Keynote: Melissa Perri

Author of the Book: The Build Trap


Product Management is a critical discipline, but it’s widely misunderstood nature leads many organizations straight into “The Build Trap.” These organizations are so focused on building and shipping software that they forget to ask the core question behind great Product Management- are we building a valuable product?

I work with organizations around the world to help them break out of an endless cycle of building and shipping, and refocus them on only creating products of value. I turn their Product Managers into “Bad Idea Terminators,” able to identify the strongest opportunities for success.

Richard Kasperowski

Great People, Great Leaders, and Productive Teams

Richard Kasperowski is an author, teacher, speaker, and coach focused on team building and high-performance teams. Richard is the author of two books, High-Performance Teams: The Foundations and The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness, as well as the forthcoming book High-Performance Teams: Core Protocols for Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence. He leads clients in building great teams that get great results using the Core Protocols, Agile, and Open Space Technology. Richard created and teaches the class Agile Software Development at Harvard University.


Kevin Callahan

Reading the Undercurrents of Team Interactions

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Kevin is a leader with over two decades’ experience achieving desired results in high-complexity. His work as a coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant creates win-win benefits.

He excels at helping leaders, teams, and organizations facing highly complex situations make strategic and tactical decisions with better economic outcomes, less risk, and higher employee engagement.

Kevin’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to local NGO’s. In all cases, they face increasing rates of change and growing pressures in their business. They appreciate both his pragmatism and focus on people, rather than process, as the foundation of effective change. Even brief efforts have proved enough to fundamentally expand their ability to attain desired outcomes.

Craeg Strong

Now You See It! Observing Flow Using Kanban Boards

Craeg Strong is the CTO of Ariel Partners, a small IT consulting company based in Times Square.  He is currently teaching public Kanban classes and coaching teams to adopt and mature Agile/Kanban practices in the NYC area. He has 25 years of experience in information technology, starting at Project Athena during his undergraduate studies at MIT. Mr. Strong has successfully instituted Agile and DevOps practices on large and complex commercial and government software projects, helping them to obtain new capabilities and realize significant cost efficiencies.

Mr. Strong leverages his experience as a hands-on software architect, trainer and agile coach to help remove the barriers that prevent organizations from adopting new technologies-- such as cloud. Mr. Strong led a successful transformation of a major FBI Criminal justice program from a traditional waterfall lifecycle and manual intensive processes to lighter weight agile processes and full DevOps automation.


JJ Sutherland

Case-studies of note from The Scrum Fieldbook


JJ Sutherland is the CEO of Scrum Inc, the leading provider of Scrum training and consulting worldwide. JJ has personally trained thousands of people and helped companies large and small accelerate innovation, quickly adapt, and help them see their capability to change the world they live in. He is the co-author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.

Before joining Scrum Inc., JJ was an award-winning Correspondent and Producer with NPR. He covered stories from such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt and the aftermath of the Japanese Tsunami of 2011. He has won Dupont, Peabody, The Edward R Murrow and Lowell Thomas awards for his work. When not on the road, JJ lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and their two daughters.

Sweta Mistry

Conference Program Chair and Liberating Structure Faciliator


Sweta Mistry is an Organizational & Agile Transformation Coach and Trainer in NYC. She has 20+ years of professional experience in industries including manufacturing, retail, education, fintech, non-profit, marketing, and media.

Her journey from a developer to a coach resulted from her focused interest in human behaviors, psychology, and humanizing processes.


Joe Krebs

Conference Chair


Joe Krebs is the founder of www.agilenyc.org and community organizer. Joe is also the host of the agile.fm podcast and founder of Incrementor, an agile services consultancy with offices in NYC and Amsterdam.

Jayprakash Mistry

Organizer and Lean Coffee Facilitator

Jayprakash is the Founder and Director of Remarkables Capital Ltd., where he consults in Private Equity, Real Estate and VC product development - providing innovation and strategy while focusing on valuation modeling and commercial due diligence.

Jayprakash is a certified agile leader (PAL-E) and has studied at the Private Equity Institute at the University of Oxford, has a Masters in Law and Finance from Queen Mary University of London, Bachelors from New York Institute of Technology and is presently studying Nanotechnology for Medicine and Healthcare at the University of Oxford.