Brian Quinn spent four years helping customers use our products before moving to product development in 2003. He started by helping build the company’s first content recommendation system. Next, he led the creation of a smarter search engine for lawyers, which evolved into the company’s largest agile project to that point. His current focus is supporting lawyers’ workflow. Brian received his BA from Macalester College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Janet is a proven technology senior leader with over 25 years experience leading small to large multi-million dollar projects with cross-functional teams to deliver customer value. Her experience includes wide-ranging application software development including SaaS, Cloud, native mobile apps, and installed desktop software. She is a champion and coach on the use of an agile mindset to deliver business value.
Andy is a hands-on Agile practitioner, an executive coach, a musician, a father, husband, and leader who creates a trusting environment and exceptional learning for his teams and clients.
His working career has spanned 30 years, including development and technology leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies like Target, Emerson Electric, and Weyerhaeuser. His 15 years at Target have included leading the global Point of Sale software development team during and through the company’s 2013 data breach, and helping bring Agile into IT merchandising, where he established a teacher/learner matchmaking program across all of its software engineers. Most recently, Andy has been hands-on with Agile and Product, bringing their culture and advantages from IT into the Supply Chain business. In February 2018, he was also approved to take on Executive Coaching clients throughout Target corporation.
Hello Agile Day Twin Cities 2019! My name’s Steve (“Jacko”) Jaccaud and I’m a Tribe Coach at Spotify, mentor, speaker, musician, volunteer, meditator, and continuous improvement nerd. For the past 15 years, I’ve been very fortunate to merge my passion for music, video games, agile, and coaching teams to realize their higher potential.
Bill Asch is an Enterprise Agile Coach at UnitedHealth Group. He has worked with product teams across a variety of industries over the last 15 years: High Tech, Public Relations, Medical Devices, Retail, HR/Payroll and Healthcare. Helping others to enjoy delivering products and positively change their way of working is what he enjoys most in his job.
Emran Bhojawala is an Enterprise Agile Coach at UnitedHealth Group. He has over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry. Over past 7 years, Emran has dedicated himself to help enterprises transform their work by developing highly engaged and committed agile communities, foster a culture of continuous improvement, and deliver incremental value
Carl Leubsdorf is a Senior Technical Advisor at the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), where he runs a team of product managers, web developers, and UX/UI/Designers building biomedical and literature applications serving millions of users each day. He also worked on the NIH Login single-sign-on program at the National Institutes of Health.
Anne Steiner leads DevJam – a group of collaborative agilists based in Minneapolis who teach, coach, and practice a pragmatic blend of product, processes, and technologies. DevJam has helped companies of all shapes and sizes transform from traditional, project-thinking to become product-driven organizations that emphasize continuous learning.
Anne has more than 20 years’ experience in the software industry, working as a developer, product owner, product leader, and coach. Anne also actively promotes building communities of practitioners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and frequently speaks at national and regional events.
David Laribee is an independent coach, author, teacher, and speaker in the area of software-intensive product development. He believes in the power of collaboration, simplicity, and feedback.
Over the last 20 years, David has built teams and products for companies of all shapes and sizes. He’s founded startups and consulted in Fortune 50 enterprises. He’s developed digital products in a wide variety of domains: banking, retail, consumer electronics, insurance, beverage distribution, and higher education (to name a few). David is a two-time Microsoft MVP in C# and Solutions Architecture and co-founder of the ALT.NET movement, which spawned dozens of user groups across the globe dedicated to open source and modern engineering practices.
B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UW-Platteville in 1997. I worked as an embedded software engineer at Watlow from August 1999 to September 2014. In the fall of 2014, I transitioned from embedded software to Atlassian administration – primarily focused on improving the product development cycle of Watlow’s embedded software group. By the fall of 2015, I transitioned to my present role of Atlassian admin for Watlow at an enterprise scope.
Ed Tilford leads the Thomson Reuters-wide technology Agility transformation program, Agility@TR, to increase enterprise product delivery effectiveness and innovation. Additionally, he serves as the Head of Open Source Governance within Thomson Reuters’ Technology organization, providing strategic leadership and oversight in Open Source Software use, community engagement, and the application of inner sourcing practices within Thomson Reuters.
Ed has over 30 years of experience in technology with a wide variety of industries including defense, semiconductor fabrication, telecommunications, airline, education, and legal. He has been with Thomson Reuters for 14 years in various leadership roles. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Anne has spent her career focused on helping people, teams and organizations be at their best in order to achieve great results together. During her 15 years at Thomson Reuters she has partnered with leaders to facilitate change, align organizations, improve collaboration, and shape culture. For the past 5 years, Anne has lead a global culture transformation initiative touching 39,000 employees.
Anne believes that the key to sustaining a healthy, high performing culture is creating outstanding employee and customer experiences. To that end, she helps teams explore the underlying thinking behind desired behaviors and results. She is currently experimenting with applying positive psychology to accelerate change.
Leah Cunningham is a senior consultant from Solution Design Group. Armed with the innate ability to inspire and encourage others, Leah has over 17 years of experience in building teams and coaching organizations on the adoption and evolution of agility as a delivery tool. Always thirsty for knowledge, Leah is passionate in learning about people and cultures around the world, art and music, and the sociotechnical aspects of delivering solutions to help make the world a little better place for us to share.
Jay D. Hopia
Jay has been CWT since he was a kid, literally 1st gig out of college. After 21 years on the Software Development side, he took the leap over to Operations to head the Application Platform and Support Organization for the last 18 months. Along with his regular gig, he is also helping CWT with leading their DevOps Community of Practice. He’s busy being a family man with 4 active kids, and label’s himself a Technology and Hockey Nut.
Jenny Kray is responsible for leading Calabrio’s finance, legal, IT and renewals teams. Jenny drives financial decision-making, long-range planning, and contributes strategically to Calabrio’s overall business growth objectives. She has over 20 years of experience in finance and back-office operations at global technology and SaaS organizations that were heavily involved in M&A activity. Prior to Calabrio, Jenny served as VP-Finance, Corporate Controller at SPS Commerce, a leader in cloud-based supply chain management solutions, where she was responsible for global accounting, treasury and leading the financial due diligence and related integration of two international acquisitions. She was also CFO at Network Instruments and held leadership positions at Compellent Technologies and Secure Computing before they were acquired. She started her career in public accounting at KPMG. Jenny has a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin with a specialization in Spanish from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara