Agile Games Presenters

Agile coach-developer and culture hacker

A programmer for over 30 years, he co-founded Montana Code School and continues to help teach there, especially with Mob Programming. He is co-author of The OpenSpace Agility Handbook, and co-authored software patent 6108698.  For many years, he has cultivated culture change through social technologies including The Core Protocols, Open Space Technology, Co-Active Coaching, and applying agile approaches to non-technical issues for clients like SAP, Intuit, Capital One, MIT's Medicine Hackathons, the University of Montana, Oregon State University, the Agile Coaching Institute, and more. He sits on board of the Open Space Institute and is founder & Executive Director of Montana Agile Culture House which facilitates culture change towards agility in the state of Montana.

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Laura M. Powers is living proof that you never quite know where your next career move may take you.  Educated as a mechanical engineer - she has been involved in the design of aircraft engines, diapers and electric cars, as well as software systems at Hewlett Packard, Sales.com and eBay.  These days, you’ll find Laura “talking for a living” – training & coaching high tech teams to communicate and collaborate as they take their Agile game to the next level.  
 
Laura holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Certified Trainer of Training from the Back of the Room, and a LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator.

Instigator

I am a social monkey who experiments on groups to find how we can best connect, support, and serve each other to create great things. My primary tools are Authentic Relating and Circling, although I'm not above throwing some acroyoga or dance into the mix. I teach emotional and social intelligence to communities across the world.

Warning labels:

1) Objectives in mirror may seem greater than they appear
2) May actually mean it when I ask how you are.

Agile Coach

Currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint, David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Associate Creative Director, Vistaprint

Shawn Peters is a career creative who has written for television, magazines, newspapers and the web, as well as creating marketing and advertising concepts for networks and brands like HBO, Staples, ESPN and Bud Light. He is currently an associate creative director at Vistaprint, working with the marketing team to blend Agile principals and improvisational techniques into the brainstorming and creative processes.

Agile Creative Leader

After more than 20 years in Marketing and Creative, Adam Charlton leads global design teams at Vistaprint, and contributes to the enterprise agile transformation as an Agile Champion.

With a strong focus on building relationships and optimising feedback loops, Adam experiments and innovates in cross-functional ideation and design. Inspired by Woody Zuill’s “Mob Programming” at Agile Games 2016, Adam pioneered “Mob Design”, (presented at Agile 2016 Atlanta by David Grabel). 

Executive Coach

Jody’s executive coaching, organization development, and leadership expertise equips leaders and teams to build people, partnerships, and performance in every interaction every day.  Jody has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, majored in East Asian Studies at Yale, and is a project management professional (PMP).  As a technologist, Jody worked with agile teams to design and deliver a platform that lets healthcare professionals address the social determinants of health as a standard part of clinical care.  Jody has facilitated leadership development with executives and teams in tech companies large and small, fortune 500 companies, and nonprofits, in the United States and China. Jody is a great skier and expects to be an even better dad.

Co-founder of Matrix Leadership

Amina co-founded Matrix Leadership in 1990 and is currently the Director and a Lead Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant and Coach. She has been facilitating groups and trainings in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe for 30 years. Her formal background includes training from the National Training Laboratories for the Behavioral Sciences, as well as an M.S. in counseling and teaching psychology at the University of Missouri. For four years she was the director of the Groups and Outreach Programs in Interpersonal and Group Communication at the University of Missouri Counseling Center. She was a trainer for the Hakomi Institute for Body-Centered Psychotherapy for 12 years. She was also a co-owner and practitioner at Wellspring, Partners in Health (a holistic community medical clinic) for 15 years.

Advanced Practitioner

Tom Egan is an Advanced Practitioner, skilled with facilitating group intelligence, self-awareness, and creativity.  His own spiritual journey has allowed many unique gifts to arise in service to individuals and groups.  Tom is passionate about making the complicated simple and loves to create learning environments that are catalytic, engaging, and fun. Tom has a Masters in Counseling and specializes in group process.  He spent 10 years in corporate America before spending 4 years as Executive Director of a non-profit helping cancer survivors move on from the trauma of their illness, and now the last 4 years working for a Michigan University as Director of Development Alumni Relations.  Tom enjoys the beach, kiteboarding, and the outdoors.

Senior Scrum Master

Kim is a customer-focused agile marketer, manager, and organizational change junkie. Kim is a communications expert, master facilitator, and musician using agile methods to coach marketing and sales teams, development teams, rock bands, and the occasional significant other. Laser-focused on startups and small to mid-size businesses, she is currently focused on coaching scrum teams at Jibo, a Boston-based robotics startup making the world’s first social robot for the home.
 

Agile Coach

With more than two decades of expertise in diverse technical and business environments, Jon has led teams, managers and executives through demanding change across technical and non-technical domains. He has demonstrated experience successfully integrating multiple Agile methodologies  across entire organizations, increasing focus to deliver on business objectives.

Passionate about education and teaching, Jon has lectured at MIT and other universities as well as served on curriculum advisory boards. He is currently the Lead Advisor and a Mentor for Real Industry, a not-for-profit organization that gives undergraduate and graduate students access to guest lectures, personal mentorship, and portfolio reviews to fully prepare students for roles in industry.

Lean / Agile Coach

Savvy believes that empowered leaders drive the success in any field and sees coaching and guiding as an opportunity to bring out intrinsic qualities of people who are working in highly challenging environments. A passionate Agilista who had trained, mentored and coached teams and organizations to reap benefits from Agile. Savvy has spoken in various conferences on Agile. If she’s not thinking about Agile, she thinks about numbers. Data analytics is her immediate next passion and her strengths include execution of data analytics strategy, process, and tools in an organization. Savvy has been exposed to various phases of software development life cycle from all through her career across various technology and service sectors. She’s grateful for getting different kinds of assignments that had honed her career. Savvy speaks in Agile and Data conferences. Savvy enjoys providing career guidance in all streams and loves yoga.

Founder, Nexxle

Damon is the founder of Nexxle, an Ad-hoc Priority Management System for Everyone. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran that deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Prior to Nexxle, he was Chief Agilist at Eliassen, where he built the Agile delivery organization from the ground up. At Eliassen he provided executive level coaching to diverse organizations including Fidelity, Capital One, and Oanda. Damon was also the founder, CTO, and initial CEO of AccuRev, a leading Software Configuration Management company acquired by Micro Focus. At AccuRev, he created multiple award-winning products including AccuRev, AccuWork, and AccuWorkflow.

Director of Delivery Operations

Gillian is a an Agile enthusiast with a passion for teamwork. She has worked with scrum teams developing software for retail, currency exchange and earth sciences. Gillian now works on the delivery team at Rangle.io. She is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching with a background in engineering from MIT.

Gillian is a co-organizer of the AgileTO Meetup and lead facilitator for bi-monthly interactive breakout group activities such as Lean CoffeeLego Shared VisioningDecider Protocol and Resolution Protocol the Agile Work Game and Retrospectives.

President, Sapir Consulting US

Michael Nir, Transformation Inspiration Expert, Lean Agile Coach; empowers organizations to deliver results;

With over sixteen years of experience Michael has been leading change at global organizations in diverse industries. Committed to sustained results as well as the journey, Michael balances a passion for creativity and innovation alongside tested proven approaches for solution delivery. Michael inspires people and teams to change, cognitively and emotionally, building on enthusiasm from climbing the hill AND reaching the top. 

Director, Engineering Practices at Constant Contact

10+ years of experience developing, prioritizing, and executing complex project/programs in dynamic, highly energized software companies.  Proficient Project Leader and Agile Coach forming and successfully implementing organization-wide capabilities focused on Agile, SAFe, and Lean best practices. Natural team leader with successful track records adept at creating and motivating collaborative teams focused on improving efficiencies and providing business value to deliver superior results.

 
 

Agile Coach and Consultant

Coaching and training teams on Agile/Lean/Lean Startup, founder http://followyourfearday.com
 
 
 

PMO

I work within the natural structures that teams create, enhancing the existing communications and project workflow in a way that encourages sustainable performance and growth. Starting my career in telecommunications research, I have participated in the design and manufacturing of early video conferencing systems.  After working in the non-profit sector, I now work in educational publishing where I work with teams to change the face of education on line.

Content Developer

As part of the Cengage Math and Statistics Content Development team, Spencer has worked on both print and digital product development of educational materials in the Higher Ed space. He is relatively new to Agile, and performs with two improv indie teams in Boston.

 
 
 

CX Design Director

Stacey Dyer is a designing, mentoring, and entrepreneurial renaissance woman. She is a design director at work, and an avid runner, designer, vocalist, painter, and writer for play. Wherever her feet may fall, Stacey strives to provide guidance and insight that reflects grit, gusto, and expertise.

Agile Coach

Mariya Breyter, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, ACI Agile Coach and Facilitator, is an IT management and project management professional with over eighteen-year experience ranging from government jobs to versatile corporate experience in healthcare, media, and education with a passion in leading enterprise-level agile adoptions and culture changes. She is a passionate agilist and an active member of New York City agile community. Mariya is also a contributor to a number of online resources on agile and project management topics, including her own Agile site

Founder of Blueshift Innovation

Jenny Tarwater is founder of Blueshift Innovation. She is a Project Management and Agile enthusiast who specializes in coaching and training agile teams in Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.  Her background of working with diverse groups has allowed her to hone her training for students of all levels and teams. From coding HTML and Java at a .com startup in the mid-90s, to Enterprise Project Management with Sprint and Chrysler, Jenny has firsthand experience with not only leading Agile teams, but also what it takes to transition companies of all sizes to an Agile culture. 

Agile Technical Coach

Llewellyn Falco introduced Woody to the Randori technique and Strong Style Pair Programming  which is the base for Mob Programming.  

He is an agile technical coach, specializing in legacy code and test driven development. When working with teams he uses mob programming with the programmers to foster continuous improvements.

Twitter: @LlewellynFalco

Master Agile Coach

Mario E. Moreira is an Enterprise Agile consultant and Master Agile Coach. He helps you achieve better business outcomes by increasing your delivery of customer value, optimizing speed of delivery, and increasing quality. Mario specializes in transforming enterprises to Agile, bringing cutting edge concepts and practices to help companies gain business benefits that Agile brings. This includes coaching and educating executives, management, and small to large distributed teams in Agile mindset, concepts, methods and practices (Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean, VFQ, Story Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, and more).

Team Coach

I am a team coach, musician and video game nerd with 15+ years enabling, encouraging and empowering talented teams to make better things and in better ways.
 

Agile Coach

Jason Tice is an agile coach & consultant at Asynchrony specializing in the use of serious games to create environments conducive to whole-team learning, collaboration and complex problem solving.  More recently, Jason has explored the application of gamification techniques to improve portfolio management and employee performance reviews seeking to improve the quality of information captured while fostering trust, respect, and higher engagement of the people needed to support such activities.