Product Development Coach, Property Exchange Australia
Elise Aplin is a passionate technologist who quietly thinks the internet is a bit of a mess and very much in need of improvement. She employs a bunch of cool frameworks (Agile, Lean, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking and their related friends) to help companies get better at solving real problems through the delivery of digital products. Elise has previously worked as a facilitator, coach, analyst and mentor and now enjoys providing product development coaching for Property Exchange Australia (PEXA).
Independent Data Consultant and Author
Ellen Broad returned to Australia from the UK in late 2016, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute (ODI), an international non-profit founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt. While in the UK Ellen became an expert adviser to senior UK government minister Elisabeth Truss on data. She has also held roles as Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands) and Executive Officer for the Australian Digital Alliance. She is an independent consultant for organisations including Data61, Knowledge Unlatched, Queensland government and the Open Data Institute Australian Network, while doing a masters in applied data analytics.
Technology Leader, ANZ
Activate Agile speaker
Penelope Barr is a globally-recognised, award-winning innovator, intrapreneur & technologist. Her work has been recognised with Innovation & Technology awards in 5 countries.
Penelope coaches & leads individuals, teams & organisation.s in problem-solving, agile delivery & lean start-up across the breadth of start-ups, not-for-profits & corporates. She’s known for strong facilitation & training skills & engages with energy & enthusiasm.
Project & Innovation Coordinator, Senior O&M Specialist, Guide Dogs Victoria
Sponsored by ThoughtWorks
After graduating from LaTrobe University in 2001 as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, John-Ross Barresi worked at Vision Australia providing Orientation and Mobility training to those who are blind or vision impaired. In 2004, John-Ross began at Guide Dogs Victoria, where he has been able to further develop his keen interest in adaptive technology and how it can assist his clients to enhance their independent mobility. In his current role of Innovation & Project Coordinator/Senior O&M Specialist, he manages projects that design and implement new technologies that aim to provide greater independence for his clients.
Adam Boas has a long history in software delivery as a developer, tech lead, architect and manager. His career in application, web and mobile development has taken him from coding and design to architecture and team building as well as coaching and management. He has worked in consultancies and product companies in various industries.
Most recently, after leading teams to rebuild monolithic back office customer and payment systems at REA he has been focussed on working with startups, experimenting with high performing distributed systems and working with teams at Culture Amp to build high performance data pipelines. Adam is currently CTO at MyXplor, building software to improve child care systems.
Julian Boot has spent over 25 years building software teams and over a decade in startups. Julian has a unique vision that he shares clearly. Julian bridges the disciplines required for successful product development from hands on experience in fund raising, UX design, full stack development, protocol design, solution architecture, team building, machine learning, micro services, business models and more.
Customer Engagement Lead, ANZ
Sponsored by ANZ
Kath Bray is Managing Director for ANZ’s Customer Engagement Portfolio, focused on building compelling customer-oriented and data-informed propositions for priority segments. Prior to this, Kath was leading ANZ’s ‘New Ways of Working’ transformation, pioneering new working practices in Agile across the business.
Digital Leadership Coach, Author, and CTO
James Brett describes himself as a digital leader who is passionate about developing people and organisations to create a positive future for humanity.
James is also a certified Leadership Agility Coach, Integrative Enneagram Coach, Neuro-semantics NLP Master Practitioner, and Holacracy Practitioner. He leverages this unique combination of psychology and digital skills to grow high-performance teams, leaders and organisations. His latest book, Evolving Digital Leadership (Apress) will be available to the public in June 2018.
Founder and Director of Adaptive Cultures and The Leadership Retreat
Exposure to working with world leaders in her early 20’s revealed to Alison Cameron
that no one (including the wisest leaders and experts) had the answers to humanity’s most challenging and complex problems. Her life has since been spent exploring how we might, as a humanity and as leaders rise to meet these challenges.
In her spare time, Alison leads two businesses in the areas of her passion and purpose, guiding senior executives and global influencers to living more of their wisdom and compassion. She also spends time with loved ones in nature – hiking, swimming and contemplating.
Chief Information Officer – Information and Digital Services, Flinders University
Kerrie Campbell has worked in the IT industry in various sectors including banking, Utilities, Federal Government and Higher Education for the last 30 years.
Kerrie is currently CIO at Flinders University, she has a passion for implementing progressive methods to improve IT delivery and is a strong supporter and builder of positive cultures.
Kerrie has previously worked as Director in the Application Services area for the Department of Human Services and Business Manager for British Gas in the United Kingdom.
Kerrie has had seats on the 100% Project Board, Adelaide University Council, SABREnet Board and eRSA board.
The vision of the 100% Project is to see 100% of Australia’s leadership potential, female and male, equally contributing to our social and economic future.
Director of Acceleration and Leadership Coach
With a vision to make every hour of the workday more satisfying and productive, Marina Chiovetti is passionate about bringing Agile and Design Thinking to all IT teams across Australia. Marina is currently tasked with setting up and running the Digital.NSW Accelerator, as part of the NSW Government – a ‘Lab’ style service that shepherds projects through a Discovery-Alpha-Beta-MVP delivery model, introducing many government teams to the benefits of ‘breaking free’ from traditional delivery approaches.
With a background in Agile, Service Design, and a keen interest in how humans work, Marina applies coaching techniques to executives and teams to build long-lasting change.
Quality Coach, Campaign Monitor
Sam Connelly could be described as a motorbike riding, robotics obsessed, girl geek. She is a Quality Coach at Campaign Monitor; she would prefer ‘product risk investigator’ as her title with the tagline ‘I will help you find your bugs’.
Principal Designer, Atlassian
Ben Crothers is a strategist, mentor, explainer, design thinker and team leader. He has 20 years of deep knowledge and expertise in product strategy and design, user research, conceptual thinking, Agile team patterns and visualisation.
Ben currently works at Atlassian as Principal Designer, where he runs strategic conversations and workshops, trains teams in Agile practices, and helps teams apply Agile approaches in more useful ways. He is also the author of a new book for progressive teams, Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design.
Chief Inventor, REA Group
Nigel has over 25 years of IT-related experience across multi-nationals and startups. In 2007 he joined travel publisher Lonely Planet as General Manager of Information Technology, becoming Deputy Director of Digital (web and mobile businesses) in 2010.
Previously, Nigel held roles with AXA Australia, online human resource startup ePredix in the USA (now owned by SHL), as well as Silicon Systems and Mitsubishi Electric in New Zealand.
Head of UX, 99designs
Megan Dell began working in the field of user experience back in the day when nobody really cared about the internet. It was a great time, being able to get away with some really experimental things compared to the rest of a tightly regulated insurance company. She worked on the online quoting applications for Australia’s largest personal insurance brands at Suncorp – if you are looking to buy car or travel insurance online, it is likely you’ve experienced some of her work.
She speaks about Design in an Agile workplace, Lean Startup approaches, as well as being a female leader, and the importance of mental health.
General Manager, EPiC Singapore
Sponsored by Epic Agile
Lisa Duty is a passionate culture-first agilist and reformed management consultant who loves helping clients take Agile beyond process and delivery to transform the vibration of their organisation… one team, one individual at a time.
Having lived and worked extensively across Australia, Asia and the UK, Lisa is on her second stint in Singapore to lead EPiC’s culture-hacking capability across Asia, building deep connections with our customers and their teams.
Agile Transformation Capability Lead, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Juliet Fallace has over 20 years combined Program and Project Manager private and public sector experience. Currently employed as an EL2 at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Juliet is responsible for leading continuous improvement business process and transformational programs. During Juliet’s ABS career she has led service delivery programs, change management programs, strategic and operational technical and business transformation projects.
Recently certified as a qualified Professional Scrum Master, Juliet has been leading the ABS for the past 3 years towards transforming how business delivers its products and services through the adoption of Agile practices.
Head of Digital Engineering, Australia Post
Lambros Kallianiotis is a senior technology leader skilled at managing change in complex environments with experience leading Agile teams for delivery of digital technology solutions. Most recently, Lambros has been driving the delivery of Digital iD™ within the Digital Delivery Centre of Australia Post. Prior to this Lambros focused on building passionate Agile teams at ANZ where he led the mobile technology team.
Scrum Master, Program Coach, Senior Consultant, Elabor8
Sponsored by Elabor8
A Senior Consultant at Elabor8, Alyce Katsanos has spent the last 12 months working in the Insurance and Financial Services sectors. Her admittedly unusual career trajectory, from piano teacher, to technical writer, to Agile practitioner, brings a unique perspective and set of skills to coaching.
Known by everyone she works with for always having a cup of coffee in her hand, she’s established a reputation for finding solutions that give people, teams and organisations the freedom to move.
Wai Ling Ko
Scrum Master, Liberty Financial
Activate Agile speaker
Wai Ling Ko has been working in and around software delivery teams for over 15 years.
Her passion is growing teams that create software that makes a difference.
She believes that building amazing teams starts with growing individuals by developing their strengths, talents & passion and loves using games to teach concepts.
Certified Scrum Trainer, Certified Team Coach, Agile360
Sponsored by PM-Partners
Stuart Mitchell CST, CTC, is an award winning international presenter, author, and Agile thought leader and one of the most experienced coaches and trainers in Australasia and Europe. As a former global head of Agile at one of the world’s largest banks, a senior Coach to over 300 teams and a trainer of more than 3000 people, he aims to share a wealth of real world ‘war stories’ delivered with a shot of Scottish humour.
Engineering Manager, REA Group
As an Engineering Manager at REA, Peter Moran helps lead the teams building the realestate.com.au mobile apps and the personalised services that power them. Peter has been in software development long enough to remember some of the first XP projects in Australia, and has been developing, architecting or leading software delivery teams since. Prior to joining REA, Peter worked in software consulting before joining Jetstar to help build the Hooroo online hotels business. He is passionate about unlocking the potential of great teams and technical leaders.
Head of Software Engineering – Digital & Data, Tyro
Leandro Pinter has been leading product & engineering teams and helping organisations be more Agile over the last 15 years. He is passionate about helping organisations to improve the way they work by creating a culture of high alignment and autonomy.
Executive Coach and Transformation Leader, SoftEd
Pat Reed is an experienced Agile executive, coach, transformational leader and Adjunct Professor. She has proven success transforming large Agile organisations and developing world class enterprise Agile practices (including accounting, PMO, portfolio management, strategy, release, DevOps, change, performance management and adaptive career processes and practices).
Pat’s unique skills include transformational leadership, connecting strategy to delivery and solving impossible business challenges by leveraging deep domain knowledge of human behaviour, patterns and design thinking, and empirical (scientific) methods with a razor-like focus on value.
James Ross has been around in Agile circles long enough to remember when suggesting working in an Agile way was a career limiting move. Now that it’s a career limiting move if you don’t profess unwavering loyalty to everything Agile, James finds himself frequently spending the opportunities he gets to use a microphone to call out some of the many ways we might be getting agility wrong.
Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks
As the Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks in Australia, Scott Shaw divides his time between professional services leadership and consulting. As a consultant, he helps enterprise customers shape their technology to align with 21st century practices like cloud, continuous delivery, microservices and lean governance. As a lifelong programmer and technology professional, Scott has designed and worked on distributed systems of every imaginable size and shape. When he’s not in meetings, Scott enjoys writing Clojure code.
John Sullivan is CEO at Elabor8, the first ever at the consultancy company, where he leads the team to help customers transform and adapt to meet the increasing demands of the Disruptive Digital and Agile world of today to gain clarity and insight into their environment; building coherence and adaptability into their processes; and developing the capabilities they need to succeed.
Senior Business Analyst & Scrum Master, Digital @CBA (Commonwealth Bank of Australia)
Sylvia Yanto is a versatile, passionate and high performing Agile practitioner who has gained experience as a Business Analyst, Scrum Master and more recently Product Owner. As part of the innovation team, Sylvia is leading the practice of developing fast failing experiments to validate transformative business models. Her unique lens to how teams can deliver value to the end customer and business, has contributed to the success of the Commbank mobile app which supports over 4 million Australians each month.
Iteration Manager – Digital iD, Australia Post
With over 25 years experience working in the software industry, across roles in customer service, training, programming, technical writing and project management, Brett Wakeman has seen many different ways that teams work and software is built.
Brett is now an Iteration Manager at Australia Post and is always looking for ways to build high-performing teams, explore different Agile practices and encourage people to embrace Agile thinking.
IoT Director, ThoughtWorks
Sponsored by ThoughtWorks
Chen Zhu is the IoT Director at ThoughtWorks, China. Before he entered IoT the domain, he worked as a User Experience Designer, Business Analyst and Project Manager on lots of software delivery projects. As a result, he’s accumulated lots of experience in Agile methodology and currently applies it to both software and hardware development to handle the risk of innovation.