of transformations just fail. People and culture play an extremely pivotal role in any transformation, but leaders often focus a lot more on the technical and financial aspects and neglect the impact of the people side of change.

Toby starts the session by making a solid business case for transformation backed by eye-opening data from the 14th State of the Agile report 2020. He shares insights and anecdotes to drive home key points about Transformation initiatives. He then conducts a ZOOM Breakout session to diverge and converge ideas on the topic of 'Challenges to Transformation Sucess'. After the readouts, he reveals the 9 top factors that impede transformation success, and highlights the ways in which transformation progress can be catalyzed despite volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions.
Toby highlights the importance of cultures by facilitating a discussion on the 4 drivers that define an organization's culture.
He then shares his Top 5 Organizational Change management Challenges pertaining to People and provides insight bu using the Satire model of change and the Kubler-Ross model. Toby provides pragmatic guidance on how to navigate through the typical challenges by using Emotionial Intelligence tools and the ADKAR model to improve an organization's transformation journey. He shares his insights on 9 focus areas that deliver the best return on investment. He ends the session with a strong call to action, and opens the floor for questions

Key Takeaways:
Participants develop a good understanding of the role of 'People and Culture' in transformation. Toby's industry metrics, facts, guardrails, and tips help attendees get a holistic understanding of the people side of change on Agile projects. They learn pragmatic techniques to that can bring the best ROI and impact on transformation efforts. Attendees also learn about 4 drivers that define an organization's culture, 9 top factors that impede transformation success, and Top 5 Organizational Change management Challenges pertaining to People. They will also understand the science behind change with the models presented by Toby (Kubler-Ross, Kotter's 8 steps, Satire model). Attendees can start implementing simple changes almost immediately in their programs.

About Toby

Toby Rao helps US Federal Government agencies and commercial organizations achieve strategic goals by utilizing modern approaches to drive business agility and deliver tangible business value. He currently serves as a Senior Director of Agile Solutions at Ventera Corporation, VA. Toby is also certified as a Coach in the areas of NLP, Leadership, Executive, Organizational, Life, and Emotional Intelligence Coach

Toby is a passionate agilist who loves to volunteer and help grow the Agile Community. He co-leads the Loudoun Agile Network (LAN) meetup in Virginia, USA and also leads an online collaborative platform for Agile Coaches. He has presented at global and regional Agile conferences including Global SAFe Summit 2018, Agile Alliance 2018 and 2019, Agile & Beyond 2019, Agile Charm 2020, and regularly speaks at regional and global meetups

Toby holds a Master’s of Science in Health Administration and an MBA. He is a lifelong learner with several industry-recognized certifications including PMI certified Project management Professional (PMP)♦ Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC 5.0) ♦ Certified Agile Coach (ICP-ACC) ♦ Certified Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF) ♦ Certified Coach -Agile Transition(ICP-CAT) ♦ Certified Agile Leadership (CAL-1) ♦ Six Sigma Green belt (6 Sigma) ♦Total Quality Management (TQM) and ITIL V3

Zach Bonaker

Lessons of Failure Along the Road to Becoming an Agile Coach

As I think about the failures I’ve experienced while working with people, I like to imagine the look on famed British author C. S. Lewis’ face matching mine when he wrote, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

In my career, I’ve had the fortune to work alongside countless teams and people of all roles. If the “road to achievement” truly is marked with failure, my road is littered with the scars of hair-raising flops.

Whether you’re an experienced failure-roadmap artist yourself or just getting started, I invite you to walk down mine as I share the three most meaningful failures I’ve successfully unleashed on teams and people. From “inflicting help” as the know-it-all expert to destroying trust in a single question, we revisit epic moments of failure which resulted in spectacularly disastrous results. From these stories, you learn deep lessons about teams and people... without having to first stumble yourself.

Save yourself a few bumps and bruises. Have a seat and buckle up; let us learn what failures exist on the road to achievement together!

About Zach

Zach Bonaker is a "benevolent trouble-maker" based in San Diego, California, USA and uses his curiosity to assist organizations with achieving their goals through improved working conditions and team-centric systems of work. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach draws upon agile principles, relationships, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.