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Agile 2012 Keynote Speakers Announced

 The Agile Alliance has anounced the keynote speakers for the Agile 2012 conference being held in Dallas, Texas, on 13-17 August 2012.

The three keynote speakers are:

  • Bob Sutton
  • Dr. Sunita Maheshwari
  • Joe Justice

Mitch Lacey, the conference chair, said of the keynotes:

Our conference is made up of a group of innovators, people constantly pushing the envelope. The Agile community is constantly looking for ways to improve company culture, innovation in software development and implement modern engineering practices that apply to both hardware and software, and I believe these speakers will be a fantastic fit for our conference.

The conference press release provides more details about the keynote speakers:


Bob Sutton

Sutton is a professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and a professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sutton studies innovation, leaders and bosses, evidence-based management, the links between knowledge and organizational action, and workplace civility. Sutton was selected by Business 2.0 as a leading "management guru" in 2002, and the award for best article published in the Academy of Management Review in 2005. His books, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half Truths, and Total Nonsense, were selected as the best business book of 2006 by the Toronto Globe and Mail. His latest book, the No Asshole Rule, won the Quill Award for the best business book of 2007.

Dr. Sunita Maheshwari

Dr. Maheshwari is a multi-accomplished pediatric cardiologist with the relentless goal of changing the health scenario of India. She is a world renowned pioneer in IT healthcare medical entrepreneurship in India, cofounding Telaradiology Solutions in 2002, a medical knowledge process outsourcing company. In addition to her responsibilities with Telaradiology, Dr. Maheshwari runs an online teaching academy offering e-classes in pediatric cardiology and RxDx, a software development unit for healthcare solutions for hospitals. In this presentation, Dr. Maheshwari will describe the practices and processes that enable healthcare professionals to thrive with agility.

Joe Justice

Justice is the founder of WIKISPEED, a car company that boasts the idea that it shares more in common with Google or Twitter than GM or Toyota. A software consultant by trade, Justice brought his experience in Agile/Lean/Scrum project management, distributed collaboration and loosely coupled engineering with him when founding WIKISPEED. His dedication to Agile values and practices is evidenced in the production of the SGT01 - an affordable 100 mpg, four-seat commuter car with a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. From Agile software development, Justice took the principles of reducing cost to create change, changes in team, materials and even goals. Justice's presentation will use the car as a case study of how manufacturing companies have deployed Agile methods to expedite the design process and deliver a product that consumers want now, rather than a product consumers wanted years ago.

The annual Agile 20XX conference is the Agile Alliance's premier event every year and attracts attendees from many countries around the world.  This year the conference organizers are expecting over 1500 attendees.

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