A French lean/agile coach working as a consultant for Sogeti in Sweden, with more than 15 years of IT experience from private startups to public enterprises. Christophe burns for finding and experimenting new ways to develop fantastic products while having fun. His allergy for boring and wasteful activities as sent him on a quest starting from agile-land with XP and Scrum and currently crossing lean-land, where he focuses on the Kanban method in combination with Toyota Kata. Other areas of interest are inception of projects and initiatives (user story mapping). Author of "The Kanban Kick-start Field Guide".
Speaking about: Lessons learned from coaching 50+ Kanban teams
David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective software 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. His latest book published in June 2012, “Lessons in Agile Management – On the Road to Kanban.” David is a founder of the Lean Kanban University, a business dedicated to assuring quality of training in Lean and Kanban for knowledge workers throughout the world.
Brindusa Axon is a Lean and Agile coach, currently based in the UK. Having a broad experience working with teams, inhouse and offshore, her biggest passion is to create environments where learning and transformation happens. Brindusa writes her ideas on her blog www.unreasonableminds.com
Speaking about: Personal continuous improvement - myth?
An award-winning international speaker on Lean Software and Product Development, Lean Management, and Lean Startup, Jabe has keynoted conferences like LeanUX NYC and the ACE Conference as well as chairing the first Psychology and Sociology track in the Lean Kanban conference series. He uses his deep practical experience and extensive theoretical research to inform his public speaking and to provide mentorship to a diverse group of colleagues, clients and entrepreneurs. Most recently, he has been exploring the social mind at work, applying sociology and psychology and experimenting with how the co-evolution of systems and individuals impacts innovation.
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.
Speaking about: The Executice‘s Trinity (Keynote)
Fridtjof Detzner is one of the three Founders and CEO of Jimdo, a company that offers perhaps the easiest “do-it-yourself” kit in the world for making websites. Together with two friends, he founded the company shortly after finishing school. Now Jimdo has grown to employ 130 people working in Hamburg, San Francisco and Tokyo. If you don’t catch Fridtjof in the office, then it’s likely because he’s riding his mountain bike in the Alps, or perhaps kitesurfing, or otherwise occupied by some other extreme sport.
Speaking about: Kanban, Leadership & Alignment at Jimdo
Recipient of several awards for innovation, delivery, and leadership, Dragos built a reputation for designing solutions that streamline IT operations, enhance performance, and transform underachieving teams into top talent. In 2004, while at Microsoft, he was recognised as the first IT manager who successfully applied Kanban and the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to software engineering, creating immediate gains in profitability, performance, and stakeholder value. Dragos holds several training and consulting certifications including Lean-Kanban University Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). He leads consulting engagements and conducts training workshops on Kanban for IT/Operations and DevOps.Dragos Dumitriu is the General Manager of David J. Anderson and Associates, Inc, a global management consulting firm providing Lean and Kanban solutions that improve performance, communication, and collaboration for knowledge workers.
Speaking about: Kanban for IT Ops
Speaking about: Two years of applying Kanban at SAP: a report from the trenches
Håkan Forss is a Lean/Agile Coach, public speaker and author. He coaches, mentors and teaches Lean/Agile thinking, methods and tools to organizations, teams and individuals. He develops people’s ability to continuous learn and improve how work is done. Håkan is an active member of the Kanban, Lean and Agile communities and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). He was nominated for the Brickell Key Award 2013. You can find Håkans random thoughts and thinking at http://hakanforss.wordpress.com
Speaking about: Flow Thinking – The Mental Leap
Russell is creator of the popular getKanban Board Game. He has over 15 years experience as software developer, development manager, agile coach, and consultant. He specializes in Kanban consulting, coaching, and training. Russell was awarded a Brickell Key Award in 2011 for his contribution and leadership in the Lean and Kanban community. He earned degrees in Computer Science and Commercial Law at the University of Victoria, Wellington. He lives with his wife and four young children in Wellington, New Zealand.
Speaking about: Visualization from the Enterprise
Sigi Kaltenecker is an organizational consultant specialised in Lean and Agile leadership training and management coaching. With his company www.loop-beratung.at. Sigi has already been involved in many international companies such as Alcatel, bwin.party, Aperture Software, Hewlett Packard, OMV-Petrom, Raiffeisen or T-Systems. He is also a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP), Certified Scrum Master and co-editor of PAM - Platform for Agile Management www.p-a-m.org. Recently, Sigi co-authored the book “Kanban in the IT. Achieving a culture of continuous improvement” which is about to be published in English in 2013.
Speaking about: Change Leadership with Kanban
Klaus Leopold, author of the book "Kanban in der IT" is a LKU accredited Kanban trainer and Kanban coach with LEANability. His main interest is painless evolutionary change leadership using the Kanban method. Klaus is cofounder of the Limited WIP Society Austria and the Swiss Limited WIP Society. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.klausleopold.com
Speaking about: Flight levels of Kanban
Troy is an experienced executive who has been involved in many leading software organizations over 20 years. Most recently, Troy founded Focused Objective to build tools and training for simulating and forecasting software development projects, including the Monte Carlo techniques as described in his book Forecasting and Simulating Software Development Projects – Effective modeling of Kanban and Scrum projects using Monte Carlo. Troy’s work has recently been recognized by his peers with the Brickell Key Award, an award given yearly to highlight achievement, leadership and contribution to the Lean community. Troy is a regular speaker and trainer at conferences and workshops on improving Agile processes.
Pioneer of lean in IT, Régis Medina is a lean coach specializing in IT projects, and a partner at Operae Partners. Based on his coaching experience, he co-authored the first book in French about the practice of lean in IT: “La pratique du lean management dans l’IT”. Precursor of Agile software development in France, he has also co-authored the first book about Agile in French in 2001. Régis is a frequent speaker at agile and lean conferences, and he is a board member of Institut Lean France.
Speaking about: Agile for building, Lean for learning
I am an American living in Munich - currently working for it-agile in the Moneypenny team with one foot also in the marketing task-force. My background and degree are in Theatre Design and Production, with a concentration in scenic painting. Before coming to Germany in 2011, I lived in New Zealand for three and a half years, and worked as a props painter for "The Hobbit" films. Now in Europe I am trying once again to get my foot in the film door - bringing along my newfound Kanban knowledge.
Speaking about: Kanban in the Film Industry: an experience report
Dr. Arne Roock is working as a Trainer (accredited by LKU) and Coach for Lean and Kanban at it-agile in Germany. He trained and coached Kanban in different contexts, such as Web Startups, Major Product Companies and international Enterprises. He wrote several papers on Lean/Kanban and translated the book "Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business" into German. He runs the Blog www.software-kanban.de and co-founded the first Limited WIP Society Germany.
Karl Scotland, Certified ScrumMaster, Agile Coach, and Kanban Coaching Professional, 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 Systems Society and the Limited WIP Society, and was awarded an honorary Brickell Key Award in 2013. He has previously championed Agile and Lean Thinking with the BBC, Yahoo! and EMC Consulting. Karl writes about his latest ideas on his blog at http://availagility.co.uk/
Speaking about: Kanban - isn‘t it just common sense?
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. Currently, Erik is one of the leaders of a large-scale journey towards perfect flow using Lean/Agile principles and practices in a 2000+ people product development unit at Ericsson.
Speaking about: Flow Thinking - the mental Leap
Daniel Vacanti is a 20-year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent most of the last 13 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work with David Anderson. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded Corporate Kanban, Inc., which provides world-class Lean training and consulting to clients all over the globe--including several Fortune 100 companies. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on ean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.
Speaking about: Kanban at Scale: A Siemens Health Services Case Study
Yuval leads the Kanban/Flow practice for AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company based out of Israel. He led several strategic long-term lean/agile initiatives in large enterprises and is one of the leading Kanban Practitioners and Trainers focused on the enterprise product development world. Yuval is a big believer in pragmatic, best-of-breed solution design, taking the best from each approach, avoiding Dogma, therefore it is not a surprise to find him among the leadership of the pragmatic and evolutionary Kanban movement. He recently received the Brickell Key Award for Lean Kanban community excellence, driving Kanban adoption in Israel. He published “Holy Land Kanban” based on his thinking and writing at yuvalyeret.com. You can also find him playing national league volleyball in Israel and listening to audio books like there is no tomorrow.
Speaking about: Avoiding the GanttBan
I work as an agile coach, nurture change and hack company cultures. I'm thrilled, if teams enter a state of flow, if the humans in the teams grow, if they suddenly find new solutions to old problems. My secret task as a coach is to create workplaces where people can thrive. I work with agile/lean thinking and the respective tools. Art-of-Hosting, Theory U and Nonviolent Communication are other approaches my work is deeply based upon. Most importantly I hold the space for what wants to happen.
Markus Andrezak has been active in different contexts as Product and Development Manager for high traffic and high revenue web sites. During the last years his main focus has been transitions towards Lean and Kanban product management and development practices across his portfolio. With Arne Roock, he also co-authored 'Replenishment', a free eBook on Kanban. His Blog: Portagile
Speaking about: Boundaries of Kanban - Disruptive Innovation
Hendrik studied civil engineering and economics starting his career in 2003 at Mercedes-Benz in Finance. Later he was an internal consultant for lean administration and project management working in various international projects within R@D, Human Resource, IT & logistics. In 2009 he got introduced to the Vanguard-Method within a project in R&D and realised the potentials of this way of thinking. Since 2011 Hendrik has worked for Vanguard Consulting Ltd. across Europe to implement continuous improvement and is head of Vanguard Deutschland.
Jim Benson is CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a collaborative management consultancy in Seattle, Washington. After being steeped in Agile for many years, Jim started working with Kanban and Lean thinking in 2005. In 2008, he started taking this idea further with Personal Kanban, which brings flow based work to the individual and team. Since then he has been integrating Agile and Lean into his work with his own software company, as well as clients like the United Nations, British Telecom, NBC Universal, and the World Bank. Jim started Seattle Lean Coffee in 2009 to form a community of practice around Lean thinking. Lean Coffees have now spread worldwide including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Stockholm and Sydney. He has recently co-authored Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life with Tonianne DeMaria Barry.
Pawel Brodzinski is a leader, a team builder and a change agent, but most of all he is an always experimenting practitioner trying to make his teams work better (and learn in the process). He has been a leader of the first Kanban implementation in software industry in Poland and he is the first Pole to become a KCP. Pawel is well-recognized public speaker and blogger sharing his thoughts about software project management at http://brodzinski.com Pawel leads Lunar Logic, Ruby on Rails software shop in Krakow, Poland, where he field tests his ideas on improving management methods.
In a career spanning aerospace, software tools, banking, energy and the public sector Mike has been a global development manager, IT architect and IT director. As a consultant he now helps organisations evolve and transform at scale, taking a values-based approach to Lean, Kanban and Agile. Mike is well known in the Kanban community as an experienced practitioner, communicator and teacher, and for some notable contributions to the way Kanban is understood, taught and applied worldwide. He is a member of the management board of LKU’s Accredited Kanban Training (AKT) program and on the advisory board of its Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) program.
Speaking about: Kanban through its values
In the past ten years, I have been involved in various forms of project management efforts, both in on- and offline environments. While building out a startup for local social recommendations, I became painfully aware of the value of agile methodologies for software development and lean approaches. Today, I am employing these approaches in an enterprise einvironment. As a CPO at PayPal Germany, I can see and feel every day what it means when 21st century approaches clash with 20th century management techniques and thinking. A lot of change still means to be initiated - onwards!
Florian Eisenberg has been working as a Coach for agile methods for it-agile since 2011. He is Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional of Lean-Kanban University. He provides Kanban trainings and supports his clients when they are remodeling their processes and entreprises towards customer orientation. During his free time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains, likes to ride trains, and devours books.
Speaking about: Kanban – not „Yet another development process“
Oliver Finker is an Austrian systems analyst and versatile software practitioner with almost 15 years of experience covering project management, development using Agile methods and team leadership. After a brief stint with Siemens, he discarded traditional Command & Control thinking and helped with the development of several German top-20 websites in the fields of sports and general journalism, always trying to see the products with the customer's eyes; focusing on what creates value for the customer eventually led him to Lean and Kanban. In the past years, he facilitated change as leader of software development at a German publishing company and introduced the Kanban method.
Speaking about: Success and Failure with Kanban in Newspaper Business
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. He started applying Kanban in his team about 3 years ago as well as supporting other teams with training and mentoring in Kanban.
Speaking about: Two years of applying Kanban at SAP: a report from the trenches
Martin is currently working as MD for TUI.com in Berlin. He has a background as Development Manager, Consultant, CIO and entrepreneur and has since 2006 held various leadership roles in TUI Nordic (Fritidsresor, Star Tour, Finnmatkat, WonderCruises, Nazar, TEMA). Together with a cross functional group he led the corporate culture change in TUI Nordic with the aim to compete with ³People and feelings³. Martin has a unique experience from various industries with the commonality of high change speed combined with a clear ambition for market leadership. He blends theory and practical examples from personal experience about the challenges that organizations face when costs and prices of goods and services are reduced, while new players change the competitive environment.
Speaking about: The seven habits of highly effective people
Katherine Kirk is an active participant of a community of Lean and Agile practitioners in Europe who challenge the status quo through experimenting and collaborating. Katherine is particularly interested in contextually driven edge-cases and the cultural interaction between hierarchical management and software engineering teams. As an independent consultant and researcher, Katherine has solid experience contracting and freelancing in a variety of roles within the IT and Media industries. Most recently, Katherine spent time as a Coach at Rally after a period consulting as Delivery Improvement Specialist, Project Manager and Coach, specialising in Kanban, at the BBC in the Future Media division in London. Katherine often finds herself specifically tasked with working with really "troubled" projects, where simplistic solutions don't quite cut it. She supports her interest by studying an MSc in Software Engineering at University of Oxford, and holds a first class BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing.
Speaking about: Continuous Continuous Improvement: Hell On Earth?
Olav Maassen is an experienced consultant at Xebia in the Netherlands and has more than ten years of experience working mainly for financial institutions and big corporations. After Olav ran into Chris Matts in 2005 they have subsequently extended their model to incorporate applied psychology and various other disciplines. Unlike the “traditional” Real Options approach that is based on Black-Scholes, the approach that Olav and Chris developed avoids the complex mathematics and focuses on the practical implications of options. Their Real Options model (also known as the Real Options meme) teaches us to understand the timing of decision making and help discover new options not appreciated before.
Speaking about: Risk and Decision: The ‘When’ rather than the ‘How’
Stephen Maddocks, a manufacturing engineering graduate with 10 years experience of creating continuous improvement through the Vanguard-Method. Stephen is fascinated by the complexity of creating sustainable, self sufficient improvement and deploying this within varied environments, both public and private sector.
I have a long experience as a manager in the Software and Machinery Industry. I worked in USA and India, leading distributed teams in advanced projects (CAD/CAM, PLM, Industrial Automation, Plant Control and Supervision). As a coach I am now trying to help organizations to change embracing Agile and Lean values and principles.
Speaking about: The Colors of Kanban
Stephen is an organisational architect with a world-class reputation for thought leadership and creating profitable organisations with superior service climates by transforming the way employees, managers and leaders think about their business. He believes that organisations must be designed around the needs of customers through the application of employee creativity, innovation and willing contribution. This was recognised when his transformation work received awards from the European Service Industry for the ‘Best People Development Programme’ and a personal award for ‘Innovation and Creativity’. His approach received the National Business Award for the Best Service Strategy. Stephen is author of "The journey to customer purpose." (Macmillan 2005)
Speaking about: The Lean Myth Buster: How to bust
the Lean myths at work
Since 1999 Stefan Roock has participanted in Dozens of projects as a developer, coach, consultant and trainer. He has in-depth experiences with Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Feature-Driven-Development und Crystal. He approaches new projects with a „methodology per project“ mindset and combines practices from several methods for the situation at hand. Stefan wrote books about eXtreme Programming and Refactoring and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
Speaking about: Product Ownership as if you meant it
Sun Tzu once said the ultimate responsibility of generalship is manover into a position of success. How do we do this in software? This is my quest. I work as a Lean and Kanban coach, building peoples and systems that enables you to cut time to market and improve quality. During my journey I’ve helped helped several software teams deliver with confidence, scaled Scrum over multiple teams (cutting game cycle time from 24 months to 4) and improved life at operations using Kanban. I’m an author of the book ”Kanban and Scrum, making the most of both” and regularly train and coach in Lean, Kanban and TDD. He bloggs on http://blog.crisp.se/mattiasskarin
Twitter: Coming soon!
Joakim is an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum and XP. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also writing a book about Kanban for Manning Publications.
Speaking about: How Spotify stays lean from small start-up through rapid-growth
Bennet Vallet has been at Siemens Health Services for over 20 years and is a Director of Product Development where he leads the Agile and Product Management Center of Competency. Previous to that Bennet held multiple leadership roles within the company’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) organization where he has been involved continuously in the development of large scale healthcare information systems. Bennet has been involved in leading agile transformations since 2005, the year the company adopted Scrum/XP. In addition to his current management responsibilities, Bennet is the agile strategist on the company’s product development excellence team, chartered to drive key improvement initiatives with respect to people, process and infrastructure. In this capacity. Bennet is currently driving the company’s adoption of key change initiatives including the training and development of Agile coaches, the rollout of Kanban and the implementation of continuous delivery strategy for products across the enterprise.
Speaking about: Kanban at Scale: A Siemens Health Services Case Study
Alexei Zheglov has over 15 years of experience in software industry. Starting as a hands-on software engineer, he has evolved into a Lean-Agile change agent as he learned to see problems in software delivery systems for much of the last ten years. Alexei's interests are Lean systems in software development, IT and other types of knowledge work, Agile engineering practices and software craftsmanship. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is the organizer of the local Limited WIP Society, a group dedicated to building a local community of people interested in improving how we work. Together with several other coaches and change agents, Alexei is currently leading Lean/Agile change in a software company of about 700 people.
Speaking about: A3 Thinking for Solving Complex Problems and Evolutionary Change
Ralf Zarsteck works since 2000 in ecommerce projects for customers from startups to major mailorder and retail companies. Together with some 70 collegues he practises agile projectmanagement and softwaredevelopment. He enjoys "to do what I want in my preferred way and with people I like to work with". To maintain and develop culture is one of his todays topics - for his customers as well for the company he's working in.