How to be Successful in an Agile Organization (Panel)

Facilitator – Joe Astolfi | 10:00 — 11:15

The model for successful leadership has changed.  Leaders within agile organizations must use and exhibit a different set of behaviors from those practiced in traditional command and control environments.  In this interactive and engaging session, you will learn the leadership qualities and skills needed to allow self-directed agile teams to thrive and flourish.  Whether you are an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, or Manager within your organization, you will glean insights into how your behaviors influence the performance of your team.  The panelists will draw on their deep agile leadership experience to help answer your questions and set you on your path to leadership success.


Joe is a Director at Quick Solutions, holding the positions of Agile Service Offering Lead and Process Service Line Lead.  He is also the Vice-Chair and a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association.  Joe is passionate about helping others improve their agility to achieve personal success and deliver business value to their organizations.  He openly shares his agile-related experiences and transformation war wounds through networking with other agilists and speaking at national and local agile conferences and events.

Joe has over 20 years of IT experience in leadership positions within agile and traditional organizations.  His expertise includes enterprise agile transformation, agile team coaching and adoption, portfolio management, PMO establishment and leadership, project management, organizational change, and staff career development.  Joe is a Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Alan Czako – Coming Soon!

Steve Jones is a Professional Scrum Master at Worthington Industries Inc. with fourteen years of IT experience. A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Business Management, he started his career in IT in the consulting world doing everything from mainframe programming to systems and database administration. Steve, combining his programming skills and drive for quality, spent ten years executing test automation for a number of companies which eventually brought him to his current employer. After leading Worthington Industries’ testing team for a number of years, he was chosen to lead the IT department’s Agile Transformation and has found a new focus.

Paul Mazak is a Director at Quick Solutions and heads up Enterprise Application Development.  He enjoys writing tools that facilitate Agile using Java, Groovy, Ruby, and JavaScript.  He currently subscribes to the motto that “anything can be automated”.