13-14 SEPTEMBER 2021 • SOFITEL MELBOURNE
Update on COVID-19
13-14 SEPTEMBER 2021 • SOFITEL MELBOURNE
AgileAus Circles: Speakers
Jutta EcksteinCo-Author of Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption
Sean BlakeHead of Marketing, Easy Agile
Eliminating the flat backlog for better customer focus
Sean Blake has worked in Agile teams for 8+ years as a Product Owner and Scrum Master. He is currently spreading the word about how teams can work better together by using digital tools like Easy Agile’s User Story Mapping, Personas, PI Planning and Roadmap solutions for Jira. During his time there, he has been responsible for creating new Agile content to connect with customers like Netflix, Twitter, BMW, Cisco, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Adobe, Disney and J.P. Morgan.
Sean is a fan of data-driven decision making, experimentation and thinking of ways to make work enjoyable.
Aubrey BlancheGlobal Head of Equitable Design & Impact, Culture Amp
How moving from “D&I” to equitable design builds better products
Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp, and a startup investor and advisor. Through all her work, she seeks to question, reimagine, and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. Her work is undergirded by her training in social scientific methods and grounded in the fundamental dignity and value of every person. Her professional expertise covers a broad range of equitable enterprise operations, from talent lifecycle programs and accessible product development to event design and communications & media.
She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach to building proportional representation and a culture of belonging in the workplace, as well as the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She works to open source these methods for all practitioners and business leaders, and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at aubreyblanche.com.
She is an advisor to a variety of groups seeking to build a more just world, including Aleria Research and Joonko. Her work has been featured in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Australian Financial Review, USA Today, Re/Code, First Round Review, and more. She also has previous academic affiliations with Stanford and Northwestern, and an appointment at the Equity by Design Lab at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Despite the accolades listed here, she asks that you engage with her work to judge her competence: traditional proxies of merit and/or competence help reinforce the systems that keep incredible people from the opportunities they deserve.
Andrew BlainFounder & Director, Elabor8
Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and businesses transition to better ways of thinking and working.
Lynne is an international keynote speaker, multi-award-winning author and a master facilitator.
She is the author of 6 books:
- ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough
- Agile-ish: How to Create a Culture of Agility
- Leader as Facilitator: How to Engage, Inspire and Get Work Done
- Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work
- Create Change: How to Apply Innovation in an Era of Uncertainty
- Visual Mojo: How to Capture Thinking, Convey Information and Collaborate Using Visuals
Lynne is an experienced radio broadcaster, presenter and producer having presented more than 10000 hours on-air. Her background is as a communication specialist, having lectured in under-graduate and postgraduate programs in several of Australia’s Universities and consulting to different industries and sectors on change and transformation.
Lynne can help you think better, make sense of information and handle the realities of the workplace overwhelm and information overload with her clever hacks and ingenious processes, tools and methods.
Lynne is an experienced board director and chair and an #avgeek, loving everything aviation, helicopters and air traffic control.
Ben Crothers is a design strategist, facilitator, visualiser, team coach, and author. He’s been in the digital industry from when putting ‘Under Construction’ banners on websites was seen as the responsible thing to do. Most of his recent work has been more about designing with people rather than pixels: he helps teams with better ways of working, and is one of the minds behind the Atlassian Team Playbook.
Currently, Ben heads up Bright Pilots, a visual facilitation consultancy that helps people make greater impact by asking smarter questions. He is also the author of Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design, and 50 Remote-Friendly Icebreakers. Ben enjoys extreme sports such as cultivating succulents and home brewing.
Esther DerbyConsultant & Guide
Co-Author of Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption
For being agile as a company you have to think beyond agile
John GarrattDevOps Chief Technologist, Micro Focus, Asia Pacific & Japan
Ben HoganConsultant, Coach and Trainer, AgileBen
David KariHead of Solution Engineering, VMware Tanzu
Federico Lopez LabordaEngineering Manager, VMware
Sherif MansourDistinguished product manager, Atlassian
Linda RisingAuthor & Consultant
Jessie ShternshusFounder, CEO & Author, The Improv Effect
The Improv Effect was founded 2007, by Jessie Shternshus. Her goal was to help businesses reach their full potential by means of interpersonal-communication skills training. Throughout the years, Jessie has become a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies such as Groupon, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Getty Images, The PGA Tour, Crayola and many more. Utilising an array of experiential techniques, some of which she learned on the job at Disney and Sesame Street, she leads teams and organizations in their endeavors to achieve teamwork, creative problem-solving tools, on-boarding, presentation skills, and product development ideation sessions. Jessie co-authored the book, CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like today.
Jessie has been a speaker at: Conferencia Rails, ConvergeFL, LeanDayWest, MadisonRuby, NDC London, NDCOslo, HybridConf, UXMad, AgileAus and many more. Some of her proudest contributions are developing an engineering on-boarding curriculum, helping build an innovation lab within a global enterprise company, and being a speaking coach to leaders worldwide.
Amjad SidqiHead of Product, Pivotal Labs
Alexandra StokesFounder, ReBoot Co.
The importance of collaboration & autonomy to the speed of adapting
Rachel WorsleyFounder & CEO, Neurodiversity Media
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