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Christophe Achouiantz, Agile/Lean Coach - Sogeti
Christophe has a passion: making software development an engaging, fun and efficient activity. Everyone should feel involved while learning and improving themselves daily, and in doing so contributing to the success of the whole organization. To achieve this vision, Christophe uses techniques from the Agile and Lean space where individuals and teams are at the core. Before becoming a consultant, Christophe was a development manager in a startup in the glorious 2000’s. Since January 2007 Christophe has worked exclusively as a Scrum Master and Agile/Lean coach. Speaking about:
David J. Anderson, Father of Software Kanban
David J. Anderson leads a management consulting firm focused on improving performance of technology companies. He has many years management experience leading teams on agile software development projects. David was a founder of the agile movement through his involvement in the creation of Feature Driven Development. He was also a founder of the APLN, a non-profit dedicated to improving management and leadership in technology companies. Recently David has been focusing his attention on business agility and enterprise scale agile software transitions through a synergy of the CMMI model for organizational maturity with Agile and Lean methods.
Markus Andrezak, Chief Architect and Agile Evangelist, mobile.international GmbH
Markus Andrezak is active in different contexts as development manager for high traffic and revenue web sites. During the last years his main focus has been agile methodologies and especially Kanban.
Markus is a member of the Technical Advidory Board for Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011
Jurgen Appelo, Author of Management 3.0
Jurgen Appelo is a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, developer, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, and… Dutch guy. Jurgen writes a popular blog at www.noop.nl, which deals with development management, software engineering, business improvement, personal development, and complexity theory. He is the author of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. He is also a speaker, being regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.
Kent Beck, Lean Startup Expert and Father of eXtreme Programming
Kent Beck is the founder and director of Three Rivers Institute (TRI). His career has combined the practice of software development with reflection, innovation, and communication. His contributions to software development include patterns for software, the rediscovery of test-first programming, the xUnit family of developer testing tools, and Extreme Programming. He currently divides his time between writing, programming, and coaching. Beck is the author/co-author of Implementation Patterns, Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change 2nd Edition, Contributing to Eclipse, Test-Driven Development: By Example, Planning Extreme Programming, The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, and the JUnit Pocket Guide.
Jim Benson, Founder of Personal Kanban
My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively. I love ideas, creation, and building opportunities. I love working with teams who are passionate about the future. I love pushing boundaries. I love inclusion. My goal with all technologies is to increase beneficial contact between people and reduce the bureaucratic noise which so often tends to increase costs and destroy creativity.
Pawel Brodzinski: Manager, Leader, Coach, Blogger
Pawel Brodzinski is an experienced leader and team builder who managed different software teams along his career from tiny groups working on in-house solutions up to big divisions working on multiple complex projects for big corporations. Pawel is a fan of choosing right approach to right problem and doesn't believe in a silver bullet.
He is well-recognized blogger writing about software project management at http://blog.brodzinski.com.
Recently he leads a division in VSoft where he has chosen Kanban as main project management approach. Pawel is passionate about leading great teams, fixing broken projects and creating high-quality software.
Dan Brown, Technical Project Manager at YouView TV
"Some call me Agile PM, some call me freelance ScrumMaster, some call me a School Governor, some call me Dad, and my wife calls me Dan. Some even call me a novelist, but they're wrong - I'm not that Dan Brown. I've been a Developer in Assembler, Java, .Net and others. I've Managed Projects and Development teams at places such as British Airways, the BBC, Disney and Electronic Arts (I can tell you that it IS in the game). I like to think of myself as a learner seeking Kaizen in everything I do. At the moment, my focus is on helping development teams evolve to find better ways to deliver business value using whatever tools and frameworks come to hand, whether they be Agile or Lean."
Stephen Bungay, Specialist for Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
Stephen Bungay is a Director of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre and Programme Director of Strategic Decisions and Making Strategy Happen. Stephen’s teaching and consulting work focuses on strategy, organisation and leadership. His recent work has been on strategy execution. His current research is about the role of chance and serendipity in strategy.
Stephen worked in the London and Munich offices of The Boston Consulting Group for a total of seventeen years. On leaving BCG, he became CEO of the Commercial Division of a Lloyds-based insurance company, before leaving to concentrate on writing and teaching.
Mike Burrows, Kanban Pioneer in Europe
Mike has led development teams and larger IT functions for much of his
career, working in aerospace, software tools, finance and energy,
recently as Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank and then IT
Director at the energy risk management consultancy Encore
International where he led one of the first Kanban implementations in
In addition to his programme delivery and portfolio management
responsibilities, Mike has led a number of successful improvement
Dominica DeGrandis, Kanban for Operations and Devops
A Seattle native, Dominica spent her first 15 years in software engineering deeply embedded in Development teams performing builds, deployments and environment maintenance. Adept at leading teams involved with Configuration Management and Release Management, Dominica found a passion in improving the way development and operations teams work together. She works for David J. Anderson & Associates, training IT Operations teams on using kanban as a framework for continuous improvement. A LEED Green Associate infatuated with green building and sustainable communities, Dominica is an avid reader on social and environmental issues.
Fridtjof Detzner, Co-Founder of Jimdo
Fridtjof and Christian started their first company, the web agency dream-up.de, while still in school. He founded another company with Christian and Matthias, then Jimdo in 2007. Jimdo is a free website creator that everyone can use. Without any technical experience, anyone can build their own website with a blog, online store, Flickr photos, YouTube videos, and much more -- in just a few easy steps. Jimdo is available in eleven languages - and over 4 million websites have already been created. If Fridtjof's not in the office, he's pedalling his mountain or racing bike in the Alps, kitesurfing, or pursuing some other extreme sport.
Szilveszter Farkas, Prezi.com
Szilveszter joined Prezi as one of the first developers back in 2008. As a senior web engineer, he was responsible for introducing continuous integration and deployment, currently he works on the DevOps team to build and improve the infrastructure serving millions of users, and provide product development teams with tools (continuous integration/deployment, monitoring, dashboards, etc.)
Håkan Forss, Lean/Agile Coach
Håkan Forss works for Avega Group in Stockholm as a Lean/Agile Coach. Håkan Forss has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and his main focus today are Lean/Agile coaching, system architecture and development. He has a great passion for applying Lean and Agile values and tools to continuously improving your people, processes and business. Håkan Forss also works on Kanban OSS project http://visualwip.codeplex.com You can find Håkans random thoughts and thinking at http://twitter.com/hakanforss and http://hakanforss.wordpress.com
Alexander Gerber, Development Project Manager at SAP
Alexander Gerber joined SAP in 1999 as a C/C++ software developer and currently works as Development Project Manager in the SAP Technology and Innovation Platform area. He is a certified Scrum Master and a certified Scrum Professional and started introducing agile development methods back in 2006. Since fall 2008, Alexander is a member of one of the Lean/Agile core teams, supporting his organizational unit in managing the transition towards a lean development organization. Since 2010, he has an increasing interest in Software Kanban.
Volker Graubaum, innovative Kanban user
Volker Graubaum is CEO/CTO of e-netconsulting KG, an agency est. 2002 and specialized in TYPO3 and mobile development. He is the driving force of barcamp-style TYPO3camp and MobileCamp Hamburg since 2006 and is well known among the OpenSource-Community. Volker worked towards the implementation of Kanban in his company and creatively focussed on customizing WIP-columns. As a member of the Limited WIP Society Hamburg Volker frequently attends and emphasizes on the improvement of Kanban's practical use.
David Joyce, Lean Practitioner and Brickell Key Award Winner 2010
David Joyce is a Lean and Agile coach with 12 years technical team management and coaching experience, and 20 years software development experience. In recent years, using Scrum and XP, David has coached both onshore and offshore delivery teams, and has successfully launched an internet video startup from inception to launch. More recently David has coached teams on Agile, Lean, Kanban and Systems Thinking at BBC Worldwide in the UK. David currently works for Thoughtworks as a Principal Consultant. He recently received the Lean SSC Brickell Key award for outstanding achievement and leadership.
Traian Kaiser, Director Agile Project Management & PMO at XING AG
During the last 13 years, Traian Kaiser has worked at companies like IBM, Yahoo, XING and as a self-employed consultant leading many online B2B and B2C projects. In his current position as Director Agile Project Management & PMO he introduced project management at XING and was jointly responsible for implementing scrum and kanban methods which are the only development frameworks currently in use at XING. More about Traian: http://www.xing.com/profile/Traian_Kaiser
Kálmán Kemenczy, Prezi.com
Kálmán spent 13 years at Novell Inc. in various positions before he decided to take the opportunity to be a kanbanmonkey and few month later a productmonkey at Prezi.com. He leads two goal oriented teams: speed and new registration. Kálmán is also an open source evangelist and a long time contributor of Mozilla, LibreOffice and openSUSE projects. His favorite field is the localization and in 2006 he founded the openscope project to build a community for the Hungarian open source software localization experts.
Katherine Kirk, Delivery Improvement Specialist at BBC
Katherine Kirk has been working as a Project Manager and Delivery Improvement Specialist at the BBC in the Future Media division for the last few years, (e.g. BBC iPlayer and Publishing Services) and has been an active participant of a community of Lean and Agile practitioners in the BBC who explore and challenge the status quo through experimenting and collaborating. She is particularly interested in edge-cases and the cultural interaction between hierarchical management and Agile teams.
Henri Kivioja, Ericsson Finnland
Henri has a 10+ Years of experience in large-scale SW and product development in Telecom Industry. His main insight comes from applying different theoretical approaches into practice. He has worked in different positions in a large R&D organization: Developer, Tester, Quality&Methods Coordinator, Design and Node Project Manager (>5 Years) and currently he is working as a Program Manager and coaching&supporting 20+ teams in multisite development. Henri´s current passion is targeted towards flow theories and how they are applied in real life.
Paul Klipp, Founder of Kanbanery.com
Since 1998, Paul has been responsible for technology projects on three continents with teams ranging from 2 to 250 developers. He participated in the design of the selection criteria for the Technology Top 100 Awards (www.tt100.co.za) and sat for two years on the award's adjudicating panel. Over the years, he has been invited to speak and consult around the world on various issues related to maximizing the business value of emerging technologies and has taught and coached agile development and project management. Paul is the founder of Lunar Logic Polska, Kanbanery.com, the Krakow Ruby Users Group, the Polish branch of the Limited WIP Society, and the IT Small Business Alliance.
Klaus Leopold, Coach and Trainer for Lean/Agile and Systems Thinking
Dr. Klaus Leopold CEO and founder of LEANability, Austria is leading software projects in science and business since 2003, always searching for a better way to develop high quality software. His main interest is in Lean/Kanban and systems thinking but he is open to everything that works.
Klaus is member of the Technical Advisory Board for Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011
Masa K Maeda, Lean and Agile Advocate in Central and South America
Masa K Maeda is the founder and principal consultant of Shojiki Solutions; an associate of David J. Anderson & Associates; and a Senior Consultant with the Cutter Consortium. He is dedicated to bringing Lean-Agile Management and Kanban to enterprises; is interested on the human-factor at enterprises as a key to maturity and project success and has been developing Lean Value Innovation as a framework to accomplish that. Masa has been the principal promoter of lean and agile in Mexico for the last 2.5 years while living in the USA and has been promoting them in Central and South America as well. He worked in the financial and services industries in Mexico and has spent the last 16 years in Silicon Valley where he worked for Fortune 100 companies.
Bob Marshall, Transformational leadership specialist
Bob Marshall has dedicated his career to helping businesses dramatically improve the effectiveness of their software development and design engineering efforts. In the course of this career he has worked at the cutting edge of software and business systems development for the best part of thirty years. Throughout, he has consistently inspired people to improve their own capabilities - along with those of their teams and organisations. He spent three years as CEO of the UK's first 100% agile software-intensive product-development and consultancy start-up, serving major clients in Telecoms, Finance, Media, eBusiness, etc.
Eilif Monrad-Krohn, Lean Software Institute
Eilif has spent more than twenty years creating software and enabling organizations to do so better than before. Organizations he has contributed to include Intershop, Quelle, Norsk Hydro, Tine, and ODIM. Eilif’s experience includes design and development, training, project management, and process improvement. He has been focused on process management solutions since 2005. Originally from Norway, Eilif has been based in Germany since 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.
Johan Nordin, Sandvik IT Services
Johan Nordin currently works at Sandvik IT Services as Development Support Manager. Sandvik IT Services (SITS), with 900 employees worldwide, is part of Sandvik AB a Swedish engineering company in the steel industry. At SITS, Johan helps software development teams figuring out new ways of working smarter together in order to build better software for Sandvik. Johan has more than 10 years of IT experience. Starting as developer and working within a team, his focus as been on people since 2007 and especially how can people work smarter together. In that work he has been inspired by many of the concepts deriving from Lean and Agile thinking.
Inbar Oren, expert for visibility and synchronisation across the organisation
Roman Pichler, Lean Product Development Expert
Roman Pichler is passionate about creating great products. He helps his clients develop innovative and successful software products – products that customers love. Roman understands the challenges companies face in bringing new products to life, and knows how agile practices can facilitate success.
Roman has ten years experience in helping companies embrace agile methods. He is the author of three books on Agile and Scrum.
Xavier Quesada, Author of the Visual Management blog
Xavier Quesada Allue was one of the first agile practitioners to recognize the fundamental importance of the physical taskboard in lean-agile software development environments, and treat it as a first-class citizen. His experience and ideas are documented in the Visual Managmeent blog which is recognized as one of the top world references on taskboard design. Xavier is also a Certified Scrum Coach & Trainer and is an early advocate of integrating Lean Thinking and Lean practices into Scrum.
Arne Roock, Lean/Kanban Practitioner
Dr. Arne Roock is working as a Trainer and Coach for Lean and Kanban for it-agile GmbH in Germany. He wrote several papers on lean/Kanban and translated the book "Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business" into German. He runs the Blog www.software-kanban.de (German) and co-founded the first Limited WIP Society Germany.
Arne is member if the Technical Advisory Board for Lean Kanban Central Europe.
Stefan Roock, Agile/Lean practitioner, coach and trainer
Stefan Roock (it-agile GmbH) is passionate about creating innovate products that make a difference. He started with agile software development in 1999 and has used Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Kanban and FDD since then. Working as a developer, ScrumMaster, coach and trainer in dozens of projects in different companies he collected a wealth of experience with Agile and Lean. He regularly shares his experiences by writing books and articles and speaking at conferences.
Sönke Rümpler, Senior Developer at Jimdo.de
Soenke Ruempler is a Senior Developer at Hamburg based web startup Jimdo. He's been doing the web stuff for more than 10 years and currently highly interested in automation, devops and lean engineering.
Bernd Schiffer: Lean thinker, Kanban & Scrum practitioner, Extreme programmer
Dipl.-Inf. Bernd Schiffer is an Agile senior consultant at it-agile GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. He gained long experience with agile software development (e.g. eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban) as a developer, project manager, coach and trainer, as well as a speaker on conferences. Furthermore he's interested in TDD and good code. He studied Computer Science at the Bremen of University in Germany.
Bernd is member of the Technical Advisory Board for Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011.
Karl Scotland, pioneer and advocate of using Kanban Systems for software development
Karl Scotland is a versatile software practitioner with over 15 years of experience covering development, project management, team leadership, coaching and training. For the last 10 years he has been successfully applying Agile methods, and most recently has been a pioneer and advocate of using Kanban Systems for software development.
Currently an Agile Coach with Rally Software in the UK, Karl is a founding member of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium and the Limited WIP Society, and has previously championed Agile and Lean Thinking with the BBC, Yahoo! and EMC Consulting. Karl writes about his latest ideas on his blog at http://availagility.co.uk/.
John Seddon, System Thinker and Expert for Lean Service Organisations
John Seddon is an occupational psychologist and management thinker credited with translating the Toyota Production System (TPS) for service organisations. John maintains the TPS is not a set of tools, but a different way of thinking about the design and management of work. ‘Lean’ as tools, he insists, is to completely miss the point and was something Taiichi Ohno (the architect of the TPS) argued against.
The principles behind the systems approach are counter-intuitive to the command-and-control mindset and, hence, are best learned by doing. John and his colleagues in Vanguard have developed the Vanguard Method: the means by which managers unlearn conventional management and learn (better) systems management. In service organisations change is much faster than in manufacturing, for nothing is ‘made’. Profound results can be achieved rapidly if managers can change the way they think.
John is a visiting professor at Cardiff and Derby Universities and a visiting fellow at Hull University. He is also the author of a number of books. www.systemsthinking.co.uk
Yuval Yeret, Leading Kanban/Flow Practitioner
Yuval is leading the Kanban/Flow practice in AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company. In the last 17 years he held various management positions in IT and Product Development including several VP R&D positions, with a focus on the Networking and Storage worlds. 6 Years ago Yuval started used Lean/Agile thinking and practices to turn around technology organizations. On top of being a Kanban guru and nominee for the 2011 Lean SSC Brickell Key Award, Yuval is also a seasoned Scrum practitioner and CSM/CSP/CSPO. Yuval is a big believer in pragmatic best-of-breed solution design, taking the best from each approach, avoiding Dogma. www.AgileSparks.com yuvalyeret.com
Chris Young, YouView TV
Since 1999 Chris is been working with various flavours of Digital Interactive Television and IPTV in a number of roles including, programming, team leading, pre-sales, integration and product development and project management. He´s now responsible for the delivery of the User Interface for the YouView TV Set Top Box. He was involved in the BBC’s adoption of Agile in 2000-2001 using it to deliver the pioneering Multi-Screen Wimbledon Service on Digital Satellite Television. Since then he has done work for broadcasters and platform owners including Dish Network in the US and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.