Agile and Beyond

April 30 - May 1, 2015

Dearborn, MI

Agile and Beyond 2015 is a Two-day conference in the heart of innovation in Dearborn, MI. Now in it's 6th year, Agile and Beyond brings together a eclectic mix of engineers, designers, product owners and executives for world-class workshops and talks focused on Agile and Lean processes and beyond


Registration for Agile and Beyond 2015 is now open!

Conference Registration Prices
Early BirdNovember 1st, 2014 - January 31st, 2015$149.00 ea.SOLD OUT
Regular Bulk (5+ tickets)January 1st - April 27th, 2015$149.00 ea.SOLD OUT
RegularFebruary 1st - April 15th, 2015$169.00 ea.SOLD OUT
Late April 16 - April 27th, 2015$189.00 ea.SOLD OUT


Thursday, April 30th

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8:30 AM - 8:45 AM


8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Esther Derby - Leaders at All Levels (KEYNOTE)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

3 Techniques for Architecting Change

(Jason Little/Mike Edwards)

Expanding an Agile Culture in organisations with Design thinking

(Angel Diaz-Maroto Alvarez)

How Crayons & Post-its Can Alleviate Data Distress and Object Obscurity.

(Carol Treat Morton, Samah Majadla)

Spice Up Your Agile Everything

(Matt Badgley)

A Systems Approach to Modern Leadership

(Matt Barcomb)

It's Your Fault

(April Jefferson)

Get the Story Before you Write the 'Story' - Journalistic Skills for Agile Professionals

(Sue Johnston/Andrew Annett)

11:30 - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lead yourself first with responsibility

(Mike Edwards/Joe Astolfi)

Requirements Craftsmanship 101

(Holly Stoner Bielawa)

Agile Coach Activity Pack - Experience and Learn Through Four Simulations

(Susan DiFabio/Dan Neuman)

Building Antifragile Relationships and Teams

(Jake Calabrese)

User Story Mapping Deep Dive

(Steve Rogalsky)

Building a high preforming and effective team in any environment

(Jessica Soroky)

Putting the D&D in TDD

(Guy Royse)

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

The SCRUM Game

(Tom 'TC' Churchwell, Nayan Hajratwala)

Team Alignment with Lego SeriousPlay

(Andrew Annett, Ellen Grove)

Agile Coach Activity Pack - Experience and Learn Through Four Simulations (continued)

The Business Analyst: How To Be More Than a Proxy

(Diane Zajac-Woodie)

User Story Mapping Deep Dive (continued)

Building a high preforming and effective team in any environment (continued)

Putting the D&D in TDD (continued)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LIGHTNING TALKS/NETWORKING (pizza and drinks) - Come network, give or listen to talks

Friday, May 1st

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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM


8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Dr. Alistair Cockburn - Agile is for Wimps: Top-Level Software Development in the 21st Century (KEYNOTE)

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

BYOD : Build your own drone multi-rotor quadcopter that is

(DJ Daugerty)

Adapting Agile for Instructional Design (that's fancy-talk for training)

(Megan Torrance)

TDD For Large Embedded Systems

(Rich Dammkoehler)

Gamifying Retrospectives for Distributed Teams

(Dana Pylayeva)

Lean Coffee

(Tamer Nagy, Jeremy Willets)

Writing Better User Stories

(Jeffrey Davidson)

Agile Implementation Pains: Treat the Disease not the Symptom

(Brian Irwin)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Talent Development 3.0

(Matt Barcomb/Rachel Howard)

Teaching Agile Principles Through Experiential Exercises

(Andy Brown)

Agile QA

(Tom 'TC' Churchwell)

If My CI/CD Teams have Time for Security, So Does Yours

(Kevin Poniatowski)

Show It : Better Testing through Visual Communication

(Jess Lancaster)

Territories, Not Hierarchies - Using Pressfield's The War of Art to Enable Small Self-Organizing Teams, Intrinsic Motivation, and Organizational Change

(Gary Pedretti)

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Creating Alignment for Agile Change

(Jason Little/April Jefferson)

Effective Software Delivery - Agility Without the Dogma

(Dave Rooney)

Using Lego to visualize Cycle Time and Process Cycle Efficiency

(Dave Nicolette)

Building Software Craftsmen

(Steve Ropa)

Organically Scaled Agile: Creating a CLEAR Agile Portfolio

(Robert Woods)

Story Mapping Made Real

(Daniel Davis)

Agile NOT By The Book

(Blake Nyquist, Wade Wachs)

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Shifting value into high gear

(Mike Edwards)

A Managers Guide to Gaining an Appreciation for the Engineering Practices

(DJ Daugherty)

Combining lean startup and A3 Thinking to foster cultural change in distributed organizations

(Angel Diaz-Maroto Alvarez)

Refactoring Social DNA in Business Teams Through Scrum

(Anthony W. Montgomery)

Coding for Food

(Dave Nicolette)

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Think "renovation" not "transformation"

(Sue Johnston/Ardita Karaj)

Extending Agile Beyond Software Development

(Erik Zempel)

Agile Adoption in the Organization

(Mid-Michigan Agile)

There's No I in Team, But Should There Be?

(Diane Zajac-Woodie)

The Odd Couple: Process Management and Agile Design

(Tom Bellinson)

Improv(e) Your Testing Tips and Tricks from Jester to Tester

(Damien Synadinos)

People over Process

(Michael Sahota)

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Learning Agility over Learning Agile

(Daniel Davis)

Beyond an Agile Framework - What is next?

(Dave Gunther)

Coaching Affinity Estimation

(John Sextro)

Thinking Fast and Slow: Understanding how cognitive bias affects team dynamics

(Joseph Ours)

Handling interruptions during sprints: How to fulfill client requests and reduce impacting development.

(Sam Nadarajan)

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CONFERENCE AFTER PARTY (food and drinks) - Come celebrate and network with FREE food and beverages






Adoba Hotel and Conference Center

600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

The Adoba is offering a conference rate of $92 per night (Single or Double).

Book your room using this link to get our special conference rate. Use GROUP CODE 2855

or by calling the hotel directly at 313-59-ADOBA (Agile and Beyond Block)


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