“When we began the conference 13 years ago, we all walked away inspired by a shared passion for Agile development that reaches across borders, languages, and industries. Every year the conference continues to inspire and invoke serious advancements in our field, and this year’s conference keynote lineup reflects the progress we’ve made as a community. Agile thinking has permeated the development culture all the way up to the highest levels of government oversight.”

~ Mitch Lacey, AGILE2014 Chair

Each year we welcome thought leaders, innovators, and achievers as they share their unique experiences and insights through compelling Keynote addresses.  We invite you to learn more about these extraordinary individuals.




Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration—opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the forthcoming book, Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.

Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a startup focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue.

Chopra earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

KEYNOTE TITLE: Harnessing the Power of Agile to Realize an Innovative State
ABSTRACT:  Appointed by President Obama to a position he established on his first full day of office, Aneesh Chopra served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer of the United States to promote innovation in government. Chopra developed an "open innovation" strategy that tapped citizen expertise to make government smarter and more responsive to private sector demands. Central to realizing the promise of this strategy, Chopra encouraged Agile development in the context of borrowed techniques from the most state-of-the-art companies—Procter & Gamble’s “Connect+Develop” strategy which sources 50% of its innovations from outside the organization; Amazon’s “Just Do It” awards to celebrate innovative ideas from within; and Facebook’s “Development Platform” that generates hundreds of thousands of jobs in the broader economy.

As he comments on the promise and challenge of driving innovation in the public sector, he'll share case studies and implications of the benefits of Agile to solve some of our nation's biggest challenges in healthcare, energy and education markets.

Watch Keynote Speaker Aneesh Chopra on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart -- May 20, 2014



Deeply in tune with how work teams adapt, develop, and contribute, Diana Larsen works with organizations around the world to design high performance work systems, improve project team effectiveness, and support leaders and enterprises in their transitions to Agile methods.

Diana co-founded FutureWorks Consulting and is considered an authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile adoption. Diana is co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects; Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and originator of the breakthrough “Path through Agile Fluency” model.

A respected contributor to her professional community, she served for eight years as a director and chair of the Agile Alliance board, and currently serves as a board member of Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and Language Hunters, as well as an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

ABSTRACT: Think back over your work and life. What was your “best job ever”? What qualities stand out to you as you relive it? And what do you think made that possible?
More and more, software developers come to know Agile as a set of practices that deliver an experience you might call “at least my work doesn’t suck so much anymore” - and then don’t know to expect anything more. We can do better than that! In this talk Diana Larsen calls on you to remember the everyday felt experiences of many early Agile teams that learned to love their work again.

Early teams and practitioners focused on Agile as an opportunity to make things better for themselves, their customers, and their business partners - not as a panacea for their problems. They talked about “trust”, “self-organization”, “excellence”, and building teams around “motivated individuals”. This was a starting point, not a fairy-tale ending they were working towards.

Diana reminds us how to reclaim our goal of reaching for and achieving our “best jobs ever”, by protecting those practices and attitudes that create them wherever we experienced them in life, in or out of Agile.
How do you make your current team experience the benchmark for all future work? No matter who you are, or where you work - there’s room for more love for work on your team - let’s discover it together.



Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in Finance and HR. He is currently heading up the Beyond Budgeting implementation at Statoil, Scandinavia's largest company with operations in 36 countries and a turnover of 130 bn USD. On Fortune 500, the company was recently ranked #1 on Social responsibility and #7 on Innovation. Transparency International has named Statoil the most transparent listed company globally.

Bjarte is Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Round Table Europe (BBRT), and is a popular international business speaker and winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. He is the author of "Implementing Beyond Budgeting - Unlocking the Performance Potential", where he writes about his implementation experiences. Statoil realized that traditional leadership and management practices no longer work in today's competence organizations operating in business environments more complex, dynamic and unpredictable than ever. The company implemented innovative alternatives to traditional management, like abolishing traditional budgets and calendar-based management in favor of more decentralized, Agile and human processes.

KEYNOTE TITLE: Beyond Budgeting - an Agile management model for new business and people realities - the Statoil implementation journey

  • The problems with traditional management, including budgeting
  • The Beyond Budgeting principles and companies on the journey
  • Statoil's "Ambition to Action" model; 

      - redefining performance - dynamic and relative targets and a
        holistic performance evaluation

      - dynamic forecasting and resource allocation and no traditional

      - from calendar-driven to event-driven; a more self-regulating
        management model

  • Implementation experiences and advice

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