Agile2020 Organizers

July 20 – 24   |  Hilton Orlando |   Orlando, FL

Emma Armstrong

Conference 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.

Kevin Stevens

Program Chair

Delaware North
USA

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Kevin thinks that if you drew a Venn diagram with “acting degree”, “CS degree”, and “worked for Siegfried and Roy”, he’d be the only one in the middle. The combination of liberal arts/fine arts/technical helps him see problems from multiple angles and not just where the ones and zeroes go. He currently works for Delaware North, designing solutions across the enterprise.

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

Agile Play Consulting, LLC
USA

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As an Agile/DevOps coach & trainer with over 20 years of diverse experience in IT, I bring unique perspective and stories ”from the trenches”. I’ve been fortunate to work with co-located and distributed teams in US, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK, India and Russia and can share with you their distinct challenges, successes and effective practices.

I am an educational games designer, the author of several DevOps/Agile books and games, including “DevOps with Lego, Chocolate”,  “Fear in the Workplace” and Safety in Workplace.

I speak and faciltate these workshops internationally (45 conferences, 15 countries).

Being a part of the agile comminity is my passion! Through running several meetups in NYC, organizing local and global conferences I met so many inspiring, phenomenal people. Can’t wait to meet you and learn from you at Agile2020.