AntiFrAgile Day Twin Cities
Riffing off last year’s feedback, AntiFragile Day sessions will focus on measurable impact supported by pragmatic and lightweight processes. The conference well be a dogma-free event, accelerating learning through story telling and intentional diversity.
All conference profits will go to help people in Bolivia via Mano a Mano (manoamano.org)
Nine years of continuously learning, improving and expanding
Experienced speakers with rich stories to tell, they’ll dump the dogma and tell it like it is: the good, the bad and the difficult.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in communications, Marie-Christine is a buzz manager using many Anglicisms. She is an ardent fan of building relationships and communications. 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 Pyxis… via coaching, events, new products and training.
Session: Agile is People & Business!
Alex really believes in agile principles, so much so he uses them in his personal life. He is committed to constantly improving how Industrial Logic delivers value to its customers. He is a programmer, coach, scientist, student and teacher who loves to push boundaries. Navigating from the very technical work to management and strategy, he’s interested in everything necessary to deliver quality software to solve clients’ real world problems and helps provide the tools needed to create a pathway to excellence.
Session: Enabling Awesome Engineering Teams
Passionately focused on the facilitation of high-performance software development environments, Tricia Broderick brings seventeen years of experience including the last seven years of focus with an Agile mindset. She leverages and openly shares work experience stories and examples to inspire people, especially managers and leaders to reach new heights through continuous reflection, both as individuals and as members of innovative teams. Tricia is a highly experienced leader, coach, mentor, trainer, and speaker.
Session: The Importance of Experience
Golda Sahayam has been a professional in the software development industry since 1994. Since 2007, she has been helping teams at Whole Foods Market evolve away from a waterfall ‘no changes’ culture to a culture of agility, and anti-fragility. It wasn’t until 2010 that she realized that what she had been doing was based on lean principles. Since then, she has helped formalize Agile practices and roles at Whole Foods Market, where she is currently responsible for software delivery for Enterprise Business Systems.
Mike is a Technical Delivery Manager with Walmart Labs – Washington, D.C. who is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and enterprises realize their potential. Over his almost decade of experience with Walmart Labs, he’s been a Java Engineer, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Delivery Manager. He’s a believer that tech, talent, culture, and process are all critical to get right for a product team to truly thrive.
Session: The Benefits of ReST Done Right
Esra is the Founder of Pricing Innovations where she focuses on translating product success into business success. Esra’s experience has spanned everything product – product development, product management, product launches, and product marketing. Informed by all four of those disciplines, she found pricing and monetization to be the most fascinating and overlooked areas of them all. Before founding Pricing Innovations, Esra has worked for Facebook, Amazon, and SAS.
Anne is a product geek, coach, and influencer who guides companies in introducing respectful change. She leads teams in incorporating agile practices that improve quality and customer satisfaction while not adding superfluous process. In her role at DevJam, she helps teams discover, define, and build products in a better way, specializing in leading teams through the process of taking an abstract vision and breaking it down into something that is understood, actionable, and incrementally adds value.
Founder of nuCognitive, LLC. with more than 20 years of engineering and product development experience. Daniel has dedicated his career to accelerating business results and cultivating work environments where employees thrive. He does this through theory-informed practices from Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, and Complex Systems Management. He has coached and mentored small startup teams and senior leader staffs of global corporations on how to transform their business and culture.
Dallas Hinesly is an Enterprise Coach at Whole Foods Market, focusing on organizational agility. She coaches a variety of teams to work with more agility. She provides guidance to executives and senior leaders on how to transform themselves and their organizations to work more effectively using Agile principles. Her coaching has enhanced agility across many teams including HR, Accounting and Technology. Her success has made her the sought-out resource for teams and leaders wanting to enhance their agility.
David has spent the last 15 years coaching agility and producing products for companies of all sizes around the world. David’s coaching is non-dogmatic and pragmatic. His focus on getting to know project communities helps him introduce lean processes that help teams measure and learn. David spends most of his time with teams, helping them create and validate product ideas by blending discovery and delivery tools. David also mentors leadership teams, helping them foster innovation that provides a competitive edge.
Lasse Koskela is a VP of Engineering at Reaktor, a strategy, design, and engineering company. Born in Helsinki and living in New York, he consults product management and software development teams, helps Reaktor and client teams build successful products, occasionally teaches Scrum as a recovering Certified Scrum Trainer, and aims to facilitate learning and wellbeing around him. His experience with applying agile methods spans the past 15 years of his career–with varying success–and he’s become convinced that the “Ri” in Shu-Ha-Ri is a wormhole leading back to “Shu”.
Kevin is a lean and agile product development coach with a passion for helping teams turn their product ideals into implementations that wow their users and customers. He’s been helping teams think different about their flow and how they measure success for over twenty years. Kevin’s love for coaching and teaching came from his Peace Corps service in the 90’s. Today, Kevin is still trying to work-himself-out-of-a-job by coaching product teams to continuously learn and by focusing team success in terms of the beneficial impacts and outcomes they’re trying to achieve for their users, customers, and stakeholders.
Patrick Szalapski has loved making software since his first MS-DOS batch files improved the UX on his mom’s 286. After turning pro, he has been coding, whiteboarding, discussing, arguing, introspecting, pontificating, and improving around sites and services for sixteen years. Currently, he is a senior developer, tech lead, and Agile coach at General Mills, a father of twins, and a husband.
Session: Tweaking Scrum
Priya, a Platform leader at Pearson VUE, leads a group of talented individuals who work in a fast paced, changing environment to deliver client solutions and strategic road map initiatives. She spent the last few years on a journey towards agility in her organization with support from DevJam. She has around 20 years in technology, Bachelors in Computer Engineering and an MBA with focus in Management.
Chris Shinkle is an thought leader and instigator of continuous improvement at SEP (Software Engineering Professionals). He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to deliver large, complex projects, including a military aircraft engine monitoring systems and FDA-regulated patient monitoring system.
Steve Jaccaud (aka “Jacco”) is a musician, speaker, video game industry veteran, mentor, rabble rouser and currently a team coach at Spotify’s R&D labs in Boston.
Session: Attracting Agility
Ray has been in IT leadership for over 20 years, most recently as a Platform leader at Pearson VUE. He manages the complex suite of applications that author and conduct high stakes computer based exams. He has spent the past 9 years at VUE pursuing successful adoption of agility practices that work for his area. He grew up in Milwaukee, and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, with a double major in Quantitative Methods and Business Administration.
Community speakers are everywhere. Many feel they do not have anything to say but fail to realize that simply telling others about their day to day struggles and discoveries is all they need to say. These speakers are programmers, testers, product owners and product managers, and managers of all types. While some are ready to go, brimming to tell their stories while others need a gentle nudge or even a respectful shove. If you know one of these people, please take time to tell them it is their time to tell their story; offer to help if you are feeling so moved.
People telling stories and sharing real experiences
Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with and follow the code of conduct.
Agile Day Twin Cities is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion. or lack thereof. We invite all those who participate in Agile Day Twin Cities to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments including jokes and language, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
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If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
If an incident occurs please use the following contact information.
Conference organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org, (612) 354-7493
Minneapolis Police Department: (612) 673-5705
Minneapolis Sexual Assault Center 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (612) 871-5111
Harassment policy adapted from information at the Geek Feminism wiki, Citizen Code of Conduct, and StrangeLoop.