Speakers

Andrew Annett, Leanintuit

Andrew Annett, Leanintuit

Kitchener, ON


Andrew is a coach and facilitator devoted to helping teams improve product delivery. He's focused on promoting shared understanding through better communication practices.

He joined the agile community having survived a career of big-plan-up-front development and transformation programs in large financial institutions. Along the way he's distracted by involvement in startups, some unusual infrastructure projects and intentionally developing coaching skill.

He's currently injecting idea viruses into yet another large financial institution and is a founding member of Leanintuit.

Jonathon Baugh, Pillar Technology

Jonathon Baugh, Pillar Technology

Manchester, MI


Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from mainframe and web to mobile and custom devices. His approach is more broad than just glass-slab interfaces utilizing Design Thinking supported by deep UX principles and practices (including ethnographic research, information architecture, user testing, etc.) to maximize value with each design. Jonathon’s holistic approach has led to him holding a diverse set of roles in addition to UX, including leading software teams and founding his own startup in 2006. Jonathon now shares his passion and expertise with others as an Experience Architect at Pillar Technology.

Ronda Bergman, EllaVatec

Ronda Bergman, EllaVatec

Ann Arbor, MI


Ronda has been working as a software developer for 18+ years, primarily in the .NET stack. She has worked for large multi-national organizations and small startups. She is the Co-founder and lead consultant of EllaVatec, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. The Co-founder and Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It Ann Arbor. A Software Artisan at Pillar Technologies, and the Vice President of Ann Arbor .NET Developers. As a female developer and the mother of 2 female developers she is working hard to help level the playing field for everyone in the industry.

Matthew Campbell, D2L

Matthew Campbell, D2L

Waterloo, ON


Matt Campbell leads the Foundation teams at an educational technology company called D2L. At D2L he helped reduce deployment cycles from yearly to weekly, adopt DevOps and Agile, and revamp testing and release processes. Currently he is moving D2L into the clouds with a full-scale migration into AWS. He is passionate about empowering and engaging his teams so that they can be free to create and solve problems.

Matt is also an instructor for Conestoga College, teaching courses on programming and general computer usage.

Len Cervantes, CBC

Len Cervantes, CBC

Toronto, ON


Leonard Cervantes charts the course for CBC's Conversational Interface Products on Voice Assistant and Smart Speaker platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Home/Assistant and Apple's Siri. Len returns to the CBC after 2 years at iHeartRadio in New York City where working with Amazon, Google and Apple on conversational voice products gave him a glimpse into a likely future that is closer than we realize. "

Mike Clement, Greater Sum

Mike Clement, Greater Sum

Atlanta, GA


A husband, father of four, and currently the Founding Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of technical excellence in the software development community, Mike is a founder and organizer of Software Craftsmanship Atlanta, the Software Craftsmanship Unconference, and the Lean+Agile Atlanta Unconference. Mike is a founding member of the Utah Software Craftsmanship group and a former organizer of the Agile Roots conference. He has worked at several companies including Pluralsight, Ancestry.com, Microsoft, and Caselle. Find out more about Mike on his blog (http://blog.softwareontheside.com/) and on Twitter at @mdclement.

Danielle Cooley, DGCooley & Co

Danielle Cooley, DGCooley & Co

St. Louis, MO


Danielle Cooley knows the things we use should make life easier, not harder, and she also knows YOUR products can fit into that category.. Her work has been applied to websites, web applications, desktop software, touchscreen kiosks, mobile tools, speech recognition and touchtone telephone systems, credit card statements, and promotional materials in such industries as financial services, pharmaceuticals, food service, healthcare, car rental, and consumer products. Danielle runs a boutique consulting practice and tweets occasionally @dgcooley.

Bob Duncan, D2L

Bob Duncan, D2L

Winnipeg, MB


Bob is a passionate and energetic designer that wants to improve the world with design and technology. He digs deep in to problems by asking asking why and pushes to get to the heart of problems with user research.

With a formal education in visual design, Bob enjoys creating simple solutions that effortlessly solve people's problems. He believes that people have the capacity to do amazing work and collaboration is at heart of all great teams.

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, NPR

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, NPR

Washington D.C.


Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi works as a Mobile Quality Assurance Engineer at NPR validating mobile applications and the backend services that power them. She currently works across multiple mobile platforms(Android/iOS) to improve manual and continuous testing practices for mobile applications such as NPR One and NPR app. She is very passionate about the "each one teach one" philosophy and you can often find her mentoring women in tech as a Java/Android Lab Lead for Women Who Code DC or volunteering in and around the Washington, DC area. For fun you can find her spending time with those she cares for most(family and friends) and learning guitar.

Senthilkumar Gopal, eBay Inc

Senthilkumar Gopal, eBay Inc

San Francisco, CA


Senthilkumar Gopal is a technology leader with more than 10 years of experience working in eCommerce, Banking and Insurance technology solutions. He has extensive working experience with server side technologies. He has been designing applications with architecture consistency and high performance guidelines, coding standards and principles using standard design patterns and service oriented application design. Currently he leads Identity Infrastructure products with Identity Linking Platform, OAuth Specification and Secure Token Authentication systems which form the critical platform components of flows such as checkout, search etc.,

Sue Johnston, It's Understood Communication

Sue Johnston, It's Understood Communication

Waterloo, ON


Sue Johnston's professional interests have always been communication and teamwork. Her work helps people talk so people listen, listen so people talk and change the world one conversation at a time. After a career in journalism, she held senior management roles at two Canadian banks, where she managed communication for large scale change initiatives and technology implementations. That's where she discovered that the most critical communication in an organization is the day-to-day interaction between its people.

Sue was already a professional coach and coach trainer when she learned about agility in software and business. She refocused her business to serve the agile community and has trained hundreds of people in communication and coaching techniques, in person and via distance learning. She's the author of Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work and the founder of It's Understood Communication. She's a frequent conference speaker, bringing tech ideas to communicators and communication ideas to technology professionals.

Sue has degrees and certifications and all that jazz. What really matters, though, are reactions from people she works with, such as, "Sue is the coach you want to learn from!" You can learn more about Sue and her work at itsunderstood.com

Rob Keefer, POMIET

Rob Keefer, POMIET

Cincinnati, OH


Rob Keefer is a co-founder and the Chief Scientist at Pomiet, a software development consultancy. Rob works with organizations to envision and develop web and mobile applications that promote peace of mind for users and decision makers alike. His Masters Degree in Human Factors Engineering and PhD in Computer Science give him a great appreciation for interdisciplinary teams working to solve complex problems. When he is not building systems that make people awesome, Rob enjoys distance running and cycling.

Jeff Kosciejew

Jeff Kosciejew

Toronto, ON


Jeff is an Agile Coach who developed his skills consulting & working with both large and small organizations across a diverse range of industries. His experience includes technical, non-technical, and fully cross-functional teams. He is always looking for ways to disrupt & highlight inefficient processes & systems to enable & empower people's creativity, and maximize outcomes and value to organizations. His default approach to work, and life, is to turn pretty much everything into a game. Jeff struggles to manage his own WIP. Jeff loves learning, and is always looking to expand what he knows. About anything and everything. Jeff thinks it's funny to write his own bio in the third person.

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems

Adam Krieger, Online Business Systems

Winnipeg, MB


Adam Krieger is a Developer and Architect from Winnipeg with over ten years of professional experience and a background in application service development and DevOps-powered deployment. Now a consultant with Online Business Systems, and well versed in several frameworks and languages, he is passionate about continuous improvement of technology solutions, and also the people that create them. His personal projects are automated in order to leave more time for cooking, listening to records, and reading science fiction.

Dave Rooney

Dave Rooney


Dave Rooney is a veteran Agile Coach, manager and developer who has been at this software thing since the 80's. He has a deep interest in the human factors involved in the effective delivery of software that delights its customers, and in promoting practices that make the work environment both more humane and fun. More than 35 years after he solved his first real-world problem on an Apple ][, Dave still enjoys getting his "hands dirty" by writing code!

Dylan Smith, Microsoft

Dylan Smith, Microsoft

Winnipeg, MB


Dylan Smith was a Microsoft MVP (ALM) and DevOps consultant for many years before joining Microsoft to lead the DevOps Customer Advisory Team. Now he works with Microsoft's largest customers to help them accelerate their DevOps journey.

Catherine Swetel, Lost Embossing Consulting

Catherine Swetel, Lost Embossing Consulting

Phoenix, AZ


Cat is a consultant specializing in lean inspired, data informed coaching for technology organizations. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEAM as a means of creating the possibility of a more equitable human future based on generative institutions. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

Jessica Tai, Airbnb

Jessica Tai, Airbnb

San Francisco, CA


Jessica has worked at Airbnb for 4 years, starting as a full-stack engineer on the guest and host booking flow and is now a infrastructure engineer on the Core Services team. She leads the migration of user data to its own service, which integrates with all business verticals. With experience in both product and infra, she can identify with the challenges of shifting product development away from the monolith as well as the technical requirements to ensure service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a smooth and stable transition. She often pair-programs with her Corgi dog while he observes from her lap. Prior to Airbnb, Jessica received her Master’s of Computer Science at Stanford and her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Emily Tate, Mind the Product

Emily Tate, Mind the Product

Dallas, TX


Emily Tate is General Manager for the US for Mind the Product, the world's largest community of product people. Prior to joining Mind the Product, Emily spent over 10 years in product leadership as a consultant with Pivotal Labs and product manager in the travel industry. She started her career managing software solutions for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler's side of the journey as the product manager for a leading travel management app, TripCase. Emily is passionate about the craft of product management and loves talking about new ways to make products people love. She was listed as one of 52 Women Making an Impact in Product Management.

Joel Tosi, Dojo & Co

Joel Tosi, Dojo & Co

Chicago, IL


Coaching and pairing within and across teams on how to leverage new technologies to drive product learning.

Mike van de Vijsel, RAPID RTC

Mike van de Vijsel, RAPID RTC

Winnipeg, MB


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Jessica Watson, Turn Yourself Up

Jessica Watson, Turn Yourself Up

Winnipeg, MB


Jessica is a creativity and innovation coach, podcaster, yogi, figure skater, and tech advocate. She is constantly curious and also learning to let go of striving mentality in order to live in the flow.

David Wesst, University of Manitoba

David Wesst, University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB


David Wesst, otherwise known as "Wessty" or "DW", is a JavaScript enthusiast who works as an enterprise software developer by day, and attempts to build video game related things by night.

After earning his Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.Sc.), David has continued in software development focusing primarily on rich web experience development and design. Although a fluent developer with a firm grasp of the open web platform, David's strength lies in his strong communication skills and his ability to gather and translate requirements between both technical and business-centric teams.

DW's passion for software development goes beyond the workplace and into the community. In his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, he has served on the Winnipeg .NET User Group since 2010. His contributions to the development community locally, and beyond, have resulted in being awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in the area of Front End Web Dev for the past 6 years running.

Stuart Williams, IGM Financial

Stuart Williams, IGM Financial

Winnipeg, MB


Stuart Williams has a M. Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. His current position is Software Architect at IGM Financial/Investors Group in Winnipeg where he helps teams with their use of Python for Data Science, operations, and web development.

He has taught Computer Programming at University, at summer camps for high school students, and at grade schools. His Python tutotials, taught at the North American Python Conference for over a decade, and have received 60,000 views on YouTube.

He founded the Winnipeg Python Users Group, now the Python Winnipeg Meetup in 2005, and the Winnipeg Data Science Meetup in 2017.

Adam Yuret, Context Driven Agility

Adam Yuret, Context Driven Agility

Seattle, WA


Adam Yuret is an experienced systems thinker who has consulted small non-profits and fortune 100 clients on adopting context-driven systems to solving difficult problems. Adam started Context Driven Agility in 2010 to share his passion for humanistic flow-based systems full time. He's been consulting organizations and teams to adapt to their respective contexts using collaborative approaches and lean principles to great effect. Context Driven Agility is about recognizing that no one set of standardized best practices is applicable to every situation. Effective learning organizations strive to understand context before applying approaches or suggesting experiments.