June 13-17, 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark

XP2022 Keynote Speakers


Alistair Cockburn

Co-author of the Agile Manifesto, creator of the Heart of Agile

Current Topics in Agile Development

Agile co-creator Dr. Alistair Cockburn will report on and reflect on the current themes he is seeing in the agile world. These will include, e.g. the following: Programming is not the bottleneck anymore; New forms of leadership as a current leading theme; Remote versus in-person collaboration; Process as opposite to Conversations (and how to play them both); Lessons in the Heart of Agile; Agile outside of software; Certifications are both necessary and watered down (return of the micro-certificates).

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Dr. Alistair Cockburn was named as one of the “42 Greatest Software Professionals of All Times” in 2020, as a world expert on methodologies, project management, software architecture, use cases and agile development. He co-authored both the Agile Manifesto and the Project Management Declaration of Inter-dependence. Since 2015 he has been working on expanding agile to cover every kind of initiative, including social impact project, governments, and families. For his latest work, see


Magne Jørgensen

Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering/EDOS

It’s all about the benefits: How to successfully implement benefits management in agile software development 

The primary criterion for success in software development is that it leads to benefits (value, profit, gains, …) to clients and/or other stakeholders, and that these benefits are sufficiently large to make the investment worthwhile. In spite of this pretty obvious criterion, most software development processes, including those belonging to the family of agile processes, often seems to have their main focus elsewhere.

In this presentation, I will report on empirical studies conducted at SimulaMet/EDOS that aim at a better understanding of how to successfully integrate benefits management practices and roles in agile software development contexts. The studies give results on planning the realization of benefits, implementing continuous benefits management, designing the role of a “benefits responsible,” and evaluating the realization of benefits.

In general, the studies find a positive effect from benefits management practices on benefits realization. This was in particular the case in agile software development contexts. Not only did the benefits management practices give a better effect in agile contexts, they were also easier to implement and did not conflict with agile principles or values.

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Magne Jørgensen is a research professor at Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering and holds professor positions at University of Oslo and Oslo Metropolitan University. He conducts quality assurance and advisory work of governmental software development projects and is a member of the Norwegian digitalisation board (Digitaliseringsrådet). He is one of the founders of evidence-based software engineering. He has published more than 200 papers on various topics within software development, forecasting and human decision and judgment-making.


Sandy Mamoli

Agile advisor, coach, and author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”

“Gold Medal Me” – Olympic Tips to Be the Best You Can Be

Collaboration skills are a must-have in our complex world where responsibility, resilience and rapid learning are everything. In this highly personal talk former Olympian Sandy Mamoli dives deeply into the Olympic mindset and contrasts the perspectives and attitudes of professional sports with modern work life. She demonstrates guidelines and tools from the sports arena that we all can immediately apply.

Sandy shares insights that unlock the secrets behind becoming a future-fit employee and leader and describes skills that will make you a successful and appreciated member of any team and organisation. From critical feedback skills to learning from failure and high-performance teams, come along and learn practical ways for how to apply ideas from Olympic sports to your professional career!

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Sandy Mamoli is a former Olympian, international keynote speaker and author of „Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel“. From working with global enterprises in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen to being one of New Zealand’s leading coaches, she brings her practical flair and passionate advocacy for all things Agile to businesses around the world. She has a masters degree in computational linguistics from Copenhagen Business School and knows quite a lot about Agile.

Workshops by Keynote Speakers

The Heart of Agile

Alistair Cockburn, Co-author of the Agile Manifesto, creator of the Heart of Agile

Abstract: Agile has become too complicated and over-decorated. In this workshop, Agile Manifesto co-author Dr. Alistair Cockburn will introduce a way of simplifying agile to its most essential roots, the four imperatives Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.

This workshop is a little bit lecture, to anchor the topics, then a small set of activities in the quadrants. Because the Deliver quadrant takes the most time to develop, that will be expanded in the afternoon workshop.

Decisions as Inventory: Learning to Slice

Alistair Cockburn, Co-author of the Agile Manifesto, creator of the Heart of Agile

Abstract: It is a major change of view to see decisions as the unit of internal inventory in mental work. Making this shift allows you to see what is happening around you more clearly, and apply concepts from kanban and lean manufacturing. In this workshop, Agile Manifest co-author Dr. Alistair Cockburn works through a series of activities to tune your thinking to seeing decisions as explicit movements in design.

A second part of the workshop focuses on learning to split initiatives into smaller and smaller slices, with benefits for both pivoting direction and gaining value. The last exercise will need participants to work in pairs on a spreadsheet.

This workshop is part of the Heart of Agile sequence, the expanded “Delivery” section. The two workshops are independent, so that you might attend either, separately, or both in succession.

How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

Sandy Mamoli, Agile advisor, coach and author

Abstract: Trust people to know best and let them decide which team they should work in. Follow in the footsteps of companies from all over the world – including The Iconic, Trade Me, MailChimp, GoToMeeting, Riot Games, Spotify, Campaign Monitor, HBC Digital and many others, and find out about the ideas and theories behind an exciting new approach to optimal team creation

Self-selection is the simplest, fastest and most efficient way to form agile teams, based on the belief that people are their happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with.

Sandy will share her fascinating insights into the collaborative approach these businesses have taken by giving people a choice and trusting them to decide which team they should work in without descending into organisational chaos.

In this workshop you will learn a repeatable process that works online, in-person and for hybrid teams for how to establish efficient teams and will answer questions such as “Why would I do that?” and “How do I convince management?”.

Learning outcomes

After this session participants will be able to:

  • * Run their own self-selection events
  • * Explain why self-selection is the best way to ensure the best team design
  • * Describe a tried and tested process for self-selection that scales to hundreds of people
  • * Anticipate and address people’s questions and concerns before asking them to self-select into teams
  • * Create a plan that includes a number of pre-requisites for self-selection success