Industry Perspective & The Future of Agile (Panel)

Facilitator – Bart Murphy | 11:45 — 01:00


Hear from a panel of featured speakers on the current industry trends and discuss where the Agile movement is headed over the next few years.


Bart Murphy is the Chief Technology Officer of the CareWorks Family of Companies and President of CareWorks Tech. He has over 16 years of management and consulting experience.

Throughout his career, he has performed many roles including Shared Services Executive, Delivery Executive, Engagement Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Lead, Business Analyst, Developer, and Test Analyst. He specializes in Agile delivery execution and management, implementing solutions on a variety of initiatives, from software implementations to business process re-engineering and organizational change.

He serves on the board of the Central Ohio Agile Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of Agile practices and principles in project management, software development, quality assurance, and business analysis with an emphasis on solution delivery.

Bart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.


Christopher Avery is a sought-after, international speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and Ebay. Known for his cutting-edge work to demystify and then develop practical team leadership skills for engineers and other technical professionals, Christopher wrote the popular classic Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. Fortune magazine called it the only book on teamwork you need to read.

As the visionary force behind the worldwide Leadership Gift community, Christopher applies groundbreaking discoveries about personal responsibility and performance to support leaders intent on rapidly building highly reliable, agile, sustainable, and accelerating teams and cultures.

Christopher is president of Partnerwerks Inc., the company he co-founded in 1991 to document best practices for collaborating under competitive conditions. He is an agile coach with Rally Software, teaching Scrum and Product Owner workshops. Christopher is also a Senior Consultant with the IT and Agile Project Management practices of the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-area think tank. He co-authored the Declaration of Interdependence and co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network dedicated to connecting, developing, and supporting great project leaders.

Ellen Gottesdiener is Founder and Principal with EBG Consulting, experts helping you deliver high-value products your customers want and need. Ellen is an internationally recognized facilitator, coach, trainer, speaker, and expert in agile product management practices, product envisioning and roadmapping, business analysis and requirements, retrospectives and collaboration. Ellen works with global clients and speaks at numerous industry conferences. Author of two acclaimed books—Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger—Ellen is co-authoring a book with Mary Gorman on practical agile planning and analysis practices available in August 2012. View her articles, tweets, blog, free eNewsletter, and useful practitioner resources on EBG’s web site.

As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc., Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on measuring, estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile.

He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based IT think-tank, and served as past editor of the IT Metrics Strategies publication. With over 25 years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected in its worldwide database across engineering and business applications. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure. QSM is the creator of the SLIM® model, a suite of tools for software release planning, measurement, and estimation.

Michael’s background began in physics and electrical engineering and expanded into software. His graduate training was in the field of mediation, facilitation, and dispute resolution. Michael is also a private pilot and lives in the mountains of western Massachusetts with his two children. He can be reached at

Ken Schwaber is a co-founder of the worldwide Agile software movement and co-creator, with Jeff Sutherland, of the Scrum technique for building software in 30 days. Ken was a signatory to the Agile Manifesto in 2001, and helped to found the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is now president of, a software consulting firm headquartered in Boston, and the author of many seminal books and articles. The most recent, with Jeff Sutherland, is “Software in 30 Days: How Agile Managers Beat the Odds, Delight their Customers, and Leave Competitors in the Dust.” When it comes to the profession of software development, he has more than 40 years experience from hacked to procedural to object, from bottle-washer to cook.