Agile India 2017: Meet our Keynote Speakers | Pre/Post Conference Workshops Announced

Agile India 2017 is Asia’s Largest and Premier Conference on Agile, Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Lean-Startup, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, Lean UX, Product Discovery, DevOps, Enterprise Agile, Patterns and more…

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Joshua Kerievsky – CEO @ Industrial Logic Inc.

Joshua is a globally recognized thought leader in Agile and Lean software development. He is an entrepreneur, author and programmer passionate about excellent software and discovering better, faster and safer ways to produce it. As the founder and visionary leader of Industrial Logic, Joshua is currently defining what it means to practice modern agility. Modern agile practitioners work to Make People Awesome, Make Safety A Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously. Joshua is a sought-after international speaker, author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, and a guru-level practitioner of Lean/Agile methods. His pioneering work in Agile processes has helped popularize Agile Readiness Assessments, Chartering, Storytest-Driven Development and Iterative Usability, many of which are now standard in Agile/Lean processes. He is an active blogger on forward-thinking, modern software topics with an edge.

Dave Thomas – Founding Director of Agile Alliance, Founder of YOW! Conferences @ Kx Systems

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist/CSO, Kx Systems, Co-Founder and past Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Founder and past CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), becoming CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM. With a unique ability to see the future and translate research into competitive products, he is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines. Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with an impressive breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance. With close links the R&D community Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology

companies including Kx Systems. Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

Rajesh Rudraradhya – Vice President and Head of Engineering @ Hike Messenger

Rajesh spent more than 15 years in the Silicon Valley, working for companies like Digital Equipment Corporation, HP, Google and Motorola. He joins Hike from Motorola where he was most recently the Director and Head of Wearables and Internet-of-Things software. Rajesh’s expertise lies in creating scalable, consumer-facing software products in the mobile space, overseeing end-to-end engineering & product development life cycle, and building cross-functional teams. Offering in-depth business and technical acumen, complemented by strong expertise in shaping product strategies into tangible products, strengthening stakeholder alliances, integrating Agile best practices, and streamlining processes that increase revenue, lower costs, and create business value.

Nate Clinton – Managing Director @ Cooper

Nate is the Managing Director at the San Francisco office. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a product manager with the acumen of an economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership.

At Cooper, he helped United Airlines find new ways to reward loyal customers, led an effort at GE Healthcare to create a strategy for the international expansion of a key product line, and designed solutions for workplace collaboration, delivering technology to schools, and the future of the connected kitchen. Before Cooper, Nate led design and product management at BuildZoom, and was a Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters.

Mitchell Hashimoto – Founder and CTO @ HashiCorp

Mitchell Hashimoto is best known as the creator of Vagrant, Packer, Terraform and Consul. Mitchell is the founder of HashiCorp, a company that builds powerful and elegant DevOps tools. He is also an O’Reilly author. He is one of the top GitHub users by followers, activity, and contributions. “Automation obsessed,” Mitchell solves problems with as much computer automation as possible.

Jez Humble – Owner @ Jez Humble & Associates LLC

Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O’Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high-quality products. He is co-founder of consulting company Humble, O’Reilly & Associates, and teaches at UC Berkeley.


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Modern Agile Workshop: Joshua Kerievsky

Much has changed since the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. Pioneers and practitioners of lean and agile methods have examined weaknesses and friction points, experimented with simpler approaches, and produced agile processes that are safer, simpler and far more capital efficient. The result is modern agile. It’s values-driven, non-prescriptive and an easier starting point than antiquated agile processes. Modern agile amplifies the values and practices of organizations that have discovered better ways to get awesome results. Are you still cramming low-quality work in the end of each sprint, struggling with growing technical debt, arguing about “definition of done” or frustrated that “management/product never gives us time to do it right?”

Agile Leadership: Accelerating Business Agility by Todd Little, Kent McDonald, Niel Nickolaisen

Leaders today face constant, accelerating change driven by technology and incredibly high expectations from both internal and external. As IT leaders, we need to transform our roles and our departments. In this workshop, we focus on, teach and practice the tools of transformational leadership. After each part of the training, participants are ready to use the tools to re-define their roles and deliver what their organizations need – brilliant leadership.

Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell by Scott Ambler

Disciplined Agile (DA) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. The one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

Leading Creative Ideation by Andrew Kaufteil, Nate Clinton

Crack your head open and release a surge of creative ideas with engaging activities that promote clarity, inspiration, and buzz within your organization. We’ll cover methods and facilitation tools to ensure you run fruitful brainstorming sessions, leading your team to more and better ideas. You’ll learn to frame the problem you’re solving, come up with an exploration strategy, and facilitate the session, giving you and your team new ways to get inspired and energized when looking for solutions.

Analytics Driven Testing for Mobile Apps by Julian Harty

Testing of mobile apps is easy to do poorly, however, we don’t need to be constrained by mediocrity. Instead let’s learn about the foundations of how mobile platforms and development technologies are used to create apps and how these are then interpreted by the devices the apps are installed on so that we know the sorts of bugs and problems that affect many mobile apps i.e. testing techniques that may be generally applicable to most apps.

The Art of Refactoring by Joshua Kerievsky

Code that is difficult to understand, hard to modify and challenging to extend is hazardous to developers, users and organizations. Refactoring, or improving the design of existing code, is one of our greatest defenses against such code. Yet many programmers lack formal training in refactoring. Furthermore, management tends to lack knowledge about the value of refactoring. This one-day workshop is designed to address these needs.

NoEstimates? by Woody Zuill, Todd Little

Let’s explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible alternatives. Why do we estimate and are we making estimates that are actually useful? In this session we’ll participate in some interactive information gathering exercises to see if we can gain a shared idea of our current understanding of the purpose and use of estimates. We will examine the nature of software development projects and explore some real data to shed light on the art and science of software estimation. Our exploration goal is to see if we can work together to come up with some ideas about improving on the traditional approaches to using estimates.

Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble

Getting software released to users is often a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. The practice of continuous delivery sets out the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, low-risk delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. In this workshop, Jez Humble presents an in-depth guide to the principles and practices behind continuous delivery and the DevOps movement, along with case studies from real companies and ideas to help you adopt continuous delivery and DevOps within your organization.

The Fast Foundation Workshop by Jeremy Kriegl

Once upon a time, we had ‘Discovery’, ‘Define’, and ‘Design’. These phases let us explore the problem and the audience, while conceiving a holistic solution. Now we have sprints, complete with a backlog that seems like it appears overnight and a development team that is going to build with or without design to guide it. How do we continue to create great products? This 1-day workshop enables you to engage your clients and stakeholders to quickly define the key elements of your product or project, aligns the team, and identifies critical risks. When it is complete, everyone has a good idea of what is going to be built as well as what it will take to get there.

Enabling Company-wide Agility in a Dynamic World by Jutta Eckstein, John Buck

Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset). The mindset lets you apply flexible Agile patterns not only for software development teams but for whole company. In this workshop, we will examine what being Agile really means and how it can be implemented by combining principles from the Agile Manifesto, Sociocracy, Beyond Budgeting, and Open Space. We’ll draw on everyone’s experiences to show the path to transforming our companies into agile enterprises – from Board to janitor, offering concrete tools and methods that participants can apply right away.

Container-driven Continuous Deployment with Docker, Git, and Jenkins by David Laribee

In the early 2000s, eXtreme Programming (XP) introduced agility to software engineers. Contemporary cultural and technical innovations – container technology, distributed version control systems, the proliferation of free and open source software, and the DevOps movement – have significantly expanded our possibilities.

In this one day, hands-on workshop, we’ll build a modern continuous deployment pipeline based on Git, Jenkins, and Docker.

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Docker: 3 Ways to Improve Agility Using Containers

Container technologies such as Docker are rapidly changing the landscape of development and infrastructure. Finding practical, achievable ways to start leveraging containerization technologies may seem daunting. Fortunately, there are a few simple and accessible options to start reaping early benefits without requiring an overhaul of your entire infrastructure.

Rapid Technology Evaluation

A subtle barrier to trying new technologies is the step to download, install, and ultimately clean your machine up if the technology doesn’t pan out.  

Docker enables technology innovation by providing developers with a quick sandbox to try new technologies. Say you want to try Node.js? Just pull the Node container and start coding. Didn’t like it? Throw out the container a move on. The diversity of official images on Docker Hub lowers the barrier to evaluating technologies, accelerating experiments and spikes.

Consistent, repeatable development environments

The phrase “it works on my machine” should mean something. How much time do developers spend debugging issues that result from having slightly different environments on dev, test, and prod? Docker forces environment parity, allowing developers to focus their time adding value rather than fixing bugs.

Containerizing your dev environment can be as straightforward as adding a simple Dockerfile in the root of your source tree. IDEs such as Visual Studio and IntelliJ are rapidly improving their support for remote building and debugging with containers.

Scalable continuous integration pipelines

An obstacle to scaling a continuous integration system is time spent configuring and maintaining build agents. The phrase “cattle, not pets” was coined by Gavin McCance. Docker makes it easy to have environment parity across build agents.

ConcourseCI Screenshot

ConcourseCI uses containers to make build pipelines first-class citizens.

We’re keenly watching technologies such as ConcourseCI that use containers as a first-class citizens of build pipelines. Adding more developers to your team? Looking for more better feedback through more frequent CI builds? ConcourseCI is the first continuous integration system that easily scales.  As each task in the build pipeline is run from within its own container, the build agents themselves do not require specific configuration, making scaling much easier.

Want to learn more?

Come join us at Agile India 2017, 6-12 March in Bengaluru for more talks and demonstrations on containers, Docker and agility.  

Agile India 2016 Conference – Final Attendees Profile

Agile India 2016 Conference was happy to host 1542 Attendees from 18 different countries. The attendees belong to 289 different companies and play 384 different roles.

Attendees Role – 384

Act. Director Advisor AEM
Agile Change Agent Agile Coach Agile coach / Scrum Master
Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer Agile Coach and Product Manager Agile Coach and Trainer
Agile Consultant Agile Consultant and Coach Agile Lead
Agile Lead – Asia Pacific Agile Lead and Delivery Head Agile Process and Technical Practices Coach
agile Tech coach Agile Tech/Devops Coach Agile Trainer & Coach
Agile Transformation Lead AMTS analyst
application manager Architect/Designer Architect
Assistant Project manager Assoc Assoc Developer BI
ASSOCIATE Associate Consultant Associate Director
Associate Director – Engineering Associate Director – PMO Associate Director – Projects
Associate Director – Testing Associate Director- Culture and Competence Associate Director, L&D
Associate Director, Projects, Digital Engagement Practice Associate Engineer Associate Java Developer
Associate Manager Associate Manager, Delivery Associate Manager Development
Associate Project Manager Associate Vice President Author
Automation QA AVP BA
Being Lean Agile BU Head – OpenSource Bus & Technology Delivery Manager
Bus & Technology Delivery Senior Manager Business Analyst Business Development Manager
Business Support Specialist CEO CEO & Founder
CEO & Managing Consultant Chief Architect Chief Knowledge Engineer and Agile Practice Lead
Chief Manager Chief of R&D Chief Product Owner
Chief Technologist Chief Technology Officer Coach, Consultant, Trainer
Code Doctor Co-Founder Co-Founder and CEO
Configuration Engineer Consultant Consultant & Corporate Instructor
Consultant- Product Owner Content Writer CRM Business Associate
CRM-Business Associate CSM/Software Engineer CTO
Delivery Manager Delivery Manager, Banking Delivery Partner
Department head Deputy General Manager Developer
Developer BI&A developer/coach Development Manager
Development Team Manager DevOps Consultant DevOps Practice Head
Director Director – Corporate PMO Director – Enterprise Agility Advisory & Sales
Director, Agile Software Engineering Director Business Operations Director, Enterprise Agility Consulting & Sales
Director, Organizational Performance & Analytics DIRECTOR QUALITY Director-Operations
Director-Quality, Huawei Technologies India ED Editor
Engineer – Design and Development Engineering Manager Engineer-Product Management
Enterprise Agile Coach Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach Enterprise Architect
Executive Coach/Consultant Executive Director Executive Director (Risk)
Expert Business Analyst Expert Quality Engineer Expert Software Engineer
Founder Founder / Agile Coach Founder and CEO
Full Stack Dev at confengine / Co-founder poolmyride Functional consultent Game Designer, Entrepreneur, Startup Coach
General Manager General Manager & Consulting Practice Head Global Head – Enterprise Integration
Graduate Trainee Engineer Group Lead Group Manager
Head head – itec coo Head – Product Management
Head – User Experience Head Of Head of Products
Head of Engineering How to use lean principles to enhance your agile teams Infrastructure Engineer
Integration Management Integration Manager Integration Responsible
IT Architect IT Management Consultant Java Developer
Key Accounts Director LEAD Lead – Database Administration
Lead – QA Engineer Lead – Software Engineering Lead – Systems Engineering
lead Agile Lead, Agile CoE Lead Analyst
Lead BI Engg LEAD BUSINESS ANALYST Lead Consultant
Lead Developer Lead Developer BI Lead Engineer
Lead Operations Consultant Lead Product Owner Lead QE
Lead Recruiter Lead Scrum Master Lean & Agile Coach
Managaer, BI & A Manager Manager – Database Administration
Manager – QA Manager – Software Manager – Software Automation
Manager – Software Engineering Manager – Talent Acquisition Manager BI & Analytics
Manager Development Manager, Engineering Manager QA
Manager SCM Managing Director MD
Methodologist Mobility Solution Architect Module Manager
MTS N/A Oncologist Head Neck Surgeon
Operational Readiness Test Coordinator Owner Partner & Sales Development Manager
Partner and Excellence Coach Partner, PM Power Consulting Portfolio & Del Mgmt Manager
Portfolio & Del Mgmt Senior Manager Portfolio Lead PPM Consultant
PPSM Manager PPSM Senior Manager Practice Manager
Prasad President Principal – Experience Design
Principal Agile Coach Principal Configuration Engineer Principal Consultant
Principal Engineer Principal Engineering Manager Principal Program Manager
Principal Quality Engineer Principal Scrum Master Principal Software Engineer
Principal Technologist Product Guy Product Manager
Product Owner Professional Scrum Trainer Professional Troublemaker
Program Director Program Director – Agile god Program Director, Eclipse Platform Development
Program Lead Program Management Senior Advisor Program Manager
Project Lead Project Lead – Engineering Project Lead – Testing
Project Management Consultant Project Manager Project Manager/Scrum Master
QA QA Engineer QA Lead
QA Manager QA/BA QE
Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Quality Director
Quality Function Head Quality Management Quality Professional
Recruiter – People person Reputation and Conversation Strategist Research Scholar
RTE SAFe Fellow, Principal Consultant SAP Consultant
Scrum Master Scrum of Scrum Master Trainer and Coach
SDE Senior Agile Coach Senior Agile Consultant
Senior Associate Senior Associate – Business Consulting Senior Business Analyst
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Database Administrator
Senior Developer Senior Director Senior Director – Engineering
Senior Director, Delivery Management Senior Director of Engineering Senior Documentum Consultant
Senior Engineer Senior Lead – Quality SENIOR LEAD ANALYST
Senior Line of Business Lead – Engineering Senior LOB Lead Senior Manager
Senior Manager – Network Engineering Senior Manager – Software Senior Manager – Software Engineering
Senior Manager BI Senior Manager Engineering Senior Manager Technology
Senior Mgr, Program Management Senior Professional Project Management Senior Program Management
Senior Program Manager Senior Programmer Senior Project Manager
Senior QA Engineer Senior R&D Mgr Senior Soft Engineer
Senior Software Consultant Senior Software Design Engineer Senior Software Developer
SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Senior Software Engineer Senior Software Systems Eng.
Senior Solution Designer Senior SW Quality Engineer SENIOR SYSTEMS ANALYST
Senior Technical Architect Senior Technical Lead Senior Test Manager
Senior Testing & Measurement Developer Senior Testing Manager Senior Vice President
Service Area Lead – Customer Platforms SERVICE MANAGER SM
Social Scientist Software Architect Software Consultant
Software Designer Software developer Software Developer Team Lead
Software Development Engineer 2 Software Development Manager Software Engg
Software Engineer Software Engineering Associate Manager Software Engineering Manager
Software Engineering Team Lead Software Quality Evangelist Solution Architect
Solution Designer Sr Analyst Sr Documentum Consultant
SR. Engineering manager Sr Group manager Sr Lead, Engineering
sr manager Sr Manager Development Sr Principal Program Manager
Sr Product Manager Sr Project Manager Sr Quality Analyst
Sr Quality Engineer Sr SAP Consultant Sr Software Developer
Sr Software Quality Engineer Sr Tech Lead sr. technical lead
Sr VP- Human Resources Staff Staff Advanced Software Engineer
Staff Applications Developer Staff Software Engineer Sub Segment Head
System Analyst System Engineer Teaching Cum Research Fellow
Team Lead Team Lead – Engineering Team Lead – SAP
Team Lead QA Engineering Team Manager Team Member
Tech Arch Senior Manager Tech Lead Technical Architect
Technical Consultant Technical Lead Technical Lead and Scrum Master
Technical Manager Technical Specialist Technical Team Lead
Technology Consultant Technology Sr Director Test Architect
Test Staff Engineer Testing and Measurements Developer TestLead
TL Topic Lead Methods & Standards Trainer/Consultant
UI/UX Evangelist unit head V. P. Dev. & Delivery
Vice President VP VP, Enterprise Sales/Partner Development
VP of Community VP, Technology

Attendees Organization – 289

Ace Seller AEY GDS 8Forwards
Accenture Aconex Australia Aconex India
Agilar Agile++ Engineering Agile Inc.
Agile For Growth Agile Partnership AgileFAQs Tech
AgileVirgin Allegro Group Sp. z o.o. Allscripts India.
Amadeus Software Labs India Amdocs ARICENT
Ars Agilis Bank Of America – BACI Barclays
Blinklane Consulting, NL BMC Software Inc Bookmytrainings
BRILL Inc Brillio Technology buyMAXO Online.
CatalystOne Info. Solutions. CeeZone centurylink
Cerner Cerner HealthCare Solutions Channel Bridge Software Labs Chef Cisco Video
CISCO Systems Coco Inc Cocoon Projects
Codonomics Cognizant Technology Solutions Cognizant Technology Solutions Overseas Corporation
Colt COMVIVA Technologies ConfEngine
Consulting Craftsvilla Crest, A Springer Nature Group company
CSC CSC Covansys corporation CSG International
CTS Delight Learning Services and Consultancy Dell International
Dell R&D DevJam Dietomat Sp. z o.o.
Digite Infotech Direction Software Solution DreamOrbit Softech.
Edge Verve Elabor8 EMC Corporation
EMC India Epale Inc. EPAM Systems
Exelplus Exilesoft (pvt) Expedia
Fidelity Business Services India. Fidelity IBS Flipkart Internet
Ford R & D Ford Motor Company Freelancer
Gainsight GE Energy GE Healthcare
GeekTrust GembaTech
GlobalLogic GrowthEnabler Grupa Allegro
HasGeek HCL Vententures HCL Technologies
HealthCare Global Helion Ventures Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hexagon Capability Center India. Hike Messenger HolleyHolland
Honeywell Technologies Solutions Huawei Technologies IBM SOLUTIONS DELIVERY INC.
IG Infotech IHS Inc. IIM Bangalore
IIT Bombay Independent Independent Researcher
Infosys Innoeye Technologies Innroad
Intel India Intel (McAfee) Security Intellect Design Arena
IntraEdge Inc. Intuit iValei Solutions Ltm
iZenBridge Consultancy Jez Humble & Associates LLC JP Morgan Chase
JPMC Services India Just Leading Solutions KG Information Systems
Khanyisa Real Systems KRS LitheSpeed
Magicbricks Manhattan Associates Mastek
Maveric Systems MEDICI SOFTWARE LTD Menlo Innovations
Microsoft Mindteck Mindtree
MindTech India Misys Mphasis
MSI Multunus Software Munich RE
N/A Nagarro Nagravision India
National Instruments India NDS Infotech Ness Technologies
Ness Technologies India NIIT Technologies not-employed
NSIT Delhi University NTT DATA Global Delivery Services OpenTable
Oracle Orbitz Owler
Oye Paisa Palo IT Persistent Systems
Philips Philips Innovation Campus Pivotal
PM Power Consulting Practice Agile Pragmatic Software
Principal Financial Group Prowareness Publicis.Sapient
QAI India. QAZone Infosystems Renatus Consultants
rgopinath Rolling Rocks Downhill Royal Dutch Shell
Sabre Holdings Sabre Travel Technologies Safal Niveshak
Salesforce SAP Labs India. Sapient
Sapient Consulting SAS R&D, India Sasken Communications Technologies.
Scaled Agile Inc. Scientific Publishing Services Scott Ambler + Associates
Scrum Alliance Self-Employed
Senex Rex LLC ServiceNow SG
Shell India SHPL ShuffleBrain
Siemens Siemens Health Care Siemens Technology & Services
societe generale global solution centerLtd Societe Generale Global Solutions CenterLtd Soft Ed.
Software Education Solutions Consultants SolutionsIQ India
Somnoware Healthcare Systems Spotify Springer Nature
Sridama Business Solutions Steve Holyer and Associates Sunquest Information Systems
SYSCOM CORP Tally Solutions Tarento Technologies
Target Corporation Tata Consultancy Services Temenos+Agility
Tesco UK Tesco Bengaluru Tesco Hindustan Service Center
Think Agile Thomson Reuters Thought Leadship
ThoughtWorks Timothy Fitz Titanium I.T. LLC
Tomtom TripLingo Unisys
Unisys India USTGlobal Veritas India
Veritas Technologies LLC Vidyayug VOLVO iNDIA
WalmartLabs WhiteHedge Technologies Winshuttle
Wipro WomenTesters Xebia IT Architect
Xerox Business Services

Country wise Attendees

Country Count
Australia 11
Canada 17
Germany 12
Hong Kong 1
India 1471
Italy 10
New Zealand 4
Philippines 1
Poland 10
Singapore 8
South Africa 11
Spain 5
Sri Lanka 9
Sweden 5
Switzerland 5
United Arab Emirates 5
United Kingdom 18
United States 129

Also check Agile India 2015 Conference – Final Attendees Profile.

Agile India 2017 Speaker Announcements

Conference planning is in full-gear and we have just released the first list of speakers for Agile India 2017.

We will be interviewing a number of speakers leading up to the conference.

Our first was with Woody Zuill where we delved into the topics of #noestimates and Mob Programming. Woody tells the story of how the #noestimates movement originated and goes into depth on the potential benefits of Mob Programming.

Subscribe to the Agile India Podcast for more interviews on iTunes, Google Play, or through your favorite podcasting app. Our RSS Feed is:

Upcoming interviews:

  • Esther Derby – Co-Author of “Agile Retrospectives:Making Good Teams Great” and “Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management”
  • Benji Portwin & Joakim Sundin – Agile Coaches @ Spotify
  • Evan Leybourn – Author of “Directing the Agile Organisation”

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Agile India 2017 Conference – Call For Program Committee and Session Proposals

Agile India 2017 Conference

6 – 12 March 2017 @ ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

Call for Program Committee & Session Proposals

Agile India volunteers have started working on Agile India 2017 Conference. The conference will be hosted at Hotel ITC Gardenia, a Luxury 5 Star Hotel, located in the heart of the Bengaluru city from 6th – 12th Mar 2017 (7 Days.)

We are delighted to announce Todd Little as the Program Chair for the conference.

We are now open for proposals and program committee nomination for the following conference themes:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop – March 6th
  • Agile Mindset – March 7th
  • Agility at Scale – March 8th
  • Lean Product Discovery – March 9th
  • Continuous Delivery & DevOps – March 10th
  • Post-Conference Workshop – March 11th & 12th

The conference will host 3 parallel tracks. More details:

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Agile India 2016 – 5 Conferences + 16 Pre/Post Conf Workshops (March, Bangalore)

Agile India 2016 Conference

Over the last 9 months, our program team of 26 volunteers from 8 different countries have worked together to put together a fantastic program for you.

We got a total of 333 proposals and have selected 108 proposals spread over 10 days.

Proposed vs. Accepted Proposals for Agile India 2016 Conference

Conference Speakers

We are happy to confirm that we’ve 86 Speakers from 18 countries presenting at this very conference.

Agile India 2016 Speakers

Conference Program

The team has worked very hard to make sure we’ve a nice balance of topics selected for you at the conference.

Agile India 2016 Proposal Type

Online Registration

Choose from 5 Conferences:

And 16 Pre/Post Conference Workshops:

Register here:

Agile India 2016 Sponsors

Big thanks to our sponsors for supporting the conference.

We’ve a couple of more sponsorship opportunities available.


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Why did the Stats dip in Agile India 2015 Conference?

Agile India 2014 Conference was happy to host 1236 Attendees from 28 different countries. The attendees belong to 226 different companies and play 342 different roles. More details

However in Agile India 2015 Conference we hosted 817 Attendees from 26 different countries. The attendees belong to 165 different companies and play 270 different rolesMore details

Also there was a proportionate drop in the number of sponsors. 14 sponsors in 2014 as opposed to 11 in 2015. So many people ask us why the numbers dipped? That’s a fair question. Following are the reasons why we think the numbers dipped:

  1. We moved from Four 1-day mini-conferences to Two 2-day mini-conferences. (So naturally the count will dip. In 2016, we are back to Five 1-day mini-conferences.)
  2. In 2015, we shrunk the program team size to 9 members from 29 members in 2014. Reason: we wanted to experiment and see what happens if we don’t decide the team upfront, but add members to the team only based on their contributions (esp. via the Submission System.) I guess that did not work out all that well. In 2016, we are back to a 26 member team that is decided upfront.
  3. Overall the planning for the 2015 conference was delayed. Only in Sep 2014 we started actively working on the conference. As opposed to starting in July 2013 for the 2014 conference. (For 2016, we started work in June 2015 itself.)
  4. Part of the reason for the delay was because, we were busy planning the Agile Pune 2014 Conference. Now planning 2 fairly large, international conferences on the same topic, 4 months apart, can lead to them competing with each other. Each year we do organise a bunch of smaller, regional conferences. However with the Pune conference we got bit ambitious. A good lesson learned.
  5. The themes selected for the 2015 conference was a repeat from the most popular themes from 2014 conference. In hindsight, that was a bad idea. Participants and Companies want something new every year. (For 2016, we have 5 brand new, relevant and trendy themes: Research Camp, Lean Startup, Enterprise Agile, Continuous Delivery & DevOps and Agile in the Trenches.)

I can go on…but you get the idea.

This does not mean we will stop experimenting. We’ve been successfully running this conference for 11 years and every year we try something new, something different.That’s what keeps the excitement & enthusiasm for us (a group of volunteers, with regular day-time jobs.)

Agile India 2015 Conference – Final Attendees Profile

Agile India 2015 Conference was happy to host 817 Attendees from 26 different countries. The attendees belong to 165 different companies and play 270 different roles.

Attendees Role – 270

Agile / Lean Coach and Trainer Agile Business Analyst Agile Capability Lead
Agile Coach Agile Coach/Consultant Agile Consultant
Agile Consultant and Trainer Agile Development Consultant Agile Evanglisit
Agile Expert Agile Practitioner Agile Program Manager
Agilist Application Developer Application Engineer
Application Software Engineer.Senior Lead. Architect Architect test solutions
Assistant Manager Process & Quality ASSO Associate
Associate Consultant Associate Manager Associate Manager, Development
Associate Principal – Quality Programs Associate Product Manager Associate Technical Architect
Associate Vice President Author AVP – Agile Practice Head
BD manager BI Lead Business Analyst
Business Development Business Development Head Business Manager – HP SaaS
Business Manager – SaaS Business Systems Analyst CEO
Channel Manager – ASIA Chief Comic Book Scientist and Consultant Chief Consultant
Chief Technologist Chief Troublemaker Co-Founder
Co-founder & Director Consultant Consulting Coach
Consultnat COO Delivery Lead
Deputy Manager – Product and Process Excellence Group Developer Development & Release Manager
Development Coach Development Lead Devlopment Coach
Digital Analyst Dir SW Development Director
Director – Projects Director Engineering Director, IS
Director of Engineering Director of Platform Development Director of Software Enineering
DIRECTOR QUALITY Director-Project Delivery ED
Egnineering Manager Engineer Engineering Manager
Enginnering Manager Enterprise Agile Transformation Lead ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT
Enterprise Lean/Agile Coach, CTO, Partner Entreprenuer & Software Consultant Executive Director
Executive Manager Expert Quality Engineer Expert Software Engineer
Founder Founder & CEO Founder & Parter
General Manager Global Product Director GM : Head, Continuous Improvement
Group Manager – Product Development Group Program Manager Group Project Manager
Head – Agile CoE Head – AgileNext Head of Business Development – Application Delivery Management
Head of Development Head of Engineering Head of R&D
Head- Training Business Independent independent software engneer
Integration Manager IT Management Consultant Key Account Manager
Lead Consultant Lead Database Developer Lead- Dev CoE
Lead Developer Lead Engineer LEAD- QA ENGINEER
Lead Scrum Master Lead Software Development Lead Software Engineer
Lead Technical Architect Manager Manager – Development
MANAGER – ECOMMERCE Manager – PMO Manager – Sales
Manager – Service Delivery MANAGER – SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Manager, Engineering
Manager Software Development Managing Consultant Managing Director
Marketing Manager Member of Technical Staff Mgr Sw Development
Operations Head Partner partner/senior consultant
PRACTICE HEAD Practice Manager President
Pri Principal | Agile Coach and Trainer Principal Agile Coach
Principal Consultant Principal Development Engineer Principal Engineer
Principal Program Manager Principal Project Manager Principal Quality Programs
Principal Scrum Master Principal Software Architect Process Engineer
Product Development Manager Product Manager Product Marketing Manager – Agile Manager
Product Owner Product Quality Manager PROGRAM HEAD
Program Manager PROGRAM MANAGER – SEPG Project Analyst
Project Lead Project Manager Project Manager – ECommerce
QA Analyst QA Lead QA Manager
QA Technical Lead Quality Analyst Quality Expert
Quality Head Quality Manager Quality Specialist
Release Manager Research student Scrum Master
Scrum Master, Agile Coach Senior Agile Consultant Senior Application Engineer
SENIOR BUSINESS ANALYS Senior Business Analyst Senior Client Solution Manager
Senior Consultant Senior Delivery Lead Senior Dev. Manager
Senior Developer Senior Development Manager Senior Development Manager in Quality
Senior Director Senior Director, Software Engineering Senior Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Project Manager Senior Executive Consultant Senior Lead Engineer
Senior Manager – Development Senior Manager – Product Development Senior Manager – Program management
Senior Manager – Project SENIOR MANAGER – SOFTWARE ENGINEERING Senior Manager Engineering
Senior Manager (SD) Senior Manager Software Development Senior Manager Technology
Senior Product Manager Senior Program Manager Senior Program Manager and Agile Coach
Senior Project Coordinator Senior Project Manager Senior Project Manager – IT
Senior QA Engineer Senior QA Lead Senior Research Engineer
Senior Scrum Master Senior SDET Senior Software Developer
Senior Software Development Engineer senior software eng Senior Software Engineer
Senior Solution Architect Senior System Analyst Senior Technical Analyst
Senior Test lead SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Serion Offering Program Manager
Service Manager SMTS / Scrum Master Software Artisan
Software Consultant Software Delivery Manager Software Developer
Software Development Engineer Software Development Manager Software Engineer
Software Engineer 2 Software Engineer Senior Manager Software QA Engineer
Solution Architect Solution Consultant – Pre Sales Solutions Architect
SPECIALIST Specialist – Process Transformation Sr Business Analyst
Sr Director Sr Lead Engineer Sr Manager
SSE(Agile Coach) System Analyst Team Lead
Technical Analyst Technical Architect Technical Coach
Technical Fellow Technical Lead Technical Manager
Technical Program Manager Technical QA Lead Technical Specialist
Technical Team Lead Technologist Tehnical Manager
Test Lead Test Manager Test Practice Lead
UI Consultant UX Consultant UX consultant and trainer
Validation Test Engineer Vice President Vice President – Product and Process Excellence Group
VP VP of Product Development VP Solutions

Attendees Organization – 165

ABB Accenture Adobe Systems
Agile++ Engineering AgileFAQs Technology Agile For Growth
Agile For Growth LLC AgileSparks Akamai Technologies
Alliance Global Services Alliance University Allianz
Allscripts India Altisource Business Solutions Amadeus Software Labs India.
Amdocs India American Express A-Noir Consulting
ARICENT Baguette UX Bank Of America
Barclays BlackDot BMC Software India ltd.
Brillio Technologies Buildium Software Solutions. CA Technologies
Caterpillar India CGI Inc Channel Bridge Software Labs
Cisco Video Technologies Citrix Systems Cognizant Technology Solutions
Collaaj Inc Compro Altimetrik India
CSG International CresTech Software SystemsLtd. CSC
Cybrilla Technologies Cucumber D4i
DigiAds Technologies Directing the Agile Organisation Direction Software Solution
DSS DuraSoft Dell
eBay / CSC EMC Emergn
Enteleki Technology Solutions EPlan Services Epsilon Technologies
Equal Experts Errorception eBay
Exelplus Services Fidelity Business Services India. Fifty
Firmenich Firmenich Aromatics Fred George Consulting
FutureWorks Consulting LLC Gainsight GE Healthcare
GeekTrust GembaTech Globallogic
HCL Technologies HERE, a Nokia company Hewlett Packard India Sales
Hexagon Capability Center India. Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab Huawei
ICAgile Idyllic Software IDeaS a SAS Company
IG Infotech IHS Global IBM
IIT Bombay Impetus Independent
Infinera Infosys InMobi Technologies
Innovation Roots Softech LTD Intel Security Intuit
Intuit India Development Center Investment Bank Iron Mountain Services
ITS, Umeå University IVY Comptech Orbitz Worldwide
JDA Jeeves Information System Jeff Patton & Associates
Josh Software. JP Morgan and Chase India Services KH
L G Soft India. LeanPitch Levitum
Lyra Infosystems Mahindra Comviva Mastek
McKinsey Digital Labs Microsoft MISYS
M/s Altimetrik India Multunus Software NIIT Technologies.
Nokia Networks Odd-e (Thailand) Oikosofy
Philips India. PM Power Consulting Polycom R&D India
Pramata Knowledge Solutions Private Providence Health and Services
QAI Global Quanticate International Quintiles Technologies
Qwinix Technologies. Rally Software Development Corporation Singapore Pte Rotary International
Zensar Technologies Sabre Salesforce
Samsung SAP Labs India Sapient
Siemens Technology and Services Simpthings Societe Generale Global Solution Centre
SolutionsIQ India Somnoware Healthcare Systems Sunquest Information Systems
Suyati Technologies Symantec Tarams Software Technologies
Tata Consultancy Services TekTutor TestTriangle
Thought Leadership Solarwinds India pvt ltd ThoughtWorks Technologies
Tk20 Triple Point Technology Unisys
Unusual Concepts UST Global VeriSign Services India
Walmart Labs Waseel ASP Wildebeest Software
Wipro Technologies Xebia IT Architect Xerox Services

Countries – 26

Country Count
Australia 2
Bangladesh 5
Canada 2
China 7
Denmark 3
Egypt 2
France 5
Germany 6
India 639
Indonesia 9
Israel 5
Japan 4
Malaysia 15
New Zealand 4
Norway 3
Philippines 2
Russia 21
Singapore 14
South Africa 3
Saudi Arabia 2
Sri Lanka 28
Sweden 7
Thailand 2
Ukraine 3
United Kingdom 7
United States 17


Gender Count
Male 530
Female 287

Agile India 2016 – Call for Proposals

Agile India volunteers have started working on Agile India 2016 Conference. We are planning to host the conference at the same venue (Hotel Chancery Pavilion) in Bangalore from 14th – 21st Mar 2016 (8 Days.)

We are now open for proposal to following conference themes (and here are their theme chairs):

  • Research Camp (March 15th) – Jyothi Rangaiah and Ashay Saxena
  • Lean Startup (March 16th) – Nitin and Tathagat (ad interim)
  • Enterprise Agile (March 17th) – Evan Leybourn and Ravi Kumar
  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery (March 18th) – Joel Tosi and S Sivaguru
  • Agile in the Trenches (March 19th) – Ellen Grove and Leena S N

More details:

The conference will host 3 parallel tracks. The CFP Early Bird Submissions will close on Sep 10th.

Please submit your proposals at

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Yuval Yeret Interview

Yuval Yeret is a senior enterprise Agile Coach at AgileSparks. He has substantial experience in coaching and leading the teams through Agile ways-of-working. He has led many long term strategic initiatives and one of the leading Kanban practitioners on the enterprise product development world.

He published ‘Holy land of Kanban’ and is the recipient of the Brickell Key Award for Lean Kanban community excellence. His experience in leadership/management along with his experience in  networking, security, storage in both Dev and Ops of IT/Product development gives him an edge in DevOps trend.

Yuval Yeret

Here is an excerpt from the conversations we had with him.

1. You received the Brickell Key Award for Lean Kanban community excellence, driving Kanban adoption in Israel. Tell us a bit about your experience popularising Kanban in Israel.

Well, It has certainly been an interesting journey so far. It is hard to popularise a disruptive innovation like Kanban under a strong incumbent like Scrum. I found that the best way to get traction for the ideas behind kanban was to focus on what job it could do better than scrum for people. Turns out Kanban is quite good at doing the job of educating leadership about Lean/Flow since its language is more explicitly connected to the Lean/Flow concepts. It is also quite good at helping organizations who like to “build their own agile” rather than following a methodology religiously. It is also a great “gateway drug” method to get you going towards a lean/agile way of doing things. The visibility and mindset you use catalyzes the right kinds of behaviors and structures. I’ve seen several cases of teams starting with Kanban on top of their waterfallish structures and processes and starting to use more agile structures and processes like Feature teams, User Stories, ATDD, CI as they learned about the potential value these changes might provide when considered through a flow perspective

2. You claim that Kanban is a match made in heaven with DevOps. Tell us why?

DevOps talks about System Thinking, End to End Flow, Closing and amplifying feedback loops. All of those can be done with an iterative approach but in most real-world scenarios are a bit hard to fit into a sprint and are better managed as a flow using something like a Kanban pull-system. At the other end, the highly mature teams with Continuous Delivery capabilities balk at the “slowness/inflexibility” of the scrum iteration and prefer a fast-flow kanban system. In addition, DevOps is typically a journey for most organizations. The most popular description of that journey is found in “The Pheonix Project” by Gene Kim (which is highly recommended btw). And that journey’s steps – System Thinking, Amplify Feedback Loops, Continuously Experiment towards improvement map very well to Kanban’s principles of starting with where you are with respect to how things are done and by who as well as the practices of Visualization, Flow Management, Different levels of feedback loops

3. What is the biggest challenge in implementing Kanban on DevOps?

I would say the biggest challenge is having the discipline and resolve to get to an end to end visualization of the workflow (especially if this is only in your sphere of influence, not your sphere of control) not to mention move to Pull mode and WIP limits. You step into dangerous territory when you convey messages like “we will not pull this, we’ve reached our WIP limit”.

Another challenge that is even more extreme in DevOps compared to typical Agile situations is the need for end to end leadership looking at the performance of the entire value stream. (Agile only needs to bridge the Product/Dev/Test)

4. DevOps and Continuous Delivery is becoming pretty mainstream. At companies where these approaches are used, what metrics are they capturing to prove the ROI?

I wouldn’t necessarily say DevOps and/or Continuous Delivery is mainstream. I think there is a big chasm to cross. The Innovators who were typically web companies like NetFlix, Flickr, Etsy, Flickr, Amazon, Google. Then came early adopter companies which ranged from other web companies to companies with adventurous IT organizations with a real need to innovate faster in order to compete and/or a real sustainability crisis to deal with. Based on these problems/reasons for DevOps the typical metrics are deployment frequency, lead time for changes, and mean time to recover from failure.

Early adopters by their nature are less interested in metrics and ROI since they went into DevOps with an urgent business problem to solve. So initially data wasn’t readily available. But as DevOps is trying to cross this chasm it indeed needs to make a stronger business case as the mainstream market typically looks for this kind of proof as well as the validation that DevOps indeed works for a similar context to the one they are in. People like Gene Kim and some others in the DevOps community realized this some time ago and started issuing “State of DevOps” reports yearly. The 2014 report goes beyond reporting on the benefits for these operational metrics and is able to show a correlation between these leaner operational metrics and better IT performance overall as well as even better business results.

5. What is your favorite DevOps principles? Anything that changed the way you view software development?

I’m a Kanban guy. So I like Systems Thinking and Visualization of the end to end flow. Every time I help a group look end to end and see the light bulbs turn on just by seeing the initial kanban board view of their current situation it is a very satisfying moment. Asking them to play “what if” and simulate the future or a past scenario makes it even more realistic and drives the understanding of the lean/DevOps principles even deeper. I also like to help people understand the cost of the delayed feedback in the way they are currently doing things and use it to reduce the batch sizes in their processes and justify investment in various practices and even structural changes. This combines the “Amplify Feedback Loops” principle together with Don Reinertsen’s Cost of Delay/Flow principles.

6. What are some of the common problems, while applying DevOps concepts to Enterprise IT/ Product Development as compared to hosted-web apps?

Well the toughest problem is that Continuous Delivery is much harder and sometimes even an unrealistic goal. This makes it harder to close the feedback loop. It also makes it harder to justify tighter internal loops as people will tell you “why bother”. The way I deal with that is emphasize the cost of delayed feedback not just the cost of delayed time to market. I also insist the organization try to find creative ways to close the feedback loop like a cloud-based lab, early access programs, etc. I also emphasize that DevOps!=CD. You can benefit a lot from the DevOps thinking, principles and practices without going all the way to CD. I find Reinertsen’s principles of flow very useful in this context.

7. Is there any special advice you would provide to people applying WIP limits to DevOps projects?

Especially when talking about enterprise DevOps your end to end flow will probably NOT be at the user story level. It will probably more at the “MMF”/Feature”/”Epic” level, whatever you want to call that unit beyond the story that DOES make some sense at the business level to deploy and enable for users. In these cases people should make sure that their WIP limits and their flow visualization in general apply at this level. In fact, in several enterprise DevOps cases we started from agile teams using some process like Scrum/Kanban/Scrumban and DevOps was one of the triggers for starting to actively manage the end to end flow of Epics/Features. To learn more, come to my workshop at Agile India 2015 conference.

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