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Diana Larsen

FutureWorks Consulting

Diana Larsen consults with leaders and their teams to create work environments where people flourish and push businesses to succeed. She is an international authority in Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions.

Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams GreatLiftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning. In collaboration with James Shore, she developed the Agile Fluency™ Model.

She is a past Chair and former board member (2007–2013) of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Diana served on the board (2013-2016) of the Organization Design Forum and is chairing their 2018 conference. She is an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. Active on the organizing teams of various conferences, she is a founding and current board member of Agile Open Northwest , non-profit organization.

Chet Hendrickson

First Signatory of the Agile Manifesto & One of the Founding Father’s of Agile and XP

Chet Hendrickson has been involved with Agile Software Development since 1996, when as a member of Chrysler’s C3 project he helped develop Extreme Programming. In 2000, Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, and Chet wrote Extreme Programming Installed. It detailed XP’s core practices, how to do them, and how they work together to help teams be successful.

Chet is the first signatory to the Agile Manifesto.

Since 2002, Chet has been an independent consultant, coach, and trainer. In 2009, he was asked by the Scrum Alliance to help develop the Certified Scrum Developer program. Chet and Ron Jeffries taught the first CSD course and continue to offer them in the United States and Europe. He has been a Certified Scrum Trainer since 2009.

Ron and Chet were the curators of the Scrum Alliance’s Agile Atlas website and in that function created the Alliance’s official Scrum description, Core Scrum.

Chet and Ron Jeffries often work together and are popular conference speakers, bringing an interesting mix of humor and deep knowledge, and the odd cat picture. The are a fixture at the Agile Alliance’s annual conference, Agile 20xx, as presenters in the Stalwarts track.

Jeff Morgan

CEO Industrial Logic Canada

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 in the area of Continuous Delivery. He is based out of Toronto and focused on bringing Industrial Logic’s passion for technical excellence, modern agile, and lean product management to the Canadian market.

Ryan Ripley

Professional Scrum Trainer, Host of Agile for Humans

A Professional Scrum Trainer with, Ryan Ripley has experience as a software developer, manager, director, and ScrumMaster at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is committed to helping teams break the cycle of “bad Scrum” so they can deliver valuable software that delights their customers. The host of Agile for Humans, the top Agile podcast on iTunes, Ryan lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and three children. He blogs at and is on Twitter @ryanripley. Ryan loves talking about all things Agile and promises not to speak in the third person if you come up and ask him a question.

Dennis Leber

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for The Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Dennis is a proud Kentuckian, Father, Husband, Grand Father, and Veteran. Dennis started his Information Security career in the Military, and has worked in the Automotive Industry, Healthcare, Federal Government, and Finance Industries as an Information Security Leader. Dennis currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for The Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dennis has a passion for Information Security, and igniting that same passion in others to create future leaders. Dennis has taught Information Security courses at different colleges, and speaks regularly at conferences, and group events.

Dennis holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Security, a Master’s of Information Systems, and working towards completing his PhD in Management-Information Technology.

Some of Dennis’ accomplishments and passions include; a current KY Freemason, a KY Colonel, currently writing a book on Information Security Leadership, runs an Information Security Blog, loves shooting guns, loves riding motorcycles, loves outdoors, and tattoos.

One of Dennis’ most recent accomplishments is The Chief Information Security Office received the Best of Kentucky Award for Most Innovative Security Program

Michael Martin

DevOps Practice Director at Smart Data

Michael specializes in helping organizations make the transition from traditional development and release practices to a modern set of tools and processes that increase the release frequency and quality of software. Michael is currently serving as the director of DevOps for Smart Data. In this capacity, Michael has used his skills to foster a culture of technical excellence and transparency at Smart Data  protecting its renowned culture while increasing customer satisfaction during a period of rapid expansion. 

Daro Mott

Chief of Performance Improvement at Louisville Metro Government

Daro Mott is passionate about leadership, management, systems, building cultures of excellence and applying data and evidence-based solutions to public problems. He speaks at more than a dozen venues each year including national and international conferences. He co-authored a book entitled, Coaching (Six Sigma) Green Belts for Sustainable Success, which the American Society for Quality published in May of 2015. He is the author of numerous articles and is a certified Project Management Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Leader, Predictive Index Analyst and Baldrige Examiner. He is a board member for the Association of Internal Management Consultants and Local Government Hispanic Network.


Mr. Mott operationalized LouieStat, a data-driven performance leadership strategy into more than 24 different government agencies, trained hundreds of employees in continuous improvement methodologies, implemented an applied six sigma and project management program and led numerous cost saving and efficiency projects. Mr. Mott holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and two graduate degrees from the University of Louisville.

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