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Eagle Crest Resort and Conference Center

1275 S Huron St

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Agile and Beyond 2017

May 4-5, 2017

Eagle Crest Conference Center and Resort, Ypsilanti, MI

On Thursday and Friday, May 4 - 5, 2017, the grassroots, volunteer-run Agile and Beyond conference will be happening again. Check out the conference schedule at:

Available Pre-Conference Workshops:

May 2: "The Responsibility Process - Leading and Coaching Workshop" (Christopher Avery)

Do People Around You Waste Valuable Time And Energy NOT Taking Ownership For Obvious and Important Problems?

  • You strive to be efficient but lose a lot of time to resistance and defensiveness around you

  • You want to improve productivity but keep rehashing old issues

  • You try to introduce change but banging your head on the wall hurts

Confidently Lead and Coach people to Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership with The Responsibility Process.


May 2-3: "Coaching Skills for Agile Leadership Workshop" (Stephanie Ockerman)

Do you want to help people and teams grow to enable agility?

  • You know that leadership is not about a job title; it is about taking responsibility for your world. It is about being of service and helping others grow.
  • You have agile knowledge and experience. You teach and facilitate to help people and teams. Now you want to expand your coaching skills to amplify your impact.

If you are a Manager, a Scrum Master, an Agile Coach, or an Agile Team Member, coaching skills can help you become a more effective leader and help you grow effective leaders.

Excellent coaches work to evoke excellence in others. They enable people to inspire themselves to do fulfilling work, to reach more of their potential, and to make a difference. Coaches need to be intentional in their interactions with teams and individuals in order to be effective change agents.


May 2 and May 3: "Create an Environment for Success" Workshop (John Le Drew)

Do you want to create a workplace that supports highly effective teams and helps them flourish to their full potential?

  • Is your team struggling to meeting expectations?
  • Are you constantly firefighting?
  • Tired of organisational politics?

In this hands on workshop you will learn to foster safe environments where teams can engage fully with their work and collaborate effectively.



Agile and Beyond is a totally volunteer driven group and we can always use a bit of help! The simplest way to help is within your own organization by spreading the word about Agile and Beyond 2017. We will share a lot of information, posters and discount codes with you to share with your company or organization. If you wish to be more active, we have a number of other open positions available.

Meet the Conference Speakers:

  • Bill Allen

    Bill Allen

    agile Innovation Labs, LLC

    agile Coach

  • Andrew Annett

    Andrew Annett


    Lean/Agile Coach

  • Christopher Avery

    Christopher Avery

    Partnerwerks, Inc.

    Author, CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc.

  • MB Matt Badgley

    Matt Badgley

  • Matt Barcomb

    Matt Barcomb


    VP Org Design Services

  • Pete Behrens

    Pete Behrens

    Trail Ridge Consulting

    Agile Leadership Coach

  • David Bernstein

    David Bernstein

    To Be Agile


  • Jayshree Bhakta

    Jayshree Bhakta


    Lead QA Engineer

  • Paul Boos

    Paul Boos

    Excella Consulting

    IT Executive Coach

  • Brandon Carlson

    Brandon Carlson

    Lean TECHniques, Inc.

    IT Nerd

  • TC Todd Charron

    Todd Charron

  • TC Tom Churchwell

    Tom Churchwell

  • Michael Clement

    Michael Clement

    Greater Sum

    Software Craftsman

  • AC Amber Conville

    Amber Conville

  • Mike Cottmeyer

    Mike Cottmeyer



  • Mark Cruth

    Mark Cruth

    TD Ameritrade

    Scrum Master

  • David Dame

    David Dame

    BlueCat and David Dame Inc.


  • DJ Daugherty

    DJ Daugherty

    Pillar Technology

    aerial robotics and autonomous 'things'

  • Daniel Davis

    Daniel Davis


  • Selena Delesie

    Selena Delesie

    Delesie Solutions Inc

    Leadership & Innovation Coach

  • George Dinwiddie

    George Dinwiddie

    iDIA Computing

    Software Development Coach

  • John Le Drew

    John Le Drew

    Wise Noodles

    Founder and Principal Consultant

  • Colleen Esposito

    Colleen Esposito

    Kaplan Professional Education

    Agile Coach

  • Fred Estabrook

    Fred Estabrook


    Software Craftsman

  • Kent Fitzgerald

    Kent Fitzgerald


    Software Test Engineer

  • GF Greg Frazer

    Greg Frazer

  • Helene Gidley

    Helene Gidley

    HSG Consulting LLC

    Agile Coach and Mentor

  • James Gifford

    James Gifford

    Lean Agile Intelligence

    Chief Data Scientist

  • Ellen Grove

    Ellen Grove

    Agile Partnership

  • Nayan Hajratwala

    Nayan Hajratwala

    Chikli Consulting

    Lean / Agile Coach

  • Eric Heikkila

    Eric Heikkila

    Industrial Logic


  • Heidi Helfand

    Heidi Helfand


    Principal Agile Coach

  • NH Nivia Henry

    Nivia Henry

  • Matthew Heusser

    Matthew Heusser

    Excelon Development

    Principal Consultant

  • MH Michael Hill

    Michael Hill

    Software Development Coach

  • Jeff Hoover

    Jeff Hoover

    Pillar Technology

    Agile Coach / Senior Software Craftsperson

  • Andy Hunt

    Andy Hunt

    Toolshed Technologies, Inc.

  • Steve Jackson

    Steve Jackson

    Test Double

  • WJ Wendy Jacobs

    Wendy Jacobs

  • Colleen Johnson

    Colleen Johnson

    ImagineX Consulting

    Practice Director- Lean/Agile Transformation

  • Susan Johnston

    Susan Johnston

    It's Understood / Leanintuit

    Coach and Trainer

  • Peter Kananen

    Peter Kananen


    Delivery Manager

  • Jagdish Karira

    Jagdish Karira

    Director, Agile Practice

  • MK Michael Kaufman

    Michael Kaufman

    Kaufman Agile Consulting

    Agile Coach & Trainer

  • Todd Kaufman

    Todd Kaufman

    Test Double


  • Dillon Kearns

    Dillon Kearns

    Dillon Kearns Agile Consulting

    Agile Coach

  • Josh Kerievsky

    Josh Kerievsky

  • Fadi Khoury

    Fadi Khoury

    Ford Motor Company

    Agile Transformation Manager

  • John Krewson

    John Krewson

    Sketch Development

    Founder and Principal

  • JL Jason Little

    Jason Little

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1275 S Huron St

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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