Leading Agile Teams

John Huston, Jon Stahl, Mike Jones, Gene Johnson | 10:00am to 11:15am

Leading agile teams is about leading change. Change is felt throughout the organization, not just within the project teams. Individuals leading solution delivery recast their individual value statements, team motivation is altered and the influence of transparency permeates all interactions. Whether you are just starting or whether your efforts to adopt agile are well underway, aligning your leadership philosophy to Agile and the goals of the transformation will dramatically influence the path of this journey. Please join 4 leaders that have experience in starting, developing, maintaining and sustaining agile in organizations across the globe. This session promises to be highly interactive and will benefit team leads, managers and executives alike.

John Huston is an experienced IT leader, generalist and agilist with over 20 years of experience in the field. His passion for learning and coaching has led him to a variety of leadership roles, including Application Development, Enterprise Architecture, Quality, and Operations/Infrastructure. He has led the effort to deploy agile methods at the enterprise and team level. As a member of Pillar Technology’s executive team, John balances his coaching engagements with his passion for the human development aspects of agile teams and is currently responsible for Talent, Learning and Development within Pillar.

Jon Stahl co-founded LeanDog after 18 years of experience providing IT leadership in both Fortune 500 and start up organizations. His passion is eliminating waste, optimizing the performance of IT teams and helping organizations become Lean and Agile. He openly shares his learnings at conferences and meet-ups, most recently coaching on Agile From the Top Down, Kanban and A3. LeanDog is known for Agile Transformation coaching, training, and software delivery. They also serve the community by providing a home for many monthly user group meetings and they co-organize events in Cleveland such as GiveCamps, Ignites, Startup Weekends, Code Retreats, Cleveland Agile Meet Up, Cleveland Ruby Meet Up and Great Lakes Ruby Bash.

Gene Johnson helps clients become nimble, reliable and efficient by empowering their teams and transforming their organizations. His clients include Nationwide Insurance, UBS, KeyCorp, PNC, Gap, and Standard & Poor’s. Gene is currently onsite with TheStreet.com in NYC instilling Agile and Lean values. He has 28 years of experience in software development and has presented both nationally and locally, including an appearance on “The Next Wave” television series hosted by Leonard Nimoy. Gene is certified as a ScrumMaster and is founding member of the PMI’s Agile Formation Steering Committee. He earned a Masters in Systems Engineering from Wright State University and resides in a northern suburb of Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Michael Jones has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry including developer, analyst, and leadership roles. He is currently a Manager, IT Applications at Nationwide and leads Agile development teams focused on building and enhancing Nationwide Financial websites. Prior to NF, Michael led the team that created Nationwide’s Customer Information Management application. He has the Professional Scrum Master certification and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University.