Aki Salmi

Senior SW Architect


Aki does not believe in magic, he makes it happen. In all his professions, which are many; Hiking Guide, Communication Trainer, Software Crafter.He started as a developer in test and later has worked as Scrum Master and software crafter. While doing the techy side of work, Aki is test-driving the code – already since 2006. While being with people, Aki is well known for his listening skills giving the greatest gift he can give – the feeling of being listened to.Professionally, he travels all around Europe to speak, to share and to learn with crafters on what the community has learned. Also, Aki organizes conference(s) himself, like CodeFreeze.

Empathy at work

Trust is a key component for high performing teams, And while trust is built in the smallest of moments, in this workshop, Aki will guide you through how empathy can have an ever-lasting effect on trust.

How arguments and conflicts, that have mostly destructive power, can be transformed into curiosity-driven conflicts. Curiosity is one key ingredient of empathy – really trying to understand other people’s viewpoints and their needs behind.

5 Key Learnings:
* Key elements of high performing team, from the study by Google (Project Aristotle)
* How trust can be built, in the smallest of moments.
* Understanding differences of a different kind of listening
* Nonviolent Communication
* How NVC can help in building trust

Amir Elkabir

Program Manager, Team Lead


Amir Elkabir is an experienced Program Manager, working in a global multi-cultural environment, with nearly 20 years of experience in management, customer facing roles, and system implementation.

Currently, as head of Program Management in the Entertainment business line at AT&T Israel, Amir leads a major multisite software delivery operation overseeing various projects practicing Agile at Scale across multiple geographical locations.

Previously, working at companies in the Fintech industry, Amir led the project responsibilities and business development for strategic accounts. He managed software implementations and business partnerships with top-tier banks worldwide. Prior to this, Amir assumed several managerial roles in the semiconductors industry, involving complex multidisciplinary systems with a global install base and was positioned in the US and Korea.

Amir is a member of the Agile at Scale Israeli forum, a guest panel adviser of the MBA program at the Israel Institute of Technology, and founder of the Project Management guild at AT&T.

Our SAFe journey to follow the sun

This is an incredible study about a major Program transformation and the way it evolved into a massive global delivery machine. Over the last 3 years, we have been studying and applying the key practices for managing global teams effectively, turning a disadvantage into an advantage.

With teams practicing Agile at scale distributed across 5 global locations, delivering fast and frequent software, and hundreds of employees, this study reveals our model for structuring and executing change from the ground up.

Briana Romero

Service Designer

Intergalactico / Nordcloud

Briana Romero is originally from Northern California and has been living in Helsinki, Finland nine years. She works as a service designer in the technology industry and has a educational background in sustainability. She has an MA is creative sustainability from Aalto University and a BFA in art from San Jose State University, CA. She is also cloud practitioner certified. She enjoys dancing, traveling, and learning new things. She is also a fine artist and enjoys nature.

Why care about sustainability? We do digital stuff.

What is the purpose of sustainability if technology is sustainable… Wait is it? How come we are developing services without thinking of the longevity of them, or the effect on the people who matter the most; our users. Service designers often create persona’s in their work to drive their design.What is the persona of the earth now, and in 50 years if we were to think of them as our end user? Most likely sustainability is left out of the development phase due to money, or neither client or company demands. Let’s break down sustainability into parts : economical, environmental and social. Let’s think of systems thinking, circular economy and digital preservation. Let’s build products while attempting to preserve our communities and the environment.

If we are agile how can we slow down to think of sustainability as an essential design strategy for the future? How can we think quick and agile while smart about the environment and our users? Is it possible to be agile as well as sustainable? Are we the heroes of our tech future or the destroyers?

Jaana Majakangas

Technical project manager

Gofore Oyj


Jaana is IT professional that has been involved in all areas of software industry. She currently works as a technical project manager in Gofore. She has twenty+ years of experience in a variety of roles within the IT industry.

Jaana has an agile mindset and her first touch to agility was in the beginning of the century while working for Nokia. Agility has been part of the daily work over a decade now. Jaana has completed several agile certificates from Scrum Alliance and Scale Agile to different roles in agile development.

Last 8 years Jaana has been working on variety of public sector projects at Gofore. She has been solving agility issues hand in hand with the customer. These projects have been from various business areas and all closely tight to digitalisation and digital services, so making a big impact on society.

Lessons learnt from public sector agile projects - Wednesday 1st of April 11:45

Is agile transformation possible and can agile projects be successful in public sector? Yes, they can, but there are several pitfalls to avoid. In this talk we will share some of the things we have learnt from the public sector projects. Regardless of the domain, projects face similar challenges. We’ll also have some solutions or advice to these challenges.

Jennifer Fawcett

Retired, consultant

Jennifer is an empathetic lean and agile leader, practitioner, coach, speaker, and consultant. Her passion and focus has been in delivering value in the workplace and by creating communities and culture through effective product management, product ownership, executive portfolio coaching and leadership. She has provided dedicated service in these areas to technology companies for over 35 years.Jennifer was a contributor and developer of content and courseware for the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), and is a SAFe Fellow. Jennifer spent several years in product management and product ownership at Tendril (now Uplight) and Rational Software (now IBM-Rational). She has also spent a significant portion of her career as a consultant, providing senior-level lean and agile product management, product marketing, corporate visioning, architecture, process expertise, and hands-on development to many of the Global 2000. She lives in Boulder Colorado, where she works and plays near the majestic and inspiring Rocky Mountains.

The Science of Empathy: Practical ways to Foster Innovation

This keynote will explore the science behind empathy and why it is important to business. Jennifer Fawcett, student and practitioner of empathy, will describe its role in her personal and professional life. The audience will discover how it fuels the most successful companies and creates diverse working environments that people love. We’ll also explore a set of practices that you can use to create empathetic organizations that stimulates design thinking, enables innovation, and ultimately, social responsibility. The audience will leave inspired with techniques to apply empathy to their own business.

Key topics explored include:

  • Why empathy rules relationships, through awareness and safety
  • How empathy creates synergies for design thinking and innovation
  • Values, and how different empathy levels are strengthened
  • Practical tips for evolving empathy

Josh Dahlberg

Scrum master 



Helping teams build products that solve problems is where Josh finds the most enjoyment. His background in music publishing and software development influence his approach to work in a way that supports both creativity and delivery. Outside the office, he enjoys experimenting with synthesizers, record shopping, and riding his bike around Detroit.

The Agility of Motown Records

What can Motown Records teach us about agility? Can it be that Berry Gordy adopted business agility decades before the Agile Manifesto was authored? What lessons can we learn from how Motown empowered a creative class to build the highest quality products in their market space? In this talk, we’ll explore the principles of agile in the context of Motown Records, and dig into the parallels between Berry Gordy’s approach to releasing music and software development. Attendees will learn more about what made Motown unique for its time and how the practices of the label can improve the software and products we build for our customers today.

Markus Vartiovaara

Director, Business Transformation

OP Corporate Bank


Markus Vartiovaara has a career in the management of large corporations, such as OP Financial Group, Telia, Nasdaq and Euroclear Finland. His past responsibilities include business management, account management, IT and product development, program management and ICT strategy. He is currently accountable for the agile transformation in OP Corporate Bank.

Markus has 20 years of experience in both theory and practice. He spent a year in Saudi Arabia managing the delivery of a stock exchange system. In Telia he was responsible for the group’s project management methodology and building project culture in Nordics. He has managed various service and product portfolios with vendors and partners. In OP Corporate Bank he initiated and implemented the first SAFe trains.

Based on his experience, agility is vital for all successful businesses, but large corporations often struggle with siloed, bureaucratic and hierarchical organization. While agility is the norm in product development, business lines for sales, customer service and business operations have typically separate processes and way of working.

“In the end, business agility is about putting employees and customers to the spotlight.”, Markus summarizes. “I look forward to sharing our experiences that I hope encourage and inspire other companies on their agile journeys.”

Agile business transformation end-to-end

OP Financial Group is undergoing a significant change in terms of mindset and operating culture. Our transformation aims to improve employee experience, customer experience, and productivity.

What I believe makes the OP Corporate Bank’s transformation unique is the scope of the change. Our business areas, or tribes as we call them, are responsible for their customer journeys which cover not only product development but also sales and customer operations. The tribes are further organized into agile teams in all areas.

Based on my experience, agility can be implemented up to some point using common good practices but beyond that you must build your own culture and operating model. Our employees are part of the leadership creating a totally different corporate culture. My ambition is to encourage and inspire the audience by sharing our experiences related to e.g. business agility, culture, and leadership.

Minna Janhonen

Lean – Agile Coach



Minna is a professional in organizational development, with a passion for building practices and culture that enhance agility, resiliency, and fluency at work.

She has a firm background as a researcher and a strong experience in coaching people. She did her Ph.D. about knowledge sharing at teamwork (2010), and ever since, she has focused her energy on making teams and processes better.In her work, she is used to train and coach people in varying roles, leaders as well as teams, to improve their work. The regular topics in her work are servant leadership, self-organization, competence sharing, complexity, adaptivity, and resilience.

Minna finds her mission in helping organizations take the next steps and expand from technical agile practices towards organizational agility and resilience.

Minna is known for her common sense and research popularization skills. She is eager to write blog posts and loves transforming science into practice. She works at Nitor as a Lean & Agile Coach.

If agility is not in the culture, it doesn’t exist

If agility is not adopted to an organization’s culture and visible as a shared way of thinking and acting, it actually doesn’t exist.Lean and agile way of working is drawing more and more attention as an organizing model that enhances better customer orientation, fluency of work, faster value delivery and better competitiveness.

However, it’s very common that agility is only partially adopted in the organization – it touches only some parts of the organization, while rest follow different mindset. The organization uses many different organizing models at the same time. The agile teams’ release on demand and fast delivery capabilities are impaired by a hierarchical structure, slow decision making and rigid culture that don’t allow realizing the benefits of agility. Best value is gained when leaders and support functions, including human resource management, understand and adopt agility. Utilizing agility is a paradigm change that affects organizational structures, processes, people practices, strategy, and values as well as leadership and decision-making practices. So, what organization can do to adopt agility as a part of a culture? In this presentation, core organizational practices and values that support agility are presented. True agile culture is visible as no silos-mentality, autonomous teamwork, continuous learning, seeing employees as persons and not as resources, and agile strategy and values.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen

Director General

Finnish National Agency for Education


Mr. Heinonen is Director General at the Finnish National Agency for Education. He has been Minister of Transport and Communications and Minister of Education and a Member of the Parliament of Finland. He has also worked as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

Unlearn or die!

Public service is full of assumptions that hinder us to concentrate on adding value to citizens. Most used procedures to increase operational efficiency in fact decrease it. Public service needs to reinvent itself to answer the crowing expectations of citizens and solve the wicked problems of our times.

Padmini Nidumolu


Lean In Agile, Diversity Matters


Padmini Nidumolu is the Co-founder of Lean In Agile for women in Lean and Agile spaces to amplify the voices of women and celebrate the journeys of thought leaders. She is an Enterprise Agile Coach and a meetup/Spiral organizer in the Washington DC metro area. She is a TEDx speaker and a frequent speaker at various Agile and business transformation conferences. She is a certified Business Agility Strategist and a certified trainer in several Agile and Scaled Agile courses She is a STEM coach for several school teams and is a huge proponent of women in STEM.

Breaking internal barriers to accelerate

Women in Agile and Lean Leadership
{When women support each other, incredible things happen}

1. Lean In Agile (LIA) is a movement for women, by women and of women designed to amplify the voices, talents, and experiences of women within the Lean and Agile communities across the globe. As an international alliance, LIA connects women worldwide so that their experiences and expertise as Lean and Agile practitioners can be leveraged for these women to make a difference in the world for themselves and each other.
2. Spirals are enabling groups of women who come together to offer to the group and seek from the group. Lean In Agile vision is to enable local communities to form and sustain these powerful groups across the globe. Natural leaders emerge from these groups supported by Spirals
3. LIA100 is an initiative of Lean In Agile, to celebrate and share the journeys of phenomenal women in Lean and Agile spaces across the globe. Women often do not tell their own stories. This initiative identifies and brings the best stories to the community to amplify the voices of women

Priya Patra

Program Manager

Capgemini Technology Services India Ltd.

Priya is a mother of two, Author, Blogger, Women Empower believer, Dreamer, Creator, and a Futurist An Agile Evangelist and a Program Manager spearheading Digital transformation, digital quality assurance, and quality engineering program for a large conglomerate in Lifesciences domain.

She Leads Agile Community Of Practice with Capgemini 546 members, across 40 countries evangelizing Agile practices across all levels in the organization. She is a speaker for national and international conferences on IoT, Agile and Project Management. When she is not working, she dreams about the future of work, and its impact on projects. Her views are expressed through blogs on

#AgileW2W #futureofPMWork #SpeakerPriya

A Chronicle of digital transformation with strategic storytelling

Digital disruption is changing the world in which we live and work. New technologies have created new markets that, in turn, create new customers and new competitors. And those customers and competitors are driving new expectations.

Digital transformation is a natural progression from traditional business transformation, one more suited to the modern world.

For a digital transformation to be successful, we need a high level of employee and customer buy-in. Resistance to change can derail even the most carefully planned digital strategy and leave investments in flames. We need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.

Storytelling has always been central to human experience – it’s how we explain and make sense of the world. It takes intuitiveness and empathy on the part of the storyteller to connect with the audience.

Effective storytelling can catch our attention and help us to apprehend the world while touching us, makes it a powerful tool and a valuable instrument for leaders.

Can leaders leverage this craft element of strategic storytelling to be the key to achieving employee and customer buy-in for digital transformation?

Can we motivate our workforce through strategic storytelling and make them believe in the desired outcome, and see what’s in it for them?

Can business narratives enhance collaboration and innovation which is required for the success of digital transformation?

In this session, I will discuss how we have leveraged strategic storytelling to

1. Communicate vision

2. Transmit Knowledge and Understanding

3. Improve collaboration and Innovation

Sakke Mustonen

Head of UX and Digital Service Design

Talent Base

Sakke Mustonen is a hands-on agile coach and UX/Service Design lead with 20 years of experience. Sakke works at Talent Base, an independent house of expertise accelerating top digital transformation journeys in the Nordic. Sakke works in the epicenter of Venn diagram of business, data, development, operations and end-user needs, driving for change and deploying an effective way of working to get digital businesses right.

Design thinking as agile accelerator

By now, Design Thinking has earned its place in the vocabulary of digital transformation. Lately it has been elevated as a visible part of many large scale agile delivery frameworks. However, Design Thinking is still often considered as a responsibility of a few dedicated roles, and not all frameworks are providing concrete, pragmatic guidelines on how to apply and scale Design Thinking through the daily end-to-end toolset of a lean organisation as a whole.If you are interested in hearing about field-tested methods and tools beyond frameworks, join this inspiring presentation to learn and discuss how Design Thinking can help your organisation to reach true user centric agility. You will learn how to apply Design Thinking in keeping your end-users in the centre, inducing more motivated teams, tackling complexity, managing risks, and prioritising more accurately. Design Thinking should not be a privilege of your dedicated UX- or Service Design team only – come and learn how to elevate Design Thinking to become a valuable part of the whole journey from portfolio management to team-level problem solving.

Sari Hildén

Head of Transformation and Development


Sari has over 20 years of experience in the development of processes and practices in a software business. For the last years, she has been working in big companies to develop them into lean-agile enterprises by using agile practices, simple processes and introducing the tools that support the best practices. She is studying the opportunities the artificial intelligence and robotics are providing to make the work more efficient.

Posti Transformation to Lean-Agile Enterprise

Within this presentation, you’ll learn what it requires to change a large enterprise operating in a traditional business to address the challenges of the changing world to be competitive, efficient, profitable and attractive for the employees. You’ll get practical information, what are the steps done in Posti, challenges met and how they have been resolved during the journey.

Sasha Scott

Project Lead, Digital Transformation Initiative

European Broadcasting Union


Sasha is a specialist in #DigitalTransformation, #Media&Society, # DigitalConsultancy, #MediaStrategy and #DigitalCulture. Proudly working to support Public Service Media with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance of Public Service Media (PSM) with 117 member organizations in 56 countries. As project Lead of the Digital Transformation Initiative, he provides consultancy, advise and training to EBU Members. Before joining the EBU, Sasha was an interdisciplinary academic researcher at Queen Mary University of London, and holds a Ph.D. in Media and Arts Technology.

Agile in Public Service Media

Public Service Media (PSM) are in the eye of the storm: content and platform proliferation, competition from global tech giants, a crisis of trust, funding cuts, and political polarization. These issues all threaten the role PSM plays in a healthy society. As a result, PSM needs to be closer to their audiences than ever before: listening, learning, and adapting and improving its content and services. Whilst PSM tend to suffer extremes of legacy structures and processes, the public value mindset carries a huge potential for innovation, creativity, and an openness to change.At the EBU we have a unique macro European view, so I’ll be talking about how PSM is using agile methods and approaches as enablers for digital transformation.

Thierry de Pauw

Continuous Delivery advocate


Thierry is Engineering Lead at the fintech startup PaxFamilia.On the side, he founded ThinkingLabs where he advises organisations in the adoption of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.Thierry is a lean software engineer, CI/CD advocate and jack-of-all-trades with a passion to help teams create meaningful software, having a keen eye for code quality and the software delivery process, from customer interaction to continuous delivery. Instead of balancing quality & delivery, he believes and practices that better quality is actually a way to more and better deliveries.In 2019 Thierry organised the CITCON – Continuous Integration and Testing unconference in Ghent, Belgium.

15 teams, 1 monolith and 4 months to achieve Continuous Delivery

15 teams, 1 shared monolith, 1 release every 6 months, and product demand for 1 release every 2 weeks. How do you know where to start with Continuous Delivery, when you’re surrounded by technology and organisational challenges?

This is the journey of 15 teams and their 1 shared monolith, at a federal Belgian agency. They increased their throughput from bi-annual releases to fortnightly releases in under 4 months, achieving a state of Continuous Delivery.

I’ll cover how we used the Improvement Kata, Value Stream Mapping, and the Theory Of Constraints to choose which changes to apply first, and kickstart the organisational changes we needed to improve quality and drive down lead times.

If you thought Continuous Delivery was just for the happy few having trendy microservices, think again!

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