Maclore Christensen is an Agile Delivery Manager with Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN. Maclore leads the implementation of agile methodology for the Risk Technology group and manages teams of ScrumMasters and Agile coaches in the USA, Canada and the UK.
Liz is an IT Applications Manager at PowerObjects, a leader in Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions. As an IT Applications Manager, she is Product Owner for the organization's internal Dynamics 365 for CRM and its third-party integrations. Prior to joining PowerObjects' Headquarters in Minneapolis, Liz acquired ownership of a 20-year old urban agriculture business, where she was able to hone her skills in scaling and sustaining business processes.
Harvey A. Robbins, Ph.D., L.P., is a licensed psychologist, whose critically acclaimed book Why Teams Don’t Work (Peterson's Pacesetters Books), co-authored with Michael Finley, won the Financial Times/Booz Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Award. Robbins is an important voice in today's increasingly diverse business environment specializing in team and leadership/executive development (including succession planning and training in the creation and leading of virtual teams), change management, performance feedback systems, and creating collaborative environments.
Ellen is the lead pioneer of the Game Lab, an emerging group within the Twin Cities-based training development company Allen Interactions. Formerly an award-winning instructional designer, her work now focuses on innovation in the game-based learning space. As Product Owner, Ellen works to clarify needs, define features, and prioritize development activities to deliver maximum value to stakeholders and learners.
Farah Khan is a Scrum Master with Thrivent Financial in downtown Minneapolis. Farah has worked with different functional teams across Church Solutions Group. She is responsible for educating peers, teams and leaders about different Agile methodologies, a member of an Enterprise-wide Agile community of practice, and leads various Scrum Teams. Fun Fact- Farah just gave birth to her first child in July, and is currently enjoying her time with the newest member of her family.
Andy is a Certified Scrum Master at Hennepin County. Before becoming a Scrum Master, Andy spent time providing desktop/application support, release coordination, and managing kitchens. If this presentation takes a turn for the worse, he’ll probably start talking about dogs, guitars, bikes, or his kids.
•22+ years in Information Technology environments with traditional SDLC and Scrum/Agile
•Agile Coach and Trainer
•Volunteer Facilitator PMI-MN Agile Practitioner Community
•Based in Minneapolis, MN
Andy Worshek served as Sonar Chief and Chief of the Boat for the USS Santa Fe with David Marquet. He is an expert in developing leaders and is prominently mentioned in David’s award winning book, Turn the Ship Around! For nearly a decade after serving with David on USS Santa Fe Andy took the leader-leader approach to three more navy commands and enjoyed the benefits of developing leaders.
His unique perspective as one who served in both the follower and leader role with David exposes both the challenges of implementing intent-based leadership from all levels as well as the incredible results of practicing these principles.
Since his retirement from the Navy, Andy served as the Director of Human Resources and Personnel Development for McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP, the premier accounting firm in Wyoming. Andy is now a speaker with Turn the Ship Around!
I build strong teams that are empowered and coached to make intelligent decisions by taking calculated risks. I collaborate to get things done. I aim to keep things simple and value continuous improvement over perfection. My day job is an IT Manager at Hennepin County.
Kim is a Certified Scrum Master and Agile Evangelist at a financial services company working in Agile since 2015. She has 20+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industries.
Kim is a wife and mother of 4 who suffers from chronic mother syndrome. Some of her favorite things are good food, better beer and outstanding wine. She has a grand appreciation for sarcasm, football and classic cars. Her true passions include family and in general relationships with people.
For over 10 years, Jay Halliday worked at Nova-Tech Engineering (Willmar, MN) as a regional business manager for South America, became a certified scrum master, and now is the product owner over the traveling Account Manger teams. He has an MBA in international business, and his undergraduate work was completed right here at the U of M, Twin Cities. He and his wife have been married 7 years and have two rambunctious children ages 3 and 1. Jay is the founder of the TravelersPants Leadership Journey blog (www.travelerspants.com).
Sue’s agility journey began at an IT startup in the private sector. At Hennepin County, she supervises a team of developers who practice Scrum and a team that has adopted Kanban.
As Hennepin County works to adopt agile practices across the IT Department, Sue is leading the charge to help staff decide to BE agile instead of DO agile.
In her spare time, Sue has too much garden work and not enough cookie making and reading. Come winter, it’ll be the opposite.
Dave Knoll has pioneered blurring the lines between business and technology on a daily basis. Dave's background includes retail operations for a QVC acquisition, finance and IT Management for Damark International, Solutions Architect in a global manufacturing plus Senior Management and Business Development in a national consulting company. These experiences helped Dave gain greater understanding of how sales, marketing, advertising, and operations work together to drive growth for both clients and customers.
Dave has been most recently has spent time working with organizations helping them implement and scale agile frameworks.