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 Featured Speakers

Caleb Jenkins, Software Leader | 6x Microsoft MVP | International Speaker | Wrox Author, Software Manager, AvayaMichael Morehead, Technology Strategist, MicrosoftShawn Weisfeld, President, Former Microsoft MVP - C#,
Bill Fellows, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, BI Lead, OpportuneTechChander Dhall, Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, Chander Dhall IncDavid Walker, Sitecore Practice Director,
Eric Shupps, Microsoft SharePoint MVP, Founder / President, Binary WaveJeff Bramwell, Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, Director of Enterprise Architecture, Farm Credit Services of AmericaLee Brandt, Microsoft MVP - Visual C#, Director of R&D, PaigeLabs
Mark Rackley, Microsoft Office 365 MVP, Partner and CTO, PAIT GroupAnand Raja, Director Presales - Dev Tools, InfragisticsBrian Sullivan, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, Principal Consultant, Improving Enterprises
Dennis Bottjer, Solutions Architect, ThriveFast LLCDustin Curzon, Executive Director, 36degreesNorthGil Rice, Senior Manager of Technical Services, New Relic
Harold Pulcher, Sr. Consultant, Improving EnterprisesJim Hudson, Senior Technology Evangelist, OakTree SoftwareJosh Mize, Senior Web Developer, Mozilla
Luke Crouch, Web Development Manager, MozillaAlysia Rodriguez, Volunteer Coordinator, Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS)April Dunnam, SharePoint Developer, ThriveFast, LLC
Bailey Smith, Undergraduate Researcher, University of TulsaBrad Fair, Solution Architect, InterWorks, Inc.Brad Kindle, Supervisor in the Operations Control Group, Magellan Midstream Partners
Buddy Lindsey, Jr., Senior Software Engineer, Summit ESPCarlos Moreno, Graphic Designer, CAP TulsaCarmen Long, Web Developer, Weather Decision Technologies
Chandra Yarlagadda, Sr. Developer and Lead, EricssonChuck Tryon, Chief of Program and Knowledge Management, Founder - Tryon and Associates, Professor - University of Oklahoma, FounderDanny Cox, VP | Information Security Risk, Bank of Oklahoma Financial
Dominick Montgomery, Owner, The Montgomery GroupDonovan Woods, Sr. QA Engineer, LexisNexisFloyd May, Director of Software Development  , MessageXpress
George Patterson, Manager of Research and Development, Avansic: E-Discovery & Digital ForensicsGreg Tatum, Senior Web Developer + Digital Designer, CubicJames A. McKenzie, Training and Development Manager, National Resource Center for Youth Services
James Huckaby, Software Architect, RelayHealth, a McKesson compayJamey Tiffee, IT Manager, OK Data SolutionsJason Knight, Scrum Master, Vitals
Jim Maxson, Assistant Professor, Tulsa Community CollegeJon Cavanaugh, Principal Solution Consultant, HostekJonathan Mills, Director, Paige Technologies
Kelly King, Sr. Business Intelligence Reporting Analyst, GlobalHealth, Co-Founder of Flaming HopeKen White, Test Automation Lead / QA III, BOK FinancialKersten Anderson, Owner, Speakeasy Market Strategies
Kyle Cook, Part Time Research Assistant, University of TulsaLarry Straining, Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), New Media Technology CoachMark Riddle, Director of People Ops, Tenstreet
Myke Bates, Sr. Web Developer, The Alchemedia ProjectNeil Mavis, Wifi Consultant, Business Wi-Fi Solutions, LLCPatrick Kurz, Applications Architect, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
Paul Rossler, Attorney, Gable Gotwals Intellectual Property & Technology Law GroupRichard Mitchell, Content Manager, Visit TulsaRoxanne Roark, Social Media Marketer, R3 Social Media
Ryan LaBouve, {{jobTitle}}, RaiseMoreSabrina Gelbart, Lead Web Developer and UX, The Agate GroupSaif Khan, Designer, GoBob Pipe & Steel
Scott McCarty, Software Architect, RelayHealthSimon Calvin, Senior Software Developer, Hogan Assessment SystemsStephanie Donahue, Partner and Consultant, PAIT Group
Teresa Adams, Consulting Business Analyst - Compliance and Risk, BOK FinancialVance Lucas, Web, Mobile & API Developer, Entreprenuer, All-Around Awesome Guy, NetSuiteRichard Oltmann, Senior Consultant / Principal Trainer, OakTree Software


Jason Knight, Scrum Master, Vitals

Jason Knight, Scrum Master, Vitals

I love software development. I'm a husband, a father of three precocious kids and have been a developer since 2007. Over the years, I have worked on several products and for many different types of companies from small custom website boutique companies to multi-national companies producing mission-critical applications for fortune 500 companies. I heard about Scrum and agile software development in college but didn't really get it until I actually started practicing Scrum. It just made sense. It made so much sense that it revolutionized my understanding of my own role in the industry. I got a chance to serve as a Scrum Master on several teams and decided that Scrum Mastering, coaching and teaching were the things I wanted to do from then on. Armed with this realization, the nature of my work has changed dramatically. I do less development now than I ever have, but my work teaching Scrum, advocating organizational change, and coaching my colleagues to see the virtue of agile values and principles has energized me in a big way. With the launch of my blog, Semper agilis in mid 2014 I also became a blogger. It's taken me a while to understand the difference between a "guy with a blog" and a blogger but I'm getting there slowly but surely.


User Story Mapping FTW

"The goal of using stories isn't to write better stories. The goal of product development isn't to make products." - Jeff Patton, User Story Mapping

We live and breath requirements, specifications, backlogs, user stories, epics, sprints, TDD, BDD, DDD, story points, t-shirt sizes, relative estimates, #noestimates, SQL, T-SQL, NoSQL etc. Every once and while, something special cuts through the noise and presents a simple, powerful idea. Simplicity means you can grasp the breadth of it and hold it all in your head. Being powerful promises excitement and results.

User Story Mapping is, at its core, a technique for building common understanding and clear direction for a team. Beyond that, it shifts thinking away from the constant call for more features and into the promised land of outcome based thinking. Working software may be the primary measure of success, but we get lost when we forget (or perhaps, have never understood) how that software is meant to change the world.

Far from being melodramatic, changing the world is what we should be doing. Your work changes the world when it meets a real need for a real person, simple as that.

If these concepts excite you, or if you just can't get enough of sticky notes, then this is the talk for you :).
Aug 7th - 10:15 AM
Aug 7th

This $%^! Will Make Your Life Better

Speakers: Simon Calvin, Jason Knight

Simon Calvin and Jason Knight, both certified Professional Scrum Masters, are here to convince you that you should care about Scum. Bring your toughest questions and hair-raising horror stories. With experience making Agile transformations in both small and large organizations, Simon and Jason offer insights into the whys and hows of the new new software development game and how this $%^! will make your life better.
Aug 7th - 12:00 PM
Aug 7th

Let Me Teach You Scrum

Scrum is simple to understand and difficult to master. The journey toward mastery of this simple framework can take many years. The journeyman must first start with a solid understanding of the framework itself.

Let's spend some time walking through the basics. We'll examine the Scrum Guide and develop leanest idea of what Scrum actually is and how it reinforces the values and principles in the Agile Manifesto.

As questions and comments arise, we'll create an ad hoc backlog. We'll address those backlog items in a Q&A time box toward the end of the talk.

Scrum is wonderful! Those software organizations that embrace the values, roles, events and artifacts tend to see improvements in product quality, developer happiness, increased value delivered, reduced time to market, etc. However, Scrum is not a magic elixir that which mysteriously produce success or failure. In the end, it's individuals working together as a team, people doing the hard work to continually improve that end up producing the world class software we developers, managers, and product folks aspire to create.

Come, let me teach you Scrum!
Aug 7th - 1:30 PM
Aug 7th