Organizers

April 29 - May 1, 2019   |   Sheraton Music City Hotel   |   Nashville, TN

Richard Seroter

Conference Chair

Pivotal
USA

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Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also a 11-time Microsoft MVP for cloud, an instructor for developer-centric training company Pluralsight, the lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

Cat Swetel

Program Chair

Ticketmaster
USA

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Cat is an engineering manager with experience applying Agile and lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

Jim Newkirk

Program Chair

USA

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James brings over 30 years’ experience in the software industry.

At Conga, James leads the development of the full suite of Conga's products. Prior to Conga, James led the development of CenturyLink's cloud management platform and held leadership roles at Microsoft and ThoughtWorks. Earlier in his career he co-founded Object Mentor Inc with Robert C. Martin, a consulting firm that specialized in training and mentoring their clients in C++, Java, Object-Oriented Programming, and Agile Methodologies.

James holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cheryl Hammond

Program Chair

Lean/Agile Transformer
USA

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Cheryl Hammond, a.k.a. @bsktcase, has a couple decades' experience as a software leader in the private and public sectors. She ran her team's successful adoption of Scrum-ban for a mission-critical regulatory compliance project under multi-agency state and federal government oversight, mentored former COBOL devs into true-believing unit-testing XP evangelists, and turned a threatened software product at risk of litigation into a lean, revenue-generating flagship offering in nine months, all of which leads her to believe that anything is possible. She is not sorry for her many biases, including strong preferences for servant-style leadership and team-based, holistic problem-solving and a strong aversion to agile zealotry. Whether consulting or in-house, Cheryl endeavors to make life suck less for software delivery organizations and the humans who inhabit them.