Agile2021 Organizers

July 19 – 23  |  Gaylord Rockies  |  Denver, CO + Online

Join us for our 20th anniversary!

The Agile2021 Planning Team is dedicated to creating a stellar international conference that furthers Agile principles and provides an avenue for people and ideas to flourish. We are working to bring you an amazing 20th anniversary hybrid event and cannot wait to share more details!

Program Team

Brandon Carlson

Conference Chair

Lean TECHniques Inc
United States

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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.”

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.

Dana Pylayeva

Program Chair

Agile Play Consulting, LLC
USA

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As an Agile/DevOps coach and trainer with over 20 years of diverse experience in IT, Dana brings a unique perspective and stories ”from the trenches”. She’s been fortunate to work with co-located and distributed teams in the US, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK, India, and Russia, and can share with you their distinct challenges, successes, and effective practices. She is an educational games designer and the author of several DevOps/Agile books and games, including “DevOps with Lego, Chocolate”,  “Fear in the Workplace” and “Safety in Workplace”.

Dana speaks and facilitates workshops internationally (50 conferences, 15 countries).  Being a part of the Agile comminity is her passion. Through running several meetups in NYC and organizing local and global conferences, she has met many inspiring, phenomenal people. She can’t wait to meet you and learn from you at Agile2021!

Agile2021 Planning Team

Ellen Grove

 Interim Managing Director, Agile Alliance

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Ellen Grove is the Interim Managing Director of Agile Alliance. Based in Ottawa, Canada, she has been working in software development for over 20 years, moving from software testing to user-centered design to managing development teams to Agile coaching and training. She is an Agile Coach, trainer, and facilitator who works with organizations of all sizes — from startups to multinationals — to help them find more effective ways of working based on Lean and Agile principles and practices. After many years of organizing and presenting at Agile events at home and around the world, Ellen was elected to the Agile Alliance board of directors in 2017 and became the chair of the board in February 2020 before stepping into her current role.

Brian Button

Brian Button

Agile Alliance Board Liaison

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Brian Button is the Vice President of Engineering for Acertus in St. Louis. His organization is responsible for the online presence of Acertus as well as internal advanced technology projects. He began his career 30 years ago as a hardcore C/C++ dev on SunOS, building and delivering solutions in many languages and operating systems. He has worked in embedded systems, navigation software, mission control applications for NASA, and other interesting areas during his career. Eventually moving into Agile consulting and coaching, Brian has traveled the Western world helping organizations learn better ways of developing software. He was instrumental in introducing Agile and Extreme Programming to St. Louis and has been an active leader in the Agile and Extreme Programming conferences and community in the US since the early 2000s.

Jessica Small

Conference Logistics Team

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Jessica is a seasoned event planner who has played a key role in helping Agile Alliance create successful conferences for over a decade. As a senior program manager on the events team, she facilitates great speaker and attendee experiences using her superpowers of connecting people, devising smart solutions, and seeing the big picture while mastering the fine details.

Yvonne Dewar

Conference Logistics Team

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As a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with over 30 years experience, Yvonne is passionate about the meeting and events industry. She has traveled extensively, directing and managing events for 20 to 5,000+ attendees. She feels privileged to have contributed to the success of Agile Alliance’s conferences since 2008. Yvonne loves bringing diverse people together to learn and network — especially face to face!

Tarah McMaster

Conference Logistics Team

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Tarah has many years experience as an event planner and has worked on many teams to create successful conferences for nearly a decade. Tarah brings positivity and high energy to every event that she is a part of, combined with her passion for delivering an outstanding experience. She believes in a hands-on, attendee focused approach when organizing each event. She holds herself to a high level of integrity and excellence and it reflects in her events. She looks forward to meeting you at Agile2021!

Pam Hughes, Marketing Chief, Agile Alliance

Pam Hughes

Marketing Chief, Agile Alliance

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Pam is a marketing executive experienced in driving strategy and execution across branding, demand generation, audience engagement, market awareness, public relations, events, digital marketing, social media marketing, and creative content development. She leads all outreach initiatives for the global nonprofit member organization.