Speaker Bios

David Bulkin

David is a strong leader, technologist and process engineer with over 20 years experience in applying lean processes to manage portfolios, projects, people, process, and technology for competitive advantage. He has helped numerous teams apply agile project management and engineering methods as a practioner and coach. He is a frequent speaker at user groups and blogs on the subject. David’s career has spanned both the public and private sector. He built an electronic commerce startup from the group up, and also managed large scale, mission critical technology projects as a VP at JP Morgan Chase. He is frequently engaged in both strategic board level, and hands on implementation (analysis, design, coding) activities, keeping his agile coaching and training skills sharp and relevant. He is on the Board of Directors at the Center for Program Transformation (CPT) and Ocean 20 Technologies Group. With the CPT, David prepared Senate testimony on IT Oversight and contributed to federal legislation. In the 1990’s David was a key member of the Software Program Managers Network (SPMN) where he identified proven software best practices, conveyed them to managers of large-scale DoD system acquisition programs.

 

Alex Adamopoulos

Alex is an executive with more than 20 years experience in global services organizations. He has extensive international experience with a deep understanding of culture, work, and life ethics especially in relation to establishing alignment and crossing cultural barriers. Over the years, Alex has brought know-how and practical business experience to companies that want to excel and compete globally. With a focus on performance measurement, business value and bottom-line profitability, Alex has successfully applied working models and practices to accelerate the solutions and strategies of companies to drive results.

 

Satish Thatte

Satish Thatte has over 30 years of industry experience in a variety of technology areas and management positions. His industry experience covers large, multinational companies (Texas Instruments, Bellcore and LG Electronics), and entrepreneurial companies and start-ups. He has extensive experience of customizing and adapting agile software development methods in a number of companies to deliver client-specific IT services as well as commercial software products. Dr. Thatte was the founder and CEO of New Synergy Group where he offered customized training, workshops, coaching and consulting services for software project and product management. He serves as Agile / Lean coach and Product Consultant at VersionOne. Satish received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Thatte is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the ACM. He holds 14 patents (13 US and one International).

 

Stacia Viscardi

Stacia Viscardi has been teaching, coaching and mentoring Agile teams for the past decade. She is best at helping people put on the “possibility glasses” in order to see and eventually realize modern knowledge work environments in which technical professionals are energized and excited about the great products they are building. She has helped companies like Cisco Systems, Martha Stewart Living, Primavera, DoubleClick, Google, Pitney Bowes, Washington Post and many, many others. Co-author of the Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility, Stacia has taught Agile in 17 countries and is active in the ScrumAlliance as a CST and trusted community advisor. When she is not doing Agile stuff, she can be found running through various neighborhoods in Central New Jersey, training for a marathon or other long race. She sees running as analogous to helping her clients escape the legacy of scientific management: Run! Run fast! And don’t look back! Stacia loves spending time with her husband Chris and ‘fur kids' (dogs Jax and Cobi). She's giddy when her race bib numbers happen to be prime.

 

Brian Wills

Brian Wills is a member of the Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) for Cognizant Technology Services, second largest outsourcing company in the world. Brian has more than 25 years of coaching and development experience covering $400MM worth of programs using Agile, Iterative, and Waterfall approaches to large-scale application development and infrastructure projects. He specializes in AgileCoaching, Mobility/Tablet Computing, and Social Networking programs using traditional and global delivery (onsite/offshore) models. Brian has demonstrated expertise in building high performance teams and communicating across multiple levels of the enterprise, including CxO level, in the Retail, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment, Food Processing & Manufacturing, Government, Airline,Travel, Insurance, Internet, Healthcare, Defense, and Manufacturing industries.