AGILE ALLIANCE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE 2017

Speakers

Keynotes

Empathy Driven Development

Andrea Goulet

Yes, you read that correctly. This is a technical talk about one of the most important & misunderstood skills in software development: empathy.

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In this talk, you’ll learn that even if you don’t think you have the capacity for empathy, chances are you do. We’ll dive deep into the six different types of empathy and discover how to incorporating this skill into your daily development practice can have profound positive benefits. If you’ve ever found yourself saying “I’m good with machines, but not with people” this is one talk you won’t want to miss.

BIO

Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a software development shop dedicated to maintaining and modernizing software applications and has been named by LinkedIn as one of the Top 10 Professionals in Software Under 35. She’s the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks and hosts a podcast dedicated to changing the way we think about legacy code. You may recognize her from prominent industry publications such as the First Round Review, Hanselminutes, Software Engineering Daily, and more. Andrea is a sought after keynote speaker is currently working on her first book: Becoming Technical: Build an Amazing Career in Tech Starting at Square Zero.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys blogging about the intersection of social science and software. She loves watching her kids explore the world and is a sucker for a good physics documentary. You can recognize her by the JavaScript tattoo on her wrist.

Continuous Design: Harnessing Change for Competitive Advantage

Jeff Sussna

This talk will introduce a truly unified approach to design, development, and operations that goes beyond merely bolting them together.

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Teams across the product, development, and operations spectrum are struggling to effectively adopt new methodologies. How do we do Agile “right”? What does DevOps really mean? How do we integrate Design Thinking into Agile without losing its creative essence? How do we connect these methods to  our ultimate goal, which is to continuously learn from the market by having productive conversations with our customers?

This talk will introduce a truly unified approach to design, development, and operations that goes beyond merely bolting them together. It will explore the shared heritage of Agile, DevOps, and Design Thinking in order to create a deeper understanding of what it means to deliver value. It will present the view that by making design a continuous part of everything we do, we can fulfill the Agile promise of harnessing change for competitive advantage.

BIO

Jeff Sussna is an internationally recognized IT coach and design thinking practitioner.  He specializes in helping digital organizations improve service quality through effective collaboration. His career spans thirty years of building systems and leading organizations across the entire product development and operations spectrum. Jeff provides Agile, DevOps, and Design Thinking coaching and workshops for leading enterprises such as United HealthCare, HealthPartners, Thomson Reuters, Best Buy, CenturyLink, and Cisco.

Jeff is a highly respected teacher, writer, and speaker. His keynote talks and workshops are in demand at design and IT conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is especially known for introducing the global DevOps community to the importance of empathy, and is the author of Designing Delivery: Rethinking IT In the Digital Service Economy.