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Olaf LewitzOlaf Lewitz

Twitter id:
@OlafLewitz
What is your superpower?
LeanProcrastination. Based on Real Options, Distributed Cognition and Beyond Budgeting, it can teach you not to decide to early what to do and to minimise management overhead by eliminating your backlog.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I introduced XP in my team in 2000 and left when they didn't need me anymore. Sticked to that pattern. Now coaching agile teams and transforming organisations towards Lean/Agile thinking for agile42.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I connect, I share, I learn. This year's ACCN was awesome, the next might be even better...
How do you plan to contribute?
I'll do a session on how to find and keep your balance as an agile coach, and probably on LeanProcrastination, which has greatly improved since my session last year... And I'd like to share experiences with Real Options and Feature Injection. I might invite a few interesting people to our cosy event.
Sergey DmitrievSergey Dmitriev

Twitter id:
@blackie6
What is your superpower?
I am the master of improvisation :)
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have been coaching teams on agile since 2005. Worked as CTO, head of development, project manager and been an entrepreneur.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Meet great people, old friends as well as new. Take a dive at practicing my coaching skills further. Deepen my ability to ask powerful questions.
How do you plan to contribute?
By sharing my energy with you. I will help organizing this event and doing it in a way so that nobody sees it ;). I will offer to facilitate some sessions on the open space (like agile games or using Lego in coaching). I will make you smile!
Ivana GanchevaIvana Gancheva

Twitter id:
@IvanaGancheva
What is your superpower?
Inspiring and connecting people :-) Listening between the lines; seeing the big picture; moving people and processes up and forward.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Not much. Enjoying the experience currently :-)
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Nice people, bright ideas, principles, techniques and experiences. In addition, I strongly believe we could generate some new things together.
How do you plan to contribute?
Enthusiasm and joy! As well as bringing my experience and passion for the industry.
Simon CromartySimon Cromarty

Twitter id:
@theagilepirate
What is your superpower?
- Agile Pirate ( http://theagilepirate.net ) - Cider and Rum fuelled Tourette's. - I'm also reasonably good at helping teams with project envisioning workshops and breaking stuff into small achievable chunks
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I started working as a tech lead with a team that were already doing XP (without knowing it had a name) in 2003 and led them through 3 years of extremely disciplined technical development. I then joined GE as a development manager and was responsible for a small failed agile rollout in Cambridge (amongst a larger number of successes in other areas) before changing roles to become an agile coach. The following 2 years were spent leading much more successful agile efforts coaching and training teams new to agile at GE around the world - particularly the US, UK and India. As part of this I also founded the "Agile@GE" community and grew this to over 1,000 members before leaving to join a very different company. Since Summer 2011 I've been working as a project manager in a DevOps team at Red Gate Software and am also their head of project management. (before anyone asks - the role of PM at Red Gate is not like any PM role anywhere else I've ever seen - in fact, here's the description and video :) https://www.red-gate.com/our-company/careers/current-opportunities/project-manager
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Despite the experience so far, I still don't think I'm that great a facilitator so I'm looking to pick up some new skills and tools by sharing experiences with everyone else that comes along. I'm a bit of an open space addict now so I love sharing and talking! Lastly, I'm really looking forward to seeing a small part of Norway in real life - I'm sure Troll Hunters didn't do it justice!
How do you plan to contribute?
I'm happy to lead/facilitate sessions where I know nothing and will usually have a couple of ideas on any subject to share. If there's a need for me to lead a session, 2 areas I'm thinking of right now are: "improving your retrospectives", "helping your product managers realise the backlog sucks" Both of these would be facilitated group conversations - (I have ideas but not all the answers). I'll also provide a slightly warped sense of humour and random conversational entertainment.
Rachel DaviesRachel Davies

Twitter id:
rachelcdavies
What is your superpower?
Facilitating retrospectives.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have been working as an independent agile coach in UK since 2003. I am co-author of "Agile Coaching" book.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I am interested in meeting other participants and learning more about their experiences as agile coaches.
How do you plan to contribute?
I would like to run a session about why people resist change and how to overcome the typical obstacles. It might be nice to design a board game on this.
Johanna HuntJohanna Hunt

Twitter id:
joh
What is your superpower?
Lurking in the shadows. Infectious giggling. Communicating with academics. Organising things (occasionally erratically).
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I've been coaching and facilitating teams since 2005, mostly within small new media companies - alongside working in academia. I've recently branched out into the heady world of corporate agile, and am slowly getting to grips with a new set of challenges.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I plan to learn whatever I can. :) I'm particularly hoping to improve my general coaching skills, super-charge my enthusiasm, find out some interesting new ways to approach challenges and meet many lovely and interesting people. More selfishly, I'd also like to work on my Norwegian if there is someone willing to coach me (I have Norwegian citizenship but have never properly learned the language!)
How do you plan to contribute?
By attending sessions and participating with enthusiasm! I'm also happy to help run about and be useful in the background where I can. :) I have some particular interest currently around tangibles for collaboration and understanding in planning sessions and retrospectives, storytelling approaches for teams, ways we could think of to help steer academic research to be useful/interesting for agile coaches, and approaches to breaking down large messy problems. I'm just as likely to try to talk around these topics with anyone interested outside sessions, but if there is general interest I'd be happy to try to run something.
Jon JaaggerJon Jaagger

Twitter id:
@JonJagger
What is your superpower?
I'm a good listener. But this is counter-balanced by an annoying habit of not being able to spell my name properly in a web form (I wish I could edit out that extra a - my surname is Jagger - no relation)
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
My experience is that I am most effective when I focus on being congruent and try to offer a model of behaviour. I am a certified sauna master.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Don't know. Haven't got a plan yet.
How do you plan to contribute?
I'd like to run a CyberDojo.
Olve MaudalOlve Maudal

Twitter id:
@olvemaudal
What is your superpower?
C, C++, Emacs, Empathy and facilitation skills.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have been indirectly coaching teams and organizations in lean and agile techniques for over a decade.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Learn more about organizational change management and facilitation techniques.
How do you plan to contribute?
I would like to host a session to discuss good and useful metaphors and analogies on software development. I would also like to host a session to learn more about how to give and receive feedback among software professionals.
Karianne BergKarianne Berg

Twitter id:
@karianneberg
What is your superpower?
Enthusiasm and excessive consumption of Coca-Cola.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I've organized Oslo XP Meetup and the Smidig conference, and am now organizing the Roots conference. I've introduced agile methods on every team I've been on, but never had the explicit role of coach.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Meet interesting people, and hopefully learn some of the basics of coaching.
How do you plan to contribute?
With lots of questions and a begynner's mind.
Sten JohnsenSten Johnsen

Twitter id:
stenjo
What is your superpower?
Good with people, very conscious on relationships and are working part time as a relationship counselor.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Working as a Scrum Master for the major part of the last few years, but also experience as a team member. Now moving towards coaching other teams and Scrum Masters
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Sign in, engage, give and receive while having a great time together with other people passionate about agile thinking. Would be great to share some experience in team dynamics though...
How do you plan to contribute?
Commit, engage and contribute actively in all sessions where I participate.
Antti KirjavainenAntti Kirjavainen

Twitter id:
@anttiki
What is your superpower?
Winging it. Planning may be essential, but living in the moment is crucial.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
For the past 4 years in the team level together with the team (mentoring, faciliating, peer coaching), recently (<6 months) also in large organizations teaching, mentoring and coaching teams.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
How to help the whole organization and not just the SW dev teams embrace agile and gain benefit of growing in agile.
How do you plan to contribute?
With eagerness and lots of fresh thoughts. I can also offer to host a session or two in the open space, for example an interesting game about how corporate culture is formed and how it is kept alive despite the reality.
Rob van LanenRob van Lanen

Twitter id:
@robvanlanen
What is your superpower?
My passion for more autonomy in the workplace. My enthusiasm about the agile mindset and enabling self-organisation and intrinsic motivation. Superpower: awakening motivation and improvement in teams by organising FedEx Days and facilitating retrospectives.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have fulfilled multiple roles in software development (developer, scrum master, product owner and more recently IT manager). This makes me able to easily transforms myself in the situation of the coachee. I am fairly new in the coaching role (half a year), but I have been transforming organisations from the day I read Kent Beck's book about Extreme Programming (2006)..
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I would like to improve as a coach and be coached by experienced coaches via the Dojo. I would love to improve my facilitation skills, maybe even help out with facilitation of the Open Space.
How do you plan to contribute?
I would love to share my passion about organising FedEx Days to stimulate motivation and deliver innovations overnight.
Geir AmdalGeir Amdal

Twitter id:
@infosophy
What is your superpower?
Incessant curiosity tempered by pragmatic skepticism yet unblocked by fear of failure.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Agilist since 2005, co-organizer of the Oslo XP community and co-founder and organizer of the Oslo Coding Dojo. Agile process and team coach in an XP/Scrum context since 2008.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
New ways of handling difficult team coaching challenges and the mechanisms of growing group culture and innovation.
How do you plan to contribute?
Contagious enthusiasm and off-the-wall associative connections. Helping think outside the box and develop new dojo/workshop formats.
Ullrika ParkUllrika Park

Twitter id:
ulrikapark
What is your superpower?
Bridging the communication gap, inside teams, outside teams and between communities. Organizational rebel with an enduring refusal to convey to rules such as "we've always done in this way around here"
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
In 2005 I learned Scrum, XP & Lean from a skilled mentor and developer. Since then I have made small or big transitions towards agile in different contexts. At the moment I have the role as requirement specialist in a marketing dept where I also coach the dept to take on scrum roles and practices such as retrospectives. Also run a lot of educations, courses, seminars - where the next open one is to develop is something theres such a fuzz about here - "Agile leadership" whatever that is.. Helping organizations & individuals finding there own way towards agile.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Building Lego & and learning other pedagogical techniques. Hear and learn from stories. Meet with people I respect & know in some way, as well as new friends striving to expand their minds. Maybe get ideas on how to spread the organizational rebel mind in me. Deepen the European & international network.
How do you plan to contribute?
Depending on what subjects seems important when we're there I'd be happy to run an open space session either with dialogue seminar technique as inspiration or some sort of innovation game.
Wanda ManningerWanda Manninger

What is your superpower?
I can make people connect and I can see the whole.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Started as entrepreneur and worked, without knowing it, very much the agile way. When appointed Product Owner in 2006 I understood that there is a structured thinking that I feel comfortable with.Since 2007 I have worked, as a consultant, with organizations striving to become value driven.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I hope to learn, discuss and share experiences about change - keeping on to the good and finding new ways.
How do you plan to contribute?
Discussions and reflections - I love it.
Dadi IngolfssonDadi Ingolfsson

Twitter id:
@blubberplinth
What is your superpower?
Seeing how stuff fits together.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
As a "professional" Agile coach since 2007 I have coached a lot of teams, with more successes than failures :-)
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Structures and practices for continuous improvement. Facilitation. Coaching, both for the individual and teams...
How do you plan to contribute?
By engaging when present - listening, and telling some stories.
Pier Lorenzo ParacchiniPier Lorenzo Paracchini

Twitter id:
@ThePierLo
What is your superpower?
Love to work and communicate with other people, enthusiast about agile software development and eagerness to learn new things.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have been working as a Scrum Master for more than an year, and I have been working as a Scrum team member for several years - building a working experience on Agile practices.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Meet nice & inspiring people, enjoy the experience and build up some knowledge about coaching.
How do you plan to contribute?
Commit, enthusiasm, curiosity and an open mind.
Kari EerolaKari Eerola

Twitter id:
@karmolis
What is your superpower?
AD/HD Peter Pan
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
2,5 years coaching from the trenches and last couple of months trying my wings as a scrum master.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Trying to boost my coaching skills and waiting to meet new interesting people!
How do you plan to contribute?
I'll be there!
Geir AmsjøGeir Amsjø

Twitter id:
@gamsjo
What is your superpower?
Listening, watching and seeing process improvement potential. Teaching Scrum from the front of the room.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have helped a lot of (very) different organisations becoming agile since 2006. Mostly short term engagements.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I hope to suck the wisdom out of all you guys :-)
How do you plan to contribute?
Experience. Seeing different needs in different situations. Process Improvement skills.
Marc JohnsonMarc Johnson

Twitter id:
marcjohnson
What is your superpower?
Lazy overly nosy jack of all trades
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Enthusiastic newbie coach, having worked with many great coaches and started practicing within the organisations I work for during the last two years. Now do this at lots of different organisations whilst working for ThoughtWorks.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Want to learn more about balancing coaching with delivering software, where role is not primarily coaching
How do you plan to contribute?
I want to practice participating in practical sessions e.g. role playing. Also happy to help with programming sessions. May facilitate a session around coaching whilst delivering software.
Kazumasa EBATAKazumasa EBATA

Twitter id:
@ebacky
What is your superpower?
Improvement potential :)
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
My coaching experience is general-purpose machine's programer and manager on giant steelmaker in Japan, web application's programer and manager on certain small company and application's manager on financial information system in Japan. etc.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I will spend encounter with you, and pleasant time :)
How do you plan to contribute?
I am going to do many questions from begynner's mind. and sharing my experience.
Johannes BrodwallJohannes Brodwall

Twitter id:
jhannes
What is your superpower?
I have an annoying impatience for progress. After being bit by a radioactive clock while visiting Chernobyl, I also have 26 hours per day.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I've introduced agile methods in projects and teams since 2005. I often end up with a role as an architect, whatever that means. Most of my time is trying to coach people on working with a product backlog and on code practices like TDD and pair programming
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
1) How to deal with a product backlog in an "agile" fixed or target price project 2) Fun programming games!
How do you plan to contribute?
I would like to conduct or actually participate in hands-on coding workshops, like extreme startup, cyber dojo or elephant carpaccio.
Mads Troels HansenMads Troels Hansen

Twitter id:
@madsth
What is your superpower?
Holistic and realistic view and continuously seeking for improvements and value for myself, teams and the organization I work in.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have worked with Agile/XP/Lean for about 10 years both as developer and later as manager and introduced Agile thinking in 3 organizations. For many years I have combined agile coaching with a management role working across many teams and looking at the whole organization.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
To meet great people working with Agile coaching, to be inspired, to learn. I would also like to learn more about workshop techniques, games, powerful questions, Real Options, Core Protocols etc.
How do you plan to contribute?
Contribute, share, telling my stories and experience, lead a session. Maybe doing a session on one of my passions about patterns for distributed teams and working with Agile and Scrum in a distributed environment or combining the agile coaching role with a management role.
Marianne WorrenMarianne Worren

Twitter id:
ajamah
What is your superpower?
Finding weaknesses in the current way we practice agile methodologies, and come up with suggestions for improvement.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Not there yet, but would be fun to do some coaching one day.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
To learn from experienced practitioners, discuss challenges and come up with suggestions for how to overcome them.
How do you plan to contribute?
By being critical and asking questions (in a nice way....).
Zoltán CsapóZoltán Csapó

Twitter id:
@csapoz
What is your superpower?
Listen to others and catch good ideas and initiatives and help them to succeed.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Two and a half years helping a huge organization wide Agile/Lean transformation from below as a Teamlead, ScM then a Coach.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Practical ways of deploying XP techniques to teams. And coaching "bigger" buddies.
How do you plan to contribute?
With openness and curiousness
Martin SandbergMartin Sandberg

Twitter id:
gurgel125
What is your superpower?
I used to be able to fold my arms around my neck and face. When that doesn’t work no more I try to see the big picture and challenge current behaviours.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I worked on my first agile project in 2001 where I was the internal coach in an XP team learning from our external coach. Since then I’ve had both successes and challenges coaching teams and organizations to become more agile – sometimes disguised in another role, like project manager. Today I’m working in an agile office.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Learn how to coach start-ups where agile is perceived as an overhead and bureaucracy. Learn how to coach managers to become agile managers. Learn new “eye-opening/aha” games, e.g. for how to get started with TDD and pair programming. Learn new powerful questions. Discuss how to build highly effective teams in the agile context, e.g. as described in these two books: a) Susan A. Whelan, “Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders”. b) Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan,“Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results”.
How do you plan to contribute?
Last year I started up a few communities of practice and clinics for self-help for scrum masters, product owners and developers. The communities have created a place to get answers to questions and released a source of untapped creativity for improvements. It’s great to see how it works well for both experienced and new people. I can share how I got the communities up and running so that people started sharing and helping each other (in other words: how to scale the coach).
Kirsi MikkonenKirsi Mikkonen

Twitter id:
KirsiMikkonen
What is your superpower?
I am more seeing the bigger picture of how to remove the friction in the organisational level and keep the change moving than going into a specific developer technique.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
Since 2008 I have been one of the drivers of large agile transformation game in Ericsson Finland. I have also been coaching a Scrum and Kanban teams in their early start of life, specializing of a Team Kickoff events. Now I am coaching other Ericsson organisations at their early start of agile journey.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I am eager to hear others experiences during the Agile journey. Eager to learn more from you!
How do you plan to contribute?
If you want to know how 400 to 1000 employees company has survived on the positive side of the change, I am willing to share our experiences.
Marianne JohansenMarianne Johansen

What is your superpower?
Creative, efficient, structure, always deliver before or in time :-), funny...and I'm a Lady :-)
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have worked as Project Manager in 15 years – and my last 6 years with Scrum (will never go back…). Coached all my teams, PO's and the organization so we could deliver smoother, faster and just with the features needed!
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
Share my experience from my 6 years of Scrum practice and get new perspectives from the participants at the camp.
How do you plan to contribute?
Be active (as always), take leadership if needed and suggest relevant themes/challenges to talk about/discuss.
Benjamin SommerBenjamin Sommer

Twitter id:
benjaminsommer
What is your superpower?
Think big and se opportunities :) Enjoy talking to everybody from developers to boards members about agile and provide help to self-help.
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I have coached teams towards being agile since 2006.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I would like to practice coaching and learn more about games and simulations that can be used to spread the word of agile.
How do you plan to contribute?
Bring all my experience and attention.
Marie KalveMarie Kalve

Twitter id:
No
What is your superpower?
My passion for test and my collaboration skills
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I am managing teams of testers in an agile environment. Always being responsive to changes in plans and environments to keep my test team able to perform at their best, and give the best test coverage with the resources available.
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I want to be inspired, learn new stuff and meet interesting people.
How do you plan to contribute?
I will bring the test aspect into the discussions.
Morten Løkke AndersenMorten Løkke Andersen

Twitter id:
moloean
What is your superpower?
Always willing to learn and share knowledge
What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
N/A
What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
As much as I can
How do you plan to contribute?
To be an active participant

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