Meet our Conference Organizing Team

 

Jenny Tarwater

Conference Speaker Liaison

Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Agile Coach, and Trainer local to the Kansas City, Missouri area. Jenny has over twenty-four years of corporate experience bringing business teams, technical teams, and sponsors together to reliably deliver large-scale development projects with her disciplined approach of cultivating success and growth in people, process, and products. Jenny has a passion for driving the adoption and understanding of Agile values, principles and practices, and her endless motivation drives her involvement in cultivating the “small company start-up culture” across organizations large and small. Jenny is a kinetic leader, partner, and consummate student who brings enthusiasm and awareness to projects and keeps teams focused and delivering success in rapidly evolving and dynamic environments.She is currently doing Agile coaching, training, facilitation and consulting for Blueshift Innovation.

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Tami Flowers

Conference Volunteer Leader

Tami is an information strategist with 20 years experience advancing business objectives through applied technology. Her areas of expertise include business process improvement, information governance, complex financial and accounting systems, business intelligence, and efficiency in systems program and project delivery through an Agile framework. Tami is owner of Three28 Solutions, and is also Director of Governance Solutions for MetaGovernance www.metagovernance.com.

Tami is a Certified ScrumMaster, PMP, and PMI-ACP and frequently speaks at local, regional and national conferences on topics related to Agile and teamwork. Her first Agile experience was taking a highly regulated organization from waterfall to Agile in 2006. Through this journey she gained an appreciation of the business value and business support that comes from delivering high quality solutions in frequent releases, as well as the understanding that transitioning to and maturing Agile within an organization requires a lot of focus on the team and individual’s soft skills.

Connect with Tami on Linked In and Twitter.

 

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Liz Sweeney

Conference Collaborator

Liz is a scrum master, Agile coach and general Agile nerd, with almost a decade of experience working in Agile environments. She has a passion for designing educational experiences and building high performing teams. Liz has implemented, facilitated and worked in a Holacracy, and continues to experiment with transforming the way we work.

Liz also loves good grammar and will happily correct your spelling.

Connect with Liz on LinkedIn.

 

Travis Dietz

Conference Registration Leader

Travis has worked as a software engineer for just a little under 20 years with the majority of that time spent in a consulting role. He currently continues to work as a consultant assisting organizations with their software initiatives in KC. As owner of Integrity Inspired Solutions, Travis and his team of experienced consultants assess and build enterprise software, organize and mentor teams on best practices both from a process and coding perspective, and assist customers with aligning their business objectives with their software priorities.

Travis joined the Lean Agile movement in 2009 while he was in the midst of an initiative to build a .Net division within a local iSeries consulting firm, AdventureTech. He personally has been involved and assisted with the transition of multiple companies away from traditional waterfall methodologies. Travis has contributed to many software development teams and helped them understand not just the theory behind what a lean agile team does, but also the practical value the team and entire organization receives as well. He’s driven by a passion to demonstrate the improvements, efficiencies and freedom that are available, when legacy practices and processes are retired and replaced with transparency, collaboration, and business value driven development.

You can find out more about Travis and his team at www.integrityinspired.com or by subscribing to their blog at http://www.integrityinspired.com/blog-subscribe/.

 

Troy Tuttle

Conference Team Lead and Sponsor Liaison

Troy Tuttle is a Lean-Agile coach, software developer mentor, and consultant with over 12 years of experience working in Lean-Agile environments. He currently operates KanFlow, a consulting firm dedicated to helping software professionals, teams, and organizations improve by the study and application of Lean and Agile principles through training, coaching, and mentoring.

Troy has been involved in the community as a conference organizer, user group facilitator, and speaker. In 2015, he founded the Lean Agile Kansas City conference. For the last decade, he has facilitated a Lean-Agile user group, LAKC Lean Coffee, in the KC area for the benefit of Lean and Agile practitioners. Troy has been a speaker in the Lean-Agile space since 2010, promoting Lean-Agile ideas at conferences like Lean Kanban North America, Agile Alliance, and Lean Agile US.

Most of Troy’s work is directed by approaches that support the why behind Lean and Agile, even if that means questioning the Agile industry’s status quo.

Connect with Troy on Linked In and Twitter.