Agile Portugal 2016

Emily Bache is an independent consultant specializing in automated testing and agile methods. With over 15 years of experience working as a software developer in organizations as diverse as multinational corporation to small startup, she has learnt that to be truly agile, teams need to learn to use agile engineering practices. Emily is the author of “The Coding Dojo Handbook: a practical guide to creating a space where good programmers can become great programmers” and loves to coach and teach developers about Clean Code, Test Driven Development, Refactoring, and more. Emily speaks regularly at international events such as Agile Testing Days, XP2013, ACCU, and recently gave a keynote address at Test Automation Day in the Netherlands.

Keynote: As a Professional Programmer, how do you learn new skills?
Workshop: Coding Dojo Challenge – SOLID design principles

Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. Having started his agile journey helping lead one of the biggest agile transformations at British Telecom back in 2001, he has since helped companies across the world get the most out of Scrum. As well as being a renowned expert in the fields of agile development and Scrum, Geoff is an experienced leadership and performance coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation, the National Council of Psychotherapists and the Association of Business Psychology and has also authored The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us. Well known for his ability to help people get the most out of themselves while navigating seriously challenging change, Geoff is also a regular keynote speaker about coaching, collaboration and change.

Keynote: Selling The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile
Workshop: Exploring The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile

Paul Goddard is an established agile coach and trainer based in the United Kingdom. He has been assisting agile teams since 2003 and is a qualified Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC). His first book Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity brings together two of his passions; coaching agile teams and improvisational theatre. The principles and practices are so closely linked, he uses them every day of his working and personal life. A regular speaker at agile conferences worldwide, Paul is also a long-standing member and contributor to the agile community in the UK and Europe.

Keynote: Selling The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile
Workshop: Exploring The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile

Claudio Perrone brings models, experience and options to help ambitious companies move fast, learn faster, and thrive in today’s global marketplace.
He is an well-known Lean & Agile management consultant, entrepreneur and startup strategist, based in Dublin, Ireland.
In his career, he has been playing key roles in Lean & Agile transformations for global organizations and fast-growing technology startups.
He is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, author of A3 Thinker (a family of tools based on Toyota’s Lean management approach), and the inventor of PopcornFlow, a next-generation model to introduce personal, team and organizational change through ultra-rapid experimentation.

Keynote: PopcornFlow — Continuous evolution through ultra-rapid experimentation
Workshop: Continuous Innovation & Change with PopcornFlow

James Priest is a facilitator, trainer and consultant who enjoys supporting communities, organisations and individuals to thrive.

He combines an engaging style, a grounded approach and a capacity to guide others in “re-membering” their inherent wisdom and potential.

He uses transformational tools such as Non Violent Communication, Way of Council, Inner Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves and is part of a network of innovators collaborating towards the emergence of a more just, sustainable and loving humanity.

James is the co-developer of Sociocracy 3.0, along with Bernhard Bockelbrink.

Invited talk: Sociocracy 3.0 – from agile islands to agile organizations
Workshop: Sociocracy 3.0 – Growing organisational agility, navigating complexity

Liliana David´s main work is in the field of communication and administration in groups and organisations supporting the global transformation process.

She brings together clarity, practicality and overview with empathy, presence and the ability to create and hold safe spaces for people.

She is currently following her passion for process oriented psychology and other tools for personal transformation through a learning-and-travelling experience.

She sees the transformational potential of people working consciously together for a shared purpose and stands behind Sociocracy 3.0 as a holistic approach for transforming tensions and struggles in organisations into creative opportunities that support healthy organisational development.

Workshop: Sociocracy 3.0 – Growing organisational agility, navigating complexity

Hugo Lopes is a passionate Entrepreneur, Agile Coach and Facilitator and was one of the founders and Chief Operations Officer of a (gourmet) software development and integration company based in Lisbon.

His former company and the projects he has managed have been awarded with several national and international awards. Between 2006 and 2013 he was a member of the board of the Portuguese Project Management Association (APOGEP), and currently a member of the General Assembly Board.

He’s been committed to a personal development journey based on Mindfulness Meditation, Non-violent Communication, and Focusing, tools which he brought to his work contexts and teams.

In the last few years he has studied, practiced and became an ambassador of Art of Hosting – the Art of Participatory Leadership, Sociocracy 3.0 and Bohm Dialogue, tools for evolving effective teams and organisations, based on emotional intelligence, creativity, dialogue, authenticity, connection and co-creation.

Workshop: Sociocracy 3.0 – Growing organisational agility, navigating complexity

Ana Cavaleiro is a software tester at Farfetch. She graduated from University of Porto, with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, a master’s degree in Applied Statistics and a short master in Business Intelligence. She worked in the health and banking sectors and has now been working in IT for five years. With almost one and half year of experience in the Agile world, Ana is FACP and CSPO certified, focusing on personal improvement and motivation of the teams she works with. She is passionate about learning and self-development!

Talk: How to improve regression testing effectiveness?

Artur Margonari is passionate about Agile. He currently works as an Agile Transformation Agent at Wemanity – Belgium. He has more than 3 years experience in practicing and helping companies to be more Agile, to form amazing teams and to deliver great products.
He loves archery, special beers, play guitar+harmonica and travel.

Talk: Agile is tasty. Eat your own dogfood

Like you, Agility thinker and Collective Learning expert Bruno Teixeira, has seen numerous Agility efforts over the years and every time questions emerge. Why do we need Agility? How do we measure and manage it? Is Agility an individual or collective effort? Why do we have to choose between people and processes? Where do culture fits in?

With over 15 years of coaching, team leading and in the trenches business experience, Bruno’s view on Agility is unique and different because of its strong bases on Collective Intelligence awareness, Servant Leadership philosophy and Inspirational communication. Quoting Bruno, “Leadership is not an exercise of neutrality.” and “(Agile) Coaching is Coding into people’s soul.”.

Bruno played a wide range of roles from Business analyst @Accenture and Project Manager @Curves to Team Leader, Scrum Master and Agile Coach @Farfetch. Bruno also have been dedicating his time into Agile and Scrum community development by co-founding and for that purpose.

Talk: HyP – A journey to greater efficiency

Carlos Palminha is an experienced manager of software, technology and innovation projects, teams and organizations. With more than 10 years deploying, leading and managing innovative and agile mindsets, he loves to flourish, refactor and lead projects and organizations in the adoption of patterns, methodologies and innovation.

In his willingness to disseminate Software, Product and Innovation Management, he truly believes that the agile values adopted by the engineer culture are the major factor to bring together and fill the gap between business and technology.

Talk: Agile – boosting technology innovation

Carlton Nettleton, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and thought-leader on Scrum and Agile software development from San Diego County, California. He provides advice, consulting, mentoring and training to teams and organizations from small start-ups to businesses that develop products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Carlton he has over fifteen years of experience, working on five continents and in over fifteen countries, to improve quality, increase productivity, build great teams and apply Lean Thinking to software programs. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer®, the co-creator of CSP Fast Pass, the author of the book Fourteen Observations of Good Scrum Practice, bilingual in English and Spanish and a part-time Lisbon resident.

Invited talk: Learning from product failure to achieve new product success!

Cristiano Cunha is the lead tester for the automation area in Farfetch, he is passionate about testing, automation and the delivery process improvement.

He has started his career as a developer and evolved to tester, having now more than 7 years of experience in this area.

His career path in both sides of the trenches provides him with a unique view over the process and its challenges.

Having worked in startups and in multinational corporations, he closely followed the delivery process evolution and its challenges and the growing importance of test automation in this process.

Talk: Continuous automation

Délio Almeida is Global Quality Manager for CRITICAL Software, SA and is the responsible for all Quality operations for this international – CMMI Level 5 – Software Development organization since 2012. He has lead the Agile Transformation Program and Adoption in CRITICAL Software from 2012 to 2016, involving 3 countries and 4 development centers. He drove the Agile Methodology definition, acted as Coach and Trainer for Agile Teams. He successfully lead CRITICAL Software to be one of the few companies in the world having both Agile and Waterfall SW Development processes rated as CMMI-DEV V1.3 Maturity Level 5 in March 2016.

Délio Almeida has a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science by University of Coimbra in Portugal and Post-graduate studies in Project Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP) in good standing by the PMI, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by the Scrum Alliance, and Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) certified. He is also a member of the PMI Professional Association since 2008, member of the Scrum Alliance since 2013 and volunteer for the CMMI Next Generation project of the CMMI Institute.

Talk: Adopted agile in a CMMI L5 enterprise: what were the final results & experiences?

Diogo is VP of Engineering at Feedzai heading the product development team made up of agile developers and engineers at Feedzai, ensuring flawless release of product platforms and customer-driven design innovation. He specializes in high performance, low latency real-time platforms. Prior to Feedzai, Diogo worked on the Business Intelligence Reporting Framework for the European Space Agency and conducted research on Complex Event Processing systems for Oracle. Diogo holds a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering.

Talk: How agile supports Feedzai’s growth

Squirrel uses his 15 years of senior tech experience to overhaul businesses from top to bottom – coaching executives, training tech leads, improving engineering processes, and scaling teams. He is a consulting CTO and executive coach in London and hosts a video series on organisational change.

Talk: TDD for people – jointly designing change in your team

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Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal

João Brandão currently works at Critical Manufacturing as a Scrum Master in the Product Development Area. João graduated from Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto with a degree in Computer Sciences. Since then he has gained invaluable experience over 17 years in software development playing a variety of roles from software developer to manager.
He is a certified SCRUM master and works with Agile methodologies since 2009. Very enthusiastic when it comes to SCRUM, he strongly promotes its usage within his company.

Talk: Agile – a journey, not a destination

João has been in software development for over 20 years, entering the agile world with XP back in 2006. Having worked in multiple industries and been part of various change efforts, he has seen first hand what “culture eats strategy for breakfast” really means. Since 2009 João has dedicated himself to helping organizations navigate complex change by implementing practical solutions, which are often low in technology while high on communication.

Talk: Scaling agile through social movements

Rona is an Agile Coach who lives for continuous improvement. She was introduced to Agile methodologies and the Agile community a couple of years ago and was instantly struck with passion on the subject.

She loves to wrap her mind around coaching teams in striving for continuous improvement and finding new contexts that benefit from the application of agile principles; anything from wedding planning to onboarding of new team members. She firmly believes that new experiences and experiments enhance the overall development of both individuals and teams.

Talk: Onboarding with Scrum

Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life, and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility. As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organisations both small and large.

Jeff is also involved in the Agile community outside of the work place being one of the founding members of Gothenburg Sweden’s largest agile community at 500+ members, a community run agile discussion group which he has helped to spread to 3 countries. He also organizes the yearly conference

Invited talk: Actionable agile tools
Talk: Onboarding with Scrum

Lourenço Antunes is currently head of the Product Development at PRIMAVERA. In this role, he has had the opportunity to develop teams and people in various challenges and products. In the design and development of these products, innovation is a main driver, and the adoption of Agile methods happened as a natural evolution a few years ago.

After his degree in computer sciences at the University of Minho, he completed an Executive MBA at the University of Porto in 2008. Almost all of his career has been in consultancy and R&D in the field of ERP’s, starting from logistics and financial areas.

In recent years, he has been working on team management evolution, product innovation initiatives and also in a product architecture using a design patterns oriented approach to the design of business concepts. He has been also working in the development of products as cloud services or using third parties’s cloud services. In all of these challenges, building an Agile culture has been useful and empowering for all.

Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal

Currently acting as Planning Director of Farfetch tech unit, Luis has played multiple roles in software delivery – software developer, architect, pre-sales / business development, general management of business units and CTO – always in close proximity to people and technology. Is an enthusiastic supporter of agile practices and has a particular interest in scaling organisations and teams.

Luis holds an International Executive MBA from one of the leading business schools in Europe (IE Business School, Madrid) and a degree in computer engineering from Porto’s Faculty of Engineering.

Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal

Madalena Talone is responsible for software development and IT demand management in Banco BPI. She has led the adoption of agile in Banco BPI’s development teams since 2010, gradually scaling the initiative to its current level of over 60 teams. The agile practice in Banco BPI nowadays entails a wide range of tools (agile tools, management information system for teams and IT managers, customer satisfaction inquiries, etc.) that are crucial do support the day to day activity and ensure sustainability. The Bank is now extending agile to IT support and management teams.

Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal

Manuel Pais is a DevOps advocate, with a mixed background as developer, build manager and QA lead. Jack of all trades, master of continuous improvement, Manuel enjoys helping organizations adopt test automation, continuous delivery and cloud, from both technical and human perspectives. He has worked on a range of technologies (Java, .Net, web, mobile) and industries (banking, telecom, defense and aviation).

Talk: The (un)surprising truth about DevOps culture

Marco António Silva is a Solution Architect for Microsoft Consulting Services in Portugal. He has several years of experience on agile methodologies from different projects and teams he worked on, both in Portugal and abroad. He graduated from Oporto Engineering University (FEUP), lived and worked in Oporto, Lisbon and London. He has been a Tech Lead / SCRUM Master both in Portugal and London. He’s a Techie for sure, but he’s also a enthusiast of  processes, ALM and Agile in general. In the past 9 years he has only worked with agile methodologies in all of his projects, using different approaches and learning not only from what he reads, but also from what his teams have taught him. He worked on a wide range of industries and areas, from online interactive marketing, Telco, Entertainment, Media,  BI, GIS, and many more.

Talk: Daily meetings – more than just standing up and sharing

Miguel Duarte is a software engineer who in the 16+years of professionally developing software in a variety of industries, technologies and processes became an ardent believer in the agile manifesto values as the best way to deliver higher quality software faster to customers worldwide.

Beyond work I’m an avid reader and a player of strategy games. In the weekends, attending to my garden and small orchard in the countryside helps me take my mind away from software engineering.

I also an active member of the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni association of which I’m the running Portuguese chapter president.

Talk: Remote agile

Head of Solutions Design and Development at CELFINET, was directly involved in the vision definition, the setup and activity from scratch of a new Software Development area within CELFINET.

Besides his professional experience as telecommunications consultant, he has also been involved in software development projects from large multinational corporations such as Siemens and Nokia Siemens to consultancy companies like Aircom, within the telecommunications industry both in Portugal and UK.

Passionate for Agile methodologies and their implementation for value creation, is also a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner and holds an Msc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Talk: Adapting fast – learning and becoming fit for living in complex technological habitats

Consultora Sénior e Diretora Técnica.
Experiência em Qualidade de Software e em melhoria de processos em empresas internacionais e nacionais.
Experiência na definição, gestão e manutenção de projetos CMMI e/ou Agile em empresas internacionais e nacionais.
Coordenação e execução de auditorias internas e externas.Definição, manutenção, certificação e renovação de Sistemas de Gestão Integrados como gestora da equipa de Processos da empresa.
Experiência em testes de software e ferramentas de apoio ao desenvolvimento de software.
Responsável pelo departamento de Consultoria.
Responsável pelo departamento de Qualidade.

Talk: Adapting fast – learning and becoming fit for living in complex technological habitats

Nuno has been doing agile as an engineer for about 10 years and several of those in startups or agile transformation projects. Since the beginning of last year, he has been helping Equal Experts open and grow a new office in Lisbon. He also invests some of his time in growing and grooming several communities in Lisbon.

Talk: Leaner than lean startup

Nuno’s lighthouse, borrowed and adapted from John Maxwell:
– “Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn.”

Discovering customer needs and building products that delight them is hard.

But even harder is the journey to unlock the needed passion and creativity to get it there.

Very often, you must unlearn what you have learned from school and past work experiences.

In the workplace, as in life, to create your own value and discover your meaning, you must build your own learning path.

Current Nuno’s self-discovery journey connects Systems and Lean Thinking, Kaizen Philosophy, and the invisible power of Scrum

With almost 20 years’ experience on playing and learning with different people, teams, technologies and business challenges, Nuno has co-founded:

  • Scrum Portugal, a Community of Interest whose mission is to inspire people and organizations to achieve their full potential.

  •, a Community of Practice whose purpose is to enable people’s autonomy, mastery and purpose within organizations.

Talk: Improving Scrum with Lean thinking

Paulo Correia is currently an Agile Coach at PRIMAVERA Business Software Solutions in Braga, Portugal. Before that, he worked in different national and multi-national software companies. He started his career as a software analyst/developer in the software application integration area. Besides programming he quickly evolved to team and project management (small and big teams as well as for national and international clients). The challenges of delivering on time (or ahead of time), meeting customer’s expectations and being efficient were always there.

After years of managing numerous waterfall projects he gained interest and truly belief on Agile methodologies. Since then, he played the role of Scrum Master (both for small and larger teams) and then Agile Coach.

People and team collaboration are always on his top-of-mind. “It’s all about people” is his motto!

Talk: CMMI & SCRUM: a powerful combination @ PRIMAVERA

I have developed software for over twenty years.
Followed a few methodologies and styles, had a few role names, in several countries, using several programming languages, on most of the usual layers (database, backend, middle tier, frontend, …), with many technologies, techniques, libraries and frameworks.
And there is always something new to try, and there is always a bit of history that repeats itself!

Talk: Remote agile

Paulo is CTO at Feedzai and responsible for overall product development and technology strategy. Before founding Feedzai, Paulo was an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra and an Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was also the Director of the CMU|Portugal Professional Master Program in Software Engineering. Over the years he lead and worked in a large number of projects for institutions like the European Space Agency, Microsoft Research, Siemens, SciSys, among others.

Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal

Pedro Castro Henriques has strong experience in process improvement and the implementation and certification of quality in the software development and services world. He currently serves as a software engineering consultant and has worked globally throughout Europe, Africa, and North America in process and organizational improvement. Pedro has over 17 years of consulting experience, including roles as an executive, board member, and telecom/information systems strategic planner in the healthcare sector.

Talk: Agile gamification in an enterprise SaaS

Pedro Gustavo Torres is an Agile Coach and Delivery Manager @ SONAE, in Porto, Portugal.
He started his agile quest in 2010. He’s a seasoned Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Trainer. He also has experience acting as a Scrum Product Owner. He’s passionate about scrum, agile and all the practices that can help teams deliver early value to their customers.

Panel: Agile adoption in Portugal
Talk: Scrum vs ScrumAnd vs ScrumBut: which one are you doing?

Ricardo is a Software Engineer and Team Leader at Feedzai. With experience on distributed and high performance systems, he’s passionate about the design and architecture of large scale systems and working on performance sensitive problems. He is always striving to achieve those desired low latencies on Feedzai’s real-time platform, while also making sure it operates at high standards.

Talk: Testing distributed systems with docker

Ricardo Tomé is an experienced Lean\Agile Coach and Trainer currently working on several clients in the UK. He feels passion about helping organisations and teams to deliver products customers really need. His main goal is to achieve the right balance between inspiring people and providing them with pragmatic techniques to deliver value.

Ricardo has been an enthusiastic Agile and Lean practitioner since 2006 and he delivered critical and complex products for clients in banking, government, healthcare, telecommunications and aviation.

In a nutshell, he is a passionate leader by example with a strong track record of delivery in both small and big organisations.

Talk: MVP Dimensions

Rita Cunha is a consultant at Strongstep, a company specialized in software engineering, and very passionate about agile methodologies.

She holds a master’s degree in Information Science Engineering and has published and presented scientific papers in international conferences, related to risk management in agile software projects.

Her expertise includes risk management, process improvement and continuous improvement projects (including agile projects).

Talk: CMMI & SCRUM: a powerful combination @ PRIMAVERA

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