Presentation: "Panel: Talking Teams and Fielding Your Questions"

Time: Wednesday 16:50 - 17:50

Location: Salon C


This session will be an audience driven fishbowl discussion. Instead of listening to panelists ramble on and on, the audience will submit questions that the panel discusses in the fishbowl. After 5 minutes, the audience will decide (by voting) whether they want to hear more on the current question or move on. We welcome your hardest question and toughest challenges. The session is a forum for open discussion around the realities and tools needed to form and maintain teams that building the right thing, the right way.

David Hussman, DevJam

 David  Hussman
David leads DevJam, a Minneapolis based company composed of agile collaborators working in the North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As mentors and practitioners, DevJam focuses on using agile methods to help people and companies improve their software production skills. DevJam provides seasoned leaders that strive to pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better and cooler products.

Along with coaching and presenting / leading workshops / tutorials at a variety of conferences, David is the creator of the video series Cutting an Agile Groove release through The Pragmatic Bookshelf.  Here has also contributed to several books “Managing Agile Projects” and “Agile in the Large” as well as creating curriculum for The University of Minnesota and Capella University.

For more information, check out the DevJam website

David Laribee, Product Development Team, VersionOne

 David  Laribee

David Laribee has trucked in software for over 15 years. He favors collaboration, design thinking, simple, domain-driven design and low ceremony tools, platforms and languages. David resides in Atlanta, where he’s a proud member of the VersionOne product development team. He writes about product, workflow and software design at

Jeff Patton, Certified Scrum Practitioner

 Jeff  Patton

Jeff Patton has designed and developed software for the past 15 years on a wide variety of projects from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has focused on agile approaches since working on an early Extreme Programming team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialized in the application of user experience design practice to improve agile requirements, planning, and products. Some of his recent writing on the subject can be found at and in Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear. His forthcoming book to be released in Addison-Wesley’s Agile Development Series gives tactical advice to those seeking to deliver useful, usable, and valuable software.

Jeff works currently as an independent consultant, and a consulting partner with LitheSpeed, DevJam, and Cooper. Jeff is founder and list moderator of the agile-usability Yahoo discussion group, a columnist with and IEEE Software, a Certified Scrum Practitioner, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development.

Richard Sheridan, Menlo Innovations

 Richard  Sheridan
From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover boy in 2003, “outlier” Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities or the limelight.  While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal:  the business value of joy!  Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab.  Some call it agile, some call it lean ... Sheridan and his team call it joyful.  And it produces results ... business and otherwise.  Four consecutive Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing nearly a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory.

Susan Standiford, CTO, RueLaLa

 Susan  Standiford
Susan has been living retail, Ecommerce and high volume media technology for over 16 years.  She is currently the CTO at RueLaLa, a leading private sale shopping destination - and is leading the Rue technology organization through a culture of change and innovation in the python/Django world.  She also has led change initiatives in categories of both technology and social psychology
at Disney, Travelocity and Oracle/Retek.