Agile Coach at Spotify
Joakim is an Agile Coach at Spotify, making music available and accessible to the world. He helps people improve through mentoring and coaching at individual, team and organizational levels, often using Agile and Lean thinking and methods such as Kanban, Scrum and XP. He is an organizer of, and active participant in, conferences, networks and user groups in the Agile and Lean communities. Joakim is also writing a book about Kanban for Manning Publications.
Director at Institut Agile
After a first career as a software developer (20 years of coding experience) and a few years as an independent consultant, Laurent Bossavit now heads Institut Agile, whose aims include helping Agile software development become better established as a research topic and as a discipline, and helping grow a healthier market for clients and suppliers leveraging these practices.
Passionate about helping people in various Agile communities network and support each other, Laurent is a former member of the board of the Agile Alliance, a recipient of the 2006 Gordon Pask award for contributions to Agile practice and co-founder of the Coding Dojos.
AS&T Platform Lead at Accenture
Ivo started IT career as programmer back in 90’s in small Latvian company as employee #13 and spent there 13 years – programming, managing the development team, acting as sales support and product business development lead. Even main interests has changed over time, he still does some programming in free time, but just to get taste of it.
Since 2010 Ivo is Accenture Latvia Custom Development department lead enjoying the different world - custom development across multiple technologies for large enterprises globally. Apart of mainstream work, together with team happily investing time and energy in latest technologies reviews and pilots, believing those will be widely used in some time.
Ivo Almanis holds Msc from Latvian University Computer Science Faculty and Msc from Latvian University Faculty of Economics and Management.
Principal Consultant and Partner at Scott/Tiger A/S. Oracle ACE Director
Sten Vesterli is a senior principal consultant and partner in Scott/Tiger A/S. He is an Oracle ACE Director, a Fusion UX Advocate for Oracle and sits on the Oracle Usability Advisory Board. He is also a frequent speaker at Oracle and Oracle user group events, vice-president of the Danish Oracle User Group (DOUG) and a member of UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG). His latest book is called "Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development - Made Simple".
Head of Cloud Platform Development Team at Yandex
Graduated from MIREA in 2009 as an Information Security specialist and started working as a System Administrator in a large bank. After two years of pain and suffering I realized that IT Infrastructure is the foundation for successful operations and that IT Infrastructure is something that large companies are usually unable to build on their own. That was the reason for me to join one of the first Russian startups with a very strong DevOps culture building commercial IaaS solutions as a Production Engineer, where I met such beautiful things as Xen, Chef, logic and sanity. After the launch, I was invited to join Yandex where I've been building cloud solutions for almost 3 years now.
COO, project manager and DWH/BI expert in In-volv Latvia
During his 14 years career, Ilja Dmitrijev participated in various DWH/BI projects as an architect and project manager in public and financial sector. He is interested in technologies and methods which are reducing BI solutions development, maintenance costs and time as well as various mashups of classical business intelligence with machine learning, geospatial analysis and business intelligence using publicly available information.
Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kinect, Nokia Developer Champion
András is very passionate about user experience, owner of "Response", a small company focusing on creating "cool stuff with Microsoft technologies" (best known for the award winning SurfCube 3D browser). He is in his 6th year of being a Microsoft MVP, an Ineta Speaker Bureau member, and a Nokia Developer Champion. András is a frequent speaker at local and international conferences where User Experience, WPF, Silverlight, Kinect or Windows Phone are on topic, and participated in several books on these subjects.
Microsoft MVP, System architect and web/mobile technologist, Visual Studio ALM evangelist
Software architect, lead technologist and Visual Studio ALM & TFS evangelist, with focus on technical solution research, new technologies analysis and technical problem solution research. Planning implementation and design, code review, system performance design and measurement, system audit, system feature improvements. Worked on from start-up/ small / medium-sized solutions to some of the larger enterprise level systems. My role was to ensure team knowledge sharing process and overall project health. Have worked with web front-end layers based on Asp.Net and jQuery and ending with server and back-end integration systems based on C#, WCF, BizTalk and Commerce systems. Have also development experience with Microsoft cloud platform – Windows Azure and middleware infrastructure Windows Server / Azure AppFabric development. Almost 14 years in IT industry. One of the Latvian Microsoft .Net User Group drivers in Latvia and evangelist of new and excited Microsoft technologies.
Technical evangelist at Microsoft
Microsoft Latvia Technical Evangelist with core passion for development. Before joining Microsoft was enterprise developer for Dynamics Ax and .net. Most work included different system integrations and also custom development for enabling business to reach its potential. Had developed solutions that run on mobile platforms, bunch of high performance web applications that where integrated with ERP software as full backend.
DBAces, Founder & CEO
Ami Aharonovich, DBAces Founder & CEO, Oracle ACE and OCP (Oracle Certified Professional), President of ilOUG (Israel Oracle User Group), head of Oracle department in John Bryce Hi-Tech College, an Oracle University education center.
Ami is an Oracle certified professional DBA with thirteen years of expertise as an Oracle DBA consultant and instructor, specializing in Oracle database core technologies. He is a top high-end professional in core Oracle database technologies and has a vast experience in providing consulting and training professional services. He is an expert in Oracle database development and administration including extensive performance tuning experience specializing in monitoring, diagnosing and improving Oracle database applications and performing SQL optimization.
President at Oracle User Group Finland, CEO at Miracle Finland Oy
Heli Helskyaho is the CEO for Miracle Finland Oy and Kantamestarit Oy. She is also the president of Oracle User Group Finland, the Ambassador for EMEA Oracle User Groups Community (EOUC) and an Oracle ACE. Heli has worked with Oracle products in several positions since 1993, but her key interest lies with databases. Heli has been an Oracle Designer user since 1996 and Data Modeler user since 2010.
Software Architect at Tieto
Aivars Kalvāns holds the position of Lead Software Architect at Tieto Latvia and is working on Card Suite payment card system. During his more than 11-year career Aivars has been involved in a number of projects related to credit card issuing, acquiring and utility payments through mobile phones, ATMs and POS-terminals. He enjoys solving both design and technical problems and likes to work on personal and Open Source projects using C++ and Python in his free time.
Chairmain at Finnish Association for Software Testing
Senior software development professional with a focus on testing - the skill to acquire relevant on-time information about the product. Working side by side with developers with implementation emphasis, complementing the team's available skills with business, value and system-oriented views.
Having worked as a tester, test manager, test consultant and teacher of software testing at a university, I continue to be deeply committed to taking area of testing forward by learning more and sharing what I have learned.
Special interests are in improving focus of testing activities to provide more effective and efficient testing, professionalism in testing and developing testing professional skills, agile system testing and providing testing services to different kinds of stakeholders: customers, end-users, managers, developers just to mention a few.
Testing Guru and CEO at Prove Expertise
Won the Tester of the Year 2012 title of Tieturi and TestausOSY with an unfair campaing in social media and the blog. Running a software testing blog with a peak visitor count of 33.000 readers a day: No wonder why it was so unfair. Father of the one of the best tools for managing software testing in agile software projects Tarantula.
Core Team Member at M.E.S.H. (Most Excellent Software for Health)
Matti works in a startup developing a web application dedicated to innovative medical management. To this end, he co-designs all processes, experimenting with advanced agility practices and uncompromising quality control: when your webapp is to be used by surgeons every day, you have no choice but ensure quality is there!
Matti also created an experimental web integration testing framework, Watai, to go beyond the limitations of the current tools.
Independent Computer Software Professional
Tom has been an independent consultant, teacher and author, since 1960. He mainly works with multinational clients; helping improve their organizations, and their systems engineering methods. Tom’s latest book is ‘Competitive Engineering: A Handbook For Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage’ (Summer 2005). Other books are ‘Software Inspection’ (with Dorothy Graham, 1993), and ‘Principles of Software Engineering Management’ (1988). His ‘Software Metrics’ book (1976, OoP) has been cited as the initial foundation of what is now CMMI Level 4.
Tom’s key interests include business metrics, evolutionary delivery, and further development of his planning language, ‘Planguage’. He is a member of INCOSE and is an active member of the Norwegian chapter NORSEC. He participates in the INCOSE Requirements Working Group, and the Risk Management Group.
IBM Information Management Database Specialist, Community of Practice CEE
Jan Musil is working for IBM from 2001 as a database specialist with focus on Informix technologies. Currently is working as a member of Community of Practice for CEE supporting Informix, Guardium and Optim. He has more then 20 years experiences with database technologies mainly with Informix technologies where worked as programmer, database administrator and also almost 6 years as a technical support leader.
Web + Mobile
Web Evangelist at Opera Software. Web developer, founder of Web Standards Russian developer community and Web Standards Days conference.
Web Evangelist at Opera Software, editor-in-chief of Web Standards project, author of Pepelsbey.net blog about technologies. Organizer of RIT and Web Standards Days conferences, speaker and active participant of many others. Author of Zen Coding project idea and Shower presentation engine. Previously worked for LiveJournal, Yandex and few other companies. Coding, writing, arguing, making world better, playing foosball, drinking port wine. Better known as Pepelsbey.
Solution Architect at EPAM Mobile Competency Center
Head of front-end development department at Odnoklassniki.ru
Head of front-end development department at Odnoklassniki.ru. Works with company front-end standards and development processes. Manages front-end developers team and coordinates technical improvements for efficient workflow. Author of ToHTML.it (ru) blog about web dev and developers life style. Creator of MCSS methodology and Source front-end documentation engine.
Aspiring software craftsman, maker of things, a geek
Jack-of-all-trades, developer and a continuous improvement zealot. Started writing software for living 13 years ago. Still amazed how ugly your own code, written only 2 weeks ago, can look like. Wants to bring joy into the creepy dungeons also known as corporate software development.
European Development Manager at Cint AB
Torbjörn is a developer that grew frustrated with solving the wrong problems and the resulting waste of human potential. He decided to do something about it, thus starting a journey of exploration, discovery and distinctivly non techie things. Having introduced XP and Scrum with varied success he started digging deeper into value and the human side of things, this led him to Lean, System thinking and a constantly growing list of ideas that he's busy collecting and synthesising in an attempt to understand and improve the way work works.
Product development consultant
Ari has fifteen years of experience in software product development. He has worked from startups to big companies and has experience of most roles from designer to head of product development. Ari has worked with Agile and Lean software for eight years, and is currently finishing his MBA studies involving business and user-centered design.
Currently Ari works as Principal Consultant at Gosei Ltd. where his job involves helping product and service development companies connect the dots and get value flowing in their organisation.
Software engineer at Intel
I’ve been a software engineer for my entire career, sometimes embedded, sometimes really low level, I mean HDL. Few years ago we start to make Agile and I’ve been asked would I like to be a Scrum Master. I didn’t know what does it mean, but I think 'What the heck, I’ll learn and I’ll do it'. Now I’m the Scrum Master for the five Scrum teams and I’ve got a huge baggage of different experiences.