Sari Torkkola

Author, CEO

In her previous position, as a CIO of the Finnish defense and aerospace company Patria, Sari transformed her leadership style from traditional to LEAN. As a result, she reached radical improvements in personnel work well-being, service performance and cost reductions.

Exited about the results, she wrote a book about her experiences and learnings. In spring 2017, her story was awarded as the best business book of the year in Finland.

Currently Sari shares her insights in public and private seminars. She has been recognised as Top100 people in the Finnish ICT market in the business category (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Joshua Kerievsky

Founder and CEO

Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Modern Agile consultancy that improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe.

In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of making software, carefully reviewing and revising methods with the greatest impact and return on investment. Today, he leads an effort to modernize Agile by focusing on timeless principles, removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results.

Joshua is an international speaker and author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, numerous Agile eLearning courses, and popular articles like Anzeneering, Sufficient Design and Stop Using Story Points. He’s active on many social media platforms and community.

Sami Honkonen


Sami Honkonen is the CEO of Tomorrow Labs. Tomorrow Labs builds digital products using blockchain and artificial intelligence. One of their biggest products is a trading platform for the residential real estate market using blockchain technology. They’re building it together with banks and government officials.

Sami is also the host of Boss Level, a podcast that studies people and organizations that are breaking existing management and leadership paradigms. Guests of the podcast include Nobel laureate Bengt Holmström, US four-star general Stanley McChrystal, Spotify’s VP of Operations Simon Marcus, and many others.

Mary Poppendieck


Mary Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both a product champion and department manager.

Mary considered retirement 1998, but instead found herself managing a government software project where she first encountered the word “waterfall.” When Mary compared her experience in successful software and product development to the prevailing opinions about how to manage software projects, she decided the time had come for a new paradigm. She wrote the award-winning book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit in 2003 to explain how the lean principles from manufacturing offer a better approach to software development.

Over the past several years, Mary has found retirement elusive as she lectures and teaches classes with her husband Tom. Based on their on-going learning, they wrote a second book, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash in 2006, a third, Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point in 2009, and a fourth book, The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions in 2013. A popular writer and speaker, Mary continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.

Jim Coplien

Lean/Agile Process and Architecture Coach

Jim (“Cope”) Coplien is the father of Organizational Patterns, is one of the founders of the Software Pattern discipline, a pioneer in practical object-oriented design in the early 1990s and is a widely consulted authority, author, and trainer in the areas of software design and organizational improvements.

Cope is currently a partner in Gertrud & Cope, Mørdrup, Denmark. His work ranges from hands-on software development to organizational improvement assessments, organizational development, process improvement, and to consulting on system architecture. Gertrud & Cope work proudly with a network of partners with high-quality offerings.

As one of the founders and proponents of Agile software development, one of Cope’s passions is to work with the inventors of Scrum to facilitate its evolution as formalized in the Scrum Guide. He also is actively leading the work in Lean Architecture in conjunction the Scrum community. Most recently he has been working with Trygve Reenskaug to take the DCI architecture forward. He is certified as a CSP, CSM, CSPO, CST, a DeBono creativity facilitator, and an Innovation Games facilitator.

Cope does extensive consulting in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, with a special focus on the Nordic countries. He is a frequently-sought conference speaker at venues such as JaOO, Better Software, JavaZone, ROOTS, Expo-C, the ACCU Conference, SPLASH, Øresund Agile, and the patterns conferences. He regularly gives international seminars on Lean Architecture, Scrum fine-tuning, patterns, and Agile software development and project management practice.

He is also a researcher formerly affiliated with the University of Manchester, and is a past holder of the Vloebergh Endowed Chair at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has also held affiliations with Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and is a past professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His current research lies in DCI, in the areas of design theory based on broken symmetries in design structures, and in “entropic patterns” of product portfolio management.

Evelyn Tian

Principal Coach and Trainer

Evelyn Tian is a professional Lean and Agile Coach and Trainer.

She previously was the Lean and Agile Head Coach of Ericsson and headed the Ericsson Global Transformation Support Center. She has been passionately working with Lean and Agile transformations since 2009 and she has grown over 20 coaches and trainers through apprenticeship and mentorship programs. She designed her own Agile Leadership course in 2011, which has been delivered to over 1000 leaders. She has also developed her own Agile Coaching course, with more than 30 classes of graduates.

Evelyn’s focus is on organization transformational strategy, continuous improvement and enhancing the art and science of crafting products. Evelyn has built a lengthy track record and gathered deep insights in coaching organization transformation, agile leadership, and teams to reach their potential.

She has over 20 years of product development experience in telecom products, stock exchange applications, and electronic commerce products.

Nicolas Brown

Agile Lead

As Agile Lead at PwC, Nick works with multiple teams across the organisation, using data visualisation and empiricism as an approach to help teams and organisations continuously improve. Nick has previously operated as a Scrum master for teams within PwC and as a Scrummaster for Royal Mail on their Digital programme.

Rather than focusing on a particular framework, Nick uses data-based coaching to help teams find a way of working based on agile values and principles, whilst maintaining the focus on the continuous flow of value to the customer.

Vasco Duarte

Agile Coach, CEO, Podcast host

Vasco wants to transform product development organizations into product business organizations. He does that by focusing the work of the product development teams on the end-to-end life-cycle of their products. From Concept to Cash and Back!

He is currently a Managing Partner at Oikosofy.

Product Manager, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Director, Agile Coach are only some of the roles that Vasco has taken in software development organizations. Having worked in the software industry since 1997, and Agile practitioner since 2004. He’s worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile Coach or leader in agile adoption at those organizations.

Vasco was one of the leaders and catalysts of Agile methods and Agile culture adoption at Avira, Nokia and F-Secure.

You can read more from Vasco at his blog:

Mark Cruth

Founder and Transformation Coach

Mark is an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, and catalyst for change in organizations. Since being introduced to Agile in 2009, Mark’s personal mission has been to inject the values and principles of Agile into everything he does. He’s worked to bring about Agile Transformation for teams across multiple industries, including large manufacturers (Boeing), retailers (Nordstrom), big data (Nielsen), and FinTech (TD Ameritrade).

Today Mark work as an Agile Coach for Quicken Loans, as well as operate his own Coaching, Consulting, and Training company called Teal Mavericks, LLC, which is focused on organizational evolution. He is located in Detroit, Michigan.

Sami Paju

Chief Organisation Designer

Sami Paju is the Chief Organisation Designer in Filosofian Akatemia and Experimentation Evangelist in the City of Helsinki. He has researched experimentation behaviour in organisations and managing uncertainty in innovative projects in Aalto University School of Business. Sami is a co-author of Kehitä Kokeillen (the first hands-on guidebook to experimentation-driven innovation) and a contributing author in Itseohjautuvuus: miten organisoitua tulevaisuudessa?

He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration, and is a certified LEGO Serious Play facilitator.

Jani Turku


Jani Turku is the Creative Radical in IMPROVment. Jani is also the Ideasmith of Ideadeck cards. Ideadeck is a family of business tools where each deck compiles methods around certain business areas, such as Facilitation, Service Design, Coaching etc. Jani being half engineer, half improviser, believes in practicing the unexpected and co-creating a better workplace together.

Jani is a certified LEGO Serious Play facilitator, certified brain-based business coach and has a degree in Molecular Materials from Aalto University.

Simo Routarinne

Creative Director / Interaction Designer

Simo Routarinne is the Creative Director in IMPROVment. Simo is also the author of the books Improvisoi! (Tammi 2004) and Valta ja Vuorovaikutus (Tammi 2007) and Status Games Card Deck (2011). Originally trained as an actor Simo is now an interaction designer, trainer and constructive interaction consultant. Stress less, achieve more!

Simo is the first Finnish trainer that has provided workshops to Pixar-Disney´s Leadership Mentor Program.

Mattia Battiston

Team Leader

Mattia is a software developer and team leader with a great passion for learning and continuous improvement. He’s been interested in everything to do with Agile and helping teams improve since the beginning of his career 10 years ago. He loves conferences and meetups for sharing experiences and learning from each others.

Mattia currently works at Sky in London where he uses Kanban, Lean and Agile to help teams strive to get better.

Eveliina Vuolli

SW Development Process & Quality Champion

Eveliina has a long experience acting as an operational development manager. She has been working with the software development over 20 years in different kind of roles in the global, multinational organizations: process owner (verification), project manager and trainer (various areas) and coach. Facilitation, continuous improvement and leadership topics are also within her interests.

Eveliina has been a speaker in the Agile2010, Agile Testing Days (2010 & 2017), Tampere Goes Agile 2013, ScanAgile2015, XP2015 and Lean Agile Scotland 2016 conferences.

Martin Bäcklund

Lean/Agile coach

Pave the Way AB

Claiming curiosity is his primary drive, Martin is an independent lean and agile coach that has worked long in the crossroad connecting people, technology and organizations. He has more than 15 years of experience from large scale system and product development. Martin has been part of both large and small scale lean and agile transitions. In addition to his work as a consultant, he is also a recurring guest lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Riina Hellström

Co-Founder, Agile Enterprise Coach

Riina is recommended internationally by peers and strangers as a brilliant agile & people professional. She is a misfit of “old-school” organizations, where she worked for 10 years, until she jumped off the corporate ladder to drive the Agile organization development scene forward as a consultant. She holds a M. Sc. in Technology, a few agile certificates and a degree in applied neuroscience to support her work with theoretical background and hard science. She is a co-founder of the boutique networked business consultancy, People Geeks (, helping clients with any needs concerning succeeding in business by modern leadership, lean and agile business development, people analytics, modern change management and bringing advanced analytics into the people/business interface. Riina helps you redesign your people practices to fit digital, service design, self-directive and agile. Riina quickly creates a welcoming atmosphere engaging the audience’s thinking process. In private she considers herself being a surfer. Which has not worked out so well living in Finland…

Mirette Kangas

Founder of Lean-Agile Culture Accelerator

Mirette is the founder of Lean-Agile Culture Accelerator at Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company. Lean Culture in Creative Work. Focusing now on growing the scope of the cultural transformation and spread the new approach to leadership across the organization. Previously leader of service design and project management, Founder member of Yle Areena. Company culture and process development in creative industry, in several digital media companies. Background in digital media industry e.g. Sanoma (leading media company in Nordics), Nokia. Master of Arts (Media Science), University of Lapland. MBA (Audiovisual Business Admin). Amateur violinist.

Lasse Ziegler

Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer®

Lasse is an Agile Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer of agile42. He has helped companies grow their culture for over a decade in Finland and abroad.

Ville Koistinen

Design Lead

Ville is an experienced Service Designer working as a Lead Designer at CGI Next. Ville has over 15 years experience in Design field both on the agency side and in the product development. Ville has worked with clients from different industries and has designed award winning services. He is interested in Lean startup and the ways it can be supported with Design methods.

Teemu Hyyryläinen

Scrum Trainer

Teemu loves teams and organisations and helps them continuously improve their way of working, solve successfully more and more complex problems and have fun while doing all that. He has been working in software industry since 1999, creating software by himself, leading projects, product development, teams and organisational transformations. Since 2013 he has been a full-time trainer and coach on his voyage of discovery towards Deep True Agility. Welcome to join the trip!

Wim Heemskerk

Agilist, Craftsman, Wave Maker

Beyond Agile

I believe in us, humans, and the great things we can accomplish. Therefore I help organisations multiply the value they create by embracing the full power of the people in and around them. I do this through facilitation, coaching, training, and mentoring.

I help management & development teams to be agile in their practices. As a hands-on change agent, I work to create lasting change, the kind people say they created and wanted themselves. I connect the dots to translate models and principles to day to day actions. I’m around to inspire and to encourage learning. I lead by example. I run and develop workshops and training. I love to pair up with others to crack tough nuts together. I hold a degree in management and have a background as a test-infected developer. You’ll find me honest and transparent, at times brutally so, and you’ll find me passionate and always ready to try a fresh angle.

Eddy Bruin

Quality engineer, Agile – Test coach

Loop Forward

Eddy Bruin has a passion to be in the midst of business, end users and IT. Besides having a strong technical basis, he also possesses analytical and “can do” mentality. This makes him a good interlocutor on any level.

As test consultant Eddy has brought the testing at customers to a whole new level. When doing this he always keeps other project and product interests in mind. Eddy has a passion for improving the quality of a product and the improvement of the (agile) software development process. As an Agile Coach and Consultant he has helped lots of units by adopting Agile in their process from a pragmatic point of view.

Karoliina Luoto

Lead consultant, Coach, Tactics circle member

Karoliina Luoto is a lean agile consultant specializing in joyous development work and succesful leadership. Methodologies are handy tools, but happier worklife and bigger customer value are the core of improvement. Karoliina is in charge of Codento’s cultural change towards collaborative decision making.

Karoliina has a vast background in facilitating everything from online workshops to strategy processes – from the British Parliament through European conferences to Kitee. She has worked with digital services for 15 years, mainly from the angle of user experience, business objectives, collaboration and concepts.

Anu Takala

Project Manager & Consultant

Anu Takala is passionate about serving the customer by the means of technical product management & product ownership in the software development and DevOps world. Her career consists of over 17 years of technical product and project management, 10 years of Agile software development in the area of licensing, provisioning and authentication platforms, consumer security products and Internet connectivity services. Performing this with handfuls of learning by doing and from mistakes, but with a positive spin.

Currently, Anu utilizes her knowledge of agile and lean development and technical skills while working for customers of Codento.

Piritta van der Beek

Author, CEO

Piritta is an organisational developer with a focus on effective participation. She has facilitated strategy work, innovation and change processes since 2001, mostly in the ICT and techology sector. Piritta is specialised in helping groups clarify complex topics. She makes it easy for groups to work together in an efficient way to achieve the desired impact such as decisions to which people can commit. Her energy and inspiration is contagious. She is certified professional facilitator and facilitation trainer, and the author of Fasilitointi luo uutta (a handbook of creative problem solving methods). Piritta has worked at Grape People as a facilitation trainer and facilitator for over 10 years, currently she is the CEO. She holds a masters degree in Art Education. She is the chair of the Finnish Association of Facilitators.

Nadezhda Belousova

Senior Agile Coach

Nadezhda is an Agile Coach and value catalyst focused on helping organizations design and lead successful Business Agility transformations. Combination of psychological background, hardcore software delivery experience and an “all-doer” mindset. Making things happen, leading by example, energizing the teams and professional communities.

Tanja Korvenmaa

Tanja works as a facilitator and as an organisational developer and business coach for social enterprises. She likes to be in places where thing are cooking and something new emerges from the dance between chaos and order. She is interested in the practical level of developing capacity for leadership and wise self-organising by designing and facilitating processes in which every member of the organisation becomes part of the dialogue. Tanja is a member of the board and a spokesperson of the Finnish Association of Facilitators.