Better Software East 2017 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

Conference Speakers

Ray Arell
nuAgility, LLC

The founder and owner of nuAgility, LLC, Ray Arell has enjoyed a thirty-year career, dedicated to building great teams, communities, and products. Ray has directly built and transformed a number of worldwide organizations, and for the past five years he has been coaching other leaders to do the same with...Read more

Wayne Ariola
Tricentis

Known for his efforts to promote continuous testing, Wayne Ariola has contributed to the design of many innovative technologies and received several patents for his inventions. A recognized leader on topics such as service virtualization, SOA and API quality, software quality governance, and application security, Wayne is a frequent contributor...Read more

Arlen Bankston
LitheSpeed

Arlen Bankston is an established leader in the application and evolution of Agile software development processes such as Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming, as well as process management methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster® Trainer and Certified Scrum Product...Read more

Jennifer_Bonine
tap|QA

A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for...Read more

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

With more than forty years of experience as an information systems professional at commercial and nonprofit organizations, Lee Copeland has held technical and managerial positions in applications development, software testing, and software process improvement. At TechWell, Lee has developed and taught numerous training courses on software development and testing issues,...Read more

Stephen Frein
Comcast

Stephen Frein is a senior director of software engineering at Comcast. He previously managed high profile software projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Treasury. For two decades, he has been leading development and testing teams to questionable success by dint of accidents he cannot reliably replicate....Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

Max Griffiths
ThoughtWorks

Now a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, Max Griffiths started as a shell scripter fulfilling his urge to automate everything. Since then, he’s been eating his way around the world working across multiple business sectors and it’s likely he’s worked at a company just like yours. Although the practice has changed...Read more

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state...Read more

Chip Loving, SQE Training instructor

A Certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Master with SSM, and Agile Team Facilitator, Chip Loving is a business transformation professional with 15 years’ corporate experience in agile, strategic consulting, executive leadership, and process operations. He is passionate about building high-performing teams and has a proven track record with executives, middle managers, software...Read more

Larry Maccherone

An industry-recognized thought leader on lean/agile, analytics, and DevSecOps, Larry Maccherone currently serves as Principal for his namesake consulting firm where he has worked with clients like Comcast, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, USAA, and Intuit. Previously at Rally Software, Larry led the insights product line which enabled better decisions with data,...Read more

Wilson Mar
JetBloom

Wilson Mar has been building and bringing enterprise applications to market on major platforms—from mobile to server clouds—as an architect, developer, performance tester, and manager. His website (wilsonmar.github.io) provides concise, in-depth advice on leading technologies. For the last 3 years, Wilson has been refining his training techniques on...Read more

AB2 Consulting

Agile coach and SAFe 4.0 program consultant Claudia Marquette guides IT leaders and professionals to transform how they work using agile and lean practices. She has deep expertise in what it takes to “go Agile” with experience as a SAFe release train engineer. Claudia designs the curriculum for an intensive,...Read more

Elise McCallum
ThoughtWorks

A senior developer at ThoughtWorks, Elise McCallum helps companies resolve both technical and organizational challenges. She has dabbled in languages ranging from Java to Puppet to Scheme. Elise has a deep interest in Ops and a strong passion for optimizing the development lifecycle and path to production to make delivering...Read more

Alexander Mohr
Tricentis

Alexander Mohr joined Tricentis as a service virtualization evangelist and enterprise solution architect. He is responsible for defining strategy, evolving best practices, and helping customers establish and achieve service virtualization goals that advance their business objectives. Alexander has more than sixteen years of experience in the financial and telecom sectors,...Read more

Bob Payne
LitheSpeed

Bob Payne is a change agent at LitheSpeed. As an early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, he has worked exclusively as a lean and agile transformation leader since 1999. Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced more than 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders...Read more

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and recognized by Inc. magazine in 2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

Jeff Pierce

Jeff Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering management, specializing in program, project, and software quality assurance management. Jeff is also experienced in building technical teams that are rapidly able to implement solutions and deliver business value. More recently, Jeff has focused on Agile project management...Read more

Ken Pugh
Ken Pugh, Inc.

Ken Pugh helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken trains, mentors, and testifies on technology topics from object-oriented design to Linux/Unix. He has written several programming...Read more

Mark Richards
Independent Consultant
Independent Consultant

In the software industry since 1983, Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the author of O’Reilly books on microservices;...Read more

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 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...Read more

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com

Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-three years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering,...Read more

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect, LLC.

Owner and founder of The Improv Effect, Jessie Shternshus helps individuals and businesses reach their full potential through interpersonal-communication skills improvement, leadership training, and agile/executive coaching. Jessie has been a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies. Her clients include executives from Netflix, Crayola, Groupon, Skype, Adecco, Capital...Read more

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.

TechWell’s IT director Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global quality and test leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior consultant, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery...Read more

Aater Suleman
Flux7

Aater Suleman is co-founder and CEO of Flux7, an Austin TX-based global IT consultancy that helps organizations gain business agility through new technologies using cloud, containers, configuration management, and CI/CD. He uses his extensive background in hardware, performance optimization, and software development to create self-healing cloud infrastructure frameworks that enable...Read more

Francie Van Wirkus
Francie Van Wirkus

A conqueror of mediocrity, Francie Van Wirkus is a certified professional coach in the insurance and financial services industry, with an agile, lean, and sales focus. Her innovative ways of leading and sustaining change are helping lead a large IT transformation effort in a complex organization, where she is a...Read more

James Waletzky
Crosslake

James Waletzky is a partner at Crosslake Technologies, where he performs technical due diligence on software companies, optimizes software engineering systems, and enables development team improvements in time-to-market, productivity, and overall quality. He has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry, including eleven years working on or...Read more