Scaling Agile – An Executive View Of Enterprise Agile (Panel)

Facilitator – Ben Blanquera | 01:30 — 02:45


The 2012 VersionOne State of Agile survey indicated that Agile adoption is growing. Respondents with plans to implement agile grew from 59% in 2011 to 83% in 2012. Nearly half (48%) said their organization has 5+ agile teams, compared to only 33% in 2011. Agile is going mainstream and organizations are now faced with challenges of scaling.

In this panel we’ll discuss the concept of enterprise agile. What is it? Why do it? What kind of challenges are there? How do you approach it? What are implementation strategy options?


Ben Blanquera (  is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, wanna be jock and unabashed advocate for technology and entrepreneurship. By day, in his role as delivery executive for Pillar Technology he is a strategic transformation advisor and execution accelerator to CEO’s and CIO’s.

In 2011, Ben  was named by Computer World to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide. Senior leadership roles previously held by Ben include  VP of IS for Progressive Medical, Director of the Columbus Technology Council, and Director at Owens Corning.

Ben is a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of topics including project management, enterprise agile, entrepreneurship and lean startup. Additionally teams that Ben has lead have won numerous industry recognitions such as: Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work, InformationWeek 500, TechColumbus Innovation Awards.

As a community leader Ben facilitates the Central Ohio agile executive forum, is the founder of TechLife Columbus , writes a blog chronicling the Columbus Tech community –  and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest.

Ben resides in Dublin with his wife Sandy and his 4 daughters.


Ken Green is the Chief Information Officer for NetJets Inc, reporting directly to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jordan Hansell. In his position, Ken oversees all of NetJets Information Technology and is responsible for all technology, technology projects, and technology systems. Additionally, Ken is responsible for the operations and infrastructure, the software development, and quality assurance of those products. Finally, he is responsible for information security and business continuity and disaster recovery.

Ken graduated from Miami University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He joined the NetJets team in August 2007 as the Vice President of New Solutions and assumed his current role in November 2009. Prior to working at NetJets, Ken served in various technology roles including software developer and project manager for software development, and a variety of senior management roles.

Ken currently resides in Lewis Center with his wife and three children.

Tim Heller is an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He works for multiple development teams and is leading the Agile Transformation in Mortgage Banking. He is an experienced Agilist specializing in enterprise-scale Lean management and Agile software development transformations. Tim is an active member of the Agile community and has previously helped transform Nationwide’s application development culture through Lean and Agile concepts.

As a VP of Application Development at JPMorgan Chase, Dustin Potts has directed the transformation of traditional waterfall development teams to agile, lean, CMMI® compliant, high-performing teams. He has more than seven years of experience leading successful agile transformations at Fortune 100 companies and more than twenty years of experience in the IT industry. He is a frequent speaker at agile conferences and has trained many on agile techniques such as Scrum and XP.

Cam Wolff is a long time advocate of agile management and development practices. Believe leadership is responsible for setting the culture that feeds agile transformations.

Author of the blog. Led transformations at Virtual Hold Technology and Nationwide Insurance.

Learned leadership skills at Qwest (now CenturyLink Communications) and software development at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Love to teach programming and the “agile way”. Big believer in culture as a key component to companies being successful. Fan of Jurgen Appelo’s “Management 3.0, and the garden metaphor for agile leadership practices.

Current position is VP of Product Development at Virtual Hold Technology.