Organizers

August 5 - 9   |  Gaylord National |   Washington, D.C.

Christina Hartikainen

Conference Chair

EPS
Canada

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Christina loves working with great teams to build awesome products. She's worked in some fascinating businesses including gambling and booze, oil and gas, and policing. Over the past 15 years working in IT she's held roles in testing, development, management, business analysis, and product ownership.

Emma Armstrong

Program Chair

Tao of Testing
United Kingdom

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Emma comes with a degree in Computer Science many moons ago and chose to work as a test engineer, starting out as a compiler tester in the semi conductor chip industry. During this time she became familiar with both hardware and software and used many languages (ARM, C PHP etc) to develop and enhance automated testing against a suite of tools and enable developers to be able to initiate their own builds and determine the status of these and allow them to investigate build issues early. This good grounding in the develop lifecycle and the varied development activities from what is now called DevSys, develop build and test through to release was invaluable to the rest of her career. She has continued this career path under different job titles and in different methodologies and varied languages but always believing that it is important to consider the whole development cycle from conception through to release, support and maintenance. This led over the last twelve years to a feeling of affinity with the agile development methodology. She has been actively involved in training and coaching internally throughout her career and but stepped out of her comfort zone to reach a wider audience within the community. Being part of the BBST training team, speaking at conferences and running workshops.

Brandon Carlson

Program Chair

Lean TECHniques Inc.
USA

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A self-proclaimed nerd, Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques, Inc., an IT consultancy that helps teams deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has held positions from development and architecture to management—and he’s still learning. Passionate about developing both people and products, he and his team at Lean TECHniques have helped countless organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies improve their product development and delivery systems. Brandon can be reached on Twitter @bcarlso and pretty much everywhere else on the web as “bcarlso.”

Dana Pylayeva

Program Chair

USA

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Dana is an independent Agile Coach, trainer, and international speaker with over 18 years of diverse experience in software development, IT operations as well as an enterprise transformation coaching. The author of “Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate, LEGO and Scrum Game", she designs and delivers experiential Agile and DevOps workshops to organisations around the world (Canada, US, Ireland, UK, India, Russia, etc). Dana holds MS in Robotics and Mechatronics from Moscow State University of Technology "STANKIN".

An enthusiastic collaborator, she builds communities, organizes conferences, and enjoys connecting with Agilists from around the world. Dana is the founder of the Big Apple Scrum Day conference in NYC, co-organizer of NYC Scrum User Group, and a Program co-chair for the Agile2019 conference.