Agile Executive Forum
August 3, 2015
Presented by the Agile Alliance
Agile Executive Forum 2015

Don't Miss this Exclusive Opportunity with the World’s Top Agile Executives!

Building the Lean Enterprise

Join a select group of executives and top Agile leaders at the 2015 Agile Executive Forum, an intensive 1-day opportunity to explore the latest strategic thinking in Lean/Agile principles and practices and how to apply them toward building a Lean Enterprise. You'll learn how to improve time-to-market and quickly deliver sustainable business value, yielding a greater competitive advantage and fostering greater profitability.

For Agile Leaders, by Agile Executives

A combination of keynotes, short presentations, and breakout discussions, the Agile Executive Forum will illuminate your Lean/Agile journey. All presenters are senior executives who have successfully led major transformations in their organizations.

Agile Methods Increase Speed, Flexibility, and Productivity

Of organizations that have have embraced Agile methods, 92% report improved flexibility to changing priorities; 87% have increased productivity; 82% say they have improved project visibility; and 77% report faster time-to-market. (9th Annual State of Agile Survey)

Agility Generates 30% Higher Profits

88% of executives cite organizational agility as key to global success. Research conducted at MIT suggests that agile firms grow revenue 37% faster and generate 30% higher profits than those that are not agile. (The Economist)

Don't miss this unique opportunity to exchange insights and ideas with peers across a broad spectrum of industries!

Mark Schwartz, CIO, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


Transparent_vert.pngAs CIO, Mark Schwartz oversees all of USCIS’ information technology functions. Before joining USCIS, Schwartz was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, a leading sponsor of J-1 cultural exchange programs. There, he led business reengineering efforts that replaced paper-based processes in the field and overseas with end-to-end electronic processes. This resulted in improving Intrax’s customer service, scalability and compliance.

Mark has been recognized by CIO Magazine with a CIO 100 award, and was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld Magazine.

Gill Haus, VP of Digital Innovation, Capital One

Gill-Haus.jpg Transparent_vert.pngGill Haus is the Managing Vice President of Digital Innovation for the Retail and Direct Bank at Capital One, where he is responsible for building and sustaining an innovative technology organization while fostering a culture of excellence in software engineering and digital product development. He joined Capital One from AOL where he was the CTO of Content and Paid Services and led the modernization of systems and processes enabling the transition to an engineering-centric organization.

Gill is a prior member of Vistage, a regular speaker at Loyola and Hopkins, on the board of advisors for RevolutionParts, a member of NextGen Angels, and a huge supporter of the DC Metro area Meetup scene.

Nicole Forsgren, Director of Organizational Performance & Analytics, Chef


Transparent_vert.pngNicole Forsgren, PhD, is the Director of Organizational Performance & Analytics at Chef, a configuration management and IT automation leader. She is an academic partner at the Social Analytics Institute at Clemson University and received her PhD in Management Information Systems and her Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona.

Prior to her role at Chef, Nicole was an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and Pepperdine University. She is an expert in IT adoption and use, DevOps impacts, and communication and knowledge management practices.

Randy Salley, SVP of Application Development, Walmart Stores, Inc.


Transparent_vert.pngRandy Salley rejoined Walmart in January 2013 as Vice President of Supply Chain IT with global responsibilities for all supply chain systems including distribution and transportation solutions. He also has responsibilities for Application Development (AD) Technical Services, a horizontal delivery unit that provides enterprise services and process integration to the rest of the AD organization. In March 2014, he was promoted to his current role of Senior Vice President of Application Development.

Randy also serves as the executive champion for Walmart’s adoption of and maturity in Agile concepts and practices, leading efforts to increase speed to value.

Michael Gioja, SVP Information Technology, Product Management & Development, Paychex

michael-gioja.jpgTransparent_vert.pngMichael Gioja is the senior vice president of information technology, product management and development at Paychex, Inc., where he has paired the company’s dedicated, personal service with a new, innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform to offer solutions that meet the needs of businesses today and in the future.

Currently in the process of leading his team through an Agile transformation, Michael is driving innovation and effecting cultural change throughout the organization.

Chris Cate, CIO, Cox Target Media

chris-cate.pngTransparent_vert.pngChris Cate is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Cox Target Media, provider of Valpak and brands. As CIO, Chris is responsible for an organization of over 100 people in Tampa Bay (for Valpak) and California (for in building and supporting all technology platforms for franchises, merchants, employees, and consumers.

In addition, Chris has a leading role in emerging technologies, digital transformation, and related new business development towards driving the next generation of revenue generating products at Cox Target Media. He was named “CIO of the Year” in 2013. 

Scaling Agile Panel

Dot Tudor, Moderator


Transparent_vert.pngDot is founder and Technical Director of TCC, a UK-based company specialising helping organisations manage projects and achieve successful business change. She is an award-winning Agile coach and experienced facilitator who enjoys helping organisations improve their ways of working.  

Dot is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional, as well as a Certified Scrum Professional, DSDM Advanced Practitioner and Certified SAFe Program Consultant.

Dean Leffingwell


Widely recognized as a leading authority on software development, Dean Leffingwell is an author, serial entrepreneur, and software development methodologist. He is the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework, and author of five books on software development. He currently serves as Chief Methodologist and CEO at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he co-founded in 2011.

Dean's most recent books form much of the basis of modern thinking on Lean-Agile software development principles and practices.

Jeff Sutherland


Jeff is the inventor and co-creator of Scrum. He is a West Point graduate, former fighter pilot and cancer researcher, as well as CTO or head of engineering of eleven different software companies from small startups to enterprises with thousands of developers.

Jeff launched the first Scrum team in 1993 and has shepherded its explosive growth across the planet and into almost every industry: finance, healthcare, higher education and telecom. His most recent book is Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.

Scott Ambler


Scott W. Ambler is the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level.

Scott is the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies, and is the co-author of several books.

Craig Larman


Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling lean thinking and agile development to large, multisite, and offshore development. He helps senior managers and teams with organizational-design consulting for groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling Lean and Agile development with LeSS.

The Agile Executive Forum is a program of Agile Alliance