jim highsmith


Co-Author of the Agile Manifesto

Jim Highsmith’s career spans six decades of rapid technology and business change. He has been at the forefront of software technology’s response to that change, from working on 1970s COBOL business applications to recent engagements for digital transformations. He co-authored the Agile Manifesto, cofounded the Agile Alliance, was first president of the Agile Leadership Network, and coauthored the Declaration of Interdependence
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Co-Author of the Agile Manifesto

Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a programmer since 1970. Co-founder of cleancoders.com , offering on-line video training for software developers. And founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC, offering software consulting, training, and skill development services to major corporations worldwide. Mr. Martin has published dozens of articles in various trade journals, and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. He is also the creator of the acclaimed educational video series at cleancoders.com.

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Leading Agile Thought-Leader and Methodologist

Scott Ambler is the Consulting Methodologist with Ambysoft Inc., leading the evolution of the Agile Data and Agile Modeling methods. Scott is an international keynote speaker and the (co-)author of 28 books. Scott was the (co)-creator of PMI’s Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit and helps organizations around the world to improve their way of working (WoW) and ways of thinking (WoT).


Associate Vice President, Technology Staff Operations and Chief of Staff to the Enterprise Chief Information Officer at Nationwide Insurance.

In Lanny's current role, he is responsible for driving operational excellence within the Technology organization, leading strategic initiatives within Technology and leading Technology operations and staff administration.

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Deputy Director of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

In this capacity, George is responsible for enterprise development and integration of IT systems to support agency-wide operations, including IT governance and enterprise technology management, business and IT transformation, and risk-based security strategies. George has
over 30 years of experience working in the commercial and public healthcare IT market with a focus in the areas of software development, system integration, data warehousing, and customer service. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Hofstra University.


Founder and CEO at AgileXtended

Leila Rao is an organizational change consultant optimizing the ability of organizations to transform and create sustainable impact. Her cognitive approach to agility emphasizes helping individuals and groups change the way they think, act and collaborate for a shared purpose.

She has facilitated organizational change initiatives -- including Agile transformations, business agility and continuous improvements efforts, cultural change initiatives, diversity, inclusion, equity (DE) strategies, etc. for a wide range of federal organizations. Leila is the creator of the Compass for Agility framework, and the author of the book with the same title.

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Charlie Kennedy


VP - Sr IT Service Delivery Manager at Huntington National Bank

Charles Kennedy is the Agile Practice Leader at Huntington National Bank. Additionally, he has previously worked for Nationwide Insurance and JP Morgan Chase.


VP of Agile Delivery at Prudential Financial

For the past 20 years Ms. Atwell has been working and managing software development projects from initiation through operations and maintenance. When she discovered Agile in 2004, she was hooked.  Now she focuses on improving our work-lives through the agile mindset and practices, as an engineer, scrum master then coach. She coached and lead transformations at more than 15 organizations from public sector and commercial firms.  Currently, she proudly leads several strategic applications to enable Prudential’s commitment to customer and employee satisfaction.

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Head of Business Technology and Transformation at FHLBanks Office of Finance

Joe is a technology strategist and change agent helping banking leaders transform their businesses through the use of technology. For over 20 years Joe has led the creation of business applications and inspired innovation in order to grow new lines of business, scale operations, and strengthen organizational resiliency. In his current role, Joe is responsible for technology strategy, enterprise architecture, application development, product management, and quality assurance.


Founder, Lead Consultant, & Agile Coach at RAM Quality Solutions

Rebecca McKaughan’s passion is helping organizations work smarter, not harder. Tapping into her expertise in Agile methodologies and principles, quality analysis, and business process improvement, she coaches organizations to manage workflows, streamline processes, and launch Agile adoptions tailored to their unique domains. She enjoys coaching a variety of industries as it fosters the kind of outside-the-box and strategic thinking necessary for real-world organizations to blossom along their Agile journeys.

Rebecca’s Agile Coaching and Consulting portfolio includes organizations in the Federal Government, commercial sector, highly regulated, co-located, and distributed (offshore) environments. She provides embedded Agile Coaching for teams, programs, and enterprises, as well as organizational consulting and Agile strategy.



Hear from and connect with many private and public sector leaders who are driving agility in their enterprises.

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History Tackles AI

Today’s press is full of AI prognostications, many predicting a dire future. They are all wrong. History tells us that predicting technology’s path is futile. However, preparing for it is not. What does history tell us about past technology advances that we can use to prepare for the future—for both we as individuals and our businesses? Join Jim Highsmith whose recent book, Wild West to Agile, delves into the history of software development and establishes an historical framework that helps prepare us for the future.

Bob Martin

Clean Agile: Back to Basics

Bob declares himself as the Agile Curmudgeon yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn.  In this talk, he will describe was agile was, is, and should be.  No muss, no fuss, no adjectives like Lean, Scaled, SAFE, LESS, or anything else.  Just agile, the whole agile, and nothing but the agile.

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From PMO to VMO

Years ago, organizations created Project Management Offices (PMOs) to guide and lead their project teams through the challenges of the day. The rate of change is accelerating, complexities are increasing, and available resources decreasing. To address these challenges PMOs must evolve into Value Management Offices (VMOs). Where PMOs focus on governing and leading project teams, VMOs govern and guide initiatives.This presentation works through why your PMO must evolve, how a VMO is different, and how to get safely get there.


The Huntington VMO Journey

Charlie will talk about the Huntington Bank journey in forming a Value Management Office (VMO) to lead the deployment and scaling of a new execution model focused on business value delivery. He will include the reasons for forming a VMO, how they structured the VMO organization, what they have learned, what they have accomplished, and the remaining challenges. Focus on moving away from a traditional project execution model to a product/value stream model changing the mindset to focus on achieving business outcomes.


Leveraging Agility for Cultural Change

In this candid conversation, George and Leila Rao share their experiences of organizational cultural change within a complex organization, such as:

  • Identifying current state and targeting behavioral change, both individually and collectively.
  • Strategically reducing barriers for change, using iteration and innovation.
  • Cultivating a team-first approach within the leadership team through a trust workshop.
  • Emphasizing engagement at all levels of the organization, through accessible and inclusive events to create new cultural norms.
  • Practicing DEIA as 10x strategy to create a workplace where everyone can be their best
Claire Atwell

Beyond SAFe, Integrating Development and Customer Operations for Enterprise Agility

System and software delivery is how we think about scale.  When we were faced with replacing a 30 year old customer relationship management tool for our call centers and fulfillment, we had to think a little differently. We support about 35,000 contact center interactions per week while ensuring we comply with regulations and fulfill billions of dollars in transactions.  When disruption to your customer operations isn't a choice, we turned to our iterative, integrated approach.
In this session, we will show how we leveraged pilots, MVPs and metrics to ensure we met compliance deadlines and were able to create a reusable system for platform replacements.
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Laying the foundation for agility

Reflecting on our first year into an Agile adoption sheds light on key building blocks to lay a solid foundation for a successful Agile transformation within a highly regulated and traditionally waterfall organization. We will share insights on how we utilized core Agile principles to help inform your own foundation for Agility.

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Lean - Agile operations at nationwide insurance

Have you achieved Operational Excellence by leveraging a Lean Management System with Agile delivery?  Many have struggled to have a Lean Management System coexist with Agile delivery Lines and have often experienced contention between Lean and Agile.  In this presentation, Lanny will share how Agile delivery should coexist with a Lean Management System and Lean principles.  He will provide examples from Nationwide and other organizations to help you leverage key attributes to achieve optimal business outcomes.

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