We have used our extensive network to find some great speakers to help you to discover what lies at the Heart of Agile. For details about the content of the sessions, see the Schedule page.
Day 1 - Talks
Keynote speaker (Day 1) - Dr Alistair Cockburn
Dr Alistair Cockburn is one of the initiators of the agile movement in software development, helping write the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, the agile PM Declaration of Interdependence in 2005, and co-founding the International Consortium for Agile in 2009.
He is also known for describing Software development as a Cooperative Game, creating the oath of non-allegiance, finally defining Use Cases, and for developing the Crystal family of agile methodologies. When not doing all that, he likes to travel, dance, dive, or sit underwater.
Read Alistair's interview about what he wants people to get from their experience at 1st Conference.
Keynote speaker (Day 1) - Jurgen Appelo
Jurgen is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy.
Since 2008, Jurgen has run a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called #Workout / Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.
Watch Jurgen's interview about what we can expect when he appears at 1st Conference:
Hannah Browne is a passionate, opinionated deal maker, and the General Manager of Cevo.
A non-technical technologist who is strongly focused on the people component of teams and organisations, because frankly, the technology challenges are the almost always easier to solve.
Matt is an enterprise agile coach and organisational psychologist. He leverages two decades of UX product development to help lead digital and agile transformations in both corporates and government to create products and services that people love. He is highly respected in the Australian Scrum community for his unique, pragmatic coaching style that combines Lean with behavioural psychology to tackle aspects of change and adoption in both software and non-software environments.
Matt is a firm believer of chocolate at key meetings, and a drink after Retrospectives with the team.
Eduardo's purpose is to bring the “Agile Beyond Software” message to as many people and organisations as possible. As a Lean and Agile Business Coach, he supports both large and scaling organisations achieve Business Agility and adapt to fast growing and disruptive markets in the digital age. He is absolutely passionate about improving the way organisations work, by applying to non-software development teams, the same mindsets, principles and methodologies that have helped succeed software development teams and digital companies around the world.
He founded The Agile Contact Centre; a management consultancy that supports brave leaders and organisations to transform their Contact Centre Operations to deliver a first class customer and work experience, and The Agile Eleven; a boutique agile consultancy committed to helping organisations achieve organisational agility and that started through a shared love of making organisations better places to work.
Read Eduardo's interview about the background to his talk.
Andrea is an Agile Coach who is passionate about ways of working that support self organising teams and enabling organisational agility.
She is focused on coaching others to explore diverse perspectives, and make effective decisions informed by these, and is interested in how to facilitate ongoing and sustainable change within organisations. She is currently working with Sportsbet.
Read Andrea's interview about her appearance at 1st.
Visit Andrea's: LinkedIn
Pru is an experienced facilitator, mediator and educator passionate about the art and science of helping people work better together. To equip her to be an architect of change with diverse audiences, Pru uses the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, which grew out of the complex time in Post-Apartheid South Africa. She is a globally accredited instructor. Using this method with groups she creates space for all points of view, ignites ideas, builds shared understanding and provokes decisions that people buy into.
Gabor is passionate about adding business value through agile development practices.
He is an enthusiastic person with extensive experience across different business areas and industries. Gabor has participated in several transformation programs, which have exposed him to the complexities within business processes and the IT environments in which they operate.
Gabor loves the agile principles and value statements - but more importantly he loves working with people and getting the best out of them.
Read Gabor's interview about the inspiration behind his talk.
Emma is passionate about all things that involve change and people, and has worked as a project and change manager since 1999. She founded a coaching business in 2011, and since then have been looking for ways to “converge” her passion for projects, change and human behaviour.
In this increasingly complex world, we are losing the human aspect of project and change management. We are prioritising tools and templates over relationships and human interaction. It’s getting harder to take the time to meet with someone face-to-face to understand their concerns when there are a million spreadsheets waiting to be filled in and a new process that now needs to be followed.
Lilly is a software and systems engineer with ThoughtWorks. She spends her days building and breaking corporate identity systems. Following a stint as an academic specialising in the surveillance mechanisms of medieval Europe, she has spent more recent years teaching practical tech privacy to the public, giving talks on the history and ethics of technology, and exploring the new lessons we can learn from old stories.
In her software building career Lilly has enjoyed the challenges of working in distributed teams and growing close-knit, agile groups from people located all around the globe.
Visit Lilly's: Twitter
Day 2 - Talk
Keynote speaker (Day 2) - Angela Ferguson
Ange is the Group Managing Director, Asia Pacific for ThoughtWorks which includes ten offices across Singapore, China and Australia. She works closely with clients located in and serviced by these offices to help them obtain a sustained competitive position through the innovative application of technology. She also works closely with country Managing Directors to oversee operational results, and the strategic evolution and expansion of business across those regions.
The thing she loves most about her work is that she works with curious, passionate people who love what they do, have actively chosen to do it and love taking that passion and curiosity to every situation they find themselves in.
Read Angela's interview about what she's bringing to 1st Conf.
Day 2 - Workshops
Most of Day 2 will be made up of workshops. You will self-organise and attend four 90 minute workshops, each focusing on one aspect of the Heart of Agile. Take something back to your workplace that you can try straightaway.
Deliver: Introduction to Test Driven Development
Theme - Deliver
James Holmes is a developer into Agile, Lean and other ways of doing what matters and leaving out what doesn’t. His workshop will give you an understanding of what Test Driven Development is and what its value is to teams who are developing software.
The World of Co: How to design, create and facilitate collaborative environments that get work done
Theme - Deliver
Lynne Cazaly is a keynote speaker, author and facilitator. She is the author of several books about facilitation, sense making, creating change and collaborating visually. Her book that is due in April 2017 is called Agile-ish: How to build a culture of agility.
She works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on major change and transformation projects. She helps people collaborate, distil their thinking, apply their ideas and innovate in their teams and business. Lynne’s public and in-house workshop programs are known for being productive, collaborative and creative.
Lynne is an experienced board director and chair. She is a partner with Thought Leaders Global and on faculty of the Thought Leaders Business School.
Improve: Improve Together
Craig is the VP of Collaboration and Integration at Aconex. Based in Melbourne but working across four continents he is a champion for working smarter and better. He has deep experience with the agile industry, getting started with formally managing projects using Agile techniques in 2004. Craig is a frequent host and facilitator of Agile meetups in Melbourne, arranges industry conferences in Melbourne and overseas. He’s also taught agile and project management training courses as well as being an all round swell guy.
Vist Craig's: Twitter | LinkedIn
Stephanie BySouth and Sylvester Dsouza
The Playing Lean Game
Theme - Deliver
Stephanie started her business career as owner / operator of a boutique design consultancy. With the advent of the .com era she moved to leading great digital delivery teams across leading businesses including Australian Business Theatre, REA Group and as Head of IT for Classified Adventures senior investment team. Today Steph is an agile business coach energising innovative outcomes for smart companies. Current focus is supporting SEEK Pty Ltd and StartUps founders. Her unique expertise lies in being an x-ray for operational patterns, product performance and empowering people to their best.
Sylvester is a senior business analyst/iteration manager, who is an agile enthusiast and has worked across technology and business in different domains. He is passionate about building great teams, creating a fun, safe and an innovative environment, and bringing product and technology to align and unite under a common vision.
He currently works at SEEK, with highly-capable Agile teams to deliver great new products and experiences.
Visit Sylvester's: LinkedIn
Improve your change outcomes
Jude is Founder & Director at The Change Agency, specialising in agile change, communications and engagement design. She is a member of Executive Leadership and PMO teams specialising in agile change, communications and engagement design. Jude has delivered change in global operations transformations, mergers and acquisitions, off-shoring and outsourcing, branding and culture change programs.
As a coach she runs workshops in Agile Change Management and Personal Change, and is a keynote speaker on change leadership and the agile mindset. Jude has worked across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in Financial services, Education, IT & T, Consumer Services, Environmental Services, Tourism, and Broadcast Media.
User Story Mapping
Theme - Collaborate
Vicky is a passionate speaker on topics that she believes in. They includes Agile, Innovation, Teams, People & Professional Coaching.
Vicky is a Melbourne based Agile mind with a very strong technical background through experience working in different roles in the IT and the new media industry. Her professional passion lies in working in Agile environments with great teams. She loves great teams, Agile Software Development & everything related to Professional Coaching!
She currently in the role of Agile Coach at SEEK.
Reflect: Applying agile and lean mindsets
Theme - Reflect
Please see Eduardo's biography, above.
Supriya Joshi & Lay Clough
Improve: Draw the drawing game
Theme - Improve
Supriya is a software engineer at Aconex, one of Melbourne’s most successful global tech companies. She is an active advocate of agile ways of working, which for her mean being highly collaborative and being technically good at what you do through reflectively and continually improving.
Apart from her day-job Supriya also teaches school children about software engineering and robotics and leads workshops for aspiring software developers at Global Day of Code and Code Retreat.
Lay is a highly energetic and motivated IT professional, with over 10 years’ experience in both product management and project delivery. She has a diverse background in a number of sectors including entertainment, health, government and energy and most recently construction and engineering.
She is an accomplished professional with a solid background in software product development, and management. She offers outstanding team leadership and conflict resolution skills informed by a range of agile and lean practices. Exceptionally organized and disciplined she possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive, cooperative team environment.
1st Conference Host - Meegan Jia-Good
Meegan Jia-Good will be introducing the speakers at 1st Conference.
Meegan is an event designer and Founder of The Good Event Co. She blends entrepreneurial thinking with agile and lean principles. By challenging the norm, she focuses on creating engaging, interactive and meaningful event connections. Her events range from meetups, conferences, networking events, hackathons and workshops. Meegan as an active member of the local technology and startup communities in Melbourne. She is an advisory committee member for Startup Victoria's Female Founders and Girls in Tech (Melbourne).
In her spare time, Meegan loves to spend time with her family, cycle around the city on her yellow bicycle and write an article or two on her blog, Madame Bonbon.