Full Speaker List

Chris Powers

Chris Powers has been leading software development teams for the last twelve years, and he loves sharing his passion for building teams and products with audiences nationwide. As a Clean Coders author, Chris is producing an educational video series entitled “Clean Code in the Browser”. Chris is a Director of Engineering at Sprout Social and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys drumming and tabletop gaming.

Angela Dugan

Angela Dugan is a Director and executive agile coach at Polaris Solutions. She has been in the software industry for 20 years, is an active tech community contributor, and organizes a number of local meetups and conferences including Chicago Code Camp and ThatConference. She is a Microsoft ALM MVP, a Certified Scrum master, and a SAFe Program Consultant.Angela is an avid board gamer, an accidental CrossFit junkie, and really tried to be a gardener. She is constantly working on her 100 year old house in Oak Park with her husband David, where they raise two ornery chickens Betsy and Gertrude and a rambunctious GSP named Sadie.

Ken France

Management and Executive Coach & Trainer with over 20+ years’ experience in agile development. Ken helps large-scale organizations adopt iterative and incremental development practices such as Agile & SAFe. He fosters constructive culture change and leadership enablement and is focused on evolving Portfolio and Program Management & Governance processes. Much of his career has been spent directly coaching Agile teams and their management chain on how to drive the change necessary to become successful at the enterprise level. As CEO of Blue Agility, Ken helps develop and implement corporate strategy, provides executive level coaching for our clients, and works with and across all Blue Agility departments to ensure overall Client Success.

Greg Socha

Greg Socha has been a technology leader in health insurance and transportation industries for well over a decade. From technical and applied process hands-on expertise, thought leadership, and ultimately through optimized business value add, he is passionate about all aspects of technology fueled problem solving.

In recent years, Greg has been focused on large enterprise “business of IT” agile process definition. He helped implement the design concepts by assuming product ownership roles to “walk the walk”, norm, and continually refine the process framework. Currently, Greg is focused on dramatically transforming the development processes (technical process) to further optimize the HCSC delivery engine.

Swati Jain

Swati has over 12 years of experience in strategic planning, software development and operations management, enterprise portfolio management, business process analysis, and solutions architecture. She is well-versed in various software development frameworks, including Waterfall and Agile (Scrum and Kanban). She has worked with global high-tech development teams from corporations to mid-sized ones, where she championed and led the transition of software departments to Scaled Agile Framework.

Brad Appleton

Brad is an enterprise Agile/DevOps leader, coach & manager who has been helping teams & organizations adopt, adapt and scale agile methods (along with Agile CM and DevOps) since 1997. Brad is co-author of the book Software Configuration Management Patterns, and a former columnist for the AgileConnection and CMCrossroads communities at Techwell.com.

David Laribee

David Laribee is an independent coach, author, teacher, and speaker in the area of software-intensive product development. He believes in the power of collaboration, simplicity, and feedback.

Over the last 20 years, David has built teams and products for companies of all shapes and sizes. He’s founded startups and consulted in Fortune 50 enterprises. He’s developed digital products in a wide variety of domains: banking, retail, consumer electronics, insurance, beverage distribution, and higher education (to name a few). David is a two-time Microsoft MVP in C# and Solutions Architecture and co-founder of the ALT.NET movement, which spawned dozens of user groups across the globe dedicated to open source and modern engineering practices.Before striking out on his own, David coached the product development team at VersionOne, a market leader in agile project management tools.

Marie-Christine Legault

Holding a bachelor’s degree in communications, Marie-Christine is a buzz manager using many Anglicisms. She is an ardent fan of building relationships. She has 20 years of street-smart marketing and advertising experience for national and international companies (GE, Quebecor World, Cadbury, Royal Canadian Mint, Hyundai, Nestlé, Pepsi, Lancôme, Robert Mondavi Wines, Crayola, Disney…).

She aims to spread the Agile message and promote People… via coaching, events, new products and training. Being curious and generous, MC sees and discovers with her eyes with a very “out-of-the-box” practice that allows her to play on the Pyxis field and to dream. The sky is her limit and it guides her to successes and best roads… in order to achieve and reach for the stars!

Dan Gilio

Daniel Gilio has nearly 25 years of experience specializing in enabling Software Development organizations to achieve a new level of success in a variety of highly competitive industries. As an experienced software lifecycle consultant, Dan helps customers architect and implement a consistent strategy across their enterprise incorporating requirements, deployment and testing tools.

As an experienced software lifecycle consultant, Dan helps customers architect and implement a consistent strategy across their enterprise incorporating requirements, deployment and testing tools.

Anne Steiner

Anne Steiner leads DevJam – a group of collaborative agilists based in Minneapolis who teach, coach, and practice a pragmatic blend of product, processes, and technologies. DevJam has helped companies of all shapes and sizes transform from traditional, project-thinking to become product-driven organizations that emphasize continuous learning.

Anne has more than 20 years’ experience in the software industry, working as a developer, product owner, product leader, and coach. Anne also actively promotes building communities of practitioners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and frequently speaks at national and regional events.

Elizabeth Hodos

Elizabeth Hodos is the founder of HIL Training which focuses on developing critical interpersonal and communication skills using the tenets of Improv. Having spent over 15 years studying, performing, and teaching Improv, she has seen first hand how developing these skills leads to success.

Dan Walsh

Daniel Walsh has over twenty years of experience in accelerating product development, driving culture change, and transforming organizations. As a recognized leader in Lean Startup, organizational transformations, Cynefin and complex adaptive systems, Walsh specializes in helping clients resolve complex, intractable problems and capture emergent opportunities. He is an advocate for the integration of learning with work, the cultivation of cultures where people thrive, and the application of heuristics to deliver holistic solutions to customer problems. Prior to foundingnuCognitive, Walsh worked as an innovation consultant and engineering manager at Intel Corp.

Ebony Brown

Ebony Nicole Brown is a strategic outside-the-box passionate leader and consultant who enables people and systems to deliver value in everything we do, from hallway conversations to multi-million dollar initiatives. She has a multitude of years of experience with organizational change management, training & development, talent development, project management, and coaching teams and leadership through agile transformations in a wide variety of industries. Ebony’s goal is to bake agility into every aspect of the system, so “Agile” is no longer a label but a part of our everyday being.

Mike Gillespie

As a Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services, Mike works with customers to help them transform their businesses into leaner, more agile organizations using cloud technologies. Drawing on over 20 years in Information Technology, Mike has worked across industries to design, implement, and deploy software solutions.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys being outdoors, paddling, running, and brewing beer, especially German style lagers.