Christian Hassa (managing partner at TechTalk)
Christian Hassa helps organizations use software development more effectively in supporting their business goals. He focuses on the collaboration of software delivery teams with business stakeholders, specializing in particular on Impact Mapping, story mapping, and specification by example. Christian has been working in software development since the early 1990s. He is managing partner at TechTalk, a .NET services and consulting company focusing on Agile coaching and delivery. In 2007, Christian and his team at TechTalk initiated SpecFlow, a .NET open source tool for BDD and specification by example. Christian is also the product owner for SpecMap, a story mapping tool for Visual Studio Team Services.
Nigel Thurlow (managing partner at CQD LLC and trainer/coach at Scrum Inc.;)
Nigel Thurlow is a Lean evangelist, continuous improvement leader and quality advocate, Agile and Scrum coach, and ex-member of The Machine That Changed the World (something he describes as „the greatest learning years of my career“). With a career that spans more than 25 years of international business experience across a broad spectrum of industries, he has had a strong concentration and enormous success in Enterprise Program Management, helping to develop Lean and Agile cultures. Considered by others an expert in Lean implementation and process improvement, gained from a Toyota background, he evangelizes quality improvement and waste avoidance. He uses his Toyota years as a foundation for teaching how to get more for less while continuously improving the organization to deliver better value to the customer.
Luke Hohmann (founder and CEO at Conteneo Inc.)
Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo Inc. (formerly the Innovation Games Company). Conteneo’s enterprise software platforms and professional services merge collaboration frameworks, data analytics, and domain expertise to help organizations optimize decision making in the areas of strategy, innovation, sales, product development, and market research. Luke is also co-founder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation (EVEF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that that helps citizens, governments, and other nonprofit organizations collaborate at scale to solve technical and wicked problems. EVEF has been a leader in the Participatory Budgeting movement, helping citizens prioritize hundreds of millions of dollars through budget games. EVEF has also partnered with the Kettering Foundation to create Common Ground for Action, the first platform for scalable deliberative decision making. Luke is thankful for the thousands of colleagues from the Agile community who have donated their time to EVEF.