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!

This year’s Agile Executive Forum theme: Building the Lean Enterprise 

At the 2015 Agile Executive Forum, join a select group of executives and top Agile leaders for an intensive one-day opportunity to explore the latest in strategic thinking in Lean and Agile practices and principles applied towards building the Lean Enterprise.  Lean Enterprises have the significant competitive ability to respond rapidly to change.  They:

  • Focus their efforts around quickly creating and delivering sustainable business value.
  • Foster an environment in which the whole organization’s efforts are prioritized according to what provides the highest business value.
  • Look beyond individual teams to focus on all parts of the organization – technology and business – that comprise the entire value stream.
  • Embrace change and collaboration between and among all enterprise layers to continuously deliver value, iteratively and incrementally.

Having products and services sooner rather than later translates into faster time to market, greater competitive advantage, and greater profitability. 

Event Program - For Agile Leaders, by Executives

You’ll spend a day with colleagues and the industry’s top Agile performers and have the unique opportunity to exchange insights and ideas with peers from across a broad spectrum of industries. Presenters and discussion leaders are all senior executives who have successfully led major transformation efforts with Agile principles and practices. 

The Forum is structured as a combination of:

  • Keynotes from top performers 
  • Short presentations spotlighting innovative success stories and transformation challenges
  • Breakout discussions with exploration and problem resolution
  • Networking and community-building events
  • A no-sales policy is in place to keep your thinking clear

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.

His innovative Family Room application drove dramatic market share, revenue and profit growth over the following years, and was recognized by CIO Magazine with a CIO 100 award in 2006. In 2010, Schwartz was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld Magazine.  Schwartz was also chief executive officer (CEO) of Auctiva Corporation, a company that provides software and online services to large buyers and sellers on online marketplaces such as eBay. Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Yale University. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

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.

Before joining AOL, Gill managed the teams that built and scaled the technology behind Taxi Magic, one of the premier mobile on-demand car booking services.  He was also part of the team that scaled and sold the online credit platform Bill Me Later to eBay/PayPal.  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. He holds a Bachelors in Decision and Information Systems from the University of Maryland and now lives in Fairfax with his wife and two children.

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, particularly among technical professionals.

Nicole's background spans analytics, enterprise storage (specializing in RAID performance), cost allocation, user experience, and systems design and development. She is a featured speaker at industry and academic events and is involved in women in technology initiatives.

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. Additionally, he 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. Gioja is a senior executive with more than 35 years of experience in product management and strategy, as well as software and information technology.

During his time at Paychex, Gioja has led his teams through the creation of product road maps and the launch of Paychex Flex, the company’s cloud platform that offers a streamlined and integrated approach to human capital management. Currently in the process of leading his team through an agile transformation, Gioja is driving innovation and effecting cultural change at Paychex. 

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. Chris joined Valpak in 1988 and has held several IT leadership positions including Vice President of Information Systems and Director of Information Systems. Chris holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.

Chris serves as Vice-Chairman of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum and was named “CIO of the Year” in 2013. Chris also serves and supports Agile within his community and beyond as a corporate member of the Agile Alliance and sponsor of Tampa Bay Agile and Agile Open Florida. In addition, Chris inspires other executive leaders by proudly and openly sharing Valpak’s Agile transformation story.

Scaling Agile Panel

Dot Tudor, Moderator


Transparent_vert.pngDot is founder and Technical Director of TCC, a UK-based company specialising helping organisations to 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.  She 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.

Dot has been involved with Agile approaches since they first began to emerge in the early 1990s, working over the years with the Agile Alliance, Agile Leadership Network and DSDM Consortium.  Dot coaches, trains and consults across all industry sectors, and across the world, from America to Australia and all points in between, with a wide range of customers from small companies to multinational organisations.  She is a recognised international conference speaker and a published author.

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. His most recent books Leading SAFe Live Lessons, Agile Software Requirements, and Scaling Software Agility, form much of the basis of modern thinking on Lean-Agile software development principles and practices.

Founder of several successful startups, including Scaled Agile, Inc., Requisite, Inc., (makers of RequisitePro, later acquired by Rational), Mr. Leffingwell also served as Chief Methodologist to Rally Software, and prior to that, as a Sr. Vice President at Rational Software (now part of IBM). He currently serves as Chief Methodologist and CEO at Scaled Agile, Inc., which he co-founded in 2011.

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.  He is the co-author of several books, including Disciplined Agile Delivery,Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, The Object Primer 3rd Ed., and The Enterprise Unified Process.  Scott blogs about DAD at Scott is also a Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for disciplined agile.

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 & agile development with LeSS. He has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS,, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

Pricing and Registration 

Attendance at the 2015 Agile Executive Forum is limited to 125 participants.


Cost: Standard price $500 (Discounts available for Super Earlybird and Earlybird Agile Alliance members).  Registration includes a full one-year Agile Alliance membership, and qualifies you for the highly discounted registration price of $1500.00 per person for the Agile2015 conference.

Organizing Committee

Sanjiv Augustine (LitheSpeed LLC), Linda Cook (Project Cooks), Phil Brock (Agile Alliance), and Pam Dyer (Agile Alliance).


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