NOVEMBER 2-4, 2015
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Keynote Speakers

Jim Benson, Modus Cooperandi

Jim Benson Jim Benson specializes in the management of knowledge work. Over the course of his 23-year career, he has acquired a rich understanding for how people process information, set goals, and achieve their objectives. He is the 2012 winner of the Brickell Key Award for excellence in Lean thinking from the Lean Systems Society (LSS) and is also a Fellow of LSS. He started Modus Cooperandi in 2007. Prior to Modus, Jim owned Gray Hill Solutions, a software development firm that focused on government contracts.

Jim is the creator of "Personal Kanban," a way to visualize, track and improve upon an existing process, and co-author of the Shingo award-winning book of the same name. In 2011 he released 'Why Plans Fail: Why Business Decision Making Is More Than Just Business'.

Mark Lines, Disciplined Agile Delivery

Mark Lines Mark Lines is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework and an Agile Coach with over 25 years of experience delivering software solutions across many industries. He specializes in helping organizations around the world with enterprise agile/lean transformations and adoption, writes for many publications, and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

As Managing Partner at Scott Ambler + Associates, he delivers workshops on DAD as well as other agile topics such as Disciplined Product Ownership. He also provides agile coaching and mentoring services for executives, project teams, and business stakeholders. He blogs about DAD at and is co-founder of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (


Culture Panel

Grant Shaw, Len Cervantes, Thu Tran

Adam Euerby

Adam Euerby Email:
Twitter: @aeuerby
LinkedIn: adameuerby
Adam Euerby (Manager, Product Design, D2L) has worked as a Product Designer at D2L for 4 year both as a designer and a manager. He holds a Masters degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he studied how to support communities of practice with internal social networks. He's passionate about how design practices integrate with the agile philosophy and avidly explores how lean UX, story mapping, design sprints, and cross-functional collaboration and a range of other concepts and processes can lead to impactful design from teams in an agile environment.

Adam Krieger

Adam Krieger Email:
Twitter: @adamkrieger
LinkedIn: adam-krieger
Adam Krieger Software developer born and raised in Winnipeg. Passionate about comprehensible code and functional programming. Pursuant of respectful candor in the workplace and the demystification of information technology. Musician and European boardgame enthusiast.

Adam Yuret

Adam Yuret Twitter: @AdamYuret
LinkedIn: adamyuret
Skype: Adam.Yuret
Anonymous Feedback:
Adam Yuret is a "celebrated international speaker" (he presented in Canada at SDEC12 and some people actually clapped!) who's been featured multiple times on InfoQ and invited to speak at several conferences since 2010 including San Francisco Agile 2012, Conference for the Association of Software Testing 2010, LeanUXNYC 2014, Agile 2014 and numerous local events in the Seattle Area.

Amir Barylko

Amir Barylko Email:
Twitter: @abarylko
LinkedIn: amirbarylko
Amir Barylko Amir Barylko started his career in 1994 working for IBM as a senior developer while he was finishing his Masters degree in computer science. Since then he worked as team leader and architect for the past 15 years.

Having started with languages like C++ and Java he spent many years coding in C# and training other developers in topics such domain modeling, abstractions, patterns, automation, dependency injection, testing, etc.

Being an incurable geek, always thirsty for knowledge, his passion for technology moved him towards Ruby on Rails a few years ago, becoming an advocate of RoR web development. Also following he's teaching passion he's being hosting a yearly TDD, BDD, Agile and RoR training for the past three years with great reviews in Winnipeg and across Canada.

Amir is a rare combination of high technical skills, lots of experience in a wide range of platforms, exceptional presentation skills and great sense of humor. His presentations are always rich in content and fun to attend.

Andrew Annett

Andrew Annett Email:
Twitter: @akannett
LinkedIn: aannett
Andrew Annett is a seasoned facilitator and coach who believes conversations are the operating system of organizations and anything that promotes flow of quality work is a good thing. Andrew has experience working within agile teams and on large, complex multi-year programs and his passion is for helping the world communicate more effectively (especially with LEGO®.)

He's a founding member of Leanintuit; a collective of coaches dedicated to improving software product delivery. He's currently working as the enterprise agile coach at D2L Corporation - an edtech product company whose mission is to make the world smarter.

Ardita Karaj

Ardita Karaj Twitter: @ardita_k
Ardita Karaj is a passionate Agile coach, trainer, change agent and consultant in the Toronto area. Working at EPAM Systems, she brings more than 15 years of software development experience from different commercial and public organizations. Over the past few years her focus has been on process improvement for organizations that are adopting Agile frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. Working with both management and development teams, she is well known for applying Agile and Lean techniques to help identify and remove barriers in order to streamline software development efforts. She is driven in creating sustainable change and has developed techniques that focus on building teams that have a culture of continuous improvement.

Chris R. Chapman

Chris R. Chapman is a veteran consultant with 14 years' experience as a developer and team lead/coach. Over his career he's worked on mainframe systems, desktop applications and enterprise scale web based solutions. Through it all he's maintained a strong passion for helping teams to realign the work they do with how they do it by applying lean and agile principles and frameworks like Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban. Previously, Chris has presented at SDEC 2013, with his interactive game session, "The Great Canadian #NoEstimates Experiment".

D'Arcy Lussier

D'Arcy Lussier Twitter: @darcy_lussier
D'Arcy Lussier is an experienced technology professional with 15 years of experience architecting and developing applications. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and has been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in ASP.NET from 2008 through 2015. D'Arcy was also invited to the Microsoft Regional Director program in 2015. D'Arcy organizes the Prairie Developer Conference, which has been occurring since 2010 across the Canadian prairies. He is currently an Information Systems Specialist with the City of Winnipeg.

Dave Rooney

Dave Rooney Email:
Twitter: @daverooneyca
LinkedIn: daverooneyagile
Dave Rooney is a veteran Agile Coach and software developer who has been at this software thing since the 80's when he discovered that I enjoyed solving real-world problems with code. Dave has worked in or with organizations large & small, from bootstrapped startups to the Fortune 15, private & public sector. He has a deep interest in the human factors involved in the effective delivery of software that delights its customers, as well as promoting practices that make the work environment not just more humane, but fun as well. And, 30+ years after Dave solved his first real-world problem on an Apple , he still enjoy writing code when he can!

David Alpert

David Alpert Email:
Twitter: @davidalpert
LinkedIn: David Alpert
aboutme: davidalpert
sayatme: davidalpert
David Alpert has spent nearly 20 years working to reduce friction between people and machines. In that time he has worked as a software developer, front-end engineer, and business analyst in academic, financial, and manufacturing institutions. As a Development Manager at KORE Wireless and as a speaker, blogger, and mentor David practices customer-centered design, facilitates [Coderetreats](, and coaches developers on mobbing, test patterns, design choices, and build automation.

Declan Whelan

Declan Whelan Email:
Twitter: @dwhelan
LinkedIn: declanwhelan
Declan Whelan spends his energy training, coaching and mentoring teams to build environments in which they can truly succeed: open, supportive environments where everyone brings their genius selves to work each day to deliver continuous value. Declan is a passionate developer who thrives on creating testable and sustainable technical solutions.

Declan is the founder of Agile Coach Camp Canada, the Waterloo Agile/Lean User's Group, the OnAgile online Agile Alliance conference and is a board member of the Agile Alliance.

Diane Zajac-Woodie

Diane Zajac-Woodie Twitter: @AgileSquirrel
Skype: dianezw
Diane Zajac-Woodie has spent the last six years redefining the business analyst role as more than a requirements dictator. Through open and honest conversations, Diane guides her business partners toward creative solutions that solve problems and eliminate waste. She shares this same approach with her technical teams, facilitating communication, cooperation, and continuous learning to ensure success.

Now an agile coach, Diane's recent passion is to free those mired in the status quo even if she has to pull them out one at a time. Diane's alter ego makes her thoughts transparent on her blog, AgileSquirrel.

Ellen Grove

Ellen Grove Email:
Twitter: @eegrove
LinkedIn: ellengrove
Ellen Grove is an Agile coach & trainer with Agile Partnership , based in Ottawa, Canada. Ellen helps teams and organizations do better work through coaching them in creating the circumstances in which they can work most productively and effectively. Her Agile coaching practice is founded in over 15 years experience leading software testing, development and implementation teams in global enterprises, a passion for exploratory software testing and usercentered design, and a background in community organization. She facilitates the transition to collaborative Agile work practices at the team, managerial and corporate levels, and has conquered the challenges of extending Scrum rollouts to offshore development partners and multisite project teams for enterprise and public sector clients in Canada and the US. Ellen is also an Open Space facilitator and a StrategicPlay certified facilitator in Lego Serious Play methods, and one of the lead organizers of Agile Coach Camp Canada.

Grant Rogerson

Grant Rogerson Worked in embedded systems design and development at Lockheed-Martin, Video King Gaming Systems, and others going back to the 1980s. Switched to web development, leaving a dying industry for a growing one. Chose to take courses so as not to miss some topic (web dev is a larger field than many people imagine). Ended up at TelPay for a while, then Iders to the present. Across my career I have developed in assembler (at least 10 different cpus), pascal, forth, c, c++, python, javascript, php, and a few others. My operating system of choice: linux. Almost everything I do is 'behind the firewall', where I quietly build server side tools and in house apps with a little testing on top.

Grant Shaw

Grant Shaw Grant Shaw began his career at National Leasing in 1999 as the sole employee in the marketing department. As the company grew, so did his role, eventually earning title as Marketing Manager (now managing more than just himself). In 2007, Grant shifted sights to Manager, Strategy & Planning. Then in 2010, became Vice President, Human Resources, Strategy & Culture. And in 2013, marketing once again fell under his managing umbrella, as he settled into his current role as VP, Corporate Development, Strategy & Culture.

Grant is on the United Way of Winnipeg’s Board of Trustees and is the Chair on the Marketing Committee. He also helps out with Winnipeg’s FortWhyte Centre BBQ Committee – one of the largest fundraising events for the environmental non-profit. If Grant is away from the office, you’ll find him helping out with his kids’ sports teams or recharging his creative batteries at his cabin in Steep Rock, Manitoba, where he loves to unwind.

Jeff Kosciejew

Jeff Kosciejew Email:
Twitter: @kosciejew
LinkedIn: kosciejew
Jeff Kosciejew is an accomplished Agile Coach & Scrum Master, having developed his skills over many years consulting for both large and small organizations across a diverse range of industries. His experience includes technical, non-technical, and fully cross-functional teams. Jeff is always looking for ways to disrupt & highlight inefficient processes & systems to to enable & empower people's creativity, and maximize outcomes and value to organizations. His default approach to work, and life, is to turn pretty much everything into a game. Jeff is a consummate generalist, knowing just a little about all sorts of off-the-wall topics, but just not quite enough in any topic to be dangerous.

Jeff Morgan

Jeff Morgan Twitter: @chzy
Chief technology officer and cofounder of LeanDog, Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan has been teaching classes and coaching teams on agile and lean techniques since early 2004. Most of his work has focused on the engineering practices used by developers and testers. For the past few years he has experienced great success and recognition for his work focused on helping teams adopt Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber. He has authored several popular Ruby gems used by software testers and is the author of the book, Cucumber & Cheese.

Joel Tosi

Joel Tosi Email:
Twitter: @joeltosi
LinkedIn: joel-tosi
Just a dude trying to help out people and teams that are trying to learn and create interesting products. With experience in dev, architecture, management, and product - I try to help teams communicate more effectively and build their products in a maintainable way that allows room for product discovery.

Len Cervantes

Len Cervantes Email:
Twitter: @LenCervantes
LinkedIn: leonard-cervantes
Leonard Cervantes is the Product Manager for Mobile Apps and Emerging Platforms at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Len has lived in the Mobile space since the early days of shortcodes, ringtones and WAP sites on feature phones. After launching the mobile arm for MTV Canada (the first truly multi-platform broadcast channel in the country), Len took his talents to the CBC to manage the Corporation's portfolio of apps. Recent highlights include high-profile app product launches for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, 2014 FIFA World Cup, relaunches of CBC News and CBC Radio for both iOS 8 and Android 5/Lollipop and just recently an Apple Watch App for CBC News. Who knows what 2015 will bring (well, Len does)? Len's focus is on effective Product Management, Team Building, Diversity and the intersection between Technology and Philanthropy.

Mark St. Godard

Mark St. Godard Email:
Twitter: @markstgodard
Mark St. Godard is a Software Engineer at IBM working on the Bluemix Cloud platform and Cloud Foundry. Specializing in Java, Ruby and Go, Mark has as been active within IBM promoting Agile practices (TDD, Continuous Integration / Delivery) and has worked in a number of industries including banking, telecommunications, insurance, government and air navigation.

Mark is currently working on cloud technologies to enable developers to deliver cloud-native applications and embrace continuous delivery. Mark communicates at work primarily via gifs on

Mike Bowler

Mike Bowler Email:
Twitter: @mike_bowler
LinkedIn: mbowler
Google+: Mike Bowler
Facebook: Mike Bowler
Mike Bowler is an Agile and technical, coach and trainer who has been writing code for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Agile community for the last fifteen. He blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers.

Mike Iwasiow

Mike Iwasiow Email:
Twitter: @mikeiwasiow
LinkedIn: mikeiwasiow
A seasoned web entrepreneur and well rounded IT consultant with a strong focus on using technology to achieve business goals.

Over the past 14 years, Mike Iwasiow has founded 2 successful software product ventures and led the design and development of several enterprise software applications. Currently, he owns a SaaS startup called BookedIN and small consulting business that provides custom software development services for various local and national clients. Mike's experience of being on both sides of the fence as a startup entrepreneur and IT consultant has brought some unique perspectives on the software industry.

Peter Rothe

Peter Rothe Email:
Twitter: @peterothe
LinkedIn: peterothe
Peter Rothe has over a dozen years experience leading and managing design of mobile (rwd, awd, native), desktop, web & SaaS products, transactional (cart/checkout and SaaS signup flows), web marketing and A/B & multi-variant testing. Peter has a strong interest in business and design strategy and how they can be operationalized in an agile environment with enough up-front design.

Ryan Ripley

Ryan Ripley Email:
Twitter: @ryanripley
LinkedIn: ryanripley
Podcast: Agile for Humans
Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams for the past ten years in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He's worked at various Fortune 1000 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO I, PSD I, and CSM agile certifications. Ryan lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and two sons. He blogs at where you can read scrum tips, agile practices, and insights into what makes an agile team work.

Steve Rogalsky

Steve Rogalsky Email:
Twitter: @srogalsky
LinkedIn: steverogalsky
Steve Rogalsky strives to co-create environments & systems where people will thrive and great things are inevitable. In seeking this goal, he has come to value simplicity, respect, continuous improvement, and short feedback loops. He speaks regularly at conferences in Canada and the United States and works at Protegra. You can read more about what he has learned at

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston Email:
Twitter: @itsunderstood
LinkedIn: susanmariejohnston
Sue Johnston is a tireless champion of communication and teamwork. As a trainer, coach and author, she's dedicated to helping you inspire others to take action. Following a career as a journalist, Sue worked as a communication specialist in the Canadian banking industry, helping to introduce organizational and technological change – and promoting effective communication. She was part of many IT implementations. Sue now trains coaches for the 21st century workplace and works as an agile coach with Leanintuit. She is the founder of It's Understood Communication and author of Talk to Me: Workplace Conversations That Work.

Ted Young

Ted Young Email:
Twitter: @jitterted
LinkedIn: tedmyoung
Ted Young's a coding architect, speaker, author, coach, and systems thinker. He's been doing the Agile "thing" in software development since 2000, after seeing Martin Fowler give a talk on eXtreme Programming. Since then, Ted's worked for eBay and Google, learning and discovering what happens when Agile meets Large Organizations and finding that the road to Agile isn't always obvious. For over eight years, Ted's worked at Guidewire Software, as a developer, manager, architect, and unofficial Agile Coach, helping them develop software better using ideas from the Agile and Lean communities, along with raising awareness of cognitive biases and why we're not always as rational as we think we are -- and why that's OK as long as we're aware of it.

Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio Twitter: @TBunio
LinkedIn: terry-bunio
Terry Bunio has worked for Protegra for 10 years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management.

As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished.

Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why.

Thu Tran

Thu Tran Thu Tran is the Director of Operations in Product Development at iQmetrix. He’s been with iQmetrix for over 7 years where the office in Winnipeg has grown from a group of 12 people in a small space has grown into a group of over 80 people in the new CentrePoint building in downtown Winnipeg.

Thu is passionate about creating a company culture that is both fun and fulfilling to all employees. He comes from a computer science background, but also has certifications in Design and Education. He has been responsible for projects have spanned everything from POS systems, Interactive touch screens, Mobile applications, Payment Processing systems and Corny Videos.

"I want to continue to create great experiences for my fellow iQers, our clients and our communities. I believe a group of smart and humble people working together can achieve anything"

Todd Charron

Todd Charron Email:
Twitter: @toddcharron
LinkedIn: toddcharron
Todd Charron helps organizations become fearless innovators by giving them the tools and skills they need to fail fast, fail safely, and maximize learning. Todd combines his background in Improv and Theatre with over 15 years of experience in the software industry as a Developer, Manager, Agile Coach, and Lean Startup Mentor to help organizations and teams be bolder and more creative. Todd has been a speaker at numerous conferences, including Agile 2014, Agile Coach Camp Canada, Agile Tour Toronto, Agile Tour Montreal, and Agile & Beyond. He is also the lead mentor for Lean Startup Machine Toronto and is the founder of Follow Your Fear Day.

Tracy Bowman

Tracy Bowman Tracy Bowman is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Protegra – a community of software-driven businesses and solutions that help organizations solve problems with leading-edge software driven solutions & the SDEC conference host. She is responsible for managing, writing, delivering, conducting and maintaining all of Protegra’s marketing and advertising campaigns, branding, social media, websites, client and competitive research, presentations, and communications materials. Prior to joining Protegra in May 2013, Tracy worked in the marketing research industry for 15 years at various private Winnipeg-based consulting firms, Parks Canada, independent consultant, instructor at the University of Manitoba, and is currently teaching marketing research at the University of Winnipeg’s Professional and Applied Continuing Education (PACE) marketing and public relations program. She is a trained and experienced focus group moderator, having facilitated hundreds of focus groups and one-on-one interviews with a variety of audience types for both public sector and private industry clients.

Tracy Lee

Tracy Lee Email:
Twitter: @piscesT
For almost a decade, Tracy Lee has been using project management skills in a variety of software development settings. From a structured PMBOK controlled project development shop to the current agile, non-structured environment she works in, she has found that being flexible in your organization skills can create a more friendly environment for a software developer and being adaptable can determine the success of the project. Over the course of her career she has worked with developers to install toll booths in India, Highway safety systems in North Carolina, Weigh in Motion systems in Saskatchewan, she led the Point of Sale project for the merger of AIO and Cricket, and has had the luxury of working with the brilliant software minds at iQmetrix.

Parallel to her journey as a project manager, Tracy has earned her Certified Coaching Practitioner's designation and works to help individuals, couples and teams to understand how the running narrative in our heads affects our success and where it comes from. With this understanding individuals learn tools to overcome the obstacles that narrative throws at us. She is the author of an upcoming book designed to help individuals understand the role our monkey brains play in our success. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration specializing in Marketing and Human Resources.


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