Agile Technical Conference 2016 in Raleigh, NC, April 7-9

The time is right for focusing on Agile values, principles and practices as applied in today’s technical work.

While classics like TDD and CI (and more) are still as relevant as ever in today’s development environments, we will also explore new technical practices now emerging. Continuous delivery, continuous deployment, mob programming, microservices, DevOps, infrastructure as code, guiding development with examples and business-facing tests… are just a few of the hot topics practitioners are discussing.

Agile processes such as Scrum and XP have been in the mainstream for some time. However, if organizations transition to Scrum or a similar process without adopting leading technical practices, they struggle. This conference will focus on the leading technical practices which are key to frequent delivery and a sustainable pace.

Our scope goes beyond software development

Agile technical practices have long been moving beyond development to delivery, and even beyond software to include other technical disciplines.

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Program

In this first iteration of the Agile Alliance Technical Conference, speakers are being selected by the organizing committee — they are in the process of shaping the the program and inviting presenters now.

We will open a peer-review site for lightning talk submissions soon. We will announce this in the Agle Alliance newsletter when the time comes. Meanwhile …

Save the dates!

When

April 7-9, 2016

Where

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree (Map)
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612

BOOK YOUR HOTEL NOW! Special rate of $179/night [plus applicable taxes] is being offered to all Agile Alliance Technical Conference attendees.

Registration

Coming soon!

Sponsorship opportunities are available


DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP PORTFOLIO HERE.

 

Speakers So Far — More to Come!

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Martin Fowler
Chief Scientist
ThoughtWorks

 

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Woody Zuill
Coach, Consultant,
& Agile Guide

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Neil Johnson
Principal Consultant
XtremeEDA

 

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Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Freelance Testing
Specialist
Altom Consulting

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Kate Falanga
Director, Quality
Assurance
Huge

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Amitai Schlair
Software Coach
Pillar Technology

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Llewellyn Falco
Founder/Consultant
Spun Laboratories

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Alex Schladebeck
Head of Testing
BREDEX GmbH

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Pat Maddox
Principal
Pat Maddox &
Associates

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James Shore
Principal
The Art of Agile

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Matthew Dodkins
Team Lead
Bluefruit Software

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Fred George
Senior Advisor
Outpace Systems

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Justin Searls
Co-Founder
Test Double

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Melissa Perri
Founder/CEO
ProdUX Labs

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Jeff Morgan
Partner/CEO
LeanDog

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Ardita Karaj
Agile Coach
EPAM Systems

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James Lewis
Principal Consultant
Thoughtworks

 

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Michael Nygard
Vice President
Cognitect

 

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Kent Graziano
Sr. Technical
Evangelist
Snowflake

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Julie Lerman
Microsoft MVP/Author
Speaker
The Data Farm

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Sandi Metz
Programmer/Author
Teacher/Consultant
TorqueForge, LLC

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Bryan Beecham
Senior Coach
Industrial Logic

 

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James Grenning
Founder
Wingman Software

 

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Rachel Davies
Agile Coach
Unruly

 

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Cassie Shum
Lead Consultant
& Developer
Thoughtworks

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Chris Kozak
Lead Developer
Thoughtworks

 

Program Committee

LISA CRISPIN, TESTER, PIVOTAL LABS

lisa-crispin.jpgTransparent_vert_100.pngLisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009). Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2012. Please visit www.lisacrispin.com andwww.agiletester.ca for more.

RACHEL LAYCOCK, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY (NORTH AMERICA), THOUGHTWORKS

Rachellaycock.jpgTransparent_vert_100.pngRachel is the Head of Technology for North America at ThoughtWorks and is based in New York. She has over 12 years of experience in software delivery, having worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of many disparate systems. At ThoughtWorks, she has coached teams on Agile and Continuous Delivery technical practices. She contributes to and drives the regional technology strategy, and is a conduit between the technical teams on the ground and global technical leadership. Rachel is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board to the CTO, which regularly produces theThoughtWorks Technology Radar. She is fascinated by problem solving and has discovered that people problems are often more difficult to solve than software ones.

JIM NEWKIRK, VICE PRESIDENT/ENGINEERING, CENTURYLINK CLOUD

jim-newkirk.jpgTransparent_vert_100.pngJim Newkirk has been working in the software industry since the mid-1980s. He currently is the VP of Engineering for CenturyLink Cloud, where he oversees the development of their cloud management platform. Prior to CenturyLink Cloud, James held senior engineering roles at Microsoft, Caradigm (GE/Microsoft Joint Venture) 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.

CRAIG SMITH, AGILE COACH, UNBOUND DNA

craig-smith.jpgTransparent_vert_100.pngCraig Smith, Agile Coach and Director at Unbound DNA,  has been active in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been an Agile Practitioner, Coach and Trainer for over 10 years. Craig contributes to the Agile community as an organiser of the Agile Brisbane Meetup Group, advisor to the Agile Australia conference as well as the director of YOW! Conferences. He has presented at numerous Australian and international conferences and is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ and co-hosts an Agile podcast called The Agile Revolution.

NANCY VAN SCHOOENDERWOERT, FOUNDER, LEAN-AGILE PARTNERS

Nancy-Van-Schooenderwoert.jpgTransparent_vert_100.pngNancy Van Schooenderwoert is an Agile coach and founder of Lean-Agile Partners. She has been an electronics engineer and software developer for embedded systems in safety-critical applications like medical devices and flight simulators. Nancy coaches companies building hardware-software products in diverse industries. And yes, Agile does work for hardware!