Speakers

Meet the Speakers and Faciliators of the Agile Leadership Conference in Miami.

 
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Achim Nowak

Keynote: Showing Up as a Brilliant Leader

is a TEDx Speaker, C-Cuite Coach, and an international authority on personal presence and connection. He is the author of 3 books in the personal excellence field – Power Speaking, Infectious and The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life. His firm Influens, based in South Florida, helps entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the world to show up more boldly and be more influential. Clients include Sanofi, Owens Corning, HSBC Bank, Dover Corporation, and Knowles.

Achim holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology and International Relations from New York University where he also served on the faculty for more than a decade. Achim and his work have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Miami Herald, Forbes, Fast Company, MindBodyGreen and on 60 Minutes and NPR.

Achim’s popular weekly Energy Boost message is received by a wide circle of influencers around the globe. He lives happily in Hollywood, Florida.

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Richard Sheridan

Keynote: Build a Workplace People Love – Just add Joy

Create an intentional team culture focused on the business value of joy and unleash the human energy and the results you always knew were possible.

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ... 

things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits to Greenfield Village every summer. The excitement of the Edison Menlo Park New Jersey Lab served as his siren call to create a workplace filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity and productivity.

Ultimately, Rich and his co-founder James Goebel invented their own company in 2001 to "end human suffering in the world as it relate to technology" by returning joy to one of the most unique endeavors mankind has ever undertaken:  the invention of software.

Their unique approach to custom software design, they named it High-tech Anthropology® has produced custom software that delights users rather than frustrating them. The programming team creates the software that works every day without the emergencies that are all too common in the tech industry. The process itself is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it. Many spend a week or more studying "The Menlo Way" being taught by the Menlonians who love to share their experience and knowledge.

In 2013, Rich and his publisher Penguin Random House took a chance that a business book with the words joy and love on the cover might have impact. They had no idea how the world yearned for such a message. His best selling book, Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love now has Rich traveling the world speaking about joy, creativity, and human energy in the workplace.

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Bob Gower

Talk: Filling the Agile Leadership Gap

Whether it’s GE’s lean-startup inspired FastWorks program, Zappos' move to Holacracy, or the US Military's experiments with team-of-team structures; agile/lean/responsive organizations are all the rage. But this shift from hierarchy to network is creating a leadership gap. Mangers often can't get out of their own way and reflexively apply a top-down mindset that stifles much needed collaboration. In this talk I’ll help you understand the essential skills you need to empower and enables agile, lean, and responsive organizations and how to get them. 

Bob Gower is a member of the organization design firm "The Ready". He is an authority on agile development, lean theory, and responsive organizational design, and the author of Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity

Bob has assisted leaders at numerous companies – including GE, Ford, Chanel, and Spotify – in creating more effective organizations. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management, is a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, and speaks and publishes regularly on what it takes to build great organizations. 

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Stephanie Davis

Building Community:  The Power of Many

Learn from two of the founders of Agile Florida, Mark Kilby & Stephanie Davis, how they brought together several starting, struggling, and growing community groups to form a statewide learning network of agile local leaders. Agile Florida organizes statewide events like Agile Open Florida, collaborates on community group development, and cooperates to further grow the community. In fact, these efforts further inspired the Local Community Group Support initiative, sponsored by the Agile Alliance, which has a global mission to bring together agile local leaders from all over the world. This talk is based on the Experience Report, "User group dying? Time to build a state-wide learning network!", presented at Agile2015. 

Stephanie Davis is Senior Director of Enterprise Agility at Valpak, reaching 40,000,000 households and 5,000,000 visitors each month with coupons and savings. In this role, she is responsible for championing agility across the enterprise, leading the Agile PMO, and managing the portfolio. She leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Project Manager as well as the IT Business Analysts. Stephanie has been with Valpak for 12 years as Director of Agile Leadership, Director of Project Management, and originally Project Manager.

Stephanie is a career project leader with over 20 years’ experience, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services.  Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol in England.  She also maintains the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certifications.

Stephanie serves and supports Agile around the world as an elected board member to the Agile Alliance, a non-profit organization with global membership, committed to advancing Agile development values, principles, and practices. In addition, she serves her local community as an organizer for Tampa Bay Agile and Agile Open Florida. Stephanie also serves on the board of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF).

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Mark Kilby

Building Community:  The Power of Many

Learn from two of the founders of Agile Florida, Mark Kilby & Stephanie Davis, how they brought together several starting, struggling, and growing community groups to form a statewide learning network of agile local leaders. Agile Florida organizes statewide events like Agile Open Florida, collaborates on community group development, and cooperates to further grow the community. In fact, these efforts further inspired the Local Community Group Support initiative, sponsored by the Agile Alliance, which has a global mission to bring together agile local leaders from all over the world. This talk is based on the Experience Report, "User group dying? Time to build a state-wide learning network!", presented at Agile2015. 

Currently, Mark serves as an agile coach with Sonatype, a completely distributed agile software development company, focusing on automation of software supply chains.  Previously, Mark has led agile transformations from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Mark focuses on organizational re-building, leadership rejuvenation, growing effective distributed learning organizations, coaching coaches and serving servant leaders.  In his spare time, he likes to cultivate communities. He is the co-founder of Agile Orlando, the Agile Florida network of agile user groups, the Agile Open Florida conference and the co-director of the Agile Alliance Community Group Support Initiative.  He also writes for AgileConnection.comProjectManagement.com and other publications.  You can find out more about Mark at markkilby.com

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Frank Tenore 

Choose to Innovate!

Bose Corporation is well known for innovation in its product offerings; starting with the 901 Direct Reflecting speaker to the Wave Radio, Lifestyle System with mini cube speakers, Quietcomfort noise cancelling headphones, Soundlink Mini portable Bluetooth speakers, the Bose Ride System and many others.  The company also drives innovation in its work processes and culture through strong and focused leadership.  This presentation will speak to the company’s Agile journey; how IT leadership decided to drive and persevere even in the face of resistance, adapting to a shifting business environment, and molding a culture of continuous change, experimentation and learning.

Frank Tenore Leads the Organization Development and Effectiveness group within Corporate Information Services at Bose Corporation.  Some of his responsibilities include developing and deploying the strategic directions for Agile & Lean coaching and organizational change management. He was one of the early pioneers to pilot Agile methodologies at Bose and led the creation and maturity of the Agile coaching practice.  Prior to this, Frank has held various management positions in IT and Supply Chain Operations at companies including Coherent, Inc. and Parker Hannifin Corporation where he successfully led efforts to implement and mature Lean Six Sigma practices. 

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Jochen (Joe) Krebs

Organizer, Conference Emcee, Master class

Joe pioneered Agile Portfolio Management in 2008 by releasing the first book to address the growing demand in enterprise-wide agility. Joe is an outspoken, forward-thinking practitioner who provides coaching and training services through his company called INCREMENTOR. In his master class, he is thought provoking and challenges existing project management habits with the goal to further improve organizational effectiveness. He believes that making traditions, means breaking traditions. By following his principle, he has successfully increased the level of agility in numerous teams and organizations around the globe. Because agile is a journey and not a destination, he is eager to continue raising the bar.  He founded and spearheaded AgileNYC, for more than 10 years. He chaired several large conferences and he is now excited to offer this leadership conference in Miami, a place he also calls home.  You can follow him @jochenkrebs.

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Suzanne Daigle

Open Space Facilitator

Suzanne Daigle is a business strategist specializing in Open Space Technology, a high engagement process that powerfully unleashes individual and collective leadership, and that ignites possibilities for transformational change while delivering unbelievable results.

Suzanne is an experienced facilitator having working with small and large groups (5 to 350 people) in a multitude of settings (business and industry, science, technology, community, education, etc.).  She has also coached and mentored facilitators across many disciplines including her clients while playing an active role world wide by hosting the World Open Space in St. Petersburg Florida, as President of the Open Space Institute US (4 years) and by supporting her colleagues across the globe as they hosted major Open Space learning and training events.

She is a certified Scrum Master – a training that she pursued believing in the huge potential of Agile technologies beyond the world of software. She is an advocate of Organizational Self-Management, a specialty practice and core service offering of NuFocus Strategic Group, US, a company that she helped create and where she is a partner.

Suzanne is one of the co-founders of a trailblazing industry association called UPA – United Packaging Associates, a national organization that was established following an Open Space gathering that took place in May 2016.

About Open Space Technology

The World has changed and so must our ways of convening, meeting and working. On a daily basis, we face competing priorities, complex situations with no easy solutions, diverse perspectives and challenging expectations in a world where constant change is the new normal.

Open Space is ideally suited to rapidly ignite ideas and initiatives connected to an overarching challenge or opportunity; delivering actionable strategies and solutions that people are invested in and have ownership to.

In Open Space, there are no speakers, no PowerPoint, or panel discussions. EVERYONE is actively engaged, building the agenda together; self-organizing into groups on topics that matter to them, documenting in real time the highlights and ideas for action that emerge from these dynamic discussions. Many valuable takeaways!

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Natalie Warnert

Value Mapping with Fewer Dollars and More Sense

As a developer turned Agile coach, Natalie Warnert deeply understands and embraces the talent and environment it takes to build great products. Her extensive experience in Agile methods and user experience makes Natalie’s skills an asset to any team’s continuous improvement journey.

From building the right product to building the product right, Natalie drives strategy and learning through validation. Her recognized expertise has earned her a reputation as a thought leader in the Agile industry. You will often find her speaking at conferences, and she has been invited to share her ideas at the national and international level.

Natalie is a SPC, CSP, CSM and has experience in Lean, Six Sigma and Kanban coaching. She recently finished her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and is very passionate about her thesis topic: increasing women’s involvement in the Agile and technology community. You can read more about Natalie’s ideas and contact her through her website.

Teams are diverse entities with different backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. This diversity leads to bias-influenced interactions among team members, whether they realize the influence or not. The behaviors and resulting decisions made because of implicit or explicit bias have their own consequences to teams and projects alike. These consequences and biases are more visible retrospectively, but how do we encourage and empower people to understand how the judgments they make wholly affect their behavioral interactions?

Prioritization of work is difficult across all levels of the organization. When we focus on new development value, often the first indicator of value is dollars versus effort expended. But what about value that is not realized through dollars? Our customers and users do not only think in dollars but about their needs and desires. Moreover, both value definitions can miss product maturity and the associated value contributed at different stages of the product life cycle. All these facets directly affect the value curve of a product. Join Natalie for an interactive activity that will have you thinking differently about the value roadmap of your products!