May 15, 2019


2214 Rock Hill Road #600 Herndon VA, 20170



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About Lean + Agile / 2019

Make connections at Lean+Agile DC – a one-day event with ample opportunities for learning, networking and just hanging out with agile-minded folks.

2019 theme:

End to End Agile

The 6th annual Lean+Agile conference is a one-day conference and Agile job fair hosting DC-area Agile practitioners and two focused tracks of lean and agile speakers. Join for cutting edge conversation, expert sessions, and collaboration in open spaces.

The networking is strong here! Bring your resume because we also host an Agile job fair.  Our sponsors are DC area companies looking for ScrumMasters, Agilists and coaches.  Full lineup of job fair companies to come.

Connect with Lean and Agile practitioners with backgrounds ranging from Lean Startup entrepreneurs to executives managing thousands of people through large-scale Agile transformations. Whether you’re new to Agile and Lean methods or a seasoned vet, you’ll learn, grow and make connections at Lean+Agile DC.


Event / Details

Lean+Agile DC 2019: End-to-End Agility


Agile teams are capable of great things, but agile organizations can be so much more. Have you ever wondered how much further you could go if your executives really understood and embraced their role in driving agility? What if you could get feedback on your products within hours of developing them? Have you seen your IT delivery cycle outstrip the speed of your business partners? You’re not alone; many companies are facing these challenges and others that come from failing to create a smooth, holistic feedback loop that bridges internal silos.

Lean+Agile DC 2019 will focus on shifting up to drive executive understanding and sponsorship, shifting left to increase business participation in the delivery cycle, and shifting right to strengthen the feedback loop through the introduction of technical capabilities like DevOps. Sessions will address how to integrate business functions like finance, marketing, HR and sales into a holistically agile culture. We will explore how concepts like flow, flexibility, focus and feedback can form the basis for effective scaled business governance while avoiding suboptimization and loss of autonomy. Take the next step in your lean and agile journey and get everyone involved!


2019 Speakers /

Jurgen Appelo

Founder & CEO, Agility Scales

Arlen Bankston

Executive VP and Managing Partner, LitheSpeed

Cindy Casebolt

Director, PMO, CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society

Jeffery Payne

CEO and Founder, Coveros

Valerio Zanini

CEO, Agile & Product Trainer, 5D Vision

Darren Hoevel

President & Agile Coach at Pliant Solutions

Jessica Hall

Vice President, Product Strategy & Design at 3Pillar Global

Tom Stiehm

CTO, Coveros, Inc.

Padmini Nidumolu

Co-Founder of Lean In Agile for Women

Bryan Miles

Individual and Team Coach/Trainer/Leadership Development at Pliant Solutions

Lavakumar Chaturvedula

Scrum Master & Agile Coach, CapTech Consulting

Lisa Mabli

Consultant & Agile Coach

Mark Hill

Agile Delivery Leader - Business Agility and Leadership Consultant, Eliassen Group

Matt Miceli

Enterprise Agile Coach, Agile Center of Excellence, Fannie Mae

Roland Cuellar

SVP of Business Agility, LitheSpeed

Bob Payne

Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching, LitheSpeed

Christina Garrett

Founder/Digital Strategist, Marketing Media Maven, LLC

Debbie Levitt

CEO, Ptype UX Agency

Gene Gotimer

Principal Consultant, Coveros, Inc.

Glenn Buckholz

Technical Manager, Coveros

Rachel Bradstock

Program Management Director, AmTote International

Scott Forbes

Director of Technical Program Management, Cvent

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Ends 5-14-2019

Sessions /

Jurgen Appelo

Keynote – Shakeup and Speedup – Shifting up the Innovation Funnel

Starting new teams and scaling up innovation is more important than ever. The key to success is applying different practices in different stages of the innovation lifecycle. What works for a new business does not work for a mature one, and vice versa. In this talk, we will nosedive
Bob Payne and Arlen Bankston

End-to-End Agile with the Business Agility Sparks™ Framework

Has your business been struggling to achieve the many purported benefits of agile methods?  In our years of work with clients big and small, a consistent pattern has emerged; crossfunctional agile development teams are an essential start, but not enough to transform a business by themselves.  For this 
Jeffery Payne & Gene Gotimer

DevOps for Leadership

To survive in today’s market, organizations need to deliver higher quality, more secure software than ever before, and they need to do it faster. Today’s leaders need to understand what DevOps is all about and how to implement it across the enterprise to remain competitive, react to changing conditions,
Darren Hoevel & Bryan Miles

Adaptive Leadership…WTF is that?

“The single biggest failure of leadership is to treat adaptive challenges like technical problems.” -Ron Heifetz We live and work in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. New business models are shifting duties to teams instead of individuals, which means people are now working more closely together. It also
Cindy Casebolt

Successful Agile Transformations – People before Process

We’ve all heard of companies that started on their agile journey, only to abandon their efforts when expected outcomes were not achieved; where other organizations have created a sustainable model, often becoming benchmarks for others to follow. What makes the difference? Long-lasting, continuously evolving agile cultures are forged through a
Valerio Zanini

Deliver Great Products in 5 Dimensions

Creating a new product is an exciting and demanding job. What if you go through all of that work, get your product out the door, and your customers don't like it? This is the curse of the "Delivery Gap", that is having a product in-market but failing to meet
Jessica Hall

Product Mindset for Team Leads: 3 Principles that Pave the Way for Success

Building the digital products that transform and grow your business is fundamentally different than creating IT systems. As a team leader, your digital product’s potential to exponentially grow market share and revenue is inspiring and terrifying - at the same time. But there is a proven path to develop digital
Roland Cuellar & Lisa Mabli

Jira: Using data to help achieve consistent and predictable delivery

It seems that scrum teams are always being asked to deliver more, faster – no matter what their current velocity is, and without visibility into sprint or process data. At the same time, successful delivery demands data-driven approaches to achieve consistent, reliable, and predictable results, especially for Agile teams.
Thomas Stiehm

Shifting Security Left – The Innovation of DevSecOps

The innovation of DevSecOps is putting security into the workflow of the team rather than leaving it to the end. Shifting security left is made possible by the ability to automate aspects of security testing. DevSecOps makes application security a first-class citizen in software development. DevSecOps uses a mindset
Debbie Levitt

DevOps ICU: Improving DevOps Results by (Correctly) Integrating UX

Agile methodologies lack the details of how UX fits into software dev projects. Some suggest that a Product Manager describing features is enough for developers, UX should train others to do their specialized jobs, or excluding UX experts solves them being “too siloed.” This happens with no other role

Lightning Talks /

Lavakumar Chatuvedala 

Make your “Big Bang” Agile Transformation ‘Agile’

Enterprises realize that agility is critical in an era of constant disruption. The confluence of people, process, and tools for innovation and customer engagement is becoming a reality. Enterprises struggle to find the right approach to an effective agile transformation starting with a “Big Bang” approach with 2 messages: ”We
Rachel Bradstock

Driving Change Amid Adversity

Change is hard. Changing an organization’s process, mindset, and culture without full support and accountability from executive level leadership is extremely difficult. How can a single person or small group of people influence change in the face of such adversity? This lecture will take an honest look at the seemingly
Glenn Buckholz

How Value Stream Analysis can Decrease Build Times

In any reasonably complex application you are likely to have a CI/CD pipeline helping you enforce standards and quality. With so many pieces there is rarely a single author to the build and deploy automation. As theses pipelines grow organically, they can slow down since typically no one is
Mark Hill

Can You Be It — Do You Love It? – Leading Though A Vision That Amplifies Human Potential

No one changes anything serious about themselves or their organization without good reason. It is tough work to break a pattern of behavior. One of the worst organizationally is the dreaded competitive VISION, it crystallizes almost everything human beings dread about coming to work. But I am a leader and
Christina Garrett

Persona-Driven Marketing and the Power of Social Listening

Don't waste time, money, and energy on efforts that aren't geared towards your target market. Harness the power of persona-driven marketing and social listening to ensure you have a core understanding of your customers' pain points, needs, and so much more. Through this lightning talk, understand what a persona is
Padmini Nidumolu

Diversity in thought leadership – The Missing element in sustainable organizational agility

Agile and Lean principles place high-trust environments and growth mindsets as essential to organizational agility. High-trust environments require empowered and invested individuals, which requires recognition of the diversity -- and lack thereof -- without our existing individuals, especially at the leadership level. And how can we bring diverse perspectives
Scott Forbes

Y’all Got Any More of that Agile?

Agile values and the principles can be valuable for all parts of an organization, not just in Development.  In this session, Cvent Director of Technical Program Management Scott Forbes will talk about the successes and failures of bringing agile principles into other areas of the company beyond development. Get to
Matt Miceli

The Scrum Master Journey…transcending Shu to Ri

We are responsible for our own destiny. What matters is how we improve ourselves from this moment forward. - Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, Educator, Author

To further enable Scrum Masters to mature specific capabilities, and achieve more consistent practice across the enterprise, Fannie Mae’s Agile Center of

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2214 Rock Hill Road
Suite 600
Herndon VA, 20170

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