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. 
Regular Bulk (5+ tickets)January 1st - April 27th, 2015$149.00 ea.Eventbrite - Agile and Beyond 2015
RegularFebruary 1st - April 15th, 2015$169.00 ea.Eventbrite - Agile and Beyond 2015
Late April 16 - April 27th, 2015$189.00 ea.


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)

Spice Up Your Agile Everything

(Matt Badgley)

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

(Carol Treat Morton, Samah Majadla)

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

A fistful of Agile Planning Techniques

(Matt Heusser, Joseph Ours,Damian Synadinos)

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)

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

Agile Implementation Pains: Treat the Disease not the Symptom

(Brian Irwin)

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

(Megan Torrence)

TDD For Large Embedded Systems

(Rich Dammkoehler)

Gamifying Retrospectives for Distributed Teams

(Dana Pylayeva)

Lean Coffee

(Jeremiah Landi)

Writing Better User Stories

(Jeffrey Davidson)

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

(DJ Daugerty)

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

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

(Gary Pedretti)

Agile QA)

(Tom 'TC' Churchwell)

Understanding Lean and How it Can Scale Agile

(Patrick Phillips)

Talent Development 3.0

(Matt Barcomb/Rachel Howard)

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

(Kevin Poniatowski)

Show It : Better Testing through Visual Communication

(Jess Lancaster)

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)

Agile NOT By The Book

(Blake Nyquist, Wade Wachs)

Story Mapping Made Real

(Daniel Davis)

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)

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)

Save Our Scrum

(Matthew Heusser, Wade Wachs)

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

Agile Adoption in the Organization

(Mid-Michigan Agile)

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

AFTERSPLOSION - 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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