Speakers

David Anderson

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David Anderson LKCE15

David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective teams. He leads a consulting, training and publishing and event planning business dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. He has 30 years experience in the high technology industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has led software teams delivering superior productivity and quality using innovative agile methods at large companies such as Sprint and Motorola. David is the pioneer of the Kanban Method an agile and evolutionary approach to change.

He is the CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc, a company that operates LeanKanban University and Lean Kanban Conferences -- a business dedicated to assuring quality of training in Lean and Kanban for knowledge workers throughout the world.

David is the author of three books: Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business; Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban and Agile Management for Software Engineering - Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results.

 

Follow David on Twitter at: @djaa_dja

Speaking about: Enterprise Service Planning - Scaling the Benefits of Kanban


Chet Richards

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Chet Richards collaborated with the late American strategist, John R. Boyd, for over 20 years. He read and critiqued drafts of all Boyd’s major works, particularly his groundbreaking paper, “Destruction and Creation,” and his final major work, Conceptual Spiral.

He has published four books on business and national security strategy, including Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd Applied to Business, which incorporated Boyd’s comments into early drafts.

He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and is a retired colonel in the US Air Force, a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, and a certified yoga instructor. He and his wife live near Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, USA.

 

Follow Chet on Twitter at: @FuentesDeOnoro

Speaking about: All by Ourselves

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Tonianne DeMaria Barry

Tonianne DeMaria Barry LKCE15

Tonianne is partner & principal consultant at Modus Cooperandi, and co-author of the Shingo Research and Publication Award winning Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life. She is co-founder of Kaizen Camp™ and Modus Institute.

 

Passionate about the roles collaboration, value-creation, and happiness play in “the future of work,” and appreciative of the ways in which Lean thinking can facilitate these ends, she works with clients globally to create cultures of continuous improvement.

 

Follow Toni on Twitter: @sprezzatura

Speaking about: SCIENCE! Or Absolutely Every Reason Why Personal Kanban Works (Except for Maybe One)


Daniel Vacanti

Daniel Vacanti LKCE15

Daniel Vacanti is a 20+ year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent more than 15 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded ActionableAgileTM (previously Corporate Kanban) which provides industry-leading predictive analytics tools and services to any organization that utilizes Lean-Agile practices.

 

In 2015 he published his book “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability” that is the definitive guide to flow-based metrics and analytics. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

 

Follow Daniel on Twitter: @danvacanti

Speaking about: Actionable Metrics for Predictability


Håkan Forss

Håkan Forss LKCE15

Håkan Forss is an Agile Coach at King, the makers of Candy Crush. He is also a public speaker and author. Håkan coaches, mentors and teaches Lean and Agile thinking, methods and tools to leaders, teams and individuals. He develops people’s ability to continuous learning and improve how work is done. Håkan has an extensive background in developing software both as a system architect and as a system                                              developer.

 

Håkan is an active member of the Toyota Kata, Kanban, Lean and Agile communities. He is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). He was nominated for the Brickell Key Award 2013 and 2014. Håkan is also known for his all LEGO presentation style. 


You can find Håkans random thoughts and thinking

on Twitter at:@hakanforss 

and on his Blog: http://hakanforss.wordpress.com

Speaking about: Experimentation is King


Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård

Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård LKCE15

Eik Thyrsted Brandsgård is an old school project manager who along the way discovered he has a heart beating for Agile - The art of creating great stuff through collaboration.

 

He has a background in Humanistic Informatics (Digital Humanities) at Aalborg University in Denmark and has since been involved in developing digital experiences with larger organizations, the past +10 years at LEGO.

He is currently heading up a team of project managers who is taking Agile to the next level at LEGO.

 

Speaking about: Learnings from SAFe @ Lego


Eike-Marie Eiting

Eike Marie Eiting LKCE15

Eike-Marie Eiting is Head of Global Customer Support at Jimdo in Germany, a company that provides an easy-to-use tool for website building. Eike has experience in interface roles with production (sprd.net AG) and software development (Jimdo). She aims to translate concepts like Kanban and Kaizen to a customer support environment.

 

Speaking about: Moving desks to facilitate the in-house cultural dialogue at Jimdo


Marian Willeke

Marian Willeke LKCE15

Marian's passion and career is centered around curriculum design and delivery for adult learning in both academic and corporate environments using classic learning theory delivered through current technology. The ultimate outcome she seeks is that people's lives improve as a result of their learning experiences.

 

 

 

Follow Marian on Twitter at: @mhwilleke

Speaking about: Cultivating the Learning Mindset


Arne Roock

Arne Roock LKCE15

Arne Roock (aka Dr. Rock) works with Jimdo in Germany – a company that provides a really easy-to-use construction kit for websites. Arne has a great deal experience with Lean and Kanban in different contexts like start-ups, medium sized companies and international corporations. He is fascinated by Systems Thinking and loves to experiment with ideas from Ackoff, Drucker, Deming etc.

Back in 2012, Arne has been rewarded with the Brickell Key Award for his engagement in the Lean/Kanban community.

 

Follow Arne on Twitter at: @arneroock

Speaking about: Organizational Design at Spotify and Jimdo & A Salary Experiment


Karl Scotland

Karl Scotland LKCE15

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/

 

Follow Karl on Twitter at: @kjscotland

Speaking about: Turn Your Organisation Into A Laboratory with Strategy Deployment


Markus Andrezak

Markus Andrezak LKCE15
Markus Andrezak is working in the fuzzy front end of Product Development. He helps companies define and adapt products that people love and engage with. He currently tries to define what Lean means in this area. He has also helped to redefine Portfolio Management within the community. He co-founded überproduct.de, a consultancy focusing on product and strategy. 

 

Follow Markus on Twitter at: @markusandrezak

Speaking about: One size does not fit all 


Benjamin Mitchell

Benjamin Mitchell LKCE15

Benjamin Mitchell is a Partner at Equal Experts, based in London, and is currently helping multiple teams deliver services on the new Digital Tax Platform at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Benjamin is passionate about helping software product development teams and leaders build the right products in the right ways. He has over 20 years' experience delivering online applications to from media (BBC.com), investment banking, insurance to software product companies. He is a highly-rated and sometimes controversial international speaker. 

 

Follow Benjamin on Twitter at: @benjaminm

Speaking about: Common Communication Failures (and ways to get avoid them!) when implementing Lean and Kanban 


Eric-Jan Kaak

Eric-Jan has been involved in the Tech-Business for almost 20 years. The Dutch born political scientist, and certified industrial controller always shifts his attention between the big picture and the necessary details.

He used to work for large companies worldwide as Head of IT and Financial Controlling, and gained lots of lean industry experience as CIO of Blizzard Ski in Austria and Global CIO of Tecnica Group; a world-wide leader in the Sports Industry. For his pioneering implementation of Kanban in IT he received the Austrian CIO-Award 2013.

 

He is currently working for IcoSense - a small ICT startup in the Austrian Alps, where he is developing new forms of organizations for clients out of different industries that are challenged by digital disruption.

 

Follow Erik-Jan on Twitter at: @claptonline

Speaking about: Business is tough, but it's even tougher when you're stupid


Irina Dzhambazova

Irina is the self-proclaimed Chief Storyteller in Kanbanland. In the past two years and a half, her work for David J. Anderson & Associates as a writer has taken her to three continents, where she has visited an array of companies that have all used the ideas of the Kanban Method in order to improve the way they work and deliver their services. Onsite, the journalist within her has looked for the human story behind the metrics, diagrams, boards and policies that small startups and large corporations alike have, in order to understand what drives people to change, how the journey of improvement truly feels and what is the bigger picture and effect beyond the Kanban implementation. Those experiences she has narrated in case studies as well as in an upcoming book she is co-authoring with David Anderson. When she is not traveling, Irina lives happily in Ireland, where she is learning to take life easier and surf. Slainte!


Follow Irina on Twitter at: @strawbana

Speaking about: Kanban Tales by the Campfire


Sabine Bernecker-Bendixen

For more than twenty years Sabine Bernecker-Bendixen counsels and assists professionals in solving issues with communication, behaviour, leadership, team culture, well-being and other soft skills.

With all her integrated experiences she focuses now on the “humans” in the IT industry. Agility in thinking, communicating and behaving at its best – for the team AND for the leader - is what she evangelizes. In addition to that she works as an author for different magazines and blogs. She is also a speaker at international conferences.

 

Follow Sabine on Twitter at: @SabineBendixen

Speaking about: Debugging your communication for more success and efficiency in DevOps


José Casal

José is a business improvement professional with experience of management and coaching in senior roles and a background in software development.

He is intensely passionate about embracing modern management methodologies including Lean Kanban, Agile and strengths-based leadership. He is motivated to learn continuously, research and work in the introduction, or improvement, of Agile principles to companies, that lead to the establishment of thriving and engaged Agile organisations.

As an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer, he is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), a certified APMG AgilePM Trainer, a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), a DSDM Advanced Practitioner, a BCS Agile Trainer and an Innovation Games Collaboration Architect.

 

Follow José on Twitter at: @jose_casal
Speaking about: Kanbanising the Scottish Government


Em Campbell-Pretty

Em is a Founding Partner at Context Matters, Australia's leading Enterprise Agile consultancy. After close to 20 years in senior business management roles within multinational blue chip corporations, her search for a better way to deliver software led her to the world of Lean and Agile. The transformative effect that Agile and Lean had on the culture and delivery capability of her organisation, inspired Em’s transition from Business Executive to Enterprise Lean|Agile Consultant. 

She is an active member of the global agile community and was invited to co-chair the Enterprise Agile track for the Agile Alliance conferences in 2014 and 2015. Em is a recognised expert in Scaling Agile and frequently speaks about her experiences at conferences across the globe. You can learn more about Em’s “Adventures in Scaling Agile” at PrettyAgile.com.

 

Follow Em on Twitter: @PrettyAgile

Speaking about: The Magic Carpet Ride: A Business Perspective on DevOps

Noreena Hertz

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Professor Noreena Hertz advises some of the biggest organisations and most senior figures in the world on strategy, decision-making and data, global economic and geo-political trends, millennials/Generation K and corporate social responsibility.

Her best-selling books, “Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World” (2013), “IOU: The Debt Threat” (2004), and “The Silent Takeover” (2003), are examples of her own prescient thinking, and have been published in 22 countries.

 

Noreena served as a member of Citigroup’s Politics and Economics Global Advisory Board between 2007-08, and as a member of the Advisory Group steering McKinsey CEO Dominic Barton’s Inclusive Capitalism Taskforce between 2012 and 2013. In 2014 she joined the Board of Warner Music Group.

 

Noreena has been described by the Observer as “one of the world’s leading young thinkers”. She is Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making, University College London.

 

Follow Noreena on Twitter: @noreenahertz

Speaking about: How to make decisions in a complex world


Simon Marcus

Simon Marcus LKCE15

Simon Marcus is VP Operations at Spotify. His focus is on learning how companies scale without sacrificing the culture, beliefs and practices that made them successful in the first place. His team includes coaches, researches, and facilitators.

 

Previously, Simon oversaw a unique whole-organization application of lean, agile and lean startup principles to help revitalize a 40 year old company in a challenging industry as COO of The Library Corporation. Previous to TLC, he served as the COO at the Authors Guild, the largest organization for published authors in world, where he helped a 100 year old organization redefine itself for the digital era.

 

Simon speaks and writes regularly about the ways people work.

 

Follow Simon on Twitter: @lycaonmarcus

Speaking about: Organizational Design at Spotify and Jimdo


Jim Benson

Jim Benson LKCE15

A pioneer in applying Lean and Kanban to knowledge work, and an internationally recognized speaker and author, Jim Benson is CEO of the collaborative management consultancy Modus Cooperandi and founding partner of Modus Institute. He is a fellow in the Lean Systems Society and recipient of the Brickell Key Award for Excellence in Lean Thinking.

 

He is the creator of Personal Kanban and co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, winner of the Shingo Research and Publication Award. His other books include Why Plans Fail, Why Limit WIP, and Beyond Agile.

 

Follow Jim on Twitter: @ourfounder

Speaking about: SCIENCE! Or Absolutely Every Reason Why Personal Kanban Works (Except for Maybe One)

and I say "Limit WIP" you say, "Seriously?"


Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson LKCE15

Wendy Robison's background is in education and she focuses on adult learning, leadership development, and organizational learning in the workplace. Currently, Wendy is the lead learning and development designer and project manager of a company-wide, comprehensive manager training program at Etsy, serving ~200 managers. Her work includes program design, curriculum development, facilitation, and using data to refine, improve and scale offerings across the company. Throughout her career in education, Wendy has worked for government, for profit and non-profit education organizations in the U.S., Kenya, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.

 

Speaking aboutUsing Communities of Practice to Strengthen Manager Learning and Development


Katherine Kirk

Katherine Kirk LKCE15

Katherine Kirk is a solidly experienced independent Agile/Lean Coach and regular international conference speaker. Her primary area of expertise lies in co-discovery and insight facilitation through exploring and combining eastern and tribal philosophy to find practical answers to tough, on-the-ground issues, specifically involving contextually driven edge-cases and the cultural interaction between hierarchical management and Agile/Lean teams. After gaining a first class BSc (Hons) in computing she completed post graduate studies in software engineering at University of Oxford and currently enjoys being an active participant of a community of Lean and Agile practitioners in Europe who explore and challenge the status quo through experimenting and collaborating.

 

Follow Katherine on Twitter at: @kkirk

Speaking about: Taming Ego & Politics: Leadership in a Continuous Culture


Mattias Skarin

Mattias Skarin LKCE15

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

How do we do this in software? This is Mattias' quest.

 

He coaches and trains management teams in Lean and Agile organisations to build a competitive edge combining long term thinking with the ability to explore market opportunities. He is the author of the book ”Real world kanban” and co-author of ”Kanban and Scrum, making the most of both”.

 

Follow Mattias on his Blog: http://blog.crisp.se/mattiasskarin
Speaking about: Learnings from SAFe @ Lego


Patrick Steyaert

Patrick Steyaerd LKCE15

Patrick Steyaert is a co-founder of Okaloa. Together with its partners, Okaloa helps organizations to innovate and change using an integrative approach with Kanban at its foundation. Okaloa is currently working with customers ranging from high-tech SME’s to large incumbent companies applying Kanban in their transformation and strategy implementation.

 

Patrick is an LKU accredited trainer and Kanban Coaching Professional. He holds a PhD in computer science and was involved as director in several start-ups. His current focus is on the general applicability of Kanban as a method to manage knowledge work with practical experience in both software/IT as well as non-IT (logistics management, HR). He is an international speaker and winner of the Lean Kanban North America 2015 Brickell-Key award for his contribution in the development of Discovery Kanban, a method to manage knowledge work in the context of innovation and change.

 

Follow Patrick on Twitter at: @PatrickSteyaert 

Speaking about: Discovery Kanban


Ian Carroll

Ian Carroll LKCE15

Brickell Key Award winner Ian Carroll is a consultant, coach, and speaker on all topics related to Lean, Kanban and Agile software development. Using his 25 years of hands‐on experience he helps clients transform their organisations using Kanban and other Lean and Agile techniques to lower costs while increasing their ability to respond to changing market demands and outperform competitors.

Ian has trained and coached hundreds of software development teams in Agile, Lean, and Kanban techniques, and has broken new ground by scaling lean principles to the portfolio level and beyond.

 

Ian founded Lean Agile Manchester – a meet up group with over 750 members and is a regular speaker at Agile, Lean and Kanban related conferences. 

 

Follow Ian on Twitter at: @IanCarrollUK

Speaking about: Kanban's Geological Record


Dominica Degrandis

Dominica Degrandis LKCE15

Dominica teaches Kanban to DevOps enthusiasts.  She helps organizations improve workflow and optimize throughput.  She is keen on providing visibility across teams to reveal mutually critical information and improve organizational health. As Director of Training & Coaching at LeanKit, Dominica combines experience, practice and theory to help teams level-up their capability.  She blogs at ddegrandis.com.

 

Follow Dominica on Twitter at: @dominicad

Speaking about: How Kanban helps Operations Teams Become more Predictable


Pawel Brodzinski

Pawel Brodzinski LKCE15

Pawel Brodzinski is a leader, a team builder, and a change agent, but most of all he is a constantly experimenting practitioner who helps his teams to work better (and learn in the process).

He leads Lunar Logic, a professional-services web-development company, where he practices what he preaches. This makes working with Lunar Logic an exceptional experience.

Pawel has been a leader of the first Kanban implementation in the software industry in Poland. He is a Brickell Key Award nominee and an active member of the core Lean Kanban community.

He shares his thoughts on broadly understood, software project management on his blog. Pawel is passionate about building great teams, creating superb organizational culture, and helping people to grow.

 

Follow Pawel on Twitter at: @pawelbrodzinski

Speaking about: The Game Changer: Autonomy


Klaus Leopold

Klaus Leopold LKCE15

Klaus Leopold is computer scientist with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is co-author of the book “Kanban in der IT” and its English translation “Kanban Change Leadership." Klaus is one of the first Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Lean Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014.

 

Klaus is also a founding member of the management network Stoos. His main interest is agility beyond team level, especially in large projects and programs from 30 to 500 people. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.klausleopold.com.

 

Follow Klaus on Twitter at: @klausleopold

Speaking about: Flow Kanban Essentials


Wolfgang Wiedenroth

Before Wolfgang learned about Kanban he worked as a ScrumMaster for almost five years. In 2010 he discovered Kanban, fell in love with its first principle "Start with what you do now" and became a real Kanban enthusiast.

Today he works as an Agile Coach and Trainer for it-agile, helping his customers to better understand their situation and learn how to use this new knowledge in order to improve. He is also co-founder of the Limited WIP Society Munich.

He shares his thoughts and experiences about Kanban and Agile in general in his blog at agilemanic.com.

 

Follow Wolfgang on Twitter at: @wwiedenroth

Speaking about: Information is key - Kanban is information


Janice Linden-Reed

Janice Linden-Reed is CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc. overseeing all Lean Kanban University programs and the Lean Kanban Conference global series.   Her professional background is in game design and production, starting companies, managing software development, and running communities for professionals.

She is a Californian now living in Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

Follow Janice on Twitter at: @jlindenreed

Speaking about: Building an Information Flow


Nadja Schnetzler

Nadja is a consultant in the area of innovation and collaboration with her own company Word and Deed. She is also one of the founders of www.brainstore.com and has built an innovation process called «the idea machine» over the last 26 years. She works with agile and lean principles and tools depending on what her clients need.

 

Follow Nadja on Twitter: @nadjeschda

Speaking about: Kitchen Kanban


Chris Young

Chris has been leading engineering teams since 1999. He was pivotal in the BBC’s adoption of Agile in 2000-2001 using it to deliver the pioneering Multi-Screen Wimbledon Service for Sky.

Since then he has worked for broadcasters and platform owners including Dish Network in the US and Deutsche Telekom in Europe. 

Most recently he led the development team for the YouView Set Top Box User Interface and headed up engineering for YouTube’s largest Content Network outside the US; Base79 (now Rightster).

 

He is an active member of the Lean/Agile/DevOps community speaking at Meet Ups and conferences across Europe.

 

Follow Chris on Twitter: @worldofchris

Speaking about: Kanban, DevOps, Design Thinking and BDD for great good


Paul Reed

J. Paul Reed, aka The Sober Build Engineer, has over a decade of experience in the trenches as a build/release and tools engineer, working with such organizations as VMware, Mozilla, Postbox, and Symantec.

In 2012, he founded Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of tools and techniques to help organizations "Simply Ship. Every time." He's worked across a number of industries, from financial services to SaaS-providers to consumer products, with teams from 2 to 200 on everything from tooling, operational analysis and improvement, team culture transformation, and business value optimization.

Additionally, Paul is a visiting scientist and Chief Delivery Officer at Praxis Flow and the founding host of The Ship Show, a twice-monthly podcast tackling topics related to build engineering, DevOps, and release management.    

 

Follow Paul on Twitter at: @SoberBuildEng

Speaking about: DevOps' Killer App: Visibility


Erik Schön

Hacker turned software researcher turned system engineer; manager turned leader turned navigator, Erik Schön has developed people, products and organizations for almost 20 years in complex, global R&D environments. In his current role, Erik is one of the navigators of a large-scale journey towards perfect flow using Lean/Agile principles and practices in a 1500+ people product development unit on 10 sites at Ericsson.

 

Follow Erik on Twitter at: @erik_schon

Speaking about: Ways of Working in the #NetworkedSociety – Strategy Experiments at Ericsson 3G


Ken Power

Ken is a Principal Engineer and internal coach and consultant with Cisco Systems, Inc. He lives in Galway, Ireland and works with teams and organizations around the world. His responsibilities include leading the agile transformation for Cisco’s largest software group. He also works with universities and research groups in agile, lean and software engineering research. He is currently completing a PhD in Lean Flow and understanding impediments in teams and organizations. He is a frequent speaker at the major international agile, lean and software engineering conferences, and has published numerous papers on agile and lean development. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, a certified Human Systems Dynamics Professional, and a trained Co-Active Coach and Organization & Relationship System Coach.

 

Follow Ken on Twitter at: @ken_power

And on his Blog: www.kenpower.ie

Speaking about: Making sense of organization impediments: managing complexity for organization effectiveness