Mary and Tom Poppendieck (Keynote Speakers)

Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for over thirty years. She has managed software development, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and new product development. She spearheaded the implementation of a Just-in-Time system in a 3M video tape manufacturing plant and led new product development teams, commercializing products ranging from digital controllers to 3M Light Fiber™. 


Mary is a popular writer and speaker, and coauthor of the book Lean Software Development, which was awarded the Software Development Productivity Award in 2004. A sequel, Implementing Lean Software Development, was published in 2006, and Leading Lean Software Development in 2009. A forth book, The Lean Mindset, was published in 2013.

twitter: @mpoppendieck


Tom Poppendieck has over 25 years of experience in computing including eight years of work with object technology. His modeling and mentoring skills are rooted in his experience as a physics professor. His early work was in IT infrastructure, product development, and manufacturing support, and evolved to consulting project assignments in healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services.

Tom holds a PhD in Physics and has taught physics for ten years. He is coauthor of the book Lean Software Development, which was awarded the Software Development Productivity Award in 2004. A sequel, Implementing Lean Software Development, was published in 2006, and Leading Lean Software Development in 2009. A forth book, The Lean Mindset, was published in 2013.

Jabe Bloom

Jabe Bloom has led teams and companies, as well as developed software and products, for almost 20 years. He has served as a Chief Architect, Principal Technical Director and CTO. In each of these roles has focused on connecting the creative, ideation process with software engineering and operational excellence. Jabe is also an award-winning international speaker on Lean Software and Product Development, Agile, Lean Management, and Lean Startup. He is a frequent keynote speaker and track chair at conferences, addressing topics like Failing Well, Learning Like a Scientist and Flow Thinking. 

Currently, Jabe is the President and Principle Consultant at Coherent Insight, Chief Flow Officer at Praxisflow and is pursuing a PhD at Carnegie Mellon.

Twitter: @cyetain

Speaking about: Manage as Design

Karl Scotland

Karl Scotland helps businesses become Learning Organisations. Over the last 15 years he has been an advocate of Lean and Agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies including the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting and Rally Software. During this time, he has been a pioneer of using Kanban Systems for software development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being active in the community and a regular conference speaker. As a result he was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North America conference.

Twitter: @kjscotland

Speaking about: Becoming a Learning Organisation the Kanban Way

Mike Burrows

Mike is UK Director and Principal Consultant at David J Anderson and Associates. In a career spanning the aerospace, banking, energy and government sectors, Mike has been a global development manager, IT director and software developer. He speaks regularly at Lean/Kanban events in several countries and his book "Kanban from the Inside" is due out this autumn.

Twitter: @asplake

Speaking about: STATIK - Kanban's hidden gem

Klaus Leopold

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

Follow Klaus on Twitter at @klausleopold

Speaking about: Blockade - Treasures of Improvements and Scaling Kanban

Markus Andrezak

Markus is a veteran of the German internet. He is designing and developing high revenue, high traffic internet products.

In 1998 he started designing and delivering products and technology for AOL and Compuserve Germany, to differentiate their offerings in Germany. Other clients involved Heidelberger Druck, Aventis and Philips and the German internet group Scout 24. He then worked in a permanent role for the German car classifieds site mobile.de (part of the ebay group) and turned around the business model of German services site MyHammer.

He has been influencing the Kanban community with his approach on Portfolio work and is now deeply involved in innovation work and extreme customer centricity for service delivery and product design. At the core of his interest now is to deeply integrate creation with production work where possible and to leave them seperate where necessary.

He is the co-founder of überproduct, a German innovation and product design firm.

Follow Markus on Twitter at @markusandrezak

Speaking about: Lean Mangement of the fuzzy front end" Not much to do but hard. A contradicttion in terms.

Marcin Floryan

Lead Software Engineer at 


obsessively drawing diagrams (some may even call that architecture). Development teams catalyst turning work into joy. Addicted to learning and experimentation, seeking forgiveness not permission. Challenging, supporting, comforting, healing, teaching, protecting, enhancing, advising; whatever the needs are. Marcin likes to share his passion and enthusiasm by speaking publicly to communities small and large and occasionally scribbling some thoughts at http://marcin.floryan.pl 

Follow Marcin on Twitter: @mfloryan 

Speaking about: The law of learning entropy

Alexei Zheglov

Alexei Zheglov worked for many years as a hands-on software engineer. One day he noticed a large batch of features developed, but waiting to be tested. Then he started noticing batches tested, but waiting to be deployed. Then deployed, but waiting for users to get trained to use them. He eventually became a change agent helping people discover ways to work more effectively together. Alexei is the founder of the first Kanban user group in Canada, a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) and an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT).

Twitter: @az1

Speaking about: Beyond VSM?: Understanding and Mapping Your Process of Knowledge Discovery

Jon Terry

Jon Terry is Chief Operating Officer of LeanKit. Prior to joining LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its subsidiary HealthTrust Purchasing Group. During that time he was among those responsible for launching HCA’s widespread adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washingron University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, and a Kanban Coaching Professional.

Twitter: @leankitjon

Speaking about: An Evolutionary Approach to Agile

Cliff Hazell

Curious about Product and System improvement with a background in Product Dev and Network infrastructure. Currently at Spotify, previous Coaching at Scrumsense.

Twitter: @ixhd

Speaking about: Introducing Kanban as Instrument of Change – a Journey of learning

PAtrick Steyaert

Patrick is currently working with a global Japanese Manufacturer, on a Pan-European business change project using Lean Visual Management methods. Patrick is a hands-on Lean and Agile Coach with an outstanding track record in delivering successful change in large and small ICT and technology organizations. He is an accredited Lean Kanban University Trainer and has a PhD in Computer Science.

Twitter: @PatrickSteyaert

Speaking about: Discovery Kanban, Serving existing customers while unlocking new sources of growth

Katherine Kirk

Now an independent consultant and researcher, Katherine has solid experience contracting and freelancing in a variety of roles within the IT and Media industries: from blue chip investment banking to media conglomerates. Most she has spent time as an Agile Coach at Rally after a period consulting as Delivery Improvement Consultant, Project Manager and Agile Coach 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 is an active participant of a community of Lean and Agile practitioners in Europe who explore and challenge the status quo through experimenting and collaborating and is particularly interested in contextually driven edge-cases and the cultural interaction between hierarchical management and Agile teams. She supports this interest by Post Graduate studies in Software Engineering at University of Oxford, specializing in Process Improvement, Managing Quality and Risk, and Software Systems Security. Katherine also holds a first class BSc (Hons) Multimedia Computing.

Follow Katherine on Twitter: @kkirk

Speaking about: Managing in Lean/Agile Environments - Navigating Politics

Joshua Arnold

With a background in fluid mechanics and systems engineering, Joshua has worked for the past decade with various organisations to improve their systems of innovation and software delivery. In particular, he has focused on the problem of prioritisation and portfolio management, helping to bring the fuzzy-front-end of development into focus and aligned toward faster time-to-market and improved return on investment.

He recently co-authored an IEEE paper called “Black Swan Farming” on the use of Cost of Delay across a $100m p.a. portfolio at a Fortune 500 company. He shares some thoughts on innovation and tilting the playing field at blackswanfarming.com

While he's been based in London for 12 years and worked with people and teams all over the globe, he can't seem to shake his native New Zealand accent. He is most happy when he his wearing a rubber suit, riding a moving wall of water.

Follow Joshua on Twitter: @joshuajames

Speaking about: Value and urgency: The power of quantifying the cost of delay

Claudio Perrone

Claudio Perrone, aka Agile Sensei, is a well-known Lean & Agile management consultant, entrepreneur and startup strategist. Claudio has been playing key roles in Lean & Agile transformations for global organisations as well as for some of the fastest-growing technology startups in the world. Today, he integrates Lean & Agile product development, Lean Change and Lean Startup to help his clients converge to success. As an award-winning public speaker, Claudio loves to share practical ideas with unique storytelling and illustration abilities. He is a proud Fellow of the Lean Systems Society and the creative force behind A3 Thinker, a formidable set of brainstorming cards and mobile solutions based on Toyota's Lean management approach.

Follow Claudio on Twitter: @agilesensei

Speaking about: Evolve or die: A3 Thinking and popcorn flow in action

Andrea Provaglio

Andrea helps IT organizations to implement better ways of doing business, and he coaches teams and individuals who want to improve technically and relationally. His main focus is on helping companies to transition to organizational and cultural models that are better suited to the kind of knowledge work that's so typical of software development -- which includes, but it's not limited to, Agile and Lean. In over 20 years of professional experience, Andrea had clients in three different continents and worked with organizations ranging from the United Nations to small and dynamics IT companies. He currently works in Europe. He also worked in the USA on a O-1 visa for "extraordinary abilities in Sciences”. As part of his regular activities, Andrea enjoys sharing what he know by speaking at major international conferences.

Follow Andrea at Twitter: @andreaprovaglio

Speaking about: The Power of Expectations

Florian Eisenberg

 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.

Follow Florian at Twitter: @fjeisenberg

Speaking about: Kanban practices applied outside of IT

Henrik Kniberg (Keynote Speaker)

Henrik Kniberg is an Agile/Lean coach at Crisp in Stockholm, working primarily with Spotify. He enjoys helping companies succeed with both the technical and human sides of software development. During the past 15 years he has been CTO of 3 Swedish IT companies and helped many more get started with Agile and Lean software development.


Henrik is former board member of the Agile Alliance and works regularly with Mary Poppendieck, Jeff Sutherland, Alistair Cockburn, and other thought leaders. He is the author of “Scrum and XP from the Trenches” and “­Kanban and Scrum, making the most of both” and “Lean from the Trenches“. These books are available in over 12 languages, have over 500,000 readers, and are used as primary guide to Agile and Lean software development by hundreds of companies worldwide.­

twitter: @henrikkniberg

Don Reinertsen (Keynote Speaker)

Expert on Lean Product Development


Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in themanagement of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 3o years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 14 years. 

He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development, and is considered one of the leading thinkers in the emerging field of lean product development. 

His latest awarding winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, has been praised as, “... quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”

Twitter: @dreinertsen

Speaking about: Rethinking Robustness – Uncertainty is Not the Enemy (Keynote) 

Jim Benson

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.

Twitter: @ourfounder

Speaking about. How to convince others to limit WIP

Troy Magennis

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.

Twitter: @t_magennis

Speaking about: Risk Management and Forecasting

Liz Keogh

Liz is an experienced Lean and Agile consultant and well-known international speaker. Coming from a strong technical background, her work covers a wide variety of topics, from software development and architecture to psychology and complexity thinking. She is best known for her involvement in the BDD community, and was presented with the Gordon Pask award in 2010 for deepening existing ideas in the space and "coming up with some pretty crazy ones of her own".

Twitter: @lunivore

Speaking about: More than the Sum of our Parts

Arne Roock

Dr. Arne Roock works with the Jimdo in Germany – a company that provides a really easy-to-use constriuction kit for websites.
Arne has a great deal experience with Lean and Kanban in different contexts like start-ups, medium sized companies and international corporations. He is fascinated by Systems Thinking and loves to experiment with ideas from Ackoff, Drucker, Deming etc.

Back in 2012, Arne has been rewarded with the Brickell Key Award for his engagement in the Lean/Kanban community.

Follow Arne on Twitter at: @arneroock

Speaking about: The beauty of problems

Pawel Brodzinski

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.

Follow Pawel on Twitter at @pawelbrodzinski

Speaking about: The Leadership Gap

Esther Derby

Esther started her career as a programmer, and over the years she's worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: their level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by their work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, she has spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

Esther has written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. She writes about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic she is currently exploring).

She is one of the founders of the AYE Conference—the first conference to offer all experiential sessions. She served two terms on the Agile Alliance Board of Directors.  She holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership.

Follow Esther on Twitter: @estherderby

Speaking about: Leadership at all Levels

Fridtjof Detzner

Fridtjof is co-founder of website creator, Jimdo – Pages to the People. Profitable since 2009 without VC - Jimdo is sustainable and product focused with a fantastic company culture inherent to it's success. Fridtjof is the founder responsible for design and product development, he's closely involved with ensuring that the company culture remains flat and lean as its teams grow. He believes that transparency, communication, flexibility and fun help to provide the stability necessary to deal with big changes. Fridtjof balances work with his love of sports, outdoors and travel.

Follow Fridtjof on Twitter at @fridel

Speaking about: The Management principles of Jimdo's success

Marc Burgauer

Marc Burgauer has experienced professional life as a biologist, an award-winning performance artist and musician, enterprise database architect and early web applications programmer, founder, board member and manager in multiple startups, project manager and coach in multinationals and public services.

Complexity theory defined Marc's worldview early in life. He quotes Erich Jantsch's “The Self-organizing Universe” as the pivotal book that he read as a teenager. Marc’s interest in theories about work, including his acclaim of Peter Drucker, was re-ignited when he first adopted XP in 1999.

For the last 15 years, Marc has been keen to test ideas and, as a practitioner, enjoys the application of theories in day-to-day work.

Marc currently focuses his studies on innovation and cultural change while, as a consultant, he encourages organizations to adopt lean and agile practices.

Eric-Jan Kaak

Eric-Jan has been involved in the Tech-Business for almost 20 years. The Dutch born political scientist, and certified industrial controller always shifts his attention between the big picture and the necessary details. Since 2007 he has been working for Blizzard Ski in Mittersill (Austria) as Controller and Head of Information Services. Since 2013 he heads the area of Business Process Engineering and Information Services of Blizzard's Italian mother Company Tecnica Group SpA - world-wide leading provider of sporting goods, with its well-known brands Tecnica, Blizzard, Nordica, Lowa, Rollerblade, Dolomite, and Moonboots.

For his pioneering implementation of kanban in IT he received the Austrian CIO-Award 2013.

Twitter: @claptonline

Speaking about: You don't become Olympic Champion in One Day

Stefan Roock

Stefan Roock (it-agile GmbH) started with agile software development in 1999 and has used Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Kanban and FDD since then. He worked as a developer, ScrumMaster, coach and trainer in dozens of projects in different companies. He has shared his experiences with books, articles and conference sessions. Nowadays his clients think he is most valuable for them when he does management coaching and consulting.

Twitter: @stefanroock

Speaking about: Participatory Decision Making - beyond majority voting

Chris Young

Chris is a Technical Director at digital product strategy, service design & engineering agency Friday. He has been leading engineering teams since 1999. He was pivotal in the BBC’s adoption of Agile in 2000-2001 using it to deliver the pioneering Multi-Screen Wimbledon Service for Sky. Since then he has worked for broadcasters and platform owners including Dish Network in the US and Deutsche Telekom in Europe. Most recently he lead the development team for the YouView Set Top Box User Interface and headed up engineering for YouTube’s largest Content Network outside the US; Base79.
He is an active member of the Lean/Kanban community speaking at conferences across Europe.

Twitter: @worldofchris

Speaking about: Discovering Hidden Knowledge


James McLeod

James McLeod is an experienced software developer with 8 years experience in building complex solutions for a wide variety of customers. He has a keen interest in the ‘way we work’ and is always on the look out to improve the way in which work is delivered, with the focus around agility, effective communication, failure management and visibility of the work.

Speaking about: Discovering Hidden Knowledge

Amjid Ali

Head of Business, Technology Solutions at Momentum, and sponsor of the initiative. Background in Software Development and passionate about team-orientated solution delivery.

Twitter: @aj_amjidali

Speaking about: Introducing Kanban as Instrument of Change – a Journey of learning

Wolfgang Wiedenroth

Wolfgang is a LKU accredited Kanban trainer and Kanban Coaching professional working for it-agile. As a software developer, head of operations and ScrumMaster he gained experience in different areas of IT and sectors.

He is the co-founder of the Limited WIP Society Munich, which meets regularly every month since 2011. Today he shares his experiences as a trainer and coach and helps companies to get started with the Kanban Method and supports them in their change process.

At agilemanic.com he shares his thoughts and experiences on the Kanban  Method and Agile in general.

Follow Wolfgang on Twitter: @wwiedenroth

Speaking about: By the power of metrics

Tim Lossen

Tim works as "Team Coach" at Wooga, helping the game teams to collaborate better. Before that, he worked as programmer on four promising but ultimately unsuccessful Wooga games. Tim started programming on a Commodore 64 when he was 12. He lives in Berlin with his girlfriend and two daughters (7 and 5).

Follow Tim at Twitter: @tlossen

Speaking about: Embracing Failure

Martin Jensen

Martin is currently working as Director of Digital Hub´s at TUI Travel PLC. He has a background as MD, Development Manager, Consultant, CIO and entrepreneur and has since 2006 held various leadership roles in TUI Nordic and Germany. Martin has an Internet
start up background from 1996. He brings experience from on driving cultural change in big organizations and has as MD for TUI.com in Berlin emphasized cultural in his approach of running a successful business.
Speaking about: Culture is THE competetive advantage

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