Bob Marshall has dedicated his career to helping businesses dramatically improve the effectiveness of their software development and design engineering efforts. In the course of this career he has worked at the cutting edge of software and business systems development for the best part of thirty years. Throughout, he has consistently inspired people to improve their own capabilities – along with those of their teams and organisations. He spent three years as CEO of the UK’s first 100% agile software-intensive product-development and consultancy start-up, serving major clients in Telecoms, Finance, Media, eBusiness, etc., and has for the past nine years headed a Software Development Management Consultancy advising organisations how best to manage software-intensive product development in all its aspects.
Previously he held the role of Senior Java Architect with Sun Microsystems’ UK Java Center, and before that fulfilled many roles, from developer, analyst, designer and architect, through product-, project- and general management, consultancy, systems administration, and QA to operations, marketing and sales.
With a keen focus on business value, able to de-risk client projects and provide guaranteed outcomes, most of his assignments now revolve around working as a trusted advisor or interim executive to ambitious, growing technology-led companies, meeting the challenges involved in taking their businesses to the next level, and speeding the flow of innovation and value in their concept-to-cash pipelines. He is the founder of Rightshifting™, and the inventor of FlowChain™; the enterprise-wide approach to developing software-intensive products and services.
Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in Finance and HR. He is currently heading up the Beyond Budgeting implementation at Statoil, Scandinavia’s largest company with operations in 33 countries and a turnover of 130 bn USD. On Fortune 500, the company was recently ranked #1 on Social responsibility and #7 on Innovation. Transparency International has named Statoil the most transparent listed company globally.
Bjarte is Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Round Table Europe (BBRT), and is a popular international business speaker and winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. He is the author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting – Unlocking the Performance Potential”, where he writes about his implementation experiences. Statoil realized that traditional leadership and management practices no longer work in today’s competence organizations operating in business environments more complex, dynamic and unpredictable than ever. The company implemented innovative alternatives to traditional management, like abolishing traditional budgets and calendar-based management in favor of more decentralized, agile and human processes.
Matthew McCullough works for GitHub, Inc. and trains audiences around the world on the most effective use of the Git version control system and GitHub collaboration platform. In supplement to travel-based teaching, he writes books and records videos for O’Reilly and Manning on the topics of delivering technical presentations , the use of modern build and continuous integration tools, and version control industry best practices.
Now with (alarmingly) nearly 30 years under his belt as a software developer, David Harvey has filled many roles – building software tools and financial architectures, training and consulting in programming and design, running teams, projects and development groups, consulting (including fond memories of Helsinki as a guest of Nokia), and latterly CTO of both an established company (Sibelius Software) and then a startup (Vyclone). He’s spoken at conferences throughout Europe and has chaired the OT and SPA conferences. In a parallel life he’s a guitarist and composer. David Harvey holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University.
Tapio Järvenpää is the Chief Disruption Officer of Motley Agency Ltd. He has a quarter of a century career of leadership positions in various transformation and ICT implementation projects. He is co-author of the “Veikö Moolok Vallan?, a book about project management and what is really going on in big projects. He and his mate wrote the book keeping in mind that so far good projects have only existed in poor project management textbooks. The Motley team helps companies in creating digital strategies and making them living thing by designing and handcrafting beautiful applications. As a Chief Disruption Officer Tapsa analyses customer’s legacy stack of applications and makes trash – keep – improve recommendations to make the enterprise architecture fit for the implementation of digital strategy.
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Torbjörn is an organizational debugger, developer, architect, hugger and collector of ideas. He has a deep belief in the untapped potential of folks and the power of mutually meeting needs to improve the way work works. Torbjörn is currently working at eBay Sweden / Tradera.
Software developer, hiking guide, supervisor – Aki is a man with multiple professions.
Working in agile(ish) projects since late 2006, Aki has been writing his code extensively using TDD. While still learning the core of TDD, Aki has seen some benefits of using it, namely more cohesive code, clearer responsibilities and code that’s easier to modify later. Being programmer means unleashing all his creativity on code while balancing on what’s valuable for the business and clients. Not all code needs to be clean – especially on brownfield projects.
In the future, though, you might see Aki working in areas far and away from IT – helping teams and individuals to find joy and meaning in their work. Want to hear more? Ask Aki what supervision is all about.
I work as a software architect at Solita which means I’m a jack of all trades. I still get to write the code, but I’m also responsible for understanding, clarifying and communicating the customer’s needs.
I loathe low quality software riddled with bugs and consequently aim to improve the state of the art on a daily basis. I firmly believe that improvement will always come from people working together. Regardless of what we consider the “best technology” or “best practices” today, something else will be considered “better” tomorrow. Defining and creating tomorrow is my ultimate goal at work.
Seppo Tuomivaara has worked as a Specialized Researcher at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health since 2003. He is interested in human ICT relations and psychological models for ICT use at work, work development practices, change and continuous implementation of new systems from the viewpoints of well-being at work, and perceived ICT competence. He has also studied well-being at work in ICT use at leadership activity (ERP) among social- and healthcare leaders. He has worked as a leader in several research and development projects. At the moment his active research focuses on well-being at work of agile team members.
Marja Känsälä is Researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and D.Sc. (Econ,) in management and organization. Her research interests include agile methods, teamwork, project work, well-being at work, leadership and international work. She has worked in several research and development projects, including well-being at work of agile team members in a Tekes project AgiES – Agile and Lean Product Development Methods for Embedded ICT Systems, and has experience as project manager
Riina is working with creating modern, brain-friendly organizations. She is a misfit of “old-school” organizations’ HR, where she worked for 10 years, until starting her own consultancy Extemporea , now working with Agile HR. She also enjoys her other work as an associate with the NeuroLeadership Group, which is bringing hard science to develop human performance and modern organizations globally. Pick a combo of engineering, coaching, scrum mastering, human resourcing, braining and socializing, stir it up and try to introduce that. If you have a short answer, could you please tell her, too. Thanks.
Lauri has been working on technically challenging positions for more than a decade. He has experience in mobile games, cloud services and anything in between. Lauri has passion and great interest towards lean and agile and how those methodologies can be implemented in various environments to increase productivity and quality.
Janne Sinivirta is a senior consultant for Nitor Creations. Software architect, programming language nerd, fitness enthusiast and a proud father of two. He has been responsible for architectural design and software development in business management, healthcare, telecomm, interactive television, mobile entertainment and other IT industries. For the past few years, he has spent much of his free time developing games for mobile devices in various languages.
Tuomas Mäkilä (UTU) & Kaisa Könnölä (UTU) & Rami Heinonen (Ericsson)
AgiES is a reseach project which aims to develop agile design practices to be suitable for designing embedded systems, including both hardware and software, in a way that advances both efficiency and well-being at work.
Tuomas Mäkilä and Kaisa Könnölä are researchers working for AgiES project in Technology Research Center of University of Turku. Their background is in software engineering. Rami Heinonen is working in Ericsson as a senior design engineer in RFIC digital. Ericsson is one of the case companies in the AgiES project.
As an organization coach at Houston Inc., Antti has helped clients such as Nordea and Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company as well as Houston’s own management and organization to get results working together towards shared goals. Antti is also a part of Flowa Oy, which is on mission to revolutionize our idea of work in the software business.
He has more than 15 years of experience with software R&D.; Antti has a wide range of interests: designing organizations to support knowledge work better, product development, lean-agile software development and game design.
Antti is also an executive committee member of Agile Finland association.
Juha is a programmer who has an holistic approach to software development. He’s fixated with the words “work” and “think”, not so much with words like “Agile” or “Scrum”. He has never-ending yearning to do things of fun and value. This has brought him from doing 10ish years of stale “career” to do software development in Media Cabinet Oy, as well as to revolutionize our idea of work in software business at Flowa Oy.