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Thursday, April 30, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Meals included


NewBo District
The Olympic South Side Theatre and other locations throughout the district

ICR Agile is a one day event to bring together members of the agile community and those interested in embracing the agile mindset to learn and network with peers. This conference is a collaboration between NewBocCo and members of Eastern Iowa Agile.

ICR Agile Speakers

Tim Gifford
Lean TECHniques

Tim Gifford serves as the Chief Innovation Officer and Software Delivery Consultant for Lean Techniques, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa.

As the CIO he works to create a culture of creativity, curiosity and humility for the 70+ team members. As a Software Delivery Consultant, he works with companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100 businesses to transform their digital services from a cost center to a competitive advantage. Tim remains active in the Iowa technology community. He co-founded Agile Iowa in 2004 and has served as an organizer for the dsmAgile conference since 2014. In 2018, he co-founded DevOpsDays Des Moines and is honored to be serving as its President.
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Scott Grimes
Northrup Grumman Corporation

Scott Grimes is a Software Engineer with over 20 years of experience on DoD Projects working in the Omaha area as a Software Engineer and Product Owner, and is an experienced Agile software developer.

Scott is a Co-Organizer of the Agile for Defense group in Bellevue, NE, and an advocate for Agile practices. Scott works as the Chief Product Owner for the Global Adaptive Planning project at USSTRATCOM, and is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM and CSP-PO), as well as a PMI-Agile Certified Professional. Scott has a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.
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Allison Pollard
Agile Fluency Project

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities.

As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys enabling others to become trusted leaders for change in their organization. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.
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Christine Seeman

Christine is from Omaha, Nebraska, where she works as a full stack Ruby on Rails engineer at Flywheel, Delightful Wordpress Hosting for Creatives.

She has 12 years experience as a Java engineer with a focus on APIs, testing, and micro-services (before they were cool). Then to change it up, she took the plunge into Ruby in 2018. In her spare time she is an avid reader, huge Rush fan, and is attempting to work through the primary Ashtanga yoga series.
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Zuzi Sochova
Czech Agile Association

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová is an independent Agile coach and trainer and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with more than fifteen years of experience in the IT industry.

She started with agile and Scrum back in 2005, when she was implementing agile methods in the USA. From that time, she has been credited with agile transformation and implementation for many companies and teams around the world. By creating and sustaining agile leadership, Zuzi believes the worlds of work and life can be made happier and more successful. Zuzi is a founder of the Czech Agile Association and the world famous AgilePrague conference. Zuzi was elected to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors in 2017. She is an author of The Great Scrum Master: #ScrumMasterWay book.
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Joel Tosi
Dojo and Co

Joel spent almost 10 years as a low latency developer and architect along with a few years at Red Hat before heading out on his own.

For the past seven years as an independent consultant, Joel has been working with organizations to learn how to build better products better. This experience led him to co-found Dojo and Co. Joel's co-authored the book, Creating Your Dojo: Upskill Your Organization for Digital Evolution, with his partner Dion Stewart.
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Melissa Boggs
Scrum Alliance

Melissa Boggs is the Chief ScrumMaster for the Scrum Alliance.

Together with the Chief Product Owner and the exceptional staff, Melissa seeks to fulfill the Scrum Alliance's vision of transforming the world of work. Since 2001, Melissa has embraced experiences in leadership, business, and product development. Her experience with applying, consulting, coaching, and training agile values and principles spans executive teams, software teams, marketers, and educators in domains such as healthcare, public education, e-learning, security software, government agencies, and communication technology. As a consultant and as an executive, she has consistently embodied the Scrum values, and additionally holds dear her personal values of Courage, Empathy, and Creativity. Melissa is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Certified Agile Leader 1 (CAL1), Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), Kanban Management Professional (KMP I), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds an MBA in IT Management and a B.S. in Information Technology from Western Governors University. In addition to her experience and education, Melissa possesses a deep understanding of agile values and principles, organizational change, leadership agility, and proven expertise in enabling organizations to reach their full potential. She is a regular on the speaking circuit, sharing stories and experiences about culture, sustainable pace, and supporting organizational change. She is a member of the Agile Denver Board of Directors. Melissa lives in Denver, CO, with her husband Wendell; two children, Avery and JP; and five energetic pets. They embrace agile values and principles as a family, seeking continuous improvement of their household and relationships using Scrum.
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Richard Lawrence
Agile For All

Richard is co-owner of Agile For All.

He trains and coaches people to collaborate more effectively with other people to solve complex, meaningful problems. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science. Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room. He authored the book, Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber.
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Tricia Broderick
Agile For All

Tricia has more than 20 years of experience in software development and is passionately focused on facilitating high-performance software development environments.

Her leadership at all levels of an organization helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles to feasible, daily delivery of quality software and services. Tricia openly shares stories from her firsthand experience to inspire people to reach new heights through continuous reflection and growth. As a principle in the Agile For All team, she is dedicated to making a difference in the workplace. She is an exceptional leader, coach, mentor, facilitator, trainer, and popular speaker at national conferences.
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John Miller
Agile EDU

John inspires those creating a culture of vibrant agility in their organizations.

As a foster kid, John was motivated to learn how some empowered themselves to become victors over their circumstances while others became victims of them. As the Chief Empowerment Officer of Agile Classrooms, he is pioneering Agile in schools to empower teachers and students to thrive in 21st-century learning, life, and work. His work is not only reinvigorating education, but also in the world of business, inspiring transformation through positive change. He has helped a spectrum of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to at-risk schools, in pivoting their culture to achieve in a fast-changing, competitive world and realize their Authentic Agility. John volunteers as a life coach for students, co-leads a Nonviolent Communication Group, a Board Member for a school system, and makes insanely delicious drinking chocolates.
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Jeff Bubolz

Jeff is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with, Agile coach and speaker.

He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member and has worked with companies ranging from enterprise to small start-ups. While working with many teams across many companies Jeff has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking.
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Trace Pickering
Iowa BIG

Dr. Trace Pickering was on the design team that created Iowa BIG.

 He is the administrator of record for the school, advises students, and acquires resources to ensure student project success.Trace has a passion for transforming education and building human-centered systems that help every learner realize their full potential. Trace founded Iowa BIG with his colleague and friend, Shawn Cornally, and two courageous and forward-thinking Board of Education members. He is the administrator of record for the school, ensures BIG staff have the room necessary to exercise their professional expertise and drive the shared Iowa BIG vision forward, and enjoys engaging and interacting with the amazing kids who honor us by choosing to be a part of the learning at BIG. Trace and his wife, Kim, live on a 5 acre “ranch” with their German Shepherd, Stella, where they aspire to become “zero carbon” and grow most of their own food. They have two grown daughters, Samie, a recruiting and office coordinator with New York Life in Hiawatha and Shelby, a senior electrical engineering major at Iowa State.
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ICR Agile Sponsors

Registration and online ticket sales will be accepted until April 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Registration is subject to the NewBoCo Event Cancellation Policy.