I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.
How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to achieve great things.
I help teams and management understand what’s working and where there are contradictions that sap productivity and stifle innovation. I explore how best to maximize an capacity for achievement by eliminating wasted effort, politics, cynicism, and fear.
I’ve written over 150 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring). I hold a B.A and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership.
Erling is the founder of the norwegian startup CV Partner AS (http://cvpartner.com) - providing simplified CV management for consultancies. Besides being an entrepreneur, (which involves mastering a wide range of roles - spanning from CFO to product manager), he is a passionate developer who prefers to work with cutting edge technology. Having real-life experience with everything from Kanban to Lean Startup, he is beyond being religious about process and methodologies, and is now more pragmatic and context-aware than ever.
Erling is a frequent participant and organizer of community events, with the latest addition being the niche meetup; "Backbone.js Oslo".
Matt Barcomb is passionate about building collaborative, cross-functional teams; enjoys being out-of-doors; loves punning; and thrives on guiding organizations towards systemic, sustainable, and adaptive improvement. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly 10 years before he realized that the "people problem" was the biggest issue facing most software development. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find interesting ways of making the business-software universe a better place to work, play and do business.
Matt currently resides in Cleveland and keeps especially busy with organizational development. He shares his musings on his blog, http://blog.risingtideharbor.com/.
Markus Gärtner works as a testing programmer, trainer, coach, and consultant with it-agile GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Markus, author of ATDD by Example - A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, a student of the work of Jerry Weinberg, founded the German Agile Testing and Exploratory workshop in 2011. He is a black-belt instructor in the Miagi-Do school of Software Testing and contributes to the Softwerkskammer, the Germany Software Craftsmanship movement. Markus regularly presents at Agile and testing conferences all over the globe, as well as dedicating himself to writing about testing, foremost in an Agile context. He maintains a personal blog at http://www.shino.de/blog. He teaches ATDD and context-driven testing to customers in the Agile world. He has taught ATDD to testers with a non-technical background, and he has test-infected programmers in several domains.
Jason Gorman of Codemanship is a software development practitioner, trainer, coach and author based in London with two decades’ experience working with teams in a wide range of industries. He chairs the Software Craftsmanship conference in the UK, and is a contributor to other conferences including QCon, Software Practice Advancement, XPDay, Agile Finland, JAX London and CITCON Europe. Jason is a patron of the Bletchley Park Trust and a campaigner for getting more children programming.
Thomas Gøytil works as a software developer and has been working on small and large-scale web applications since 2008. Thomas is part of the security competency group at BEKK Consulting AS. He is passionate about web application security, and how to combine it with agile methods to make more secure applications.
Erlend has been working as a developer since 2004 and is head of the security competency group at Bekk Consulting AS. He is also head of the OWASP Norway chapter. His main focus is on application security and how we as developers can build more secure software, without losing the flexibility that we want and need.
Jonas Söderström is an information architect and UX specialist since 1994. He has worked with IKEA, the Swedish Government, the Swedish Parliament, Council of Europe, and many others. He mostly does in-depth user studies and creates high-level concepts.
In 2012, he was appointed by the Swedish government to the newly-formed National Forum on Usability and Accessibility, a strategic group in charge of advancing UX-oriented methods in Sweden.
His most recent book "Jävla skitsystem!" (Stupid bloody system!), published in 2010 (in Swedish) shows how poor UX in internal, corporate IT systems causes stress in the workplace. It's been hailed as "an eye-opener" and "a breakthrough", by audiences far outside the UX/IT field.
International work includes teaching digital media to independent journalists in countries that score very low on the Press Freedom Index.
Emily Bache is an independent consultant specializing in automated testing and agile methods. With over 15 years of experience working as a software developer in organizations as diverse as multinational corporation to small startup, she has learnt to value the technical practices that underpin truly agile teams.
Emily is the author of "The Coding Dojo Handbook: a practical guide to creating a space where good programmers can become great programmers" and loves to coach and teach developers about clean code, Test Driven Development, Refactoring, and more.
Emily speaks regularly at international events such as Agile Testing Days, XP2012, ACCU, and is the programme chair for Scandinavian Developer Conference.